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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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Climate change in ‘God’s Own Country’

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

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

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

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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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.


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 ...