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As 2012 draws to a close, the question uppermost in the minds of Maldives watchers is if the country was moving away from the strategic sphere of Indian influence, and has begun tilting towards China, as is often suspected in the case of other nations in the Indian Ocean neighbourhood, near and afar. There are no ready answers that are convincing, but there is nothing to suggest that a ministerial visit here or a bilateral issue of commercial consequences for India there has the potential to effect that change writes N. Sathiya Moorthy

 
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Somali pirates have finally released the Panama-flagged merchant vessel MV Iceberg 1, along with six Indian sailors who were on board. Taken captive in March 2010, the owner of the cargo ship had stopped negotiations with the pirates, whilst also not paying any compensation to the sailor's families. These sailors had been held hostage for 33 months writes Commander (retd) Neil Gadihoke

 
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World attention is focused on Doha, Qatar, where the annual U.N. climate change summit, titled COP18, is currently in progress (Nov 26-Dec 7) This conference is taking place in the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy, which many believe is a result of climate change and has caused considerable loss of life and severe economic and social hardship. The main focus of COP18 seems to be on the modalities of a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol write Dr. Stellina Jolly and Amit Jain

 
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 Male’s December 1 decision to terminate the agreement with Indian infrastructure giant GMR and its refusal to accept a stay order granted to the company by the Singapore High Court is not merely a commercial deal turning sour writes Rashmi Saksena

 
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Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, the stalwart classical singer, once said that if only a classical raga was sung in every home in undivided India, partition would not have taken place. Musicians and singers are the quiet, yet enduring, links between the peoples of the two countries. Cricket takes the second place in providing the healing touch to the people traumatised by the partition riots and the wars that followed between the two countries writes A. Prasanna Kumar

 
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Two developments over the last week draw attention to a potentially disturbing pattern in the maritime domain that can adversely impact Indian interests and, in both cases, the common element is the  growing  Chinese footprint . On November 27, the new Maldives government  led by  President Mohamed Waheed cancelled a US$500 million contract with a consortium led by the Indian firm GMR writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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The twin car blasts that killed 34 and seriously injured 84 people today in a predominantly Druze and Christian sector of the Syrian capital Damascus, gives an expanding sectarian dimension to the 20-month old bloody conflict in the country, and cries out for more effective international intervention in the ongoing civil war writes Cmde (rtd) M. R. Khan

 
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While there is cause for satisfaction that there has been no major terror attack in India since November 2008 and that the security forces – military, para-military and police – have been given additional resources by way of inventory and personnel (as in the case of the Coast Guard), the structural issues remain inadequately addressed writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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From India's perspective, it is noteworthy that the just concluded 21stAsean meeting, the 10th India-Asean Summit and the 7th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Cambodia were held in the backdrop of (a) the ongoing global economic recession; (b) increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region; (c) a redefined "pivotal" US policy in the Asia-pacific region; and (d) the preparations for the forthcoming India-Asean Commemorative Meeting in New Delhi in December writes Amb. Amar Nath Ram

 
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It is no surprise that there were no surprises at all when Pakistan’s former military President Pervez Musharraf spoke last week in New Delhi at the HT Leadership Summit. Having heard him several times in Washington during his lecture circuit at different think tanks in 2011, it was obvious he will be speaking as a “cautious candidate” writes Ravi Khanna

 


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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has for the first time claimed responsibility for the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in a new book in written by Taliban leader Abu Mansoor Asim Mufti Noor Wali.

 
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