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A-SAT Missile Test: A Testimony to India's Growing Military and Scientific Prowess
India's successful conduct of ‘Mission Shakti’ - an anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile test - on March 27, 2019 is testimony to its growing military and scientific prowess. The test entailed the destruction of an Indian satellite operating in lower earth orbit through the use of a ballistic missile defence interceptor which is part of the ongoing Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) programme.
Brexit, EU and future of Regional Integration
The EU Summit on 21st March decided to extend the Brexit dead-line beyond 29th March. However, it set two dead-lines instead of one. A slightly longer dead-line of 22nd May is in case British Parliament approves the Brexit deal negotiated by Mrs May. The European Union (EU) was willing to be patient and allow UK more time to complete formalities if UK does not re-open package negotiated. If however UK could not decide, the EU was not prepared to allow the dead-lock in British Parliament to upset its own timelines.
Quad Initiatives against Terrorism
The idea of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), floated by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007, was for Japan to work together with the US, India and Australia to enhance the values of democracy. While addressing the Indian parliament in 2007, he laid out his vision of the “Confluence of Two Seas” wherein he drew India and Japan’s historical connections and pushed for a “Broader Asia” thereby reviving the maritime roots of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. The idea lay dormant for a decade.
पुलवामा का परिणाम और पाकिस्तानी प्रतिक्रिया
पाकिस्तानी संसद ने 1 मार्च को संयुक्त सत्र में सर्वसम्मति से एक प्रस्ताव पारित किया, जिसमें आतंकवाद को भ्रम में आत्मसंकल्प मान लेने का पाकिस्तान का पुराना रुख दोहराया गया। प्रस्ताव में पुलवामा आतंकी हमले की निंदा नहीं की गई। उसके बजाय उसमें पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ भारत के आरोप को ‘निराधार’, ‘राजनीति से प्रेरित’ और ‘चुनावी गणित से चलने वाला’ बताया गया और उसकी निंदा की गई।
Chinese Response to Pulwama
For the fourth time, China has refused to designate Masood Azhar,1 leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as a global terrorist. On 14 March 2019, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Affairs said, “China is conducting a comprehensive and in-depth review on the listing request put forth by the relevant countries. We still need more time and that is why we decided to put a technical hold on it.” 2
2019 में भारत और विश्व
व्यापार में संरक्षणवाद और तेल की कीमतों में अनिश्चितता बढ़ने के साथ ही वैश्विक अर्थव्यवस्था और अंतरराष्ट्रीय व्यापार में मंदी आ जाएगी। सकल घरेलू उत्पाद (जीडीपी) में 7 प्रतिशत से अधिक वृद्धि के साथ भारत दुनिया की सबसे तेजी से दौड़ने वाली अर्थव्यवस्था होगी।
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May 17, 2019
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