Commentaries & Articles
The DGCA Guidelines - A Step Forward
On 02 Nov 2018, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued the Civil Aviation Requirements (CARs) governing the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) by civilians in the National Air Space. A time period of one month has been given for general public to respond with respect to any modifications or amendments that is desired, post which, the CARs will become effective from 01 Dec 20181.
RCEP: What’s in it for India
The economic world has come a long way since the conception of trade theories like those of ‘Absolute Advantage’ and ‘Comparative Advantage' by Smith and Ricardo. The advent of globalization has led to various forms of economic integration among nations as a direct consequence of these propositions.
Impasse in Jammu and Kashmir
On 19 June 2018, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti Government in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The alliance was formed after the elections in 2015. The mandate during the elections was fractured. It was incredible that late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed along with the BJP formed a government which moved smoothly during the initial period.
Visit of the Financial Action Task Force to Pakistan
A nine-member delegation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) paid a 12-day visit to Pakistan from October 8-19. The FATF’s Asia Pacific Group (APG) was a team including experts from US Department of Treasury, British Scotland Yard, People’s Bank of China, Justice Department of Turkey, Financial Intelligence Unit of the Maldives and Indonesian Ministry of Finance.
America First: Foreign Policy of Mr. Trump
Several recent episodes have brought out the nature of the ‘America First’ policy of President Trump. What is then the place of cherished values of human rights and free trade in the US foreign policy today?
Sri Lanka At Cross Roads: Political Crisis Defies Solution
President Maithripala Sirisena’s (MS) palace coup of October 25, 2018, aimed apparently at wresting absolute powers, has obviously failed to achieve its objectives, and in its stead, has created more chaos and confusion.
बांग्लादेश चुनाव: हिफाजत का बढ़ता प्रभाव
शेख हसीना ने 26 अक्टूबर को पार्टी के एक मंच पर ऐलान किया कि दो कट्टर चरमपंथी गुटों जमात-ए-इस्लामी ओर हिफाजत-ए-इस्लाम के साथ अलग-अलग बर्ताव होना चाहिए। इसके फौरन बाद 29 अक्टूबर ने चुनाव आयोग की काफी समय से लंबित अधिसूचना आई, जिसमें जमात का राजनीतिक पार्टी के तौर पर पंजीकरण रद्द कर दिया गया।
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
December 4, 2018
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies and Terrorism (November 01 – 30, 2018)

Contents DEFENCE: Consultative Committee for Ministry of Defence Reviews Operational Preparedness of Indian Coast Guard...

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International Development
December 12, 2018
VIF News Digest: International Developments (24-30 Nov 2018)

USA Trump's trade war: Stakes are high at G20 summit 30 Nov 2018 Hopes that the meeting could open the way for a deal over...

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Neighbourhood News
December 14, 2018
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: 14th December, 2018

PAKISTAN US wants to help Pakistan protect its economy’: Dawn December 14, 2018 The core purpose of US economic engagement...

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