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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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How earth’s gravimagnetic field affects human mind

There is an interesting story in the Indian epic Ramayana about Shravan Kumar who carried his aged and blind parents in two baskets hanging on his shoulders, taking them to various holy places for pilgrimage, writes Anil K. Rajvanshi

Let us treat persons with disabilities as resource, not burden

People with disabilities can be Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist but he/she is a human being from the same source. Our social bonding teaches us that we have our societal obligation to stand besides these persons whenever they need us, writes Jakir Hossan from |Dhaka

Sustainable development should be part of democratic functioning

For the future of the planet, it is necessary to prominently include environment, biodiversity and sustainable development as part of democratic functioning. This aspect makes projects like ISA commendable as it can take democracies to a more environmentally sensible future

Russia, Syria invite probe into alleged chemical attacks

After United States President Donald Trump threatened that there would be a “big price to pay” for the alleged chemical attack in Syria, Russia and Syria have invited an investigation into the alleged chemical weapon strike in Syrian rebel-held territory.

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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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