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Pakistan minister says information ministry to table bill on journalists' protection

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said Tuesday his ministry planned to table a bill in the National Assembly for the protection of journalists. The new legislation will be similar to the one enacted in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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Climate change in ‘God’s Own Country’
By Parvati Shashankan

Past one week Kerala received unprecedented rains resulting in landslides and floods all over the state. According to the meteorological department, the cumulative rainfall in Kerala, the southwest monsoon between June 1st and August 15th was 2,087.67 mm, a departure of nearly 30% from the normal 1,606.05 mm rainfall.

Vajpayee: From a nationalist to a statesman
By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

It is with sadness that I learnt the Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sahib passed away today. He attained a ripe old age of 93. His was a long career in politics.

Vajpayee, a voice of sanity lost along the way
By Tarun Basu

It was the summer of 1996. The Congress government of Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao had lost the general election and, for the first time, there was an opportunity for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed by the moderate and well liked Atal Bihari Vajpayee, of coming to power.

Spiritual underpinnings of independence movement
Anil K Rajvanshi

Mahatma Gandhi more than anybody else also epitomized the spiritual underpinnings of our Freedom struggle. He was a spiritual human being and a great Karma Yogi.

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.