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Kabul killings: New dimensions in today's journalist copybook

News reporting has always been hazardous work. I learnt this first hand when barely four years in the field as a cub reporter in Delhi. It was the 1970s and bomb explosions like the recent one in Kabul which killed nine, including a woman, journalists, were yet to be listed as dangers in a reporter’s copybook.

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Asma Jahangir: She shaped the destiny of South Asia

“We want the open skies of friendship, not walls of hatred,” these words of Asma Jahangir resonated across India Habitat Centre in New Delhi where numerous Indian friends of the Pakistani civil rights activist who breathed her last on 11 February, 2018 in Lahore due to brain haemorrhage  gathered to pay their last respects and celebrate an extraordinary life.

Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): An outspoken critic of dictatorship

I learnt with great shock and grief the death of Pakistan's most famous, indefatigable and brave human rights champion, Madam Asma Jahangir. I had the occasional only once in life to meet her and and attend a meeting being held by her where the late Dr Javed Iqbal was the main speaker.

In begum vs begum battle in Bangladesh, its advantage Hasina

Political equations in Bangladesh has taken an intriguing turn with the anti-corruption court in Dhaka convicting opposition leader and former prime minister Khaldea Zia of corruption and sentencing her to five years in jail. The two-time former premier along with her son, Tarique Rahman, who has been sentenced to ten years in prison in the same case were found guilty of siphoning off $252,000, or 21 million taka, in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which Zia leads, has called the termed the verdict politically motivated and is expected to appeal against the verdict.

India, Saudi Arabia becoming strong global partners

Amazing things are happening between India and Saudi Arabia, whose hitherto energy-centred partnership is being upgraded and transformed into a multi-dimensional relationship. And all this is happening without too much fuss and publicity as both countries have been working quietly, and assiduously, to work towards elevating the relationship into a meaningful strategic partnership to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing geostrategic environment.

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India poised to join China as global leaders in renewables: Report

India is poised to join China as the two global leaders in the renewable energy technology-led transformation, a US-based research institute said.


India’s growth story is treading on thin ice

By all estimates, the Indian economy has entered a phase of recovery. After a period of subdued growth that was marred by a spate of disruptions, India has regained the fastest-growing major eco...