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Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Sri Lanka: India's Policy

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By A Correspondent

A strong and mutually beneficial relationship with Sri Lanka, the nearest neighbor, continues to be at the core of India's neighborhood policy, India said.

The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha made this remark on January 26 celebrating India's 65th Republic Day at India House in Colombo with the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka.

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Military Only at Strategic Locations in Sri Lanka's North

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A lot of military camps that were in North during the war have been removed now and only the ones essential to national security remain at strategic locations, Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said.

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A Year of Promise

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By Peter G Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Five years beyond the crisis, we are still looking for that solid year of growth that puts us conclusively beyond the lean years. Compared with known history of the economy’s ups and downs, five years is an extremely long time to wait for a return to anything like normal. Can we expect that 2014 is going to be any different? Here are six reasons to believe that things are finally on the up-and-up.

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Capitalism In Crisis: Who Are The REAL "Takers"?

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By Bernard Weiner *

Capitalism is in crisis across the globe. When both the President of the United States and the Pope take out after its worst manifestations within days of each other, you know there's an internal time-bomb inside this dysfunctional economic system.

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Invisible And Costly Human Rights Crisis in America

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By Ralph Nader *

When the news broke years ago that U.S. forces were using torture on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, many politicians and the public expressed appropriate horror. There was shock and disappointment that our country would resort to such inhumane, abusive actions against our fellow human beings, most of whom then were innocent victims of bounty hunters in Afghanistan.

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CFR Launches Interactive Guide on Child Marriage

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A new interactive guide from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) examines the threat that child marriage poses both to the prosperity and stability of the countries in which it is prevalent and to U.S. development and foreign policy interests. "Child marriage is linked to poor health, curtailed education, violence, and instability, and perpetuates an intergenerational cycle of poverty that is difficult to break, as the InfoGuide shows," said CFR Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy Rachel B. Vogelstein, formerly director of policy and senior adviser on global women's issues at the U.S. State Department. "Its effects harm not only girls but entire families, communities, and economies—and U.S. interests around the world."

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'Worst' Of Climate Predictions Are The Most Likely

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By Jon Queally

Groundbreaking research on cloud behavior and global warming says 'catastrophic' increase of 4°C or more by 2100 should be expected

New research by a team of scientists looking at the impact of cloud behavior on planetary climate change says that "the worst" and "catastrophic" predictions offered by previous studies on the rate of global warming this century are much more likely than the less severe scenarios offered by others.

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One Visit and Vinegar Diagnosis for Cervical Cancer

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By Shobha Shukla *

Worldwide, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes, taking the annual toll to 275,000.  The disease is preventable, and yet the second largest killer of women in low and middle income countries, with most women dying in the prime of life. According to the Cervical Cancer Global Crisis Card, India tops the chart in cervical cancer deaths with nearly 73,000 women dying every year, representing 26.4% of the global deaths.

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EU’s 2030 Climate Goals Criticised

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By Jaya Ramachandran

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has greeted the European Commission’s announcement of a climate and energy package, which the 28-nation European Union (EU) heads of state would consider at their meeting on March 20-21. But the Institute points out that “the proposal does not yet ensure a clear pathway to a low carbon economy”.

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Britain: The Ongoing Assault On Ordinary Working Class People

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By Colin Todhunter *

British Chancellor George Osborne this week announced massive cuts of £25 billion after 2015. This included further welfare cuts of £12bn. Osbourne said that 2014 would be a year of hard truths. He claimed that his economic policies were working, but admitted that the bad news is there's still a long way to go.

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US Consumer Comeback: Should We Worry?

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By Peter G Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

American consumers are happy again - at long last. Good for them - but should we really be ecstatic about this? After all, the last time they were truly happy, it cost the world dearly. It has taken five years to absorb the overconsumption of that episode, and some are convinced we're not done yet. Are we headed for another period of unchecked ebullience, persistent penny-pinching, or can we count on higher yet more sustainable growth?

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