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Outside Pashupatinath

Why Indo-Nepal friendship is a win-win for both

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Walking through the long winding corridor of ziggurat-like red-brick Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu makes you feel like you have come to a school or a bus stop built unpretentiously. The sole international airport of Nepal having an international and a domestic terminus is quite non-descript and apparently a bad advertisement for the country. The ...

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Steel Mills | Photo under creative commons licence

The Real Raw Material of Wealth

|By Ricardo Hausmann| Tirana – Poor countries export raw materials such as cocoa, iron ore, and raw diamonds. Rich countries export – often to those same poor countries – more complex products such as chocolate, cars, and jewels. If poor countries want to get rich, they should stop exporting their resources in raw form and concentrate on adding value to them. Otherwise, ...

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(Photo: Al Jazeera English / Creative Commons)

Unholy War

|By Naomi Wolf| New York – As the bombardment of Gaza continues, and the civilian death toll rises above 1,200 – with children comprising one-quarter of the victims – the world has become polarized. Supporters of Israel’s actions invoke its right to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks. Opponents argue that nothing justifies the mass killing of civilians and the destruction ...

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Plastic road : A bypass to garbage menace

|By Sanjay Pandey| India’s Silicon Valley is sitting on a ticking bomb of garbage piles with the authorities caring little about finding alternative ways to fix the problem. Rapid economic growth, overcrowding, growing culture of consumerism, poor urban planning, cancerous corruption and political paralysis are literally turning Bangalore, the Garden city into a garbage bin. The IT capital’s infamous garbage ...

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speaking in the Rajya Sabha | PTI

Saffron shift in India’s Foreign policy on Israel-Gaza conflict

|By Narendra Kaushik| The distance between New Delhi and the Gaza Strip is over 4110 kms. During blockade, the kind imposed by Israel till last week (no flights in operation), it may take you over three days to get in or out of the place. Yet the Nashik-size inferno in Palestine which was in the grip of a fierce battle ...

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PISA’s Promise

|By Ángel Gurría| Paris– By assessing the capabilities and knowledge of students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems, the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) provides valuable options for reform and information on how to achieve it. Some claim that the PISA results are based on too wide a range of factors to be relevant, while others ...

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In pursuit of an Indian passport – the woes of a common man

|By Sanjay Pandey| Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants who take advantage of porous international borders to cross over and settle down in the bordering districts of West Bengal and Bihar, have now started penetrating deeper into the Indian territory. Jharkhand’s Sahibganj district, which shares borders with West Bengal’s Malda, has become a case study into the systematic influx of illegal immigrants. Like ...

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Child soldiers | Photo: Representative, Abhijit Sathe, Crime reporter's guide

Maoists issue diktat to tribal schools to list child recruits

|By Sanjay Pandey| As soon as the five-day campaign against Maoists demanding child recruits came to an end in Gumla, the Ultra-lefts stepped up their activities in primitive tribes’ residential schools with near-impunity as if they were waiting for the police formalities to get over in the Naxal-affected district. The rebels have threatened the teachers and the kids alike with ...

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India bowler Ishant Sharma (c) and team mates celebrate during Test match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 21, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. |Photo Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Larwood’s shame is Ishant Sharma’s fame

|By Sanjib Guha| Ishant Sharma’s 7-74 somehow reminds me of the English sensation of the 1930s – Harold Larwood. Being one of the finest fast bowlers of his time, Larwood’s career came to a premature end after inventing the style of bowling ‘bodyline’ against Bill Woodfull – Don Bradman’s Australia with resounding success more than 80 years ago. Larwood’s strategy ...

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gali cricket in dalli rajhara

A town where you can buy a house for ₹ 20,000

|By Narendra Kaushik| Dalli Rajhara. The name is a tongue twister and sounds distinctly South Indian. The dusty town (walk around for a while and the iron ore sand would turn your shoes and trouser bottoms ochre-coloured), surrounded by seven hills and perched on a high land on the periphery of naxal-affected regions of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, is neither. It ...

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