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The Himalayan Yew
2015.09.21 06:16:38


The Himalayan Yew is a species of yew, native to the Himalaya (Pakistan, India, Nepal (from Afghanistan east .Taxus wallichiana Zucc, known as Himalayan yew, belongs to the family Taxaceae.


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Wars - manifestation of Social Darwinism
2015.09.06 18:54:06

The last one hundred years were full of international strifes and wars during which two world wars were fought involving most of the countries of the world. Apart from them there were smaller regional wars or ethnic movements for independence. Barring Australia – a single country continent – no continent was spared the luxury of peace and tranquility.

Tags: darwinism | social | wars

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Chelsea Manning - targeted for her her public persona?
2015.08.16 01:57:21

US inmate jailed over leaks faces solitary confinement for allegedly having expired toothpaste and copy of Vanity Fair.


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Hindu pilgrimages are now destructive of environment
2015.08.08 18:37:18

This year quite a few Hindu pilgrimages are scheduled. In fact, some have been gone through, some others are continuing and still others are yet to commence.  An ancient religion as it is, it has a number of auspicious days as prescribed by the scriptures and the same have designated a number of holy places.

Tags: enviroment | pilgrimages | hind

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India - 1.27 billion and counting
2015.07.31 16:02:22


e have hit the 1.27 billion mark. This only means that we are only less than three quarters short of 2 billion. In 2011 we were 1210 million and in less than four years we have added more than 60 million. It is now estimated that at this rate we will overtake the Chinese population by the middle of the next decade or thereabout.

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India's scam of the year
2015.07.17 15:26:07

This is one scam that the Hindu right wing party ruling in Delhi and in Bhopal, the capital of the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh, will have to live through for a long time. It is so big that most parts of the country are involved in it and its reverberations have travelled far and wide.

Tags: india

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Iran nuclear deal: Snapping back sanctions
2015.07.01 06:55:47

A key selling point for President Obama has been the ability to "snap back" sanctions should Iran break any future deal.


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Defying violence by weaving in the #Philippines
2015.06.29 02:57:53

Weaving, a centuries-old tradition, has become a refuge for some women in the conflict-ridden region of Mindanao.


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Nestle's Maggi Noodle has a run in with Indian officialdom
2015.06.21 19:02:42

Nestle India got it out of the blue right in the neck. The “blue” in this surprising event was the innocuous state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). A stray safety test of Nestlé’s 2-Minute Noodles yielded lead content far too excess in proportion than what was permissible. And all hell broke loose – for Nestle India.

Tags: noodles | maggi | nestle

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A Rohingya refugee's struggle in #Thailand
2015.06.15 05:05:16

In the mountainous, multi-cultural city of Chiang Mai, we meet a migrant who fled Myanmar 20 years ago.


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Common Man's Party chief turns authoritarian
2015.04.23 19:48:49

There is something unstable in Kejriwal’s persona that makes him behave in the way he mostly does. He has that penchant for ‘self-destruct’ and, in the process, he betrays the faith reposed in him by hundreds and thousands of common, educated and well-meaning people as also civil society organizations. One wonders whether he has that inscrutable split personality like that of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as it seems there has been a sea change in his personality and conduct since the days of the movement appropriately known as India Against Corruption (IAC).

Tags: india

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Saudi-led coalition
2015.03.29 08:20:34

A Saudi-led coalition of 10 countries has launched air strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

Some numbers on the military action:

Saudi Arabia: At least 100 war planes + 150,000 troops and war ships on standby
UAE: 30 war planes
Kuwait: 15 war planes
Bahrain: 12 war planes
Qatar: 10 war planes
Jordan: 6 war planes
Morocco: 6 war planes
Sudan: 3 war planes

On standby:

Egypt: war planes, war ships and tanks + ground troops
Pakistan: tanks and ground troops
US: logistics

Tags: Yemen | Saudi Arabia

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Hadi arrives in Egypt
2015.03.28 01:35:35

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi arrived in Egypt for an Arab League summit that will focus on the Saudi-led military campaign against the Houthis.

Tags: Yemen | Egypt

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Al Jazeera condemns attack on Sanaa bureau
2015.03.28 00:29:25

Al Jazeera Media Network condemns the invasion of Houthi rebels on its bureau in Sanaa on Thursday. Armed Houthis stormed the bureau as guards reported that the rebels destroyed security cameras, smashed the entrance door and ransacked the office contents.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said: “We condemn these unacceptable actions. They will however not stop us from continuing our duty as journalists in covering the events in Yemen. We are continuing our comprehensive coverage through our sources in Sanaa and other Yemeni provinces.”

Al Jazeera’s bureau has been operating legally and has been accredited by the information ministry in Yemen ever since it was established in 1996. No one was harmed during the raid as the bureau had been recently cleared for security reasons.

Tags: Yemen

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Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies
2015.03.27 11:46:40

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have presented powerful members of the UN Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on Houthi rebels.

Diplomats said after a meeting with ambassadors from the United States, Britain and France that members of the Gulf Coordination Council want the resolution to be militarily enforceable under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

The GCC members also presented the Security Council president with a letter explaining that their airstrikes targeting military installations held by the Houthi rebels are in response to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's request this week for immediate aid as the rebels closed in.


Tags: Yemen | Saudi Arabia

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Turkey's President's President
2015.03.27 07:37:46

Turkey's President has said his country is willing to provide logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led coalition's operations in Yemen, crticising Iranian attempts to influence the region.

"Iran is trying to dominate the region. They are in preparation for it. Could this be allowed? This has begun annoying us, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this," Erdogan said.

Tags: Yemen | Turkey

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Who are the Houthis?
2015.03.27 07:35:56

- The rebels belong to the Zaidi community, a moderate Shia sect that makes up about a third of Yemen's population.

- Their rebellion was launched in 2004 in the northern town of Saada.

- Their initial demand was an end to political and economic marginalisation in the north.

- Another objective was allegedly to restore the rule of Shia imams, who ruled Yemen for nearly 1,000 years.

- They now say they are fighting for more rights for all Yemenis, saying people in both the north and south are being wronged by the country's rulers.

- The Houthis participated in the 2011 uprising and gained political acceptance in Yemen. But soon they broke away from the rest of the political forces that deposed Ali Abdullah Saleh.

- They resumed military action and have in the last six months taken control of Sanaa and other parts of Yemen.

Tags: Yemen | Houthis

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US accused of leading the military offensive
2015.03.27 07:33:54

Speaking on Houthi-run al-Masirah TV, rebel leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi accused the US of leading the military offensive. He also called Saudi Arabia an "evil neighbour" that is using its wealth to destroy nations.

What do they expect us to do? Surrender, announce our defeat? To act like cowards? What do they expect from us? Collapse overnight? To walk away? Absolutely not. This is not how the honourable Yemeni people think. These are not our beliefs. We will fight back. All 24 million Yemenis will stand united and face that despicable aggression. The state-run SANA news agency cited a foreign ministry source saying "Syria calls for dialogue among the Yemeni parties to arrive at a political solution that meets the will and aspirations of the Yemeni people".

Tags: Yemen

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Update from Sanaa
2015.03.27 07:31:51

Hakim al-Masmari, editor of Yemen Post, says powerful explosions rocked Sanaa tonight as more Houthi targets were attacked. He describes the city as a ghost town with no traffic and civilians seeking shelter in locations considered safe.

Tags: Yemen

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
2015.03.27 07:30:52

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians in Yemen, adding that negotiations remain the only option for ultimately resolving the crisis.

The secretary-general reminds all parties involved of their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians and of all humanitarian and United Nations and associated personnel, as well as of the rules and principles of international human rights law and refugee law. - UN statement

Tags: Yemen

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