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New Delhi: The Case of a Neglected City

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New Delhi: The Case of a Neglected City

Poisonous pollution, broken roads, stray cattle, littering, and open defecation are among the irritants that make Delhi a veritable hell on earth. By Rakesh Raman Although New Delhi is India’s capital which is supposed to be managed by the central government of India as well as the local state government, today it’s a totally neglected [...]

UN Condemns Escalated Fighting in South Sudan

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UN Condemns Escalated Fighting in South Sudan

The United Nations has condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between Government and opposition forces in Unity and Upper Nile states in South Sudan. In a statement released by his spokesperson Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that the renewed fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA [...]

Can Delhi Government Stop Corruption? No Way.

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Can Delhi Government Stop Corruption? No Way.

Delhi government fails to understand that bureaucratic inefficiency is the worst form of corruption – worse than even bribe. By Rakesh Raman It was Saturday morning on May 16 at around quarter past ten when I called the Delhi phone number 1031. A very polite woman voice greeted me from the other side. The conversation [...]

Yemen: 200 Civilians Died in a Week

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Yemen: 200 Civilians Died in a Week

Nearly 200 civilians have died in Yemen in the past week, as the country has seen its deadliest period of fighting since violence broke out on 26 March this year, according to figures released Tuesday by the United Nations human rights office. In the six days from 4 May to 10 May, the Office of [...]

UN Chief Meets President Putin in Russia

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UN Chief Meets President Putin in Russia

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Russia for ‘Victory Day’ marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe, met with President Vladimir Putin to discuss issues including conflict in Ukraine and climate change. “The Secretary-General and President Putin discussed in depth the way forward on Ukraine,” said a statement from [...]

U.S. Begins Combat Training for Syrian Forces

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U.S. Begins Combat Training for Syrian Forces

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that it’s not a goal of the U.S. program to have the new Syrian forces engage the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Although ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIL) seems to be losing its momentum as its operations are restricted to only a few towns, U.S. [...]

UN Envoy to Kick Off Syria Talks in Geneva

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UN Envoy to Kick Off Syria Talks in Geneva

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Syria will begin a series of consultations with Syrian stakeholders and other regional and international actors. The idea is to take stock of their views on reopening peace talks based on the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, a spokesperson for the Organization has announced. It is estimated that Syria [...]

Aam Aadmi Party Welcomes You to Dirty Delhi

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Aam Aadmi Party Welcomes You to Dirty Delhi

Although Arvind Kejriwal has become a self-styled anti-corruption crusader, he is clueless about the enormity of corruption that is happening right under his own nose. By Rakesh Raman Attention: Delhiites. If you want to kill your time in a comical show, call Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s CM-WW (Chief Minister – Without Work) as its host. If [...]

Rahul Gandhi Asks Visiting PM of India to Meet Farmers

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Rahul Gandhi Asks Visiting PM of India to Meet Farmers

By Rakesh Raman After meeting farmers in Punjab on Tuesday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said they are in extreme distress, as their crops were destroyed by hail storms and government is not compensating them adequately. “The crops of farmers were destroyed by hail storms, they endured it. The bonus they used to get was [...]

Has the UN Lost Its Relevance… and Respect?

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Has the UN Lost Its Relevance… and Respect?

The UN (United Nations) believes that “respect for UN flag is disappearing” as its aid workers are increasingly being targeted by violent elements in different parts of the world. The “horrific” attack on the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff in Somalia is a reminder of the dangers many aid workers face on a daily [...]

Ethiopia Urged to Release Bloggers and Journalists

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Ethiopia Urged to Release Bloggers and Journalists

Ethiopian authorities should immediately release nine bloggers and journalists arrested a year ago who are being prosecuted on politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch said today. The six bloggers, who belong to the Zone 9 blogging collective, and three journalists were arrested on April 25 and 26, 2014, in a coordinated sweep in Ethiopia’s capital, [...]

Security Talks to Deter North Korean Nuclear Threats

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Security Talks to Deter North Korean Nuclear Threats

The United States, South Korea, and Japan concluded Friday what a joint statement called a “productive and substantive” two-day security meeting in Washington. Officials said the meeting was held to enhance trilateral defense cooperation in light of the evolving security environment in the region. Yoo Jeh-seung, South Korea’s deputy minister for policy, led his country’s [...]

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