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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 

Does Pakistan’s green lighting of the Russian request to use the strategic Gwadar Port for its exports, signal a new alignment in regional power play? Not really, writes Monish Gulati

 

Peace in Afghanistan has once again been denied chance with the bombing of a prominent Shia shrine in Kabul (Baqir-ul-Uloom) today that left 27 dead and scores injured. Violence is once again, disturbingly, becoming the new normal in Afghanistan, writes Chayanika Saxena.

 
How do you boost your country’s bilateral relations with Turkey? Not a difficult question to answer - just target the ‘Gulenists’. And Pakistan just did that, writes Monish Gulati.
 
Two and a half years into the life of a five year tenure, the jury is still out on ‘governance’.  A lot of great decisions have been taken.  Not all of them are being implemented successfully. Perhaps  there was a great underestimation  of the challenges ahead, let alone opposition from entrenched interests. There are also questions whether decision making is benefiting from a sufficiently large input providing base, writes Hardeep Singh Puri.
 
As someone who has sent in applications to become a part of the academic milieu of the United Kingdom, the visit by the British Prime Minister Theresa May was an event of much interest.  
 

Ahead of the Nuclear Security Group (NSG) meeting in Vienna on November 11,  China has stated that there will be no change in its position about admitting new members who are non-signatories to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT). A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman noted in Beijing:  “This Friday in Vienna a plenary session of the NSG will be held. Our position is subject to no change as of date.”

 

Ahead of the Nuclear Security Group (NSG) meeting in Vienna on November 11,  China has stated that there will be no change in its position about admitting new members who are non-signatories to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) writes  Uday Bhaskar

 

The question facing peace in Afghanistan is not to sift the less butchers from the greater butchers; it is to ensure that those who were maimed at the altar of political and other interests are given due justice. Peace attained at the cost of justice has not and cannot last long, writes Chayanika Saxena

 
 


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spotlight image I am honored to be here today for the first U.S. government exchange alumni conference for India and Bhutan.
 
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The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
 
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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
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The dreadful violence and low turnout in a by-election in Kashmir has again raised intense debate in New Delhi.
 
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The brief hand-holding took place in the Gulf of Aden. Despite a history of border dispute, diplomatic clashes and rivalry on various issues, India and China joined forces on April 9 to rescue a merchant vessel from pirates.
 
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
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Nerves are being frazzled by a rising arc of sabre rattling in northeast Asia. After the US decided to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to the region to counter North Korea’s nuclear buildup, US President Donald Trump has asserted that a major conflict with Pyongyang was indeed possible.
 
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In last couple of years, India is boasting about its highest economic growth rate in the world, surpassing that of China
 
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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...
 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
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