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A Woman President Emerges in Africa
The emergence of Samia Sulu Hassan as the President of Tanzania has gone quietly unnoticed.1 She was the incumbent Vice President, who has succeeded to the presidency, following the demise of President Magfuli,2 who had won an election last year. However, the more important fact is that Samia Sulu is a lady politician, who has been the Vice President since 2015, and is now the only executive female president in Africa. This is truly a laudable achievement which deserves greater recognition. The only other lady president in Africa today is Sahlework Zewdie in Ethiopia.
Re-calibrating Strategies to Combat Maoists’ Violence
The recent dreadful attack by the Communist Party of India (Maoist), Maoists in short, on the joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) including elite elements of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) at Terram, on the border of Bijapur and Sukma, has taken a very heavy toll. In the attack, 22 jawans were killed, about 30 injured with reports of one missing in action. It was a pre-planned broad day light lethal attack, resulting in highest casualties to the SF over the past four years.
चतुष्टय (क्वाड) शिखर सम्मेलन : उत्तर कोविड-19 काल में हिंद-प्रशांत क्षेत्र की रूपरेखा को परिभाषित करने का अवसर
भारतीय प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी, अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति जोए बाइडेन, ऑस्ट्रेलिया के प्रधानमंत्री स्काट मॉरिसन और जापान के प्रधानमंत्री यशोहिदे सुगा 12 मार्च 2021 को चतुष्टय (क्वाड) के पहले शिखर सम्मेलन स्तर के सुरक्षा संवाद में वर्चुअल रूप में सहभागी होंगे। यह शिखर बैठक फरवरी में चतुष्टय के विदेश मंत्रियों की बैठक के बाद हो रही है। हिंद-प्रशांत क्षेत्र में इस बैठक की परिणामों को गहरी दिलचस्पी से देखा जाएगा क्योंकि इस बैठक से समूह की कार्यप्रणाली में स्पष्टता लाने की अपेक्षा की जाती है, जो अभी तक स्वयं को परिभाषित करने की जद्दोजहद में जुटा हुआ है।
ALL Roads Lead to Tehran
Overturning the Obama era JCPOA nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) in 2018, President Trump brought back the Iranian issue to centre stage of global and middle eastern politics. He firmly endorsed the Israeli and Saudi assessment that the deal brokered by Obama Administration would lead to Iran becoming stronger and perhaps even closer to achieving and crossing the nuclear threshold.
The Democracy Conundrum in Hong Kong
The National People’s Congress of China earlier this year, passed sweeping legislative measures which increases, among others, the composition of the Election Committee of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSR) to 1500 from existing 1200 and the strength of Legislative Council (LegCo) to 90 from existing 70. What has further inflicted injury to the democratic camp in Hong Kong was the decision of China’s National People’s Congress 30 March this year to reduce the directly elected members of the Legislative Council by 15 from 35 out of the total strength of 70.
Lessons for the World from the Suez Canal Crisis
Introduction
The Suez Canal has never lost its newsworthiness because of its strategic location and significance in the realm of maritime trade. The 193-kilometre (120 mile) long canal, one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries, was in news recently as a Japanese-owned megaship MV Ever Given, longer than four football fields and about the length of the Empire State Building
Tibet is Headed for Major Changes
The People's Daily on March 25, 2021, published a lengthy 3975-character article authored by Che Dalha (in Chinese: Qi Zala), Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Che Dalha’s important article, which included nine mentions of Xi Jinping, predictably focuses on activities in Tibet, but makes explicitly clear that the Tibetans are headed for a difficult period.
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