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Kulbhushan Jadhav Case in ICJ

  Pakistan is still quaking following the International Court of Justice’s order to Islamabad to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an ex-Indian naval official who has been convicted by the country’s military court for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorism in Pakistan. The Hague-based 12-bench member court made it clear that “Pakistan shall ensure that Mr Jadav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the court of [...]

india pakistan tension

Public pressure on the Narendra Modi government is building on to act against rogue Pakistan, the South Asian country whose army again indulged in brutal mutilation of two Indian soldiers’ bodies. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is looking after the Ministry of Defence also, has delayed his visit to Japan where he was supposed to attend the annual Asian Development Bank meeting. The government has given Indian army free hand to punish inveterate Pakistan for [...]

indian railways digitisation

Speaking at a function in Raipur, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu recently said: “Development of rail would lead to the development of the country.” Indeed, the kind of value that the railways imparts to the country on its social, economic, geographic and strategic plane, Suresh Prabhu’s statement could not be seen as an exaggeration. It is virtually the country’s lifeline, which started its journey in 1853 when the first train chugged out of Bori Bunder station [...]

Arunachal Pradesh Conflict

Over reaction to anything backfires and China knows this truth very well. The manner in which Beijing has angrily reacted to the Dalai Lama’s recent week-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India’s Northeastern state, it doesn’t appear China believes in patience or diplomatic negotiations to iron out problems. First, it threatened India through its mouth piece China Daily newspaper that “if New Delhi Chooses to play dirty… Beijing should not hesitate to answer blows with blows.” [...]

donald trump signs h1B visa order

With virtually nothing to show in three months of his presidential term, Donald Trump’s way of fulfilling poll promises has potential to harm American interests in general. In one go the maverick American President, who has earned brickbats than any bouquet, signed on 18 April an executive order on stricter enforcement of H-1B visa, a non-immigrant visa which allows US employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialized occupations like Information Technology. Over the past [...]

April 18, 2017
triple talaq controversy

It is an irony that when more than 20 countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have abolished ‘triple talaq’, India is still struggling with this invidious practice wherein a Muslim individual divorces his wife by pronouncing talaq three times in one sitting. There have been instances when a drunk Muslim man has divorced his wife by pronouncing ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’ in his inebriated state of mind. Recently, a pregnant woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district wrote [...]

by poll result 2017

AAP leader Ashutosh’s recent article on NDTV’s web portal appeared as a lengthy defense for his party’s defeat in the by-poll for Delhi’s Rajouri Garden assembly seat. As this defeat occurred close on the heels of a series of drubbings the AAP suffered in the recent assembly elections in five states in the country, he expressed in his writing that he didn’t like media writing off his party’s electoral capability. In fact, some news outlets [...]

kulbhushan jadhav death sentence

The plot is thickening over the death penalty awarded to former Indian naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, by a military court in Pakistan. In fact, India for the 14th time was denied consular access to meet Jadhav in Pakistan. Experts have started suspecting that Pakistan military personnel might have tortured and killed the 46-year old ex-navy officer. External Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Gopal Baglay’s statement that India has no idea about Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location or condition gives [...]

Delhi MCD Polls 2017

No one remembers municipal polls in Delhi witnessing such high-voltage campaigning. These polls used to be the off-the-block kinds, where mainstream political parties hardly invested so much money, energy and enthusiasm as they are doing now to win municipal wards. Buoyed by its performance in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, the BJP is sparing no effort to have the same kind of performance in Delhi municipal polls also. To regain control [...]

Sheikh Hasina's India Visit

When Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina landed in New Delhi for a four-day visit to India on April 7, she was received at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was a rare gesture from India to the Bangladesh Prime Minister, hinting categorically, the importance that New Delhi attached to the visit, the first one after Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014. New Delhi offered a line of credit (LoC) of worth US$5 [...]