Commentaries & Articles
Review of Developments in China in 2019
In 2012, Xi Jinping along with other members of the standing committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yushan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli visited an exhibition titled ‘The Road to Renewal’ at the National Museum in Beijing. The ideas advocated by Xi Jinping were subsequently referred to as the ‘Chinese Dream’.
Air Defence Command – Some Salient Aspects
The newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in his very first meeting after taking over on 01 Jan 2020, has directed Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) to prepare a proposal by 30 Jun 2020 for the creation of Air Defence Command (ADC) besides other directions related to the establishment of a common logistics support pool for the defence forces in stations where two or more Services are stationed1,2
Taiwan Elections 2020: Landslide Victory for Tsai Ing-wen
In the just concluded 15th Presidential Election in Taiwan, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen has swept the polls with 8, 170, 231 votes (57.1 per cent). She secured the highest number of votes for any candidate since Taiwan's first direct presidential election in 1996. Her contender this time was Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu from the Kuomintang (KMT) party and Chairman James Soong from the People’s First Party (PFP). Han Kuo-yu received, 5,522,119 votes (38.6 per cent) and James Soong received 608,590 votes (4.3 per cent).
Technology 2019: Another Year of Breakthroughs
The world is at the cusp of Fourth Industrial Revolution. 2019 has emphasised on the opportunities and growth from a sound digital economy. Technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Internet of Things (IOT), Natural Language Processing (NLP), 5G, Quantum Computing, among others have seeped in to dominate every aspect of our lives.
Analysing Iran’s Counter Strikes
Iran on 8 January 2020 launched 22 surface-to-surface missiles at two US military bases in Ain al-Asad base in Anbar province and one facility in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.1 The operation called, “Shahid Soleimani” has been claimed by Iran as a proportionate response for the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani by the US on 3 January 2020.2 The commander of the Iraqi government-sanctioned counter-insurgency militia, Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis along with 10 other people were also killed in the US strike.3 The US amba
2019 ने रखी 2020 के लिए भारत में मजबूत ई-वाहन नीति की बुनियाद
भारत में राज्य सरकारों और केंद्रशसित प्रदेशों द्वारा इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनों (ई-वाहन) के लिए नीतियां तथा उपाय तैयार करने के लिहाज से 2019 अहम वर्ष रहा। यह सब ऐसे समय में हुआ है, जब भारत के प्रमुख शहर प्रदूषण के भारी स्तरों से जूझ रहे हैं और राष्ट्रीय राजधानी दिल्ली समेत कुछ शहर तो दुनिया के 10 सबसे प्रदूषित शहरों में जगह तक बना चुके हैं। भारत में इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनों को अब अपनाया जा रहा है, जबकि चीन शैशवकाल से गुजर रहे इस बाजार में बड़ी बढ़त हासिल कर चुका है और व्यावसायिक एवं निजी इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनों का निर्यात भी शुरू कर चुका है।
Some Thoughts on the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019
As far as I can understand, this act ties up a loose end of the chaos and confusion caused by the Partition of the sub-continent. I clearly remember the day when my parents bundled their children and a widowed mother into an over-crowded railway compartment on the way to Akhaura, the land border of East Pakistan with the Indian state of Tripura. I am the eldest of those children and can still recall the bottomless sense of uncertainty and despair with which we undertook this journey.
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