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Asia facing dire future toll from climate change

Associated Press   A report by the Asia Development Bank says Asia will endure extreme heat, rising sea levels, growing losses from severe weather and increasing food insecurity in coming decades as climate change raises temperatures and alters weather patterns…

Shifting narratives

Moa Jamir   In recent times, public discourse has been increasingly compartmentalized. The cacophony generated from competing narratives has drowned out the ‘silent majority.’ As the angst continues, often opposing entities are pitted against each other, radically redrawing the existing…

US, British volunteer fighters in forward role in IS battle

US, British volunteer fighters in forward role in IS battle

RAQQA, July 19 (AP): Hunkered down in sniper positions on the top floor of an abandoned building in the Syrian city of Raqqa, two Americans and a British volunteer face off Islamic State snipers on the other side of the…

In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy

In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy

BANGKOK, July 19 (Reuters): Dissent has been muted by Thailand’s ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humour.   With political activity banned, internet censorship in force and activists…

Filipino rebel refuses to broker for militants

Filipino rebel refuses to broker for militants

MANILA, July 19 (AP): The leader of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group says Islamic State-linked militants wanted his group to broker their possible withdrawal from Marawi city during the major military offensive against them but he refused to intervene.…

Trump, Putin had undisclosed hour-long discussion at G20

Washington, July 19 (IANS): US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke for a second time on July 7 in a previously undisclosed discussion during the G-20 summit in Germany, the White House has confirmed. A senior…

News in brief

First half of 2017 ranks 2nd hottest globally, behind 2016   WASHINGTON, July 19 (AP): The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record for Earth, only behind last year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday…

India’s economy set to reclaim top spot for growth this year: Reuters poll

India’s economy set to reclaim top  spot for growth this year: Reuters poll

BENGALURU, July 19 (Reuters): India will reclaim its position as the fastest growing major global economy this year, partly propelled by benefits from a new tax system and bolstered by an expected central bank interest rate cut, a Reuters poll…

Lenovo unveils future-ready laptops for millennials in India

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS): Aiming to provide powerful computing to millennials in India, Chinese technology major Lenovo on Wednesday unveiled new additions to its Yoga and Ideapad range of future-ready laptops.   Yoga 720 is available for Rs 74,500…

News in brief

BSNL offers waiver of landline installation charges New Delhi, July 19 (IANS): The BSNL on Wednesday said it has decided to waive off installation charges for new landline/wireline broadband/fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections in all circles.   The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited…

I still say “Buy a boat”

Monalisa Changkija   Hearing about how severely Dimapur has been inundated by very jubilant rains on the night of July 18, and seeing some photographs of the disastrous consequences thereof, I remembered having written about the same problem in my…

Right to privacy is amorphous and not absolute, SC judge

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) As lawyers challenging the Aadhaar scheme put up a strong defence of the right to privacy, a judge of the nine-judge constitution bench raised several questions, observing that it was an amorphous right and not…

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