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The poor electoral performance of the four-and-half-year old Aam Admi Party (AAP) - Common People's Party - in the three municipal corporation elections in the capital has obviously raised several question marks over political survival of the newbie party that sprang up on the national horizon and raised much expectations among the middle and working classes less than five years ago, promising to restore probity in public life and bringing in transparency in government functioning.

 

The brief hand-holding took place in the Gulf of Aden. Despite a history of border dispute, diplomatic clashes and rivalry on various issues, India and China joined forces on April 9 to rescue a merchant vessel from pirates.

 
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India has vital interests in the Middle East and going by the spurt in political engagements since May 2014, the region is a top priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

 
In 2016, the India-Bangladesh relations made significant strides especially in areas like infrastructure development, connectivity, trade and investment, and power, energy, counter-terrorism, defence and maritime cooperation, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor
 

In Indian foreign policy’s priority list, Bhutan occupies a very high place and almost every Indian Prime Minister makes Thimphu his first port of call after assuming office with Narendra Modi being no exception, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 

Assisting Afghanistan in its journey towards economic resuscitation, political redevelopment and cultural revival, the year gone by added depth to the civilizational association and strategic partnership that the two countries enjoy, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 
Since late 2015, cultural and political issues have strained relations between the two countries with anti-Indian sentiment growing amongst the government and people of Nepal, writes Dr. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 

Two years shy of the next presidential polls in Maldives, it’s still advantage Abdulla Yameen as no viable opponent capable of winning over the masses against an incumbent President is yet visible, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 

During 2016, India concentrated on furthering its ties with Myanmar which is an undeniable lynchpin of its Act East Policy, writes Obja Borah Hazarika for South Asia Monitor.

 


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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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Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday received a telephone call from US Vice President Mike Pence who offered thanks for the rescue of an American hostage, her Canadian husband and three children, the Prime Minister's office said.
 
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Ruskin Bond’s first novel ‘Room on the Roof’ describes in vivid detail how life in the hills around Dehradun used to be. Bond, who is based in Landour, Mussoorie, since 1963, captured the imagination of countless readers as he painted a picture of an era gone by.
 
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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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Braid-chopping incidents have added to the already piled up anxieties of Kashmiris. Once again they are out on the streets, to give vent to their anger. A few persons, believed to be braid-choppers were caught hold by irate mobs at various places. They were beaten to pulp.
 
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The report delivered by Xi Jinping at the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) declared that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era and the CPC has drawn up a two-stage development plan to develop China into a "great modern socialist country" by 2050.
 
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The capture of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, by U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab troops this week is a crushing blow to the group.
 
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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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