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Uyghur repression in China's Xinjiang has implications for region

Ethnic tension in the Xinjiang autonomous region of China is increasing. The tension is no longer limited to Xinjiang but is spreading across the border to other Central Asian states as well. According to media reports, over the past six years at least 1,000 people have died in ethnic tensions in Xinjiang.

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Modi’s trip to West Asia and Agenda 2030

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to West Asia served as an entrée on the platform of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes Adrij Chakraborty for South Asia Monitor

India needs to aim for global excellence in education

Campus placement season is here and the news is that graduates from the top campuses in India, especially the IITs, have received six figure pay packets and job offers in the US. However, looking beyond the top 200 engineering schools in India, pay packets are not looking too promising. The reason is the emergence of new engineering schools in tier-2 and tier-3 cities in the last 10-15 years. A majority of them are producing hire-worthy graduates. However, their remote location often leads to few recruiters approaching these colleges, despite knowing it would mean missing out on brilliant talent. This upsets the demand-supply equation.

India can be a standard-setter for democracy worldwide

This is written from my adopted homeland of the United States of America to celebrate Republic Day in my motherland of India. It is a love letter to acknowledge the enormous privileges and benefits that I received growing up in India and then maturing in the US -- the two largest democratic, writes Frank F. Islam

Making IIMs world-class institutions

The struggle for autonomy has been going on within the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) from their inception, writes P.D. Rai
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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,

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UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...

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