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As the sun sets on the mighty Irrawaddy today, the last votes have been cast in Myanmar’s by-elections. People have spoken. What they want will be clear when results are announced in about a week’s time. Whatever the outcome, the country’s transition to democracy has reached a memorable milestone writes Rajiv Bhatia

 
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The controversy over the leaking of a  confidential communication between the India Army chief , General VK Singh, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has become increasingly bitter and acrimonious as the deliberations in Parliament suggested writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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Much to the apparent relief of New Delhi, Colombo has made reassuring statements after India’s vote in favour of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution censuring Sri Lanka for alleged human rights abuses during the final days of its protracted war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But this relief is likely to be short-lived -- for two crucial reasons writes Rashmi Saxena

 
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s four day visit to  the South Korean capital Seoul from Sunday (March 25) to attend the second Global Nuclear  Security Summit will also include a major bilateral meeting with the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak  that will be important as part of India’s  comprehensive ‘look east ‘ policy, writes C. Uday Bhaskar

 
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‘Pakistan won the Asia Cup, but Bangladesh won the hearts of the people,’ said the commentator as former World Champions Pakistan beat the home team by two runs in a nail-biting finish in the Asia Cup final on March 22. Dhaka has indeed been a lucky venue for Pakistan, writes Prasanna Kumar

 
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Presenting the Union Budget for 2012-13 on March 16, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed a negative list of 17 items, barring which all services will henceforth be taxable. While this is not something that the Indian consumer will be jubilant about, Pakistan’s recent decision to accord Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India has been hailed as a major breakthrough in Indo-Pak relations writes Parthasarathy Chaganty

 
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The Indian defence expenditure for the financial year 2012-13 has been budgeted at a fairly high figure of $38.5 billion, this is not unreasonable -- but is well below China's corresponding figure of $100 billion, writes Cmdr. Uday Bhaskar

 
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India’s external environment and the related foreign policy challenges, with a special focus on the South Asian neighbourhood, were usefully illuminated in the course of this week by Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon writes C. Uday Bhaskar

 
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We in South Asia tend to be modest (which is a good thing) and to underestimate ourselves (which is not such a good thing) when we speak of South Asian integration and the present situation in the sub-region says ShivShankar Menon

 
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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s visit to Delhi on March 1 as part of the preparation for the BRICS Summit meeting in end-March that India is hosting was significant at the bilateral plane, as it led to a broad agreement for greater cooperation between the two Asian giants in the maritime domain. 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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