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The Indian commerce minister said that out of five top economies, China, Japan and India were of Asian nations, which clearly indicates the importance of Asia in the global economy. 

 
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Maldives is facing a constitutional crisis due to the judiciary being paralised. Extremist elements are calling for violence and even 'Jihad' against the government
 
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 Myanmar Foreign Minister assured the international community that there will be "no turning back or derailment" of his nation's road to democracy and that the reform  process initiated by the year-old elected civilian government is "irreversible."

 
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 Maldives has asked the UN to help resolve what it calls a "judicial crisis"Last week the army arrested Judge Abdulla Mohamed for alleged corruption and political bias, a move which promoted street protests.

 
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Sri Lanka  launched an ambitious ten-year plan to make the country a trilingual nation and declared the year 2012 as the 'Trilingual Year'. Former President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam joined Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to launch the "Trilingual Initiative"

 
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The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) will take over the Presidency of SAARC, for which Mr. Vikramjit Singh Sahney, corporate President of Sun International, New Delhi and member of National Executive Committee of FICCI shall take over from Mr. Annisul Huq , assuming the office of the President of SAARC CCI for the term 2012-2013

 
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Convening the first media conference to make such an announcement, Bangladesh army claimed to have foiled an attempt by some of its officers,“fanatics... with extreme religious beliefs”, to overthrow Sheikh Hasina's government.

 
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With the parliamentary re-evaluation of the relationship with the US nearing completion, Pakistan has indicated that it was set to resume full spectrum of bilateral ties.“We want relationship that is free from ups and downs of a roller coaster ride.”- Foreign Office Spokesman Mr. Basit said

 
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South Asian scholarship lost  its most visionary and committed pioneer in mid 2011. Blair Bernard Kling, 82, born April 17, 1929, died on May 2, 2011, after suffering a heroic battle with mesothelioma. Writes Harold Gould

 
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British Foreign Minister William Hague visited Burma 5-6 January, the first for a UK Foreign Minister in over 50 years. Following this historic visit Mr Hague wrote:

 


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spotlight image Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office again in Bangladesh in 2009, bilateral relations between New Delhi and Dhaka have been on a steady upward trajectory.
 
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Desperate living conditions and waterborne diseases are threatening more than 320,000 Rohingya refugee children who have fled to southern Bangladesh since late August, including some 10,000 who crossed from Myanmar over the past few days, UNICEF said.
 
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A unique and passionate gathering of acrophiles, or mountain lovers, took place in neat and picturesque Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram state in north-eastern India in September.
 
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India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a level of maturity which allows it to assert itself in an effective manner. This is aimed at protecting the country’s national interests in a sustained way.
 
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With over 100 incidents of braid chopping reported in different parts of Kashmir, there is widespread fear and anger among the people.
 
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According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China's GDP expanded 6.9 percent year on year in the first three quarters of 2017, an increase of 0.2 percent above that of the corresponding period of last year.
 
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As political roller coasters go, there is none as steep and unpredictable as the one shared by the United States and Iran.
 
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In West Asia, the end of one war paves the way for the next. Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), has fallen to a coalition of rebels, the Syrian Democratic Forces that is backed by the United States.
 
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On “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”
 
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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

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
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Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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