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Exactly a decade after 9/11, on September 11, 2011, a truck pulled up next to the US military base in Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan.

 
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Afghanistan is no stranger to terror attacks. Even so, the repeated strikes in the most fortified areas with mounting casualties demonstrate a steadily deteriorating security situation.

 
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Political institutions cannot be subordinated to precepts determined by the clerical elite of any religion or faith.

 

Recently in Kolkata, an interesting saga played itself out. Barkati, the infamous imam of the famous Tipu Sultan mosque situated in central Kolkata, was removed from the position by the mosque authorities amidst huge protests against him by fellow Muslims.

 
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Following last week’s embarrassment at the ‘Islamic’ summit in Riyadh, where neither Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif nor former Army Chief Gen (R) Raheel Sharif – who militarily spearheads the Saudi-led military coalition – was invited to speak, there are reports that Islamabad might be reconsidering participation in said ‘Islamic’ alliance.

 
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Many Pakistani anchors, commentators, and talking heads have gone apeshit over what they see as the twin insults delivered to Pakistan by Saudi Arabia and the United States, both one-time (and to a less degree even now) patrons of this malefic, recidivist state.

 

There are lessons for India in Moody’s Investor Service’s downgrade of China on account of concerns related to a slowing economy and rising debt. The downgrade lends truth to the long-standing argument of some Indian policymakers that rating agencies treat India and China differently; China should have received a downgrade long ago, they say, and India, an upgrade.

 
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Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and its counterpart in Kabul need to revisit the tariff and para-tariffs imposed on incoming goods from both sides.

 

As if India and Pakistan were short of potential wars, the two sides have been busy fighting a miniscule battle over the Line of Control and the Working Boundary for the last three years.

 
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In navigating the Saudi–Iran divide, Pakistan has tried to get the best of both worlds – as it should – however, in reality it is not getting much of either.

 


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India has accused the United Nations Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces “have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world.”
 
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Close Canada-India collaboration in health and wellness is a journey that commenced in 2015 in Toronto, when the first major health summit was held, and ended in March 2017 in New Delhi.
 
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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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The death of deputy superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith at the hands of a lynch mob highlights the dangers to the police in Kashmir today, whether from gun-wielding militants or locals disgruntled with the Indian State.
 
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Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal at an especially fragile time in the life of the 11-year-old Himalayan republic.
 
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The rapid rise of Mohammed bin Salman, from one among many princes in the al-Saud royal family to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia within a span of two years, is an unprecedented development in the history of the Kingdom.
 
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A United States fighter downed a Syrian military aircraft for the first time when it bombed a Syrian rebel faction backed by Washington.
 
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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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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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