• Maldives: Govt pays up GMR, offers ‘legal protection’ to investors

    Maldives: Govt pays up GMR, offers ‘legal protection’ to investors0

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    • November 29, 2016

    Coinciding with the third Maldives Investment Forum (MIF) in New Delhi, the Government of President Abdulla Yameen paid up the Indian infrastructure major GMR Group $ 271 m against the controversial and equally ill-fated Male airport deal. The GMR payment flowed from the final award of the Singapore arbitration court, after Yameen had made the

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  • Peace in Afghanistan: Suspended between the supposed good and evil

    Peace in Afghanistan: Suspended between the supposed good and evil0

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    • November 22, 2016

    In the midst of an evidently declining international interest in Afghanistan, achievement of peace in this war-fatigued nation appears to be an elusive, yet a crucial goal. Where re-commitments towards Afghanistan (European Council, 2016) were recently announced at the Brussels Conference, the international military (and financial) withdrawals that are being witnessed ever since the American

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  • Was a painless demonetisation possible?

    Was a painless demonetisation possible?0

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    • November 22, 2016

    It’s been two weeks since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the nation by surprise, announcing that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were no longer legal tender, it may be time to ask the simple and straight question: Was demonetisation without all this trouble and pain possible? The answer, most simply put, is ,‘Yes, yes

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  • THE DALAI LAMA’S VISIT TO MONGOLIA INDICATE SHAPE OF THINGS TO HAPPEN

    THE DALAI LAMA’S VISIT TO MONGOLIA INDICATE SHAPE OF THINGS TO HAPPEN0

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    • November 21, 2016

    The Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Mongolia has been followed by a bitter outburst from China, which demanded that   “Mongolia not allow the visit by the Dalai Lama and do not promote any facilitation for the separatist activities by the Dalai clique.” In spite of the fact that Mongolia is heavily dependent on trade with 

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  • Democracy in Disarray in Afghanistan; Disunity in the Unity Government

    Democracy in Disarray in Afghanistan; Disunity in the Unity Government0

    By Chayanika Saxena Democracy was ‘restored’ in Afghanistan following decades of violence and conflicts. Where violent uprisings against the invading Soviet Union by the Mujahedeen wrecked the rural areas of Afghanistan, the Civil War that followed between the various Mujahedeen factions wreaked havoc on Kabul and other major provincial capitals in Afghanistan. The rule of

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  • India’s Demonetisation And Beyond: Addressing The Finance Of Terrorism

    India’s Demonetisation And Beyond: Addressing The Finance Of Terrorism0

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    • November 20, 2016

    The impact of the demonetisation policy as related to curbing the finance of terrorism announced on November 08, 2016, is gradually emerging from the shadow of its surprise announcement. It is becoming abundantly clear that this is unlikely to remain a one off decision taken in isolation and will in all probability be accompanied by

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  • Is the World A Prisoner of Dead Conscious or Naked Opportunism?

    Is the World A Prisoner of Dead Conscious or Naked Opportunism?0

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    • November 16, 2016

    Myanmar’s On-Going Muslim Persecution In its November 14, 2016, issue the Bangkok Post reports, “Myanmar’s Rakhine state was hit by fresh waves of violence over the weekend with more than 30 ‘insurgents’ killed during two days of fighting, the military said, as proof emerged of atrocities against villagers.” Reporting on the same incident Myanmar Observer

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  • Burma: Rohingya Are Being Destroyed, ‘Full Security And Protection’ Most Urgent

    Burma: Rohingya Are Being Destroyed, ‘Full Security And Protection’ Most Urgent0

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    • November 16, 2016

    Arakan Rohingya National Organisation strongly condemns the mass killing and torture murder, rape, plundering and wholesome destruction of Rohingya people and their properties, homes and villages in Northern Arakan since 9 October. From November 12, the Myanmar armed forces have intensified combined military and police crackdown on the ordinary Rohingya villagers using helicopter gunships, tanks

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  • Kashmir’s new Uprising: Death of Indian Narratives

    Kashmir’s new Uprising: Death of Indian Narratives0

    The current Uprising termed by some as “Kashmir’s New-Intifada” has completed its hundred days. The death toll reached over a hundred, the number of injured crossed fifteen thousand and some eleven hundred youth lost either full or partial eyesight. More than six thousand people have been arrested so far. Separatist Leaders have also been put

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  • Kashmir: Into the Fire

    Kashmir: Into the Fire0

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    • November 14, 2016

    Since seven decades we are witnessing a struggle for freedom by people of Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOK). They have been suppressed mercilessly with curfews, arrests, Lathi charge, tear gas, rubber bullets by more than half a million Indian military troops. It seems torturing Kashmiris has become a favorite model for Indian paramilitary forces. During

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  • Donald Trump’s Defence Plans and Implications for Asia

    Donald Trump’s Defence Plans and Implications for Asia0

    As US President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to secure his seat in The White House, international observers and many of his fellow countrymen are busy trying to understand the complex and unpredictable dynamic that has been the unusual characteristic of these American presidential elections. For security analysts the world over, political rhetoric matters little when

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  • Unfolding Nuclear Supplier Group

    Unfolding Nuclear Supplier Group0

    In the early 70’s Indian tests created unrest in the Asian region. These experiments by Indians forced the international community to make a regulatory body to keep a check on nuclear business in the name of Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG). Since the beginning of this year, this NSG debate is getting INTO more despicable situation

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  • Whose Trump?

    Whose Trump?0

    It’s surprising that much of America and all of the rest of the world seems surprised at Donald Trump’s election as the next US President. Barring party-partisan Americans, there should have been no surprise at the result. Either it had to be America’s first woman President, or had to be an ‘unconventional’ man who appealed

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  • Myanmar and its Militias

    Myanmar and its Militias0

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    • November 12, 2016

    In late August, over 1,000 representatives from Myanmar’s ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), political parties, military, and the government met in Naypyidaw for the second Union Peace Conference, dubbed the 21st Century Panglong (in reference to a meeting held at Panglong located in Burma’s Shan State in 1947 between the leaders of Burman, Shan, Kachin, and

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