• Is River Kaveri Turning Into A Desert?0

    The Cauvery River is dying – and with it, the crops, hopes and lives of millions of farmers. It could be India’s greatest natural catastrophe ever. Is an ambitious plan to link all rivers to the cities to blame? Death of River Kaveri could lead to India’s ‘greatest human catastrophe’ ever. By GGI News Staff

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  • Pakistan’s Prime Minister Has Been Sent Packing. So What’s Next?1

    The Pakistani military now finds itself in a familiar position—firmly ensconced in the catbird seat. Michael Kugelman July 31, 2017 For Nawaz Sharif, the third time was definitely not the charm. On July 28, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified the Pakistani prime minister, thereby preventing him from serving out his full term, which was scheduled to

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  • Nepal’s Hydro power Sector at Great Risk of Uncertainty despite its High Potentialities0

          By Hari Prasad Shrestha The perennial nature of rivers and the steep gradient topography provide ideal conditions for the development of some of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects in Nepal. Hydro power in Nepal is comparatively an advantageous sector. The only commodity Nepal can sell the world is hydro power. It is

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  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif fate sealed after Panama Paper’s verdict!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal It is a sad commentary on Muslim rulers and leaders that most of them are corrupt and shamelessly use even terrorism drama to mint wealth illegally, keeping them in the country concerned and abroad. Arab rulers are the best examples who have huge assets indoors and abroad. Pakistan is one of

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  • For Peaceful Fishing In Palk Bay0

    Sathiya Moorthy If anyone thought that the new parliamentary legislation banning bottom-trawling by Sri Lankan fishers will end the continuing consternation of, and conflict with Indian counterparts in the Palk Bay especially, it is not to be. With or without the new law, what the Governments in India, at the Centre and in the southern

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  • Has western democracy failed Maldives?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  Coming as it does in a series of misuse and abuse of constitutional powers under a succession of multi-party governments, the worsening situation under President Abdulla Yameen has raised a more basic question: Is western democracy suited to Maldives, with its 1000-plus years of history of one-man rule, by whatever name is

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  • Playing both sides against the middle: Saudi engages with Iraqi Shiites0

    By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia, with the Islamic State on the ropes in Iraq, is forging ties to Iraqi Shiite leaders and offering to help fund reconstruction of Mosul and other predominantly Sunni Muslim cities that were devastated in the military campaign against the jihadist group. The Saudi outreach to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider

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  • Pakistan is winning India’s traditional Ally “Russia.”1

    Since last 70 years, India and Russia remained friends supporting each other, signing lucrative military deals and deepening their bilateral relations on international diplomatic forums. Eventually, in 2016 their bilateral relations have not been on smooth keels. It is pertinent to discuss here that it is the global relations because of which Russia is losing

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  • Why Extremism Is on the Rise in Bangladesh0

    Dhaka’s Secular Traditions Have Never Been More Vulnerable By Michael Kugelman and Atif Ahmad On July 1, 2016, five militants stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, a restaurant frequented by foreigners in an upscale neighborhood of the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility, but local officials blamed members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB),

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  • UNCONVINCING REGULATION FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN SINGAPORE0

    By: N.S. Venkataraman With Singapore now set to elect its next President and the present President Mr. Tony Tan Keng Yam announcing his decision not to seek a second term, the stage is set for holding a Presidential poll in Singapore under the new amendment in law. More confusion than clarity: Under the new amendment,

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  • The Corruption Conundrum in Pakistan’s Democracy0

      by: Omar Waraich The dark side of Nawaz Sharif’s ouster A supporter of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif passes out after the Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify him in Lahore, Pakistan, on July 28, 2017. Mohsin Raza / Reuters Once again, a leader of Pakistan has been forced to leave office without completing a

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  • As Institutions Fail Kashmiris, Machil Fake Encounter Victims’ Families Vow to Keep Fighting0

    By Mudasir Ahmad on 29/07/2017 The armed forces tribunal’s verdict to free the accused has created a fear for safety and a demand for justice among the victims’ families and villages. From left: Father of Riyaz Ahmad, his son Aijaz and father of Shehzad discussing the army tribunal’s verdict. Credit: The Wire Srinagar: “It feels

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  • From Friend to Foe to Friend Again, the Modi-Nitish Bond Is a Suspension of Political Morality0

    By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta on 29/07/2017 When he harboured ambitions of being the opposition’s key to power at the Centre, Nitish Kumar made many a scathing comment against the BJP and its allies. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI Back in 2013, in a decision he portrayed as “principled,” Nitish

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  • Strife in Jerusalem: Fears of popular revolts bring Israel and Arabs together0

    By James M. Dorsey A web of formal and informal Israeli-Arab relations and common fears of renewed popular uprisings that could threaten regimes and benefit Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood facilitated Israel’s backing down in the crisis over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount or Haram al Sharif, home to Islam’s third most holy shrine, the Al

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