• Profile of Province Punjab in Pakistan0

      Dr. Rajkumar Singh     4/4/2018 Background The name ‘Punjab’ is compound of two Persian words Panj (five) and ab (water) and was introduced to the region by the Turko-Persian conquerers of India and more formally popularised during the Mughal Empire. Punjab means “The Land of Five Rivers” referring to the rivers: Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi,

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  • BANGLADESH; SOME OLD PREDICTIONS ARE BECOMING REALITY0

    F R Chowdhury      4/4/2018 In 1971, I was still a merchant marine officer. We used to call at Chittagong frequently but did not have much social contact in Chittagong. It was immediately after the liberation of Bangladesh that I joined the Chittagong Port Authority as a marine pilot. My official designation was Assistant

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  • Authentic Leadership of Martin Luther King Jr.0

      by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera   4/4/2018   Martin Luther King Jr., second from right, stands on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. (AP Photo/File)   “Our lives begin to end the day

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  • China Moves To Counter Violent And Non-Violent Expressions Of Uighur Identity0

    By James M. Dorsey    3/4/2018 China is moving on multiple fronts to pre-empt in the short-term Uighur foreign fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq from reasserting themselves in Central Asia and longer term prevent the emergence of an ever more vocal Diaspora like what Tibetans have achieved. The multi-pronged Chinese approach involves weaving Afghanistan more

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  • What Malala and the survivors of Florida gun shooting share in common0

      Michael Kugelman  April 03, 2018 This past week, 20-year-old Malala Yousafzai made an emotional return to Pakistan. Her four-day visit included meetings with friends, family, and senior officials, including Pakistan’s prime minister. Many Pakistanis applauded Yousafzai’s return. Some, however, did not. While she may have received a hero’s welcome, Malala is no national hero in Pakistan. A small but

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  • Drukpa Ethnocentrism and Cultural Hegemony in Bhutan0

      by Mr. Rajeesh CS and Ms. Ashwati CK     3/4/2018 The word culture is commonly used for a number of different things. Most commonly, of course, it is used to refer to the customs and habits of an identifiable group of people. It has played an enormous role in the development of peoples, nations, and societies

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  • Nepal faces food-security difficulties0

    BY HARI PRASAD SHRESTHA      3/4/2018 According to the World Bank, the cereal production in Nepal was 9,562,680 metric tons (MT) as of 2014. Over the past 53 years, this indicator reached a maximum value of 9,562,680 in 2014 and a minimum value of 3,126,325 in 1966. Production of major cereals in year 2015/16

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  • Pak-China-Russia Nexus Implications for South Asian Region0

      Munazza Khalid[i] and Hafsa Andleeb[ii] Introduction South Asia has become a hot cake for international players like Russia, China and US. China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and growing difference in the world order has changed the perception of the world community and has drawn its attention towards south Asia. Recent Indo-US economic and military

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  • China’s Strategic Partnership with Bangladesh in 21st Century0

    Abu Sufian Shamrat and Md. Kashem Ali Abstract: Bangladesh, a developing country from South Asia, has become a ‘focus of attention’ to a steadily increasing global power named China which is an emerging catalyst of policy management in Asia. China has been able to flourish its economic, political, military and cultural posture in such a

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  • Anticipated harder US policy towards Iran magnifies Iranian Arab protest0

    By James M. Dorsey     31/3/2018 Protests have erupted in Iran’s oil-rich province of Khuzestan barely three months after the Islamic republic was rocked by mass anti-government demonstrations. Sparked by anger at the depiction of the province’s community of Arab descent on an Iranian New Year show about the country’s diversity that was broadcast on

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  • Why Scams Are Here to Stay0

    Book Review ‘Corruption is a problem of political economy.’ We live in the midst of scams and scandals- a scoundrel times, but simultaneously we also have become accustomed to corruption. The book under review is an attempt to get the measure of political corruption in contemporary India and see what could be done to combat

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  • Will the real Pakistan stand up, please?0

      By James M. Dorsey       29/3/2018 Two headlines this month beg the question US officials have been grappling with for more than a decade: Will the real Pakistan stand up, please? Pakistan’s The News reported that the government had designated Islamabad as a pilot project to regulate Friday prayer sermons in the city’s

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  • Better Border Management is the Solution for India and Pakistan0

    After every terror attack in India in the past few years, there is an escalation in rhetoric for taking punitive action against perpetrators within and outside the country. These developments have escalated military, diplomatic and political tensions between India and Pakistan, which are a grave cause of concern since both are nuclear powers and Pakistan

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  • Natural gas: An underrated driver of Saudi hostility towards Iran and Qatar0

    By James M. Dorsey       27/3/2018 Debilitating hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about lots of things, not least who will have the upper hand in a swath of land stretching from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast of Africa. While attention is focused on ensuring that continued containment of Iran ensures that

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