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The Pulwama terrorist attack and its aftermath - good, bad and ugly! By Anil Bhat

On 14 February 2019, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with 350 kg of explosives into a bus, part of a large security convoy, carrying 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), killing them all.

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Is the US-Saudi relationship in trouble?
By Kimberley Anne Nazareth

The US -Saudi alliance has come under pressure once again after the Jamal Khashoggi killing. Khashoggi, a journalist with the Washington Post, was murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.

Winning the battle of perception in Jammu & Kashmir
By Brig Anil Gupta (retd)

Jammu & Kashmir is passing through a very crucial phase. While government agencies are working to restore normalcy in the state, vested interests, which include pro-Pakistan elements, separatists and Pakistan sympathisers, are determined to ensure that the state remains in turmoil

UK ‘facilitating’ abandonment of Indian wives by NRI husbands

Women’s Rights Group appeals to Home Secretary Sajid Javid to put an end to NRI men exploiting loophole in immigration law to abandon wives in India.

Modicare represents a beginning: Need to make it finest, not just biggest
Frank F. Islam

The new scheme looks good on paper. But establishing 150,000 health and wellness centers is much easier said than done.

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