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Rule on int’l students: Harvard, MIT sue U.S. govt

Washington, Xinhua/UNB, July 09 – Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday filed a suit to prevent the U.S. government from enforcing a rule about international students that has caused anxiety among the tens of thousands of foreign students studying in the United States. Read More »

Kerala High Court asks for govt response on wage theft

Rejimon Kuttappan The Lede first reported in early June that Indian workers in Gulf are subjected to wage theft The Kerala High Court has instructed the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Kerala government and NORKA to respond on setting up of a grievance redressal mechanism for Indian migrant workers abroad. Read More »

The magic of 24th June: Water Worship around the World

July 4, 2020 SANDRP “Sao Joao, Sao Joao, Viva Sao Joao!” The shouts were followed by unbelievably loud splashes in a red laterite well. The well itself was decked up like a bride. All along the way to Siolim in North Goa, on the banks of river Chapora, the road blossomed with people wearing big smiles and bigger floral wreaths, ... Read More »

Saved by the Pandemic?

by Mark Lynas HAY-ON-WYE – COVID-19 has killed more than 500,000 people worldwide, made millions more ill, and continues to wreak havoc. But as the saying goes – and without wishing to downplay this human tragedy in any way – it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good. If we make the right choices as lockdowns ease, then the ... Read More »

The Plastic Pandemic

By Jacob Duer SINGAPORE – There is no denying that single-use plastic has been a lifesaver in the fight against COVID-19, especially for frontline health workers. It has also facilitated adherence to social-distancing rules, by enabling home delivery of basic goods, especially food. And it may have helped to curb transmission, by replacing reusable coffee cups and shopping bags in ... Read More »

Landslide on Teesta V project in Sikkim damages the Dam

June 27, 2020 SANDRP A massive landslide has severely damaged the 55m high dam of the 510 MW Teesta Hydropower Project of NHPC, possibly in late hours on June 26, 2020 or early hours of June 27, 2020. This is a major blow to NHPC, considered India’s premier hydropower company. It’s also a major blow to the propaganda of International ... Read More »

Lifting livelihoods by lifting water

By Sabina Devkota DOLAKHA, Nepal, Jun 25 2020 (IPS) – While growing up in Lele village in southern Lalitpur, Pratap Thapa watched his parents plant maize on their terrace farm and wait for the rains. He often wondered how much of their drudgery could be reduced if water could be brought up from a nearby river. Read More »