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The question of self-identity of the Rohingyas of Myanmar

One of the most egregious crimes is to deny a people its inalienable right to self-identify itself. The neo-fascists of Myanmarism have been committing this crime for nearly half a century. To them, the Rohingyas – racially Indian (or South Asian) and religiously either Muslim or Hindu – simply don’t exist or belong in Myanmar (erstwhile Burma).

The question of self-identity of the Rohingyas of Myanmar
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Trump Vs Kim: a duel without a winner

Having been insulted by President Trump at the UN with a new nickname, Rocket Man, North Korean supremo, Kim Jong-un, has started showing to the world how he is going to live up to his new classification – firing on all cylinders.

Trump Vs Kim: a duel without a winner
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Burmese Perspective : The Rohingya Crisis

We fully support the UN taking a strong stand about ethnic cleansing by the Burmese army at the coming UN General Assembly but is quite perplexed of why it is only now, when the ethnic cleansing in Burma by the Army has been going on for more than half a century?

Burmese Perspective : The Rohingya Crisis
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Please don't involve the schoolteachers in this!

It is really heartening to read that a team of cardiologists from a children hospital in the UK are performing heart surgeries at a Galle hospital. We learn that they are doing this free of charge on children with serious heart problems and their priority would be for children coming from families who could not afford the high prices charged by private hospitals here.

A team of doctors from Evelina Children's Hospital, a branch of Guy’s Hospital in London, UK, were in Sri Lanka on their annual 'Take Heart Mercy Mission' recently to perform heart surgery on young children from 6 months to 15 years at the Karapitiya Hospital, Galle.
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Camp Of ‘True Deal’ Sets Five States On Fire

The literal translation of ‘Dera Sacha Sauda’ would be ‘Camp of True Deal’. But after the violence that took over 30 lives following the conviction of the head of the Dera, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, on rape charges by a special CBI court in Panchkula (Haryana) on August 25, it will be hard to associate the Hissar based cult that claims millions of followers in India and abroad with any ‘true deal’.

Camp Of ‘True Deal’  Sets Five States On Fire
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Command Responsibility- A Field Marshal cautioned

The Army knew what it had to do and did it well when hostilities restarted at Mavil Aru in 2006. Unfortunately it did not know how it would all end. The final victory over the LTTE at Nandikadal (2009) is credited to Gen Sarath Fonseka (SF) the then Army Commander. He after being promoted Field Marshal in 2016, almost in tandem with Yasmin Sooka, has volunteered to give ‘evidence’ of war crimes against his own successor. He says it is specifically at international war crime tribunals. Is there a Blake in the shadows?

President Maithripala Sirisena on 22 March 2015 conferred General Sarath Fonseka, the former army commander, to the rank of Field Marshal, Sri Lanka’s highest military rank. President Maithripala Sirisena presided the ceremony held at the Defence Ministry ground.
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President Trump at the UN: immense pressure for reforms and cost-cutting

President Trump, who has never been a big fan of the UN, did not shy away from his core belief about the organization in his opening remark on Monday. He contradicted his own ambassador’s view of the organization in her opening speech, that the latter got ‘tremendous potential’.

President Trump at the UN: immense pressure for reforms and cost-cutting
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Where is Hazare’s Corruption Crusade?

Not for the first time in the last three years or so, Anna Hazare, the crusader against corruption, wrote to Narendra Modi on August 30 that he will launch an agitation because the promised Lokayukt (Ombudsman) has not been appointed yet, nor Lokpal laws enacted.

Anna Hazare - Crusader against corruption
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Why was Gauri Lankesh Killed?

It is, of course, important to know the identity of the person/persons who pumped bullets into Gauri Laneksh at her doorsteps in her Bengaluru home on September 5 evening. That is from the legal point of view which will lead to punishment of the guilty of a heinous crime. But the more important thing is to know why was the 55-year-old Left-leaning activist who was a severe critic of the present regime so brutally murdered.

The noted environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka with a poster during a protest against the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead by motorcycle-borne assailants outside her residence last night, during a protest in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
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After Privacy Judgement Modi Govt Must Heed Court Warning

The unanimous judgement of a full Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court that held privacy as a fundamental right contains a warning that the government will ignore at its own peril. The attempt to alter the pluralistic character of Indian society must be given up and individuals do not have to be forced to adopt a way of life mandated by the government.

Ravi Shankar Prasad  - Union Minister of Law and also Information Technology made some misleading and inappropriate observations for which he was justly ridiculed
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