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    INDIA AND WORLD

    Is India Following Chinese Model in Latin America?

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    The rise of China and India is set to change the rules of the game in international politics in many arenas. Western analysts maintain that Africa and Latin America provide a test for the Asian giants as to how they intend to behave as rising powers. The energy and resource sectors represent the most dynamic part of the economic relations that China and India have forged with Latin America. The region’s importance in the world energy market and its potential are certainly attractive to the two Asian giants. In terms of trade and investment with both the regions, China enjoys a clear edge over India. China is not just elephant in the room, it is a fire-breathing dragon.

    India-Nepal ties: Mapping New Horizons

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    It’s a journey that could prove to be path-breaking in mapping new horizons in the age-old India-Nepal relations. In her second stand-alone visit to a neighbouring country in South Asia, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj travels to Kathmandu July 25-27, an important trip that promises to usher in a new chapter between the two fraternal neigbours bound by deep ties of geography, nature, history and culture. The visit underscores yet again the primacy of South Asia in the foreign policy calculus of the new government in New Delhi and comes nearly two months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted the leaders of SAARC countries for his swearing-in ceremony and a month after Mrs Sushma Swaraj visited Dhaka.

    Gaza violence: India backs Palestine in UNHRC vote

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    Amid the festering violence and mounting casualties in Gaza, India has voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to probe Israel’s offensive in the region. In the 47-member council, 29 countries voted in support of the resolution while 17 nations abstained. Israel’s long term ally, the US, was the only nation to vote against the resolution. “We remain hopeful that a sustainable ceasefire will be reached between the two sides, linked to the resumption of the peace process, for a comprehensive resolution of the Palestinian issue,” said India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji.

    Diplomacy

    India, Nepal re-charge ties, all eyes on Modi visit

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    India and Nepal have agreed on a clutch of steps to reinvigorate their ties that include reviewing the Treaty of Friendship to bring it in⋅⋅⋅
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    Total Recount in Afghanistan: What Next?

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    As per the compromise agreement worked out by the US Secretary of State John Kerry on July 12, both the leading Afghan presidential candidates, Dr.⋅⋅⋅
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    India, Nepal hold talks to galvanise ties

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    Taking a long-range view, the foreign ministers of India and Nepal have held wide-ranging talks and explored a host of ideas, including the signing of⋅⋅⋅
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    Politics / Policy

    How woman friendly is the annual Budget?

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    Did anyone expect the recent Budget 2014 to have a serious content on women’s welfare and safety? Yes and no. In the aftermath of a⋅⋅⋅
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    Defence: Not really an ideal Budget

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    Even though the Narendra Modi Government started off with a proverbial military bang, and has received many bouquets for presenting a fairly “balanced budget” overall,⋅⋅⋅
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    Takeaways for Defence in the Union Budget 2014-15

    Delivering his maiden budget speech on 10th July 2014, the Finance Minister, who also happens to hold the charge of the defence portfolio, talked about⋅⋅⋅
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    The Quote Hanger

    The Indian dream is a million acts of private daring –Anand Giridharadas

    In Conversation

    India must be inside UN Security Council, BRICS can help: Puri

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    you can’t have a country of India’s size: 1.2 billion people, a 2 trillion dollar economy, a country of Mahatma Gandhi and with a great story to tell, the world’s largest democracy, in which 660 million people turn out to vote, somewhat raucous sometimes, not be the member of the Security Council as a permanent member.

    On writing, South Asian taboos, beauty of the Nepali language

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    Nepali-Indian author Prajwal Parajuly is a curious person. Laidback, he writes simply because he likes to. Yet, his stories are written with such forceful simplicity⋅⋅⋅
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    Reviving Southwestern Silk Route: India-China-Nepal trilateral a win-win for all

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    In this interview with India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org), Dr. Pradumna B. Rana, Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), highlights why reviving the Southwestern Silk Route is important, and how the India-China-Nepal trilateral cooperation can open up new possibilities for a seamless pan-Asia.

    BUSINESS WITH INDIA

    Modi effect: FII surges to $ 5 billion in July

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    The government’s reform agenda has got a nod of approval from foreign investors as they poured in more than 25 billion USD in the Indian⋅⋅⋅
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    India fine-tunes strategy to scale up medical tourism

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    India is looking to double the size of its medical tourism industry to $6 billion, with the tourism ministry unveiling new guidelines to attract a⋅⋅⋅
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    CHINA CONNECT

    The View from Beijing: Chinese media slams West’s critique of BRICS

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    More than 100 Chinese journalists, cutting across print and electronic media, descended on the Brazilian port city of Fortaleza to track the sixth BRICS summit.⋅⋅⋅
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    China’s Maritime Silk Route: Implications for India

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    In recent days, China’s proposal for a Maritime Silk Route (MSR) has been a subject of speculation and debate. Beijing’s plan for a maritime infrastructure⋅⋅⋅
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    Africa Rising

    BRICS back regional and inclusive solutions in Africa

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    Underlining the growing importance of Africa, the BRICS Fortaleza Declaration, which emerged from the sixth BRICS summit in Brazil, focused on the role of international⋅⋅⋅
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    Ebola epidemic ravages West Africa

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    As an unprecedented Ebola epidemic continues to wage havoc in West Africa, the international medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says it does not⋅⋅⋅
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    Peter Mutharika, lawyer and educator, is Malawi’s new president

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    Malawi, a land-locked southeast African country, is poised for change of guard with Peter Mutharika, brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, and a former⋅⋅⋅
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    Culture / Books / Ideas

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    Germany beckons Indian students

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    Destination Germany. Indian students seem undaunted by language barriers as they fly to the West European economic dynamo in staggering numbers to pursue higher education.⋅⋅⋅
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    The Spanish Way: Discovering Karma and Dharma in India

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    A tea stall hangs in the middle of the air. It is just a normal tea stall in the midst of a lonely highway. Dressed⋅⋅⋅
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    Glory moment: Indian-American academic to head top US law school

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    The long list of Indian-Americans, who now head elite academic institutions in the United States, has got a new addition. In a milestone for the⋅⋅⋅
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    BOOKS / POETRY

    Demystifying Tibetan culture: Uncle Tompa’s profane adventures

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    In these 20 stories Rinjing Dorji narrates how Uncle Tompa gets the better of others through his trickery. The ‘others’ here are usually the rich, the foolish, the virtuous, and the stubborn. While tales of Uncle Tompa are very similar to those of other tricksters like the Persian Mullah Nusruddhin, or the American Cayote, Uncle Tompa’s stories differ because of the centrality of sex in his adventures.

    Recreating ethos of the Tagore women

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    It is a book that immerses the reader in its rich descriptions of a life that ceased to be more than a century ago. It⋅⋅⋅
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    For Borges

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    Silence is a Forest. Rootless words Perch on filtered sunlight, shadows dance with rhythm of swaying distance, dead wind caresses.   You are welcome to⋅⋅⋅
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    Why Write?

    Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing

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    When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else. When an adult, try to⋅⋅⋅
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    Charles Bukowski: So You Want To Be A Writer

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    So you want to be a writer if it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it. unless it comes⋅⋅⋅
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    Don DeLillo: Understanding the rigors of novel-writing

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    I was a semiconscious writer in the beginning. Just sat and wrote something, or read the newspaper, or went to the movies. Over time I⋅⋅⋅
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    Travel

    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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    At the Equator: A tryst with Assange, Darwin and sea lions

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    Ecuador is probably the only country in the world named after a geographical feature – the equator. Crossing over from the Colombian border post near⋅⋅⋅
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