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Mounting its attacks within Afghanistan, the Afghan Taliban blew up a mini-bus that was ferrying Nepali security guards through the Banae district in Kabul. It has been reported that these security guards were citizens of Nepal and were employed by a private security company to guard the Canadian Embassy. The Afghan Taliban whose chief, Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a drone attack, has claimed that the attacks across Afghanistan are a retaliation to not only his 'assassination', but are also a reaction to the execution of 6 Taliban prisoners by the Afghan government, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor. 

 

Despite a seventh tête-à-tête with US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy is facing a severe test. The US Senate, which we were led to believe was transfixed by his address 10 days ago, has turned down a law to consider India as a close military ally.

 
 

The diplomatic jostle around India securing a membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group makes one feel the membership is like a magician’s box, capable of endless supplies of goodies. NSG is touted to be a technology storehouse for a member to dip into. That is quite not the case.

 
 

China, with Pak, is obsessed with the strategic containment of India

 

The Paris Agreement is perhaps the world’s biggest leap forward in the history of climate policy. For the first time, the world is united on the ambitious goal of limiting the global temperature rise ‘well below’ 2 degrees Celsius.

 

Last week, the special meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) held in Vienna, to consider the issue of India’s application for joining the group, ended inconclusively. The matter will now be taken up at the plenary meeting scheduled for June 21-24 in Seoul. In mid-May, India formally applied to join the NSG, reflecting the political distance it has travelled.

 

Apicture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. A day after he spoke to the two Houses of the US Congress, the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi being surrounded by adulatory members of his audience, made to the front page of The New York Times. 

 
 

New Delhi will have to keep at it with the new presidency

 

Saying the relations with India is now “back on track”, Mr Kamal Thapa, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal, today said India can play a major role in consolidating the political change that has happened in his country.

 

U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma's Heritage Foundation speech -- The United States and India: Total Security Partners.

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma at Heritage Foundation, Washington DC on June 9, 2016.  
 


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