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The August 14, 2014 issue of the The Hindu carried a feature indicating that the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) had submitted to the Finance Ministry, in December 2013,  a confidential report on estimates of black money held in India and abroad by Indians.  
Even those who expected a Donald J Trump victory didn’t expect anywhere as massive a margin—he won 276 electoral votes versus 218 for Hillary Clinton—but, as the candidate said during the campaign, it was Brexit plus, plus, plus with even Democratic strongholds coming out in his favour.   
Ultimately, they're going to have to do it. They know it, we know it and the targets do too: Decommission the favourites; defang the good ones. Get rid of militancy.   

On the margins of the G8 Outreach Summit in 2006, held at St. Petersburg, Russia, BRIC started as a formal grouping after a meeting of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The grouping was thereafter formalised during the first meeting of BRIC Foreign Ministers on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York in 2006. In September 2010, it was agreed to include South Africa into the grouping, and thus BRIC became BRICS at the BRIC Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New York.

The continuing agitation by retired military officers against the “one-rank-one-pension”, or Orop, scheme announced earlier this year by the government is generating both concern and confusion.  

India lags far behind in imparting skill training as compared to other countries. Only 10 per cent of the total workforce in the country receives skill training. Further, 80 per cent of the entrants into the workforce do not have the opportunity for skill-training, writes  Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.

President Xi Jinping made it clear in Goa that China would not countenance even any oblique reference to Pakistan’s sponsorship of cross-border terrorism, or its involvement in the Uri attack.  To add insult to injury, China announced its intention to supply Pakistan eight submarines, barely a week after Xi left India!   

States in India would do well to study turnarounds by laggard provinces in China; consider Joint Investors Summits; not just bank on FDI in manufacturing but seek to learn from experiences of other countries in areas like skill development, tourism  writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

It is of course possible to deny them water in the late summer months and winters, and ensure we negotiate hard on this to stop their support for cross border terrorism, but we can’t just stop the entire water using couple of large storage reservoirs.  
In the past few weeks, the Indus Water Treaty has come under renewed focus by the Indian Government and the media.  The Indian Government decided to suspend  the Indus water commission and increase the utilization of rivers flowing through J&K to maximize India’s share, but no decision has been taken to review or abrogate the 1960 treaty.  

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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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A United States fighter downed a Syrian military aircraft for the first time when it bombed a Syrian rebel faction backed by Washington.

Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599


  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...


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


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,...


Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

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