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Africa Day celebrated with aplomb in India

“India-Africa partnership stands out and stands on its own. In India, Africa will always find a friend,” said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj while speaking at the 55th Africa Day celebrations held in New Delhi on Friday.

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India remains stuck on the Pakistan or Nepal front, but dawn is breaking with Bangladesh

India’s Look/ Act East policy is growing a new gateway. Conventional wisdom had Myanmar as India’s lean-in platform for Asia. Bangladesh may be hijacking that role.

While India remains locked in a 1947 relationship with Pakistan and a 1950s one with Nepal, Bangladesh seems to have broken out and India and Bangladesh are taking simple but significant steps towards a new neighbourhood paradigm. The relationship is not problem-free by any stretch of the imagination, neither will it probably ever be. But dawn is breaking.

China's stand on NSG smacks of duplicity

China's recent invocation of the Non- Proliferation Treaty  (NPT) to try and block India's entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) ignores Beijing's own record of helping North Korea, Pakistan and Iran acquire nuclear and missile technology in violation of international non-proliferation regimes. 

 

 

TRAI again

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the call drop issue should act as a wake-up call to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Though the decision to strike down TRAI’s order may appear to be anti-consumer on the face of it, a full reading of the judgment reveals there were several gaps in the proposed regulation that would have left mobile users no better off than they are now. The process followed by TRAI was so arbitrary and non-transparent that even if the regulations had been implemented, consumers would have found it difficult to get compensated for the inconvenience they faced due to frequent call drops.

 

Why this slide in Indo-Nepal ties?

Sacking its envoy for maintaining too close a relationship with the foreign government is a serious charge.

Nepal did just that to its envoy in New Delhi, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, allegedly for colluding with India to topple the KP Oli government in Kathmandu. It also cancelled the scheduled visit of the Nepali president to the Indian capital at the eleventh hour.

 
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