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Right to Information Act Inevitable for Good Governance: Anjali Bhardwaj

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Right to Information Act Inevitable for Good Governance: Anjali Bhardwaj

Most democratic nations of the world have realized that a constant information exchange with the citizens can keep the very spirit of democracy alive. As India claims to be the world’s largest democracy, the country has introduced the Right to Information (RTI) Act as a communicative interface that aims to help citizens stay connected with [...]

Existential Threat to Christians in the Middle East

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Existential Threat to Christians in the Middle East

Amine Gemayel, former President of Lebanon, will deliver a speech entitled “Religious Pluralism in the Middle East: A Challenge to the International Community” at McGuinn Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25. Gemayel, who served as Lebanon’s President from 1982 to 1988, issued an early warning of possible “genocide” [...]

Focus Must Be on the Quality of Democracy: David Campbell

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Focus Must Be on the Quality of Democracy: David Campbell

Today, most democratic nations of the world are facing myriad socio-economic challenges and finding it difficult to keep the basic principles of democracy intact. A leading global think-tank Democracy Ranking Association, however, believes that a democracy can perform effectively if the focus is on the quality of democracy. To understand the finer nuances of a [...]

Will Iran Adhere to Its Part of a Nuclear Deal?

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Will Iran Adhere to Its Part of a Nuclear Deal?

By Dr. Behrooz Behbudi Dr. Behrooz Behbudi offers his opinion on the recent nuclear negotiations involving Iran: As on Monday in Geneva, Iran’s delegation entered talks with world powers to hammer out a lasting nuclear deal ahead of a deadline of 24 November, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Brigadier Mohammad Ali Jaffari declared that [...]

Weeding Out Rampal-like Fake Gurus: What India and PM Modi Should Do

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Weeding Out Rampal-like Fake Gurus: What India and PM Modi Should Do

This article is about a serious contemplation on the rampant darkness, ignorance and poverty in one of the world’s fastest growing economies that is also home to one of the largest collections of illiterate, disease-ridden or mentally bankrupt people anywhere in the world. By Sanjay Gupta The recent episode of a self-styled godman holding thousands [...]

Dalai Lama Wants to Increase Human Happiness

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Dalai Lama Wants to Increase Human Happiness

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, opened the 2nd International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS) in Boston on Friday with more than 1400 academics, researchers, practitioners and graduate students present for his plenary on Science and Society. In his remarks, Dalai Lama challenged the conference-goers with the leading question, “with so many advances over the [...]

ISIS – Is the Islamic State Really Islamic?

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ISIS – Is the Islamic State Really Islamic?

In his Sept. 10 speech, U.S. President Barack Obama outlined his strategy to combat the terrorists’ threat from ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Obama said: “ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims [...]

Meg Urry to Explain the Mystery of Black Holes

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Meg Urry to Explain the Mystery of Black Holes

The growth of supermassive black holes will be the topic of discussion at this year’s Russell Women in Science Lecture Series at Mills College. The annual event, set for Tuesday, April 29, 2014, will feature Meg Urry, director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, in a lecture titled “Black Holes, Galaxies, and the [...]

DBU German Environmental Award Announced

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DBU German Environmental Award Announced

The winners of the German Environmental Award of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) have been selected. The 500,000-euro award, considered to be the most prestigious environmental prize in Europe, is to be shared in 2013 by the founder and managing director of the company Hock (Nördlingen), Carmen Hock-Heyl (58), and the chairwoman of the board [...]

Bill Gates Says Lives of the Poor Have Improved

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Bill Gates Says Lives of the Poor Have Improved

In his fifth annual letter, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, highlights how setting clear goals and accurate measurement are key to improving the lives of poor people around the globe. “I know, it’s not the sexiest of themes, but the proof of its impact is undeniable,” Gates wrote. “The lives [...]

Bill Gates Offers Help to Poor Farmers

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Bill Gates Offers Help to Poor Farmers

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told the international agricultural community it had fallen short of delivering the help small farmers in developing countries need, when they need it. In a speech delivered at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gates asked the UN bodies responsible for fighting hunger and [...]

Bill Gates Formula to Alleviate Poverty

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Bill Gates Formula to Alleviate Poverty

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, challenged global leaders Tuesday in his fourth annual letter to invest in innovations that are accelerating progress against poverty, or risk a future in which millions needlessly starve. The letter describes remarkable progress in the developing world and makes the case to continue investing in [...]

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