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Volunteers Help Rebuild, Brick by Brick

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One year after the earthquake, Projects Abroad volunteers are making a significant impact on disaster relief efforts in the Kathmandu Valley

By A Correspondent

One year has passed since the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April last year. While Nepal is doing everything it can to recover and rebuild, the country is still in need of significant aid and resources.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Government fails to bring laws for operation of TRC and CIEDP: Even though the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) had recommended the Government to bring a law to criminalize torture, the Government has not amended and enacted new laws required for the effective functioning of these bodies. The bodies also sought amendments in their own Act to define some crimes, and to scrap the statute of limitation for rape, especially for the incidents of rape that were committed during the decade-long Maoist insurgency, that ended in November 2006. The Himalayan Times, April 28, 2016.

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Pakistan: No Place for Other Faiths

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management
 

On early reports, at least 72 people have been killed and more than 300 injured in a suicide blast inside the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the Iqbal Town area of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab Province, on March 27, 2016. Lahore's District Coordination Officer Muhammad Usman stated, "The bomber managed to enter the park and blew himself up near the kids' playing area where kids were on the swings”. Significantly, a lar number of people, mostly Christians were present in the park, celebrating Easter [Christendom's holiest day].   

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War without End

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

On April 13, 2016, at least seven policemen and four ‘criminals’ were killed in an exchange of fire in the Kacha (riverbed) area of the Indus River between Districts of Rajanpur and Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab Province. While eight ‘criminals’ who sustained injuries managed to escape, 22 policemen were taken hostage by the 'criminals'. On April 14 four injured policemen were released but the remaining 18 were still in captivity. 

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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Operation Zarb-e-Azb to continue till elimination of last terrorist, says President Mamnoon Husaain: President Mamnoon Hussain on April 29 said that the Zarb-e-Azb operation was progressing successfully and would continue till complete elimination of the last terrorist. The President said that the government was committed to bring Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) at par with other areas of the country by completing ongoing development projects and providing socio-economic amenities to improve the standard of life of the people. Daily Times, April 30, 2016.

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Sri Lanka: Re drafting for Resolution

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On March 9, 2016, the Sri Lankan Parliament unanimously, without a vote, approved the change of the present Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly (CA) to draft a new Constitution for the island nation, declaring, "Parliament resolved this day to appoint a Committee of Parliament hereinafter referred to as the 'Constitutional Assembly' which shall consist of all Members of Parliament, for the purpose of deliberating, and seeking the views and advice of the People on a new Constitution for Sri Lanka and preparing a draft of a Constitution Bill for the consideration of Parliament in the exercise of its powers under Article 75 of the present Constitution."

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Government is setting up an accountability mechanism for alleged war crimes and human rights violations during final phase of war, says President Maithripala Sirisena: President Maithripala Sirisena on April 27 said that the Government is setting up an accountability mechanism for alleged war crimes and human rights violations during the final phase of the war. He said, "When the UNHRC Commissioner visited the country he focused his attention on three main areas, namely expediting resettlement, inquiring into cases of disappearance and strengthening the judicial process. We are currently working on those areas. Daily News, April 28, 2016.

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NATO as a War-Racket

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NATO Causes Refugees, Then Uses Them As Excuse for More Invasions

By Eric Zuesse

NATO is the anti-Russia military club of nations, even after the communist Soviet Union and its military club against the U.S., the Warsaw Pact, ended in 1991 — NATO didn’t reciprocate that by ending itself, as it should have done (and would have done if the U.S. President at the time, George Herbert Walker Bush, had had any basic decency; instead, he said in private, “To hell with that; we won, they didn’t!” but he continued telling Gorbachev that NATO wouldn’t move “one inch to the east” — which promise he was planning to violate, and which his successors have been violating).

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The Mystique that was Srinivasa Ramanujan

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 By Raj S. Rangarajan *

Film Review

Most of our readers would have heard of or read about Srinivasa Ramanujan, the math genius who lived in early 20th century. Some of you would have also read Robert Kanigel’s 1991 book – The Man Who Knew Infinity – that was followed in the making of the film with the same name. 

As the story goes, in 1913, a young Indian clerk wrote a letter to well-known British mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy if the latter would be interested in reviewing former’s original mathematical works. Ramanujan had documented his work with formulas, and realizing that the young man’s work was perhaps significant, Hardy, then a professor at Trinity College in Cambridge arranged for Ramanujan to come to England.

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2016 Nuclear Security Summit: Obama’s Last Hurrah

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By Jayantha Dhanapala - IDN-InDepthNews

In the practice of general medicine a placebo is defined as a medicine or a procedure prescribed for the psychological benefit for the patient – to humour or placate rather than for any physiological or therapeutic effect. U.S. President Barack Obama’s rhetoric in Prague in April 2009 gave the world a tantalizing vision of a nuclear weapon free world: “The existence of thousands of nuclear weapons is the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War …. I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

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Washington Launches Its Attack Against BRICS

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By Paul Craig Roberts

Having removed the reformist President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Washington is now disposing of the reformist President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.

Washington used a federal judge to order Argentina to sacrifice its debt restructuring program in order to pay US vulture funds the full value of defaulted Argentine bonds that the vulture funds had bought for a few pennies on the dollar. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/27/us-vulture-funds-argentina-bankruptcy These vultures were called “creditors” who had made “loans” regardless of the fact that they were not creditors and had made no loans. They were opportunists after easy money and were used by Washington to get rid of a reformist government.

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