• WILL ONE BELT ONE ROAD (OBOR) MEETING IN BEIJING END UP AS DAMP SQUIB?4

    In yet another attempt  to establish itself as the dominating world force, China  is now organizing the  One Belt One Road Forum meeting in Beijing on May14-15. Ambitious  and  unrealistic  project The OBOR project involves a land route running from inner China to southern Europe via The Netherlands.  It also includes a sea route connecting

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  • Factors disturbing Pak-Afghan Relations?0

    By: Babar Khan Bozdar The recent border skirmishes have plunged Pak-Afghan relations. It is a conspiracy to derail the diplomatic ties between two neighbors. The ill-will between two neighbors is not new but decades old. The soil of Afghanistan is always being used against Pakistan in which some soldiers and innocent civilians lost their lives.

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  • India: Popular anti-liquor movement in Tamil Nadu0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Today Tamil Nadu, like in most of the states, is undergoing severe crises. Communal flare-ups by the government and Hindutva parties is the worst problem the nation is facing now. Tamil Nadu is often in the news for wrong reasons. Besides the rift within the ruling AIADMK sweeten the warring factions led

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  • Bengali chotalok shaped India’s destiny1

    The catastrophe of India being turned into a Hindu India was effectively and sharply pre-empted and scuttled by Dr B. R. Ambedkar. By securing victory for Ambedkar in the most crucial election that brought him to Constituent Assembly, the Namasudras, Rajbanshis and Advasis under the leadership of Jogendra Nath Mandal created a glowing chapter in

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  • ON TIBET, MEMBERS OF U. S. CONGRESS LISTEN TO THEIR CONSCIENCE0

        N.S. Venkataraman With China’s strong economy and military power, most governments in the world do not want to antagonize China. As China gives them tremendous trading opportunities,  these governments take extra care not to do anything that will displease China. These conditions are so ridiculous that the government of a Buddhist country like

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  • From Subjects to Citizens: Reconnecting Nepalis with a Democratic Political Process0

    By George Varughese Next week, Nepalis will vote in local elections for the first time in 20 years. The first phase of elections will be held on May 14 in federal provinces 3, 4, and 6; the second phase is scheduled for June 14 in provinces 1, 2, 5, and 7. Election fever has certainly

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  • The Promising Future of Inland Waterway Trade in South Asia0

    By Aditya Valiathan Pillai Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day state visit to India last month, her first in seven years, was productive by any measure. Twenty-two agreements, spanning defense cooperation, nuclear energy, and outer space were inked. The relationship has been one of the bright spots for cooperation in South Asia, and has steadily

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  • Failed water strategy threatens national existence0

    Shahid Islam   IN many countries, an April showering often facilitates May flowering.  Not in Bangladesh. This year’s April shower has caused havoc across the country, compounded by Indian intentional or accidental release of more toxic waters that had overflowed many of Bangladesh’s backwater swamps and lowlands known as haors.  The devastation came on the

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  • Aren’t Rohingyas Bengalis, and Arakan integral to Bangladesh?0

    Taj Hashmi   Every society has certain taboos – cultural/religious, social, and political – set apart and designated as restricted or forbidden to associate with, or even to bring in ordinary discussion. The Rohingya issue (for some strange reasons) seems to be such a taboo in Bangladesh. Both people and government here don’t want to

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  • Turkish President Erdogan’s India visit!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Turkey, the only Muslim European power, is an important NATO member and a close ally of USA. Turkey-US relations bloomed and blossomed thanks to what the Americans perceived as a permanent Russian threat to the world on ideological grounds. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited India on an official two-day trip from

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  • Policing For Powers – the recruitment of Tamils in the nation’s police force0

    N Sathiya Moorthy The Government’s decision to increase and improve the recruitment of Tamils in the nation’s police force should be welcome, especially by all those that have only complaints in the matter and those of the kind. It would still be worthwhile to see or find out as to what the Tamils want to

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  • Rising Iranian-Pakistani tensions render Pakistani policy unsustainable4

    By James M. Dorsey An Iranian warning that it may attack militant bases in the troubled province of Balochistan threatens to bring Pakistan’s house of cards crashing down. Pakistan’s tenuous house is built on a torturous effort to balance relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran amid rising tension between the two regional rivals, prevent Pakistan

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  • The French people don’t know the dangers of autocratic populism: a view from Pakistan0

    Altaf Khan, University of Peshawar Following in the footsteps of the United States, the French are looking to “terrible simplifications” to solve their problems as they head to the second round of their presidential election on May 7. Polls predict that Marine Le Pen, candidate of the far-right National Front party could take 38% of

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  • A Rare, Pristine Estuary Comes Under Threat in Karnataka0

    By Alphonsa Jojan The construction of a multi-purpose estuarine port in the Aghanashini – one Karnataka’s last free-flowing rivers – will result in damage to the ecosystem and the loss of traditional livelihoods. The Aghanashini river. Credit: Manjunath Bhat/Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Tadadi, Karnataka: When the tides are low at the mouth of the Aghanashini river, women

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