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The Trans Pacific Partnership will hurt India’s trade with its most important export market — the US


The US could prevail in the solar and poultry cases only because our ministries did not coordinate their strategies.


Perhaps, stars are helping the Modi government in keeping inflation in check (due to low crude oil price); otherwise it would have been in financial troubles similar to what the previous UPA government was in, writes Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.


The first giant step towards the implementation of a single goods and services tax for the country as a whole has finally been taken. Showing rare bonhomie, the Rajya Sabha voted to pass a constitutional amendment bill that will allow the Centre and the states to draft appropriate GST legislation. The next step is for the majority of states to ratify the bill. 


The consumer’s perspective should also be considered.


The new policy is promising, but achieving higher coverage calls for more efforts.


China dreamt of becoming a potential global power, likewise, India must develop its own desi model to handle growth.


GST is the culmination of a series of tax reforms, from those in personal taxes to excise and services


Recalling the Russian scissors policy of the 1920s, where agriculture prices slumped while industrial ones rose dramatically, seems more than a bit odd since, in India, food inflation is rising at a faster pace than in industrial goods.

Consumer prices in India went up to 5.77 per cent year-on-year in June, accelerating for the third straight month and reaching the highest since August 2014. Figures came above market expectations of 5.73 per cent due to high food cost.   

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Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

Intensifying searches is good. But with all this only about 15% of the tax-defaulters have been caught. Therefore the government must address the major sources of black money, writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor. 


BRICS meet in Goa

sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/1_8.jpg India-China differences and their discord over Pakistan are among differences in the BRICS that could “capsize” the grouping if the member nations fail to address competition and disagreements among them, Chinese media said today.

Well that should be it. Game, set and match. The three presidential debates — now mercifully over — have not been kind to Donald Trump, not least the constant use of the split screen which means his peevish, glowering and frequently interrupting persona is permanently on display to viewers.

In the afternoon of October 13, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away at the age of 88, in the 70th year of his reign. I ran to a café in Sukhumvit to watch the announcement, as streets in Bangkok grew quiet, people huddled around television screens, many sobbing in disbelief....


Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

The cold, hard reality of the war in Syria is that the violence, bloodshed, and chaos continues unabated while the Left, such as it is, continues on in a state of schizophrenic madness. Different points of view, conflicting ideological tendencies, and a misunderstanding of the reality of the conflict are all relevant issues to be in...

On a sunny morning a young shepherd takes his cattle across the lovely winding Namka Chu into the dense pine forests on the ridge above. The cold wind blows in from the north and the boy looks up at the steep mountain ahead of him covered by rhododendrons.


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...


The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this h...


The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’  is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces wh...


In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-p...


Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has se...

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