• FREEDOM OF PRESS AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY1

      F R Chowdhury     21 July 2018 It was Wednesday 18-July-2018, I was still on my morning breakfast listening to the TV news. The headline news was about a court verdict that gave £210,000.00 damages to Sir Cliff Richard for breach of his privacy by BBC. The story relates to a police search of

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  • PAKISTAN’S SPACE INITIATIVE1

    by Usman Ali Khan  20 July 2018 Dr. Abdus Salam conceived the idea of the country’s first space research programme and national space agency in 1961 about Fifty years ago. It was on Dr. Salam’s advice that a Space Sciences Research Wing of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was established. This later became as

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  • CPEC and Pakistan’s energy crises0

    By Qura Tul Ain Hafeez    20 July 2018 An adequate amount of electricity is primarily a way towards the industrial growth, transportation, infrastructural improvement, sustainable development, education, agricultural advancement, research and development and almost all aspects of a developed an advanced economy. It also facilitates the provision of jobs and hence better living standards.

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  • SIPRI Annual Report: Flawed Analysis of Pakistan’s Nuclear Forces0

    By: Ahyousha Khan     20 July 2018 Since its inception, Pakistan’s nuclear program became a victim of nuclear apartheid, even though the acquisition of nuclear technology not only for peaceful purposes but security purposes is the inalienable right of states. It’s worth mentioning that Pakistan in its attempt to acquire mastery in nuclear fuel cycle

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  • Bangladesh’s Quota System Needs to Go0

    By Habib Siddiqui      20 July 2018 During the British rule of India, a famous politician in the undivided Bengal province once said, ‘The politics of Bengal is, in reality, the economics of Bengal.’ Looking at Bangladesh’s history since 1947 when she was named East Pakistan, and esp. since 1971 when she became an

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  • Sri Lanka: Leviathan in an Island Democracy0

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera      19/7/2018   “Mankind has a perpetual and restless desire for power, a desire that ceases only in death” Thomas Hobbes   India is concerned by growing Chinese influence in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Some of this concern stems from a housing project recently awarded by the Sri

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  • A double-edged sword: China and Pakistan link up with fibreoptic cable0

    By James M. Dorsey      19/7/2018 This month’s inauguration of a fibreoptic cable linking Pakistan with China could prove to be a double-edged sword. Constructed by Chinese conglomerate Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, the cable is likely to enhance both Pakistan’s information communication technology infrastructure as well as the influence of Chinese authoritarianism at a

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  • Whither Wahhabism? 0

    July 18, 2018 James M. Dorsey   Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric since its founding more than eighty years ago.

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  • Russian Hackers: The shadowy world of US and Gulf hacks just got murkier0

      By James M. Dorsey        17 July 2018 The covert Qatar-United Arab Emirates cyberwar that helped spark the 13-month-old Gulf crisis that pits a Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led alliance against Qatar may have just gotten murkier with the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Mueller’s indictment

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  • Unconventional Bollywood: Constructing Cinema of Caste Pride0

    By Rakesh Kumar Patel   14/7/2018   Abstract Bollywood is largest film industry of the world. Institution of caste prevails in Bollywood similarly as in Indian society. From initiation in 1913 till date Bollywood has a rich history of producing films on various issues. Caste is a unique institution of Indian subcontinent which has now become

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  • In Bangladesh, general election draws widespread apathy and snigger0

    By Arshad Mahmud       July 17, 2018 Dhaka–Bangladesh has been in the news a lot since last year, largely because of the Myanmar army’s brutal crackdown on the minority Muslim Rohingyas aimed at driving them out of Rakhine state through systemic killing, rape, and arson. Predictably, national and international news media devoted considerable airtime

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  • Agni-V Canister Launch: Facts and Implications0

    by Asma Khalid   16/7/2018 Three main nuclear players of Asia: China, India, and Pakistan have established a “triangular” dilemma due to their security concerns. This is manifested through the development of advanced conventional and nuclear weapon forces. China is pursuing a military modernization program to counter the US in the Asia-Pacific region, whereas India’s development

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  • The dilemma of Strengthening Democracy in Pakistan1

    by Fateh Najeeb Bhatti       14/7/2018 No country can achieve political stability without the active coordination of different state institutions working within their specified parameters. For a nation to keep moving smoothly on the road to prosperity and maintaining national cohesion, the consensus among political forces and other stakeholders is mandatory. History of developed

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  • Bangladesh’s Rohingya Conundrum0

    by Dr. Moazzem Hossain    14.7.2018   INTRODUCTION Compared to many developing nations, Bangladesh scored strongly in reducing poverty and other goals of the UN MDGs program over 2000 and 2015. Bangladesh has major initiatives now to implement several projects to make UN’s plan of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda a grand success. To make

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