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Bangladesh: Optimistic but Unrealistic Budget? On June 13, Bangladesh’s Awami League-government presented the country’s biggest-ever national budget, amounting to Tk 5,23,190 crore. However, most analysts and commentators seemed to agree that while the budget may have been well-intentioned, it was not realistic.
The Universalism of Yoga
When 21 June was first declared as International Day of Yoga (IDY), it was accepted warmly by most countries of the world. However, in India, a small section of the intelligentsia was opposed to the idea. Their understanding was that this was an attempt to ‘Hinduise’ India. Of course, the IDY has met with great acceptance among the common citizens of India.
What Explains the Appointment of Pakistan’s New ISI Chief?
In a recent reshuffle of the Army top brass, Lt. Gen Asim Munir was replaced by Lt. Gen Faiz Hameed as the new chief the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The change comes barely eight months after Munir was appointed as the spy chief. The fact that the new spymaster Gen Faiz is more familiar to the domestic political circles makes the speculation rife on his upcoming aggressive role in “managing” the opposition and civil rights groups (with special emphasis on the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement) giving hard time to the ruling government and the military establishment.
Modi Government 2.0: Sure Footed Firmness vis-a-vis Pakistan
India, following the re-election of the Modi Government, is to be commended for its sure footed firmness in its dealings with Pakistan. Pakistan's repeated feelers for a resumption of talks have been rebuffed on the eminently legitimate ground that terror and talks cannot go together. In keeping with this principled approach, the Government refrained from inviting Pakistan for Modi's swearing-in ceremony, and by extending invitations to the BIMSTEC countries instead of the SAARC countries as done in 2014.
A Perilous Quadrangle: Iran, United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia
The world is witnessing with increasing alarm the escalating tension in West Asia. We do not know whether there will be a war. But we have reasons to fear that hostilities might break out if there is no de-escalation. We do not see, as yet, any signs of a serious and credible attempt to de-escalate on the part of the contestants or others. Why are we where we are?
Contextualising the US-Iran Tensions
The recent stand-off between Iran and the United States (US) is rooted in US President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on 8 May 2018, arguing that Iran was violating the spirit of the deal by working against the US interests in the region and supporting terrorism and exporting violence. The US assessment is that maximum pressure and re-imposition of sanctions would force Iran to agree with the US demands. Iran, on the other hand, intends to demonstrate its capability that it would not cow down to the US pressure.
अमेरिकी प्रतिबंध, ईरान की प्रतिक्रिया और तेल की बिगड़ती स्थिति
राष्ट्रपति हसन रूहानी ने 8 जुलाई को राष्ट्रीय टेलीविजन पर अपने भाषण में ऐलान किया कि ईरान परमाणु समझौते या संयुक्त व्यापक कार्य योजना (जेसीपीओए) के तहत किए गए वायदों को कुछ समय तक पूरा नहीं करेगा। इसका मतलब समझौते से पीछे हटना नहीं है। रूहानी ने कहा, “यह काम समझौते को बरकरार रखने के लिए किया जा रहा है, उसे खत्म करने के लिए नहीं।” ईरान का यह कदम जेसीपीओए से अमेरिका के बाहर होने के ऐलान के एक वर्ष बाद आया है। अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति डॉनल्ड ट्रंप ने वह ऐलान ईरान द्वारा सभी वायदे पूरे किए जाने और अंतरराष्ट्रीय परमाणु ऊर्जा एजेंसी (आईएईए) द्वारा उन्हें प्रमाणित किए जाने के बावजूद किया था। हाल ही में अमे
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