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Omicron in the UK
Jan 13, 2022

Omicron in the UK

The management of the Omicron wave has been marked by mixed signals and rising skepticism against the government

Omicron: Separating the facts from the hype
Jan 11, 2022

Omicron: Separating the facts from the hype

How severe would the third wave of COVID-19 that is fuelled by the Omicron variant be?

On a hot tin roof
Aug 31, 2004

On a hot tin roof

Nepal is in deep turmoil. At the centre is the 8-year-old Maoist insurgency, the cost of which has been enormous ¿ 10,000 lives, a disrupted economy and a sharply fragmented society along ethnic, caste, regional and religious lines. The worst chaos is in the political arena where the government stands discredited and paralysed and the State is gradually sliding towards total collapse.

On cliff's edge
Jan 04, 2013

On cliff's edge

Like the US, India, too, is grappling with its own version of the fiscal cliff, the biggest challenge before Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. The UPA has exhausted its fiscal space even as growth has fallen to a 10-year low. The challenge is to effect a sharp reduction in the fiscal while not adversely affecting quality public investment, which can in turn give a fillip to private investment.

On climate, start thinking domestic, too
Dec 16, 2009

On climate, start thinking domestic, too

The gap between India and China in this regard is quite big. So it makes sense for India not to make any peaking commitment until it meets the backlog of providing basic energy needs to the majority of the poor

On Ecology and Environment as Drivers of Human Disease and Pandemics
May 24, 2023

On Ecology and Environment as Drivers of Human Disease and Pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the increasing frequency of spillover of infectious disease from wild animals into humans. The SARS coronavirus type 2 (SARS-CoV-2) almost certainly “jumped” into humans from bats, evolved towards efficient human-to-human transmission, and caused a global pandemic. Ecological changes such as deforestation, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change are important drivers of disease

On fourth Mumbai attack anniversary, LeT revives Muridke convention
Nov 06, 2012

On fourth Mumbai attack anniversary, LeT revives Muridke convention

Few days before the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) is planning a two-day training convention at Muridke (near Lahore), its former headquarters from where the terror attack was planned and executed.

On Managing Internal Security in Border States
Sep 27, 2004

On Managing Internal Security in Border States

Kautilya said that the worst enemy is the enemy within. In Arthshastra, he stated, ¿Arrows may not kill a soldier but skillful intrigue can kill even those in the womb.¿

On nuclear diplomacy, a window has opened
Oct 19, 2004

On nuclear diplomacy, a window has opened

As a responsible nuclear power, India is ready to work with like-minded countries in strengthening the global non-proliferation system. That was the clear message from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his recent joint press conference with the visiting German chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder.

On the 70th Anniversary, Abe Govt should rethink US bases relocation plan
Jun 22, 2015

On the 70th Anniversary, Abe Govt should rethink US bases relocation plan

Disregarding opposition from the local population in Okinawa, Tokyo continues to state that it will go ahead with its current base relocation plan to Henoko. Tokyo and Washington should comprehend that when constructing a military base in a democratic country, the popular will and voices of local citizens should be carefully considered and heard.

On the whole a positive Budget
Mar 05, 2011

On the whole a positive Budget

The Finance Minister has addressed the various deficiencies in agricultural production which are responsible for high food inflation. But the actual measures announced are not enough to shake up agriculture and as Dr MS Swaminathan pointed out - it will not make the youthful population take up farming.

On the wrong track
Jul 18, 2009

On the wrong track

In the aftermath of the serial train blasts in Mumbai on July 11, in which 179 people were killed and 772 wounded, the question uppermost in public mind is ¿why has India become the most affected target of terrorism?¿ Ever since June 1985, when Air India¿s ¿Kanishka¿ was blown up over the Ireland coast, India¿s share of terrorists¿ incidents and civilian casualties has risen to become the highest in the world.

On World Environment Day, Let's Reaffirm Our Commitment to Co-Existing With Wildlife
Jun 05, 2021

On World Environment Day, Let's Reaffirm Our Commitment to Co-Existing With Wildlife

Can we bring ‘nature’ beyond the confines of just protected forests into a city, while allowing the wildlife with it?

Once again, politicians are poisoning the communal well
Sep 17, 2013

Once again, politicians are poisoning the communal well

It would be premature to blame any one party or organisation for the violence in Muzaffarnagar. Though it is apparent that, once the violence erupted, parties have been trying to make political capital from it. Primary blame must fall on the Samajwadi Party which has been ruling the state for the past one year.

One child policy reform: Policy decision or compulsion?
Dec 11, 2013

One child policy reform: Policy decision or compulsion?

Relaxation of China's One Child policy reform proposed in Third Plenum is not a full proof plan. President Xi Jinping has a perfect analogy with Deng Xiaoping in grappling with a compulsion of sorts. Deng was faced with a bulging population; Xi finds the challenge in ageing one.

One click health
Jan 02, 2013

One click health

The coming together of cognitive computing, digital devices with capabilities to touch, feel, smell and hear and super-speed Internet is poised to transform telemedicine.

One huge mockery of justice
Mar 07, 2017

One huge mockery of justice

Miscarriage of justice appears to have become the norm and draws little outrage, even from those most affected by its outcome.

One step forward, three backwards
Feb 08, 2011

One step forward, three backwards

One does not need a historiographer's findings to understand the central problem that the Indian state is facing in its defence procurement in current times. It lies with intentions, structure and accountability.

One Year of ISPS Code Implementation
Jul 16, 2005

One Year of ISPS Code Implementation

The primary aim of the ISPS Code was to strengthen the security of international shipping, ports, waterways and the high seas by directing the governments, shipping companies and port operators to enhance security of the maritime edifice.

One-sided rivalry?
Jun 04, 2012

One-sided rivalry?

That India and China are rivals in Myanmar is a widely accepted premise. Much of the Indian and international reporting on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's just-concluded visit to Myanmar reflected this understanding.

One-upmanship at the top shows cracks in China’s system
Jun 16, 2022

One-upmanship at the top shows cracks in China’s system

The rise of other contenders in the CCP raises questions about Xi’s long-term political prospects.

Open Bay for Bangladesh
Mar 16, 2012

Open Bay for Bangladesh

Bangladesh's stake in the Bay of Bengal has increased following the order of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Seas (ITLOS) in the dispute regarding delimitation of the maritime boundary with Myanmar.

Open Letter to Senator Edward Kennedy
Jun 27, 2005

Open Letter to Senator Edward Kennedy

I am addressing this open letter not only to you, but also to other members of the US Congress, who have expressed their concern over the course of the US-led war against international terrorism in Iraq and have started suggesting, if not demanding, the withdrawal of the US troops from there.

Operation Enduring Millstone
Sep 24, 2004

Operation Enduring Millstone

It is increasingly difficult to make sense out of what is going on in Iraq.

Operation Geronimo and the Future of US-Pakistan Relations
May 11, 2011

Operation Geronimo and the Future of US-Pakistan Relations

Pakistan and the US have much to lose if the US disengages from Pakistan. Therefore, US-Pakistan relations are likely to overcome their present turbulence and continue being an alliance of convenience for both.

ORF - ECC study project on Radical Islam
Oct 16, 2009

ORF - ECC study project on Radical Islam

The Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi and the Experimental Creativity Centre, Moscow have initiated a collaborative research project on Radical Islam. The first meeting under this project took place in Moscow on the 8th and 9th of October, 2009.

ORF Faculty appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
May 21, 2013

ORF Faculty appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh

Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma (Retd), Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, has been appointed the new Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, a strategic border State in the North East.

ORF hosts discussion on climate change
Jun 26, 2009

ORF hosts discussion on climate change

Mr. Thomas Haahr, First Secretary, Climate Change, Royal Danish Embassy outlined deep cuts in emissions of industrialised countries, financial support for developing countries, enhanced mitigation action by developing countries and adapting to the impact of climate change as the key challenges that would have to be addressed in Copenhagen

ORF in Top 10 Asian think tanks
Jan 22, 2015

ORF in Top 10 Asian think tanks

As part of the worldwide launch of the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2014, an event was organised at ORF in Delhi on Thursday. According to the Report, ORF has been placed at 8th position amongst the Top 10 think tanks in Asia.

ORF Kolkata Chapter moves to new campus
Apr 15, 2013

ORF Kolkata Chapter moves to new campus

The Kolkata Chapter of Observer Research Foundation has started functioning from its own new building in New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata. The chapter moved to the new premises on April 15, the auspicious occasion of Poila Baishakh or Bengali New Year.

ORF launches new logo as it completes 25 years
Sep 07, 2015

ORF launches new logo as it completes 25 years

ORF has launched a new, bold and impressive logo as it completed 25 glorious years. The logo was unveiled by the senior-most Trustee and Honourary Secretary Mr. Baljit Kapur at the 26th Foundation Day. Also present were Trustees Mrs Renuka Mishra and Mr Lalit Bhasin and Director Sunjoy Joshi.

ORF participates in Moscow BRIC conference
Nov 18, 2008

ORF participates in Moscow BRIC conference

The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) was invited to put together a group from India for the Moscow conference by the Polity Foundation, one of the principal Russian organisers. ORF and Polity have had earlier contact and a bilateral event had been jointly organised by

ORF publication on BRIC released in South Africa
Mar 14, 2011

ORF publication on BRIC released in South Africa

ORF publication 'BRIC in the New World Order' was released in South Africa recently. The event was organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs. Its National Director Ms Elizabeth Sidiropoulos introduced the book and delivered the opening remarks. The launch was followed by a round-table discussion.

ORF recommends $1 billion SAARC Fund
Jan 22, 2004

ORF recommends $1 billion SAARC Fund

The SAARC should plan a billion dollar Infrastructure Fund for developing water and energy projects in areas with high unemployment and poverty rates, a ORF Policy Brief issued on the eve of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee¿s visit to Islamabad to attend the 12th SAARC Conference.

ORF researcher bags NIXI fellowship
Oct 19, 2010

ORF researcher bags NIXI fellowship

ORF Senior Fellow Dr. R. Swaminathan will work on mobile banking solutions for financial inclusion and prepare a policy document for the government.

ORF Seminar on Status Of India Studies in the United States
Sep 15, 2004

ORF Seminar on Status Of India Studies in the United States

The seminar on Status of India Studies in the United States is co-sponsored by Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi and India Studies Program of Indiana University. The seminar is scheduled for September 15 and 16, 2004 at Indiana Memorial Union Hotel, Indiana University, Bloomington.

ORF study highlights appalling state of sanitation at Mumbai railway stations
Jun 03, 2010

ORF study highlights appalling state of sanitation at Mumbai railway stations

The study urges urgent action to improve the state of sanitation and demands facilities comparable to those at airports

ORF TRUSTEE HONOURED WITH NATIONAL LAW DAY AWARD
Dec 03, 2007

ORF TRUSTEE HONOURED WITH NATIONAL LAW DAY AWARD

Mr. Lalit Bhasin, Trustee, Observer Research Foundation, and one of the senior-most lawyers of the Supreme Court, has been bestowed with the National Law Day Award for his "Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the Legal Profession in India and for his deep involvement and engagement in the maintenance of the highest standards at the Bar".

ORF's Indo-Russian dialogue concludes
Oct 05, 2009

ORF's Indo-Russian dialogue concludes

The third meeting of ORF's Indo-Russian dialogue was held in Moscow on 5 - 6 October 2009. India's Russian partner in this dialogue is the Russkiy Mir Foundation headed by Mr. Vyacheslav Nikonov who is also President of the Unity for Russia Foundation.

ORF's Lingua China embarks on language & culture exchange
Jun 12, 2014

ORF's Lingua China embarks on language & culture exchange

Observer Research Foundation-Kolkata and Tagore's Cheena Bhavana at Visva-Bharati University co-hosted a day-long series of discussions, an evening of cultural interactions, and a half-day of intensive Mandarin language lessons.