Tuesday, August 14, 2018
One of the interesting and most talked and published concept in recent times (around 2014) has been the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, which is sometimes also called the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”. The idea was to dump a bucket of ice and water over an individual’s head irrespective of the...
The electoral process has come to an end in Pakistan. As was widely expected, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party, ahead of Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N). The electoral process suggested the throttling of opposition parties and maintaining the sham...
On Monday, the government of the northeast Indian state of Assam released the second draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a Supreme Court-sanctioned database of “genuine” Indian citizens in the state. The implied intent is to weed out “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh who have seemingly settled in...
The Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is likely to acquire a new type of submarine by the early 2020s. According to the South China Morning Post, the Shenyang Institute of Automation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is engaged in developing a series of extra-large unmanned underwater...
The nuclear planner is acutely involved in analysis of when and under what political conditions opposing leadership (military or otherwise) may resort to the employment of nuclear weapons. For nations with a policy of no first use (NFU), the answer is 'in response to the first-use (FU) of a...
The “second democratic transition” in Pakistan was marred with pre-poll suicide attacks which killed three contestants as well as scores of their supporters especially in Quetta. Though the election day didn't see much violence, the electoral exercise itself was mired in controversy for alleged pre-poll rigging. A number of political...
For a while now there has been some confusion regarding the future among the almost 150,000-strong exiled Tibetans resident in India. There is similar uncertainty regarding the future direction in the wider community of Tibetan exiles settled abroad. A combination of factors has contributed to this state of affairs. Important...
When a subject is highly controversial, as water issues tend to be, the truth often gets blurred. Lies, misperception and differing interpretation make water relations contentious both at the transboundary and provincial levels. Rivalry over water is age-old and is actually built into our language. In fact the word...
Armed with a fairly comfortable mandate, youth expectations of nepotism/corruption-free governance and army support, Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf leader Imran Khan nevertheless faces formidable political and economic challenges to convert his promise of Naya Pakistan into a stable, democratic and functioning State. To begin with, Imran may start with the...
The Pakistan establishment has invented an entirely new way of electoral rigging. This is likely to raise the interest of those other countries of doubtful electoral reputations. This unique way of influencing elections can be called a ‘psychological rigging’ of sorts, which in simple words means using all institutions...