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It is known that historically, Indian Ocean was a ‘highway’ linking great multitudes across vast geographies. As the Indian connectivity vision and capabilities expand, this critical role can actually be played by this vast ocean again. Read full speech inside:
 

Prime Minister Modi’s scheduled visit to Vietnam on September 2 is a good time to touch base with the new leadership in Hanoi. It is also expected that this visit will take the relationship between the two countries to a different level that involves defence, economy, security.

 

Rodrigo Duterte, the new President of the Philippines, gives good copy. Here's a quote from his final election rally: “Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I'd kill you. I'll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.”

 
 
Even as the 10-member grouping continues to chip away at breaking barriers and bridging borders, the fanfare to which the ASEAN economic community (AEC) was implemented at the end of 2015 may have fizzled. At this eight-month juncture, it is important that they keep momentum to generate greater benefits for the region’s businesses.  
 
From Britain to Thailand, a referendum can bring about momentous changes in the life of a nation. Comparisons can be odious, when not inappropriate.  
 

There has been a surge of global interest in the Arctic because of its vast reserves of oil, gas and minerals, commercial fishing opportunities, and shortened shipping routes that are now accessible because of global warming. In 2013, India was granted observer status to the Arctic, where India joined China, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea as a non-circumpolar country in the Arctic Council.

 

The South China Sea is witnessing a vicious downward action-reaction spiral, adding to considerable regional tension. Despite the Chinese rejection of the award by the Permanent Court of Arbitration against China's claims on the South China Sea, its leadership cannot be unmindful of the negative impact on its international image.

 

The unanimous decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the China-Philippines territorial dispute is final and legally binding on parties to the dispute under the provisions of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 

As expected, Beijing lost no time in rejecting the unanimous ruling of an international tribunal at The Hague that China has no legal basis for much of its claims on the South China Sea.

 
 

The United Nations Permanent Arbitration Tribunal at The Hague has delivered a verdict rejecting China’s claims over the South China Sea based on the Philippines’ complaint. The tribunal’s verdict offers an interesting legal perspective, which indeed holds water. The rationale of the verdict, if not the operative parts, should be acceptable even to the Communist leaders in Beijing. 

 
 


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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India between 7th and 10th of April and plethoras of agreements are likely to be signed then. Among the various agreements, the two countries will be signing the defence cooperation agreement which  has been getting the most attention. 
 
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The Congress needs to come up with a more aspirational narrative than that of the BJP. The party doesn’t lack talent, but its leadership clearly lacks hunger and enthusiasm required for winning elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.
 
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 India should not hesitate in using both overt and covert means to bring its policies to successful fruition. Indian policy makers must be guided by the dictum that there is no permanent friend or enemy but only permanent interests, writes Adarsh Singh for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India on Health And Development: India Must Bridge The Disconnect Chair: C Uday Bhaskar, Director, Soci...
 
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spotlight image 'Covert military actions or surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan have limited utility that won't change the mind of the Pakistan Army or the ISI  which sponsor cross-border terrorism
 
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In Dutch politics, alliances are imperative to construct an administration. The post-election government formation is, therefore, a slightly time-consuming process. In due course, a coalition led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, will surface.  
 
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Japan is a special country in several ways. For centuries, it remained isolated and disconnected with the outside world. But once it opened itself up to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 by the use of force by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry of the United States Navy, Japan has never looked back. Japan is a spe
 
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Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and earlier under the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia has rolled out a series of women-friendly initiatives.  Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the
 
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spotlight image No First Use as a nuclear deterrent without additional caveats should work well enough
 
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

 
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The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...

 
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