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INDIA AND WORLD

China objects to US diplomat’s Arunachal Pradesh remark

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China has taken strong offence to a US diplomat’s remark that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and has sought a clarification from Washington.

India, US to track submarines in Indian Ocean

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In the backdrop of US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter’s recent visit to India, the two countries had agreed to enhance cooperation in defence and security. Following the negotiations of the logistics pact, India and the US are in talks to help each other track submarines in the Indian Ocean.

India, US discuss advancing civil nuclear cooperation

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Setting the tone for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June, India and the US have discussed efforts to advance civil nuclear cooperation.

Diplomacy/Defence

India, China can boost global economy: PM Modi

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During his May 5 meeting in New Delhi with Party Secretary of Shanghai and Politburo Member of the Communist Party of China Han Zheng, India’s⋅⋅⋅
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India asks China to end activities in PoK

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The Indian government has asked China to bring an end to its activities in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) region. Ahead of President Pranab Mukherjee’s⋅⋅⋅
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US to block $450 million aid to Pakistan

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The US Congress has initiated a move to block $450 million in aid to Pakistan. The move comes after Islamabad’s inability to take action or⋅⋅⋅
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The Quote Hanger

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.- John F. Kennedy

In Conversation

There is plurality within South-South cooperation

Sachin Chaturvedi

In this wide-ranging conversation with Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief, India Writes Network, Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General of RIS, a preeminent think tank for developing countries, speaks about varied strands of the evolving South-South cooperation.

North will try to divide South, South must maintain solidarity: Thomas Pogge

Thomas Pogge

The burgeoning South-South cooperation has a great potential to recast global governance landscape.

There is a Southern Way of developmental cooperation: Shyam Saran

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Amid the growing salience of South-South cooperation in the evolving world order, RIS, a New Delhi-based think tank, is hosting an international conference (March 10-11) to map the way forward for developmental cooperation among southern countries.

BUSINESS WITH INDIA

Wired India: 500 million+ internet users and counting…

India to cross 500 million internet users

Cashing in on the digital explosion, the number of internet users in India is likely to cross 500 million this year. “India has grown to⋅⋅⋅
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Indian economy performing better than others: UN report

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A cautious economic policy, reduced inflation rate, and structural reforms in some areas are helping the Indian economy to grow at 7.8 percent in 2017–18.⋅⋅⋅
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CHINA CONNECT

South China Sea: China to boost maritime cooperation with ASEAN

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China is working on a new plan for international cooperation in the South China Sea and its neighbouring waters in an attempt to bolster relations⋅⋅⋅
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University violence: India issues advisory for Indian students in China

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A Chinese university has expelled three Indian students for reportedly being involved in an armed clash that left one student with stab wounds. The brawl⋅⋅⋅
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Africa Rising

Al-Qaeda strikes in Burkina Faso, 20 killed

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Around 20 people were killed and others were taken hostage when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso,  on⋅⋅⋅
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Post Africa summit, India must focus on implementation

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The third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) was undoubtedly the biggest diplomatic event hosted by India in the recent times. The summit stood out in many⋅⋅⋅
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China unveils $60 billion surge in Africa

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Marking a major upgrade in China’s surging engagement with Africa, President Xi Jinping has announced USD 60 billion in funding for development projects in the⋅⋅⋅
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Culture / Books / Ideas

Culture

World Culture Festival: Criticism will not bring world to India, says Modi

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The World Culture Festival, being organized in Delhi by spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, seems to be hogging headlines for the wrong reasons. Against⋅⋅⋅
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E-visa boosts flow of tourists to ‘Incredible India’

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E-visa has done wonders for Incredible India – over 445,000 foreign tourists visited this mind-bogglingly diverse country on electronic visas, which was launched in November⋅⋅⋅
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Knowledge bonding: Indian top source of engineers, scientists for US

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Expanding its global footprint, the Indian diaspora has been making remarkable progress in various professions, especially in the field of science and technology. According to⋅⋅⋅
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BOOKS / POETRY

And Then One Day: Naseeruddin Shah tells it all…

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Naseeruddin Shah comes across as an actor who knows his craft but does not take filmdom or stardom with any degree of seriousness.

My Book Story: When Things Fall Apart…

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“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon⋅⋅⋅
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Booker glory beckons Amitav Ghosh

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The Booker glory beckons Indian novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh yet again. Having narrowly missed the Anglophone world’s most coveted literary honour in 2008, the⋅⋅⋅
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Why Write?

Mickey Spillane: The older, the better

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If you’re a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he’s good, the older⋅⋅⋅
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Samuel Johnson: Reading and making of a book

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The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make⋅⋅⋅
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Eudora Welty: Taking Life as it Exists

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“The writing of a novel is taking life as it already exists, not to report it but to make an object, toward the end that⋅⋅⋅
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Travel

Nevada bets on India, to open tourism office soon

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Nevada, the US’ western state known for casinos and picturesque landscape, is betting big on luring more tourists from India. Nevada Lt Governor Thomas Hutchinson⋅⋅⋅
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Border-crossing: Supper in Sweden, Dinner in Denmark

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For those of us living in India, crossing over casually is a distant dream. Even though India and Pakistan were one over six decades ago,⋅⋅⋅
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