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  • What Factors Drive Child Marriage in Afghanistan?0

    By Sayed Masood Sadat Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. Contributing factors include different forms of gender-based violence, poor education, limited access to healthcare, and not being allowed outside the home. Sadly, many Afghan women also face forced child marriage—despite it being illegal. According to

  • Indian regional polls 2017: Anti-incumbency, Congress-SP and media management cause big win for BJP! -I0

      -Dr. Abdul Ruff _________ Part-1 Year 2017appears to be an eventful one for India as that would be important for Indian politics. Besides facing the crucial Presidential elections, five states such as Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have gone to polls in February-March, Gujarat (PM Modi’s home state) and Himachal Pradesh will

  • Killing of Indian fisherman raises questions of sovereignty0

      N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org, 15 March 2017 Possibly for the first time, media reports have spoken about investigations into the death of a Tamil Nadu fisherman, K Brijto, 21, allegedly in a firing incident involving the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN). The Special Correspondent of The Hindu at Rameswaram has quoted investigating officials to report that the Indian

  • The world needs more toilets – but not ones that flush0

    from www.shutterstock.com Tamara Avellán, United Nations University Today, 35.8% of the world’s population still lacks access to any proper sanitation facilities. That’s why in 2015, the world’s leaders agreed to strive for access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. That means

  • Protest in Iran: The murky geopolitics of soccer3

    Source: Ahwaz Monitor By James M. Dorsey Thousands of Iranian Arabs last week attended an AFC Champions League soccer match between Esteghlal Ahvaz FC and Qatar’s Lekhwiya SC dressed in traditional Arab garb in protest what an opposition news website dubbed were government efforts to suppress their identity. The English-language website, Ahwaz Monitor, said support

  • Thirteen-A Is Still A Good Start…0

    Sathiya Moorthy The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 19 March 2017 The fact remains, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, facilitated by the larger Indian neighbour, is a good document to begin with It would be a good idea to use 13-A as a base document for taking up fresh negotiations, within and outside Parliament, which is also

  • China: Belt And Road Initiative0

    Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Shamshad Akhtar. Photo Credit: ESCAP. By Shamshad Akhtar* March 20, 2017 China’s role in the global context has grown in terms of its output, trade and now its voice and leadership in sustainable and inclusive

  • India-Israel Defense Cooperation0

    By Maimuna Ashraf* March 20, 2017 Israel, followed by Russia and US, is India’s third largest defense supplier and the bilateral defense cooperation between two states is continuing to be strong. Both states are also celebrating the twenty-five years of establishment of their diplomatic relations this year, whereas at the end of last year the

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