By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
At least 14 female students, four nurses and four Security Force (SF) personnel, including Quetta Deputy Commissioner of Police Abdul Mansur Khan, were killed and another 27 sustained injuries when unidentified terrorists first blew up a bus of the Sardar Bahadur Khan (SBK) Women’s University in Quetta, the Provincial capital of Balochistan Province, and subsequently carried out a blast inside the Bolan Medical College’s teaching hospital in the city, where the injured were admitted, in the afternoon of June 15, 2013.
Mamnoon Hussain elected as the 12th President of Pakistan: Mamnoon Hussain, a veteran politician and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's trusted ally, was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan in a vote by legislators on July 30. Hussain defeated his rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Justice (retired) Wajihuddin with a huge margin of 355 votes in a one-to-one contest after opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP) boycotted the Presidential election as a mark of protest against the rescheduling of the elections by the Supreme Court on a petition file by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Daily Times, July 31, 2013.
By Nilantha Ilangamuwa *
Let us remove the mask and without them let us look at the people who live on this rough soil. Where are we? What we are? Who has left us with nothing of value? Despair and hopelessness has been a part of our daily lives through the heritage of anger and stress due to rude, senseless, lawless, unjust power. One after another, time and time again the same thing in different modes is repeated over the years.
President orders appointment of commission to probe disappearances during the 30 years of conflict: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on July 26 directed Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga to appoint a commission to look into the incidents of disappearance that have taken place during the 30 years of conflict. Announcing the President's order, the President's media unit said his move to appoint such a commission is a clear indication of his unwavering commitment to ensure that Human Rights are well protected in the country. Colombo Page, July 27, 2013.
By Peter G Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada
Cross-border direct investment flows are a critical ingredient in the modern international trade recipe. These flows provide us with access to key resources and fast-growing markets, and allow for production systems that are better aligned to country or regional economic attributes owing to the efficiencies of global supply chains. As such, it is essential to keep a close eye on global investment movements. What can we say about recent activity?
By A Correspondent
Under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Senate Committee on Defence and Defence Production, first meeting of Cyber Security Task Force was held in Parliament House, Islamabad in which senior representatives of relevant public and private sector organizations, parliamentarians, government ministries, academia and media persons participated.
By Richard Johnson
Forgotten is the shock and despair triggered by the Fukushima power plant disaster about two years ago. Nuclear power is here to stay. In fact, according to a consensus emerging from an international conference, "for many countries nuclear power is a proven, clean, safe, and economical technology that will play an increasingly important role in achieving energy security and sustainable development goals in the 21st century".
By Todd Miller *
How to Turn the U.S.-Mexican Border into a War Zone
The first thing I did at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix this March was climb the brown “explosion-resistant” tower, 30 feet high and 10 feet wide, directly in the center of the spacious room that holds this annual trade show. From a platform where, assumedly, a border guard would stand, you could take in the constellation of small booths offering the surveillance industry’s finest products, including a staggering multitude of ways to monitor, chase, capture, or even kill people, thanks to modernistic arrays of cameras and sensors, up-armored jeeps, the latest in guns, and even surveillance balloons.
By A Correspondent
Greenhouse gases emitted today might raise sea level significantly for centuries to come, said an international study. The study was conducted for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Researchers from Germany, the US, Spain, Canada and Austria contributed to the research.
By Meena Raman *
The fourth meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board, which began on June 26 in Songdo, South Korea, concluded on June 28 with the selection of its Executive Director as well as the adoption of decisions on the ‘business model framework', which includes the private sector facility.
By Bobby Ramakant *
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are causing two-third of deaths worldwide. There is no doubt that latest launch of a robust programme to help civil society work on improving responses to NCDs is a welcome step forward. The NCD Alliance launched a new programme, formally called "Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action" at The Economist event "New Approaches to Non-Communicable Diseases" in South Africa, where experts discussed strategies to accelerate the prevention and control of NCDs.