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Al-Qaeda plans final jihad for India: Intel report points to terror recruitment drive targeting nation's Muslims
The al-Qaeda nexus with Kashmir-centric groups indicates it has a readymade jihadi framework in India.
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Leaked report blames Nehru and his hand-picked military leadership for 1962 defeat by China
General P.N. Thapar was appointed by Nehru and his Defence Minister Menon after overriding outgoing Chief, Gen. Thimayya’s recommendation to make General Thorat the army chief. Where Thorat was known as a brilliant ‘fighting general’, Thapar was considered meek and submissive.
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Wow : 60 lakh Koreans consider Lord Ram’s Ayodhya their maternal home. Here is why
According to the historical evidence, Princess Suriratna from Ayodhya, travelled to Korea and married King Kim Suro of Karak Clan in 48 AD.
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Pakistanis are basically Hindus, Pakistani lady scholar admits
Any person having a hint of common sense would know that the ancestors of more than 99 percent Pakistanis were Hindus. Unfortunately, Pakistan does not want to admit the bitter truth, nor are the Pakistanis prepared to hear it
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'India may deploy nuclear-capable Rafale jets on China, Pakistan borders'
The Rafale fighters in flyaway condition carry tactical nuclear warheads, and this means India's nuclear deterrence capability will be greatly improved, Shenzhen Television reported.
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Why don't Chinese people revolt against communist rule and bring about democracy in China?
Can beggars eat the right to freedom of expression? Can they drink the right to freedom of Association?
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It's Urdu dailies not internet alone that's turning Muslims into terrorists
While Prophet Muhammad was fighting against the Meccans partially in response to their mistreatment of Muslims, Allama Pir Muhammad Tabassum Bashir Owaisi nevertheless argued that fighting against non-Muslims is mandated by Allah.
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PAKISTAN’S DREAMS OF DISBALANCE, DISRUPTION
The Pakistani leadership has constantly lived with the same delusion, believing it can destabilise India.
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Intricately tied: Bangladesh’s security is in India’s interest
Sheikh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif, the head of IS operations in Bangladesh had stated in IS’s Dabiq magazine that, "Bangladesh is strategically important (to IS) for several reasons as it provides a location from which to expand future operations into eastern India and Myanmar".
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Why India Must Support A Free Baluchistan
Tarek Fatah, a Pakistani-Canadian journalist, says that Baluch nationals are dropped in ravines from helicopters. Professor Naila Qadri Baloch mentioned in her presentation at ORF that from 2000 to 2016, 200,000 people have been killed and over 25,000 civilians have disappeared.
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The Easter Sunday Slaughter in Pakistan is rooted in Deep-Seated Racism against Punjabi Christians by the Muslim majority
Thus the slaughter of Punjabi Christians by the Islamist terrorists is not merely the result of an inter-religious feud. It is an illustration of unchecked racism and official contempt for darker-skinned Christians, who have suffered untold miseries at the hands of many within the country’s Muslim majority.
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Changing collective mindset in Pakistan
after decades of propagating the narrative, the mindset that it produced, becomes powerfully ingrained in the social, political and spiritual DNA of a nation. Eradicating it or replacing it with a new narrative and mindset, becomes an extremely tough task.
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How not to deal with the ideology of hate
To ignore the ideology that drives Islamism and its resultant violence would be to ignore the real reason behind the continuing surge in transnational terrorism.
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Dialogue With Pakistan Is Not India’s Necessity !!
It is true that India-Pakistan trade could lead to economic prosperity of the peoples of the three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. But that is an ideal position against which the ISI works round the clock.
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How Pakistan’s Zia Handed The Baton Of Bigotry To The Next Generation
Zia praised ‘the spirit of Islam’ that had characterized the opposition protests, adding ‘It proves that Pakistan, which was created in the name of Islam, will continue to survive only if it sticks to Islam. That is why I consider the introduction of [an] Islamic system as an essential prerequisite for the country’.
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How Pakistan played with secularism creed
a homeland for South Asian Muslims, gradually became an Islamic nation and finally a state upholding particular interpretations of Sunni Islam. Pakistan’s Shia and Ahmadiyya communities are among Pakistan’s oppressed religious minorities. This is certainly a strange paradox, given so many Shias, including the Aga Khan, were instrumental in the Pakistan movement and in financially supporting its fledgling state. As Ms Ispahani reminds her readers, Mr Zafarullah Khan, Pakistan’s first Forei
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SAARC Minus X: A Constructive Approach for India’s Regional Integration
there are at least five major areas of services where India needs to enhance its focus and capacity for regional and global trade. These are tourism, transportation, including port and air transport, financial services, health care, and education services. Cyber security services are another potential services area in which India could develop global competitiveness
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Saudis, The CIA And The Arming Of Syrian Rebels
In addition to Saudi Arabia's vast oil reserves and role as the spiritual anchor of the Sunni Muslim world, the long intelligence relationship helps explain why the United States has been reluctant to openly criticize Saudi Arabia for its human rights abuses, its treatment of women and its support for the extreme strain of Islam, Wahhabism, that has inspired many of the very terrorist groups the United States is fighting.
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West Bengal May Be Headed For A Kosovo-like Situation With The Rise of Islamism
Indian citizens, who are concerned about the nation’s well-being and security, will certainly observe the surreal similarity of current developments in Bengal with the Kosovo paradigm.
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India-China Dispute: Nehru’s Himalayan Blunder
Sardar Patel warned Nehru: “Even though we regard ourselves as friends of China, the Chinese do not regard us as friends.” He wrote a famous letter in which he expressed deep concern over developments in Tibet, raising several important points.
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Will Any Strategy Work With Pakistan?
The difference between expert opinion and political action is that the former is ruled by the head while the latter has a lot to do with thinking from the heart.
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“I’m The Biggest Victim Of Intolerance”
I wouldn’t say that India has turned intolerant. Some individuals had always been intolerant; they continue to be so. You won’t find a country in the world where everybody is tolerant. Some people look for opportunities to express their intolerance. This happens during all governments. If everything had been hunky dory during the previous regime, people would have retained them in power.
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Mehdi Hasan –Your Islamism Is Truly A State Of Your Mind
Islamist minds like Mehdi Hasan cannot grasp the workings of democracy and therefore in his article he fails to see that Modi is the elected leader of the world's most vibrant democracy.
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The Stabbing Of A Policeman In Yavatmal Reveals Pro-ISIS Radicalisation
It is a story of radicalisation by Islamic scholars in India in favour of the global jihad being inspired by the ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and their little-known cousins in our streets.
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'The only country ISIS fears in the Middle East is Israel'
“They think they can defeat US and UK ground troops, who they say they have no experience in city guerrilla or terrorist strategies,”
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India Walks The Talk In Afghanistan
It is a known fact that India and Afghanistan are bound by geographic and civilizational ties. In modern times, these go back to the resistance against the British in the Indian subcontinent and part of Afghan land; the establishment of the provisional government of India in Kabul in 1915
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‘In 1971, Muslims murdered 2.4 million Hindus and raped 200,000 Hindu women’
At independence Pakistan’s population was about ten percent Hindu and Sikh. Now it’s less than one percent. So the question is where did that nine percent go? Well, they were either ethnically cleansed, driven away, or slaughtered in large numbers in the 1971 war between India and Pakistan.
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Watch Mumbai and Hyderabad Regions for Pro-ISIS Radicalisation
It is not surprising that Anis Ansari, a Muslim youth from Mumbai, was planning to attack the American school in Bandra, an area of Mumbai. Ansari, a techie who was trying to find out how to prepare a thermite bomb, was arrested because his Facebook chats with a jihadi youth in the United States was detected by the American intelligence.
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A Brilliant Article by Tufail Ahmed How Some Are Even Ready to Sell Nation Under ISI Payroll
In July 2013, it was also revealed that senior officers in the Lucknow passport office, who were bribed between 50,000 and500,000 per person, issued passports to at least 50 suspected ISI agents.
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Arab’s deafening silence on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Two weeks ago, the right-wing messianic Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Nafatli Bennett announced that Israel would settle 100,000 more Jewish settlers in the Golan Height.
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It’s Not Nepal Vs India But Kathmandu Elite Vs Madhesis
a lot of posturing is taking place, with the Madhesi leadership threatening an extended battle. Although, Madhes is definitely a distinct and sizeable ethno-geographic entity that can be alienated only at Nepal’s own peril.
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Pakistan : Inching Towards Complete Army Domination
Sources indicate that the US too is unconvinced about PM Nawaz Sharif’s handling of the turbulent and dynamic situation in Af-Pak and wouldn’t at all mind the Pakistan Army being in charge. That is realpolitik at its best.
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The Crisis in Nepal, Explained
According to one report New Delhi wants Kathmandu to carry out "seven amendments" to the Constitution to ensure it is acceptable to Madhesis and Janjatis
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Operation Kalat: Ideas For A Free Balochistan
The sense of alienation and anger is deep and pervades most levels of the Baloch society. The question is how long can Pakistan hold on to this colony with their military firepower.
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Nothing but an architect of communal separatism
August also happens to be the month when rampaging Muslim League mobs laid to waste thousands of lives (at least 4,000 people were butchered according to official estimates) in the Great Calcutta Killing of August 16, 1946. This is one dark event of our past which has not received due attention of scholars; the reasons do not merit elaboration, just as it’s unnecessary to point out that journalists pretending ‘Direct Action Day’ never happened is a measure of their intellectual bankruptcy.
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The Indo-Pak Conflict 1965: Know The Broad Contours
Most of the territorial gains and losses were nullified by the decisions at Tashkent in Jan 1966 where PM Shastri signed the Tashkent Declaration on 10 Jan 1965.
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Explaining The Pattern Of Terror In Jammu and Kashmir
It has been our experience that such attempts are made whenever frustration levels in attempts at infiltration reach a high level. The intent is to force the LoC grid to revert to more defensiveness.
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Return to a Hindu state
Hinduism is the glue that binds an otherwise diverse Nepal together.
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KPS Gill: The Gurdaspur attack should not be dismissed as an aberration
despite our national obsession with the ISI, its capacities and its proxies have never been the target of a sustained national strategy and campaign.
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China’s rapid island-building strategy in action
China claims almost the entire South China Sea but faces rival claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.
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Never-ending chimera
The Islamic State is an ideology-free terror outfit that is at war to malign the basic tenets of Islam and annihilate trust in humanity.
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Calling Pakistan’s bluff
There was nothing jingoistic about those remarks. India ought to not just be firm in words but through deeds as well. The Myanmar episode has demonstrated the Union Government's commitment to proactive action.
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The Arrival Of Manohar Parrikar
Let Pakistan feel what it wants to. If it perceives that our intelligence agencies are interfering in its internal security issues so be it. For far too long has India been at the receiving end from Pakistan.
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Ajit Doval reminds China of History on border issue
China was (and still is) unwilling to acknowledge that in 1914, Tibet, an independent nation, was entitled to sign treaties or agreements with other countries.
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Prime Minister Modi says ni hou
India is a democracy of long standing, grounded on the compulsion of complex heterogeneity and plurality. China is a largely homogenous, beneficent, authoritarian meritocracy.
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Devastation in Nepal
Nearly eight million of 28 million Nepalis are directly or indirectly affected. Of the 1.7 million affected children, 260,000 have lost everything, including their homes, warm clothes and families.
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Rebuilding India-Nepal ties
The civilisational bonds are so strong that centuries after the advent of Adi Shankara, the Prophet of modern Hinduism, Nambudiri Brahmins from the southern-most Indian State of Kerala continue to enjoy privileged positions as priests at the world famous Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.
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Will Gwadar Mean More Misery For Balochistan?
Last year, famous journalist Hamid Mir was attacked and nearly killed as he reportedly refused to listen to the ISI orders and conducted an interview of Mama Qadeer for the Capital Talk television show.
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Not a zero sum game
India and China have many common interests in Afghanistan, including access to mineral resources and new markets.
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Friends for the future
A new Indian Heritage Centre will be opened in Singapore later this year, to showcase the historical, cultural and people-to-people links between our two countries.
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Why Angkor Wat should be part of Indian history lessons
It is time that Indian history is rewritten with emphasis on hitherto neglected regions. This will bring out the un-emphasized facets of India’s past and Indian glory overseas.
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In 2050, India’s Muslim population will be largest globally
The Pew growth projections report says that India would retain a Hindu majority but would also have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia.
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Homegrown terror threat
The fact that, of the 21 individuals named by NIA, 17 are Indian citizens, shows that the JMB's network in this country has been flourishing.
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Modi's decision to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral will cement India-Singapore ties
Singapore is all set to play a major role in transforming the Indian urban landscape, particularly in PM Modi’s pet project of smart cities. Singapore is going to closely collaborate with India in developing several smart cities in India.
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China being warlike and peaceful
China's military is simultaneously making threatening and conciliatory gestures toward Japan.
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Colombo port project halt not 'targeting China'
"It is the Chinese company that dealt with the previous government that has the question of corruption," he said.
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Why Lee Kuan Yew Believed Democracy Was A Drag
According to the Singapore strongman, the government’s primary duty is to create a “stable and orderly society” where “people are well cared for, their food, housing, employment, health”.
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Are Pakistani Christian and Hindu women daughters of a lesser God?
Forced marriage, which is actually statutory rape, is being used in Pakistan as an instrument of arbitrary Islamic power over minority girls.
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Lee Kuan Yew: Singapore's guiding light
The founding father of Singapore and its first Prime Minister oversaw the separation of the country from Malaysia.
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Nasheed’s conviction a deathblow to democracy, makes mockery of justice
China has backed the Maldivian government over Nasheed. And New Delhi is mindful of President Abdullah Yameen’s pro-China policies and would not like to antagonize him to push him completely into Beijing’s arms.
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'We are going after Rajapaksa’s stolen assets'
We have at last restored the democratic credentials of Sri Lanka which was becoming a dictatorship under the former president.
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S. Korean minister tells U.N. panel "sexual slavery" issue unresolved
"The issue of sexual slavery during the Second World War known as 'comfort women' has yet to be resolved,"
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What role should India take for the Baloch children of Hinglaj Mata?
Arif Jamal in Call for Transnational Jihad: Lashkar-e-Taiba 1985-2014, writes, "The LeT mujahideen carry out the barbaric practice of slitting throats and beheading the Indian soldiers with the consent and support of their Pakistan Army handlers."
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Pakistan’s Illeggal Attempt to Swallow Gilgit Baltistan
There is no doubt that 2 millions deprived masses of Gilgit and Baltistan are restless to come out from the dark nights of 66 years of slavery and injustice to the bright day because new generation doesn’t wants to repeat old historical folly again.
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A rare look inside a Saudi prison that showers terrorists with perks
prisons without rehabilitation programs can become “terrorist universities” that turn minor offenders into hardened militants. He also said that inmates who are coaxed away from radical thinking can also provide valuable intelligence about terror groups.
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INSIGHT - Islamic State in Syria seen under strain but far from collapse
Islamic State had paid "a very heavy price in Kobani", said Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gilleran, a U.S. military officer and media official in the U.S.-led alliance against Islamic State.
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3 Chinese fighters killed by Islamic State, state-run paper in China says
Hundreds of Chinese -- most believed to be ethnic Uighurs from the far western province of Xinjiang -- have been caught in recent months trying to sneak out of China without passports, and into southeast Asian countries including Vietnam.
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The horrific failure of Jordan’s ‘prisoner swap’ with the Islamic State
Prisoner swaps are different. Jordan's proposed release of Rishawi, a failed terrorist mostly forgotten by the wider world, might have been a personal victory for the Islamic State (she is said to be a sister of a former close aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the late leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq), but it appeared to be of negligible strategic value.
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Middle East Muslim outrage grows against Islamic State but questions linger over next steps in fight
The region’s leaders have denounced the militant group on many occasions in the past, but the spectacle of an Arab pilot being burned alive in a cage triggered some of the harshest reactions yet.
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Jordan Executes 2 Prisoners After ISIS Killing Of Pilot, Official Says
In a first response to the killing of the pilot, Jordan executed Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouly, two Iraqis linked to al-Qaida, government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said. Another official said they were executed by hanging.
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Jordan pilot hostage Moaz al-Kasasbeh 'burned alive'
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says that in a world already shocked by the calculated cruelty of Islamic State's actions, the horrific video is aimed primarily at Arab populations in Jordan and the Gulf states
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Engineers among 9 ISIS bound Indians deported by Turkey
Among those sent back from Turkey are engineers Ibrahim Nowfal, 24, from Hassan and Javeed Baba, 24, from Khammam district, Telangana. The remaining seven belonged to a family from Chennai - Muhammed Abdul Ahad, 46, his wife and their five children.
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Don’t forget the late Saudi King’s ‘jailed’ princesses
Fayez claims her daughters' supposed incarceration, which has gone on for some 13 years, was both a mark of Abdullah's vindictive streak and intolerance of his daughters' modern, independent upbringing.
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Yemen crisis disrupts U.S. counterterrorism operations, officials say
With Hadi’s departure, the United States may no longer have explicit Yemeni permission for the drone campaign. Even if it were to continue, U.S. officials said it may become increasingly difficult to find targets.
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Flip side of Chinese progress in Tibet
Nearly a quarter of Tibet’s GDP comes today from tourism. It is massive; the roof of the world has indeed become a mega tourist park; and then, adds the website: “By 2015, Tibet is aiming to receive 15 million tourists from home and abroad …to meet the demand of the domestic and international market as a world tourist destination.”
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When Have They Tolerated Criticism?
The community has never understood the idea of free speech except, of course, when it serves as a good tool to ridicule or criticise other communities and belief systems.
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Sunanda Shashi Tharoor Sonia IPL Money Laundering
Dr.Subramanian Swamy alleges that IPL was used to launder Oil for Food scam involving Iraq and Sunnanda was about to divulge the information linking Sonia Gandhi to IPL money laundering, Oil for food scam.
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Meet the shadowy figure recruiting for the Islamic State in Afghanistan
a number of Afghan and Pakistani militants recently announced their devotion to the Islamic State, potentially setting the stage for battles not only between the Islamic State and Afghan troops, but also between the Islamic State and the Taliban.
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Myanmar's growing clout Once-isolated nation becomes neighborhood's center of attention
The leaders of the seven South and Southeast Asian nations involved discussed energy partnerships and the construction of roads linking India, Myanmar and Thailand.
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Saudi rights advocate flogged on charge of insulting Islam
The flogging was the first of 20 such sessions mandated by Badawi’s sentence -- a total of 1,000 lashes, 50 lashes at a time. Badawi was also sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined more than $250,000.
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Decline of Hinduism in Indian sub-continent - 1891 to 2011
In 1890, Muslims made up 15% of Indian sub-continent, today they account for 33% or one-third of all people in this region (Islamic Pakistan, Islamic Bangladesh and democratic India)
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Time not ripe for PM’s visit to China
A full-scale review of the state of play, both in respect of bilateral relations and China’s relations with other countries, Pakistan above all, is called for before any such move is contemplated.
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To be a religious minority in Pakistan-1A
Pakistan has becomes a dangerous place for religious minorities. The transition from Islamic fundamentalism to extremism is the result of poor government policies and the reluctance of the political class to act strongly against extremist groups.
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To be a religious minority in Pakistan-1
Madrasas mostly funded by Saudi Arabia, influence and radicalize Pakistani Muslims.
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To be a religious minority in Pakistan-2
Madrasas mostly funded by Saudi Arabia, influence and radicalize Pakistani Muslims.The government of Pakistan is unable to control the situation and extremist groups are involved in every kind of human rights violation.
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Changes only on the surface
Television fundraisers for Palestinian suicide bombers in Saudi Arabia routinely raise $200 million, but a telethon to raise funds for the Muslim victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, barely managed to scrape five million dollars.
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An Israeli photographer on the ISIS front
Eddie Gerald documented the battles between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
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Radicalization of Indian Muslims real and growing
Particularly notable is Majeed as well as his friends' and Masroor's background. All are urban middle class, net savvy, and educated young men belying the notion that only illiterate and poor are vulnerable.
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POLITICALLY INCORRECT - How many kids will have to die before Pak faces up to the truth?
In Pakistan, a time has come to say , `We will not let a single child die at the hands of assassins.'
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Report: ISIS kills 150 women who refused jihad marriage
"At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage,"
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Iran unveils monument to Jewish soldiers killed in war with Iraq
Many Jews fled the country after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Jews linked to Israel afterward were targeted. Today, estimates suggest some 20,000 Jews remain in the country.
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China’s creeping cartographic aggression
The Chinese have been quite free with their interpretation of their perception of the international boundary between India and China. Then Chinese Premier Mr Chou En-Lai gave an “official map” to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1959
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Pakistan: From Jinnah’s Republic to Mullah’s Dominion
Hindus and Christians are the largest religious minorities and victims of every kind of religious discrimination and growing extremism.Scheduled Castes face discrimination on the basis of their caste and low work status; a large number of them work as bonded labourers due to poverty, landlessness, untouchability and illiteracy.
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Attacks on Hindu temples in Pakistan a worrying trend
In Karachi, the Rama Peer temple has been the subject of property disputes involving commercial builders, BBC reported in December 2012. It is one of the many Hindu temples in the city that have in the recent years been the subject of such property disputes.
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What Just 'A Few Glimpses Of Mindfulness' Could Do To Heal The Middle East
Those who have suffered big trauma, they had to leave their homes, they lost their kids, their children were killed in front of their own eyes, they were taken away from their own family members -- they all need a healing touch.
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Why the India-Bangladesh Land swap U-turn makes sense
The Indira Gandhi - Sheikh Mujib Land Boundary agreement in 1974 had seen both countries agree to exchange the enclaves of land that both countries had within each other's territory.
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The ‘Secular’ Controversy Over A ‘Marxist’ Raja
With the outbreak of the First World War, he travelled to Afghanistan and in 1915 formed a government-in-exile of Free Hindustan, with himself as President, Maulavi Barkatullah as Prime Minister and Maulavi Obeidullah Sindhi as Home Minister.
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Gandhi-Nehru soft power not sole reason behind freedom
in strictly historical terms, Bose emerges as primarily responsible for Indian independence — even more perhaps than Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru. This is borne out by the testimony of the-then British Prime Minister Clement Attlee.
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Coverage of Modi at SAARC shows all that's wrong with TV news
“The future I dream for India is the future I wish for our entire region,” he said.
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Clashes Erupt in Hong Kong as Police Try to Clear Part of a Protest Camp
A police clearance operation in the daytime gave way to a night of angry crowds facing off against officers, who used batons and pepper spray to push back.
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Growing might of the IS worrisome for India
The ideology of the IS is so primitive and barbaric that Osama bin Laden reportedly declined to have anything to do with them, when it had approached him. Baghdadi has openly proclaimed the intention of IS to expand eastwards to establish the Islamic State of Khorasan,which will include Afghanistan, the Central Asian Republics, eastern Iran and Pakistan. The final battle, Ghazwa-e-Hind — a term from Islamic mythology — will be fought to extend the caliphate to India.
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China building massive island big enough for airstrip, report says
Reuters said the construction has stoked concern China may be turning the disputed islands into military installations, further exacerbating tensions.
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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protesters Not Allowed to Board Flight to Beijing
Hong Kong citizens are able to enter the mainland with special permits called home return permits. In the past, democracy activists have had their access to the mainland denied.
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China's Xi, Japan's Abe hold landmark meeting after awkward handshake
Abe and Xi also agreed to start work on maritime crisis management, to prevent clashes at a time when patrol ships and fighter jets from both countries shadow each other regularly near the disputed islands in the East China Sea that are controlled by Japan but also claimed by Beijing.
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Robin Raphel supported Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz; Hurriyat Conference was her brainchild'.US behind it ?
She was in constant touch with the two and managed their first visit to Pakistan and then to the US many times. Raphel used her contacts to get them voice their views before the US Congress and American thinktanks.
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When Raphel acted as courier for Pak
Raphel, many believe, was single-handedly responsible for one of the lowest moments of the US-India relationship.
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4 'IS militants will not be able to make big impact in India'
Singh also did not rule out the possibility of al-Qaeda setting up a branch in the country to wage jihad in the Indian sub-continent.
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Terror groups citing ISIS crusade to recruit Indian youths
Some 40 Indians are still being held hostage by the IS in Iraq. Central intelligence agencies have sought details from the states from which young men are believed to have gone to Iraq.
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Personal narrative and straws in wind
The roots of the violent denouement of the Tamil-Sinhala discordance goes back to the 1930s.
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Christian couple beaten to death by Muslim mob for 'desecrating' a Koran in Pakistan
'A mob attacked a Christian couple after accusing them of desecration of the holy Koran and later burnt their bodies at a brick kiln where they worked. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2820264/Christian-couple-beaten-death-Muslim-mob-desecrating-Koran-Pakistan.html#ixzz3I71NyCsv Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
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Islamic State abused captive Kurdish children: Repot
"Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, children have suffered the horrors of detention and torture, first by the Assad government and now by ISIS," said Human Rights Watch's Fred Abrahams.
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Pentagon Assessment: 'Pakistan Using Militants to Counter India's Superior Military'
"Afghan-and Indian-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistan territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India's superior military,"
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Will Pakistan wake up after Wagah bombing?
We still find it difficult to assess how we became the only country in the world which has so many outlawed groups or non-state actors, who are more trained than our law-enforcement agencies. We are still not able to understand that merely becoming a nuclear power is not enough for our growth unless we become an economic power.
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A day after blast, Pakistan holds high-voltage Beating Retreat ceremony.Betrays India .
It was Pakistani Rangers who requested us that they were not in a position to hold ceremony last night. But today at 4pm they requested that they want to hold ceremony. So we also held it.” But nothing was told about the tourists or public.
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Israeli: Hezbollah Tunnels a 'Working Assumption'
this idea of going below ground is not foreign to Lebanon and is not foreign to Hezbollah, and so we have to suppose as a working assumption that there are tunnels. These have to be looked for and prepared for.
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Pakistan clueless how to battle terror: daily
"Unfortunately, there is little to suggest that the state knows how to rid Pakistan of the religious extremism, militancy and terrorism that has blighted this country for decades now."
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HIMALAYAN BLUNDERS OF PRIMINISTER JAWAHARLAL NEHRU ARCHITECT OF INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY
The argument that India was not in a position to halt Chinese aggression in Tibet in 1950 is fallacious and misleading. India with her three military posts within Tibet and with the support of the free world could have surely and effectively checkmated the Communist Chinese designs over Tibet at that time.
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For Kurds in Kobane, a long-awaited boost as reinforcements begin arriving via Turkey
While the militant group is being targeted on more crucial fronts — including in battles close to Baghdad — the struggle for Kobane has become an important symbol of the wider war, for the United States as well as for the Islamic State.
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India to supply Vietnam with naval vessels amid China disputes
Top of the agenda is the sale of four offshore patrol vessels that Vietnam wants to improve its defences in the energy rich-South China Sea where it is locked in competing claims with China.
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Iran's non-Muslims face prison, execution, despite 'reform' claims, says new UN report
Before his June 2013 election, Rouhani famously promised: “All ethnicities, all religions, even religious minorities, must feel justice. Long live citizenship rights!”
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Heartbreaking last message of hanged Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari to her mother
Reyhaneh, 26, tells how she faced death for the crime of defending herself against a man who tried to rape her. She also tells Sholeh to donate her organs after her death.
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Iraqi forces make progress against Islamic State, seize four villages
After months of fighting they drove Islamic State militants out of Jurf al-Sakhar, just south of Baghdad, while Kurdish fighters regained control over the town of Zumar in the north.
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Pak angle: EC's move to hold Jammu and Kashmir polls in peak winter is a smart move
Pakistan’s desperation has been further accentuated by two hard realities which are not to Islamabad’s liking. First, Pakistan’s diplomatic overdrive has come a cropper and the international community has refused to intervene. Second, the strong retaliation of Indian soldiers to Pakistan’s cross-border firing has come as a surprise to both Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
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Modi visit to Siachen: Deed must match word
"I have specially come on the occasion of Diwali to be with you. I am aware how it feels like to spend Diwali with your family...my coming to this place will not fill the void of your family members, but as a representative of 125 crore (1.25 billion) people... after being with you I feel proud and satisfied."
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Islamic State commanders ‘using Yazidi virgins for sex’
Isil’s English-language online magazine Dabiq confirmed rumours that “thousands” of Yazidi woman and girls had been kidnapped and kept as concubines when its fighters stormed towns and villages in Sinjar province.
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India warns Pakistan of more 'pain' in Kashmir fighting
"When Pakistan used to fire, we always had a shield in our hand. This time we also had a sword," said Jaitley, a close associate of Modi who is also finance minister.
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Chinese objection to Indian road projects unacceptable
One could also ask Mr Hong: What about the Qinghai-Tibet and the Sichuan Tibet highways which in the 1950s changed the military and strategic stakes on the plateau? Was it not a complication for India?
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Pakistan’s Kashmir gambit
the policy of employing terrorism as state policy, firing on the borders and terrorism in the hinterland will only further weaken and isolate Pakistan, says Col Vivek Chadha (retd)
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NSG warns of 'multi-city, multiple' attack on India
Now that they (international terror outfits like al-Qaeda) have declared their intention of attacking India, they will obviously align with known groups that we have (active in the country). Whether it is Laskhar (Lashkar-e-Toiba), Jaish (Jaish-e-Mohammad), Harkat (Harkat-ul-Mujahideen) or IM (Indian Mujahideen).
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Tensions Rise After Hong Kong Police Beat Handcuffed Pro-Democracy Protester
Outrage over the beating could galvanize support for the democracy movement in the former British colony
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Bangladeshi infiltration and its far reaching consequences
‘Mughlistan research institute’ an ISI brainchild made a plan of operation pincode whose ultimate aim is ethnic partition of India. This will be achieved by populating the belt from Bangladesh to Pakistan with Bangladeshi Muslims. The area under this planned belt occupies states of Punjab, Haryana, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal; i.e., the entire gangatic plain and our northern states.
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Pakistan’s India policy is quickly falling apart
Ms Fair who teaches at Georgetown University says Pakistan’s mental make up has a kink in its brain: Anger at the whole world, refusing to accept its own perception that it should be treated at par with India.
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China: Hong Kong protests “catastrophic”
The focus in the Xinhua report is on disruption, and calls for life in Hong Kong to return to “normal.”
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Hong Kong protests: Clashes break out as hundreds of people storm demonstrators' barricades
The pro-democracy protesters, made up of students and the Occupy Central group, have been occupying the streets of Hong Kong for over two weeks in the call for full democracy and full voting rights in the next leadership election.
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Kurdish Rebels Assail Turkish Inaction on ISIS as Peril to Peace Talks
If Turkey does not help the embattled Kurdish forces in Kobani, the commanders say, they will break off peace talks and resume their guerrilla war within Turkey, plunging yet another country in the region into armed conflict.
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Rise of 'Asian quartet' creates global buzz
As leaders of the world's three most populous countries, Modi, China's Xi Jinping and Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) are a new cast of characters on the global stage along with Japan's Shinzo Abe.
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A welcome change of heart
what stung vested interests like Mr Azad, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and some so-called leading members of civil society in Kashmir all the more was his emphatic assertion, coupled with definite statistics, that the Indian Army and other agencies involved in rescue and relief operations did not make any distinction between the VIPs and common Kashmiri Muslims. He used all good words for the Indian agencies.
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PM Gives Forces "Free Hand" to Deal With Pakistan Firing: Government Sources
Pakistan is also unnerved by the PM's recent talks with the Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama who stressed that India is of huge strategic importance to their countries.
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Tensions and Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: Learn about the Conflict between North and South Korea
South Korea’s Unification Ministry said in a statement the two sides agreed to hold further high-level talks between late October and early November. The North Korean group expressed a willingness to continue conversation with South Korea, the ministry said.
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Tibet is the real source of Sino-Indian friction
"Tibet's problem is also India's problem."
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Warning signs of a crisis
Beijing can't deal with dissenters in Hong Kong in the way that it controls anti-Government protests in Tibet or Xinjiang.
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Modi must take India-Israel ties to a new high
Israel has a proven track record in cyber security and we could seek its support in securing our cyber interests and assets.
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Hong Kong protesters could change Beijing’s thinking
The current unrest is over an electoral reform proposal Beijing put forward this summer.
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Pakistan is building smaller nukes, but they just might be more dangerous
The trade-off there, for both Pakistan and the world, is that nuclear missiles become more likely to fall into rogue hands, whether those of a maverick military commander or extremist groups.
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Substance in ‘historic’ visits
As a Reuters article says, the Chinese President believes that both India and China will be the economic powerhouse of the world in the next five to 10 years.
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Relationship India has failed to capitalise on
India’s former Ambassador to Myanmar VS Seshadri has authored a recent report spelling out how India has proceeded tardily in building up connectivity through Myanmar to Thailand and Vietnam and in securing access of our landlocked North-East to the Bay of Bengal.
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Multiple explosions in China's restless Xinjiang kill two, injure 'many': government
The Chinese government fears religious extremists have infiltrated its borders from neighbouring Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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PM Modi says al Qaeda will fail in India - CNN
Modi, a Hindu nationalist who was elected in May and faces criticism for remaining silent about several incidents deemed anti-Muslim, said Indian Muslims were patriotic and would not betray their nation, which has a long history of sectarian strife.
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Netaji Subhas Bose killed on Stalin's order: Swamy
Subhas Chandra Bose never perished in any air crash and that he was strangled on Joseph Stalin’s orders in 1954 …after the disclosure I wonder if anyone from the Nehru dynasty would be allowed to stay in India.
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ISIS-linked terror group vows to avenge Batla House encounter
The fact that AuT has owned up the victims of Batla encounter is significant as the outfit itself is an offshoot of Indian Mujahideen.
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Xi Jinping must engage Dalai Lama on Tibet
One solution could be that a senior trusted member of Xi’s entourage meets the Dalai Lama and starts earnest negotiations for a genuine autonomy of the Roof of the World.
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China's energy and India's wisdom will release massive potential, says Xi
"As the two engines of the Asian economy, we need to become cooperation partners spearheading growth. I believe that the combination of China’s energy plus India’s wisdom will release massive potential"
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With eye on China, India to develop disputed border region
Previous governments deliberately neglected infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh, partly to create a natural buffer against any Chinese invasion. That policy was dropped when the extent of development on China's side became clear.
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Recollections of a Communicator: Pakistan should remember events of 1965, stop dreaming
India destroyed around 240 Patton Tanks and a graveyard of Pattons was established at Bhikhiwind.
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Striking alliances to meet the challenge
The actual balance of power within Asia will primarily be determined by the interplay among a rapidly growing, militaristic and jingoist China, an aging but technologically innovative Japan seeking its legitimate place in the sun, and an India, still uncertain about how to manage this triangular relationship, to its best advantage.
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Kerry Scours Mideast for Aid in ISIS Fight
“They stop off and sort of lend their professional skills,” said the State Department official, who could not be identified under the agency’s rules for briefing reporters. “These terrorist groups are beginning to cooperate.”
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Asian Troika Call for New World Order
both India and Japan have never talked about forging an alliance against China rather they wanted to have peaceful co-existence.
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Muslim cleric in Kerala issues fatwa against ISIS; jihadists sell several dozens of Yazidi women
Stating that the ISIS or their self proclaimed Khalifates does not represent Islam by any means, the fatwa said, "They are not just anti-Islamic but are enemies of the humanity."
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Gulf states condemn Islamic State; jihadists sell several dozens of Yazidi women
Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants, a monitoring group said.
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No review of nuclear doctrine, says Modi
“While every government naturally takes into account the latest assessment of strategic scenarios and makes adjustments as necessary, there is a tradition of national consensus and continuity on such issues.”
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Idea of Pakistan is getting blurred
the sectarian strife reveals that the idea of Pakistan is indeed getting blurred with every incident of sectarian violence.
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The new world order needs a new Islam
Russian oriental expert Vyacheslav Matuzov claims Al-Baghdadi had close links with the Central Intelligence Agency throughout his supposed incarceration in a US prison (2004-2009). Many analysts believe ISIL was created by Western intelligence agencies for a geostrategic goal, and that its atrocities against civilians are intended to justify US military intervention on humanitarian grounds.
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India mustn’t ignore ISIS caliphate threat
the only way you do that is that you take a cold, steely, hard look at it…and get ready
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8 People Executed in Xinjiang on Terrorism Charges, China Says
Responding to the growing ethnic violence across Xinjiang over the past year, the Chinese government has staged a succession of public verdicts and displays of security might in the region, apparently intended to deter fresh violence.
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Hamas executes 18 in Gaza for ‘collaborating with Zionist enemy’
Israel has vowed to continue its campaign of air strikes until it can guarantee the security of millions of citizens who live in daily fear of rocket attacks
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U.N. Slams World Leaders Over Inaction in Syria as Death Toll Surpasses 191,000
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the true death toll is likely even higher because it reported only deaths that it was able to confirm.
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Hamas executes 18 in killing spree
Victims 'were lined up and shot' outside mosque as an example
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Mashaal admits Hamas members kidnapped and murdered Naftali, Gilad and Eyal
In first, Hamas official takes credit for kidnap and murder of Israeli teens
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Jihadists kill dozens in north Iraq massacre, say officials
Amnesty International, which has been documenting the mass abductions, says thousands of Yazidis have been kidnapped by IS since an August 3 onslaught on their villages began.
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Making the enemy see reason, soon
as early as December 7, 1999, a report by the External Affairs Ministry had said that while a total of 25,267 persons had been killed in terrorist attacks in the States of Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir in 10 preceding years, 12,316 Indians had lost their lives in the wars the country had fought since 1947.
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Energy diplomacy to power South Asia
what can really change the dynamics of the India-Nepal relationship and accelerate economic progress in Nepal, is mutually beneficial utilisation of the 83,000MW potential of Nepal, for hydro-electric power.
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Ghazwa-e-Hind: Is Only India Threatened?
Buoyed by the unprecedented success achieved by ISIS in the recent months, the international jihadi outfits want to expand the conflict zone in order to achieve their cherished dream of World Dominion of Caliphates.
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An Unpleasant Truth -Barbaric Cruelty
This was a post someone put on a talk back on CNN An Asian guy wrote this:
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China Says Violent Xinjiang Uprising Leaves Almost 100 Dead
....figures illustrate the seriousness of continued violence in China's largely Muslim region of Xinjiang that abuts Central Asia and where more minor clashes are reported weekly.
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Reaching out to our neighbours at last
India is located in the middle of South Asia and shares land boundaries with all members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Moreover, the SAARC countries are growing fast with an average growth rate of about eight per cent and trade within the region too has doubled in the past five years. In the power sector, India’s electricity grid is now connected to Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.
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Pakistan’s shrinking minority space
Those of us who have been born in Pakistan have seen and experienced the effects of the hatred fed to us through our textbooks, television sets, newspapers, religious clergy and military dictators about the purity of only one religion and one version of Islam.
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Israel wants Palestine’s water and gas?
Tel Aviv’s aggression in Gaza is a means to sustain the schism between the Palestinians so that it can usurp precious resources?
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Gaza conflict: Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce, Israeli PM says not 'obliged' to terrorists
Israel maintains that Hamas uses civilians as human shields and hides weapons in places as innocuous as schools, hospitals, etc.
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Early History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict-2
A peaceful solution to one of the world's most intractable conflicts has proven elusive for decades
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Early History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict-1
A peaceful solution to one of the world's most intractable conflicts has proven elusive for decades
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Larger gameplan of the Sunni Islamists
It would be fatal to take the developments in Iraq and the ISIS move to declare an Islamic state there as a mere localised phenomenon. The militant outfit's leader has India, besides others, on his radar
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Boko Haram and the competing narratives
The recent abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote community of Chibok in Nigeria's northeast focused the world's attention on the country's five-year battle with violent extremism. Within this period, the goals of Boko Haram have evolved - from leading a hermetic life away from a society they deemed corrupt and decadent, to a vengeful war against all symbols of modernity, democratic governance and Western education.
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Modi plays three-way game with China, Japan
Observers of India's foreign policy believe the country unlikely to be beguiled by China in weeks, or even years. Nevertheless, there are signs the diplomatic push is showing results. The Modi government has taken an "in principal" decision to build industrial parks exclusively for Chinese investors in India, something Beijing has long wanted.
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Allowing extremists a free run
The conflict in Iraq is not a Sunni-Shia sectarian war. The ISIS’s Saudi-backed Salafi-Wahhabi terrorists are killing Sunnis, Sufis, Shias and Christians. In their eyes, all Sunnis, Sufis or Barelvis (as we know them in India) in particular, are polytheists; Shias are infidels whereas Christians and Jews are enemies of Islam.
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ISIS declares 'caliphate' stretching across Iraq and Syria
the extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria declared over the weekend that they have set up a caliphate spanning large areas of the two countries.
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India ’s Middle East Policy: Evolving or Stuck in Stasis?
New Delhi has never attributed high priority to diplomatic exercises with the region. Over the past decade, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, visited the region on just a handful of occasions – once each to Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman.
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Can Japan show the West how to live peacefully with Islam?
Uniting a colorful mix of expats from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, removed from the context of sectarian strife and the historical Western interference still haunting many Muslim countries, could the Japanese brand of Islam be a showcase for its peaceful essence? Are the frictions between Muslims and the West based in part on identity posturing?
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Here's a quick-fix that can help India recover from the lows
The pursuit of growth needs to be accompanied by an equally important pursuit of clean technologies and a stringent regulatory environment.
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Implications on the World: ISIS War in Iraq
While the world was quick to blame USA and its invasion of Iraq in 2003 for the present state of disorder, many defense and strategy analysts feel that though USA should bear part of the blame, the actual responsibility lies with the US ally Saudi Arabia and the present crisis is just part of Saudi’s attempts to enhance its control over its neighboring region. - See more at: http://www.theindianrepublic.com/tbp/implications-world-isis-war-iraq-100041172.html?utm_source=site&utm_medium=NL&utm_c
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Modi visits Bhutan on first step of bid to assert regional sway
Modi's government aims to make India the dominant foreign investor across South Asia as well as the main provider of infrastructure loans
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JIHAD HAS COME TO INDIA
Jihad has come to India. The Obama administration and the U.S. State Department will tell you that it is nothing more than isolated acts by individuals. The government in New Delhi will say you are stirring up anti-Muslim sentiment. The mainstream media will ask how you can say that when we are hearing now.
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MUGHALISTAN
This is the plan to create Mughalistan in the northern corridor of India between Pakistan and Bangladesh, and then to continue to work to divide and then conquer the rest of India.
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