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Courting the military

The extraordinary times we found ourselves in post-APS continue to be extraordinary partly because four years weren’t enough for the PML-N to make any progress on judicial reforms or to put in place special measures such as protection for judges and witnesses so the military courts could have been put to bed.

Arifa Noor, Jan 17 2019

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24th largest economy years

According to a new analysis published by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), a UK-based Research firm, the country is set to become the 24th largest economy over the next 15 years.

SYED MANSUR HASHIM, Jan 17 2019

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Endless delay

I recently visited the children’s section of a prison which in local parlance is known as bacha khana. There were a few dozen children confined in a couple of rectangular cells which is typical of prisons in Pakistan. Almost all were under trial.

Anees Jillani, Jan 10 2019

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Changing the climate narrative

As we start the new year of 2019, we have 11 years to 2030 which is an important year to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the climate change goals of mitigation as well as adaptation under the Paris Agreement.

Saleemul Huq, Jan 10 2019

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A word against regulation

When the printing press first began spreading throughout Europe in the 15th and 16thcenturies, it brought with it a revolution in and democratisation of ideas. Scripture and scientific text were spread rapidly and was readily accessible to the masses for the first time. The church’s role as the gatekeepers and purveyors of information lessened with the advent of new technology.

Cod Satrusayang, Jan 10 2019

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Stone through a window

My father’s friend, Dr Roy Chowdhury, a well-known scholar and writer, was travelling in a train and reading a book. A young boy, standing on the bridge in a railway station, playfully threw a stone as the train moved out. The stone went through the window, crashed his glasses and struck his left eye along with glass splinters. He went to a hospital.

MANISH NANDY, Dec 27 2018

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Love and dowry

It’s the season of the dowry. Before the tents are set up, the invitations distributed, and the menus finalised, another sort of exchange takes place. Based sometimes on the wealth (real or perceived) in the coffers of the bride’s family, or in the greed (always real) of the groom’s family, a dowry is demanded. And just like the bazaars and markets of the country, a good bit of haggling takes place—the opening salvo is never the ultimate amount.

Rafia Zakaria, Dec 27 2018

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A tipping point for climate change

First we had the publication of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on 1.5 degrees which made two very clear scientific findings. First that there will be a world of difference in the severity of adverse climate change impacts between a temperature rise of 1.5 and 2 degrees

Saleemul Huq, Dec 27 2018

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Musings

This is a translation of the Henshu Techo column from The Yomiuri Shimbun’s Dec. 6 issue.

Dec 20 2018

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Musings

This is a translation of the Henshu Techo column from The Yomiuri Shimbun’s Dec. 6 issue.

Dec 20 2018

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Being the (green) change Gandhi demonstrated exceptional environmentalism

We live in a world where the anxiety to achieve economic growth has resulted in over-exploitation and unethical plundering of natural resources. Relentless global warming, unpredictable climate change, depletion of the ozone layer, rise in the sea-level, unemployment, poverty, economic inequality and social injustice.

JAYDEV JANA, Dec 20 2018

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All that talc about baby powder

It is said to be one of the most recognisable scents in the world: the smell of Johnson & Johnson baby powder, used first by mothers on their babies, then even later on, continuing into childhood and adulthood.

Rafia Zakaria, Dec 20 2018

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