Topics Archive

Huawei proposes ‘No Back Door’ to Government of India

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd has appealed to India to make an ‘informed and independent decision’ on permitting its 5G trails that are scheduled to commence in 100 days. What does recent ‘no back door…

Dharavi: Mumbai’s Cash Cow

Dubai-based company Seclink Technologies Corporation (STC) has emerged as the highest bidder for the project to give Mumbai’s infamous Dharavi slum a $4 billion make-over. In this situation, how…

Demand for Productivity vs Violation of Human Rights

According to Thomson Reuters Foundation, Indian garment factories are offering unlabelled drugs to female workers to ease their pain periods, resulting in serious side effects on their health.…

Singapore: Food Security vs Land Scarcity

With an increasing demand for land and sea resources juxtaposed with climate change, rising sea levels, pollution and invasive species, Singapore is warming up to the threat of food security.…

UPI decline in May 2019

After hitting a record high in March, payment transactions via Unified Payments Interface (UPI) declined second time in a row in May 2019. Can the UPI meet the Reserve Bank of India’s Vision 2021…

Julian Assange: A Case of Journalism, Hacking and Espionage

Julian Assange, co-founder of Wikileaks has been charged with 17 counts under the Espionage Act for receiving and publishing information from Army intelligence analyst in 2010. Does Assange fit the…

ExxonMobil and climate change

ExxonMobil's shareholders have rejected several proposals that would require greater oversight over the company's environmental policy. Activist shareholders have also pushed for a separation of the…

Trump undermines the science behind climate change

Climate change poses a severe threat to planet Earth. Interest groups in the US are in constant denial that humans are primarily responsible for these aberrations. The Trump administration has…

Starlink: SpaceX’s broadband service

SpaceX recently launched satellites for its Starlink broadband service. Why are private space companies attempting to provide global internet coverage?

China’s food woes

China, reeling from the effects of the Asian Swine Flu virus, is affected by an infestation of the fall armyworm. Is China’s food security in serious jeopardy considering increased pressure from the…

The global trade in plastic waste

Malaysia will send back non-recyclable plastic waste to the developed country that exported it, in the wake of an amendment to the Basel Convention that regulates the plastic waste industry. Will the…

Australia’s pre-election polls prove inaccurate

Pre-election polls suggested that the Labor Party was set to win the Australian 2019 general elections. Exit-polls indicatethat the incumbent Liberal-National coalition will secure a surprise victory…

The Kushner plan starts with economic investment

Mr Trump’s deal to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict was expected to be unveiled after the 2019 Israeli elections. The White House has announced an economic ‘workshop’ in Bahrain to encourage…

China explores lunar craters

China’s lunar exploration program receives a boost as it’s Chang’e-4 mission successfully landed on the far side of the Moon. The first scientific report from the mission outlines findings related to…

Anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has seen a surge in anti-Muslim violence following the Easter Sunday bombings. The government has introduced curfews and bans on social media to control the unrest. Are these measures…

World poultry day

In conjunction with World Poultry Day on May 10th, the International Poultry Council is initiating an awareness drive on food insecurity. Will poultry be able to fill the gap in world protein…

Bangladesh’s energy sector and competing interests

Bangladesh suffers from an acute energy deficit. China and India have competed over investments in Bangladesh’s energy sector. How is Bangladesh leveraging competing interests to its benefit? Is…

Women, girls should be engaged in disaster risk management

Like society, disasters can be discriminative against people. Less access to social safety measures, financial conditions and support from the community, can add up to the woes caused by natural…

Reforming Pakistan’s madrasas

Pakistan’s military announces plans to bring the country’s madrasas under government control. Why should Pakistan regulate its madrasas? Madrasas are Islamic seminaries, known in Pakistan as Madaris-…

Japan apologises to victims of forced sterilisation

Twenty years after Japan repealed the eugenics law, it has agreed to compensate victims of the government program under which thousands of people were forcibly sterilized because of intellectual…