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CJA deplores new Bangladesh digital law, says it muzzles free expression

The Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) expresses its acute concern at the passage by the Bangladesh parliament of the Digital Security Act, a draconian step which bodes ill for human rights and free expression in Bangladesh.

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Immortalising a saint-reformer-revolutionary's teachings

The details of Guru's renunciation of family life, his mediation in the wilderness, his interaction with people of different strata of society, his building of temples and fight against untouchability fit into the making of a saint revolutionary.

Bridging the gap: Connecting Sikkim to Tibet will be win-win for both India and China

Commerce, Culture and Connectivity are the three pillars of India’s robust engagement with South-East Asia and good road connectivity is one crucial requisite for such close interface.

Changing world order presents an opportunity for India

The contrasting events that transpired in the cities of Quebec and Qingdao over the weekend signalled the immediacy of the changing world order.

The great Australian turnaround!

Ties between India and Australia are experiencing an upswing for the last decade or so. Australia has recognised India as an important strategic partner after a long period of mutual apathy.

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For creating an ecologically-friendly environment in Pakistan

  Unchecked urbanisation, overpopulation, tap water mixed with sewage water, raw industrial domestic effluents going straight into River Ravi without any cleansing process. Depleting ground water without adequate recharge of ground aquifers.

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Fitch raises India's FY19 GDP growth forecast to 7.8%

US multinational Fitch Ratings on Friday raised India's GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.8 per cent, up from their earlier estimate of 7.4 per cent, indicating, however, that ...

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