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    US striving to defeat China’s naval hegemony

    A virtual naval arms race appears to be in the offing between the US and China with reports that the Chinese navy is set to secure significant new funding in Beijing’s defence budget as it seeks to check US dominance of the high seas and step up its own projection of power around the globe. Aggressive Chinese designs have been all too evident in recent months with its first aircraft carrier sailing around Taiwan,

  • New Delhi: Students affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) protest outside the office of the vice chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on Wednesday to vent their ire over a programme describing the execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru as 'judicial killing'.  PTI Photo 
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    Delhi varsity clashes bode ill for peace

    The violent clashes between the cadres of two youth wings of political parties—the BJP-supported Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Left-supported All India Students’ Association (AISA) – outside Delhi University’s Ramjas College, over the cancellation of a seminar invitation to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid, bode ill for peace in the university. Umar Khalid was charged with sedition a year ago in JNU for raising slogans against the

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    Pakistan’s karma coming back to haunt it

    The recent wave of terror attacks, which the Pakistanis claim have been planned by terrorists based in remote, lawless and ungoverned areas of eastern Afghanistan, is a classic case of what goes around comes around. For over four decades now, Pakistan has used and continues to use its Pashtun tribal belt which borders Afghanistan as a base camp for all sorts of despicable jihadists to carry out their operations in Afghanistan. Now, it appears,

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    Assess Trump in India’s interest

    Stored somewhere among my old papers is a postcard dating back to the early-1980s showing President Ronald Reagan furiously picking his nose. Written below the horrible depiction is something to the effect ‘Would you elect such a man?’

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    Pragmatism rules new ties with Israel

    MERCIFULLY for Modi and the NDA government, the current mess created by the Islamic State has shifted attention away from the Israel-Palestine dispute and left India with an excellent manoeuvring space.

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    Restructure NPAs but hold guilty to account

    ONE of the biggest issues and indeed causes of NPAs is that the Indian system has not been able to apportion responsibility for actions that made no business sense and have been signed by bank officials and promoters, each clearly motivated by concerns well beyond the imperatives of the business sought to be financed.

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    ‘To be or not to be, that’s the question!’

    IN the context of the recently held civic elections all over Maharashtra and particularly in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena Party Chief Uddhav Thackeray must be recalling these lines. Now it is for him to decide whether to go with the Bharatiya Janata Party in BMC and win the mayoral position comfortably and also save its

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    Congress in jitters on Sheila’s Rahul remarks

    The statement of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit in a newspaper interview that the Congress heir-apparent Rahul Gandhi is still not mature has disturbed a hornet’s nest within the Congress party which is fighting with its back to the wall in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The octogenarian leader who had been declared president of the UP Congress before the alliance with the Samajwadi Party of Akhilesh Yadav took effective power out of

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    Racial attack on Indians spreads fear in the US

    The shocking racial attack in which an Indian immigrant engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead while two of his friends (one of them an Indian named Alok Madasani) were seriously injured in crowded Austins Bar and Grill in Kansas city of the United States is a grim reminder of the dangers that US President Donald Trump’s diatribes against immigration poses to immigrants. An American good samaritan who tried to intervene was also shot. This

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    Good policies floundering due to wrong timing

    The budget has been widely acclaimed to be path breaking. It seeks to make a massive increase in public investments in infrastructure while at the same time providing relief in Income Tax. The finance minister wants to spend more while he collects less. So where is the money going to come from? The secret lies in the implementation of GST. The Finance Minister observed that he is not disturbing the rates of Service Tax

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    Egypt emerging from the doldrums

    WITH about 28 per cent of the population languishing below a low poverty line, the best news lately was that foreign exchange reserves rose by $2.1 billion in January to touch $26.4 billion against December’s $24.2 billion. More intensive and efficient exploration of oil can make all the difference to a country that was seen at one time as a leader of the Afro-Asian world but has taken a back seat in recent years

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    BJP has much to gloat about in Maharashtra

    The story of the civic elections in Maharashtra whose results were declared on Thursday, has been the pulverisation of the Congress which ruled the most prestigious civic body, the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) until 1995, the spectacular rise of the BJP across the State without the Shiv Sena shoulder to lean on and the restricted appeal of Uddhav Thackeray, whose Sena pipped the BJP in Mumbai but failed to make inroads in the rest