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India's Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar has questioned the United Nation's "coy approach" in defining terrorism and stressed on the need to identify countries that support and finance terrorism. 

 
A Chinese navy task force has finished visits to four Persian Gulf states as the nation’s increasingly capable maritime force expands its presence in the strategically vital region.  
 

The first, tentative steps towards the final frontier — dismantling the infrastructure of jihad in toto — or an all-too-familiar false start? The detention of Hafiz Saeed and co could be either.

The first, tentative steps towards the final frontier — dismantling the infrastructure of jihad in toto — or an all-too-familiar false start? The detention of Hafiz Saeed and co could be either.

 
Playing down reports that it was behind the detention of JuD chief Hafeez Saeed, China on Friday said it is sending a top official to Pakistan for talks on counter terrorism amid mounting pressure on Islamabad from India, Afghanistan and the US to rein in militant groups.  
 

Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed has been detained and put under house arrest for six months by Pakistani authorities.

 

Saying that terrorism has now become increasingly malignant, Bangladeshi novelist Shazia Omar has said creating more space for dialogue and tolerance is a way to fight Islamic radicalism.

 
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The sight of Arab troops marching down Rajpath for the first time ever is an intensely transforming moment, not only for India's relationship with the United Arab Emirates - from where the contingent came - or the rest of the Arab world, but also an incredibly ambitious attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to once again pitch himself as a reliable partner with India's own Muslims, especially on the eve of the all-important polls in Uttar Pradesh.

 

India has been coming closer to the Gulf in recent years, with ties moving beyond trade to defence and security cooperation.

 
At the recently concluded Raisina Dialogue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflected on the 2014 electoral verdict, the global situation and his own foreign policy initiatives. Modi’s tour d’horizon is significant both for the issues that he dwelt on and those that he chose to side step; hence, it merits close scrutiny.   
 
At the global level, 2017 is the year of  complex uncertainty.  The arrival of President Donald Trump in the White House is expected to herald unexpected exigencies that could have a bearing on India’s own security dynamic, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.
 


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spotlight image A career diplomat, Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, is the first woman to be the island nation’s envoy to India. As Foreign Secretary, she was Sri Lanka’s top diplomat for 18 months before being posted to New Delhi.
 
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India has accused the United Nations Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces “have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world.”
 
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Close Canada-India collaboration in health and wellness is a journey that commenced in 2015 in Toronto, when the first major health summit was held, and ended in March 2017 in New Delhi.
 
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With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under
 
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The death of deputy superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith at the hands of a lynch mob highlights the dangers to the police in Kashmir today, whether from gun-wielding militants or locals disgruntled with the Indian State.
 
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Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal at an especially fragile time in the life of the 11-year-old Himalayan republic.
 
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The rapid rise of Mohammed bin Salman, from one among many princes in the al-Saud royal family to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia within a span of two years, is an unprecedented development in the history of the Kingdom.
 
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A United States fighter downed a Syrian military aircraft for the first time when it bombed a Syrian rebel faction backed by Washington.
 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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  A former Indian civil servant, who is currently a professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, US spent long periods in distant villages and city slums of India. The result? A scholarly book that presen...

 
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  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699

 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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