• NASR: Symbolizing Strong Nuclear Deterrence0

    Pakistan’s July 5th flight test of its NASR short-range ballistic missile, with an enhanced range of 60 to 70 kilometers and improved flight maneuverability, has renewed the debate about strategic stability and nuclear weapons in South Asia. The oldest scripts would be back, nevertheless, NASR is a high precision weapon system with the ability of quick

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  • PRIVACY AND FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS IN INDIA – ISSUE BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION1

    A panel of nine judges of the Supreme Court of India has now given a unanimous decision that right to privacy is a fundamental right and is primarily a natural right to every individual. The judges have said that it is indeed inseparable and in alienable from a human being. The judges have further stated

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  • Trump’s New Strategy For Afghanistan Is The Disaster You’d Expect It To Be0

    August 26, 2017 Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. On August 21, President Donald Trump announced that he plans to send more thousands of U.S. troops to Afghanistan to extend the American war that began in 2001. The speech Trump gave has no details, only a tweetable line: “We are not nation-building again. We are killing

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  • Pakistan’s security issues0

    By James M. Dorsey Remarks at ISAS Panel Discussion: Pakistan in challenging times, 25 August 2017 The facetious answer to the question, what security challenges Pakistan faces is where does one start. One place to start is with the structural issues that underlie the multiple dangers Pakistan confronts. What that does, is help Pakistan as

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  • Indian Muslims Are Not a Homogenous Community, so Who Is the Triple Talaq Verdict For?0

    By Qudsiya Contractor on 26/08/2017 We must address the diversity within the Muslim community and achieve representation, democratisation and accountability to truly fight for women’s equality. Muslim women protest against triple talaq in Mumbai. Credit: PTI The Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind (JUH), one of India’s oldest and largest groups of Muslim clerics, in an official statement after the

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  • The idea that Nepal must maintain an equal relationship with India and China is foolish0

    The Himalayan nation and its southern neighbour have cultural, religious and people-to-people links that Beijing cannot replace. Prakash Singh/AFP Aug 25, 2017  Sunil Pant On August 23, Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba arrived in Delhi for a four-day-long official visit in the shadow of the Doklam standoff between India and China over a territorial

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  • In Tibetan Buddhist heartland, Communist Party takeover threatens religious academy’s soul0

    Deputy police chief named to take over as head of a new party committee to run formerly independent religious academy  PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 August, 2017 UPDATED : Saturday, 26 August, 2017 Nectar Gan nectar.gan@scmp.com It was founded in 1980 by the late charismatic lama Jigme Phuntsok and has attracted tens of thousands of monks

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  • China woos Bhutan with $10 billion in standoff with India0

    Beijing seen driving wedge in New Delhi-Thimphu alliance YUJI KURONUMA, Nikkei staff writer © AP NEW DELHI — Locked in a two-month border standoff with India and tiny Bhutan in the Himalayas, China is offering its little neighbor $10 billion in economic assistance to soften its stance. Sources say that since the offer, Bhutan has toned

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  • India must ensure Myanmar’s centrality to ‘Act East’ policy0

    By Amitava Mukherjee There is a strange dichotomy between what India preaches and what she does on bilateral relations with Myanmar. There is a general acceptance in the corridors of power in Delhi that Myanmar is extremely important for the successful implementation of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, but Naypidaw hardly receives the diplomatic attention which

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  • Why terror wars won’t ever end?0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal The answer is simple. The world’s only super power USA and Israel – its secret global terror ally and West Asia’s self-claiming super power on the strength of its illegal nukes, promote terrorism as a part of imperialism and now focusing on energy rich Arab world. US led NATO terror war

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  • Anti-terrorism row: Pakistan’s response to US accusations!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Too late and too little and not enough- that is what Pakistan has been to the USA for years of their secret capitalist ties based on crimes. While Pakistan seeks more money and military goods, USA wants Pakistan to kill more and more Muslims. Islamic Pakistan has been a post-paid and

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  • Rakhaine Myanmar issue. An Open Letter to Mr. Kofi Annan.0

    By Habib Siddiqui Dear Mr. Annan, I am very disappointed with your statement, dated August 25, 2017, concerning the latest violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. You stated, “I am saddened to hear of the loss of life of members of the security forces. The alleged scale and gravity of these attacks mark a

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  • Pakistan’s Jihadist Syndrome – A National Boon or Bane?0

    By Adnan Qaiser National interests of states are often blind-and brutal; yet they call for some rationality considering our interlinked global destinies in the 21st century. Pakistan is often blamed for talking one policy on jihadists while walking another. However, inheriting a weak military at the time of subcontinent’s partition in 1947 and having remained

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  • Sri Lanka: Leveraging The Politics Of Geography0

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera Rural Hambantota was once best known thanks to featuring in a book by Leonard Woolf in the early 20th century, and now, as a port shaping Sri Lankan politics. Woolf’s Village in the Jungle was the first novel in English literature to be written from an indigenous perspective rather than a coloniser’s.

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