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Monday, 18 September

20:08

Exchange Rating Russia Down And Out "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While Russians individually are not as wealthy as Canadians, Germans or Spaniards today, the foundations of wealth are being laid and deepened every day in Russia.

The post Exchange Rating Russia Down And Out appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

16:50

Student Who Fought Muscular Dystrophy to Become MD May Lose Government Job to Colour Blindness "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Supreme Court had earlier directed medical bodies to refrain from such action and formed a panel to see which streams could accommodate those with colour blindness.

Credit: Asian Development Bank/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Credit: Asian Development Bank/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Despite the Supreme Court constituting a committee of experts in March this year to identify the streams in which medical students suffering from colour blindness could be allowed to pursue their course, without their physical disability proving to be a handicap, another case of such discrimination has come to light with the Government Medical College Hospital at Akola in Maharashtra now seeking to terminate the services of its assistant professor in the department of microbiology, Dr. Abhishek S. Goenka, on grounds of colour blindness.

Whats worse is that Goenka had worked his way up the medical profession despite suffering from muscular dystrophy due to which he had been certified as having 47% disability. But rather than supporting his cause and crediting him for the fight he put up against all odds and disability to complete his doctor of medicine in microbiology, the hospital authorities have decided to take away his service on account of his being detected with partial visual impairment.

This approach of the hospital is contrary to the sentiment...

16:17

Media Bol, Episode 15: Bullet Train and Pehlu Khan Case "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the fifteenth episode of Media Bol, Urmilesh discusses how the media covered the bullet train project and the Pehlu Khan lynching case. Joining him in this discussion are senior journalists N.R. Mohanty and Saba Naqvi.

The post Media Bol, Episode 15: Bullet Train and Pehlu Khan Case appeared first on The Wire.

16:10

Why is the USA in Afghanistan? An Answer To The Big Question "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

563231231Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USAs longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the countrys mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is Why is the USA in Afghanistan?

Terrorism? Minerals? Or Something Else?

The USA has been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. Why? Both supporters and opponents of US Afghan policy give murky answers. Supporters of US efforts say they are in the country to fight terrorism and help the country rebuild and move toward democracy. Opponents of the occupation say the USA is seeking to control its rare minerals such as neodymium, indium, gallium, and lanthanum which are essential in making computer chips.

These answers are insufficient. As for terrorism, since 2001, the presence and strength of terrorist groups in Afghanistan has vastly increased. Al-Queda, ISIS, various warlords, Jundallah, and many terrorist groups, most of which had minimal presence under the Taliban government, are now all across the country. Even the Taliban itself, the government the USA toppled in the 2001 invasion, has not vanished, and still controls a large portion of the country. If the USA is in Afghanistan to fight terrorism, its efforts have not only completely failed, and but had the opposite of their intended affect.

So, is it all about the minerals? Is the USA seeking to get control of these vital rare earth elements which are key in making modern computer chips? Well, perhaps this is a factor for seeking to control the country, but its worth noting that in the entire 16 years of the occupation, the USA and its allied Afghan government have never moved forward with any plan for mineral extraction. Michael Silver, the CEO of American Elements wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on August 30th, essentially begging the US government to go ahead and help Afghans exploit their mineral riches.

If the occupation of the country were motivated purely out of desire to plunder the rare earth minerals, wouldnt it have been done by now? 16 years is a long time to put off something, if indeed, it is the entire basis of the military operations. It is also unlikely that a C...

15:54

Modi Government Eyes Spending Cuts as Glitches in GST Hit Revenue "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The big worry is that economic growth, which slipped to a three-year low in the last quarter, could take a further hit if public spending is slashed.

A boy riding a motorcycle gestures as he passes a hoarding in favour of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at a street in New Delhi, June 30, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Adnan Abidi/Files

New Delhi: India could be forced to cut spending on key infrastructure such as railways and highways as lower-than-expected tax collections and sluggish growth have upset the governments budget calculations, two finance ministry officials said.

Tax receipts were about $7.8 billion in July  a little over half the monthly target  mostly because millions of firms failed to comply with the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) system that harmonises all state and Central sales taxes but is still a work in progress.

The big worry is that economic growth, which slipped to a three-year low in the last quarter, could take a further hit if the public spending that largely underpinned expansion were to be slashed.

There is a concern over lower tax collections, a senior finance ministry official said.

The revenue shortfall could be at least Rs 800 billion if the current trend continues until the end of the year, a second official said, forcing a re-think in gover...

15:50

Silence Then, Silence Now: Lessons For India From Its Response to 1990s Bhutanese Refugee Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If India fails to stand with the Rohingya today, will it be able to claim tomorrow that it is rightfully with the people of Baluchistan or Tibet?

Bhutanese refugees in Sanischare camp. Credit: Reuters

Bhutanese refugees in Sanischare camp. Credit: Reuters

If a nations resilience is tested by its response to the crisis in its surroundings, then India isnt the super power it tries to project itself as. A superpower must have enough will to, as Uncle Ben suggested to Spiderman, take great responsibility, and should not just assemble state-of-the-art artilleries to flex in its Republic Day parades.

Indias typical response to the Rohingya crisis shows that it still has to build a moral compass to navigate its foreign policy and its foreign policy has hardly changed since the 1990s, even superficially, in the manner in which it deals with urgent humanitarian crises in its neighbourhood and beyond. Like now, India, in the 1990s, had failed to defend the rights of the Bhutanese people of Nepalese origin when they were chased out by the royal government. It even gave tacit support to the Bhutanese royalty by ig...

15:10

Amidst Protests from Students and Teachers, JNU Replaces Sexual Harassment Watchdog Body "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the new Internal Complaints Committee, five of the eight members will be nominated by the administration rather than elected.

A protest in JNU in defence of GSCASH on Monday, September 18. Credit: Facebook/Samir Asgor Ali

A protest in JNU in defence of GSCASH on Monday, September 18. Credit: Facebook/Samir Asgor Ali

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has come under fire from students, teachers and womens groups for deciding to replace the 18-year-old Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) with an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC).

On Monday (September 18), the Executive Council of the university finalised the decision with immediate effect. Students alleged that members of the administration came to clean out the GSCASH office and were stopped. The administration, in a shocking move of highhandedness, has imposed the ICC, disbanding GSCASH. Not just this, the CV has sent staff to take away files with sensitive case matters from the GSCASH office. This is utter dictatorialism on the part of the VC and his team, trampling upon all norms and endangering justice in critical cases of gender violations, newly-elected JNU Students Union president Geeta Kumari said in a statement.

GSCASH consisted of four elected faculty members, of whom at least two were women, four elected student representatives, of whom at least two were women, an elected woman official as well as an elected woman staff member, among others. The ICC, however, will include only three student representatives, three fac...

15:02

Images Capture Rohingya Grief as an Infant Dies Crossing the Myanmar Border "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

They are so desperate that they are risking their lives to escape Myanmar. The pictures show what is going on here.

Hamida, a Rohingya refugee woman, cries as she holds her 40-day-old son, who died as a boat capsized in the shore of Shah Porir Dwip, in Teknaf, Bangladesh. Credit: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

Hamida, a Rohingya refugee woman, cries as she holds her 40-day-old son, who died as a boat capsized in the shore of Shah Porir Dwip, in Teknaf, Bangladesh. Credit: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

A crying Rohingya mother in a yellow headscarf cradling her five-week-old infant son who died after their boat capsized is one of the most powerful Reuters images of Muslim refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Hamida, her husband Nasir Ahmed and their two young sons were among 18 refugees on a small fishing boat crossing the Bay of Bengal to the Bangladesh village of Shah Porir Dwip.

As they neared the shore, the boat capsized and they were tossed into the murky water.

Reuters photographer Mohammad Ponir Hossain was taking pictures of exhausted refugees on the beach when he heard an autorickshaw driver shouting that a boat had capsized.

...

15:00

Why Nobody Wants the Olympics "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Given the high cost, environmental degradation and attack on civil liberties it entails, hosting the Olympic Games is no longer the privilege it once was.

Olympics

French President Emmanuel Macron, Patrick Baumann, president of the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission and member of the IOC Guy Drut at the Elysee Place in Paris on May 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron was not present but his wish was realised. His absence did not matter as the deal had been done days before the announcement Paris will host the 2024 Olympics, exactly 100 years after it last undertook the responsibility. Los Angeles will follow in its footsteps four years later. For the first time in nearly a century, the hosts of successive summer Olympic Games were announced at once.

This was the result of a historic lack of interest in hosting the Olympic Games. Six cities had expressed their desire to be a part of the bidding process for the 2024 Olympics when it began. In the end, only two submitted a bid and nobody was sure if there would be any suitors for the 2028 Games.

But at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Lima, Peru, everyone tried to add a positive spin to the proceedings. Macron shared his joy from the Guadeloupe island as well, after surveying the wreckage left by Hurricane Irma. I salute this success and the tremendous opportunity that the Games represent to assist in the transformation of our country, to increase its international attractiveness and strengthen the role of sport across France, he sa...

14:35

Google Launches Digital Payments Service in India "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

google tez

New Delhi: Alphabet Incs Google on Monday launched a localised payments app for India as it tries to gain a foothold in the countrys rapidly-growing digital payments space.

Indias crowded digital payments market, expected to grow ten-fold to $500 billion by 2020, received a shot in the arm after Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned old high-value notes last year, forcing people to use e-wallets and card payments.

A state-backed payments system, Unified Payment Interface (UPI), has also helped banks enter the fray, forcing wallet players to actively partner with lenders or adopt the platform in the worlds fastest growing internet services market.


Also Read: WhatsApps Integration of UPI-Based Payments Has Strategic Consequences for Indias Digital Economy


Googles payments app named Tez, meaning fast in Hindi, uses UPI and allows users to connect their bank accounts to the service. Google has partnered with State Bank of India, the countrys biggest lender, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank for the service.

...

14:30

From Salwa Judum to Gau Rakshaks, Indian Laws Are Giving Vigilantes an Out "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Laws banning cattle slaughter in various states allow ordinary people to take the law into their own hand with impunity as long as they are working in an undefined good faith.

The first Salwa Judum rally in Konta, Chhattisgarh. Credit: Special arrangement

The first Salwa Judum rally in Konta, Chhattisgarh. Credit: Special arrangement

As the Rajasthan police put the lid on the death probe of just another suspected cow smuggler (Pehlu Khan), the burgeoning trend that sprouted in Dadri in 2015 is now standing trial before the Supreme Court. Distressed by the increasing incidents of cow vigilantism in the country, three individuals Martin Macwan, a Dalit rights activist, Mohanbhai Hamir Bhai Bedva, an alleged victim...

13:21

Wilful Defaults Surge Past Rs 1 Lakh Crore "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Over the last five years, wilful defaults have risen by over Rs 84,000 crore, according to data put out by credit rating agencies.

SBI's headquarters in Mumbai. Credit: Reuters

SBIs headquarters in Mumbai. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Wilful defaults by Indian borrowers where a borrower has the capacity to repay the loan but has still missed repayment obligations have touched Rs 1,09,594 crore as of March 2017.

According to a report in the Indian Express, which cites data from credit information agency TransUnion CIBIL, wilful defaults rose from Rs 74,694 crore in March 2016 to nearly Rs 1.1 lakh crore a year later.

Over the last five years, wilful defaults have risen by over Rs 84,000 crore in March 2013, one year before the Modi government, it sat...

13:20

US Missile Machinations Undoes Non-Proliferation Efforts "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

September 18, 2017 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not "the more the merrier." Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those that do exist have been ongoing since the first nuclear weapons were developed at the end of World War 2.


Today, however, one of the several nuclear-armed nations of the world and its behavior has jeopardized the hard-fought progress made toward this goal.

America Reneged After the Cold War 

One of several treaties singed during the later stages of the Cold War included the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABMT). It limited anti-ballistic missile systems to two per country. The reasoning was to hinder anti-missile technology development and leave nuclear-armed nations open to retaliatory attacks should they initiate a nuclear first strike.

The treaty helped further enhance the concept of "mutually assured destruction" (MAD).  After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, member states upheld the treaty with the United States until 2001 when the United States unilaterally withdrew from it.

The White House in an official statement regarding America's withdrawal from the treaty, would state:
...the United States and Russia face new threats to their security. Principal among these threats are weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means wielded by terrorists and rogue states. A number of such states are acquiring increasingly longer-range ballistic missiles as instruments of blackmail and coercion against the United States and its friends and allies. The United States must defend its homeland, its forces and its friends and allies against these threats. We must develop and deploy the means to deter and protect against them, including through limited missile defense of our territory.
However, the United States would spend the next decade and a half, not developing anti-missile systems aimed at stopping non-existent weapons of mass destruction launched from "rogue states," it...

12:45

Turkey Faces Threats for Inking Landmark Arms Deal with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The long awaited deal has taken place. A deposit has already been paid. Turkey has finally signed the $2.5bn (1.9bn) contract with Russia to buy S-400 advanced missile defense system. With a range of 400 kilometers (248 miles), the system can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one, at an altitude of up to 30 km.

12:20

Deplorable Ignorance and Indifference of Most Americans "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Americans are the most over-entertained, uninformed people on the planet mostly know-nothings about domestic and geopolitical issues mattering most.

11:45

Flags, Symbols, and Statues Resurgent As Globalism Declines "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

As the forces of globalism retreat after numerous defeats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and other nations, there is a resurgent popularity in national, historical, and cultural symbols...

11:16

New Cabinet in Peru, Vice President Aaroz to Be Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (C) poses with newly sworn-in ministers after a ceremony at the government palace in Lima, September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo.Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (C) poses with newly sworn-in ministers after a ceremony at the government palace in Lima, September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo.

Perus President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (C) poses with newly sworn-in ministers after a ceremony at the government palace in Lima, September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo.

Lima: Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski made Vice President Mercedes Araoz his new prime minister in a cabinet shuffle on Sunday that won praise from the opposition a sign his year-old government will likely avoid a fresh standoff with Congress.

Kuczynski also swore in Deputy Economy Minister Claudia Cooper as his new finance minister and replaced his justice, education, health and housing ministers.

The new, more socially conservative cabinet sparked criticism from Kuczynskis centrist and leftist supporters that he had caved into the right-wing party Popular Force, which has an absolute majority in Congress.

But opposition lawmakers said they welcomed the change.

I wish success to Meche (Mercedes Araoz) and the new cabinet, Luis Galarreta, the he...

11:15

Former Diplomat Fears War on Horizon "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Japans postwar foreign policy has not been awash with Henry Kissingers persons of status who can secretly or privately negotiate major policy changes with hostile regimes. But if Japan was to have one such person it would be Hitoshi Tanaka, a former deputy foreign minister and the man who secretly negotiated a breakthrough in relations with North Korea, operating through a mysterious Mr. X whom he met repeatedly at secret locations, mainly in China.

11:05

US Missile Machinations Undoes Non-Proliferation Efforts "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

1020587779When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not the more the merrier. Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those that do exist have been ongoing since the first nuclear weapons were developed at the end of World War 2.

Today, however, one of the several nuclear-armed nations of the world and its behavior has jeopardized the hard-fought progress made toward this goal.

America Reneged After the Cold War 

One of several treaties singed during the later stages of the Cold War included the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABMT). It limited anti-ballistic missile systems to two per country. The reasoning was to hinder anti-missile technology development and leave nuclear-armed nations open to retaliatory attacks should they initiate a nuclear first strike.

The treaty helped further enhance the concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD).  After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, member states upheld the treaty with the United States until 2001 when the United States unilaterally withdrew from it.

The White House in an official statement regarding Americas withdrawal from the treaty, would state:

the United States and Russia face new threats to their security. Principal among these threats are weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means wielded by terrorists and rogue states. A number of such states are acquiring increasingly longer-range ballistic missiles as instruments of blackmail and coercion against the United States and its friends and allies. The United States must defend its homeland, its forces and its friends and allies against these threats. We must develop and deploy the means to deter and protect against them, including through limited missile defense of our territory.

However, the United States would spend the next decade and a half, not developing anti-missile systems aimed at stopping non-existent weapons of mass destruction launched from rogue states,...

10:49

Rohingya in India Illegal, a National Security Threat, Modi Government Says in Court Affidavit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Centres affidavit also says that the matter of deportation is best left to the central governments discretion.

A family from the Rohingya community is pictured inside their shack at a camp in Delhi, India August 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton/File photo

A family from the Rohingya community is pictured inside their shack at a camp in Delhi, India August 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton/File photo

New Delhi: In an affidavit filed by the Union home ministry in the Supreme Court on the deportation of Rohingya refugees, the Centre has said the decision on whether or not refugees are allowed to settle in the country is best left to the executive. It has also called the Rohingya people living in India illegal.

According to a report in the Indian Express, the Centre said,...

10:44

Eastern Ethiopia Clashes Leave 50 Dead, 50,000 Displaced "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File photo: Several dozen people have been killed and many others wounded in clashes with the police and anti-government protesters in Ethiopia. Credit: Reuters / Tiksa NegeriFile photo: Several dozen people have been killed and many others wounded in clashes with the police and anti-government protesters in Ethiopia. Credit: Reuters / Tiksa Negeri

File photo: Several dozen people have been killed and many others wounded in clashes with the police and antigovernment protesters in Ethiopia. Credit: Reuters / Tiksa Negeri

Addis Ababa: Clashes along the border of Ethiopias Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, a senior regional official said on Sunday, in violence that has prompted the government to send the military in.

Spokesmen from the two regions told regional news outlets earlier this week that at least 50 people were killed. Each side blames the other.

Lema Megersa, president of Oromiya province, told local journalists on Sunday: It is not just deaths that occurred. More than 50,000 people were displaced from their homes.

Those responsible should also be held to account, he added. He did not give a death toll.

The area has been plagued by sporadic clashes for decades. A referendum held in 2004 to determine the status of disputed settlements failed to ease tensions.

Unrest...

10:40

Honeypreet Insan Tops Polices Wanted List on Panchkula Violence "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File image of Honeypreet Insan. Credit: PTI

File image of Honeypreet Insan. Credit: PTI

Chandigarh: Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chiefs adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan tops the list of 43 persons wanted by the Haryana Police in connection with incidents of violence that followed Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhs conviction in a rape case.

Earlier, a lookout notice was issued against Honeypreet Insan and Dera spokesman Aditya Insan, whose name also figures in the wanted list.

The photos of 43 persons on the wanted list have been posted on the official web portal of Haryana Police, the police said today.

Earlier, Haryana police had requested the general public and media to send videos or photographs of the violence that rocked Panchkula on August 25th.

Police said they had received several photos and videos so far, out of which 43 persons were identified and their photos uploaded in connection with the incidents of violence in Panchkula, which left 35 dead. Six persons also died in incidents of violence in Sirsa.

Panchkula Police Commissioner A.S. Chawla said the general public has been requested to come forward and share any information which they may have about the accused. The identity of those giving information leading to their arrest will be kept a secret, he said.

Honeypreet is the only woman in the wanted list. Most of the other accused are youths and some of them can be seen carrying lathis in their hands.
The wanted list begins with photos of Honeypreet and Aditya, police said.

Haryana Police...

10:30

Name-Place-Animal-Thing: Of Productivity and LSD "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This week: What psychological studies and micro-dosing on LSD tell us about productivity, creativity and work culture.

Name-Place-Animal-Thing. Credit: Vishnupriya Rajgarhia

Productivity is an M-shaped curve

A Monday seems as good a time as any to ask how do you make yourself feel motivated and productive? In Darwin was a slacker and you should be too, author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang questions the wisdom of the 80-hour work week by examining the working habits and schedules of prolific scientists like Charles Darwin and authors like Charles Dickens. Why scientists in particular? Pang explains, Scientists accomplishments the number of articles and books they write, the awards they win, the rate at which their works are cited are well-documented and easy to measure and compare. As a result, their legacies are often easier to determine than those of bus...

10:15

The Long and Short of Indias Bullet Train "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

From ruling out competitive bidding to fighting against low-cost airlines, there are many economic factors that will determine the success of the project.

Chinese HSR technology is just as good as Japans but also cheaper. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: India could have saved as much as $3.2 billion on construction of  the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train system if it had invited bids instead of awarding the project to Japan on a nomination basis. At least, that is what emerges from a cost comparison with similar high-speed rail (HSR) projects built in other countries in recent years.

According to the World Bank that analysed cost structure of HSR projects built in different countries in recent years, rail infrastructure accounts for 82% of the total project cost (excluding land, rolling stock and interest during construction).

The cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR project is estimated at $17 billion (Rs 1.1 lakh crore). Based on that, the construction cost of rail infrastructure of the project works out to $27.44 million per km.

In comparison, the average cost of constructing infrastructure for 350 km per hour bullet trains in China is $17-21 million per km. Even if we take the highest figure of $21 million per km in China for comparison, the cost estimate of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR project is still at least $3.2 billion higher, though comparable to similar infrastructures built in Europe.

...

10:15

Russia Emerges As Victor in Syrian War "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

No matter what was the US initial goal in Syria, the plans have ended up in failure. Two investigative documents have emerged stating that the United States have been supplying arms and ammunitions purchased from several Eastern European countries to terrorist groups in Syria under the guise to fight the Islamic State (IS). The weapons included AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, mortars, and other weapons and ammunition purchased in the Czech Republic, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. The supplies did not result in victories.

10:06

Allahabad University Withdraws Permission for Literary Event After Pressure From HRD Ministry "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The day-long Liberty Festival was to be held at the university to discuss theatre, poetry and songs celebrating the idea of the constitution.

University of Allahabad. Credit: YouTube

University of Allahabad. Credit: YouTube

New Delhi: After Jawaharlal Nehru University, IIT Madras and Jamia Milia Islamia University canceled events on the campus hosting controversial speakers, the University of Allahabad today withdrew permission to hold an event to celebrate Indias constitution. The day-long Liberty Festival to discuss theatre, poetry and songs celebrating the idea of the constitution, was granted permission to be held in the senate hall by the vice-chancellor (VC) on September 13, who also agreed to be the chief guest. However, permission was withdrawn three days later.

Among the invitees to the event were sociologist Satish Deshpande, actor Maya Rao, singer Sonam Kalra and womens rights activist Abha Bhaiyya.

However, in an open letter to the VC, joint action committee representative Manish Sharma said that they will continue to hold the event in the front lawns of the venue, knowing very well that they may be attacked by forces intending to shut us down...

10:06

Britains Boris Johnson Faces Backseat Driving Charge on Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Britain's State Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at Lancaster house in London, September 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Hannah McKay

Britains State Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at Lancaster house in London, September 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Hannah McKay

London: Britains foreign minister Boris Johnson was accused by cabinet colleagues on Sunday of backseat driving on Brexit after setting out his own vision of the countrys future outside the European Union.

Only days before Prime Minister Theresa May is due to speak in Italy about Britains planned EU departure, Johnson on Saturday published a 4,300-word newspaper article that roamed well beyond his ministerial brief and, in some cases, the approach set out by the government.

Interior minister Amber Rudd said it was absolutely fine for the foreign secretary to intervene publicly but that she did not want him managing the Brexit process.

What weve got is Theresa May managing that process, shes driving the car, Rudd told the BBCs Andrew Marr on Sunday.

Asked if Johnson was backseat driving, she replied: Yes, you could call it backseat driving, absolu...

10:00

In IPL, Most Teams Are Struggling to Knock it Out of the Stadium "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While a few have burned out, the top franchises have not yet been able to knock off their accumulated debt.

The IPL trophy during the player auction in Bangalore in February 2017. Courtesy: IPL

The IPL trophy during the player auction in Bangalore in February 2017. Courtesy: IPL

New Delhi: In the worlds richest sports leagues, water is supposed to turn into wine for franchise teams within the first four or five years. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), this happens only in theory.

While broadcasting and media rights has fetched the Board of of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) an unprecedented Rs 16,374 crore over a period of five years, the balance sheets of the top five franchises continue to be in deep red even after nine years.

Publicly available statements of accounts of most teams show that they owe debt and liabilities not only towards but banks but also their sister concerns.

According to details submitted to the Registrar of Companies (ROC), Shahrukh Khans Kolkata Knight Riders, which won the IPL in 2014, has largely performed the best. It declared a debt liability of Rs 27.5 crore for the year...

09:48

Tamil Nadu Speaker Disqualifies 18 AIADMK Rebel MLAs "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The MLAs were disqualified under schedule 10 of the constitution which speaks about the anti-defection law.

AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran. Credit: PTI

Chennai: Cracking the whip, Tamil Nadu assembly speaker P. Dhanapal today disqualified 18 AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to removed party leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran.

The action against the 18 MLAs, who had revolted against chief minister K. Palaniswami last month, was taken under anti-defection and disqualification rules of 1986 formed in accordance with the tenth schedule of the constitution, said a statement from assembly secretary K. Bhoopathy.

The MLAs who have been disqualified with effect from today are Thangatamilselvan, R. Murugan, Mariappan Kennedy, K. Kathirkamu, C. Jayanthi Padmanabhan, P. Palaniappan, V. Senthil Balaji, S. Muthiah, P. Vetrivel, N.G. Parthiban, M. Kothandapani, T.A. Elumalai, M. Rengasamy, R. Thangadurai, R. Balasubramani, S.G. Subramanian, R. Sundarraj and K. Uma Maheswari.

The said MLAs, besides another, had on August 22 met the Tamil Nadu governor C.H. Vidyasagar and conveyed that they had lost confidence in Palaniswami, who is facing a challenge from Dhinakaran.

One of the dissident MLAs, SKT Jakkaiyan, had later switched camps to support Palaniswami.

These MLAs had since been demanding the removal of chief minister.

The August 22 meeting had come a day after the formal merger of the two factions led by Palaniswami and then rebel leader and now Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.

Earlier, chief government whip S. Rajendran had urged the speaker to disqualify the said MLAs for anti-party activities&...

09:30

Why Do Geckos Need Tails? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When leopard geckos walk on the desert sands of Gujarat and Rajasthan, their fat tails swing from side to side without touching the ground. If they lose their tails, do they change the way they walk?

A leopard gecko. Credit: Timothy Higham

A leopard gecko. Credit: Timothy Higham

Animals do the most amazing things. Read about them in this series by Janaki Lenin.

Peacocks flaunt their ornamental trains to win over mates. Monitor lizards use their long flat-sided tails as a whip against assailants. Kangaroos use theirs as a fifth leg. Cats tails act like counterweights when the animals jump, while snow leopards keep their noses warm on cold nights by burying their faces in them. Many snakes, chameleons and New World primates use their prehensile tails as belays while climbing trees. And how could fish, crocodiles, lizards and marine mammals swim without their propelling tails? Geckos may rely on their tails a great deal more than other animals: like the proverbial cat, they gain many lives.

The thick tails of leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) store fat. When a predator is in hot pursuit, they snap off their tails on the run. This voluntary severing is called autotomy. Even as the twitching severed extremities keeps the pursuer occupied, the lizards escape. The sacrifice of a body part comes at a cost. For one thing, the geckos...

09:30

Narendra Modis Gift to the Nation Is Set to Submerge Lakhs of People "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Water is still not reaching those who need it, while people are being forced to give up their homes and livelihoods linked to the Narmada.

Protestors at the jalsatyagraha in Chhota Barda village. Courtesy: Narmada Bachao Andolan

Protestors at the jalsatyagraha in Chhota Barda village. Courtesy: Narmada Bachao Andolan

All preparations had to be complete prior to the function in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a dam to the nation on his birthday on Sunday (September 17). The Sardar Sarovar dam was lit up and 2,00,000 people (comprising farmers, fishers, potters, pastoralists, Dalits and small enterprise holders) had to be submerged for the Narmada Mahotsav (and Modis birthday) to be a success. For this, water was diverted into the Sardar Sarovar reservoir from unfilled dams, raising water levels to 129.64 metres and beginning the inundation of 191 villages and one township in Madhya Pradesh. The 30 sluice gates at the dam site have also been closed since June 17 this year, allowing water to fill the reservoir.

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09:25

Interview 1300 Jeffrey Tucker Reveals the Future Bit by Bit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2017-09-15%20Jeffrey%20Tucker.mp3"][/audio]Jeffrey Tucker of Fee.org joins James to talk about his book, Bit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World. We discuss how "the market" is about cooperation and discovery, and how revolutionary technology is now making the state and all of its functions and functionaries obsolete.

09:18

Maya Kodnani Wasnt in Naroda Gam on Day of Riot, Amit Shah Tells Court "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Maya Kodnani was not present in Naroda Gam, she was inside the state assembly at 8:30 am. From 9:30 am to 9:45 am I was at the Civil Hospital and I met Maya Kodnani there.

Amit Shah. Credit: PTI

Amit Shah. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah today appeared before a special SIT court here as a defence witness for former BJP Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani in the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case.

Shah told the Ahmedabad court that Kodnani was present at the Gujarat assembly during the Naroda Gam riot on February 28, 2002. They then met at the Sola Civil Hospital, the BJP chief said. Maya Kodnani was not present in Naroda Gam, she was inside the state assembly at 8:30 am. From 9:30 am to 9:45 am I was at the Civil Hospital and I met Maya Kodnani there, Indian Express quoted him as saying. He added that they were both escorted to their respective cars at the hospital.

Shahs deposition lasted 40 minutes, the newspaper reported. His deposition was before Judge P.B. Desai, who had last Tuesday summoned him in response to an application filed by Kodnani. The court had allowed Kodnanis plea to summon Shah and some others as witnesses in her defence in April this year.

On the day of the Naroda Gam riot near Ahmedabad, Kodani said she had visited the Sola Civil Hospital after attending the legislative assembly session and was not present at the spot where the violen...

09:15

Iran Nuclear Deal Faces Tough Test at UN Amidst Criticism from Trump "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. Credit:Reuters/Caren Firouz/File Photo

Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. Credit:Reuters/Caren Firouz/File Photo

UN: The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers faces a stern test at the UN this week as Europeans try to persuade a skeptical Trump administration to keep it, while Israel lobbies to turn up the pressure on its regional rival.

US President Donald Trump, who must...

08:53

Hurricane Maria Seen Strengthening Into a Major Hurricane "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Army soldiers from the 602nd Area Support Medical Company gather on a beach as they await transport on a Navy landing craft while evacuating in advance of Hurricane Maria, in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands September 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Army soldiers from the 602nd Area Support Medical Company gather on a beach as they await transport on a Navy landing craft while evacuati...

08:52

Post UN Sanctions Curbing Supply, North Korean Fuel Prices Soar "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FILE PHOTO: A car drives past residential buildings in Pyongyang April 11, 2012. Credit:Reuters/Bobby Yip/File Photo

A car drives past residential buildings in Pyongyang, April 11, 2012. Credit:Reuters/Bobby Yip/File Photo

Gasoline and diesel prices rose sharply in North Korea after its sixth nuclear test and as the UN Security Council imposed new sanctions capping fuel supply, market data analysed by Reuters on Monday showed.

The Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on September 11 banning exports of condensates and natural gas liquids to the North and capping the annual supply of refined petroleum products at two million barrels and crude at its current levels.

The price of gasoline sold by private dealers in the capital Pyongyang and northern border cities of Sinuiju and Hyesan spiked to $2.51 per kg as of September 13, up 45.1% from $1.73 per kg on September 5, according to Reuters analysis of data compiled by the Daily NK website.

The website is run by...

08:28

Russias S-400s Will Protect Turkey From A Kurdish Air Force "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Its very unlikely that Turkey would risk its relations with the US to buy Russian anti-aircraft missiles just to guard against non-existent threat.

The post Russias S-400s Will Protect Turkey From A Kurdish Air Force appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

06:59

The Middle East: Two Different Political Approaches "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

885544Recently, the most debated topics in the United States have been the disastrous aftereffects of the hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the plain inability of the current administration to actually help Americans in their trouble. But suddenly, another topic has appeared which has affected not only Americans, but the whole world. Donald Trump has unexpectedly become politically mature, and has started talking about the true patrons of terrorism in the Middle East.

As always, the President of the United States categorically stated at a joint press conference with the Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, that the current conflict between the Persian Gulf and Qatar arouse because a number of countries in the region have been actively financing terrorist organizations: The problems with Qatar began because of the massive financing of terrorism by a number of countries. This must be stopped. The Emir of Kuwait added that a diplomatic solution to the problem does exist, and it will be found, when the countries sit down at the negotiation table. As is well known, in early June this year, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Doha and stopped all communications with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.

In other words, Donald Trump has only now come to know what the world has already known for a long time. The world media has repeatedly written that the carnage in Syria is taking place only because Qatar and other conservative Persian Gulf regimes finance and militarily support terrorists. It is enough to visit any mosque in these states to see the big caskets inscribed with the appeal to render Help to our Brothers Abroad. And every Muslim believes it is his duty to at least leave any banknote there. However, we should not delude ourselves: the main contributors to the terrorists are the so-called public funds and state structures. This huge amount of money buys American weapons, American uniforms, and decent amounts in US dollars are given as salaries to the terrorists. As it is said, all the conditions have been created to tear up the Syrian Arab Republic. For example, the press of these Arab countries does not consider the people who are sowing death and destruction on ancient Syrian land as terrorists because they are fighting against the legitimately-elected President Bashar al-Assad.

It is beyond doubt that the same fate was expecting the Syrian people had not Russia and its Military S...

05:30

How the Pentagon Tried to Cure the US of Its Vietnam Syndrome "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

After footage from the USs first living room war shocked the public, the government would clamp down on media coverage of future military conflicts.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens to questions during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia in this August 20, 2015 file photo. Credit: Reuters

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens to questions during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia in this August 20, 2015 file photo. Credit: Reuters

In August 1965, Morley Safer, a reporter for CBS News, accompanied a unit of US marines on a search-and-destroy mission to the Vietnamese village of Cam Ne. Using cigarette lighters and a flamethrower, the troops proceeded to burn down 150 houses, wound three women, kill one child and take four men prisoner. Safer and his crew caught it all on film. The military command later claimed th...

05:15

Where Are the Large-Bodied Waterbirds of the Wetlands? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A majority of the waterbird population occurs in wetlands not conserved under law. New research makes a case for the prevention of illegal hunting in such areas.

A painted stork at the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan. Credit: sankaracs/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

A painted stork at the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan. Credit: sankaracs/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Vrushal Pendharkar is a writer at IndiaBioScience.

Mughals hunted waterbirds for game and pot. The British continued the tradition and indulged in hunting them mainly for sport. Some of the most extravagant British hunting expeditions saw them shoot thousands of waterbirds and tens of tigers in a span of few days.

Although India banned hunting under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, hunting continues illegally. In a recent, and first of its kind, study, researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, and the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mysuru, documented the intensity of hunting and its impacts on waterbirds. The study found that hunters kille...

05:00

Sea Buckthorn Comes to the Rescue of Mountain Villages in Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sea buckthorn is a medicine for at least 70 diseases and has been used by villagers for centuries.

A handful of harvested sea buckthorn berries. Credit: Flickr

A handful of harvested sea buckthorn berries. Credit: Flickr

Last year, Behram Baig left his job at a large corporation in Karachi and moved back home to the Passu valley to start a new life: promoting the use of sea buckthorn. Baig wanted to tell people about the plants multiple health benefits and inspire others to make a living from it.

Sea buckthorn is a deciduous shrub found across Europe and Asia. It produces small orange berries once a year, which are turned into pastes, liquids and oils for a variety of uses. Traditionally, the plant is used as medicine for blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, ulcers, hepatitis, digestion and healing skin damage such as burns, rashes, cuts and sunburn. Women also use it as make up or sun block.

Baig grew up in a small mountainous village on the banks of the Hunza River near the Pakistan-China border. He moved to Karachi to study in the early 1990s and worked in marketing and security. He became interested in the healing properties of sea buckthorn berries after using them to control his blood pressure, and was struck by the idea of promoting its use as a way to earn a living.

I was earning a good wage from my job [in Karachi], but I have got more satisfaction from working at a community level for the promotion of natural resources, says Baig.

After arriving back to his home village of Passu, Baig joined others who were already collecting sea buckthorn to make...

04:45

Climate Change Means Ruin to South Asias Poor. India Could Make It Worse "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

All embankments along the India-Nepal border are controlled by India, which means that during a cross-border flood, one side will drain itself by drowning the other.

An aerial view of Motihari district, Bihar, during the floods. Credit: PTI

An aerial view of Motihari district, Bihar, during the floods. Credit: PTI

Subina Shrestha is a journalist based in Kathmandu.

Every monsoon the rains unleash landslides in the Himalayan foothills and floods in the plains, sweeping away families in a fury of loose mud and water. The poorest of the poor are always the worst affected. Their earth and bamboo houses are swallowed by the water as the people try to save whatever they can. The roads become a refuge for people and cattle. Blue and orange tarps appear for shelter, rigged to trees and bamboo poles. Slightly putrid rice is dried on the tarmac, along with clothes and mattresses.

Then the wait for relief begins.

Everyone scrambles when it arrives, and there is never enough. A few weeks later, the nation forgets the floods. The wider world never have noticed. The villagers eventually clear the mud from their homes and wipe them clean. Then the men of each family go to find work as labourers in the Gulf. The cycle of poverty and migration keeps the country going.

This year, like Irma and Harvey, and possibly Jose in the United States, South Asia saw unprecedented weather. The clouds over Assam in India and along the foothills of Nepal just stayed put and dumped a record amount of water, day after d...

04:45

World Hunger Is on the Rise Again "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A UN report it reveals that in 2016 the number of chronically undernourished people in the world is estimated to have increased to 815 million, up from 777 million in 2015, although still down from about 900 million in 2000.

Children drink from a tap during recess at a UNICEF supported primary school inside Bukasi internally displaced people's camp, in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria. Credit: UNICEF

Children drink from a tap during recess at a UNICEF supported primary school inside Bukasi internally displaced peoples camp, in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria. Credit: UNICEF

Rome: Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, a major United Nations joint report has just revealed.

Hunger and under nutrition are significantly worse where conflicts are prolonged and institutional capacities weak, on 15 September warned the first-ever UN report measuring progress on meeting new international goals pegged to eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030. After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11% of the global population, says a new edition of the annual report on world food security and nutrition.

At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are t...

04:30

Modern English Poetry Is Made Possible by This 13th Century Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Modern readers and writers have long since forgotten what happened back then, but poetry today would not be the same without the 13th century.

The Knight from the Ellesmere Manuscript of the Canterbury Tales. Credit: Wikipedia

The Knight from the Ellesmere Manuscript of the Canterbury Tales. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

In the 13th century, English poetry changed dramatically. There were no battles, no pamphleteering, or Ezra Pound-style polemics, and no warring factions. Yet by the end of the century, a poetic revolution had taken place. Modern readers and writers have long since forgotten what happened back then, but poetry today would not be the same without the 13th century.

In the Middle Ages, three major languages were spoken and written in England: Latin, French, and English. English was the least prestigious but, like the others, it had a thriving literary tradition. Before c1200, there was only one way to write poetry in English, known today as alliterative verse. This is the form of poetry used in Beowulf, Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and approximately 300 other poems.

The alliterative metre is a very strange metre, at least by modern measures. The more we learn about it, the stranger it seems. The number of stresses matters, but it isnt consistent from verse to verse. The number of syllables matters, too, but it isnt consistent, either. Whats more, the metre changed quite a bit from the earliest examples, i...

04:30

Its Crash Intervention Time for Suresh Prabhu "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

India aims to double the value of exports to $900 billion by 2019. Given sluggish global demand and our own export slump, there is no way that this objective can be achieved.

Credit: PTI

There are immediate steps, short-term measures and a medium-term agenda that Prabhu must embark upon. Credit: PTI

Indias newly appointed commerce and industry minister, Suresh Prabhu, has his task cut out.

While he has little time to firm-up Indias positions in various bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiations such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the forthcoming Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation members is his biggest challenge is to revive our exports and associated sectors for large-scale job creation.

Upon assuming office, Prabhu adroitly said: [e]xports to GDP ratio has to rise So we are at a crash intervention sort of a thing. We are trying to work out what has to be done to promote exports in a shortest possible time which includes issues coming up because of the Goods and Services Tax.

He is right, as no country in the world has experienced healthy growth over a sustained...

02:02

Taib: Formation of Malaysia highly beneficial to Sarawak "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The formation of Malaysia 54 years ago brought about many economic opportunities and fresh employment for the people of Sarawak which they had never enjoyed before, said Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud. He said through Malaysia, Sarawak, as a state with a very high number of ethnic groups, had also undergone an []

02:02

Mahathir congratulates Umno on Mat Taibs return "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad has congratulated Umno on the return of Muhammad Muhammad Taib to the party, following the announcement by Prime Minister Najib Razak earlier today. Im very happy that Tan Sri Mat Taib, like a frog, has jumped back into Umno, he said in a video given to FMT. First, he []

02:02

Minister: Federal govt ensures transparency in Sabah, Sarawak rights "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The federal government will always ensure that every decision pertaining to the rights of Sabah and Sarawak is discussed in a transparent manner, including getting input from ministers of both states, says Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan. He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was concerned over the []

On Malaysia Day, PM urges Sabah, Sarawak to drop regional sentiments "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Najib Razak today urged Sabah and Sarawak to do away with their regional sentiments and assured the two east Malaysian states that they will get their rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 in due course. In his Malaysia Day speech here, Najib said negotiations by the Special Rights Cabinet committee will be done []

02:02

Dayaks of Malaysia and Indonesia seek informal seat in the UN "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Borneo Dayak Forum (BDF), an international organisation for indigenous people of Borneo, is seeking an informal seat in the United Nations (UN), said its chairman Dr Jeffrey Kitingan. He believes having such a privilege would provide the Dayak people of Borneo the necessary platform to highlight their issues to the world and ensure the []

02:02

London mission team finds documents on Sarawak in Migrated Archives "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Sarawak research mission team to London has obtained documents on the Continental Shelf, which confirm the ownership rights of the state to the natural resources on the seabed and in the subsoil of the continental shelf within the boundaries of Sarawak. Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had on July 1 announced that the state []

02:02

A Warisan government will ensure MA63 is fully implemented "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The only hope for Sabahans to get the rights stipulated under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 is by changing the government, and giving it a two-thirds majority in the Sabah Legislative Assembly, according to lawyer Mazliwati Abdul Malek. The Sandakan coordinator of Parti Warisan Sabahs MA63 bureau said the lethargic approach of the current state government, []

02:02

Assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman nabbed for insulting PM "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

DAPs Abdul Aziz Isa was arrested earlier today by the police for allegedly insulting the Prime Minister. Aziz, who is special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, was arrested under Section 504 of the Penal Code and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia (MCMC) Act. Section 504 deals with intentional insult to provoke a breach []

Sarawak DAP chairmans aide nabbed over remarks about PM "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jens special assistant Abdul Aziz Isa was arrested by police this afternoon for allegedly posting some unpleasant remarks about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on his Facebook page. Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching member of parliament, said Aziz was arrested under Section 504 of the Penal Code and []

02:01

King concerned about tahfiz fire tragedy, says PM "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Najib Razak today said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V was very concerned about the fire tragedy at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school. Najib said, he and His Majesty visited the site of the fire at Jalan Keramat Ujung, Kampung Datuk Keramat here on Friday. On Friday night, I visited the fire site with His []

02:01

Why Najibs Washington visit was a success "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

I never intended to write this piece but the nonsense that I have been reading on social media in the past three days has compelled me to put to writing to separate fact from fiction.I was part of the Malaysian press corp that covered the trip and before anyone says it, I will tell you []

02:01

Beware a Perak-style coup after GE14, Zaid warns PH "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Former federal minister Zaid Ibrahim expects the Barisan Nasional to lose in the next general election. He also expects it to attempt a Perak-style coup to regain power. In his latest blog, the former Umno member and current DAP member warns his Pakatan Harapan colleagues to be wary of the Barisan Nasionals likely manipulations. Starting []

02:01

Sitting together a recipe for racial harmony "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When the school bell rings for the recess, the race to the canteen will commence. I have memorised the red and grey paths in this Chinese primary school that lead to the hall of succulently fried wanton, fiery curry noodles, bouncy fish balls, sticky popsicles and refreshing cups of Coca-Cola. The canteen is heaven on []

02:01

Can PMs boast of global standing stand up to scrutiny? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

After what he has trumpeted as a highly successful visit to US President Donald Trumps White House, on the return leg from which he had an equally acclamatory detour to UK Prime Minister Theresa Mays Downing Street, Prime Minister Najib Razak declaims that Malaysia is now a highly regardedcountry in the world. Selangor Menter Besar Azmin []

02:01

Eric See-To to Rafizi: Whos displaying maximum stupidity now? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The deputy director of the Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications (BNSC) unit has refuted a claim by Rafizi Ramli that the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) would breach finance ministry rules by making additional investments in the US as announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak on his recent visit to the White House. Eric See-To said the []

02:01

Najib assures Sabah, Sarawak of rights under MA63 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Prime Minister Najib Razak has given the assurance that the rights of Sabah and Sarawak will continue to be preserved. He said a special committee to study the rights of the Sabah and Sarawak people had been set up to ensure that the interests of the two states were protected based on the Malaysia Agreement []

02:01

Malaysian Chinese safe thanks to BN, says Najib "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Prime Minister Najib Razak today said Malaysian Chinese would be in harms way if not for the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. He said the BNs vision for the country ensured that the community and others were safe from terror groups such as the Islamic State (IS). If there is no peace in our country, what []

02:01

The Parliament we once had "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sept 11, 1963 was an important day in the history of Malaya, which just six years earlier, had won its independence from Great Britain. The Westminster system it adopted saw a thriving democracy. Members were witty and could think on their feet and parliamentary sessions were lively. After the debates, members from both sides of []

00:15

Takhar residents took to streets against armed men "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pajhwok Afghan News, October 2, 2006 -- Thousands of people on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the presence of armed commanders in the northern Takhar province. The protestors demanded of the government to reign in the commanders, who had recently distributed arms to their supporters in an effort to press the government for conceding them more perks and privileges.

HRW: Human Rights Protections Need Greater Priority "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

HRW, September 27, 2006 -- Warlords with records of war crimes and serious abuses during Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s, such as parliamentarians Abdul Rabb al Rasul Sayyaf and Burhanuddin Rabbani, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, and current Vice President Karim Khalili, have been allowed to hold and misuse positions of power, to the dismay of ordinary Afghans.

Top Afghan woman official killed "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

BBC NEWS, September 25, 2006 -- Unidentified gunmen have killed a top women's affairs official in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, security officials say. Safia Amajan, head of the province's women's department, was leaving her home for work when a gunman on a motorcycle shot at her, police said.

Rights Watchdog Alarmed At Continuing 'Honor Killings' in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

RFE/RL, September 20, 2006 -- A UN-backed rights watchdog has expressed continuing concern over violence against women in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) released disturbing figures in mid-September on violence against women and girls, including dozens of cases of so-called honor killings.

Opium cultivation surges by 59% in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Financial Times, Sep.4, 2006: Afghanistan now produces 92 per cent (6,100 tons) of the worlds supply of opium used to make heroin. Afghanistans opium cultivation surged by 59 per cent this year largely as a result of a Taliban-led insurgency that is pushing the southern part of the country to the verge of collapse, the United Nations drugs agency chief said at the weekend.

Afghan orphans reshape their lives at RAWA orphanages "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

RAWA, Aug.22, 2006: One of the criteria for selecting the children and taking them to the orphanage is their economical and social status; therefore, most of them are orphans, victims of child labor and street children forced to beg. They have been exposed to very hostile and painful environments, polluted by drug mafia, armed gangs and religious extremism.

Man publicly executed in Helmand "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pajhwok Afghan News, Sep. 2, 2006: Taliban have publicly executed a man for his alleged involvement in a murder case in the Garmsir district of the southern Helmand province on Saturday.

Five Years Later, Afghanistan Still in Flames "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

ZNet, October 11, 2006 -- Transcript of a speech by RAWA member Zoya at a benefit for RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan), called "Breaking the Propaganda of Silence," organized by the Afghan Women's Mission on October 7, 2006. (download the audio files from our web site)

Sunday, 17 September

21:08

The Siege of Deir ez-Zor Is Over: What Next? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The lifting of the siege of Deir ez-Zor by Islamic State (IS) militants quite rightly raised hopes that the civil war in Syria would soon be coming to an end. As soon as it became clear how the battles for the city were going to end, however, Kurdish forces from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), wanting to get a slice of the pie, began to interfere.

18:54

Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis march to support village encircled by wall "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Israels separation wall will surround the village on nearly all sides, which will separate its villagers from some 250 acres of agricultural land.

Hundreds march from Beit Jala to the West Bank village of Walaje to protest the completion of the separation wall and home demolitions in the village, September 16, 2017. (Haggai Matar)

Hundreds march from Beit Jala to the West Bank village of Walaje to protest the completion of the separation wall and home demolitions in the village, September 16, 2017. (Haggai Matar)

Over 500 Palestinian and Israeli demonstrators marched Saturday to protest the construction of the separation wall and house demolitions in the West Bank village of Walaje, south of Jerusalem. The march started at the entrance to the nearby city of Beit Jala and proceeded along the road to Har Gilo settlement, with activists chanting against the occupation and in favor of a two-state solution. As the march got underway, Jews and Palestinians stood together forming a bridge with their hands for others to pass through, calling for build bridges, not walls.

The march was coordinated by activists from Bereaved Families Forum, &#822...

17:02

How Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh Got the Scar on His Nose "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Indian Air Force, then less than 10 years old, was in the process of helping the British Royal Air Force in suppressing the Pashtuns

Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh. Credit: Doordarshan/Twitter

Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh. Credit: Doordarshan/Twitter

Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh passed away on September 16, 2017 at the age of 98. Singh was the only officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal in the Army.

In Farthest Field, The Wires editor-at-large Raghu Karnad shares an incident  from the Second World War when Singh was a flying officer. The Indian Air Force, then less than ten years old, was in the process of helping the British Royal Air Force in suppressing Pashtun tribes in Waziristan, near the Afghan border. The action mentioned left a small scar on Singhs nose for the rest of his life.

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16:59

Washington Continues Transforming Afghanistan into Massive Graveyard "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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On August 31, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis signed an order to deploy additional US troops in Afghanistan. He noted that this decision was made in accordance with the overall strategy in South Asia that was approved by US President Donald Trump. This means that the number of American soldiers dispatched in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will reach a total of 14,500.

It should be noted that even though Washington unleashed armed aggression against Afghanistan back in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism, today Americans appear indifferent to Islamic State (ISIS) militants operating there, and have focused almost solely on fighting the Taliban. However, unlike the Taliban, the sole goal of which is to regain control over their country by pushing US troops out, ISIS militants have repeatedly stated their intention is to expand their area of operations across the whole of Central Asia, which presents a major to challenge to regional players as well as Russia and China. It is no coincidence that Moscow and Beijing have recently stepped up their diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan in a bid to prevent these radicals from infiltrating their borders.

Britain, in spite of bitter resistance from the Labor Party, is going to increase its military efforts in Afghanistan as well, although London has a disastrous track record of operations in this Central Asian state. British Minister of Defense Michael Fallon was delighted to hear the recent announcement by the Pentagon on Afghanistan. In a bid not to lag behind, the UK government was quick to announces its intentions to deploy special forces from the 22nd SAS regiment in Afghanistan to strengthen the 500 men strong task force operating in this country. Those elite forces are believed to be engaged in covert missions on the ground. However, Afghanistan is not the only state where those forces will be operating, since Iraq, Libya, and Tunisia are also on the list.

As representatives of the British military intelligence told the Sunday Times in late August, the Taliban has allegedly recreated underground cells in every major Afghan city. Somehow, London believes, that if this information is true, the elite troops dispatched to the region will be somehow able to prevent a massive offensive by the Taliban....

16:54

WATCH: Settler attacks left-wing activist, breaks his arm "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Guess who was detained and taken in for questioning.

By Yael Marom

An Israeli settler attacked a left-wing activist in a settlement in the south Hebron Hills Saturday, breaking his arm. The activist was transferred to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva, where his left arm was put in a cast.

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On Saturday morning, left-wing activists from Taayush arrived for a solidarity visit with the Palestinians of Umm al-Kheir, after settlers from the nearby settlement of Carmel have been throwing stones at them for the past few weeks. A few of the activists headed toward Carmel to protest the stone throwing, where Israeli soldiers prevented them from approaching, claiming that filming was not allowed since the settlement keeps the Sabbath, and that the area had been deemed a closed military zone, except for residents of Carmel.

Suddenly, Carmels rapid response team, made up of who are meant to be the first line of defense against terrorist attacks until security forces can arrive, came rushing to the scene. One of them attacked Taayush activist Guy Butavia, hitting him in his chest with his weapon and pushing him to the ground. Butuvia was treated by an IDF medic on the scene before being taken to a hospital.

I went to Carmel after more than two weeks of endless stone throwing on a nightly basis at Umm al-Kheir, Butavia says. Right after we entered the settlement the soldiers arrived and tried to block us. They did not present us with a closed military zone order, so we continued walking. Suddenly the armed settlers from Carmel appeared. They treated us as if we were terrorists. One of them, a big, strong man, ran over to me with his weapon and knocked me over.

Two Taayush activists were detained for behavior that may lead to disturbing the peace, and were later released from the Kiryat Arba police station near Hebron.

Yael Marom is Just Visions public engagement manager in Israel and a co-editor of Local Call, where this article was originally published in Hebrew.

15:58

Millions face hunger in Afghanistan as drought worsens, warns aid group "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 18, 2006 -- 6.5 million people are likely to suffer chronic food insecurity due to the lack of rainfall this year, Christian Aid said.

Interview of Truth Radio in Canada with a RAWA activist "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 8, 2006 -- Bryan Farnum and Bob Walberg Producer Truth Radio interview RAWA member on the current issues of Afghanistan

15:00

Being a Refugee/Repatriate from Burma But in 1942, Not 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Hundreds of thousands of Indians fled Burma when Japan invaded in 1942, including my father and his family.

Indians walking to cross the border with Burma in 1942. Courtesy: cbi-theater.com

Indians walking to cross the border with Burma in 1942. Courtesy: cbi-theater.com

While rummaging through some old papers at home some time ago, I came across a slim, burgundy-coloured, cloth-bound book. The label on it said Natesan Rajan, SSLC Book. It was my late fathers SSLC certificate.

He had passed the exam as a student of the Danish Mission School in Tiruvannamalai, in 1943 at the age of 14, with flying colours. It had no previous record of his studies in the school and he had been given exemption from Tamil. The reason: he was a refugee/repatriate from Burma.

At a time when the Rohingya are fleeing Myanmar in hundreds of thousands, few recall another exodus from that country, in 1942, when the Japanese marched into Burma during the Second World War. The British Army retreated, and fearing both the Japanese and Burmese, hundreds of thousands of Indians fled at the time. My fathers family was among them.

I heard the story many times from my grandmother.

My grandfather and his brothers had gone to Rangoon (now Yangon) in 1915, with their paternal uncle who already lived and worked there. In those days, many Indians were employed by the colonial British government, mostly in the office of the auditor general or in the railways.

This had led to the development of a well-off, educated and upwardly...

15:00

Talking, Reading, Listening and Singing to Understand the Human Brain "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nandini Singh Chatterjee, a cognitive neuroscientist, has developed unique methods to study autism, dyslexia and language recognition in children.

Nandini Chatterjee. Credit: The Life of Science

Nandini Singh Chatterjee. Credit: The Life of Science

The Wire is happy to support this project by Aashima Dogra and Nandita Jayaraj, who are travelling across India to meet some fantastic women scientists.

In the times of heavy propaganda and violent campaigns that describe the nation with the language of religious dogma, it is a relief to meet someone who chooses to examine India rationally. Rigorous scientific evidence is a buzz-term of Nandini Singh Chatterjee, neuroscientist stationed at the National Brain Research Center (NBRC), Manesar. To address the dizzying complexity of a multicultural India, Chatterjee studies our brains.

There is so much neuroscience research to do in India. There is a treasure trove of stimuli to study the brain with. Imagine the possibilities of gustatory work on different tastes, or with pashmina and silk to understand how people learn to develop sensitivity in what is called the somatosensory cortex or the touch system. The language systems in which our children grow up oh its just fabulous! cried the neuroscientist, who has published several papers on reading in multilinguals, autism, dyslexia and the brain on Indian classical music.

Chatterjee was not always interested in brains, not even close.

In 1998, Chatterjee the physicist sat in a room at Ohio University facing a computer f...

14:30

Trying to Explain Market Failures Through the Everyday "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Karthik Shashidhars Between the Buyer and the Seller lacks depth and force-fits simplistic versions of theories to complex real-life situations.

Questions like marriage and relationships, or information asymmetries which are deeply enmeshed in social relations, hierarchies and gender prejudices, are not amenable to coffee-shop analyses. Credit: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

Questions like marriage and relationships, or information asymmetries which are deeply enmeshed in social relations, hierarchies and gender prejudices, are not amenable to coffee-shop analyses. Credit: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

I joined Instagram recently. Within a few days, I had received numerous messages mostly variants of Friend banegi/sex karegi? (which translate to will you be my friend/have sex) and I am not a sleazy guy. Please believe me. I suspect this scenario would be worse if I were on a dating app. Why do women online receive so many mes...

14:19

Second Man Arrested Over London Train Attack, Says British Police "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A London Underground sign is seen behind a locked gate, in central London December 26, 2010. Credit: Reuters

A London Underground sign is seen behind a locked gate, in central London December 26, 2010. Credit: Reuters

London: A second man has been arrested over Fridays bomb attack on a London underground train that injured 30 people, police said.

The 21-year-old man was arrested in the west London suburb of Hounslow just before midnight on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police force said in a statement.

He was detained under Britains Terrorism Act and taken to a south London police station, the force added.

Earlier on Saturday, British police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover and raided a property in Sunbury, a small town outside London, as they hunted for whoever planted the device.

Hounslow is about four miles from Sunbury where police raided and searched a building on Saturday in connection with the bombing.

The home-made bomb shot flames through a packed train carriage at west Londons...

14:07

30 killed as two warlords clash in Herat "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 18, 2006 -- Fighting between two rival factions has killed about 30 people in Shindand district of the western Herat province of Afghanistan, the provincial police said on Monday.

22 civilians die in southern Afghanistan offensives by NATO "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 18, 2006 -- NATO air strikes in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province killed nine civilians and wounded 11 others Wednesday, the provincial governor said. NATO said an operation was believed to have caused "several" civilian casualties.

14:00

Madhes Issues Put on Hold as Nepals Janakpur Prepares for Local Elections "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While many voters feel that the constitution must be amended eventually, they are excited to cast their ballots for local representatives for the first time since local governments were disbanded in 2002.

A man looks at election posters in front of Dhanus Sagar in Janakpur. Credit: Peter Gill

A man looks at election posters in front of Dhanus Sagar in Janakpur. Credit: Peter Gill

Janakpur, Nepal: Campaigns for local elections, due to be held on September 18 across Nepals Province 2, were in full swing in Janakpur on Friday, the states second largest city and its likely future capital under the countrys new federal system. Tuk-tuks strapped with gramophone-shaped speakers blasted election songs and flew party flags as they drove past Janakpurs Ram and Jaanaki temples and the urban lakes for which the city is famous. Candidates posters were plastered in repetition along roadsides, even though this practice is forbidden. National-level leaders of most major parties including the Nepali Congress Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba visited the city in recent days and local candidates roamed the citys narrow, muddy streets in four-wheel drive vehicles flying party flags.

The excitement around the election comes despite disappointment that a recent vote to amend the countrys controversial 2015 constitution failed in parliament. While many voters here feel that the constitution must be amended e...

13:37

North Korea and the UN Sanctions Merry Go Round "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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On 11 September 2017 the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2375 imposing further sanctions on North Korea in response to its latest nuclear test. This was the latest and ninth such resolution since 2006. There is no reason to believe that it will be any more successful in achieving its purported objectives than any of the other previous resolutions.

The commentary in the western media surrounding the latest North Korean nuclear test treats the problem in an historical vacuum. North Korea has good reason to be distrustful of attempts to limit its nuclear program. It appears to have been forgotten by those commentators that North Korea, with Russian and Chinese assistance, fought a devastating war in 1950-1953.

Neither North nor South Korea were blameless for the onset of that war, but it was only given a veneer of legitimacy as a United Nations operation because the United States took advantage of a boycott by the Soviet Union of the Security Council (over the refusal to recognise the Peoples Republic of China as the legitimate representative of China) to launch its grossly misnamed Police action.

During that war, that has never formally ended, North Korea was devastated. Every town and city was reduced to rubble; its agriculture destroyed through chemical warfare; napalm was used on civilian populations; and more than three million of its citizens were killed.

American troops have occupied South Korea ever since. Through threats, military exercises on or near its borders, blockades of its territorial waters, and a relentless propaganda war, North Korea has been in a state of effective siege ever since the 1953 armistice.

There was a modest thaw during the Clinton administration in the 1990s, where an Agreed Framework was negotiated, which included North Korea signing the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The agreement provided for regular inspections by the IAEA to ensure North Koreas compliance with the NPT.

In return, the Americans agreed to provide light water reactors for peaceful civilian use. That part of the deal, vital for North Koreas energy requirements, was never kept. That and other violations of the agreement led to North Korea resuming the secret enrichment of uranium.

With some good faith on both sides it might have b...

13:10

On Narendra Modis Birthday, Will He Remember Those Fighting for the Narmada? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

For people living by the Narmada in Madhya Pradeshs Nimar, Modis birthday is being seen as a death day for their homes and livelihoods.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI

September 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modis birthday, is to be celebrated with much pomp on the banks of the Narmada in his home state of Gujarat. Hundreds of saffron-clad sadhus and holy men are to grace the occasion and the waters of the Narmada river are to be brought to flow in Gujarat.

Across the border in Madhya Pradesh, however, Modis janamdin (birthday) is being seen as the marandin (death day) of their homes and livelihoods by thousands of rural families in the Nimar region.

These are the people for whom Ma Narmada has been a beneficent deity for centuries. Her banks are dotted with shrines, temples, mazaars and masjids. Villages and small settlements in the area have built and cared for their ghats, which witness not only aarti and daily prayers being offered to the river, but also the tethering and loosening of numerous boats which ferry people across and a...

12:00

The NYT"s Yellow Journalism on Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The New York Times descent into yellow journalism over Russia recalls the sensationalism of Hearst and Pulitzer leading to the Spanish-American War, but the risks to humanity are much greater now, writes Robert Parry.

11:23

Watch the Solar Flares! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

There can be no doubt that the September 2017 eruptions on the sun are dreadful warnings to people violating the principal Moral Law.

The post Watch the Solar Flares! appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

11:15

The Dilemma of Having Two Nuclear Koreas "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It was probably inevitable that South Korea would entertain the development of nuclear weapons in the face of North Koreas relentless push for them itself. That conversation is now increasingly widespread on TV and in the media here. Unsurprisingly, conservatives are calling for it; they have for awhile. But other, more moderate voices are kicking it around too, and television pundit shows are filled with this now. An alternative to this is the demand to bring American tactical nuclear weapons back to South Korea. A debate that has been on the fringe of South Korean political life for decades is now having its most robust public discussion ever. For the first time, a clear majority of South Koreans want this capability.

10:30

Why Having a Single Regulator Would Upset Indias Game of Drones "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The regulatory spat between the DGCA and MHA is good for the future of drones in India, leading, as it hopefully will, to a holistic framework and not a blinkered approach.

Both the DGCA and MHA by themselves have an extremely limited approach towards drones. Credit: Reuters

Both the DGCA and MHA by themselves have an extremely limited approach towards drones. Credit: Reuters

The turf war over the regulation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) between the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was a foregone conclusion when the latter called in for consultations almost a year after the former had formulated draft guidelines.

In response, the DGCA has set up a committee of regulators and security agencies, for finalising regulations for UAS. Such inter-ministerial bickering is neither new nor in any way unnatural, given that regulatory stipulations dont operate within sanitised boundaries. This, however, results in inadvertent, yet avoidable, policy paralysis.

Historically, as with most robotic applications, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) developed from hobbyist pursuits of pioneers and gained a further impetus due to their military applications for works considered dirty, dull and dangerous. However, at the turn of the millennium, their civil applications grew considerably, owing to advancements in computational, imaging and communication technologies. The potential civilian...

10:25

Duterte to Head of Human Rights Agency: Are You a Pedophile? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a 7.62mm sniper rifle during the turnover ceremony of China's urgent military assistance given

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a 7.62mm sniper rifle during the turnover ceremony of Chinas urgent military assistance given gratis to the Philippines, at Clark Air Base, near Angeles City, Philippines June 28, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte taunted the head of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Saturday, asking if he was a pedophile because of his focus on the killing of teen...

10:24

Singapore: Protests Erupt Against Uncontested Presidential Election "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Former speaker of Singapore's parliament, Halimah Yacob, arrives at the Elections Department after she was given the certificate of eligibility to contest the election by the Presidential Elections Committee in Singapore September 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Former speaker of Singapores parliament, Halimah Yacob, arrives at the Elections Department after she was given the certificate of eligibility to contest the election by the Presidential Elections Committee in Singapore September 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Singapore: Hundreds of Singaporeans, most dressed in black, held a silent protest on Saturday against an uncontested presidential election this week in which applications from four candidates were rejected.

Political protests are rare in the...

10:21

Catalan Mayors Defy Spanish Courts Ahead of Independence Vote "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Protesters carry Esteladas, Catalan separatist flags and Basque flags, during a rally in favour of a referendum on independence from Spain for the autonomous community of Catalonia, in the Basque city of Bilbao, Spain September 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Protesters carry Esteladas, Catalan separatist flags and Basque flags, during a rally in favour of a referendum on independence from Spain for the autonomous community of Catalonia, in the Basque city of Bilbao, Spain September 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters

B...

10:21

Japans Shinzo Abe Mulling Snap Election as Early as October "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on August 29, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters about North Koreas missile launch in Tokyo, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on August 29, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering calling a snap election as early as next month to take advantage of an uptick in approval ratings and disarray in the main opposition party, domestic media reported on Sunday.

Abes ratings have recovered to the 50% level in some polls, helped by public jitters over North Koreas missile and nuclear tests and chaos in the opposition Democratic Party, struggling with single-digit support and defections.

Abe told the head of his Liberal Democratic Partys junior coalition partner, the Komeito party, that he could not rule out dissolving parliame...

10:20

Havana Highlights Housing Replacement Drive After Irma Ravages City "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A view of an apartment where two people have died when the walls collapsed during the passage of Hurricane Irma, according to state-run media, in Havana, Cuba, September 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters

A view of an apartment where two people have died when the walls collapsed during the passage of Hurricane Irma, according to state-run media, in Havana, Cuba, September 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Havana: After Hurricane Irma wrought havoc on Havanas decrepit buildings and killed four in building collapses there, city authorities held a rare media briefing to stress they were prioritizing solving the capitals longstanding housing needs.

A quarter of buildings in the Cuban city are in bad or regula...

10:19

Pakistan Votes in By-Election Seen as Test of Support for Nawaz Sharif "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Supreme Court in July disqualified Sharif because he did not declare a monthly salary, equivalent to $2,722, from a company owned by his son.

A soldier carries supplies to be delivered to a polling station from the election commission office in Lahore, Pakistan September 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters

A soldier carries supplies to be delivered to a polling station from the election commission office in Lahore, Pakistan September 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Lahore, Pakistan: Pakistanis began casting votes on Sunday for the parliamentary seat vacated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election.

Sharifs ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party hopes a resounding victory in the eastern city of Lahore would show that supp...

10:04

Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh: Finding Glory in the Skies While Firmly Rooted to the Ground "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In addition to his military and diplomatic achievements, Singh was a commander who worked for the well being of veterans.

Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh. Credit: Doordarshan/Twitter

Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh. Credit: Doordarshan/Twitter

When IAF Buglers sound the Last Post today, the nation will have bid farewell to one of its true sons and the Indian Air Force an iconic leader and the only one to don the uniform of Marshal of the Air Force (MAF).

At one level, perhaps I am not qualified to write about a person under whom I never served directly and with whom I shared no personal experiences. At another level, however, for some 11 years of my service in the squadrons, I was a field observer of the MAF as commander and senior leader. I can also claim of one proud and rare distinction. MAF Arjan Singh commanded the No. 1 Squadron and later the Air Force Station, Ambala. I had the privilege to follow in his footsteps and command both, although each nearly three decades after him.

The 1950s and early 60s were a crucial period, coinciding with the IAF evolving technologically and adapting to the jet age with its associated operational and technical challenges. On more than one occasion I was witness to his visits to us in the field and on most he made it a point to fly himself in a Canberra and crawl out in white overalls,...

10:00

Building Bridges to Peace for Africans in India "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Acceptance and peace are necessary to build a cohesive community, and Indians in Africa have seen the benefits of that.

File photo of a protest in Bengaluru after a Tanzanian woman was attacked. Credit: PTI

File photo of a protest in Bengaluru after a Tanzanian woman was attacked. Credit: PTI

After hearing about the multiple acts of violence against Africans in India, I felt it necessary to respond to the senseless acts. My perspective is unique I consider myself a Tanzanian-Indian-American. I was born in Tanzania to a Tanzanian father and an Indian mother. My paternal grandfather, who was orphaned at a young age, was taken to Moshi, Tanzania from Gujarat, India in the early 1900s. My grandfather settled in Tanzania and built a life for himself. Many years before I was born, he passed away. Although I never had a chance to meet him, what I know about my grandfather is that although his roots were Indian, he enjoyed living in Moshi and considered it his home.

As a third-generation Tanzanian, I have always thought of Moshi as home. Not only was I born there, I spent a significant part of my formative years in the town. Even as we maintained our Indian roots and culture, I consider myself Tanzanian because it is the only country that is familiar to me. While I have visited India three times, I have never stayed there for long periods and have only seen India as a tourist.

There are many reasons why Indians like myself have continued to not just survive but thrive in Tanzania. The first key component is acceptanc...

09:46

Sanobar, 11-years-old girl is abducted and raped by warlords (with photos) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 5, 2006 -- Sanobar, an 11-years-old daughter of Gulsha, an Afghan widow, has been abducted, raped and then exchanged with a dog by warlords in Aliabad district of Kondoz province in North of Afghanistan.

WomanKind: No real change for Afghan women "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 31, 2006 -- An international women's rights group says guarantees given to Afghan women after the fall of the Taleban in 2001 have not translated into real change. Womankind Worldwide says millions of Afghan women and girls continue to face systematic discrimination and violence in their households and communities.

Social problems behind women's suicide in Helmand "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 23, 2006 -- According to Women Affairs Department ill-treatment, domestic disputes and economic problems are behind the increasing incidents of women committing suicide in the southern volatile Helmand province, also known as centre of poppy cultivation. The officials said about 18 to 20 women, most of them young girls, had committed suicide during this year in the province. Of the 20 only four girls took their lives in the last month.

Stone Age still lingers on in Bamyan, many live in caves "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 18, 2006 -- Those living in caves near Buddha statue in the central Bamyan province have not enough stuff to offer to their honourable guests at this special day of the year, contrary to people serving their guests with dry fruit and sweets in other parts of the country. Of the total 3,000 caves at sides of Buddha statue, about 300 of the families are living in the caves.

09:32

Rallies Against Police Acquittal in St. Louis Turn Violent "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Black Lives Matter protester stands in front of St. Louis Police Department officers equipped with riot gear after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters

A Black Lives Matter protester stands in front of St. Louis Police Department officers equipped with riot gear after the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis poli...

09:30

India Will Not Sit Idle Till Azhar Brought to Justice, Says UN Envoy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Maulana Masood Azhar, head of Pakistan's militant Jaish-e-Mohammad party, attends a pro-Taliban conference organised by the Afghan Defence Council in Islamabad August 26, 2001. Credit: Reuters

Maulana Masood Azhar, head of Pakistans militant Jaish-e-Mohammad party, attends a pro-Taliban conference organised by the Afghan Defence Council in Islamabad August 26, 2001. Credit: Reuters

New York: Hoping that the UN would soon designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist, a top Indian diplomat has said that New Delhi will not sit idle till the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed leader is brought to justice.

India has identified Azhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack on January 2, 2016. It has also blamed his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out the attack in which seven India...

09:30

Fathers of the Gun: Former Militants on Kashmirs New-Age Militancy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Thousands of young men joined the Kashmir militancy in the 1990s, but those who survived see a new generation as more potent and committed to Islamism, and more ready to die.

People stand on the rubble of a house after it was damaged during a gunbattle between militants and Indian security forces in Hakripora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district August 1, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Danish Ismail

People stand on the rubble of a house after it was damaged during a gunbattle between militants and Indian security forces in Hakripora in south Kashmirs Pulwama district August 1, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Danish Ismail

Srinagar: Sitting in a corner of a chai shop in Batamaloo, Sajad Khan (name changed) has no airs about him. His mild persona is no reflection of his past, and the part he...

08:20

Bol Na Aunty Aau Kya: Journalist Gets Rape Threats After YouTube Takes Down Sexist Song "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Journalist is threatened after urging people to report the sexist video on YouTube.

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New Delhi: You know something is inherently wrong with society when hundreds of millennials gather in multiple cities across the country to sing a song that not only glorifies, but celebrates rape, misogyny and sexual harassment.

Uploaded on YouTube in late 2015, rap king Omprakash Mishras Bol Na Aunty Aau Kya, a cringeworthy, sexist song about a boy who wants to have sex with an aunty who refuses to give in, has become the millennial anthem of the year.

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The video, which had over 3,000,000 hits, 30,000 likes and 60,000 dislikes before it taken down by YouTube because of copyright issues, was ...

08:13

US Attends Meeting on Paris Climate Accord, but Still Plans to Withdraw "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Hundreds of environmentalists arrange their bodies to form a message of hope and peace in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, December 6, 2015. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of environmentalists arrange their bodies to form a message of hope and peace in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, December 6, 2015. Credit: Reuters

Montreal: The US attended a Saturday meeting of ministers from more than 30 of the nations that signed the Paris climate-change agreement, though the White House issued a statement saying it will stick with plans to pull out of the deal.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump administration officials said the US would not pull out of the agreement and had offered to re-engage in the deal, citing the European Commissions Miguel Arias...

08:11

London Bomb Suspect Arrested by British Police at Dover Border Point "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Forensic investigators search on the platform at Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain, September 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Forensic investigators search on the platform at Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain, September 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters

London: Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the departure lounge of the port of Dover on Saturday in what they said was a very significant step in the hunt for whoever planted a bomb on a London commuter train that injured 30 people a day earlier.

Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on the highest security level of critical late on Friday, meaning another attack may be imminent, and deployed soldiers and armed police to strategic locations such as nuclear power plants.

On Saturday morning officers in Dover, a ferry port on the southeast coast from which passenger ships sail to France, arrested a man and then partially evacuated the area, recovering a number of items, the police said without elaborating.

Ho...

08:03

Pakistan Army Pushed for Political Mainstreaming of Militant-Linked Groups "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Milli Muslim League party loyal to Hafiz Saeed is backing a candidate in Sundays by-election.

Mohammad Yaqoob Sheikh (R) nominated candidate of political party, Milli Muslim League (MML), distributes handbills to residents during an election campaign for the National Assembly NA-120 constituency in Lahore, Pakistan September 10, 2017. Picture taken September 10, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Mohammad Yaqoob Sheikh (R) nominated candidate of political party, Milli Muslim...

07:56

The Life of Labour: Protesting Farmers Force Government to Announce Loan Waiver in Rajasthan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Illustration by Aliza Bakht

Illustration by Aliza Bakht

Massive farmers protest in Rajasthan, government blocks the internet and then announces loan waiver

Sikar in Rajasthan was the site of massive protests over the last two weeks. More than 10,000 farmers gathered under the aegis of the All India Kisan Sabha to demand a loan waiver from the government. State-wide bandhs were declared and the Collectorate was barricaded. Sikar was essentially shut down while the bandh was also observed in Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Churu, Bikaner, Nagaur and Jhunjhunu according to Newsclick.

The agitating farmers came with their stories of agrarian distress. The Indian Express reports, In late July, Mohan Lal, 45, a fellow farmer from the district, was forced to crush all onion grown on h...

07:19

Solutions: Stop Using YouTube "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Every year come 9/11 I see my "9/11: A Conspiracy Theory" video making the rounds again. But this year something marvelous happened. I was able to point people to my BitChute.com mirror of the video. And my Dtube mirror. And my minds.com mirror. And my vid.me mirror. The YouTube crackdown is coming (exactly as I warned you it would), but the YouTube exodus is also here (just as I predicted at the beginning of the year). The only problem is there are too many platforms to keep track of.

07:15

Zapad War Games The Russians are Not Coming "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Everybodys worried about stopping terrorism. Well, theres a really easy way: stop participating in it. Noam Chomsky

The dishonesty and lunacy of the West was on front row display in the run up to the Zapad war game exercises in Belarus this year. The same old worn out, fake claims were trotted out that these periodic exercises were evidence of a pending Russian threat to move on NATO forces in the Baltics and Poland.

This is a bit more than criminal bad manners by those pushing this hyped threat in the West. It is an attack on the Western public to scare it into supporting real NATO threat moves against Russia as defensive ones.

Unfortunately I must say that way too many of the public have been willing dupes in the charade, which is trotted out every time these games are held; and the public swallows it every time, no matter how shrill the claims of Red hordes descending on Europe are exaggerated. I am embarrassed to even have to write this, but it is what it is.

This year the top lying prize goes to Germanys defense minister, who lazily threw out the 100,000 figure for how many Russian and Belarus troops were going to be involved. The real numbers are below 13,000, with 5500 coming from Russia; and the numbers were always readily available.

But Minister Ursula von der Leyen lied to Germanys citizens and to the world, claiming the war games with 100,000 troops on NATOs border were a demonstration of the capabilities and power of the Russians. The troop numbers and equipment scale shows just another large unit training exercise for two different commands, just like NATO claims it is doing, but at a far larger scale than it has in the past.

Russia cant afford an offensive military posture toward Europe

Every professional officer knows that with Russia facing a 10 to 1 superiority with NATO and US defense spending, that it has to spend every defense ruble on defense. It simply cant afford an offensive military, other than its nuclear deterrent.

The German Minister should have been fired for embarrassing Germany with her flagrant falsehood. And Western fake media should be condemned, as its experts are intimately aware of the fake Russian thr...

06:22

Protesters for Jawzjan governor resignation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 16, 2006 -- About 400 residents of the northern Jawzjan province Thursday in a protest rally urged Juma Khan Hamdard to quit his position as governor. Mohammad Rasul, one of the protesters, told Pajhwok Afghan News: "We don't want the governor, he belongs to Hezb-i-Islami party and is also involved in drug-trafficking."

Police rapes a girl in Takhar, Women are sold in Faryab "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

November 7, 2006 -- According to a report from the Northern Province of Takhar, tens of people staged a demonstration to protest rape of a girl by police in the Dasht-e-Qala district of this province. Also it is reported that selling of women has become very common in Faryab province in north of Afghanistan and each woman is sold up to 50,000 Afghanis (around US$1,000).

05:30

Where India Goes Gives a First-Hand Analysis of Indias Poor Early-Life Health and Stunting "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Where India Goes is essential reading not only for policymakers and development professionals, but for anyone interested in the paradoxes of development in the early 21st century.

India stunting

In India, out of every thousand babies born 43 die before their first birthdays more than in any of our South Asian neighbours (other than Pakistan). Credit: Reuters

An open-defecation-free India in 2019 is a chimera. Decades will pass before that goal is achieved. In the meantime, millions of babies in India will die due to poor sanitation. Millions more will, through their lives, bear the stamp of impaired physical and cognitive development caused by the toilet practices of their neighbours.

This is the brutal prognosis of Diane Coffey and Dean Spears in their timely and out-spoken book. Having set up their home in a village in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh where we could learn first-hand about the poor early-life health and the process of stunting that affect so many children in India, Where India Goes reflects their lived experience and presents extensive research and analysis conducted through the Research Institute For Compassionate Economics (rice), an institute they established.

05:00

Why Liberias Ellen Sirleaf Is No Feminist Icon "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In fact, Sirleafs brand of femocracy  a term coined by Nigerian feminist scholar Amina Mama has severely stifled womens political participation.

Ellen Johnson Sirleafs record on womens rights has been mixed. Credit: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Ellen Johnson Sirleafs record on womens rights has been mixed. Credit: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

When Liberians go to polls in October 2017, there will be a disproportionate number of men on the ballot papers. Only 163 of 1026 approved candidates just 16% in these presidential and legislative elections are women. This represents only a marginal increase since 2005 and 2011, when women accounted for 14% and 11% of candidates, respectively.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who, 12 years ago, became the first woman to be elected head of state in any African country has often been hailed as a feminist icon. But the poor representation of women in elections is as much her fault as it is a reflection of Liberias acutely patriarchal political system.

Her presidency has actually served the interests of a small, elite group of women and men in politics. It has upheld the countrys long-standing patriarchal norms. She has publicly distanced herself from the very movement that first got her elected, decrying feminism as extremism.

Sirleafs brand of femocracy a term coined by Nigerian feminist scholar Amina Mama has severely stifled womens political participation.

Mama, whose research focused on African first ladies as femo...

04:30

We Have No Idea yet Are the Most Wonderful Words in Science "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The most dramatic insights are likely to appear not in places where our ignorance is obvious, but where we are not even aware of our conceptual errors.

Its important to fund the basic research that lets us stumble into great new discoveries. Credit: Wikipedia

Its important to fund the basic research that lets us stumble into great new discoveries. Credit: Wikipedia

If you could fast-forward some 1,000 years and peek into a college science textbook from the year 3000, what would you see? I doubt youd find many of our current theories still in there. Today, the Standard Model of particle physics and Albert Einsteins general relativity seem like twin pinnacles of human intellectual achievement. Tomorrow, they might be cast into historys dustbin, relegated to mere footnotes alongside old ideas about the Earth-centred solar system and the deterministic universe. It would be a humbling sight and a tremendously reassuring one.

Given the choice, I would prefer to see our current theories not validated. Id much rather live in a universe where we discover that todays view of physics is comically nave. If I am so lucky as to live to see deep new discoveries about the true nature of reality, I hope to find them bizarre and shocking. In 1,000 years, physics and mathematics will probably have progressed so far that the very nature of the q...

04:30

Form and Meaning in Modern and Contemporary Pakistani Art "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Modern art offers metaphoric and transcendent alternatives to the real world while contemporary art is immersed in the immediate and the present.

Pakistan art

Santhal Maidens, ca. 1950s, oil, by Zainul Abedin. Credit: Jalaluddin Ahmed, Art in Pakistan (Third Edition 1964)

This essay must start with a qualification: it offers only a selective overview of developments in modern and contemporary art in Pakistan. Here, the term modern is used for the art produced between the middle of the 20th century and the beginning of 1990s; after that contemporary art comes into vogue. Modernism largely avoids engagement with the immediate and the present.

Rather than focusing on specific social circumstances or engaging with current events, modern art offers metaphoric and transcendent alternatives to the real world. Its materials and mediums seek permanence. By contrast, contemporary art is immersed in the immediate and the present. Unlike modernism, it offers no transcendence but instead engages with existing conditions. It is often post-medium as contemporary artists usually employ diverse materials and techniques that include ephemeral and time-based mediums.

Metamorphosis, 1948 , oil on canvas...

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