Commentaries & Articles
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.
राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प की भारत यात्रा : सामरिक संदर्भ पर ध्यान देने की आवश्यकता
राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प 24-25 फरवरी, 2020 को भारत की राजकीय यात्रा पर आ रहे हैं। भारत सरकार नि:संदेह भ्रमणकारी राष्ट्रपति के लिए लाल कालीन बिछायेगी। राष्ट्रपति के रूप में राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प की यह पहली भारत यात्रा है। हालाँकि यह यात्रा उनके कार्यकाल के उत्तरार्ध में हो रही है, लेकिन प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ट्रम्प के भारत दौरे को सुनिश्चित करने का श्रेय ले सकते हैं। एक बड़े पैमाने पर सार्वजनिक रिसेप्शन राष्ट्रपति के गुजरात पहुँचने का इंतजार कर रहा है जो विराटता और भव्यता में टेक्सास में "हाउडी मोदी" शो से मेल खाता हुआ होगा। भारत में उम्मीद है कि यह यात्रा दोनों देशों के बीच रणनीतिक संबंधों को और मजबूत करेगी।
India-US relationship –Strategic as it is!
“Namaste Trump ji” is going to be the reverberation through media and speeches in the two days as President Donald Trump arrives for his 36 hour long maiden visit to India from February 24-25. Apart from the bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Modi whom he happens to like a lot and the ceremonial banquets and lunches Trump and Melania Trump will enjoy the Indian boisterous hospitality in Kemcho style at the freshly built Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad where huge crowds are expecting to provide a very colourful welcome to him.
Afghanistan: Peace deal and deepening political crisis
President Trump’s upcoming visit to India and the rapidly progressing peace talks between the US and the Taliban gives yet another opportunity for the policymakers in India to use their ingenuity in order to secure a place for itself in a post-American Afghanistan. The reports suggest that the agreement between the US and the Taliban has been finalized “in principle” and it is most likely that the two sides will sign the peace deal by the end of this month.
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