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The actual reason that we in India are unable to procure critically needed weapons, equipment and ammunition are larger strategic questions for which the country has yet not found satisfactory answers, writes Lt Gen Philip Campose (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Export of terror and drugs to India is getting direct patronage from successive Pakistani ruling establishments. It is time that all political parties in Punjab discard hyperbole and put their heads together so that the strategically important state is saved from destruction, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Declaring that India will move towards a gas-based economy, the government is trying to encourage the move towards greater usage of gas, especially in the power sector. India has also called on other large Asian LNG importing countries to form a loose alliance to gain more leverage in negotiating demand better terms, writes Shebonti Ray Dadwal for South Asia Monitor

 
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Does Brexit represent a challenge or an opportunity? Brexit was like a global tsunami. Neither Europe nor India had been prepared for Brexit. Brexit therefore, represents a huge challenge, on one hand to the India-EU strategic partnership and, on the other, to its bilateral relationship with the UK, writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The current crackdown on terrorists is more a public exercise of hard stance being adopted – besides, it helps target dissidence. It is because of US pressure to take action against radical mullahs like Hafiz Saeed and appears to have bamboozled some US Congressmen who are calling for continued support, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor. 

 
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The Afghan government needs to create a safe environment for the activities of civil activists with specific protective measures to secure them against attacks by terrorists and insurgents, write Bipin Ghimire & Reza Ehsan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The true test for Indian diplomacy would be to ascertain how far it is willing to go to recast its terms of engagement with Beijing, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The ties between India and Tajikistan overall have been marked by cooperation, cordiality and closeness. The relations between the two countries thrive on a mutual understanding of the relevance of each other - economically and strategically, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The Indian government needs to plug the loopholes along the India-Myanmar border without further delay to ensure peace and security of the border states, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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There is greater recognition today of Pakistan’s enduring mischief in Afghanistan, and a growing willingness among engaged powers to impose costs on Islamabad for its malfeasance, writes S. Binodkumar Singh 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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"Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!" US President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival for a three-day official visit. 
 
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“Prime Minister Modi and President Trump found some common ground on international security and economic growth.
 
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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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On Shab-i-Qadr, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was deputed for access control duty at Jamia Masjid – the Grand Mosque in the heart of downtown Srinagar and a stronghold of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Faro.
 
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The Afghan problem needs a political solution in which regional powers need to play a role. Regional, meaning not the US, and powers, meaning China, not a second level petty aggressor like India.
 
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While it is critical how Mohammed bin Salman — the new Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler as his father Salman has been slowed by age and reported illness — will handle the desert kingdom’s internal issues, the international community will be keeping a keen eye on how he handles Riyadh’s external relations.
 
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The Iraqi city of Mosul this week celebrates its first Eid free of the oppressive rule of the self-styled Islamic State (IS) in three years.
 
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President Donald J. Trump hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at the White House on June 26 for an official visit to Washington, D.C.
 
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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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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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