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ARAB LEAGUE SUMMIT

The 32nd Arab League Summit held in Jeddah was unique in multiple ways. After 12 years, all 22 Arab states got together again, with 17 of them represented at the head of state or government level. The summit readmitted Syria and heard the Ukrainian President, a special invitee. The post-summit …

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PANEL ON SEBI’S FUNCTIONING

Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court granted the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) more time to complete its investigation into Hindenburg Research’s allegations of malfeasance, stock price manipulations and violations of minimum public shareholding requirements in Adani Group firms. Ahead of the Court’s original May 2 limit, SEBI had …

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THE PARADOX OF BRICS

Mysterious are the ways in which multilateral groupings prosper and wither away. The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and G-77 had their heyday in the Cold War era Later they lost their relevance, but they still exist. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summits ended in 2014, but the Secretariat …

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EU’S CARBON BORDER ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

On May 10, co-legislators at the European Commission signed the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). It has been described as a “landmark tool” to put a “fair price on the carbon emitted during the production of carbon intensive goods that are entering the EU, and to encourage cleaner industrial production …

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THE TRAGEDY OF THE AXOLOTL MUTANT

Anyone who has suffered the misfortune of an amputation, and others with the imagination to conceive of such a horrible loss, might wish humans shared the famed ability of the Mexican axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) to regenerate their limbs. The axolotl is a species of salamander (lizard-like amphibians) originally found in …

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RUSSIA FIGHTS ‘INCURSION’ FROM UKRAINE

Russian troops and security forces fought for a second day on Tuesday against an alleged cross-border raid that Moscow blamed on Ukrainian military saboteurs but which Kyiv portrayed as an uprising against the Kremlin by Russian partisans. Vyacheslav Gladkov, Governor of the Belgorod region on the Ukraine border, said forces …

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JUSTICE FOR ANIMAL WELFARE

An animal, Susan, goes about her life, doing all the things that an animal of Susan’s sort would. But while pursuing her goals, she runs into various hurdles, a few frivolous, and unimportant to her life, and a few that are more serious — an illness, a storm that wrecks …

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TELANGANA- A.P. WATER DISPUTE

The nagging dispute over the water share of the Krishna river between Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) and Telangana remains unresolved, even nine years after the bifurcation of the combined State. What is the origin of the Krishna water dispute? The dispute dates back to the formation of Andhra Pradesh in November, …

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SURGE IN GLOBAL TEMPERATURES

According to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) updates lobal temperatures are likely to surge to record levels in the next five years, fuelled by heat-trapping greenhouse gases and a naturally occurring El Nino event. Details: The World Meteorological Organization is the United Nations System’s authoritative voice on Weather, Climate and Water. For the first …

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INDIA-GERMANY PUSH TRILATERAL PROJECTS

India and Germany signed the Triangular Development Partner agreement in 2022. It is a joint declaration on agroecology and sustainable management of natural resources These projects aim to support sustainable development goals (SDGs) in third world countries in Asia, Africa and the Indo-Pacific. So far, New Delhi and Berlin have started work …

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