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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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spotlight image Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, is a former top diplomat who retired as India's Permanent Representative at the United Nations. In his new political avatar, as an important minister in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Puri told INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS that
 
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Chief of General Staff, United Kingdom, Gen Sir Nicholas Carter’s, visit to India in mid-February was covered by Defence Ministry releasing five photographs and not a word on his engagements/itinerary, writes Anil Bhat
 
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Campus placement season is here and the news is that graduates from the top campuses in India, especially the IITs, have received six figure pay packets and job offers in the US. However, looking beyond the top 200 engineering schools in India, pay packets are not looking too promising. The reason is the emergence of new engineering sc
 
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The largest military exercises in Southeast Asia concluded on February 23 in Thailand, after 11 days of drills, social and humanitarian projects and traditional jungle training. A total of 11,075 soldiers from 29 countries participated in the Cobra Gold 2018 training, held in eastern Thailand, reports Efe news.
 
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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen “conveyed that mediation was not wanted at this stage” when UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to him last week, Guterres's spokesperson Stephane Dujrric confirmed Thursday, writes Arul Louis
 
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Srinivasan leaves his office in Bengaluru where the lights and air-conditioners are switched off when sensors planted inside notice that he is leaving. He is prompted on his e-watch as to how much time it would take for the elevator to arrive on his floor, based on movement-recognition, writes Rajendra Shende
 
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The Indian government is undertaking a project to enhance and install infrastructures related to trade and customs along its northeastern frontier, that include trading points with Bhutan.

 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre held a lecture in the “China's Belt and Road Initiative: Nature, Implications and India's Response”

 
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What is history? How does a land become a homeland? How are cultural identities formed? The Making of Early Kashmir explores these questions in relation to the birth of Kashmir and the discursive and material practices that shaped it up to the ...

 
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A group of teenagers in a Karachi high school puts on a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible— and one goes missing. The incident sets off ripples through their already fraught education in lust and witches, and over the years ...

 
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Title: Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani; Author: Mehr Tarar; Publisher: Aleph Book Company; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 599

 
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From antiquity, the Muslim faith has been plagued by the portrayal of Muslim men regularly misusing this perceived “right” to divorce their wives instantly by simply uttering “talaq” thrice.

 
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'Another South Asia!' edited by Dev Nath Pathak makes a critical engagement with the questions about South Asia: What is South Asia? How can one pin down the idea of regionalism in South Asia wherein inter-state relations are often char...