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India’s presence at 'Moscow Format' on Afghanistan was imperative

Whether India opened a back channel dialogue with the Taliban is not known, although Taliban had overtly conveyed during earlier international dialogues on Afghanistan that they always considered India a friend, even above Pakistan and Iran, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

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Roadmap for 20-fold increase in Indo-Pak trade

Presenting the Union Budget for 2012-13 on March 16, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed a negative list of 17 items, barring which all services will henceforth be taxable. While this is not something that the Indian consumer will be jubilant about, Pakistan’s recent decision to accord Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India has been hailed as a major breakthrough in Indo-Pak relations writes Parthasarathy Chaganty

India's defence budget: singular lack of strategic vision

The Indian defence expenditure for the financial year 2012-13 has been budgeted at a fairly high figure of $38.5 billion, this is not unreasonable -- but is well below China's corresponding figure of $100 billion, writes Cmdr. Uday Bhaskar

India and South Asia: States need to be stakeholders

India’s external environment and the related foreign policy challenges, with a special focus on the South Asian neighbourhood, were usefully illuminated in the course of this week by Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon writes C. Uday Bhaskar

Transforming South Asia

We in South Asia tend to be modest (which is a good thing) and to underestimate ourselves (which is not such a good thing) when we speak of South Asian integration and the present situation in the sub-region says ShivShankar Menon

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Nuclear energy is vital to meet climate-change challenge, says India

India has declared that nuclear energy is vital for meeting the challenge of climate change and suggested supporting efforts to promote its public acceptance amid growing opposition to nuclear power and plans by some countries to phase out their atomic generation plants.  

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Bhutan slips on Ease of Business; foreign workers blocked

As Bhutan’s ranking on ease of doing business slipped eight places to 81, foreign workers from four professions will not qualify to get work permits in Bhutan starting this month, accordin...

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