Calling the Chinese Bluff 

Posted On November 23, 2016

In recent months Chinese leaders and the country’s state-controlled media have been bullying India, commenting and interfering in India’s internal affairs and issuing warnings of ‘consequences’.The latest Chinese ‘warning’ has come in anticipation of the visit of th

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Calling the Chinese Bluff 

Posted On November 23, 2016

In recent months Chinese leaders and the country’s state-controlled media have been bullying India, commenting and interfering in India’s internal affairs and issuing warnings of ‘consequences’.The latest Chinese ‘warning’ has come in anticipation of the visit of th

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10% jump in Afghan poppy cultivation 

Posted On October 24, 2016

Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has seen a ten per cent increase in the area but drug production a whopping 43 per cent, according to the UNODC Survey 2016. It accounts for third highest level increase in more than two decades, and coincides with a surge in Taliban insurgency. Poppy cultivation is spreading to new areas, as the number of poppy-free provinces fell to 13 from 14 out of a total of 34.Another key findings of the Survey is that there had been a 30 percent increase in the estimated yield from poppy fields this year, bringing pot

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Indian FS to visit Colombo 

Posted On October 20, 2016

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is to visit Colombo with a business delegation this weekend. They will interact with the Sri Lankan officials, and business leaders over three days from Saturday on possibilities of collaboration and cooperation in a wide range of fields.Jaishankar will call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the foreign minister Samaraweera.The visit assumes significance since China has a large economic footprint in Sri Lanka and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Government, shedding its initial reservat

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India And Brics 

Posted On October 13, 2016

 Some commentators have started questioning the utility of BRICS as the tourist paradise of Goa on Arabian coast hosts the leaders of five emerging economies but it certainly cannot be compared to that tottering regional grouping called SAARC.  BRICS nations can survive whatever differences they may have, but India has a tough job ahead in maintaining equilibrium in its relations with China while India and Russia do need each other to allow any differences to leave a negative effect.India’s problem with Russia has cropped up onl

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Lanka cricket team attack mastermind ‘killed’ in Afghanistan 

Posted On October 10, 2016

Qari Ajmal — a leading Pakistani militant leader wanted for organising the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore has been ‘killed’ in eastern Afghanistan, Pakistani media reported quoting sources close to militants on Sunday, Oct 9.Ajmal is the second senior Pakistani militant commander to have been killed in Afghanistan in nearly two weeks. The US-led NATO and Afghan forces killed leading Pakistani Taliban commander Azam Tariq and his son in Paktika earlier on September 25.Ajmal is a leader of the banned Lashkar-e-

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CCP plenum focus on party discipline signals inner crisis 

Posted On October 27, 2016

The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been meeting in closed-door session this week to focus on a further tightening of party discipline as President Xi Jinping, who is also CCP general secretary, consolidates his grip on power.The four-day plenum started on Monday and is the sixth since Xi was installed as party leader in late 2012.Xi’s determination to stamp out any threat from rivals reflects the inner crisis of the regime which confronts a slowing economy, mounting social tensions and Washington’

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Fear stalks Myanmar’s Rakhine State in wake of deadly attacks 

Posted On October 27, 2016

SITTWE/MYANMAR:Shwe Maung first heard the shots at around 1 a.m. on 9 October. At the time, the 23-year-old fisherman was in his village on the outskirts of Maungdaw Township in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Neighbours were roused from sleep. Phonecalls were made. The shooting continued for hours. “We didn’t really know what was happening,” he said on Wednesday, sitting in a tent at a shelter full of ethnic Rakhine people in Sittwe, the state capital, about a five-hour boat ride south of Maungdaw. “And all of us

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China’s new worry: job loss as firms move production to India 

Posted On September 28, 2016

China which prides itself as the bigger giant than India with a huge trade surplus to boot, is worried about job losses on account of its firms shifting manufacturing base to India. this concern was voiced in Global Times, a publication that reflects the official Beijing line.Amongst the first to switch to India, are smartphone vendors since India's mobile market is expanding very fast. Low labour costs are an added incentive. China sported this very advantage some years ago and became the preferred base for American companies to s

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U.S.-MYANMAR PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHED 

Posted On September 16, 2016

On Sept 14, President Obama and State Counsellor Aung Sang Suu Kyi launched the U.S.-Myanmar Partnership to enhance cooperation, based on mutual respect and common interests.The Partnership will provide a framework for advancing key priorities in US-Myanmar relations, and will create mechanisms for cooperation in areas including political and diplomatic relations, trade and economic ties, science and technology, education and training, environment and health, defense and security, protection and promotion of rule of law, human rights, and p

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Families torn apart as Pakistan forces Afghan refugees back over the border 

Posted On October 27, 2016

MARDAN (PAKISTAN): Rakshe Kanwal is confronted with a cruel dilemma: follow her husband, who’s been deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan – where he was born and she has never been – or succumb to family pressure and get divorced. “How can I get divorced from a person with whom I’ve spent half of my life?” she asked. “Even if I get a divorce, what about my children? I don’t want them to go to Afghanistan too, where I believe they will either be killed or forced to join militants.” Mixed nationality families li

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Pakistan forces Afghan refugees back over the border 

Posted On October 26, 2016

Rakshe Kanwal is confronted with a cruel dilemma: follow her husband, who’s been deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan – where he was born and she has never been – or succumb to family pressure and get divorced. “How can I get divorced from a person with whom I’ve spent half of my life?” she asked. “Even if I get a divorce, what about my children? I don’t want them to go to Afghanistan too, where I believe they will either be killed or forced to join militants.” Mixed nationality families like Kanwal’s are be

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Corridor Signals From China 

Posted On October 15, 2016

Whether India likes or not, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is making quiet progress. There are no indications whatsoever that Beijing is factoring in New Delhi’s objections, which primarily rest on the fact that a part of the $ 46 billion project is being built in the disputed territory, namely POK and Northern Areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself took up the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping when they met at Hangzhou (capital of Zhejiang Province on China's south-eastern coast) ahead of the G20 summit

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Nov 30, 2016 

Posted On November 30, 2016

SOURCE: Ausaf, Ummat, Daily Pak, Nawa-i-Waqt, Urdu Point, Daily Jinnah, Awami Awaz, Daily Dharti, Jasarat, Kawish, Daily Intekhab, Daily Times, Jang, Ibrat, Khabrain, Roznama Dunya, Hizb Media, Al Qalam Weekly, Baad-e-Shimal,  Bang-e-Sahar, Sindh Express, Pk Voices.CHINA With projects under the CPEC progressing fast, youth are increasingly keen learn Chinese languag

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Nov 28, 2016 

Posted On November 28, 2016

SOURCE: Ausaf, Ummat, Daily Pak, Nawa-i-Waqt, Urdu Point, Daily Jinnah, Awami Awaz, Daily Dharti, Jasarat, Kawish, Daily Intekhab, Daily Times, Jang, Ibrat, Khabrain, Roznama Dunya, Hizb Media, Al Qalam Weekly, Baad-e-Shimal, Bang-e-Sahar, Sindh Express, Pk Voices.NEW ARMY CHIEF 1. Former Indian Army Chief, General Bikram Singh has hailed General Qamar Javed Bajwa as extremely efficient and a professional military officer. (Urdu

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Nov 23 

Posted On November 25, 2016

SOURCE: Ausaf, Ummat, Daily Pak, Nawa-i-Waqt, Urdu Point, Daily Jinnah, Awami Awaz, Daily Dharti, Jasarat, Kawish, Daily Intekhab, Daily Times, Jang, Ibrat, Khabrain, Roznama Dunya, Hizb Media, Al Qalam Weekly, Baad-e-Shimal,  Bang-e-Sahar, Sindh Express, Pk Voices.ARMY CHIEF APPOINTMENT Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finalized the name for the new Army Chief. And he will be General Qamar Bajwa. (Ausaf) Senator Professor Sajid Meer, Amee

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Nov 25, 2016 

Posted On November 25, 2016

SOURCE: Ausaf, Ummat, Daily Pak, Nawa-i-Waqt, Urdu Point, Daily Jinnah, Awami Awaz, Daily Dharti, Jasarat, Kawish, Daily Intekhab, Daily Times, Jang, Ibrat, Khabrain, Roznama Dunya, Hizb Media, Al Qalam Weekly, Baad-e-Shimal, Bang-e-Sahar, Sindh Express, Pk Voices.AFGHANISTAN1. Afghan Taliban has directed 1000 gruella fighters to fan out to Kandahar, Ghazni, Gour, Helmand, Fariyab, Sara-e-pool, Farah, Maidan and Wardug in preparation for major attacks on the US Army. Two hundred of them are fidayeen

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Modi visits Tokyo: India-Japan Joint Statement 

Posted On November 12, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tokyo for the annual India-Japan summit with his Japanese counterpart. a highlight of the visit was Nuclear agreement which has been in the works for six -years.. The N-accord includes  reprocessing consent and a termination clause similar to the one in the Indo-US atomic deal. The Agreement also focuses more heavily on modern safety in the light of Japan's experience in 2011 with radioactive leak from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.Text of th

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General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students 

Posted On October 26, 2016

A general shut down was observed in Northern Sri Lanka on Oct 25. It was in protest over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi —last Thursday night.Government offices, schools, private businesses and shops were closed and all transport halted across Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya and Mannar.On Monday morning, more than 1,000 Tamil and Sinhala students, teachers and workers from Jaffna University demonstrated outside the provinci

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India, Russia, China under Brics Sun 

Posted On October 17, 2016

Two unexpected developments in the run up to the Big Goa Summit have made the BRICS gathering an event worth watching.  This has nothing to do with the failure of SAARC to hold its Islamabad summit with Pakistan leadership getting an earful from member nations on its duplicity on the terrorism front.Washington, which has been bankrolling the GHQ Shura, has been reading the riot act to Pakistan for a while.  The latest ‘stern message’ was delivered on Oct 13 making Pakistan, as Shafqat Ali wrote in the Nation, to fume with impotent rag

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Poor Leadership Fuels Afghan Military Toll: Nicholson 

Posted On October 25, 2016

General John Nicholson, commander of U.S and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has said that poor leadership is the number one cause of the current military fatality rate among the conventional forces in Afghanistan.He also said that young Afghan officers battling insurgents in some remote regions continue to grapple with major issues such as food shortages and lack of ammunition.In reference to the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan, the top U.S commander stated that Daesh outfits have ramped up efforts to establish their so-called Khorasan C

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Most of Taliban’s Leaders are Based in Pakistan: Abdullah 

Posted On October 24, 2016

KABUL - CEO of the National Unity Government (NUG) Abdullah Abdullah said on Sunday that "most of the Taliban's leaders are based in Pakistan.""Taliban's trip to Pakistan is not news because they are there and carry out all their activities from there," Abdullah said at a press conference when asked about the visit of Taliban delegation to Islamabad for briefing Pak leaders on the latest Qatar talks.Regarding the Qatar peace talks held last week, he said: "I don't know details over government's peace talks with Taliban in Qatar."The

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Key leader exposes internal Taliban struggles 

Posted On October 22, 2016

A key confidant of the Afghan Taliban’s founding leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, now wants the hard-line movement to undergo a complete overhaul of its strategy and tactics to secure a role in the country’s future, says a report on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's web site Gandhara. Syed Mohammad Tayyab Agha wants the Taliban’s current leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, to dramatically reduce violence, sever covert ties with key foreign backer Pakistan, adopt a new political approach, and redefine the Taliban’s ties with other j

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Prachanda on horns of a dilemma 

Posted On November 20, 2016

The Karki imbroglio and Madeshi demand have the potential to make Nepal risk another spell of uncertainty with the the usual polemics of outside interference gaining momentum to whip up peoples’ sentiments. The situation calls for a very calibrated response, says the analystNepal Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, is on the horns of a dilemma over two tricky issues- impeachment of the ill-famed Chief of the all-powerful anti-graft body, the Commission for the

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India-Nepal new deal 

Posted On September 17, 2016

As Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda completed his official talks with the Indian leaders, a joint statement was issued highlighting common interests and resolves.1. The Rt. Hon’ble Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', Prime Minister of Nepal, and Ms. Sita Dahal are on a State visit to India from 15-18 September 2016 at the invitation of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. The delegation includes the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, the Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport M

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Prachanda back at the Nepali wheel 

Posted On August 14, 2016

Prachanda’s turf space is limited though. His party, is a junior partner in the new coalition. Under the 7-point deal between the Maoists and NC, he has to pass on the baton to the NC leader Sher Bahadur Deuba for the second nine-months of the new government’s term. Fresh ballot is due next year, and a new government is to be installed by Jan 21. Prachanda’s immediate task is to pave the way for full implementation of the peace process. He also will have to work overtime to remove irritants that are holding up the new

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East Africa: Where Ambition Meets Reality: A Stratfor Analysis 

Posted On September 20, 2016

East Africa has been blessed, at least for the past decade, with a level of political stability rarely found on the African continent. Amid this period of relative calm, the East African Community (EAC) has enjoyed unbridled growth and rapid progress toward fulfilling its mission to merge its members — Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and, most recently, South Sudan — into a single, federated state. But despite its successes, the bloc may have a hard time turning its aspirations into reality. The common market that the E

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Indonesia Defends Its Strategic Islands 

Posted On July 31, 2016

At least three times this year, Indonesian authorities have confronted Chinese fishing vessels in the waters near the remote Natuna Islands, an area whose 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) overlaps China's expansive nine-dash line. In the wake of the run-ins, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited the islands and promised to boost defense, fishing and natural gas production in the area. Despite its provocative fishing activities in the South China Sea, however, China is not the sole target of Indonesia's def

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Inside The ISI, Pakistan’s Spy Agency 

Posted On October 20, 2016

Hein Kiessling, the author of the book under review, is a political scientist who has lived and worked for a German political foundation in Pakistan from 1989 till 2002. He offers an in-depth look at the highly secretive service, which is engaged in both fomenting and crushing insurgencies, shaping domestic policy, politics, and perhaps above all protecting the military’s supremacy in Pakistan.The book is strong on its history. Its traces the evolution of the ISI from an anemic, humble spy service into one of the leading practit

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Khaled Ahmed breaks down Pakistan’s internal war 

Posted On September 4, 2016

Title: Sleepwalking to Surrender: Dealing with Terrorism in PakistanAuthor: Khaled AhmedISBN: 9780670088966Pages: 320REVIEW By Sarah Khan in The Express Tribune, Sept 4, 2016If you are looking to delve deep into the reason why Pakistan is where it is, then you must pick up a copy of Khaled Ahmed’s Sleepwalking to Surrender: Dealing with Terrorism in Pakistan.Ahmed is a political analyst and well-known columnist. Aptly titled, his book breaks down the various factors that have

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