The Punjab bill on the prohibition of child labor in brick kilns is a double-edged sword. Ostensibly, the bill is designed to end the evil of child labor in a fairly large sector, but it also aims to revive the curse of peshgi (an advance against wages), and thus legitimizes bonded labor.
The new constituent country representatives to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) met this week in Jakarta. They include Indonesia's Dinna Wisnu, director of the Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy, who replaced Rafendi Djamin, who had served on the AICHR since its establishment in 2009.
The operation against militants in Punjab was long overdue. Both skeptics and believers of state policies had been watching out for it, locked in a "will it/won't it/when will it" debate. It's kind of like the monitoring of Voyager 1 to see whether a manmade device could exit the heliosphere, the boundary separating the solar system from the rest of the galaxy. That occurred in the same year as Pakistan's first democratic transition, which for some seemed equally improbable.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has become the latest world leader to warn of the dangers of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, which the UK could potentially do if British voters opt to do so in a referendum to be held on June 23.
The verdict is out: There are no women, in Pakistan's population of nearly 200 million, competent enough to serve on the board of directors of the State Bank of Pakistan.
In solving mysteries, the detective Sherlock Holmes used to say that "once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."
As a member nation Indonesia is obliged to comply with regulations issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), including the willingness to be supervised by the institution, a process known as country surveillance.
The phone snaps to life, the ring tone strident, the caller's name lighting up the screen: Ammi Jaan (dear mom).
Exactly 34 years after the Falklands war between Britain and Argentina, the territorial controversy is poised to erupt again with Tuesday's verdict of the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. The critical aspect of the verdict is that while the Falkland Islands remain British, the surrounding sea is set to be formally declared as Argentina's territorial waters.
The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) marked a fresh start as the Democratic Party (Minshinto/DP) in the wake of a merger with the Japan Innovation Party.