• Indian politics: Implications of AAP win in Delhi by-poll0

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    • September 2, 2017

    Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal As it was facing the problem of extinction following the rout in the local polls in Delhi state which it rules, Delhi’s ruling party Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has won a by-election for the Bawana seat by a significant 24,000 votes, leaving behind the real threat BJP and the Congress, which

  • Devastating Himalayan floods are made worse by an international blame game0

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    • September 2, 2017

    Jagannath Adhikari, Curtin University Devastating floods in Nepal have sparked regional tension, with Nepali politicians and media outlets claiming that Indian infrastructure along their shared border has left Nepal vulnerable. In a visit last week to India, Nepal’s prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba released a joint statement with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi pledging to

  • International Community: Permanent solution for Myanmar’s persecuted Rohyngas

    International Community: Permanent solution for Myanmar’s persecuted Rohyngas0

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    • September 1, 2017

    Why this is important Mynamar’s Rohyngas are the most persecuted people on earth and the latest carnage suggest that this is becoming an anachronism and that Myanmar government can no more be trusted to resolve the issue and thus immediate international intervention needed. Click here to sign the petition …

  • Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj0

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    • September 1, 2017

    Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC Ken Chitwood, University of Florida Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all

  • International Day Against Nuclear Tests And Glimpse Of Non-Proliferation0

    By Maimuna Ashraf Dr. Kenneth T Bainbridge was the physicist who directed the first atomic bomb test, and Trinity was the code name given to the world’s first nuclear explosion by Dr. J Robert Oppenheimer, known as the ‘father of atomic bomb’ for leading the World War II Manhattan Project that produced the first atomic

  • Pakistan: Time to quit US proxy war in Afghanistan0

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    • September 1, 2017

    By Shabbir Kazmi Sunday, 27 August 2017 My narrative may sound undiplomatic, but it is a true reflection of the feelings of Pakistanis. Those in power or seeking access to the corridors of power may still be willing to negotiate the terms to continue to tow the US foreign policy. However, the demonstrations held in

  • The rise and rise of Iran: How Tehran has become pivotal to the future of the Middle East0

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    • September 1, 2017

    Mohammed Nuruzzaman, Gulf University for Science and Technology Iran and the US are once again on a dangerous collision course. President Trump’s search for excuses to decertify the July 2015 nuclear deal, negotiated by the Obama administration, is exacerbating new tensions in their frayed relations. The US, in a bid to keep the Iranians in

  • It’s advantage DMK in Tamil Nadu for now0

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    • September 1, 2017

    It’s advantage DMK in Tamil Nadu for now But not for too long, as TTV Dinakaran can still play spoilsport, says N Sathiya Moorthy. N Sathiya Moorthy, 1 September 2017 With acting governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao reportedly telling political interlocutors that he could not intervene in what is essentially an ‘internal matter’ of the ruling All India


  • India’s Influence in Asia

    India’s Influence in Asia0

    China’s gradual political, economic and military rise continues to be a primary focus among many decision making bodies throughout Asia and beyond, but often lost in the discussion is India, its strategic objectives, and its political influence in Asia and the world. As India continues to gain its footing on the global stage, it continues

  • Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?

    Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?0

    For some time now Pakistan has been arguing for an exemption from the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). At the Hague Nuclear Security Summit in 2014, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appealed to the international support to have access to civilian nuclear technology. Pakistan contends that it must be accorded similar rights to engage in

  • Chinese and Indian Investment in South and Central Asia is Good for Washington

    Chinese and Indian Investment in South and Central Asia is Good for Washington0

    The United States is increasingly on the outside looking in as China — and India — invest across South and Central Asia. And that’s a good thing for Washington. On April 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping received a hero’s welcome in Islamabad. It’s easy to understand why. He was in town to announce a bonanza

  • Pascal’s wager in real time

    Pascal’s wager in real time0

    The gamble in the Middle East and the gamble in Bangladesh Readers will understand that I am exercising heroic self-restraint by limiting my remarks on the recently-completed Nuclear Framework Agreement to two paragraphs. It is, to quote London’s Financial Times (FT) a “singular” achievement, and in my view another possible inflection point in the modern

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  • Asma Jahangir: The street fighter

    Asma Jahangir: The street fighter

    OBITUARY Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): The human rights icon from Pakistan was a feisty street fighter The renowned senior lawyer suffered from a cardiac arrest and died in Lahore on Sunday. Saroop Ijaz  11/2/2018 This article was first published on The Herald in 2016. Asma Jahangir admonishes police personnel at a protest against the Election Commission of Pakistan

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