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On May 29, Pakistan officially announced that 129 soldiers and 11 civilians had died on April 7 after a massive avalanche buried the military unit operating in Ghyari, near the Siachen glacier writes Sunil S

 

 
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The NATO Summit held in Chicago on May 20-21 under the leadership of U.S. President Barack Obama to deliberate on the future of Afghanistan may well be the tipping-point for the already strained U.S.-Pakistan relationship. Writes C. Uday Bhaskar.

 
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There is a venerable old saying, in Hindi, which declares: Ulti Ganga behti hai. It means literally that the Ganges River (Ganga) is flowing backward. It refers obviously to things going  in the wrong direction, or upside down writes Harold Gould

 
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When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh begins his three-day Myanmar visit on May 27, he will have more going for him and India than Rajiv Gandhi -- the last Prime Minister to visit that country writes Preet Malik

 
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As India hosts Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik for a week beginning May 11, the talk at the high table is going to be influenced by ground realities that are emerging in Male writes Rashmi Saksena

 
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Saadat Hasan Manto , one of  South Asia’s  greatest  short story writers - was born on May 11, 1912 in village Paproudi near Samrala town in the Ludhiana district of the undivided Punjab province of British India writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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I was back in Thimphu after a break of 33 years, having last visited in January 1979 when I was posted as Director in the Ministry of Commerce. My first association with Bhutan, however, was during 1967-1970 when I was posted to the Political Office for Sikkim and Bhutan, which was located in Gangtok writes Preet Malik

 
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  is currently on a  short-notice visit to  South Asia  that brings her to Bangladesh and India  after her visit to China  (May 3 – 4) where the status of the dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng  became the more visible aspect of the US-China dialogue, writes C  Uday  Bhaskar.

 
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The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) success in the by-elections of April 1 will tend to be seen in the same way as the contest in Myanmar has always been viewed these past two decades writes Dr. Khin Zaw Win

 
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2 May 2012 marks one year since the dramatic US SEALS-led Abbotabad operation which led to the neutralization of Osama bin Laden (OBL),  and there is an unstated anxiety in the run-up to this anniversary, that there could be an attempt by the al-Qaeda and its affiliates to attack American assets writes C Uday Bhaskar

 


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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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"Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!" US President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival for a three-day official visit. 
 
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“Prime Minister Modi and President Trump found some common ground on international security and economic growth.
 
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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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“We cannot allow the state brutality to which we are subjected each day snatch our humanity and values,” the Mirwaiz said, asking: “What will be the difference between them and us then?”
 
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India First meets America First and agree Pakistan is third-rate. The most tangible consequence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden summit with the United States president, Donald Trump, has been the blacklisting of the Hizbul Mujahideen leader, Syed Salahuddin, and an agreement both countries should go after terrorist safe
 
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The city of Marawi in the south of the Philippines has been engulfed by a deadly, ongoing siege since late May, when government forces began to take on heavily armed militants linked to the Islamic State. Local media estimate the death toll to be above 300. Over 200,000 residents have fled what has effectively become an urban battlefie
 
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The Iraqi city of Mosul this week celebrates its first Eid free of the oppressive rule of the self-styled Islamic State (IS) in three years.
 
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President Donald J. Trump hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at the White House on June 26 for an official visit to Washington, D.C.
 
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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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