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Assam cooks up ways for schools to cope with extreme heat

by Amarjyoti Borah GUWAHATI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Authorities in the northeast Indian state of Assam are mulling measures to deal with the impact of extreme heat in schools, after temperatures in June shot up several degrees higher than normal, and stayed there. The state experienced a record-high temperature of 39 degrees Celsius on … Continue reading

The night the rain fell: Living in fear in India’s Himalayas

by Nita Bhalla       I didn’t sleep a wink that night. It poured and poured and didn’t seem to let up. I could hear it crashing down relentlessly. It was so loud that I had to get out of bed to check whether the window of my hotel room was open. It wasn’t. The … Continue reading

Thai navy denies allegation of Rohingya Muslim smuggling

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, July 19 (Reuters) – Thailand’s navy denied on Friday a Reuters report that its personnel were involved in a lucrative smuggling and trafficking network that exploits minority Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution and dire living conditions in Myanmar. The Reuters investigation, citing people smugglers and Rohingyas who made the journey, found … Continue reading

Civilizational dialogue – Great Powers and the Portuguese Role in a changing world

by David Garrido e Cunha Civilization is based on a concept of intellectual and cultural significance that we can date from classical antiquity. When we speak of Civilization, we immediately oppose it to the concept of barbaric or uncivilized – a term that designated in the western world, all those who, in the first instance … Continue reading

Analysis: How to reverse Buddhism’s radical turn in Southeast Asia?

BANGKOK, 16 July 2013 (IRIN) – Influential Buddhist monks in Myanmar have been aggravating longstanding tensions between the country’s Buddhist and Muslim communities since violence erupted between the two groups in 2012, say experts. “The Burmese Buddhist monks may not have initiated the violence but they rode the wave and began to incite more,” said … Continue reading

Bhutan Opposition Party Secures Upset Victory in Elections

Bhutan’s opposition People’s Democratic Party appears to have won an upset victory in parliamentary elections Saturday. The country’s Election Commission says on its website that the party has won at least 31 of the 47 seats being contested in the vote for parliament, while the incumbent Peace and Prosperity Party won at least 14 seats. … Continue reading

Malala’s prescription for change: One child, one teacher, one pen and one book

by Anne Hamilton Malala Yousafzai on Friday delivered her first speech since being shot by the Taliban on a school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley last October. Addressing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a Youth Assembly of 1,000 students at U.N. headquarters, she confirmed to the world that being shot in the head at point-blank range … Continue reading

Pakistan’s coast – where the sea is an enemy not a friend

KETI BUNDER, 11 July 2013 (IRIN) – On a theoretical level, climate change and sea intrusion are not things Din Muhammad Chandio, a fisherman and farmer, understands much about. But practically-speaking Chandio has seen them push him deeper into poverty in the town of Keti Bunder in Thatta District on the coast of Pakistan’s Sindh … Continue reading

After killer floods, monsoons threaten other parts of India

by Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As India struggles to recover from devastating floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand, other areas of the country are at risk as heavy monsoon rains inundate already burgeoning rivers, prompting authorities to evacuate tens of thousands of people, aid workers and government officials said. Floods, … Continue reading

Analysis: Myanmar’s Rakhine State – where aid can do harm

By Dana MacLean, BANGKOK, 3 July 2013 (IRIN)    The aid community should proceed carefully to avoid enflaming sectarian tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State more than a year after the first wave of inter-communal violence.   “The biggest challenge faced by humanitarian aid groups to operate in contexts of sectarian violence is to be perceived as … Continue reading