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Raising ‘Myanmar Consciousness’: Visit of the President of Myanmar to India (26 - 29 February 2020)
Myanmar scholars have a tough time! The appalling lack of ‘Myanmar consciousness’ of the Indian mainstream media, especially the English print media, is reflected by the near total absence of the coverage of the visit of His Excellency U Win Myint, the 10th President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, at least on Day One of the four day visit to Delhi, Agra and Bodh Gaya.
Analysing Trump’s India Visit
The deep camaraderie seen between the two leaders during US President Trump’s visit to India is a testimony to the tenacity of India-US relations that continues to deepen despite challenges. Though the visit was high on pomp, pageantry and symbolism, serious business was discussed and concluded to consolidate India - US relations through the creation of a Comprehensive Global Strategic partnership.
सरकारी आंकड़ों पर विवाद का समाधान
सरकारी आंकड़े आम तौर पर राजनीतिक टकराव का विषय नहीं होते क्योंकि टकराव या होहल्ले की इच्छा रखने वालों के लिए ढेर सारे दूसरे मुद्दे रहते ही हैं। साथ ही राजनेताओं का ध्यान खींचने के लिहाज से यह बहुत उबाऊ विषय होता है और आम आदमी के लिए तो और भी उबाऊ होता है। फिर भी पिछले कुछ महीनों में सरकार और विपक्षी दल उन आंकड़ों की विश्वसनीयता पर झगड़ रहे हैं, जो सरकार ने देश की आर्थिक स्थिति के बारे में पेश किए हैं। टकराव इतना ज्यादा है कि देश-विदेश के अर्थशास्त्रियों के एक समूह ने पत्र (जिसे सार्वजनिक किया गया) लिखकर मौजूदा सरकार द्वारा आंकड़ों पर राजनीतिक प्रभाव डाले जाने का आरोप लगाया।
Constitutional Changes in Russia
In his annual Presidential address to the Federal Assembly last month1, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a series of amendments “to improve social policy and public administration” in the country. His speech addressed constitutional amendments, reshuffling of the government and a few socio-economic measures for growth and development. A working group of 75 people comprising of legislators, scholars, public figures and politicians was constituted to plan a draft for changes2.
COVID-19 Disrupts Maritime Supply Chains
The COVID-19 virus has impacted global maritime transportation sector including cruise liner industry. A number of major manufacturing hubs and markets across China have stopped businesses and manufacturing by small and medium enterprises has been put on hold. Majority of the workers and labour force have gone back home and are yet to return to work causing major disruption in production. Furthermore, hinterland connectivity and logistic operations have stopped and several shipping firms have closed offices.
The Strategy for Combating Hunger and Nepal
Because of the development of science and technology, human beings have increased their access to the Moon and Mars and they have even been dreaming to reach the Sun. But, is it not a great pity that while they are performing such great miracles on the one hand, they have not been able to combat hunger on the very planet they exist on? Hunger has been the greatest curse that mankind has had to face not only in the Kaliyuga but also in the past in the Dwapar, the Treta or even in the Satyayuga.
Understanding India's Genome Project
If things proceed as planned, an ambitious project to understand India’s enormous genetic diversity will be launched later this year. This will arguably be the first of its kind to be initiated in the country under the aegis of the government of India. Called the Genome India Project, it could have several phases, though the fate of the subsequent phases will depend on the first one that kick starts in October. The Department of Biotechnology will be the nodal government agency overseeing this endeavour which will use cutting-edge technology in genetic science to map the Indian genome.
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