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Speaking at a book launch, General Ehsanul Haq, the former chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC), warned against India shedding its pretence of the ‘no first use’ (NFU) of nuclear weapons in the event of a future war with Pakistan.
 
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In a shocking announcement, the ISPR has confirmed that arrested Indian agent Kulbhushan Yadav has been sentenced to death.
 
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The death sentence awarded by a Pakistani military court martial (Monday, April 10) in respect of a purported Indian ‘spy’ – Kulbhushan Jadhav – a retired Indian naval officer merits the prefix of a ‘kangaroo’ court – meaning that it that had arrived at the verdict even before the evidence had been objectively and judiciously assessed.
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of an “early resolution” to the Teesta water dispute has firmly brought the elephant in the room to the fore. Mr. Modi’s statement, made in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been widely welcomed. It defined both India’s commitment to the Teesta water-sharing agreement and the Central government’s commitment to working with the West Bengal government to conclude the agreement for which the framework was initialled in 2011. The holdout is clearly political; hence the resolution will only come from political dialogue, and must be forged quickly. Both governments would do well to understand the advice hidden in Sheikh Hasina’s message during a speech where she praised “all parties and all politicians” for coming together and clearing the land boundary agreement (LBA), to swap enclaves India and Pakistan held in each other’s territory, in 2015. “Like in 1971, the entire Indian people came together for Bangladesh for it [LBA],” Ms. Hasina said, stressing the need for bipartisanship to prevail in ties. Credit for the strength of the relationship should go also to the previous Manmohan Singh government. Dr. Singh and Ms. Hasina expended significant political capital to transform ties, particularly on cooperation on terrorism, and the frameworks for the land swap and water-sharing arrangements.
 
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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s state visit to India has proved to be useful for both.

 

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal did not sign any agreements during his week-long visit to China in March. All that Dahal said on his return was that the visit was a success and the two countries would move together on the path of common prosperity, executing all past agreements.

 

It is rather strange, albeit not inexplicable, that it’s not Bangladesh but India that is highly eager to a sign a long-term defense pact with Bangladesh. But the million dollar question is, a defense pact against whom?  We have two neighbours — India and Myanmar — and only time will tell if we  have to It is rather strange, albeit not inexplicable, that it’s not Bangladesh but India that is highly eager to a sign a long-term defense pact with Bangladesh.

 

Though the PM’s visit to India has been fruitful so far, the Teesta issue is yet to be resolved. Time and time again, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee has stood in the way of Bangladesh getting its rightful share of the waters of Teesta. Bilateral ties between Bangladesh and India cannot improve so long as Teesta looms in.

 

Perception is the way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted. Perception can be split into two processes. Firstly, processing sensory input, which transforms these low-level information to higher-level information. Secondly, processing which is connected with a person’s concepts and expectations and selective mechanism that influence perception.

 
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India and Bangladesh Saturday signed 22 agreements following summit talks in New Delhi between visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Of the 22 agreements signed,  nine agreements are on development of trade, four agreements on high technology covering civil nuclear cooperation and space and five agreements on defence cooperation.

 


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The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
 
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On a self-imposed trial of three months, the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir has gone for what it believes to be a slam dunk.
 
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That China strictly implements the UN Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea is seen by all. If Pyongyang continues with its nuclear and missile tests, China is bound to support more harsh resolutions on this country.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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