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The Gorkhas still carry into battle their traditional weapon -an 18-inch long wickedly curved, broadbladed heavy knife known as the khukri. It is the world's most renowned fighting knife. It's said: "Often the mere sight of an unsheathed khukri is enough to discourage any further action by causing a cold, cramped feeling in the nether regions of the stomach." Legend has it that once a khukri was drawn in battle , it had to 'taste blood' . If it did not, its owner had to cut himself before returning it to its sheath. Writes Gurmeet kanwal

 
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“Ghosts”, whispered Mr Obama. They haunt him still, as he seeks to bring most American troops home before 2015, without leaving Afghanistan prey to a new extremist Taliban regime or an intensification of its three-decade-long civil war.

 
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By raising $110,000 for the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Nepal, the Spinal Beetle Rally has had moderate success. According to a tweet by veteran journalist from Nepal — as opposed to “Nepali journalist” — Kanak Mani Dixit, it has “raised about half of what we need”.

 
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 A satirical song that takes a tongue-in-cheek swipe at religious extremism, militancy and contradictions in Pakistani society has become an instant hit here, drawing widespread attention as a rare voice of the country's embattled liberals.

 

 

 
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It is necessary to talk of respected immigrants Muslim people after the subject of aborigines and the indigenous tribes. Being involved in trade and commerce for three hundred years the Muslim people are immigrants.Writes Dirgha Raj Prasai

 
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India's Gender Inequality Index (GII) worsened between 2008 and 2011, and the country now ranks 129 out of 146 countries on the GII, better only than Afghanistan in south Asia.

 
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What can you say of a country of staggering beauty, where the rivers run clean and the air blows fresh? A country where the king is more beloved than the prime minister

 
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The Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) revealed the country’s new tourism slogan and logo, the new slogan being ‘Maldives – Always Natural’, which is accompanied by a logo highlighting the country’s unique natural characteristics.

 
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In Asia's happiest nation and the world's last Buddhist kingdom, I wailed in despair and beseeched the Lord. No, the plaintive cry was not an SOS for salvation. In Bhutan, the nation that calibrates success in Gross National Happiness (GNH). I was not even imploring the Buddha for a handful of happiness. Writes Preeti Verma Lal

 
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The announcement of the Longlist of 16 titles for the 2012 edition of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature wouldn’t have been complete without an interaction on The Discussion of Identity: South Asian Fiction in Perspective, which preceded the announcement.The discussion brought authors like Tarun Tejpal, Namita Gokhale and Sanjoy Roy on the floor sharing their observations on South Asian Literature

 


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spotlight image Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office again in Bangladesh in 2009, bilateral relations between New Delhi and Dhaka have been on a steady upward trajectory.
 
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Desperate living conditions and waterborne diseases are threatening more than 320,000 Rohingya refugee children who have fled to southern Bangladesh since late August, including some 10,000 who crossed from Myanmar over the past few days, UNICEF said.
 
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A unique and passionate gathering of acrophiles, or mountain lovers, took place in neat and picturesque Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram state in north-eastern India in September.
 
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India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a level of maturity which allows it to assert itself in an effective manner. This is aimed at protecting the country’s national interests in a sustained way.
 
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  Union Minister Jitendra Singh on October 14 said “militants are on the run” and that militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is in its “last phase”.
 
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China has entered a new era in building socialism with Chinese characteristics. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has mapped out plans for the new era.
 
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As political roller coasters go, there is none as steep and unpredictable as the one shared by the United States and Iran.
 
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In West Asia, the end of one war paves the way for the next. Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), has fallen to a coalition of rebels, the Syrian Democratic Forces that is backed by the United States.
 
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On “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”
 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
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Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

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

 
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