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Abrogation of Article 370 – A New Era Unfolds
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Abrogation of Article 370 – A New Era Unfolds

(This is the third article in the series in the run-up to the 2nd anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370. Other articles in the series can be read here -> Abolition of Article370 – Secular or Communal? and here -> Towards a Secure, Peaceful and Stable Jammu & Kashmir) India’s Historic Decision to Transform Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh has enabled transformation through growth and empowerment. Transformation Through Growth Investment, Development and Employment Big Boost for Tourism Education and Health New Dawn for Youth Transformation Through Empowerment Rights of Women & Children Benefits for Scheduled Tribes Benefits to Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Castes Benefits to land owners Justice for West...
“The practice of Yoga transforms one’s approach to life as a whole” Smt Swarnalatha Venkataraman, Yoga Guru and Therapist
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“The practice of Yoga transforms one’s approach to life as a whole” Smt Swarnalatha Venkataraman, Yoga Guru and Therapist

Smt Swarnalatha Venkataraman is a Yoga practitioner, guide and a therapist, who specializes in pre-natal Yoga and Yoga Nidra. She conducts pre-natal Yoga sessions, and also coaches other Yoga teachers in conducting pre-natal Yoga classes. She regularly conducts Yoga sessions for her students in India and other countries like the USA, UK, Dubai and Singapore. On this International Yoga Day, she shares her views on pre-natal Yoga, Yoga therapy and related aspects. Smt Swarnalatha spoke to SamvadaWorld on the occasion of the World Yoga Day 2021 and answered questions on her journey in Yoga,  Pre-natal Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga therapy. Below is the interview. Please tell us about your journey with Yoga I have been practising Yoga with various teachers in Chennai and Bangalore, ...
Australia scrapped Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China. Here’s why?
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Australia scrapped Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China. Here’s why?

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has scrapped the controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) deal between China and the state of Victoria, calling it "inconsistent with Australia's foreign policy". The Morrison government’s decision to scrap Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China was based on Australia’s new Foreign Relations Act, which says the foreign minister may ensure that arrangements entered by state or territory governments, and associated entities, are not negotiated, entered or continue in operation where they adversely affect Australia’s foreign relations or are inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy. The decision made late on Wednesday night threatens to inflame already fraught diplomatic tensions between Canberra and Beijing. ...
France did nothing to stop the 1994 genocide while the world looked away, says Rwandan report
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France did nothing to stop the 1994 genocide while the world looked away, says Rwandan report

Earlier this week, a report commissioned by Rwanda said the French government "bears significant responsibility for having enabled a foreseeable genocide" in 1994. The report said: "From its knowledge of massacres of civilians conducted by the government and its allies to the daily dehumanization of the Tutsi…the French government could see that genocide was coming. The French government was neither blind nor unconscious about the foreseeable genocide." The report covers the period between 1990 to 1994 and outlines how the French government supported the Habyarimana government throughout the years, regardless of the warning signs leading to the genocide. Further, it also analyses France's role after the genocide and accuses the French government of covering up, obstructing a...
Russia and China to partner to build a lunar station – Beginning of new alliance in space race?
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Russia and China to partner to build a lunar station – Beginning of new alliance in space race?

The deal between Chinese and Russian space agencies for a lunar station shows the strained relations between NASA and RoscosmosRussia and China did not sign the NASA established the "Artemis Accords", a series of bilateral agreements with various space agenciesThe latest Russia-China agreement for the same purpose is now seen as a counter to the US led lunar consortium.Another aspect which resulted in the Russia-China space partnership is strained relations between US and China.On the other hand, Indian, Japanese and European space agencies are joining hands for several joint missions.Alliances is a norm in deep space exploration but forming of different alliances for the same purpose may be a precursor to the ensuing 'space race'. On March 9, 2021, the heads of the Chinese and Rus...
Tibet Climate Crisis – A call to action
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Tibet Climate Crisis – A call to action

Tibet is warming three times faster than the rest of the world and natural disasters such as droughts, landslides and floods are increasing in frequency.One of the key threats faced by Tibetans today is the eradication of their environmentIn recent years, China's exploitation of Tibet's natural resources has gathered pace significantly and Tibetans have no power to protect their own landFor China's government, Tibet's water is another resource to be exploited, for hydro-electric power, diversion to supply people elsewhere in ChinaLarge Scale mining, damming and deforestation are leading to the Tibetan glacier melting at a faster rateThe risks in Tibet is a global concern and requires decisive action from all countries to avoid a humanitarian crisis on unimaginable proportions in the c...
Thousands of Algerians join the renewed ‘Hirak’ movement to demand change in political system
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Thousands of Algerians join the renewed ‘Hirak’ movement to demand change in political system

Members of Hirak movement carry a banner with the slogan “A civilian state, not a military state” Nationwide protests emerged against then-Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after his nomination for a fifth term sparked mass outrage from citizens  The citizens were frustrated with growing corruption, sluggish economy and lack of freedom in a country besieged by the clout of the military and the Islamists. Bouteflika resigned on 2 April 2019 after months of mass protests. However, the Hirak members were unsatisfied with the resignation as they demanded a change in the entire system.  New President Tebboune signed a decree adopting a new constitution but protesters allege that the army remains the center of power behind a civilian facade led by Tebboune. Though Arab Spring has ended...
China’s new Coastguard law – An open call for war with neighbors?
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China’s new Coastguard law – An open call for war with neighbors?

China's newly-enacted Coast Guard Law allows the Chinese Coast Guard (CCG)   to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea." The new law also empowers the CCG to halt construction or destroy foreign structures on Chinese-claimed land features, like those on the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island and Second Thomas Shoal.  Several Asian countries including Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia have opposed China's law saying it could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert “unlawful claims''.  The Philippines has filed a formal rejection of the law, emphasizing that, given the large area involved and China’s ...
Cambodia successfully managed to stave off Covid-19 with Zero deaths – Here’s how
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Cambodia successfully managed to stave off Covid-19 with Zero deaths – Here’s how

Cambodia has tested 434,424 people for COVID-19, of whom only 479 tested positive and no deaths.Medical experts attribute it largely due to the government’s Pandemic Preparedness and Mitigation Plan.Research of Phnom Penh-based data specialist David Benaim suggests that 24 out of the 25 countries with the lowest number of COVID cases per million are situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of CapricornSome believe Vitamin D exposure can help prevent COVID-19 infections but Beanaim says that tropical climates can’t totally explain low case counts, as in the case of Philippines and IndonesiaFurhter, most of Cambodia’s tests are done in conjunction with the internationally-accredited Pasteur Institut du Cambodge (IPC) following all guidelines from the WHOExperts have attribut...
What is the New START treaty between US-Russia and why has India welcomed its extension?
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What is the New START treaty between US-Russia and why has India welcomed its extension?

The New Start treaty, signed in 2010, limits the number of long-range nuclear warheads that the US and Russia can possess.The New START aims to prevent another arms race from unfolding, and reduces the risk of an accidental escalation.Given unrealistic demands from the Trump administration to extend the New START treaty, Moscow and Washington were forced to wait until the inauguration of Biden administrationIndia hopes that the New START triggers a debate on complete withdrawal of nuclear weapons while restricting it to production of clean energy. India on Thursday said that it welcomes the 'New START' treaty between the US and Russia for five years, saying it will help in addressing international non-proliferation and disarmament issues. "India welcomes the agreement between the U...