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/ 3 June 2008

Fall of the house of Shah

Last week, Nepal’s new constitutional assembly held its first meeting and put an end to the monarchy, a key part of a 2006 peace deal with Maoist guerrillas who gave up the bullet for the ballot box on the condition that the country becomes a secular republic. The civil war lasted a decade and cost more than 13 000 lives.

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/ 7 April 2008

An accidental millionaire

Quiet and unassuming, the Indian business baron drives himself to work in an unremarkable Tata sedan. His beachfront bachelor pad is found in the hippest tip of south Mumbai, but Ratan has only CDs, books and his dogs for company. He does not drink or smoke. His vices revolve around speed.

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/ 20 March 2008

Youth spurn middle way

Violent protests in Tibet have emphasised the growing divide within the exiled community over how to win the propaganda war with China. The spiritual leader of the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama, abjures all violence and considers even hunger strikes and economic sanctions as illegitimate means of political protest.

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/ 29 October 2007

Poor but defiant

About 25 000 of India’s poorest people — tribal peoples, "untouchables" and landless labourers — have stopped traffic for nearly three weeks on the road that links Delhi and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal. Headed by a group of chanting Buddhist monks, the marchers say they aim to shame government into keeping its promise to redistribute land.

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/ 22 October 2007

Backlash fears as India rides high

The stock market boom in India reached new heights on Monday with the Mumbai index shooting past 19 000 for the first time and creating paper fortunes worth billions of dollars for the country’s richest industrialists. The record high, which saw Mumbai’s Stock Exchange Sensitive index, or Sensex, rise almost 3,5% in the course of the day, was fuelled by foreign investors seeing rapid economic growth and company profits in India.

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/ 29 November 2005

Preparing the youth

Scouts all over Southern Africa will observe World Aids Day in a collaborative initiative to fight the rapid spread and devastating effects of HIV/Aids. The youth are more likely to bear the brunt of the HIV/Aids pandemic. No one knows this better than the South African Scout Association, an organisation that is focused on the youth.