• Hindutva makes Apex Court also a party to Babri Mosque dispute!0

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    • November 3, 2017

    by Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal November 3, 2017 December 06 shall remain a memorable terror day in the life and future of India where majority Hindus on the strength of their numbers and governments, insult, injury and attack Islam and have also destroyed Historic Babri Mosque- a place of Islamic worship. Indian Constitution provides for

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  • 22 October 1993 Anniversary: When Bijbehara Turned Red0

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    • November 3, 2017

    Dr. Reyaz Ahmad Ganaie It was Friday 22nd October 1993, the 8th consecutive day of the constant siege laid by the Indian security forces around the Holy Shrine at Hazratbal Srinagar. As the whole valley was observing Protest strike on 8th successive day, Massive peaceful demonstrations were being held throughout the valley against the siege.

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  • INDIA’S MILITARY BUILD-UP: CHALLENGES FOR PAKISTAN0

      In recent times India has resorted to massive military buildup in both conventional and nuclear domains. Indo-US nexus has further bolstered India’s modernization drive. The Indo-US nuclear deal and Indo-US strategic partnership facilitate India’s military buildup that in turn increases security challenges for Pakistan. India’s economy is eight times larger than that of Pakistan.

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  • Gulf crisis: Soccer trumps politics0

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    • November 3, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey A target of massive Saudi investment, the Maldives severed diplomatic relations with Qatar hours after a Saudi-UAE-led alliance of largely financially dependent states declared in June an economic and diplomatic boycott of the Gulf state. That didn’t stop the Football Federation of Maldives from signing a cooperation agreement with its Qatari

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi Makes First Visit to Rohingya Conflict Zone in Myanmar0

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    • November 2, 2017

    By HANNAH BEECH  NOV. 2, 2017  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who leads Myanmar’s civilian government, arriving on Thursday in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled a campaign of violence carried out by Myanmar’s military in Rakhine. Credit Reuters BANGKOK — For the first time since Myanmar’s military

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  • The Future of Asia: Four Takeaways from Asia’s Next Generation0

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    • November 2, 2017

    November 1, 2017 By Alexandra Matthews The Asia Foundation recently convened a series of panels in Washington, D.C., New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area, to feature young Asian leaders who participated in our signature “Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia” project. The speakers shared their view of the challenges and opportunities for

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  • Peaceful Municipal Elections Show That Nepal Is Not as Divided at the Local Level0

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    • November 2, 2017

    November 1, 2017 By George Varughese Below is an excerpt from an interview with The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Nepal, George Varughese, first published by World Politics Review. In mid-September, Nepal closed the chapter on its first local elections in two decades, as the third phase of voting for municipal bodies took place in

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  • Pakistan’s Water Crisis: Why a National Water Policy is Needed0

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    • November 2, 2017

    November 1, 2017 By Brayshna Kundi Recently, the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) delivered a grave warning: if the government does not take action, the country will run out of water by 2025. Severe water scarcity is already having a negative impact on the country’s public health and the economy. Over 80

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  • Sri Lanka: Constitution-Making And Catalonia Referendum0

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    • November 1, 2017

    N Sathiya Moorthy 29 October 2017 It is sad that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should allow himself to be caught in an embarrassing situation over the avoidable Karaka Sangha Sabha row, by trying to score a debating-point for a day and getting caught at it. His expose’ that the Mahanayake Thero of the Malwatte Chapter

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  • How the Japanese Loan for India’s Bullet Train Is a Rip Off0

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    • October 31, 2017

    BY BISHWAJIT BHATTACHARYYA ON 31/10/2017 If the rupee’s purchasing power has dipped from 19.77 yen in 1985 to 1.72 yen today, then after 50 years can a rupee buy anything more than just a fraction of a yen? Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI Now that the hype over the bullet train

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  • Sri Lankan constitution: The strategy of doublespeak0

     By Ana Pararajasingham    It is hard to refute the assertion that the conflict in Sri Lanka between the Sinhala-dominated state and the Tamil people is directly attributable to the unitary constitution under which the island was granted its independence by Britain in 1948. Unitary constitutions crafted on the principle of “one person, one vote”

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  • President Erdogan’s visit to Iran and emerging Turkey-Iran relations!0

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    • October 30, 2017

    – Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal 30/10/2017 Even as it is losing intentional prestige and credibility as a real mediator for peace anywhere in the world, USA is committed to shielding terrorist Israel by misusing its veto from any international punishment at the UN. As the Turkish diplomatic profile taking a final shape in recent times,

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  • Why India Lacks a Great Power Status1

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    • October 30, 2017

    It is evident that to become a regional hegemon; one has to believe in an expansionist policy that means expanding across one’s territory and building the most powerful state in one’s region. Also, the state also has to check the power of the other states in its region for dominance. No doubt, India practices the

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  • Self-Determination Means Different Things in Quebec, Catalonia and Punjab0

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    • October 29, 2017

    By Kanwar Sandhu on 28/10/2017 While the UN Charter provides for the right of self-determination of peoples, not all cases are the same. Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh’s statement on the subject has opened a Pandora’s box. Canadian leader Jagmeet Singh. Credit: Reuters/Mark Blinch Earlier this week, the Canadian leader Jagmeet Singh opened a Pandora’s box

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