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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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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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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.”
 
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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.
 
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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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AS backpedaling goes, it is unconvincing. Indian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat waded deep into controversy last month when he vigorously defended the army’s violent suppression of legitimate dissent in India-held Kashmir.
 
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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.
 
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The opposition and media in Pakistan have been crucifying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for having sat through the US-Arab-Islamic Summit held in Saudi Arabia in the first week of June, without highlighting the grievances of the Pakistani people.
 
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A United States fighter downed a Syrian military aircraft for the first time when it bombed a Syrian rebel faction backed by Washington.
 
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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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