After years of blistering growth driven by an ever-growing share of the online ad market and big data, the giants of Silicon Valley, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, are facing an unprecedented challenge — calls by lawmakers to curb their market monopoly power. There are two sources of tension relating to these four tech... Continued.
With Bougainville’s overwhelming vote for independence from Papua New Guinea (PNG), the country has crossed a milestone in the peace process following the civil war that ended in 1998. The non-binding referendum, to ascertain a preference for either greater autonomy or separate statehood, was a promise enshrined in the 2001 Bougainville Peace agreement. Results of... Continued.
On Thursday, Great Britain will go to polls for the third time in four years, with voters making what a widely quoted former Conservative politician has described as an “appalling choice” between a “compulsive liar” and a “totalitarian” in a general election that will define their country’s destiny. These will be Britain’s Brexit elections, which... Continued.
The 8th India-China joint training exercise ‘HAND-IN-HAND 2019’ with the theme counter terrorism under United Nations mandate is scheduled to be conduct at Umroi, Meghalaya from 07 to 20 December 2019. The Chinese contingent from the Tibet Military command comprising of 130 personal and the Indian Contingent of similar strength will participate in the 14... Continued.
Last week, a three-member bench of the Pakistan Supreme Court, headed by the country’s Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, made a carefully calibrated move to question the Imran Khan-led government, seeking that it explains and justify the extension of the tenure of Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa by three years. It is being seen... Continued.
India and Sri Lanka agreed to cooperate on counter-terrorism during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting President Gotabaya Rajapaksa here on Friday. Security As part of this common strategy, India announced a special Line of Credit of $50 million for strengthening Sri Lanka’s abilities to counter terror threats. The April 21 Easter bombings,... Continued.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has announced a “Contract for the Web” — aimed at saving the future of his invention, which is now almost an essential condition for human existence. The Web is at a tipping point, Berners-Lee wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times, and needs radical... Continued.
For some months now, international concern has been growing about what China is doing to its Uighur population, a Muslim minority community concentrated in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang province. Reports have emerged of China ‘homogenising’ the Uighurs, who claim closer ethnic ties to Turkey and other central Asian countries than to China, by brutal force.... Continued.
An independence referendum is being held in Bougainville between 23 November and 7 December 2019, with results to be declared around 20 December. The vote is the result of an agreement between the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government. Voters will have the option of requesting greater autonomy within Papua New... Continued.
The 11th summit of the BRICS grouping comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was held in Brasilia last week. Pitted as a counterweight to G7, the combine of developed economies, BRICS represents the world’s top emerging economies and claims to serve as a bridge between the developed and developing world. What are its... Continued.