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Twin Bombings in the Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Group is “Back in Game”
In the 2019 Global Terrorism Index report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Philippines moved up a rank at ninth (9th) position among top 10 countries impacted by the act of terrorism.
Where is India Nepal Political Connectivity?
One wonders what happened to the close political connectivity between India and Nepal. There was a time when political leaders could pick up phone and call their counterparts without any formality. The relations that were forged with shared ideological underpinnings seem to have lost that common purpose by the passage of time. The marvelous shared political history between the two countries is confined to textbooks now.
Will RCEP Miss India?
Vietnam has taken over from Thailand as the Chair of ASEAN in 2020. Its theme at its opening summit in June is ‘Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN’1. Thailand is the country coordinator for India and will be followed by Singapore from 2021 till 2024. These two countries currently channel India ASEAN relations. Vietnam hopes to conclude the RCEP during its second summit in November which traditionally coincides with the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the Asean-India Summit. Vietnam hopes to be a bridge for India to return to RCEP. Is this an indication that RCEP misses India?
जम्मू-कश्मीर – जंग कम, अमन ज्यादा: 5 अगस्त 2019 के फैसलों के बाद के साल पर नजर
भारत ने पूर्ववर्ती जम्मू-कश्मीर राज्य को संविधान से मिला विशेष दर्जा खत्म करने के 5 अगस्त 2019 के अपने फैसलों से पूरी दुनिया को और शायद खुद को भी हैरत में डाल दिया। इस फैसले का एक साल पूरा होने पर यह समझने के लिए कि तब से अभी तक क्या बदला है और हालात आगे कैसे होने वाले हैं, जम्मू-कश्मीर में 30 साल से भी ज्यादा समय से चल रहे पाकिस्तान प्रायोजित छद्म युद्ध की गहरी जानकारी जरूरी है।
Denigrating Prime Minister Modi’s Policies in Foreign Journals to Serve Domestic Political Purpose
The Modi government is under attack in influential international media by people of repute in India who ignore the consequences of this for the country’s image abroad. Playing politics at home is one thing, but playing politics abroad with a view to bringing pressure on the government internally is another. Deep seated prejudices against India in political, media and civil society circles in the West have always been a challenge for Indian diplomacy.
Designing a Foundation for Indian Innovative Ecosystem
Back in 2016, Elon Musk the billionaire Tesla & SpaceX CEO announced that Tesla’s Model 3 would be built in a new fully automated factory. In the most ambitious attempt at automation, Tesla floundered with severe bottlenecks and was plagued with “production hell” recording the worst ever quarterly loss in 2017. The world witnessed an audacious failed attempt at doing away with human intervention which will catch imagination time and again and serve as a target for future innovators. Musk famously tweeted that “Excessive automation was a mistake.
Countering the Dragon: A Perspective on Strategic Space Capabilities
The successive standoffs between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) have highlighted the requirement of enhancing our strategic space capabilities. Space assets are primary facilitators of a country’s strategic surveillance needs.
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