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US-China Trade War: Fall Out in China
The mood in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hierarchy is sombre. The US-China trade war, as it is called, marks a substantive change in the US-China relationship. Mutual suspicion now taints what Beijing has for decades described as its most important relationship. The bipartisan support that Trump’s new policy towards China enjoys points to strains in the relationship lasting for quite some time and, in any case, fundamentally altering it.
Constitutional Amendment: Reactions from the Sub-continent
On August 5, the Government of India repealed Article 370 of the Constitution which had accorded special status to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh. This essay looks at how India’s neighbours in the sub-continent viewed this landmark decision, outside of their respective government’s official statements. The first section covers Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal while Pakistan is covered separately in the second section. Part I
Challenges ahead in Kashmir
After many decades New Delhi has made a paradigm shift in its Kashmir policy. The new policy serves the dual objectives of dealing with Pakistan by mending the chronic nature of the Kashmir problem by scrapping the controversial Article 370 of the Constitution, and resetting the internal parameters of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to keep the political elite of Kashmir Valley at bay. The purpose is to free the people of J&K from clutches of the political elites of Kashmir.
पाकिस्तान का संघीय बजट 2019-20 – यथार्थ से परे महत्वाकांक्षाएं
राजकोष के लगातार दुरुपयोग पर अंकुश लगाने की अंतरराष्ट्रीय मुद्रा कोष (आईएमएफ) की शर्तों तथा वित्त वर्ष 2019-20 में महज 2.4 फीसदी वृद्धि के निराशाजनक अनुमानों के साये तले 11 जून, 2019 को पाकिस्तान का आम बजट पेश किया गया।1 बजट की खास बात राजस्व संग्रह को अधिक से अधिक करने का लक्ष्य है ताकि आईएमएफ को पता चल सके कि पाकिस्तानी अर्थव्यवस्था संसाधन जुटा सकती है क्योंकि आईएमएफ इसी शर्त पर 6 अरब डॉलर का वित्तीय पैकेज देने के लिए तैयार हुआ है।
Article 370: Abrogation for Progress and Development of Jammu & Kashmir
The divesting of Art 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution from within its own provisions and by way of Presidential decrees was a stroke of legal genius by PM Modi’s government – these Articles were seen by the rest of India as anachronistic and discriminatory. This also clearly attests to the genius of the drafters of our dynamic constitution that had considered and provided for its “Temporary and Transient” nature in no uncertain terms. It was no Holy Grail as was presumed due to political expediency in keeping fanned flames under the lid.
Repeal of Article 370 - Pakistan’s Reaction
Articles 370 and 35 A, which gave special status to J&K were part of Indian Constitution. Their repeal does not violate any international agreement. These ensured that the people of J&K enjoyed democratic rights within the Indian Union, which the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) never had. Even after the recent amendment, there will be no change in this position. As part of the Union Territories, the people of J&K and Laddakh will continue to have representation in Indian Parliament.
5G Infrastructure for Global Digital Economy: US and China in Race to Redefine the World Order
5G Key Features 5G is the next generation of wireless technology. ‘Generations’ are technically defined by their data transmission speeds and in encoding methods, or ‘air interfaces’. These promise greater speed (to move more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices). 5G networks use OFDM encoding, with the air interface designed for much lower latency and greater flexibility than LTE or the 4G technology.
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October 18, 2019
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