Archives for 2010

Smuggling vs. Trafficking of Refugees

In a recent comment on Canada's National Post newspaper, James C. Hathaway writes about the common confusion between the terms of smuggling and trafficking -- two terms which have been very commonly referred to in the backdrop of the arrival of 492 Tamil asylum seekers aboard a ship to … [Read more...]

End of Single Party Majority Governments?

Senthil Ratnasabapathy Many, many years ago, I met a young and aspiring British journalist and ended up in a conversation about the pros and cons of the proportional representation (PR) system vs. the so-called first-past-the post system. He said the Britons would be against the PR system because of the instability it could bring to governing. He meant the PR system that was practised by all … [Read more...]

Indian Rate Increase Sends Shockwaves

The Indian government last Friday made a decision that sent shock waves around the world markets. At the outset, it looks trivial – just a quarter of a percentage rise in key interest rates by a developing country. India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, raised the so-called the repo rate – which is the rate at which the bank lends to financial institutions – to five percent, and … [Read more...]

My Travel Experience in Mayan Riviera, Mexico

There is a general perception that all-inclusive trips, mostly to the Caribbean, are meant for those wishing to hang around in the beach, make use of the copious amounts of the free alcohol and food available. But it does not have to be, as my recent trip to Mexico proved, even though it was to one of the all-inclusive Mecca – the Mayan Riviera. Before ending up in Mayan Riviera, I did … [Read more...]

Photos of Trip to Mayan Riviera, Mexico, in February 2010

Sights of Mayan Riviera. For the travelogue for these pictures, click here. … [Read more...]