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The Virtual Summit between India and Australia: how Significant?
Connected by the Indian Ocean, Commonwealth, the English language and shared democratic values, Australia has never loomed larger in the Indian consciousness than in the last decade. The relationship has seen its highs and lows but here has been a steady improvement in the quality and intensity of the political, commercial, cultural, educational and technological engagement between the two nations.
ऑटोनॉमस शस्त्र प्रणालियों के प्रयोग पर नियंत्रण
तकनीकी परिभाषाओं की चिंता करने के बजाय जोर इस बात पर हो कि मानव अपनी मशीनों पर नियंत्रण कैसे बनाए रख सकता है
जैसे ही ‘किलर रोबॉट’ शब्द इस्तेमाल किया जाता है तो हमारे दिमाग में कैसी तस्वीरें कौंधने लगती हैं? पगलाए हुए टर्मिनेटर दौड़ रहे हैं; लोगों को बेरहमी से मारा जा रहा है; दुनिया खत्म हो रही है। लेकिन वास्तव में यह शब्द ऑटोनॉमस हथियार प्रणालियों (एडब्ल्यूएस) के लिए या उन हथियारों के लिए इस्तेमाल होता है, जिनमें कृत्रिम मेधा (एआई) यानी खुद सोचने की क्षमता होती है।
Ultra Virus | A Poem
The road to the exalted status of Xi-ri Xi-ri Xi-ri Xi-ri Xi-ri Xi In lanes behind Hotel Raffles In Singapore it still baffles Me how our dear friend Hu Noh Lai Knew I would be passing by. He softly whispered in my ear That I would surely want to hear From him all the latest details Of what Xi Jinping’s plan entails For Xina and for all of us, And so we took a local bus, And over drinks in a cafe In nutshell this he had to say: How he got the document To avoid any suspicion Route of document transmission
The Disarray in the Gulf Cooperation Council
The 5th of June 2020 marks a sad day in the annals of the 6-member GCC (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain) founded in 1981. On 5th June 2017 the Crown Princes of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. broke off relations with Qatar, diplomatic, consular, transport, and trade. Bahrain, Egypt, and a few other states, all beholden to Saudi Arabia, the aid-giver, readily joined in the blockade.
Pakistan: Worsening Economic Condition
Pakistan was already going through an economic slowdown when the COVID outbreak took place. It had received the US $ 6 billion of assistance from the IMF under Extended Fund Facility last year. The money came with conditions. The IMF policy of inflation targeting led to fiscal and monetary contraction.
Notes from the Sub-continent – May 2020
In this latest compilation of some of the big ideas being debated in the media across the Indian sub-continent, we start with Bangladesh, where the people had to deal with a super cyclone even as they struggled to cope with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Generally speaking, Bangladesh has an excellent record with disaster management of this sort but even then managing two crises simultaneously was a challenge. In Sri Lanka, we get a sneak peek into a fascinating ‘glocal’ conversation about the power of social media and the impact that it has on democratic processes.
Synthesizing Indigenisation: Civil- Defence Aviation Partnership towards Self Reliance
On 16 May 2020, the Ministry of Finance announced the fourth tranche of Centre's ₹20 lakh crore fiscal stimulus1 for India. Unlike previous declarations which had addressed the needs of agriculture sector, urban poor, MSME, etc this session was dedicated to eight new sectors which included Defence Production and Civil Aviation. The Finance Minister stated an ambitious plan to make India a global hub for Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), with the convergence of Defence and Civil aviation requirements2.
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June 18, 2020
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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
June 22, 2020
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