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Former envoy lauds India’s decision to allow Pak PM’s aircraft to use its airspace
Asia, Opinion

Former envoy lauds India’s decision to allow Pak PM’s aircraft to use its airspace

It was a good and positive decision that India took to permit Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aircraft to use its airspace to travel to Sri Lanka, said former Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia, Ashok Sajjanhar.“It is a good and positive decision that India has taken to permit Imran Khan’s aircraft to overfly the airspace of India to visit Sri Lanka on February 23. India is a large country; India is a magnanimous country. It is a normal global international protocol to allow the aircraft of traveling heads of states, heads of governments to overfly this space. So, I think it is very appropriate,” he said.Sajjanhar further remarked that India has taken this stand when required and that tense relations between the two countries should not stand in the way of normal excha
Opinion, Politics, World

WILL KASHMIRIS BE PAKISTAN’S NEW MOHAJIRS?

Much as it encourages militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and expresses ‘solidarity’ with the Kashmiris living in India, Pakistan is seeking to push a large number of them out of the Kashmir territory it controls. Plans are afoot to re-settle them in Sindh, and make them the new ‘mohajirs’. This needs some explaining and recall of the past. Over a lakh of Kashmiris are to be shifted from the cool climes of the north to the dry desert region in Sindh. The idea is two-fold: to send them away because they have become vocal and demanding. This would create space and a ‘conducive’ environment to promote militancy by setting up more camps to keep up the pressures on India.   As these plans get underway, history seems to be ready to repeat itself in Pakistan. Millions of Muslims who mo
J&K govt to establish two pesticide testing labs in Kashmir
Asia, Opinion

J&K govt to establish two pesticide testing labs in Kashmir

In a significant development, the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration has decided to establish two state-of-art pesticide testing labs at two places in north and south Kashmir to save farmers from an influx of spurious chemicals which have wreaked havoc with the horticulture sector.Horticulture Director, Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad said that though the department has established a central pesticide testing laboratory but now the government has decided to establish two more such laboratories in North and South Kashmir to check the menace of spurious pesticides.“There is a dire need to check the use of spurious pesticides in Kashmir as it causes huge damage to our fruit industry. The Horticulture department has been time and again urging farmers to follow the spraying schedule and recommenda
ISIS set to become Islamist Frankenstein in Africa
Asia, Conflict, Opinion, Politics

ISIS set to become Islamist Frankenstein in Africa

On the run from Europe and Asia since 2014, terror organization ISIS is now desperately trying to establish its turf on the African continent by setting up links with local terror bodies. In the process, its Jihadist ideology has secured a fresh lease of life to expand the influence of the Islamic caliphate.Several countries of Africa where the civil-military differences are weakening the social and economic fabric are now the hunting grounds of ISIS. Even among them, ISIS prefers countries where Islamist politics have reared their head. The world has noticed the silence of orthodox Islamic clergy in face of rogue expansion of the Islamic terror bodies in Africa as they escape the western military forces in west Asia and Europe, specially from Syria and Iraq.It is perhaps as a result of th...
Millions queue to vote as India state election gets under way
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Millions queue to vote as India state election gets under way

Millions queue to vote as India state election gets under way Some 70 million people are eligible to vote in the Indian state of Bihar in the world's biggest election since the pandemic erupted. PATNA, India: Millions of Indians turned out to cast ballots in a state election Wednesday in the world's biggest vote since the coronavirus emerged, with booths packed out and many ignoring government advice on wearing masks and social distancing. Some 70 million people are eligible to vote in Bihar, an impoverished eastern state governed by an alliance that includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has promised a free vaccine for every person in the state if it wins. The election comes as India, the world's second most-infected nation, has recorded almost eig...
What the pandemic taught us about food imports from China
Business, China, Opinion, World

What the pandemic taught us about food imports from China

As the pandemic compelled the world to look eastwards and into its deep dungeons, a new issue was boiling underneath the chaos; how safe is the food that is being imported from China? With hundreds of videos that are doing their rounds across several platforms , showing the condition of the wet markets in China and its suburbs, the people across the globe have gone into a state of frenzy. Everybody is concerned about the safety of the imports from China, especially food. The greed for higher benefits in China's flourishing business sector economy, joined with the absence of viable assessment and law implementation, and the relinquishment of hygiene and cleanliness campaigns, have all added to the exacerbating circumstance of sanitation. China is presently reaping the outcomes. Thous...
China’s human rights violations: Persecution of the Uyghurs
Asia, Opinion

China’s human rights violations: Persecution of the Uyghurs

Despite its continued repression and persecution of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China now finds itself at the “top table” of an international human rights forum.In a largely unheralded election last month, the UN General Assembly voted to elect a new tranche of 15 Human Rights Council (HRC) members, including China, which won a seat over objections from critics who challenge its rights record, not least against the Uyghurs.China joins 47 other nations on the UN council and will serve for three years from January.China faced stiff competition in the Asia-Pacific region where six nations were competing for five spots. China secured the last of the five spots as Saudi Arabia failed to cross the needed vote threshold.Support for China at the election was actually its weakest since the council’s found
Hursan Hassan’s story is a Uighur tragedy: Activist
China, Opinion

Hursan Hassan’s story is a Uighur tragedy: Activist

The Executive Director of ‘Campaign for Uyghurs’ and activist Rushan Abbas has said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is replicating the tyranny of Mao Zedong by persecuting the intellectuals, the recent victim of it being Hursan Hassan, who has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.In an opinion article, Rushan compared the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution" of 1966, initiated by Mao Zedong to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s persecution of Uyghur Muslims in East Turkistan.She described the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution" as a period during which millions of civil servants, writers and teachers were fired, elites and artists were attacked, many intellectuals were labeled "counter-revolutionaries," beaten or killed; others were sent to corrective labor camps.“The nations tha
Soldiers without ranks
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Soldiers without ranks

Young Muslims trained in arms and light ammunition are sought after pawns in the markets of conflict and turmoil. Wearing the masks of Islam, they are out to create mayhem and massacre. In most cases, theses forces are out to challenge the State and its well-structured armies and police forces. In old times, such confrontations were a part of the game between rulers and their opponents.However, in modern times, the rules of the game have changed. Generally, the confrontations take place according to rules of war, as well as according to the international law approved by international community. But in this case, the engagement and employment of pawns is either overlooked or ignored. This strategic game was being played in pre-colonial and even colonial era as a state craft.The rulers who u...
Child abuse in all forms unacceptable: Poll
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Child abuse in all forms unacceptable: Poll

Child abuse in all forms unacceptable: Poll Parents press for assurances their children are being cared for in a safe environment from the management of Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Nonthaburi on Monday, following the beating of kindergarteners by their carers. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) A huge majority of people say abuse and maltreatment of children at schools is unacceptable and everyone should work together to prevent it, according to the result of a survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll. The poll was conducted online Sept 29-Oct 2 on 1,896 people thoughout the country to compile their opinions on the reported abuse and maltreatment of children in the kindergarten and primary school levels in Nonthaburi and Bangkok. A majority of resp...