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India and US: Ready for the Trump hug?
The US is the country Modi has visited the most, signifying the importance his government attaches to the partnership. The relationship has flagged in recent months and it is no more a state of "comfort, candour and convergence" as he once described it. Trump’s protectionist policies also do not exactly place him in an ideal negotiating position, writes Saroj Mohanty for
 
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Why have India’s trade negotiations with EU been so difficult?
India is in favour of envisaging the new Bilateral Investment Treaty under the larger framework of the Free Trade Agreement, so that the new BIT is a part of the FTA, writes Yumna Jamal for South Asia Monitor
 
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Indo-China trade: Time for India to reverse the trend
India’s trade deficit with China marginally improved in 2016-17. However, the rise in export value was too small to make a significant impact on trade deficit, writes Sanjay Kumar Kar for South Asia Monitor
 
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India’s SCO membership: What i...

India’s growing interests in Central Asia are well-recognized by SCO members. For India, th...

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Has Trump trapped West Asia in...

Making Saudi Arabia and Israel his first ports of call, Trump has indicated a continuity of &lsqu...

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UK election results might be g...

Indian policy makers hope that if the coalition arrangements works and the Conservatives form a m...

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Astana to Washington: Modi nee...

The challenge for Modi is that currently the US, China and Russia are beholden to the  Pakis...

 

Stemming the tide of Indo-Pak hostility Author Name With the dangerously rising temperatures of the region, Indo-Pak borders are also heating up at the Line of Control. ...

India, China — not US — must lead the fight on climate change Author Name United States President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been met with ang...

A GST wrinkle: Anti-profiteering rules make no sense in a truly competitive market Author Name The transition on July 1 to a Goods and Services Tax regime will be truly historic. What it must avoid is dredging up...

What they don’t get Author Name Two academics in quick succession have pounced on statements made by the army chief, General Bipin Rawat, and critici...

India’s huge healthcare challenge - and opportunity No Image India added 450 million people over 25 years from 1991 to 2016, during which the proportion of people living in poverty fell by half.

Yoga gives people control of their lives, contributing to better health: UN forum Author Name Yoga empowers people to take control of their lives and achieve better health at lower cost to society, according to ...

Unity all the time

Having unity in all stage is the only way to get rid of current challenges in the country. There is need to understand the conspiracies of the external and internal enemies of peace and stabilit...

Blame Game

Afghanistan over the last couple of years, has understood the advantage of playing the victim card; both on national and international.

 

Be prepared

The cutoff of diplomatic relations by some major gulf countries with Qatar last week has put thousands of migrant workers in precarious position with the rising cost of living and the possibilit...

Water over the bridge

The problem of waterlogging during the monsoon season is nothing new to Bangladesh. Then why are we caught so totally unprepared, year after year?

 

MR’s ceaseless whining

‘A real or imagined cause for complaint, especially unfair treatment’ or ‘a feeling of resentment over something believed to be wrong or unfair’, that’s how grievan...

Importance of the President of India

The crucial question is not who will be the next President of India but what sort of President the ruling combine would like sitting in the gilded 340-room Rashtrapati Bhavan perched on the cres...

 

Blogger’s killing shows danger of Maldive extremism

To the outside world, the Maldives is synonymous with romantic beach tourism. But the calm azure waters of the Indian Ocean belie a conflict between tourist idyll and reality.

Where are our values?

The education minister’s statement on Bhutanese cleaning lavatories in Australia offended many, both at home and abroad.

 

Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image A career diplomat, Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, is the first woman to be the island nation’s envoy to India. As Foreign Secretary, she was Sri Lanka’s top diplomat for 18 months before being posted to New Delhi.
 
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India has accused the United Nations Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces “have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world.”
 
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Close Canada-India collaboration in health and wellness is a journey that commenced in 2015 in Toronto, when the first major health summit was held, and ended in March 2017 in New Delhi.
 
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With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under
 
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AS backpedaling goes, it is unconvincing. Indian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat waded deep into controversy last month when he vigorously defended the army’s violent suppression of legitimate dissent in India-held Kashmir.
 
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Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal at an especially fragile time in the life of the 11-year-old Himalayan republic.
 
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The opposition and media in Pakistan have been crucifying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for having sat through the US-Arab-Islamic Summit held in Saudi Arabia in the first week of June, without highlighting the grievances of the Pakistani people.
 
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A United States fighter downed a Syrian military aircraft for the first time when it bombed a Syrian rebel faction backed by Washington.
 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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  A former Indian civil servant, who is currently a professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, US spent long periods in distant villages and city slums of India. The result? A scholarly book that presen...

 
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  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699

 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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