Author: Nishabod

The Indian government is contemplating a 23 km sea bridge connecting Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka to boost tourism and stimulate economic growth. The proposed Rama Setu aims to serve as a road and rail sea link, providing an alternative to the Sethusamudram project. The project is expected to reduce transport costs, enhance connectivity, and unleash a development wave worth Rs 40,000 crore. To boost tourism and stimulate economic growth, the Central government is considering connecting India and Sri Lanka with a 23 km long sea bridge through Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka.…

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Rather than ‘shaken, not stirred’, one 17th-century Polish spy would likely ask: ‘Black or with milk?’ Jerzy Kulczycki was not only one of the very first people to open a café in Vienna, but apparently also the first person to come up with adding milk to coffee. Just how did his heroic stance during the Battle of Vienna lead him to become an internationally recognised figure in café culture? Spying on the Grand Vizier Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki (a.k.a. Georg Franz Kolschitzky) – a Polish nobleman, born in the town of Sambor in today’s Ukraine – led a rather eventful life…

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Israeli forces battled Hamas militants in southern Gaza on Tuesday, prompting a UN warning of an “even more hellish scenario” as fighting pushes civilians into a steadily shrinking area of the besieged territory.After initially focusing its assault on the north of Gaza, the army has now sent ground forces into the south and dropped leaflets telling Palestinian civilians in more districts to evacuate.Israeli tanks, armored personnel carriers and bulldozers were seen on Monday near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, which is packed with displaced civilians, witnesses told AFP.The Israeli army said it was taking “aggressive” action against Hamas and other militants…

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Israel’s military said late on Wednesday that its forces in Gaza were operating “in the heart of Khan Younis” for the first time. It said soldiers “arrived at the center of Khan Younis and began targeted raids in the heart of the city,” which it identified as a symbol of Hamas’ military and administrative rule. “The soldiers eliminated terrorists, destroyed terrorist infrastructure and located weapons,” the statement said.“We are devastated,” said local resident Amal Mahdi who survived an overnight Israeli strike on Khan Younis. “We need someone to find us a solution so we can get out of this situation.”Much of northern…

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London (07/11 – 71) For ten years now, the authorities of Tajikistan have been engaged in forced assimilation of the ethnic Pamiri people, giving away the heartlands to China for debts,” Orzu M. shared with RFI – Radio France Internationale is a French news and current affairs public radio station that broadcasts worldwide. RFI met with Orzu in Paris, sharing the fact that more and more Pamiris are leaving their native homes in Gorno-Badakhshan Mountainous Autonomous (GBAO) Region of Tajikistan; they are driven into exile by the persecution of the authorities, who are displacing indigenous peoples. RFI: How did it…

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London (15/11 – 67) The streets in Colombo, Sri Lanka, erupted into celebration on July 13, 2022 after weeks of peaceful protests forced then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country. Rajapaksa, long implicated in war crimes when he was defense secretary, had presided over an economic catastrophe amid allegations of widespread corruption and impunity. But a year later, despite some superficial changes, there is no sustained improvement in the country’s economic situation that impinges many people’s human rights. The acute shortage of fuel that was the most visible feature of the economic crisis has eased. But more than six million people – nearly 30…

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Brussels (16/11 – 83) Sri Lanka is still dealing with the aftermath of its most devastating economic crisis since independence, a government without popular support and intensifying geopolitical competition in its neighborhood, a year after the Sri Lanka’s massive unrest. Known as the Aragalaya protests which were spurred by the economic crisis, the protests led to mass resignations across the government with former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fleeing the country in July 2022. In the year since, the country has secured an IMF agreement, and its economy has ambled toward a slow path of recovery. However, there have still been concerns on the human rights front as the current government of Ranil Wickremesinghe has…

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Berlin (24/11 – 50) The Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan sentenced five Pamiri leaders from the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) to life imprisonment. They are Tolib Ayombekov, Nazhmiddin Sherchonov, Imumnazar Shoishirinov, Munavvar Shanbiev and Niyozsho Gulobov. The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan announced their detention in June of this year, presenting everyone as “leaders of an organized criminal group in the city of Khorog” – the administrative center of GBAO. According to information from the law enforcement agency, Shanbiev and Ayombekov were among those with whom the country’s authorities signed separate agreements in October…

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An Israeli power company worker was killed by an anti-tank missile strike across the Lebanese border, his employer said Monday as tensions flared between Israel and the Iran-backed militia Hezbollah. Shalom Abudi, 56, was killed on Sunday night “by Hezbollah fire during his work in the Dovev area” — just half a mile (800 meters) from the frontier with Lebanon — according to the Israel Electric Corporation. Since Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon’s southern border has seen intensifying tit-for-tat ex-changes, mainly between Israel and Hezbollah, an ally of the Palestinian group, stoking fears of…

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The Palestinians’ longstanding and legitimate grievances have been irrevocably subverted by Hamas’ brazen attack against Israel on Oct 7. Unlike previous rounds of conflicts and clashes between Israel and the Palestinians on the one hand and neighbouring Arab states on the other, Thailand has become a direct casualty like never before, as 30 Thai workers have been killed to date, with at least 16 injured and 17 taken hostage. As a militant political movement motivated by Islamic fundamentalism using methods of terrorism to achieve its objectives, Hamas has made a bad name for the Palestinian cause, eliciting condemnation and opposition…

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