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editorial The Nation October 30, 2011 12:00 am Thailand is going through a tough time at present, with millions hit hard by dramatic flooding.
Christopher Brown for the International Herald Tribune
Adnan Abidi/Reuters Supporters of Anna Hazare shouted slogans and waved flags during his fast at Ramlila grounds in Delhi, Aug. 2011. There is no question that any deep political engagement among India’s rapidly growing middle class is a major threat to the status quo in Indian politics.
Click here to view/download table on Farm Suicides: All India Totals, 1995-2010 It's official. The country has seen over a quarter of a million farmers’ suicides between 1995 and 2010. The National Crime Records Bureau’s latest report on ‘Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India’ places the number for 2010 at 15,964. That brings the cumulative 16-year total from 1995 — when the NCRB started recording farm suicide data — to 2,56,913, the worst-ever recorded wave of suicides of this kind in human history. Maharashtra posts a dismal picture with over 50,000 farmers killing themselves in the country's richest State in that period.
Deadly fog on the Mekong By Michael Winchester The early October massacre of 13 Chinese barge crew on the Mekong River near the tri-border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar has thrust the lawless region's problem of criminality and drug trafficking once again into brutal relief. The killings underscored the failure of regional states to cooperate in safeguarding river traffic despite repeated warning signs over recent years in the shape of attacks on shipping, protection rackets and kidnap for ransom incidents.
NEPAL'S nasty Maoist insurgency ended five years ago, after ten years of fighting and 18,000 deaths. A ceasefire saw some 19,000 rebel fighters moved into camps across the country, but brought little stability.