• CANADA NEED TO RELOOK IT’S IMMIGRANT POLICY0

    by N.S. Venkataraman     23/2/2018 After the conclusion of the much publicised week-long visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India and as he settles down in the aircraft for his return trip to Canada, Prime minister Justin Trudeau should be wondering as to why his visit to India virtually became an anti-climax. The

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  • “An entire generation lost”: Analysing the true casualties of war in Afghanistan0

    by Anant Mishra     23/2/2018 Introduction A vicious cycle of “violence, ignorance, seclusion, ethnic conflicts, and socio-economic instability”, resulted in the loss of an entire generation in Afghanistan; furthermore, failure of international communities, global aid organizations, think tanks and international political institutions such as the UN, to timely and adequately assist the Afghan masses could potentially

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  • Modi should ban all elections in India0

    by Gaurav Tyagi   21/2/2018 Western-style democracy is effective when a country’s population is highly educated and possesses mature and rational thinking. Nehru after independence from the British rule in 1947 wrongly provided “universal adult suffrage” without facilitating the basic educational standard of India. This policy of giving voting rights to a largely illiterate, semi-literate population

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  • IN SEARCH OF A WHITEWASH & SOME CHEERLEADERS0

    by F R Chowdhury     21/2/2018 Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has been ruled by military dictators for a long time. In today’s world it is difficult for such a military government to stand at par with the governments of other civilized democratic countries. As the time went on, pressure started mounting on the military

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  • MODI GOVERNMENT NEED TO TAKE MORE STRINGENT ACTION ON BANK FRAUD0

    by N.S. Venkataraman    21/2/2018 Indians living in India and abroad as well as those familiar with the banking operations in the world were shocked when the huge scandal in the Government of India owned Punjab National Bank came out in the open. The entire country is now looking to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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  • Inside story of Forcible Deportation of Nepali Speaking Population from Bhutan via India to the Refugee Camps in Nepal0

    BY Hari Prasad Shrestha   20/2/2018 The forcible deportation of a population—is defined as a crime against humanity under the statutes of both International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The official United Nations definition of ethnic cleansing is “rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation

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  • Khaleda’s imprisonment stirs global uproar, election uncertainty0

    Shahid Islam in Toronto     19/2/2018 A missed opportunity often yields disaster and turns unmanageable, if not handled with care. The conviction and imprisonment of BNP chairperson and, three times PM of Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia, on February 8 could have led to instant chaos; which has been averted, thanks to Khaleda’s instruction to her followers

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  • Leaks of questions: A digital remedy0

      by  Hussain Imam     19/2/2018 The country’s education is in dire strait or should I say in doldrums. If education is the backbone of a nation, the backbone of Bangladesh is sure to become too weak and fragile to help the nation stand on its own feet. The reasons are many. Poor infrastructure, substandard

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  • JMD Valentine’s Day pinpoints limits of Saudi prince’s Islamic reform effort0

      By James M. Dorsey    19/2/2018 Valentine’s Day in Riyadh and Islamabad as well as parts of Indonesia and Malaysia puts into sharp relief Saudi Arabia’s ability to curtail the global rise of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism the kingdom helped fuel at the very moment that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is curbing some of

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  • MASSIVE FRAUD IN GOVERNMENT OF INDIA OWNED PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK0

    by N.S. Venkataraman  18/2/2018 A TEST CASE FOR MR. MODI The massive fraud in the government of India owned Punjab National Bank has shocked the citizens all over India and has also caused considerable surprise around the world for its brazenness. What is particularly disturbing is the way that the fraud took place, bypassing the

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  • Sex, lies & corruption in the U.S. Navy0

      by Gaurav Tyagi    18/2/2018 The USS Blue Ridge is the flagship of the U.S Navy’s 7th fleet, overseeing all American maritime operations in Asia and the Western Pacific. It is the U.S Navy’s second oldest active duty vessel and has survived the Vietnam as well as the Cold war. The Blue Ridge has

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  • China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East0

    by James M. Dorsey   RSIS 17/2/2018 China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as well as between Israel and Palestine and even between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is even more evident in China’s trashing of its vow not to establish foreign military bases,

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  • WILL RAJAPAKSA’S RETURN DO GOOD FOR SRI LANKA?0

    N.S. Venkataraman      16/2/2018 The decisive victory of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the local government polls in Sri Lanka on 10th February has caused considerable surprise to the political observers around the world. Rajapaksa’s party, Sri Lanka People’s Front, won in 239 out of the 341 councils pushing his rivals far behind. This

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  • Expanding regional rivalries: Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan0

      By James M. Dorsey   16/2/2018 It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East into the Caucasus. The two

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