Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described Egypt as a natural bridge between Asia and Africa following bilateral talks between him and visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor.
Having returned from a successful three-nation tour to the Middle East, covering countries including the war-torn Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar observed that radicalism which is rampant in that part of the world finds an 'ideological answer' in India, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.
As a modified version of the standard Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) that the US requires its allies to agree to, LEMOA is supposed to meet India’s needs without compromising its independent standing. The statement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) sought to be reassuring on this count, saying, “The Agreement does not create any obligations on either Party to carry out any joint activity. It does not provide for the establishment of any bases or basing arrangements.”
The signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) by Defence Minister Parrikar in Washington DC with his US counterpart Dr. Ash Carter is a positive development - albeit long delayed, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.
Sikkim's unique mountain architecture in need of protection
The Government of Sikkim realized something needs to be done and the newly-adopted Sikkim Tourism Policy is crystal clear about this. It states in Chapter 4: Application of appropriate designs for tourism infrastructure that considers the landscape, disaster risks, local architecture and materials needs to be addressed, writes Anne Fee