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Pandora’s Box in the Internet era

BY EINAR TANGEN THE Internet was originally conceived as an open, global information highway connecting a new kind of global community without borders, a place where free exchange of ideas could not be regulated. Unregulated information and communication would spread knowledge, understanding, and enlightenment, which would usher in a new …

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Refutation of the right to self-determination and Republic Day

BY M ROSHAN THE Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic. 26 January was chosen as the Republic day because it was on …

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Distressed Indian farmers set to determine fate of Modi government

BY SHASHI THAROOR When Narendra Modi led his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a landslide victory in the 2014 Indian general election, he promised to be all things to all voters, eloquently promising achhe din (good days) for India. One of his target audiences was farmers; the agriculture …

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CPEC: Progressing the region

BY M ROSHAN CPEC – the signature project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – is attaining new heights. Continuity and expansion in its base are the two elements that have paved the way for the success of this multibillion-dollar economic corridor. The development voyage was essentially revitalised with …

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West’s unease sprouts after lunar probe lands

BY YAN YUNMING Since China’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander for the first time touched down on the mysterious far side of the moon on January 15, seeds carried by the spacecraft have sprouted, signaling the success of a unique biological experiment on the surface of earth’s only satellite. Notwithstanding some applause …

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Tibet to link all villages by road in 2019

LHASA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region aims to build and upgrade 4,500 km of rural roads to link all its townships and villages by the end of 2019, local authorities said Thursday. The move is expected to contribute to the ongoing poverty reduction campaign, especially in …

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Tibet’s service trade export exceeds 100 mln USD

LHASA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — The service trade export of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region exceeded 100 million U.S. dollars in 2018, authorities said Thursday. According to the regional department of commerce, service trade export rose 7.4 percent year on year last year. Service trade refers to the exchange of …

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Tibet’s highway mileage reaches 97,000 km

LHASA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) — Highway mileage in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region reached over 97,000 kilometers last year, the regional transport authority said Wednesday. Yumgye, head of the regional transportation department, said that the region invested more than 65 billion yuan (9.6 billion U.S. dollars) in transportation in 2018, …

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Fear rules the minds of law-abiding citizens

By Anup Sinha In today’s world of uncertainty, people seek secure and predictable lives. This is not easy to achieve since change comes rapidly and unexpectedly, and all are supposed to adapt. One implication of fast changes in society is that adapting becomes difficult owing both to the novelty of …

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A big year ahead for a more prosperous, open Tibet

LHASA, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) — Economy in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region remains upbeat as it has recorded double-digit GDP growth for 26 consecutive years. High-tech and digital industries, together with agriculture, tourism and culture, green industries and modern services, have become major industries, which contribute to high-quality growth in …

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