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India vs. Mother Teresa’s Orphanages

A decision by the Missionaries of Charity, the Roman Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa, to shut down 13 of its 16 adoption services across India rather than adhere to new government rules that allow sin...
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India Pioneer Artist Gets her Due

Three works by Amrita Sher-Gil, a painter regarded as a pioneer of modern Indian art, have been sold for over US$2.5 million at auctions this year. All are self-portraits by an artist whose works have a rarity ...
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Northeast India Faces Floods of Migrants

While Europe faces a massive human refugee flow from civil strife and wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, India’s northeastern region, particularly the state of Assam, is facing flood of asylum seekers ...
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Yet Another Ignored Scourge

Rarely discussed, and usually believed to be a minor malady, in fact asthma is a huge problem in the world, causing wheezing and difficulty breathing that can lead to complete debilitation. It is a common chron...
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Update on Bhutan’s Quest For Happiness

“Gross National Happiness is critical for Bhutan – otherwise we will undo all our success so far,” says Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of the tiny Himalayan kingdom of some 700,000 people that is sandwiched be...
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Tuk-Tuks to Save Elephants

In India, the iconic Bajaj auto rickshaws or tuk-tuks cost around Rs200,000 , Two nights ago, 20 were sold for up to £100,000 each in brightly colored designs at a wildlife charity auction hosted in Lancaster H...
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The Tragedy of Quack Anti-GMO Science

A half-century ago, the International Rice Research Institute, based in Los Banõs in the Philippines, and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Hyderabad entered into a partnership that ultimately wo...
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The Race for Dams in the Great Himalaya

Last November, the biggest hydroelectric dam in Tibet started to produce electricity. Standing 3,300 meters above sea level, the RMB9.6 billion (US$1.54 billion) dam sent ripples of concern across the neighbo...
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Banking on Human Milk in India

Sarita, 28, was shattered when her obstetrician placed her newly-born daughter in her arms at a maternity hospital in the town of Nagda in the desert state of Rajasthan. The girl weighed 1 kilogram, less than h...
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Act East: Nehru’s Lesson for Modi

The torrent of praise and criticism directed at Lee Kuan Yew since his death the other week highlights a paradox: How could one man with a micro-state as his base leave such a decisive imprint on the whole of t...