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What Can India Learn from China’s ‘Indigenous Innovation’ Policies
In recent years, ‘indigenous innovation’ has become the buzzword in China’s industrial paradigm for promoting the development of Chinese domestic standards and technologies.
श्रीलंका: राजनीतिक और सुरक्षा संरचना की मरम्मत की जरूरत
कोलम्बो के ईस्टर संडे चर्च में (21 अप्रैल 2019) और श्रीलंका के अन्य हिस्सों में बम विस्फोटों की घटनाओं ने देश की आंतरिक सुरक्षा की स्थिति और राजनीतिक अंकगणित को एकदम से बदल दिया है। इस्लामिक राज्य इराक और सीरिया (आइएसआइएस) ने घटना की जिम्मेदारी लेते हुए अपनी रणनीति में बदलाव को भी जाहिर किया है।
ASEAN Adopts Outlook for Indo-Pacific 2019: Balances Aspirations and Affirms Indonesia’s Leadership
ASEAN took a landmark decision to adopt the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific on June 22, 2019 after more than a year of deliberations. Located centrally, in one of the most dynamic regions of the world today, ASEAN sees Southeast Asia as the conduit and portal of geo-political and geo-strategic shifts in the Indo-Pacific. Hence this policy document was long time coming. The delay was expected, as it had to strike a balance between opposing aspirations, especially of competing great powers in the region and own interests. Obviously, the areas of convergence would be easy to steer.
Escalating Tensions and Threat of Military Conflict in the Gulf Region: Who has the Edge?
The incident of Iranian military downing a US Drone flying over its airspace on 20 June 2019 evoked immediate and strong response from the US. Reports suggested the US President ordered retaliatory military strikes against Iran, to be executed at dawn on 21 June, before changing his mind at the last moment. Recent events like this have brought the Persian Gulf region closer to the threat of a military conflict than it has been before in the recent past.
Nano-Technology and its Military Application
Nano technology is science, technology and engineering conducted at nano scale of approximately 1 to 100 nanometre (nm).1 It is stated that physicist Richard Feynman is the father of this technology.
An India-US Trade War Now?
The United States, under President Trump, has been at loggerheads with a long list of countries on trade related issues. This includes China, Canada, Mexico and India. The European Union has also suffered. In fact, the Trump administration has used tariffs to punish countries which have not bowed to its demands on issues unrelated to trade too. Most recently the US did this with Mexico to force it to curb illegal immigration into the US from its northern border. India has been in the cross hairs of the Trump administration on trade issues as well.
Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan: A Wave of Change or Continuation of Nazarbayev’s Era?
Kazakhstan’s deteriorating socio-economic situation and an increasing gap in living standards have led to the protests and demonstrations. As some reports have suggested, the Soviet era founder President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has resigned as President on 20 March 2019 fearing a backlash against his recent economic policies. The resignation has paved the way for smooth transition of power in Kazakhstan.1 After his resignation, one of his most loyal aide Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the Chair of the Senate, was nominated as interim President.
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