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Global nuclear summit largely fails to make the world a safer place Hopelessly hijacked by North Korea’s rocket launch plans, the recent Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul failed to move beyond a symbolic solidarity against nuclear proliferation. The biggest nuclear meeting in the world, the March 26-27 summit saw prominent heads of states representing around […]

Not Shutting the Door

There have been some setbacks but the Indian government will continue to push for economic reform (3 February 2012) — India is a nation of shopkeepers. Retailing accounts for 15% of its gross domestic product, employs 40 million people, and at US$450 billion, is one of the top five retail markets in the world. No […]

Turning Point (News Report)

High-profile arrest galvanises Bangladesh’s 1971 war crimes trial DHAKA (20 January 2012) — Dancing broke out in the streets of Bangladesh after the prominent arrest of a man the state prosecutor alleges is “the mastermind” of war crimes commited during Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war, when it seceded from Pakistan. The development is “a significant step […]

Scoring an Own Goal (News Report)

India’s main opposition party shoots itself in the foot by taking in graft-tainted politician NEW DELHI (13 January 2012) —The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) decision to admit a corruption-tainted politician to its ranks ahead of the February elections in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has significantly damaged its prospects in the upcoming elections. And […]

Chasing Votes (News Report)

The battle over Muslim voters in Uttar Pradesh intensifies NEW DELHI (20 January 2012) — The race is on to win over the pivotal Muslim vote in the key Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) ahead of the February-March elections, as politicians dangle the carrot of affirmative action. Politicians are tripping over themselves to propose the […]

Calling Truce (News Report)

India’s law minister apologises for public spat with election commission NEW DELHI (17 February 2012) — Law Minister Salman Khurshid avoided a showdown with his own government and the Election Commission (EC) by apologising for imprudent remarks he made during a public rally for the ongoing provincial elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP). On February 11, while […]

Where’s the Honour

More than 1,000 young people, mostly women, die in so-called honour killings in India every year in a horrific practice that must stop (20 January 2012) — Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, a 25-year-old Indian Sikh and naturalised Canadian, was brutally murdered in Punjab in 2000. After 11 years and seven convictions in India, the investigation continues. […]