Monthly Archives: June 2010

China’s Pearls In Power Play

While West is courting Beijing, it appears to be wooing the Asian littoral to increase access to ports and airfields. Vice President Xi Jinping, who is widely believed to succeed President Hu, was in Dhaka, while Prime Minister Wen Jiabo … Continue reading

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Another bridge between India and Pakistan

There is another spiritual bridge between people of India and Pakistan, and it deserves to be more widely known in India than it is. Thousands of Pakistanis assemble every Friday on their side of the border in the Ramgarh sector … Continue reading

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SL bans student group from Jaffna campus

By Subash Somachandran Authorities at Jaffna University in northern Sri Lanka prevented a group of student leaders from the Inter University Student Federation (IUSF) from visiting the campus on June 12. While the IUSF was the immediate target, the broader … Continue reading

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Obama- Singh meet at G-20 summit

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of G-20 Summit in Toronto on June 27.Following is the transcript of the remarks by the two leaders before their meeting. President Obama: I want to express … Continue reading

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Predictable spat between UN and Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has reacted angrily to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s June 22 appointment of an expert panel to advise him on human rights violations in the final stage of the island’s civil war. Thousands of civilians were … Continue reading

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G20 Leaders try to paper over differences

By Nick Beams Leaders of the world’s major economies sought to paper over their differences on a series of key issues at the Group of 20 (G20) summit meeting held in Toronto over the weekend. On the crucial question of … Continue reading

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A bridge between India and Pakistan

As the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan have just talked of building “bridges to reduce trust deficit”, here is the story of a spiritual bridge that already exists between the two countries. For all one knows, the shrine of … Continue reading

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Petraeus replaces ‘loose canon’McChrystal as Afghan commander

President Obama has named Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top US military commander in Afghanistan. The change, though a stunning development, is unlikely to result in any change in the strategy that U.S. and its … Continue reading

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All are blessed

It is not as widely known as it deserves to be that in India there are several shrines that defy denominational barriers. For instance, a Jain temple at Dharmasthala in Karnataka is, and has always been, helping people of all … Continue reading

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US recalls Commander Gen McChrystal from Kabul

By Bill Van Auken Following the appearance of an article in which he and his aides disparaged President Barack Obama and other top civilian officials, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, has been ordered to return to Washington … Continue reading

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Deep divide in the Thai society…?

By John Braddock A report released last month by Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) points to the underlying social tensions that helped fuel recent protests in Bangkok against the government … Continue reading

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