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The third SED took up a trade deficit of $36 billion, or 26 per cent of India’s total trade deficit. The fourth SED will need to factor in an adverse bilateral trade balance of $53 billion, 45 per cent of the Indian aggregate. Getting this figure to a more sustainable level would be a priority for the dialogue.  
 
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With his demise, a generation of people will remember a leader who has left behind a legacy of always looking ahead. His larger-than-life persona played a vital role in seeking to bring peace between Israel and Palestine. In the more than six decades of his political life, a defining political achievement was the historic Oslo peace accord signed in 1993.  
 
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It’s not an election, it’s a selection. And although all the countries in the United Nations General Assembly have equal rights, some are more equal than others. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon retires at the end of this year, and it’s time for the United Nations to choose a new Secretary General.  
 
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In a new book, All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin, by Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar there’s an account  of how Putin cut a solitary figure at the G20 summit in Australia in 2014.  
 
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It is time to put the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) out of its misery. It was never more than a talking shop, and there’s little to suggest anyone’s listening — not even among its 120 members.

 
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Public space needs to be secured for allowing people to live freely with their set beliefs and identities. There has been enough of vengeance against one another. Therefore, time has come for nations to work towards common interests.

 
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Globalization is a historical process, the result of human innovation and technological progress. It refers to the integration of economies around the world through movement of goods, services, knowledge and capital across borders. Trade across the famous silk route that contributed to the development of China, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe and Arabia is a fine example of historical globalization during the 5th-8th century.  
 
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As a veteran foreign policy expert said, NAM is like a patient who has slipped into a coma and now in the ICU, and member-countries are like relatives coerced into marking their presence at the risk of being labelled impolite or insensitive.

 
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A joint attempt by the US and Russia to bring about a ceasefire in Syria’s civil war should evoke cautious optimism. It is an excellent opportunity, in the circumstances, to alleviate the suffering of the population. That the peace deal has been jointly negotiated by the most influential foreign powers involved in the Syrian conflict, who happen to support rival factions, is the main cause for optimism. While the peace deal does not outline Syria’s future, it marks a critical first step towards ending five years of horrific slaughter and destruction.

 
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The Hangzhou G-20 summit exceeded most of its predecessors in the turbulence in its backdrop. Barring the G-20 Washington Summit in November 2008, which took place on the heels of the global financial crisis in September 2008, the Hangzhou summit was salient for the tensions that characterised its organisation.  
 


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spotlight image Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has confirmed his presence for the occasion. In an exclusive interview with INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS, Indonesia’s Ambassador to India, Sidharto R.Suryodipuro, reminded Nilova Roy Chaudhury that the first Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations, in 1950, w
 
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The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
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In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
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  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
 
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The 15th trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China concluded in New Delhi on Monday with many nuanced takeaways embedded in the joint statement of 46 paragraphs. Reiterating that the forum “is not directed against any other country”, the statement underlined the importance of the establishment o
 
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The first thing that one sees when a flight approaches New Delhi is thick smog that envelopes the city and its lack of greenery.  In almost all other major cities of India lack of greenery is the most obvious sight that one sees when approaching it by air.
 
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Pakistan has agreed to allow the rupee to depreciate after holding talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) on the country's economy.

 
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Two major global changes in the past year; the ‘Brexit’ referendum and the advent of Donald Trump, writes Sandeep Kaur Bhatia

 
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It is also imperative for India to explore other regions for markets. Its trade deficit with Latin America has been narrowing. Also, its trade with Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala has increased, ...

 
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Over the last 25 years, India's explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world's emerging major powers. Long plagued by endemic poverty, until the 1990s the Indian economy was also hamstrung by a burdensome regulat...

 
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Title: A Ticket to Syria; Author: Shirish Thorat; Publisher: Bloomsbury India: Pages: 254; Price: Rs 399

 
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Gorichen, a majestic peak in the Eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 22,500 feet, is the highest in Arunachal Pradesh. Beautiful to look at and providing a fantastic view from the top, it is extremely tough climb for mountaineers.

 
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It is often conjectured if the reason for long-standing conflicts and insurgencies, in the developing world, especially South Asia, is not only other powers fishing in troubled waters but also the keenness of arms industries, mostly Western, to...

 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699