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  • Disaster Preparedness and Response During Political Transition in Nepal0

    Two years ago, the 7.8 magnitude Gorkha Earthquake struck Nepal’s densely populated Kathmandu Valley, followed by a second quake on May 12, leaving 9,000 people dead, 22,000 injured, and a tenth of the population, 3.5 million people, homeless. In response, the Nepali government, army, and civil society mobilized to help the survivors, joined by an outpouring

  • Unrest in Kashmir: Why is India in no mood to resolve the explosive issue? (A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-301)0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff India suffers from an illogical superiority complex and situation has become severe under the Hindutva nationalist BJP rule. India government, irrespective of which party or coalition rules the country, does not change its policy for Jammu Kashmir which it sees through its policy for Pakistan. India possibly thinks if it ends criminal

  • Myanmar’s By-Elections: At a Glance0

    By Mi Ki Kyaw Myint On April 1, nearly 800,000 out of some 2 million eligible voters cast their ballot in Myanmar’s by-elections to fill 19 vacant seats at the national and sub-national level. The election is the first since the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government assumed power in March 2016, and the first to be administered

  • Creating an Ecosystem of Support for Trafficking Survivors in India0

    By Diya Nag FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare South Asia has the dubious distinction of being the fastest-growing and second-largest region for human trafficking in the world, with India at its epicentre as a source, destination, and transit country. Despite recent government data that indicates that reporting of cases of human trafficking in India has increased by almost 25 percent, the conviction rate remains abysmally low.

  • Addressing Industrial Pollution Along the Kelani River0

    By Dhiya Sathananthan, Johann Rebert The lush banks and rushing waters of the Kelani River served as the indelible backdrop for the 1957 Academy Award-winning movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and today, the river remains a vital resource for about 25 percent of the Sri Lankan population who reside in its catchment area. The river is

  • Why Nepal’s Upcoming Local Elections Matter More than Ever0

    By Bishal K. Chalise, George Varughese On May 14, Nepalis will go to elections for newly-delineated local (village and municipal) governments. These comprise one of three constitutionally mandated elections to be completed by January 2018. At the time they were announced, the news of elections at the local level brought mixed reactions from those who wish for some sign of progress

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