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Breakthrough towards Resolving Century Old Riddle of Deadly Thunderstorms by a Muon Telescope in India
Thunderstorms are frightening and a spectacular demonstration of one of the most violent phenomenon in our atmosphere. Nearly three centuries back in 1749, Benjamin Franklin through his famous kite-experiment during a thunderstorm showed that the discharge of electric charges stored in clouds was responsible for the astonishing phenomena of thunder and lightning.
Italy-EU-BRI- An Uncomfortable Triumvirate
The Belt and Road initiative (BRI) has taken a lot of criticism from financial institutions as well from some of the countries which had endorsed it when the project was launched in 2013. While the momentum of the BRI in Asia might have slowed down, Europe seems to be more interested in the Chinese foreign policy initiative which has faced the charge of putting developing countries into “debt traps”.
Post-Balakot, Terrorism on Front Burner in Russia's South Asia Discourse
In the wake of daring strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) jets on the terrorist training facility of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan's Balakot, the Russian discourse has radically shifted from an ‘imminent’ nuclear stand-off between the two South Asian rivals to the problem of cross-border terrorism emanating from the Islamabad-controlled Kashmir.
China Intensifies Efforts to Diminish Dalai Lama’s Influence
There has been a visible acceleration over the past many months in the efforts of the Chinese authorities to diminish and undermine the XIVth Dalai Lama’s influence over Tibetans inside China.
जम्मू-कश्मीर के लिए 2019 में ठोस राष्ट्रीय नीति जरूरी
यह लेख भावी तस्वीर के बारे में कुछ अनुमानों से शुरू होगा। पहला, निकट भविष्य में जम्मू-कश्मीर पर पाकिस्तान के साथ किसी कारगर समझौते की संभावना नहीं है और यह मुद्दा यथास्थिति के साथ चलता रहेगा। पाकिस्तान भारत के सामने चारा डालने और हमारी सहनशीलता की सीमा के बारे में अपनी धारणा के मुताबिक काम करने की योजना बनाता रहेगा और उसे अंजाम भी देता रहेगा।
National People’s Congress 2019: Major Takeaways
The National People’s Congress (NPC) which is regarded the rubber stamp Chinese Parliament started its annual session on March 5, 2019. The meetings are termed as ‘two sessions’ as both the NPC and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) meet and finalize agenda for the coming year. What is interesting is that since Xi Jinping has come to power there are some indicators that the NPC is being given more ‘importance’.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
March 11, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-28 February, 2019

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International Development
March 13, 2019
VIF News Digest; International Developments (Africa), 4-10 March, 2019

IS-backed Boko Haram faction may have new chief: AFP, 5 March 2019 The leader of an Islamic State-backed faction of Boko...

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Neighbourhood News
March 12, 2019
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: 12th March, 2019

PAKISTAN China wants serious talks before UNSC body takes up JeM case: Dawn March 12, 2019 Beijing on Monday emphasised “...

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