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INDIA ACTS EAST

Act East” sounds more promising than “Look East”. India’s Look East policy of engaging its neighbours in Southeast Asia and the adjoining region has been suffering from an odd inertia.

 
Narendra Modi’s visit to Fiji has to be followed up with a robust programme of co-operation in areas in which India has particular strengths  
 
  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing three-nation tour is being watched with keen interest by all those interested in deciphering subtle differences between India’s ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ policies.
 

Expectations are high that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia could see a paradigm shift in bilateral ties. Australia had been lobbying for a bilateral summit since the time it knew it was going to host the G-20 Summit.

 
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On March 8, Malaysian Airlines’ night-time flight MH-370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing a little less than an hour after take-off. The Boeing 777-200ER has not been traced since. 

 
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It is difficult not to be overwhelmed by the significance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Australia which begins on Saturday with the G20 Summit in Brisbane and then a three-city bilateral visit.

 
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It is important for India and Myanmar now to set up a high-level bilateral mechanism to review the progress being made on key connectivity projects  
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an extremely busy 10-day tour ahead that will see him meeting more than 40 leaders, including around 20 bilateral meetings with the leaders of China, Germany, Britain and South Korea and others as he travels to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji from Tuesday, Nov 11.

 
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Welcoming India's 'Act East' policy, the US said it is looking forward to welcome India more in the Asia Pacific region.

 
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A definite shift in India’s Look East Policy is underway with added emphasis on Buddha diplomacy under the new dispensation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to market the Buddha card to the countries in the region as India is the place of origin of Dhamma and Sangha. 

 


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India’s top diplomats held a four-day brainstorming session in New Delhi this month to strategise and decide how India should engage with major global powers and countries in the immediate neighbourhood, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury
 
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Is it the Modi magic or Modi cult propelling the BJP to new heights with the opposition pulverised and decimated by the split vote banks of these parties in large parts of India? The BJP has gained five states in the assembly elections but lost Delhi and Bihar, writes Lalit Sethi
 
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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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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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