Thai government & separatists trade blame over peace steps

BANGKOK, September 18 (Reuters): Thailand’s junta and a Malay Muslim separatist faction have blamed each other for a delay in setting up a ‘safety zone’ as a confidence-building measure towards ending a decades-old insurgency.   Talks on the zone ended last week in Malaysia without full agreement to be followed by bombings that killed a […]

SBI reviewing minimum balance charges for savings accounts

Mumbai, September 18 (PTI): State Bank of India (SBI) said it is reviewing charges for certain categories of accounts for non- maintenance of monthly average balance (MAB) after receiving feedback from customers.   In April this year, the country’s largest lender reintroduced charges on non-maintenance of monthly average balance (MAB) after a gap of five […]

UN options exhausted on Korean Peninsula issue: Nikki Haley warns

Washington, September 18 (IANS): US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that the world body has “exhausted” its options on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.   “We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point,” Haley on Sunday said in an interview with the […]

Telling Putin’s side of the story, from Crimea to Trump and more

Vikas Datta IANS   Book Review: The Putin Interviews; Author/Interviewer: Oliver Stone; Publisher: Hot Books/Skyhorse Publishing; Pages: 289; Price: Rs 699   What do we make of Vladimir Putin? There are those who deem him an astute statesman who has brought Russia back from the brink to a state of domestic stability, economic prosperity and […]

Is your chocolate bar fuelling deforestation in West Africa?

Anna Pujol-Mazzini Thomson Reuters Foundation   Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fuelling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests.   Well-known brands, such as Mars and Nestle, are buying through global traders cocoa that is grown illegally in dwindling national parks and reserves in Ivory […]

The Flash Point

On December 14, 1960, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 1514 embracing the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. This was based on respect for the principles of equal rights, fundamental freedom and the self-determination of all peoples.   This historic resolution was designed to uphold the dignity and […]

Millions of world’s children lack any record of their birth

Millions of world’s children lack any record of their birth

In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017 photo, administrator Kiyingi Specioza shows how births were formerly recorded only by hand in a book, prior to the introduction of a national computerized register where administrators can enter births over the internet, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kitovu, Uganda. (AP Photo)   Rodney Muhumuza and Nirmala George […]

STRESSED OUT AND ANXIOUS

STRESSED OUT AND ANXIOUS

Rev. Fr. C. Joseph-Counsellor  St. Joseph’s College-Jakhama   “Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of Mental illness.”   Anxiety symptoms are the Rosetta stone of the suffering human person, bearing a language that, above all others, we counsellors must be able to understand. We should never be surprised at the indirect and […]

The blind spot of Central assistance – when some flood victims are stepchildren of the Indian Union

The blind spot of Central assistance – when some flood victims are stepchildren of the Indian Union

People are rescued from a flooded village in Motihari, Bihar State, India August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton   Garge Chatterjee   Large areas of South Asia, especially the middle and lower Gangetic basin as well as the Brahmaputra basin, were affected by devastating floods this year. The flood situation continues in many areas to this […]

India, US, Japan call for respecting territorial integrity

New York, September 18 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj kicked off her week of high-level diplomacy here on Monday with a trilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono at which the three leaders called for respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations.   Meeting here on […]

PM to meet FM, officials to review economic situation tomorrow

PM to meet FM, officials to review economic situation tomorrow

New Delhi, September 18 (PTI) Concerned about slowdown in the economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other top officials tomorrow to take stock of the situation and discuss remedial measures to bolster growth.   Modi will threadbare analyse the economic situation with Jaitley and secretaries of the finance […]

Insanitation costing India over $50 bn: Unicef official

Insanitation costing India over $50 bn: Unicef official

New Delhi, September 18 (IANS) India is losing $53.8 billion every year as a consequence of “inadequate sanitation” which includes expenditure on the treatment of water-borne diseases, chief of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Unicef, said here on Monday.   “India is paying a heavy price because of… preventable water-borne diseases: a study from the […]

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