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Women Service Officers as Defence or Military Attache`s: Government has to do more to Ensure its Success
India`s defence minister has recently declared that the government has decided to appoint Women service officers as defence or military attaches in the Indian missions abroad. Though this decision has been hailed from many quarters and is being touted as another case of womenfolk `breaking the glass ceiling`, it is doubtful whether this can be implemented successfully and soon. Though a superficial view may be that this is a move towards women’s empowerment in the Services, there are many institutional hurdles in executing this reformist measure.
Terror Once Again Raises its Ugly Head in Sri Lanka
After just about a decade of peace, on Easter Sunday morning (April 21, 2019), Sri Lanka was rudely shaken by a series of suicide bombing attacks, three of them targeting Church congregations in Colombo and another four at up-market hotels and a guest house (one of which failed) generally frequented by foreign tourists. There were also reports of one more blast on that day and another on the next day (April 22, 2019) while an unexploded device was being defused.
Jihadi Terror Enters Sri Lanka
Almost exactly ten years after the end of the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka, a horrendous wave of jihadi terrorism has made a terrifying re-entry. Eight near simultaneous bomb blasts were carried out across the country in Colombo, Negombo, Kochchikade and Batticaloa. Most of the bombings appear to have been carried out using suicide vests and shrapnel. The terrorists chose as their targets, churches and hotels frequented by foreigners. The explosive devices were also found near Colombo’s international airport and in other areas, but they did not detonate.
The Arab Spring Reborn
When it was generally assumed that the Arab Spring that began by felling dictators one by one in 2011 (Ben Ali in Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Muhammed Ghaddafi in Libya, followed by Ali Saleh in Yemen in 2012) had lost its way, with none of the countries a democracy except Tunisia, Algeria and Sudan have surprised us with a sustained revolt against dictators in the first quarter of 2019. In this article we shall deal with Algeria only.
5G - Deliberating the Pros and Cons
Major telecom companies of the world are working feverishly to roll-out 5G or 5th Generation technology based advanced wireless systems. This will increase the speed of data transmission, will have faster response time and allow larger number of devices to be connected.
A Tale of two UN Resolutions on Cyber-security
In December 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted two important resolutions: 73/271 on ‘Developments in the Field of Information And Telecommunications in The Context of International Security’; and, 73/2662 on ‘Advancing Responsible State Behaviour in Cyber-space in the Context of International Security’. By these two resolutions, the UNGA has set up two parallel processes for dealing with cyber-security. Interestingly, neither of the two resolutions mentions the word cyber-security.
Threats to Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
“Only the terrorist and the Taliban forbid education to the women. Only the terrorist and the Taliban threaten to pull out women’s fingernails for wearing nail polish….the fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women.”1 -Laura Bush, Radio Address, 2001)
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