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INDIA AND WORLD

India-UAE ties on upswing: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince to visit Delhi

Sheikh Zayed

Months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the UAE, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be in New Delhi, starting Feb 10, to impart an added momentum to the transforming relations between Asia’s third largest economy and the economic powerhouse in West Asia.

IFR 2016: PM Modi unveils ‘Sagar’ doctrine of transforming India via maritime security

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Underlining the growing salience of the Indian Ocean and global maritime commons in India’s strategic calculus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for intensifying cooperation among navies and maritime agencies of the world to engineer virtuous cycles of cooperation.

India, Iran re-energise ties, to fast-track Chabahar

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The lifting of sanctions against Iran has set the state for re-energising India-Iran relations, with the two countries stepping up efforts to resolve some issues related to the India-built Chabahar port, a potential game-changer in New Delhi’s quest for direct access to Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Diplomacy/Defence

US urges Russia to implement ceasefire in Syria

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With the Syrian peace process on hold, the war of words between the US and Russia has escalated. Urging Russia to implement the ceasefire in⋅⋅⋅
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With blockade lifted, Nepal PM Oli set for India visit

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The India-Nepal relations, under strain for several months, are set for a bounce during Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s maiden visit to India on February⋅⋅⋅
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India, US seek to settle solar power trade dispute

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With the India-US relations moving onto a higher trajectory, the US and India are in talks to settle a long-standing solar power trade dispute. This⋅⋅⋅
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The Quote Hanger

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.Marcus Aurelius

In Conversation

India hoping for consensus on constitution in Nepal ahead of Oli visit: S.D. Muni

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India-Nepal relations have been in a churn since the Madhesis began an agitation nearly five months ago, demanding an inclusive constitution that accommodates their interests⋅⋅⋅
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World wants India to play a bigger extrovert global role: John Chipman

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The proactive and out-of-the-box foreign policy pursued by the Modi government has put the global spotlight on India’s growing role in the international arena and⋅⋅⋅
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Modi’s France visit to bolster strategic ties, focus on smart cities: Rakesh Sood

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India and France are set to galvanise their multifarious relations during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden trip to Paris. The two countries have a robust strategic partnership over the years, and are looking to push the envelope in a host of areas.

BUSINESS WITH INDIA

Hong Kong keen to spur India’s infrastructure development

Leung Swaraj meet

Underlining its desire to be part of the success of the India growth story, Hong Kong has said it is keen to partner India in⋅⋅⋅
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India overtakes US to become second largest smartphone market

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India’s booming consumer driven economy has now made it the second largest smartphone market. The shipments in the country grew 23.3 percent to touch 100⋅⋅⋅
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CHINA CONNECT

New nuclear safety law to be drafted by China soon

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As geopolitical tensions continue to rise in the Asia-Pacific region, China is speeding up the drafting of a nuclear safety law and atomic energy law.⋅⋅⋅
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From Shanghai to Wenzhou, China bets big on Make in India

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Building on ambitious investment pledges unveiled during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China last year, China will signal a bigger role for Make in⋅⋅⋅
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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

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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Tolerance/Intolerance debate: Dialogue of the deaf?

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“Sare jahan se achha Hindostan hamara…” This ode to India by iconic poet Allama Iqbal still remains the most eloquent tribute to this country that⋅⋅⋅
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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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