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Asserting its position on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) phase-down issue at the conference on Montreal Protocol here, India today asked the developed world to take a concrete decision on distributing financial incentives for developing nations at this conference itself.  
A new strategy toward Pakistan, it was supposed to be auguring — our strikes on the LoC 10 days ago. The doctrine of ‘jaw for tooth’ by a ‘New India’ was supposed to compel Pakistan to realise India has a ‘different leader’. But fundamental questions remain unasked.  

Pakistan, isolated regionally and ignored internationally, is undergoing some soul-searching with friction reported between the civilian and military establishment over policy towards jehadis and lack of success in implementing the counter-terrorism plan. 


The last thing Pakistan wants is a war or even a declaration of war, a long time Pakistan watcher said.


Taking exception to the recent developments between India and Pakistan following the terrorist attack in Uri where 18 Indian soldiers were killed, Nepal, as the Chair of SAARC, issued a third statement on Sunday (October 2) calling all member states to create conducive regional environment for the Saarc Summit.


Nepal, the present chair of SAARC, said that the Summit cannot take place even if one member country notifies of its inability to participate the event.

Indian Army Thursday annoucned they had conducted "surgical stirkes" across the Line of Control (de facto ceasefire line) in Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan,  in which they neutralised "launch pads" of Pakistan-based terrorists who were, according to intelligence reports, were planning a strike on Indian soil.  

Pakistan was dealt a big blow to its aspiration of being a regional leader when three countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan - followed India's lead to pull out of the SAARC regional summit slated for Islamabad in the last week of November.


India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday gave a strong riposte to Pakistan at the UN General Assembly, asking Islamabad to "abandon this dream" of using terror to "obtain territory it covets."


In his first public address after the terror strike on the Uri army camp that left 18 soldiers dead and 20 injured, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon Pakistan to compete and fight not in war but in a  common battle to end poverty and illiteracy. Although he said "we will not forget Uri", Modi seemed to advise what one commentator called 'strategic restraint' instead of endorsing the line "for a tooth the entire jaw" advocated by some of his party colleagues.


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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India between 7th and 10th of April and plethoras of agreements are likely to be signed then. Among the various agreements, the two countries will be signing the defence cooperation agreement which  has been getting the most attention. 
The Congress needs to come up with a more aspirational narrative than that of the BJP. The party doesn’t lack talent, but its leadership clearly lacks hunger and enthusiasm required for winning elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.
 India should not hesitate in using both overt and covert means to bring its policies to successful fruition. Indian policy makers must be guided by the dictum that there is no permanent friend or enemy but only permanent interests, writes Adarsh Singh for South Asia Monitor.
Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India on Health And Development: India Must Bridge The Disconnect Chair: C Uday Bhaskar, Director, Soci...
spotlight image 'Covert military actions or surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan have limited utility that won't change the mind of the Pakistan Army or the ISI  which sponsor cross-border terrorism
In Dutch politics, alliances are imperative to construct an administration. The post-election government formation is, therefore, a slightly time-consuming process. In due course, a coalition led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, will surface.  
Japan is a special country in several ways. For centuries, it remained isolated and disconnected with the outside world. But once it opened itself up to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 by the use of force by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry of the United States Navy, Japan has never looked back. Japan is a spe
Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and earlier under the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia has rolled out a series of women-friendly initiatives.  Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the
spotlight image No First Use as a nuclear deterrent without additional caveats should work well enough

India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.


The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...


What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...


What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...


Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

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