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It’s Smog And It’s More Than What We Know

Since the first war of independence against British raj ended in 1857, Lahore and New Delhi were never seen on the same page again except now, in a fight against a common opponent, SMOG!

It’s Smog And It’s More Than What We Know
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Davos 2018 – the talking shop for oligarchs, bankers and global elites (?)

Last week, Davos - the mountain resort, which sits high up in the eastern Alps of Switzerland in Graubunden – welcomed more than 2,500 movers and shakers - business, political and academic leaders from around the globe. They came to attend the yearly World Economic Forum (WEF), scheduled for January 23-26. It was the 48th forum to date.

Davos 2018 – the talking shop for oligarchs, bankers and global elites (?)
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Cruising the Islands of Jaffna

An azure sea stretches into the distance and meets the blue sky at the horizon. It is a bright morning with a few white clouds above. The modern four-cabin cruiser sails along so smoothly that the welcome drink on the table on deck remains almost still.

Mrs. Gowrie Ponniah, Vice President of Sail Lanka Charter is seen onboard the 4-cabin cruiser
Adam’s Foot imprinted on the coral in Delft is several times the size of a human foot.
The dwarf horses in Delft are the descendants of those brought to the country during the Dutch occupation of Sri Lanka.
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US Dictates to Pakistan: Complicating the Already Complexed Afghan War

The US war in Afghanistan has entered into its 17th consecutive year of dismay. It is learnt that this winter, Afghan security forces have intensified their operations against the rogue elements despite heavy snow and bitter cold instead of a usual slowdown in fighting during Afghanistan's harsh winter tide.

US Dictates to Pakistan: Complicating the Already Complexed Afghan War
US Dictates to Pakistan: Complicating the Already Complexed Afghan War
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Lalins Column: Dauris and Stalin

When the British High Commissioner James Dauris was questioned on Lord Naseby’s carefully researched statement that there were probably only 7,000 deaths in the final battle at Nandikadal (2009) and not 40,000 as avowed by well rewarded Western opinion, he craftily dodged the issue by saying ‘while a single death is a tragedy, a large number of deaths is a statistic’. Many believed Dauris was being quite smart and original too.

 Lalins Column: Dauris and Stalin
Joseph Stain & British High Commissioner James Dauris
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India, Nepal Eminent Persons Reviewing 1950 Treaty

Of late Kathmandu is abuzz rife with reports that the Eminent Persons Group, EPG, has agreed to review the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between India and Nepal. It has representatives from both countries. Set up in January 2016, the EPG term ends this July; its mandate is a review of the whole gamut of bilateral relations, including the 1950 Treaty. The group held its sixth meeting in New Delhi on the 13th of this month; they are likely submitting their recommendations after holding their seventh meeting in Kathmandu next month.

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A young leader for EU

French president, Emmanuel Macron is in place just in time -potentially- to take over the reins of European leadership. Angela Merkel’s poor showing in the German election, which has left her weakened and preoccupied with forming a new coalition.

French president, Emmanuel Macron
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Myanmar: Investigate police killings of Rakhine State protesters

The London based human rights watchdog Amnesty International has criticized the killing of eight Rakhine state protesters.

Myanmar: Investigate police killings of Rakhine State protesters
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The Jerusalem Question: Part 4

Next, we come to the question of religious myth, as Menachem Begin once said, "The country [Israel] was promised to us, and we have a right to it." [Davar, Dec. 12, 1978] Golda Meir similarly said, “This country exists as a result of a promise made by God Himself.” [45] Moshe Dayan said, "If you have the book of Bible, the people of the Bible, then you also have the land of the Bible – of the Judges, of the Patriarchs in Jerusalem, Hebron, Jericho and thereabouts." [Jerusalem Post, Aug. 10, 1967]

The Jerusalem Question: Part 4
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Cricketism: South Africa is too much for India!

Apparently, India is unable to fix matches and force its “shining win” in South Africa.


Vernon Philander's six-wicket haul paved the way for South Africa' victory
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