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Imran Khan: Political Inclinations
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the largest party with 115 seats in the National Assembly, besides winning two-third seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP) provincial assembly and emerging as the second largest party in the Punjab assembly with 123 seats, only six seats short of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) 129 seats.
Myanmar Peace Process Inches Forward: Key Issues Remain
The third session of 21st Century Panglong Conference to fast track the peace process was held in Nay Pyi Taw from 11 to 16 July 2018. When Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led democratic government had taken over the reins of power in March 2016 she had decided to push the peace and reconciliation process with the ethnic armed organizations. She had planned to hold Peace Conferences twice a year.
Xth BRICS SUMMIT -Prospects and Limitations
The idea of the intercontinental Brazil, Russia, India, China, or BRIC emerging economies as a power house of global growth engine was received over a decade ago with suspicion, consternation and anticipation. Later, this year’s host of the Summit – South Africa – had joined to take the foot print of BRICS (‘S’ for South Africa) to the African continent. The combined GDP growth in dollar terms of the original quartet actually exceeded what was anticipated by Goldman Sachs in 2001.
Pakistan’s Elections and ‘Naya’ Pakistan?
Election for Pakistan’s National Assembly saw Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Party doubling its vote share from 16.32 percent in the 2013 elections to 31.8 percent. Its seat share went up from 28 to 115.
Will Chinese Economy ever surpass the US Economy?
“With uncertainty, there is never a dull moment.” - Haresh Sippy
West Asia Highlights
Russia and Middle East
Moscow holds the key to Peace between Jerusalem and Damascus
Israel has maintained pressure and occasional military and drone interventions across Golan Heights into Syria and would have liked to see Bashar Assad gone due to his proximity to Iran and Hezbollah.
Founding of a ‘Higher Education Commission of India’
The Union Government’s decision to abolish the University Grants Commission (UGC) and replace it with a Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), has been widely welcomed by experts in the education sector.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
July 13, 2018
VIF Fortnightly News Digest: National Security- Defence Studies & Terrorism (June 16 – 30, 2018)

Contents Defense News: AI Task Force hands over final report to RM; MoD Enhances Financial Powers of DRDO; Air-...

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International Development
August 10, 2018
VIF News Digest: International Developments (30 July-5 Aug, 2018)

USA Ahead of Asia trip, business lobby gives Pompeo an earful on Trade War, 1 Aug 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

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Neighbourhood News
August 13, 2018
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: 13th August, 2018

329 MNAs take oath as 15th National Assembly is born: Dawn August 13, 2018 The first session of the 15th National Assembly...

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