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Timely Vaccination Can Protect Precious Little Lives from Vaccine-preventable Diseases—Save a Child, Save a Life, and Save a Dream.

Unrest in the MENA Continues

Nine months after Hosni Mubarak's regime was overthrown, unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continues. Egyptians are still waiting for that evasive democracy as protests continue in Cairo. Libya witnessed a bloody end to 42 year old Gaddafi regime. Syria is in the midst of a severe crisis as protests and government crackdowns continue. The fate of Arab League's peace plan still hangs in balance. Will we witness an end of the dictatorship across the world or will it lead to more chaos in countries facing the revolution? Part of the problem lies with the inability of the respective regimes to foresee the crisis and their refusal to undertake reforms. Had the regimes been flexible enough to relinquish power or had the dexterity to resolve internal issues, they could have continued to enjoy public support, prevented the loss of lives of hundreds of people, avoided the present chaos and external intervention in the region. Although human rights violations and non-co…

Impeccable Voice Turns Silent, Still Resonates

Bhupen Hazarika had a distinct voice, clear and easily recognizable. His voice had the power to make everyone stop and listen. In a career spanning over half a century, he donned several hats such as a film-maker, singer, composer, journalist and author among others. The legend left this world after a long illness. India has lost two music maestro's in less than a month, the other being irreplaceable ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, who passed away last month after fighting a massive brain stroke. Dr. Hazarika's contribution to the Indian cinema, and Assamese in particular is an inspiration for many. May he rest in peace. "Dil hoom hoom kare" and "Oh Ganga Tum, Ganga Behti Ho Kyun? will resonate among his fans for a long time to come.

Will Youngsters Make their Mark? Will We See Sehwag at his Flamboyance Best? Will the Master Blaster reach the Incredible Feat? Will Bishoo Turn the Tables on India? Upcoming Home Series Against West Indies Will Reveal All

After the victorious Bangladesh Tour, the West Indian team would be in high spirits, when they take on India in the first test at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, which begins on 6th November. Caribbeans have been in the sub-continent for a month now, and that would help them in their battle against the Indians, which comprises of three tests and five One Day Internationals (ODIs). At the same time, the Indian team would look forward to continue the winning campaign. The World Champions bounced back after the disastrous England tour, by defeating England 5-0 in the ODI series at home. Dhoni's team for the first test is a combination of the veterans and juniors. In the absence of the turbanator, all eyes will be on the spin duo of Ashwin and Ojha as well as Ishant Sharma to deliver the results for India in the bowling department. It would be interesting to see whether youngsters Umesh Yadav, Rahul Sharma and Varun Aaron make the most of the opportunity to play for the country. Devendra …

Devoid of Hype, Durban Climate Change Talks Hold High Significance

In general, all countries have an understanding and are aware of the adverse affects of global warming and rising greenhouse gas emissions. Kyoto Protocol of 1997 was a major step to address the concern and reduce emission levels. However, the biggest drawback of the Protocol is the lack of ratification by the United States (U.S). Durban, South Africa is hosting this years session of the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This years talks scheduled to begin during the last week of November are significant as the first commitment period, which began in 2008 ends in 2012. Many countries are hesitant to endorse another commitment period. Unlike the Copenhagen Session held in 2009, which generated lot of hype and hope, last years talks at Cancun and the upcoming Durban session have not received much publicity. Having said that, the upcoming session is highly significant for future efforts to deal with the complex problem of …

Normal Life Affected by Economic Blockade

The continuing economic blockade in North-Eastern State of Manipur is cause for concern. While one group has called off the blockade after government assurance of considering creation of a new district, blockade by the group opposing the demand still continues. While there is no denying that it is a sensitive issue, groups involved must find solutions by sitting across the table and find solutions as the ultimate sufferers are citizens, who are forced to shell out large amount of money on necessities. Economic blockades are no way to resolve disputes. While it is understandable that governments have to do the balancing act while dealing with sensitive regional issues, procrastination over such issues for decades only complicates the situation. Hope, issues are resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned, and normalcy is restored.