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Continuing registration blues as Philippines prepares for polls

By Tue, Nov 03, 2009 8:29PM UTC

James Jimenez, spokesman of the Commission on Elections, was on the Philippines’ major newscast tonight, answering questions on voter registration. His remarks were nothing new. He heaped blame on citizens who rushed to beat the deadline while glossing over the horrific stories that marked the registration period. This is yet another

First foreigner dies from swine flu in China

By Tue, Nov 03, 2009 8:20PM UTC

Chinese state media said a 32-year-old Russian man has become the first foreigner to die from swine flu in mainland China. The official Xinhua News Agency said the man was suffering from shortness of breath and a high fever and was admitted to a hospital Monday where he tested positive

China sentences gang ‘godmother’ to 18 years jail

By Tue, Nov 03, 2009 4:51PM UTC

A woman called the “godmother” of a mafia-style gang in China’s southern city of Chongqing was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday for running underground casinos and bribing government officials. The trial of Xie Caiping is part of a months-long crackdown in the city that has exposed widespread government

Is India a testing ground for risky drugs?

By Tue, Nov 03, 2009 3:40PM UTC

Twelve medicinal drugs which are considered risky elsewhere in the world are available in India and are legal. These are regular pain killers which look innocuous but have side-effects ranging range from irregular heartbeat to cancer. Many Indians take them on a regular basis. Drugs including those like nimesulide (pain/fever; side-effect:

Why the resistance to urbanizing India?

By Tue, Nov 03, 2009 3:24PM UTC

Creating cities would give the most bang for the buck. It makes more sense than to try and keep the rural population in villages and in poverty. Why does the government of India focus on rural area development rather than the development of rural populations? Do they even know the

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