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India’s new NSA Ajit Doval recently articulated a key shift in India’s national security policy. He pointed out that India seeks to build an “effective and credible deterrence” to protect its security and territorial interests. This constitutes a subtle but determined shift from the conventional Indian position of sticking to “credible minimum deterrence” writes Divya Kumar Soti
 
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In a significant development, on Nov 3 Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader and noted war criminal Muhammad Qamaruzzaman for committing heinous crimes during the country’s 1971 Independence War against Pakistan writes Rupak Bhattacharjee

 
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The nation, at long last, has got a full time defence minister in the Narendra Modi government, with Goa’s erstwhile chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s appointment as the new helmsman for the Armed Forces writes Lt Gen Kamal Davar (retd)   
 
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In view of the anti-India activities of Pakistani defence forces, especially of ISI, the chances that it was an ISI operation and the suicide bomber planned to blast himself inside Indian territory cannot be ruled out writes Jai Kumar Verma.

 
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In 1971, Ali was the president of Jamaat’s infamous student wing — Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS), in Chittagong and subsequently became the general secretary of its East Pakistan unit. The tribunal said Ali in his capacity as the district commander of the notorious Islamic militia Al-Badr, had set up at least three torture cells in the southeastern port city writes Dr. Rupak Bhattacharjee

 
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The acquittal rate is very high in Pakistan due to the major flaws in trial process like unnecessary delay and the failure of prosecution. Moreover, the investigation agencies have failed to provide sufficient evidence in the courts writes Dr. Sanchita Bhattacharya

 
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The Arctic Region, located at the northernmost part of the world, may seem distant, but the evolving situation in this ecologically sensitive region could have a huge impact on India and the world. The Arctic is now increasingly on the radar of policymakers writes Aniket Bhavthankar

 
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The Narendra Modi government’s deepening of ties with Vietnam is seen as serving the larger national interest of India and as India’s response to the “String of Pearls” policy Beijing has been following for years specifically in India’s neighbourhood writes Monish Gulati
 
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After 43 years, justice caught up with Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) ameer (chief) Motiur Rahman Nizami (71).The International Crimes Tribunal-1  one of the two War Crimes Tribunals, on Oct 29, 2014, sentenced him to death for murder and rape during the 1971 Liberation War writes S. Binodkumar Singh
 
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In late October, a group of militants opened fire on a bus, killing at least eight members of the Shia Hazara community, on the outskirts of Quetta, Balochistan. This was among the continuing series of targeted attacks against the community, as also against other ethno-sectarian minorities in the past few years in Pakistan writes Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy

 


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spotlight image Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, is a former top diplomat who retired as India's Permanent Representative at the United Nations. In his new political avatar, as an important minister in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Puri told INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS that
 
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Aimed at consolidating cooperation between the armed forces of India and Saudi Arabia and explore new avenues of defence cooperation, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, visited Saudi Arabia on from 4-8 February 2018, writes Anil Bhut
 
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Campus placement season is here and the news is that graduates from the top campuses in India, especially the IITs, have received six figure pay packets and job offers in the US. However, looking beyond the top 200 engineering schools in India, pay packets are not looking too promising. The reason is the emergence of new engineering sc
 
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Since the NDA government converted the ‘Look East’ Policy to the ‘Act East’ policy, there has been a greater sense of strategic engagement with the ASEAN, writes Gurjit Singh
 
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The UN will be making contacts with Maldives leaders in response to the request by the opposition leaders for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to oversee the all-party talks proposed by that nation's President Abdulla Yameen, Guterres's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Friday.
 
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Srinivasan leaves his office in Bengaluru where the lights and air-conditioners are switched off when sensors planted inside notice that he is leaving. He is prompted on his e-watch as to how much time it would take for the elevator to arrive on his floor, based on movement-recognition, writes Rajendra Shende
 
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The Indian government is undertaking a project to enhance and install infrastructures related to trade and customs along its northeastern frontier, that include trading points with Bhutan.

 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre held a lecture in the “2022: The India We Seek”

 
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Title: Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani; Author: Mehr Tarar; Publisher: Aleph Book Company; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 599

 
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From antiquity, the Muslim faith has been plagued by the portrayal of Muslim men regularly misusing this perceived “right” to divorce their wives instantly by simply uttering “talaq” thrice.

 
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'Another South Asia!' edited by Dev Nath Pathak makes a critical engagement with the questions about South Asia: What is South Asia? How can one pin down the idea of regionalism in South Asia wherein inter-state relations are often char...

 
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Book: A Time of Madness; Author: Salman Rashid; Publisher: Aleph; Price: Rs 299; Pages: 127

 
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Book: Why I Am A Hindu; Author: Shashi Tharoor; Publisher: Aleph Book Company; Pages: 302; Price: Rs 699