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With Biden in White House, it won’t be smooth sailing for Modi

While Joe Biden, a liberal democrat and a secular integrationist, is the new tenant at the White House, Narendra Modi with an ideology diametrically opposed to Biden, is entrenched in New Delhi. Differences between the two are bound to arise as both are fiercely committed to their respective ideologies and political agendas. Touted in the Trump era as “strategic partners”, India and the US will be two different kettles of fish from now on. While...

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MORNING NEWS BRIEF: 26 JANUARY

PICTURE OF THE DAY
ROME, ITALY

 

A woman looks at the graffiti depicting the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny behind bars with a dove freeing him from detention, by an unidentified street artist known as Harry...

Reports

India says troops had ‘minor face-off’ with Chin...

China and India appear to have made progress in talks on Sunday to end the nine-month-border dispute, despite yet another clash between their border troops last week. Yesterday, the Indian Army called the commander-level marathon discussion to work out plans for phased disengagement from different...

India’s Republic Day to be overshadowed by revol...

This year, Republic Day of India will be altogether different from history. New Delhi will echo with rebellious and revolutionary songs instead of Vande Matram. Over two and half million tractors will overshadow the weaponry and military vehicles’ parade.  Punjabi tableaus on trolleys will subdue...

Army, ISI chiefs discuss national security with...

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday held a meeting with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt General Faiz Hameed to discuss, as per the official handout, “matters pertaining to national security”. No further details were provided by the...

Chinese firm opens assessment tender for strateg...

A Chinese company has invited proposals by Feb. 8 to provide consultancy services and field investigations environmental and social impact assessments of its ambitious Kyaukphyu deep-sea port project in Rakhine State. The move brings the Belt and Road Initiative project – which would open Chinese...

SAM Special

Myanmar's Rakhine problem is a domestic and international challenge

Much about Myanmar's Nov. 8 general election was predictable: A landslide win for Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy; allegations of fraud from the military-aligned opposition; and disappointing results for most ethnic minority parties. But no one expected the poll to trigger an opportunity to end the fighting in the country's most sustained and vicious conflict in decades. Over the last two years, clashes between the military and the...

Issues

PM Modi can put lipstick on a pig but the fact i...

We have entered the 13th consecutive quarter of economic slowdown in India. Gross Domestic Product, meaning the total value of services and goods produced in this country in the last 12 months, shrunk in 2020-2021 against 2019-2020. We made less than we did the previous...

Latest China-India military talks agree to push...

China and India on Sunday held the ninth round of the Corps Commander Level Meeting, in which both sides agreed to push for an early disengagement of the frontline troops and continue to stabilize and control the border situation, China's defense ministry announced on Monday. ...

Myanmar military rolls out red carpet for Russia...

Russian Defense Minister General Sergey Shoigu’s visit to Naypyitaw last week sends a signal that Myanmar and Russia intend to expand their defense cooperation. Myanmar’s generals have a long-term plan to modernize the military, and Russia is expected be a major partner in this process....

Biden should not scapegoat Russia if he reverses...

The Biden Administration is re-evaluating practically every element of foreign policy that it inherited from former President Donald Trump, but nowhere could this potentially impact Pakistani interests more than in Afghanistan. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne announced on Friday that the United States (US)...

Editor`s Choice

Biden’s Idea of India and Savarkar’s are poles apart

Biden’s Idea of India and Savarkar’s are pole...

According to media reports, the US President Joe Biden has picked as many as 20 Indian-Americans for senior positions in his government, and the common...
India’s China conundrum

India’s China conundrum

In a unilateral and a surprise move on the intervening night of June 16-17 2020, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered the Galwan Valley...
Kamala Harris and India's laws against "love jihad"

Kamala Harris and India's laws against "love...

The unpredictable impact of Trump's post-defeat temper on Georgia's January 6 Senate runoffs intrigues me as I wait and watch in Illinois. Also fascinating, and...

Focus

India

The mass radicalisation that India does not acknowledge

It is now clear that if you are Muslim in Narendra Modi’s new India you can be arrested for selling shoes, taking part in a protest, talking to or walking with a Hindu girl, driving a cattle truck, cracking a joke – or not. If you are a Muslim in the wrong place at the wrong time, the Constitution means little and the law can be twisted in any manner to imprison you. Criminality is...
Pakistan is an essential partner in any peace process in Afghanistan. Pakistan will play an important role in any political settlement in Afghanistan.
Lloyd Austin, Defence Secretary at his US Senate confirmation hearing.