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Prime Minister Prachanda’s coalition government failed to keep its promise of registering the Constitution amendment bill in Nepal’s Parliament on Sunday as uncertainty loomed over the process.  
 
With regime change happening in Pakistan's army headquarters, an opportunity may arise for a diplomatic initiative between India and Pakistan. Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif's foreign policy adviser, will be in India next week, the first high level visit from Pakistan in months. Since foreign minister Sushma Swaraj is indisposed+ , he is likely to meet only the two ministers of state, V K Singh and M J Akbar, and the foreign secretary.  
 
US president-elect Donald Trump has described an impending recount of votes in the swing state of Wisconsin as a "scam" and said the results of the presidential election should be respected instead of being challenged or "abused".  
 
Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba arrived here today on a five day bilateral visit aimed at consolidating and enhance the bilateral maritime security relations between India and Sri Lanka. During his visit, he will hold bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and senior dignitaries including the Chief of Defence Staff and the three Service Chiefs, an official statement said.  
 
Marshal Sohail Aman's warning on Thursday comes as tensions are soaring between Islamabad and New Delhi over the contested Himalayan territory after a day of violent exchanges.  
 
Upping the ante, Pakistan today warned India that its "battle hardened" military is capable of responding to any aggression, with army chief General Raheel Sharif saying if ever Pakistan launched surgical strikes India would not be able to forget it for generations.  
 
Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi  met the Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson and the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary General Edmond Mulet during which she alleged that the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) posed a "grave threat to international peace and security".  
 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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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  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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This has been a mind-boggling year for Europe. First Britain’s shock European Union referendum result and the ensuing backlash against immigrants seemed to signal the rise of the right in Europe. The certainty that the right was on a steady march to power seemed confirmed by the U.S. election result and was seized upon by right-w
 
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US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia, such as it was, is an endangered species in the Trump era. Looking back, was it in essence more rhetoric than a policy to be implemented? Leaders of South-east Asia, East Asia and further afield are asking themselves this question.a
 
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