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  • Crushing the intellect: Pakistan’s war on free speech0

    Altaf Khan, University of Peshawar Pakistani authorities have won another battle against free speech. The latest blow is just another consequence of harsh measures taken by Pakistan’s government in the last five years against freedom of speech. On March 27, the interior ministry announced that Facebook had removed 85% of “illegal, blasphemous” content found on

  • In Bangladesh, people are eating more fish but getting less nutrition from it0

    Jessica Bogard, The University of Queensland People in Bangladesh are now eating 30% more fish than they did 20 years ago, but they are getting a smaller amount of important nutrients from it, a new study shows. Fish is widely known as a healthy food, rich in protein and other nutrients, so how can this

  • In the name of Holy Cow, with the blessings of the BJP0

    By Sam  9th April 2017 The Gau Rakshak Clan Gaumata, Gau raksha, beef ban… In the 70 years since independence, never has the country been so obsessed with all things bovine than it is today with BJP in power. From banning the sale of beef in some states to cow cess in others, the humble

  • Little over a year away from presidential poll, Maldives politics hotting up0

    N Sathiya Moorthy After ‘defeating’ the joint Opposition-sponsored no-trust motion against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh, the Government of President Abdulla Yameen has revived the call for the forgotten all-party political negotiations. However, the Opposition rejected the Government’s offer. “If it is democracy they want, they should adhere to democratic principles and use this opportunity,” Fisheries

  • Extension Given to Probe Sri Lanka’s War Crimes is No Surprise0

    Extension Given to Probe Sri Lanka’s War Crimes is No Surprise In late March this year, the United Nations Humans Right Council (UNHRC) granted Colombo a further extension of two years to probe alleged war crimes committed during the civil war. The main political party of Sri Lanka’s Tamils, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), went along

  • PDP BJP Coalition Oxymoron in Kashmir…?0

    “The idea that two political parties can’t come together to get a mission done is foreign to me and unacceptable.” JAVID AHMAD AHANGER and JAVEED BIN NABI Thomas Jefferson to Maryland Republicans in 1809 said. “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good

  • Headless democracy, heartless neighbor3

    We need a good neighbor; our neighbor needs it too.   Minar Rashid A good neighbor is the blessing from the creator. As the saying goes, you can change your life partner if it does not suit you, but cannot change your neighbor. Pakistan or India would have changed their neighbors’ long time back if

  • All eyes on Election Commission in RK Nagar bypoll0

    N Sathiya Moorthy Rediff.com 6 April 2017 Would the EC make an example of the RK Nagar by-election, either by ensuring free and fair polls or by countermanding the same, asks N Sathiya Moorthy. Come April 12, and Chennai’s RK Nagar assembly constituency would have voted for a new MLA in place of late chief

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  • Minorities in Indian polity

    Minorities in Indian polity0

    The UN Declaration on Minorities, 1992 brings out the need for special attention to the ‘national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities’. The Constitution of India, 1950 does not define ‘minorities’ or mention whom it considers minorities but provides in Part III that the cultural and religious rights of ‘minorities’ must be protected. The National

  • Witness to history

    Witness to history0

    A visit to Dhaka can be an overwhelming experience — not just because of the traffic, pollution, congestion or humidity, but also due to its history. As a Pakistani, I felt remorse, guilt and shame every time I walked into the corridors of Dhaka University. The names of the students, intellectuals and teachers, who died

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