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Sri Lanka’s Chinese Election

[By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election this month promises to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the wider Indian Ocean region, a global center of trade and energy flows that accounts for half of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its petroleum shipments.The country’s strategic importance has not been lost on ...

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India’s forgotten cotton-picking children

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] I always associated cotton picking with songs from the American deep-south. It conjured up visions of poor people, mostly African Americans. We associated cotton picking with southern slavery in America. Never with India. Inexplicably, given I have clear memories of detailed geography lessons about India’s agricultural patterns and cotton-growing states. My lack of awareness on ...

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What is Twitterati saying about #CongressMPs?

With no doubt in the public’s mind that the present monsoon session will be a complete washout with zero productivity, Twittterati has taken to tweeting their displeasure about Congress MPs whom they blame for stalling Parliamentary activities. Pointblank7 presents a few choice rant tweets on #CongressMPs. This is what Congress MPs have done all monsoon : EAT. SLEEP. DISRUPT. REPEAT ! ...

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Medicine Monk’s Free Medicine Bank

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Omkar Nath Sharma (79) is a frequent sight in government hospitals and charitable dispensaries across Delhi. Wearing either a bright saffron or maroon kurta, grey trousers and bedroom slippers, Sharma is one-stop succour for poor patients getting treatment in Delhi. He collects unused medicines from door to door in different parts of the city and then ...

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This Village in India Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl is Born

[By Zsuzsanna Gal] In an atmosphere where every morning newspapers greet people with stories of girls being tormented, raped, killed or treated like a doormat, India’s beautiful small village communities can still bring some good news from time to time. Many parts of India historically favors the birth of a son, but villages like Piplantri in Rajasthan state have a ...

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AFSPA in Kashmir: A Battle of Perceptions

[By Adfar Shah] Tripura’s Manik Sarkar government’s decision on revoking AFSPA recently was much hailed in public and intellectual circles. However, the ripple effect as expected was the fresh revival of the incessant demand for revocation of AF(JK)SPA in Jammu and Kashmir. It is being said that the controversial law in Tripura was revoked through consistent efforts by the State ...

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Making dreams: Giving girls a chance to study and play

[By Roshin Varghese ] Mysore (Women’s Feature Service) – Saturdays are very special for Javeriya, 17. Come noon, she quickly changes from her traditional ‘salwar kameez’ into track pants and t-shirt, firmly laces up her trainers and heads to the field near her home for a gruelling, yet fun-filled, game of football under the hot sun. Javeriya, who hails from ...

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Healthcare For Women In Times Of Distress

Delhi (WFS) — Millions have been affected by the devastating earthquake that jolted Nepal on April 25, 2015. With half a million homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands more damaged, people have been forced to sleep out in the open or adjust in crowded in displacement camps. But even as the crisis has garnered extensive international attention and an outpouring ...

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It’s Justice Dave Vs Justice Kurien on Twitter

On Tuesday, Justice Anil R Dave dismissed 1993 blast convict Yakub Memon’s plea for a stay on his execution but Justice Kurien Joseph from the same Supreme Court bench disagreed with Justice Dave’s dismissal with the argument there that was a procedural flaw in dismissing Yakub’s curative petition. The Chief Justice of India has been requested to refer the issue ...

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I have three visions for India : Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Dr. Abdul Kalaam known for his love for the student community, delivered this speech at Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, where he outlined his visions for India. In 3000 years of our history, people from all over the world have come and invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards, the Greeks, the Turks, the Moguls, the Portuguese, ...

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