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...]

New Ideas to Curb Spread of Nuclear Technology — Multilateral Fuel Banks

By Senthil Ratnasabapathy As Iran readies for another round of talks with western powers over its controversial nuclear programme, there is debate within the international non-proliferation circles about the best strategy or strategies to prevent another Iran-type situation from developing. The debate has been necessitated by a number of developments, ranging from the availability of once … [Read more...]

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden In Vancouver

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver is a world of its own, nestled within the bustling Chinatown in downtown Vancouver. A little about the Garden Dr Sun Yat-Sen is considered to be the father of ‘modern China’. He is described as having played a leading role in the overthrow of the Ming Dynasty almost a hundred years ago and was the first president of the Republic of China. Now, the … [Read more...]

Link Between Lung Cancer And Radon

A recent UN report sheds some interesting, and disturbing, light into affects of radiation. Lung Cancer & Radon In the first development, the United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) finds a link between the colourless, odourless noble gas radon and lung cancer. The Vienna based agency says the link between radon and lung cancer risk came about as a … [Read more...]

The Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux’s Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is in a way a sequel to his first book, The Great Railway Bazaar, which was published in 1975. For the second book, which is made up of 496 pages, he takes almost the same route. He starts off in the UK, travels up to Japan then takes a different route on his way back. He skips Iran and Afghanistan this time but travels through the various ‘stans’ in … [Read more...]

Reflections

Reflections of the Vancouver Skyline. … [Read more...]