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Can the US and Russia talk their way out of crisis in Ukraine?

By Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham Kerry and Lavrov keep talking. EPA/Martial Trezzini Talks between US secretary of state John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Paris, followed after a week of high-level diplomacy, including a phone call between presidents Obama and Putin. The very fact that the meeting was so hastily arranged and at the level of ...

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Delhi EC crack down on violation of model code

By Shivnarayan Rajpurohit Even as India’s largest political drama is preparing for its final run, the Election Commission(EC) has tightened the noose around the neck for all the political parties and their candidates. To ensure that the party candidates and political parties comply with the model code of conduct (MCC) in Delhi, the state election commission has formed various teams ...

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Kashmir’s challenge: comprehending peace amid chaos and conflict

By Adfar Shah An uncertain Kashmir is again moving towards instability. This time for the killing of yet another innocent youth Farhat Ahmad Dar. Farhat(18), a young boy from north Kashmir was killed when police fired on the protestors in the Bandipora district, triggering further curfews and protests.  A protesting KashmirPhoto: mfr_isb@yahoo.com The killing of Farhat might go down the ...

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Indian Vultures and their Last Crusade

By Subramanya Chandrashekar In the early 1980′s, there were approximately 40 million vultures in India. Now there are only 60,000 of these scavengers left. Watching them glide majestically through the skies, is becoming a rare sight. The masters of the skies, today stand critically endangered and it would be foolish to push this aside as a mere story or undermine ...

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Whiz kid makes own radio station from scouring trash cans

|By Riti Sinha| Kelvin Doe’s neighborhood in Sierra Leone has power lines, but electricity is rarely available even for mundane things such as lighting homes at night. Tired of the week long power cuts, this young lad, now 17-years old decided to turn things around. He built his own battery out of acid, soda, and metal parts scavenged from trash ...

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Now Crimea’s in the bag, where next for Putin and Russia?

By Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham and Tatyana Malyarenko, Donetsk State Management University Putin on a show: Putin’s speech is broadcast in Sevastopol.           EPA/Zurab Kurtsikidze Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has now apparently formalised the annexation by announcing two new laws that make Crimea and Sevastopol subjects of the Russian Federation and has signed a treaty to ...

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Pave way for a new, thinking Kashmir

By Adfar Shah                                                                              Photo: Brian Brake Kashmir has been full of inconvenient facts. Those that talk of oppressors who suppress(ed) the natives, ...

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India’s firm stance on tax could actually help investors

By Mick Moore, Institute of Development Studies Just make sure you get a receiptPhoto:Tom Miller/PA India keeps getting into arguments with foreign firms over tax; is it wise to do so? The Financial Times, for one, is in no doubt that India is scaring off foreign investors, and that it is making a mistake. A recent editorial had the unambiguous ...

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State of Art

By Divya Aslesha The opening paragraph of the national focus group on arts and culture report efficiently sums up the concerns the Arts face in India and particularly from an educational perspective.  It says, “The need to integrate art education in the formal schooling of our students now requires urgent attention if we are to retain our unique cultural identity. ...

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Alcohol : A pacifier for infants and pregnant women in villages of Andhra Pradesh

|By Riti Sinha| When the child cries, a mother feeds it milk. But this is not the case in the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh. Here, when the child cries, all the other does is stick a bottle of locally brewed spurious liquor into its mouth. Macherla village is one of the many villages in the Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh where ...

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