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India slipped further behind China under Modi govt

BY IAIN MARLOW New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a rare national address on live television last month to boast that India had destroyed a satellite in low orbit, establishing itself as a “space power” alongside the U.S., Russia and China. For a leader who lambasted his predecessor for …

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India’s false-flag operation

BY IKRAM SEHGAL With so many commentators trying to impose their own narrative on this tragedy, investigations must establish who stands to benefit most? Sri Lanka’s Health Minister and cabinet spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne, told a press conference in Colombo: “We don’t see how a small organization can do all of …

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Geopolitics and the BRI

BY ZAMIR AKRAM The second Summit on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), held in Beijing from April 26 to 27 and attended by several world leaders from more than 150 countries, provided an opportunity to showcase China’s mega project aimed at promoting global growth and prosperity. But critics, led …

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Delaying and obstructive tactics in transitional justice

By S. Chandrasekharan In the Human Rights Council at Geneva last month, Pradip Gyawali, Foreign Minister of Nepal made a grandiose statement that the transitional justice laws of Nepal will be amended as guided by the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement), the Supreme Court Directives and international commitments. He also gave …

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India: Money rules the roost

By A Surya Prakash Although the use of muscle power to capture booths and intimidate voters belonging to vulnerable social groups has drastically come down in recent years, the percentage of candidates with criminal records still remains a matter of concern. But the bigger worry is money power. During a …

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A new lease on life

Tibet embraces a course toward prosperity since democratic reform began 60 years ago By Lu Yan Sonam Dorjee and his family run a furniture cooperative in Khesum Village in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. With an annual income of more than 600,000 yuan ($89,300) from the cooperative, he is now …

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Indian false strategic narrative: Pakistan-India tension still remains

BY M ROSHAN Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on April 7, this year: “If Pakistan has credible intelligence reports that India is planning another act of aggression against its military action and to increase diplomatic pressure against Pakistan; India can create a new drama in occupied Kashmir on …

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Modi exploiting Pulwama death for electoral gains

BY M CHUDARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “militaristic approach” responsible for the increasing killings in occupied Kashmir, and accused him and his Hindu nationalist party of now exploiting the deaths of paramilitary soldiers in Pulwama for political gains ahead of the national elections. Over the past five years, that Modi’s …

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