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Collection Of OBC Information In Census 2021 Not Feasible : Centre Tells Supreme Court Opposing Maharashtra's Plea

The Centre has said that the case enumeration in the 2011 SECC exercise was "fraught with inaccuracies". By -  Srishti Ojha Update: 2021-09-23 13:59 GMT In response to Maharashtra Government's petition for sharing of census data of OBCs collected by Centre in 2011-2013, the Centre has informed the Supreme Court that the exclusion of any caste other than Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe from purview of Census is a conscious policy decision taken by Central Government. In an affidavit filed through Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Centre has argued that  in such a situation any direction from  Court to Census Department to include enumeration of Socio Economic data to extent relating to  Backward Class Of Citizens (BCCs)  of Rural India in Upcoming Census 2021 as prayed by the State of Maharashtra would tantamount to interfering with a policy decision. The Central Government issued a notification on 7th Jan 2020, prescribing a series of information to be col

The Arctic this week

Canada disputes Chinese news report that famous sailor was turned back from Northwest Passage Although it may seem anecdotal at first glance, this story reveals higher stakes, and even reflects geostrategic dynamics. Zhai Mo is a well-known Chinese painter who in 2009 became the first Chinese to sail around the world alone on his sailing-boat. More recently, he attempted to achieve a new record, to be the first in the world to circumnavigate the Arctic with a sailing boat non-stop. His plans were altered on his way through the Northwest Passage, and several Chinese newspapers reported that Zhai Mo had been "illegally stopped". Canada contests this claim, and explains that Canadian officials had been in contact with the sailor before he entered Arctic waters to alert him of the ban on the passage of pleasure craft since March 2020 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in remote Arctic areas. Canada claims that the sailor changed his route on his own.This anecdote revives

A NEW REGIONAL ‘GREAT GAME’ IN AND AROUND AFGHANISTAN?

01 SEP 2021 - 15:51 TERUG NAAR ARCHIEF Author(s):   David Criekemans The US withdrawal from Afghanistan has turned into a fiasco, leaving a de facto power vacuum. What damage have the unfolding events done to the reputation of the West? What kind of regional dynamics are to be expected?  In the sixth and last episode of the Dutch series '20 years after 9/11’, David Criekemans analyses the  geopolitical consequences. American president Joe Biden stubbornly stuck to the withdrawal deadline of 31 August 2021 without considering the rapidly evolving situation on the ground. Even when Biden stopped supporting the former Afghan government of Ashraf Ghani, the president did not force any concessions from the Taliban. [1] Biden withdrew from Afghanistan because of a purely domestic political calculation. By giving the Taliban  carte blanche , all investments in the areas of democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and the position of women may have been in vain. From now on, those words w

An important lesson from history for Narendra Modi.

MOHAN GURUSWAMY The fortunes of India irrevocably changed on May 29, 1658 when two Mughal armies clashed on the dusty fields of Samugarh near Agra. India’s history changed forever. Aurangzeb’s victory over his brother Dara Shikoh marked the beginning of Islamic bigotry in India that not only alienated Hindus but also the much more moderate Sufis and Shias as well. Aurangzeb’s narrow Sunni beliefs were to make India the hotbed of Muslim fundamentalists, long before the Wahabi's of Saudi Arabia sponsored the fanatics of Taliban and Islamic State. As a biographer of Dara Shikoh wrote: “It was not only a battle for the Mughal throne, but also a battle for the very soul of India”. Aurangzeb’s victory here and other successful campaigns resulted in the creation of the greatest and biggest Imperial India till then. But the seeds of this India's collapse were sowed. In 1620 India had the world's greatest national income, over a third of it, and was its greatest military power also.

Why China's Promise to Stop Funding Coal Plants Around the World Is a Really Big Deal

The logo of Power Construction Corp. of China (PowerChina) is displayed on cooling towers at the Chinese-built Port Qasim coal power plant in Sindh Province, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.   Asim Hafeez–Bloomberg/Getty Images BY  AMY GUNIA SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 2:46 AM EDT C hinese President Xi Jinping announced on Tuesday that  China will no longer finance overseas coal projects —a move that could have far-reaching implications for the world’s ability to meet climate targets. “China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low carbon energy and will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad,” Xi said in prerecorded remarks to  the United Nations General Assembly . Experts say the move could mark the beginning of the end of coal as a primary energy source for the world (it’s currently no. 2, behind oil.) The caveat, though, is that China and many other nations remain reliant on coal. “This announcement is a strong sign of coal’s global coll

Mega Events and Soft Power: Tech and Spectacle at World Expo

The World Expo is arguably the single biggest showcasing event of a nation outside of its own borders. The next Expo is set to take place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates October 1, 2021–March 31, 2022, the first time in the Expo’s 170-year history that the mega-event will be held in the Middle East. National pavilions are the principal platform for nations to bring their cultures and innovations into direct contact with large numbers of people on the Expo ground. Increasingly, these efforts and outcomes are mediated by technology for pavilion organizers and visitors alike. This program explores and unpacks how technological mediation serves as a critical mechanism for public engagement at the Expo. For the Dubai Expo, technological affordances will be particularly salient, in the context of the restrictions on direct person-to-person contact against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. So how does digital technology facilitate a nation’s storytelling at the Expo? How do visitors, empower

Upgrading US public diplomacy: A new approach for the age of memes and disinformation

Issue Brief   by   Marta Churella, Wren Elhai, Amirah Ismail, Naima Green-Riley, Graham Lampa, Molly Moran, Jeff Ridenour, Dan Spokojny, and Megan Tetrick Related Experts:  Graham Lampa,   Naima Green-Riley Civil Society Internet Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada Illustration by Amirah Ismail Introduction This report outlines a set of principles and actions to strengthen the State Department’s public diplomacy institutions, domestically and abroad. We chose not to define what the specific ends of public diplomacy should be—we believe public diplomacy should support overall US foreign policy goals and that the country’s democratically accountable leaders should define those goals. However, regardless of the policies US leaders prioritize, the United States needs public diplomacy institutions that can set meaningful strategic goals, design and evaluate programs using data and evidence, customize messaging and programs for hundreds of distinct overseas audiences, and conne