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West Asia Round-up - November 2019
Efforts are underway to de-escalate tensions between Iran on the one side and the US and Saudi Arabia on the other. Oman’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi had met Secretary Pompeo in Washington and second time carried the message to his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif as Iran decided to cross the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Deal prescribed thresholds on enrichment.
2019 जापान-दक्षिण कोरिया तनाव: ‘भविष्य’ पर क्यों हावी हुआ ‘अतीत’?
पिछले साल से ही दक्षिण कोरिया और जापान के बीच बढ़ते तनाव के कारण पूर्वी एशिया में चिंता व्याप्त है। हालांकि राजशाही जापान की ऐतिहासिक विरासत और युद्ध की स्मृतियां क्षेत्रीय राजनीति में बार-बार उभरकर आती हैं, लेकिन क्षेत्र की आर्थिक या सुरक्षा में वे कभी आड़े नहीं आई हैं। दूसरा विश्वयुद्ध खत्म होने के बाद से यह क्षेत्र काफी आगे बढ़ चुका है और वास्तव में औपचारिक आर्थिक एकीकरण के बगैर ही दुनिया का सबसे बड़ा आर्थिक केंद्र बन गया है। पूर्वी एशिया से गुजरने वाले बहुराष्ट्रीय उत्पादन नेटवर्कों को सरकार से ज्यादा बढ़ावा निजी क्षेत्र से मिला है। साथ ही देशों ने क्षेत्र में अमेरिकी सेना की उपस्थिति के कारण स
Afghanistan: Reopening of peace talks
President Trump, during his surprise visit to Afghanistan on 28 November, has once again shifted the contour of US foreign policy towards the Taliban by declaring that the US has renewed the peace talks with the armed group. What is unique in this reengagement is President Trump’s emphasis on the US’s demand for the ceasefire from the Taliban in order to move ahead with the peace agreement.1 This is a clear shift from the previous American foreign policy where the demand for a nationwide ceasefire was put in cold storage in order to achieve a peace agreement at the earliest.
The Malnutrition Crisis
On a visit to India this November, Bill Gates, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, expressed his desire to see India eliminate the malnutrition crisis. “If there was one wish I had for India, it would be to get rid of malnutrition because that reduces the potential of those kids so dramatically and their ability to provide and learn are reduced. It’s like 15 IQ points go away”, he remarked. His foundation is actively collaborating with Indian agencies on various health-related issues.
अमेरिका-चीन में कारोबारी जंग: चीन में विग्रह
चीनी कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी (सीसीपी) के नेताओं का मूड उदास-उदास सा है। जैसा कि कहा जाता है कि अमेरिका और चीन के बीच कारोबारी जंग छिड़ी हुई है, इसने अमेरिका और चीन के बीच रिश्तों को बुरी तरह से बदल दिया है। अब तो उस परस्पर सम्बन्ध पर एक दूसरे को लेकर संदेह पसर गया है, जिसे चीन दशकों पहले से बेहद खास रिश्ता कहते अघाता नहीं था।
Use of Precision Artillery on the Line of Control
Background Artillery has been a major contributor in all conflicts which the nation has undertaken since independence. It has played important roles in Jammu and Kashmir where there has never been a peaceful moment ever since the Indian Army took on the Razakars in the first war on Kashmir. Artillery played a pivotal role when 1 SIKH was airlifted to Srinagar in October 1947. Four 3.7 inch Howitzers of 13 Field Regiment with gun detachments were airlifted along with the battalion to provide for the firepower in throwing the Pakistan backed Razakars out of Kashmir.
Supreme Court’s Verdict on Ramjanmbhoomi and its Impact on Nepal
The recent verdict as given by India’s Supreme Court to allow the construction of Lord Ram’s temple at in Ayodhya has been heartily welcomed by over a billion-plus Hindus in India and other parts of the world, including in Nepal. In Janakpur, the capital of ancient Mithila state and now the temporary capital of Province 2 in Nepal, people rejoiced a lot on this occasion.
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