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If it weren’t for the fact that pollution levels are the worst ever every year, Delhi could have been living in a science fictional time loop for the past few years.

 
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The momentum and scale of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) is unprecedented. Since the launch of the programme by the prime minister in October 2014, there has been an astonishing acceleration in the construction of toilets, with five crore built in three years.

 
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It was a given that India would improve its position in the Doing Business Rankings. In the past few years, the government has focused on significant reforms in the area of tax, bankruptcy laws, and protecting small investors, and it was only a matter of time before the rankings, put out by the World Bank, acknowledged that.

 
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There’s an important fact most of us tend to forget about Oceania. Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell’s masterpiece is the exception among his people, not the rule; the only difference between utopia and dystopia is perspective. Now, while 1984 has past 1984 is upon us and like with so many other things in the Asian century, China is leading the way.

 
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Whenever we dwell on economic woes confronting ordinary people and the mess that has set in because of untimely or ill-conceived decisions of the finance ministry, the response we get is: India is the world’s fastest growing economy.

 
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The moment the Election Commission of India (EC) announced the dates of the Himachal Pradesh election at a press conference on Thursday, my phone started ringing. I did not pick up as I am away in London, and call roaming charges have often in the past taken away half of my monthly pension! Social media went abuzz as well, where I am fairly active.

 
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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has justified the recent hike in the city’s metro fares on financial grounds. According to the agency, the increase which came into effect on Tuesday, was necessary to cover rising input costs and to keep providing “world class services to passengers”.

 

Derailments on the tracks of Indian Railways have always been a big technical and management challenge. In recent years, there have been a spate of “derailments”.

 
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Delhi metro rides became costlier from Tuesday after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) board decided against rolling back the hike recommended by the Fare Fixation Committee (FFC).

 
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Thrift is a virtue, and the present Indian government is nothing if not virtuous. The main reason the prime minister gave for his desire that elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies be held simultaneously was that it would save money.

 


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spotlight image Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has confirmed his presence for the occasion. In an exclusive interview with INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS, Indonesia’s Ambassador to India, Sidharto R.Suryodipuro, reminded Nilova Roy Chaudhury that the first Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations, in 1950, w
 
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The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
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In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
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During an awards ceremony honouring six serving and former diplomats and international civil servants for their contributions to world peace and development, the UN was hailed as an institution embodying the Diwali spirit of good overcoming evil. Among those who received the award was Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri, who is al
 
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When a rising power challenges an incumbent one, war often follows. That prospect, known as the Thucydides trap after the Greek historian who first described it, looms over relations between China and the West, particularly America. So, increasingly, does a more insidious confrontation. Even if China does not seek to conquer foreign la
 
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The first thing that one sees when a flight approaches New Delhi is thick smog that envelopes the city and its lack of greenery.  In almost all other major cities of India lack of greenery is the most obvious sight that one sees when approaching it by air.
 
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Pakistan has agreed to allow the rupee to depreciate after holding talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) on the country's economy.

 
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Two major global changes in the past year; the ‘Brexit’ referendum and the advent of Donald Trump, writes Sandeep Kaur Bhatia

 
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It is also imperative for India to explore other regions for markets. Its trade deficit with Latin America has been narrowing. Also, its trade with Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala has increased, ...

 
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Title: A Ticket to Syria; Author: Shirish Thorat; Publisher: Bloomsbury India: Pages: 254; Price: Rs 399

 
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Gorichen, a majestic peak in the Eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 22,500 feet, is the highest in Arunachal Pradesh. Beautiful to look at and providing a fantastic view from the top, it is extremely tough climb for mountaineers.

 
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It is often conjectured if the reason for long-standing conflicts and insurgencies, in the developing world, especially South Asia, is not only other powers fishing in troubled waters but also the keenness of arms industries, mostly Western, to...

 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...