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No lessons learnt from past; 'Military History of India' makes clear

Sometime in 2001-02, a Group of Ministers headed by L.K. Advani, the then Deputy Prime Minister of India, had accepted a recommendation of a task force headed by Arun Singh, a former Minister of State for Defence, to create the post of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to ensure that the three wings of the armed forces operated on the same page, particularly in times of conflict.

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Modi threatening idea of India, stifling dissent: Manmohan Singh

Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of curbing academic freedom and stifling dissent, his predecessor Manmohan Singh on Friday said the "idea of India" was being threatened under his government, which not only sought to rule India, but to change its "very heart and soul".

Nur Jahan: Amazing tale of widow who became Empress of India

Book: Empress: The astonishing reign of Nur Jahan; Author: Ruby Lal; Publisher: Penguin-Viking; Pages: 308; Price: Rs 599

India and EU: The devil lies in the (trade) deal

 Although Mukherjee prefaces with the comment that the book is about "Europe meeting India", it is actually an expansive and insightful tour d'horizon of India's long engagement with Europe, such that has not attempted to date, at least from the Indian perspective. 

16 novels related to South Asian region longlisted for DSC Prize

Sixteen novels were longlisted on Wednesday for the the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 

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Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.

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