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16.09.2020

Millions of Indian students sit university entrance exams after government disregards protests to postpone them

Millions of Indian students sit university entrance exams after government disregards protests to postpone them

Some of the country’s schools are also set to reopen later this month Around 2.8 million Indian students sat university examinations from the end of the August to September 13 as the country approaches the grim milestone of 5-million total COVID-19 cases. Despite pleas from civil society to defer… »

15.09.2020

The Difference Between the U.S. and China’s Response to COVID-19 Is Staggering

The Difference Between the U.S. and China’s Response to COVID-19 Is Staggering

By Vijay Prashad and John Ross In Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, he reports on interviews he did in February and March with U.S. President Donald Trump about the coronavirus. Trump admitted that the virus was virulent, but he decided to underplay its danger. “I wanted… »

09.09.2020

PPFA demands stringent action against Satra vandals

PPFA demands stringent action against Satra vandals

Condemning continued acts of vandalism at Satras and temples across Assam by rabidly communal malcontents, the Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) has urged the State government in Dispur to take serious note of the situation as anti-national forces are waging a diabolical war against the unique cultural identity of India. »

05.09.2020

Qatar, two small steps forward in protecting the rights of migrant workers

Qatar, two small steps forward in protecting the rights of migrant workers

On August 30, the Qatari authorities published two measures, announced in October 2019, intended – if fully implemented – to improve the protection of the rights and living conditions of migrant workers, massively present in the Gulf emirate. The first measure removes the employer’s “no-objection certificate”, allowing migrant workers to… »

05.09.2020

Andhra Journalist Succumbs to Covid-19, JFA Grieves

Andhra Journalist Succumbs to Covid-19, JFA Grieves

Across India, casualties among the media fraternity because of Covid-19 complications have started kicking in. Now, almost every other day, the country is losing a media person to the coronavirus. According to the Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), the last three media corona casualties were reported within four days and urged… »

31.08.2020

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, leaves office a diminished figure with an unfulfilled legacy

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, leaves office a diminished figure with an unfulfilled legacy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ended weeks of speculation about the state of his health by announcing his surprise resignation today. The 65-year-old Abe was finally forced to concede to the ulcerative colitis intestinal disease that had brought his first brief term in office to an end in 2007. After being treated… »

17.08.2020

Bells Toll for India’s Diversity and Democracy

Bells Toll for India’s Diversity and Democracy

Viewpoint by Shastri Ramachandaran * August is a month of memories for India with memorable dates redolent of history, freedom and politics. August 15, with that unforgettably evocative ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, is, doubtless, the most important of the dates observed. Inextricably linked to… »

16.08.2020

Beyond the White-West vs China Cultural Clash

Beyond the White-West vs China Cultural Clash

On July 22, the Texas Tribune reported that the Trump administration had ordered the closing of Houston’s Chinese Consulate. The Chinese Government retaliated by closing the US consulate in Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan province. Chengdu was an important diplomatic outpost for the US, covering a large… »

09.08.2020

Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons – UN chief

Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons – UN chief

UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha, the survivors, who transformed their decades-long plight into a warning about the perils of nuclear weapons and an example of the triumph of the human spirit. »

08.08.2020

5 Reasons Chinese Students May Stop Studying in the US

5 Reasons Chinese Students May Stop Studying in the US

Nearly 400,000 Chinese students were enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities in 2019 – more than one-third of the country’s international students. A sharp decline in the number of these students would spell financial trouble for U.S. colleges and universities, given that Chinese students spend US$15 billion in tuition payments. Their departure… »

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