• Sri Lanka is Not China’s Pearl in the Indian Ocean0

    Nilanthi Samaranayake March 28, 2017 For special access to experts and other members of the national security community, check out the new Why were Sri Lankan schoolchildren dancing to a U.S. Navy band? Sri Lanka has just finished welcoming a U.S. military operation that seeks to build relationships in the Indo-Pacific region. In fact, this

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  • THE DALAI LAMA IS DARLING OF INDIA – LET IT BE TOLD TO CHINA

    THE DALAI LAMA IS DARLING OF INDIA – LET IT BE TOLD TO CHINA0

    N.S.Venkataraman With characteristic arrogance, China has warned India that it should not permit the Dalai Lama to undertake an eight-day teaching trip to Arunachal Pradesh, beginning 4th April 2017. A five-day festival is being organized by India in Arunachal Pradesh on 31st March, which will be inaugurated by President of India. The festival would take

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  • Trump Takes Time, It’s Not UNHRC Is Giving Sri Lanka More Time0

    Sathiya MoorthyThe Sunday Leader, Colombo, 26 March 2017 Sampanthan needs to be congratulated and thanked for drawing the Tamils away over that distinction in the post-war, post-LTTE era, and thus proving a point It’s becoming increasingly clear that the entire UNHRC process, or the UNHRC-like institutions are the America-led West’s own way to take issues away

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  • In China and Pakistan’s coal romance, where’s the love for the climate?0

    Fahad Saeed, King Abdulaziz University If you were travelling via motorway from Islamabad to Lahore during November or December 2016, you might have felt like your head was in the clouds. That’s thanks to the smog that engulfed large parts of Pakistan’s Punjab and Sindh provinces in that period. This was clearly “not a natural

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  • Pakistan in the hot seat as general takes command of Saudi-led alliance

    Pakistan in the hot seat as general takes command of Saudi-led alliance0

    By James M. Dorsey With no troops to command and a Riyadh-based skeleton staff, General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s recently retired top commander, appeared to slide into a cushy job as commander of a 41-nation, Saudi-led military alliance created to fight terrorism. In fact, the general’s new job is everything but straightforward. He has taken on

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  • Maldives: Yameen ‘wins’ first floor-test against strong combine0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, www.orfonline.org, 29 March 2017 A few days after signing an agreement to save Maldivian ‘sovereignty and democracy’, the combined Opposition lost the first floor-test in Parliament to President Abdulla Yameen on March 27. Chairing the session, Deputy Speaker ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik declared the Opposition-initiated no-confidence motion against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh defeated by 48-0 with

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  • Bangladesh on the brink

    Bangladesh on the brink5

    Is Bangladesh on the brink? Just traveling through Dhaka and everywhere now a days, it is hard to fathom it. Security forces are fully in control, like what you see in Moscow, Russia. You must watch out what you say or do in public. Dr. Rehman Sobhan, a well-known economist and a prominent civil society

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  • Dhaka-Delhi defence pact? No, thanks

    Dhaka-Delhi defence pact? No, thanks0

    Shahid Islam Compromising on national security is no less disgusting, harmful and dangerous than allowing one’s spouse to flirt with a common friend of opposite sex. The ultimate outcome in both the instances is tearful eyes and fearful lives. Nightmares still revisit when Bangladeshis are reminded of the 1972 Treaty of Friendship with India, and,

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  • PLIGHT OF THE FARMERS FACING DROUGHT CONDITION IN INDIA

    PLIGHT OF THE FARMERS FACING DROUGHT CONDITION IN INDIA0

    N.S. Venkatraman Tamil Nadu province in South India is presently facing severe drought conditions with the failure of southwest monsoon and northeast monsoon to the extent of around 60%.  It is reported that the distress conditions faced by the rural farmers in the province due to the erratic monsoon and lack of water for irrigation

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  • WHY IS NEUTRINO OBSERVATORY PROJECT FACING ISSUES IN INDIA?

    WHY IS NEUTRINO OBSERVATORY PROJECT FACING ISSUES IN INDIA?0

    Project details The Neutrino project involving an investment of more than Rs. 15000 million was sanctioned by Government of India under the XIth plan, and the scientists initially hoped to start construction of the facility by 2011. Around 25 research institutions are associated with the project with Tata Institute of Fundamental Research acting as a

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  • Cancellation of Saudi king’s Maldives visit: A message for Yameen?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  The much-awaited Maldivian leg of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s Asia tour was cancelled on the very eve of his scheduled arrival on Saturday, March 18, purportedly owing to the eruption of H1Ni swine-flu infection in the country. New dates for the visit would be announced once they are finalised, Maldivian Foreign Minister

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  • India -Bangladesh defense pact – Honey mixed with poison for a friend

    India -Bangladesh defense pact – Honey mixed with poison for a friend1

    Minar Rashid A famous folk song in Chittagong goes like this; “my love, you fed me poison telling it’s honey.” In colloquial Chittagonian, it is; “Modhu koi Koi, arey bish khawaila”. Bangladesh is reverberating with news of India-Bangladesh defense pact expected to be signed during Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India in April 2017. India is

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  • U.S. Preparing Cases Linking North Korea to Theft at N.Y. Fed0

    Investigators build charges against Chinese middlemen for allegedly aiding 2016 cyberheist of $81 million from Bangladesh The New York Federal Reserve building in New York. Some foreign governments, central banks and other institutions keep money at the New York Fed, enabling them to make payments in U.S. dollars and purchase sovereign securities. Photo: Scott Eells/Bloomberg News By Aruna Viswanatha, The

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  • What Factors Drive Child Marriage in Afghanistan?0

    By Sayed Masood Sadat Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. Contributing factors include different forms of gender-based violence, poor education, limited access to healthcare, and not being allowed outside the home. Sadly, many Afghan women also face forced child marriage—despite it being illegal. According to

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