• Bhutan’s Happiness Saga0

    Photo credit: Uplift Connect   Rashed Nabi        2 October 2018 Bhutan ardently advocates for happiness as the ultimate measure of a nation’s progress, but its own happiness record is barely persuasive of it. In the 2018 rankings of the World Happiness Report (WHR), it was ranked in underperforming 97th place out of 156

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  • Kashmir: PoK editor bets for more exchanges0

    By Nava Thakuria       2 October 2018 Guwahati: leaving aside all differences, a Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) based editor-journalist favours more people-to-people contact and exchange of ideas between all parts of Kashmir for greater regional understanding and meeting of minds. Haris Qadeer, Who used to edit once the highest circulated Urdu daily newspaper published

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  • Sri Lanka: Security and ‘sense of security’0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy 2 October 2018 If someone thought that cutting down on the personal security of war-time President Mahinda Rajapaksa, then Defence Secretary, Gota R, among others, would keep them away from public glare, or expose their sensibilities to their own safety, it was not to be. On the one hand, they began moving even

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  • The Geopolitics of Ports and the Silk Road of the Sea0

      By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera*        30 September 2018   “The age of the west is at a crossroads, if not at an end” Peter Frankopan   The expertise of a country’s diplomats and the effectiveness of its armed forces are not the only variables determining its rise. Geographical factors must also be considered.

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  • Why Human rights crisis in India will continue0

      by Amit Singh       30 September 2018 The rise of nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came to power in India in 2014 has brought immense trouble for human rights activist, human rights defender and to those critical to government policies. The anti-human rights attitude of Modi government is

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  • Change in Leaderships in small South Asian Countries: Their Implications are understood with reference to India and China0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra, 30 September 2018 The ripples of change in leadership have traversed from Nepal to Bhutan onto the Maldives. However, their implications have been understood primarily with reference to India and China given their size, economy and predominant roles they have been playing in these strategically vital countries. These countries are not

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  • Second Age of Arms Race in the Indian Ocean and India’s Test of K-15 SRBM:0

    By Ahyousha Khan      28 September 2018 In late August 2018, according to Indian defence officials, local and international media sources three short-range ballistic missiles were fired from INS Arihant for the first time. Before that India never exhibited the capacity of INS Arihant. Indian newspaper stated that all three-short range K-15 missiles followed

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  • Sri Lanka – Building bridges in the air0

    Photo credit: The Pioneer N Sathiya Moorthy  27 September 2018  Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Sripala de Silva’s Parliament announcement that the Government was not handing over the Palay Airport in the Tamil-majority Northern Province for development to a State-run Indian air-infra firm should dampen the spirit of bilateral enthusiasts on both sides of the Palk Strait.

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  • Courage under Fire: Kashmir’s Emerging Perilous Narrative0

    by Dr Adfer Shah               27 September 2018 Cops kill them; they (rebels/militants) kill the cops. The courage is under fire, the livelihood at stake, the mothers are wailing, appealing to militants hands folded on social media after abductions of their sons with least hope that their sons return alive.

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  • China’s Role in 1965 Indo-Pak War0

      by Qura tul ain Hafeez     26 September 2018 China is one of the most reliable partners of Pakistan throughout the establishment of their diplomatic relations since 1951. It has been a trustworthy companion in providing Pakistan with the military assistance, economic advancement, financially viable means (the recent CPEC is a clear example) and supporting

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  • India’s Invisible Shackles 0

      September 24, 2018 Shamim Zakaria   Over 70,000 newspapers and more than 500 satellite news channels, does not always translate to press freedom in India

 Introduction Considered to be the world’s largest democracy though freedom of press is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the constitution, but the state time and again tries

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  • Water Data Sharing Leads India-China Toward Better Trans-Boundary Water Cooperation 0

    by Chandan Kumar Duarah          26 September 2018 Early warning is must cope with floods and people along the Brahmaputra heaved a sigh of relief as authorities in Indian states of Assam and Arunachal geared up to face any eventualities. This did not happen in the preceding weeks when people in Kerala

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  • India-Pakistan: You Can Change Friends but not Neighbors0

    by Fateh Najeeb Bhatti     26 September 2018   The former Indian Prime Minister (Late) Atal Behari Vajpai once pointed out the importance of relations with neighbors as undeniable as the caption of this piece of writing indicates. Geographical proximity plays a vital role in foreign policy formulation of states. Internal atmosphere of the South Asian

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  • Maldives: Ibu wins big, has his tasks cut out0

    Former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed (left) is congratulated by supporters of the opposition leader and presidential candidate at a hotel in Colombo, as their candidate was set to win. — AFP N Sathiya Moorthy  24 September 2018  In a historic and unprecedented poll, Maldives voted yet again the (Joint) Opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Ibu’

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