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ICJ ruling on border dispute draw opposing reactions from Kenya, Somalia
Nairobi, Oct 13 (IANS) A ruling by the United Nations' top court on the maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia has drawn opposing reactions from the two neighbouring countries in East Africa.
2021-10-13
Category: International, Kenya,Immigration/Law/Rights,Opinion/Commentary
Strategy beyond talkathon to deal with China-India border issues
Backdrop
2021-10-13
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Aircraft carrier - a reality check for Indian Navy (Opinion)
Much newsprint was devoted to a naval exercise undertaken between the USA and India. The exercise was designated a two day "passage exercise", and, inarguably, contributed to strengthening bilateral cooperation and military coordination.
2021-10-12
Category: India, Punjab,National,Defence/Security,Opinion/Commentary
Of 'diminished' comrades and Congress (Comment)
India has sought quicker extradition of Kim Peter Davy alias Niels Holck, from Denmark. This happened on the diplomatic stage when Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was in India and holding bilateral talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. She also hailed Modi as an 'inspiration' and both sides held significant parleys on green politics to Afghanistan.
2021-10-11
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Religious and racial hatred propelled by AI (Opinion)
We are living in a Digital Age in which more and more complex tasks are being entrusted to machines. In addition, we are also worried about the issues of Data Privacy and how much information should we share with a particular programme or a company. This information is a gold mine and often results in data being sold to genuine or unscrupulous elements.
2021-10-11
Category: International, India,Opinion/Commentary
With new highs round the corner, expect markets to remain choppy, volatile
Markets gained on four of the five trading sessions last week with Wednesday being the sole day of correction. They continued to be volatile and saw benchmark indices making an attempt to make new lifetime highs but failing. BSESENSEX gained 1,293.28 points or 2.20 per cent to close at 60,059.06 points while NIFTY gained 363.15 points or 2.07 per cent to close at 17,895.20 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 2.05 per cent, 2.19 per cent and 2.35 per cent, respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 2.43 per cent and BSESMALLCAP performed even better gaining 3.95 per cent.
2021-10-10
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
When someone has a stroke, every second delayed is critical (Opinion)
New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) Where does the Indian government stand on its statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. To quote him: "Much of India's development agenda is mirrored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Our national plans are ambitious and purposeful, sustainable development of one-sixth of humanity will be of great consequence to the world and our beautiful planet."
2021-10-09
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Know your immune response post vaccination
Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system to fight a disease. On exposure to a foreign body like bacteria or a virus, the body develops what is called the IgM antibodies. These are the first antibodies the body makes when it fights a new infection, are short term and may not be detectable after a few weeks of an infection. It is then followed by IgG antibodies, which provide a longer lasting immune protection. IgA also plays a crucial role in the immune defence of mucosal surfaces such as nasophryanx, lower respiratory tracts, etc., the first point of entry of SARS-CoV-2.
2021-10-06
Category: International, Australia,National,Opinion/Commentary
How feasible is a EU Army?
Proposals for a European Union (EU) army have re-emerged after the Afghan fiasco ? but many member states still remain 'hard to convince, about its feasibility.
2021-10-04
Category: India, New Delhi,Opinion/Commentary
Market volatility to continue with some initial surge in markets
The week began with a bang with new closing highs recorded on both the BSESENSEX and NIFTY on the very first trading day of the week. Alas! The good news ended there and markets fell on each of the remaining four days to end with losses for the week. BSESENSEX lost 1,282.69 points or 2.14 per cent to close at 58,765.78 points while NIFTY lost 321.15 points or 1.80 per cent to close at 17,532.05 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 1.65 per cent, 1.38 per cent and 1.19 per cent, respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 0.12 per cent, while BSESMALLCAP gained 0.69 per cent. The closing high recorded during the week was 60,077.88 made on September 27 while the intraday high made was in the previous week at, 60,412.32 points, also made the same day. On NIFTY, the closing high made on the same day was 17,855.10 points while the intra-day high made was on the previous September 24at 17,947.65 points.
2021-10-03
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
China's aggressive expansionism is no balm for Century of Humiliation (Comment)
The fourth-largest empire in the world at its time, the Qing dynasty lasted for almost three centuries commencing 1634. It was not only the largest but also the last dynasty in Imperial Chinese history.
2021-10-03
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
What is modern about ancient Chanakya (Column Spy's Eye)
Something great happening in the past has its use mainly if it can be applied in the present for the betterment of the future. Kautilya's Arthashashtra, the most famous of the works on statecraft produced in ancient India, is a treatise comprehensively dealing with the political, economic and administrative concepts on which a King could do justice to his duties.
2021-10-03
Category: International, Spain,National,Human Interest/Society,Opinion/Commentary
Senate hearings do not explain causes of American shame (Comment)
The US top brass was on one of its frequent visits to the confessional, the Senate Armed Services Committee, revealing just enough to reassure the American people that they have an open system. Defence Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin must by now be in drill rattling off boo-boos by the military on more occasions than one. I can never forget his being grilled by the same committee during the Syrian war when he was a four star General.
2021-10-03
Category: International, Spain,National,Opinion/Commentary
Chinese chequers in the Middle East - First stop Oman (Opinion)
The Chinese pursuit of its rightful place on the global stage and emergence from a century of humiliation at foreign hands has an intricate design. Sun Tzu's golden nuggets of winning without firing a shot and winning through cunning seem to be at the core of its approach.
2021-10-01
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Opinion/Commentary
This World Elderly day, give a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine jab to elderly population (Opinion)
World over October 1 is celebrated as World Elderly Day. The main purpose of celebrating these days is to make people aware of the socio, economic, health and environmental issues concerning this group of people.
2021-09-30
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Health/Medicine,Opinion/Commentary
What does Taliban's triumph mean for political Islam?
New Delhi, Sep 29: Over several months before the Taliban took control of Kabul in August 2021, their spokespersons asserted that they were now a "new" Taliban--a Taliban who would be moderate in doctrine and accommodative of the countrys diversity. During the last six weeks, there have been few indications of change. On womens education and employment, the Taliban have not yet taken a final view: though women at present are not permitted access to higher education or employment, the door has not been finally closed on these claims.
2021-09-29
Category: International, South Korea,National,Opinion/Commentary,Politics,Religion,Terrorism
Communist China's debt trap: An empire of lies and deceit (Comment)
China's latest investment of an estimated US$1.4 billion in Sri Lanka's Colombo Port City project is the largest single foreign investment in the island nation's history.
2021-09-28
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Pakistan's anti-US tirade scales new heights
New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) It is difficult to discern whether Pakistan is angry more with its biggest aid-giver America or arch rival India. It is also confusing while trying to comprehend its sense of loss and being ignored by the superpower, whether to target Joe Biden or India's Narendra Modi.
2021-09-27
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Opinion/Commentary
AUKUS vs. Quad: A reality check (Opinion)
The past week saw the US's hard push to contain China in its own backyard, by the formation of a new defence agreement known as AUKUS, with no precedent in diplomatic world, as the regional might of the new alliance is already covered by an old alliance named Quad.
2021-09-27
Category: India, New Delhi,Opinion/Commentary
With expiry week ahead, trade cautiously (Opinion)
In the week gone by, markets were volatile and had huge intraday movement as well. They did close at new lifetime highs on intraday and closing basis. However, there were plenty of ups and downs which accompanied this rise as well.
2021-09-26
Category: India, New Delhi,Business/Economy,Opinion/Commentary
Crime against women in matrilineal Meghalaya: Who'll bell the cat? (Opinion)
Like Economics, Sociology too cannot be a durable truth. It requires constant attention, closer scrutiny and revision. Such a notion or rather the conviction is reflected in the case of crimes against women. Which of the two worlds, a pro-feminist or matrilineal one or male-chauvinistic one suits women better?
2021-09-26
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Opinion/Commentary
The Hocus Pocus about Quad and AUKUS (Comment)
Robert Blackwill, US ambassador at the time of anti-terror fireworks over Afghanistan, had established a tradition of seating guests at lunch around a circular table, where he grandly held forth, initiating a discussion. "Imagine I am Henry Kissinger" would be one of his opening gambits. An idea was tossed up. A discussion followed. The one who spoke the most, ate the least, because all plates were removed in one swoop.
2021-09-26
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Israel-Turkey ties exhibition of President Erdogan's hypocrisy (Opinion)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogans hypocrisy in proclaiming himself as the "defender" of the Palestinian cause, while maintaining military, diplomatic and economic alliance with Israel, is legendary. He does it unabashedly. He plays the similar charade when he projects himself as the messiah of Muslims all across the world.
2021-09-25
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Strategy of the greats - Moving towards IR 5.0 (Opinion)
The world is changing at a frightening speed. It did not change for 18 centuries after 1 AD, with India and China owning half the world's GDP almost throughout this period, till 1760. The first and second industrial revolutions changed everything in two centuries thereafter with China and India's share going down from 50 to 5 per cent, and the West gaining where these technologies were discovered. The 1950s started the third industrial revolution, followed by fourth industrial revolution, both communication and digital revolutions in a globalized world connected on wire or wireless, where it was difficult saving technologies only in the countries where they were discovered. Further and strangely, The US and other advanced countries chose to help China and the other countries. The US also got convinced that it was advantageous to help China grow fast, to counter Russia, their cold war rival. The growth pattern moved towards the East, particularly China with US's active and sometimes unethical help. China grew to The US' size in GDP in record time. And seven US Presidents did not understand this.
2021-09-25
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
What Modi wants from Biden, in Year Zero of post-Covid era (Opinion)
This is the second piece of a two-column combo-pack, over 48 hours, before the Biden-Modi summit in Washington DC, in the morning of September 24.
2021-09-24
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
On eve of Biden-Modi summit; a primer on what Biden needs, wants, and will ask from India
When US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit down for their first-ever personal meeting, and bilateral, at the White House on Friday, the meeting will be historic in true meaning of the word "historic". This is Year Zero of the Post-Covid Era, and a new world order is in throes of taking birth.
2021-09-23
Category: India, New Delhi,Opinion/Commentary
Congress' revival journey: It's all about making the right beginning (Opinion)
Do not be surprised if another veteran Congressman, Lal Thanhawla from Mizoram , also steps aside like Capt Amarinder Singh in Punjab. The Congress high command is already making moves to replace the 83-year-old Congress veteran, who also holds the distinction of being Congress chief of his state since 1973.
2021-09-22
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,National,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
Chinese census results point to socioeconomic challenges that will impact the world
The Olympics has always been the worlds major sporting event and history is witness that there have been many eye-openers incidents for nations to ponder on; Tokyo Olympics is not much different. For ages, China has been a closed society and nothing much was known about the internal issues and dynamics of the society. Things are changing with the advent of technology and issues related to Chinese society are coming to the front. Chinese decline in population and the insecurity associated with it is one of the issues that have raised the alarm bells in Beijing.
2021-09-22
Category: India, New Delhi,Human Interest/Society,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
Biden, Modi or who? Wanted a world leader at UNGA this week (Opinion)
Who could be the 2-3 personalities from among the 200 or so heads of governments, who could rise and shine, and give hope to humanity, freedom and peace, this week at New York?
2021-09-21
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
Rural India, a bright spot which cannot light up the whole economy
The RBI Governor in his August policy address noted "The robust outlook for agriculture and rural demand would continue to support private consumption". Rural India has been cited as the economy's silver lining since the onset of the pandemic, often due to agriculture, its robust output and exemption from policy restrictions. Government direct support schemes like MGNREGA and PM-KISAN are also targeted towards agri. In our note last year on the rural economy (link), we had detailed its structure, high share of non-agri households, dependence on wage income even by agri households and the need to avoid equating agriculture with rural.
2021-09-21
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Business/Economy,Opinion/Commentary
Chinese census results point to socioeconomic challenges that will impact the world
The Olympics has always been the worlds major sporting event and history is witness that there have been many eye-openers incidents for nations to ponder on; Tokyo Olympics is not much different. For ages, China has been a closed society and nothing much was known about the internal issues and dynamics of the society. Things are changing with the advent of technology and issues related to Chinese society are coming to the front. Chinese decline in population and the insecurity associated with it is one of the issues that have raised the alarm bells in Beijing. The backlash that has come after a Chinese adopted athlete (MacNeil) has won the gold medal for Canada has worsened the situation for CCP as it is seen as a direct impact of Chinas One-Child Policy. Society is experiencing an inverted population Pyramid which fewer young supporting a bulky older population. with the Gold going to Canada in butterfly swimming style experts are discussing whether the butterfly of progress has already flown away from China.
2021-09-21
Category: India, New Delhi,Opinion/Commentary
UK-UAE bonhomie (Opinion)
The withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan before the deadline has dealt a severe blow to the special relationship between the US and UK and also the EU member states. They insist that the withdrawal before time was a hasty decision and their view was not taken on-board. They also base their criticism of US President Joe Bidens decision on the inputs by both the British and other countries intelligence that such an action might end up in chaos, and the subsequent events leading to the rout by the Taliban forces in Afghanistan, proved their point.
2021-09-20
Category: India, New Delhi,Opinion/Commentary
A week ahead to decide 'fate' of Peace and Guns in Nagaland (Opinion)
It is going to be a crucial week for Nagaland. A former top level Intelligence Bureau sleuth, A.K. Mishra, has landed in Dimapur. He has not been named as peace interlocutor for Naga talks officially but for all practical purposes, he is the one. At least, he would be the go-between kind of person.
2021-09-20
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Friday, markets have shown their vulnerability, more likely to follow
Markets continued their rise and did so in style, gaining sharply on two of the five trading days and losing on two days with one being sideways. All good things must come to an end, even if it is temporary. The same happened on Friday and was a wake-up alarm for investors as well.
2021-09-19
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Limits to power: Taliban in Kabul, jailbreak in Israel (Comment)
What could possibly be common between the Taliban brandishing their weapons in Kabul and Palestinians twirling their spoons (yes, teaspoons) with a flourish? Well, the latter were celebrating because six Palestinian prisoners had pulled off a seemingly impossible escape from the high security Gilboa prison in Northern Israel. Clearly an embarrassment for a state which flaunts national security as a marketable commodity. The spoon has become an emblem because the six used it as an implement to dig a hole in the toilet attached to their cell.
2021-09-19
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Biden's QUAD summit could yield up to $100bn in military sales
US President Joe Biden will be hosting the QUAD countries' heads of governments summit this coming week, in Washington D.C. ? comprising of the US, Japan, Australia, and India. By end of the week, there could be announcements of military deals with Japan, Australia, and India, that may total up to $100 billion in American defence exports.
2021-09-17
Category: International, United States,Opinion/Commentary
Is Xi Jinping playing Don Quixote in Tibet?
Going by the hysteria of the Chinese establishment at the sight of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lamas photos, the efforts of President Xi Jinping to occupy Tibetan religion from within appear to be another replay of Don Quixote.
2021-09-17
Category: India, New Delhi,Opinion/Commentary
RaGa's Kashmiri Pandit solidarity may be an assertion for electoral gain (Opinion)
Thirty-one years after the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir, the Nehru-Gandhi family has for the first time unambiguously spoken up for the community. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi wrote in Hindi saying that the nation cannot forget the pain that the families had undergone.
2021-09-15
Category: India, Bihar,National,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
Existential crisis in Lebanon (Opinion)
While the world it seems has been too occupied with the developments in Afghanistan, another tragedy in the making is currently on in Lebanon -- a country facing one crisis after another.
2021-09-13
Category: India, New Delhi,Opinion/Commentary
Maritime dimensions of a continental debacle (Opinion)
"... those once bitten by a snake fear even a twisted rope," William Dalrymple, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42.
2021-09-12
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Opinion/Commentary
Markets awaiting trigger for correction
Markets last week were a four-day week and gained on the opening day, but remained sideways on the remaining three days. BSESENSEX gained 175.12 points or 0.30 per cent to close at 58,305.07 points. NIFTY gained 45.65 points or 0.26 per cent to close at 17,369.25 points.
2021-09-12
Category: International, Israel,National,Opinion/Commentary
Martime dimensions of a continental debacle (Opinion)
"... those once bitten by a snake fear even a twisted rope," William Dalrymple, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42.
2021-09-12
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Is Biden ending Islamophobia? What shall we do then? (Comment)
Our media has been pegging away, at a nagging length, on the 'terrorists' in the Taliban cabinet and who are controlled by Pakistan. The information available to us would have been so much more reliable had our embassy not shut entirely. Our ambassador had to leave early because in the Taliban versus US-Ghani conflict we clearly sided with the losing side.
2021-09-12
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Winning the Pataudi Trophy would be fitting tribute to the Nawab on his 10th death anniversary (Column: Close-in)
The present Indian team seems to have a spunk that one has never seen before. One would still not place it as an extraordinary unit in comparison to the teams of the past. However, the current Indian team players have shown that they have resilience, aptitude and a will to conquer. They seem to rise out of difficulties when submerged and they do give the impression of being warriors who never say die.
2021-09-10
Category: India, New Delhi,Sports,Opinion/Commentary,Cricket
Why is Communist China suddenly so inclusive? (Opinion)
Beijing wants everyone to believe that Tibet has been part of China since antiquity ? but Tibetans cannot accept this because 'China did not even exist then, contrary to what the new Emperors would like us to believe.
2021-09-08
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Russia and India must convene Hindu Kush Peace Summit
The Russian National Security Advisor will be meeting the Indian NSA, and the Prime Minister of India Wednesday -- primarily to discuss Afghanistan. There are other critical matters too between Russia and India -- including overcoming the American sanctions on Russia, so that the S-400 missile defence systems can be purchased by India. PM Modi will have to take up this matter very soon with President Biden in their meeting, which is due in a couple of weeks. This too should be discussed today.
2021-09-08
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Opinion/Commentary
Geelani's death: Pansies to happily bloom in Kashmir
New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) It was in spring many years ago when pansies bloom in Kashmir and the end of the cold season begins that I met Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence in Srinagar's Hyderpora for an interview. While entering the cave-like entrance, it was a pleasant sight to see a small garden with blooming pansies. Each of them swayed in the cold breeze, but the patterns on them were such that each one of them seemed to be angry. I jokingly mentioned this to Geelani, and his answer just ended my laugh, "They are angry because they are subjugated."
2021-09-07
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
No cause for celebration: Indian Muslims and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan (Opinion)
Taliban prides itself in following Islam according to the scriptures and yearns to establish an Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan.
2021-09-06
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Taliban victory puts Pakistan in a quandary
The Pakistan government at the moment seems to be in a quandary. The manner in which it wanted to exploit the Taliban victory in Afghanistan has rebounded threatening to reinforce religious fundamentalists inclinations in Pakistan itself. US President Joe Bidens decision to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan was due to the realisation that religious fundamentalism might not remain contained to Afghanistan.
2021-09-06
Category: India, New Delhi,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Opinion/Commentary
While markets continue to rally strongly, risk-reward ratio seems to be tilting against the bulls
Markets were on a roll and posted big gains during the week gone by. They were up on four of the five trading sessions and corrected on just one day, posting new highs virtually every day. Currently BSESENSEX and NIFTY are at new intraday and lifetime highs. BSESENSEX gained 2,005.23 points or 3.57 per cent to close at 58,129.95 points while NIFTY gained 618.40 points or 3.70 per cent to close at 17,323.60 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 3.90 per cent, 4.01 per cent and 3.98 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 4.85 per cent and BSESMALLCAP gained 3.89 per cent. The intraday highs made were 58,194.79 points on BSESNSEX and 17,340.1 points on NIFTY. It is interesting to note that the closings were quite close to the intraday highs, indicating no Friday weekend blues or selling pressure at the end of day and week.
2021-09-05
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary