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Pay hike: Flexible vs. fixed

As you read these few lines, the Shoura Council members are most likely voting for or against the suggested amendment of the government employees’ salary scale.

Is SAARC still relevant?

Sunday 14 December 2014
The headlines coming out from the recent South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit have once again been disappointing.
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Raising the bogey of national security

Not surprisingly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to make national security as the key issue in the upcoming elections.



Fighting Al-Maliki’s legacy

Was Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi sending a message to his rivals or crying out to his allies when he frankly spoke a few days ago about defying “them” — his rivals — even if this led to his as



A hope for the stateless

The Narendra Modi dispensation in India has quite surprisingly decided to settle the tricky issue of enclaves — the slivers of land situated on both sides of Indo-Bangladesh border — once and for all.



Coming of age

The reunification of Germany, nearly 25 years ago, once again placed at the heart of Europe a large power whose location, economic potential, and, yes, history, raised suspicions of revived hegemonic



Putin repeating USSR’s mistakes

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s covert aggression in Ukraine continues — and so do western sanctions against his country.



Getting away with crime

Ever since the 9/11 attacks, which left more than 3,000 Americans dead in one day, the debate on the torture of enemies of state of the United States has been weakened.



Painting India saffron

In this secular but predominantly Hindu nation of more than 1.2 billion people, religious conversions have always been a touchy subject.



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