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With a death toll of 150 and counting, words cannot describe the scale of the tragedy.



Rarely in the Indian Union has an incumbent government had such a skewed ethnic and geographical basis.


With over 70 people already killed due to landslides, it is high time that we came to a permanent solution to this problem which plagues the hilly areas of the country.


When people like Sultana Kamal and Afsan Chowdhury do not have the space to voice their opinions, all individuals are under threat


Cheaper solar panels are vital for the viability of long-term investments in solar energy, which stands to benefit millions of Bangladeshi consumers

A healthy stream of remittance would go a long way in helping Bangladesh meet its growth target Overall, it has not been a good year for remittances.


The last thing the people of Dhaka need right now is a water crisis. Unfortunately, our capital has a storied history of water scarcity, with people taking to the streets and having their thirst be voiced in the form of protests being a frequent occurrence during the warmer periods of the year

A flat tax this regressive, at the end of the day, only hurts the less well off The finance minister is no Robin Hood.

Nothing justifies the terrible attack on the indigenous people of Langadu upazila, Rangamati. Homes torched. Shops looted. Children terrified. Several hundred indigenous people forced to flee on foot, leaving behind all their possessions.


This is what many had been fearing. The 15% flat VAT rate will be taking effect from July 1. Yes, the VAT is a powerful generator of revenue for the government, but let’s face it: This flat VAT stands to do more harm than good.


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spotlight image India’s Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari visited Armenia recently to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The US has slammed Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from "safe havens" inside its territory, and said the Nawaz Sharif government did not take any action against the LeT and JeM, which continue to operate openly.
In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that China is experiencing a sort of superiority obsession, imagining it can dominate and conquer the world. Several Chinese acts in the recent past indicate such an attitude. Asian nations, which are now apprehensive about China’s aggressive postures, are unclear how matters will shape up.
Men of letters have outstanding world views, but sometimes their views on the situation in the Valley are coloured by lack of practical appreciation of the ground reality.
For many of us in India — and, indeed, in the rest of the world — the Chinese economic story has been seen for what it is: a country determined by its leadership’s sheer will to lift its people first out of paddy fields
IS retired Gen Raheel Sharif commanding a ghost army? Government representatives have insisted that so long as the terms of reference of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism are not finalised, Pakistan’s participation cannot be determined.
  The U.S. administration’s decision to slap sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals and entities on Tuesday, only a day after it certified to Congress that Tehran was compliant with the conditions of the nuclear deal, sums up its strategic resolve in taking on the Islamic Republic and the tactical dilemma it faces while doi
S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.


This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...


History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.


Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...


Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

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