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Any effective strategy to counter terrorism in Bangladesh has to be global in scope. Also, Dhaka must counter the worldwide smear campaign launched by the Jamaat.

 
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For a country that saw eight prime ministers come and go in 10 years, the collapse of Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli’s nine-month-old government in Kathmandu shouldn’t make big news. But it did.  
 
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Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli, seen as steering the Himalayan nation closer to Beijing than New Delhi, has stepped down. And in his resignation, some diplomatic observers see a vindication of India's foreign policy.

  Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli, seen as steering the Himalayan nation closer to Beijing than New Delhi, has stepped down. And in his resignation, some diplomatic observers see a vindication of India's foreign policy.  
 
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Isolated on the world stage, Pakistan is now playing up the Kashmir card against India — but with little impact

 

Two terrorist attacks in Bangladesh during July confirm what has long been suspected, viz. the deep inroads radical Islamist and Salafist elements have made into South Asia. There is reluctance to mention the word IS (Islamic State) — the government of Bangladesh remains in denial even now, despite the many attacks that have occurred. Neighbouring India cannot, however, afford to adopt this ‘ostrich-like’ stance, and must acknowledge that India, along with Bangladesh, is a vital target for the IS. In the expanded state of Khorasan, Kashmir, Gujarat, north-west India and Greater Bengal (West Bengal and Bangladesh) figure prominently.

Two terrorist attacks in Bangladesh during July confirm what has long been suspected, viz. the deep inroads radical Islamist and Salafist elements have made into South Asia. There is reluctance to mention the word IS (Islamic State) — the government of Bangladesh remains in denial even now, despite the many attacks that have occurred. Neighbouring India cannot, however, afford to adopt this ‘ostrich-like’ stance, and must acknowledge that India, along with Bangladesh, is a vital target for the IS. In the expanded state of Khorasan, Kashmir, Gujarat, north-west India and Greater Bengal (West Bengal and Bangladesh) figure prominently.
 
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The cash spigot for Chinese technology startups may have dwindled to a trickle, but it's still dripping. In India, nascent firms face a drought. Just $583 million went toward funding Indian entrepreneurs in the second quarter, 60 percent less than in the prior period and just 25 percent of the amount pumped into startups a year earlier, according to data from CB Insights.

 

Dealing a major blow to Beijing’s insistence that it has special rights to the South China Sea and in a victory for the Philippines, an international tribunal of judges decided last week that China’s claims to the critical waterway are without legal merit.

 
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The more things change, the more they remain the same. Or, in some cases, they get worse! This truism applies to the current worrisome situation in Jammu and Kashmir that is, once again, on the boil — only this time with an intensity not seen in the Valley in the past few years. That this rage is primarily propelled by external machinations and, equally, self-inflicted, shouldn’t surprise anyone.

 
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The Republic of Ireland is a tiny country of about 70,000 sq. km. Most Indians have difficulty distinguishing it from its northern neighbour, Northern Ireland, that is part of the United Kingdom. 

 
 
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The recent ruling of the international tribunal in Hague called off the Chinese bluff of claiming historical legality over the bulk of the South China Sea waters. The aggressive “nine-dash-line” approach of the Chinese swallows over 90 per cent of the disputed waters, much to the consternation of the wary neighbourhood. Behind the obvious issues of sovereignty, lies the geostrategic future and protection of the $5-trillion trade and the very survival of the Chinese juggernaut. 

 
 


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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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  Nearly 58 per cent of the about 600,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are children who suffer from severe malnutrition, a UN report released said.
 
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A unique and passionate gathering of acrophiles, or mountain lovers, took place in neat and picturesque Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram state in north-eastern India in September.
 
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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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With over 100 incidents of braid chopping reported in different parts of Kashmir, there is widespread fear and anger among the people.
 
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According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China's GDP expanded 6.9 percent year on year in the first three quarters of 2017, an increase of 0.2 percent above that of the corresponding period of last year.
 
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As political roller coasters go, there is none as steep and unpredictable as the one shared by the United States and Iran.
 
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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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