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2018

US-India 2+2 Dialogue

US-India 2+2 Dialogue

The inaugural session of US-India Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue was held in New Delhi on Sep 06. Major takeaways from this dialogue were the signing of the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) and setting up of a hotline between Indian ministers of external affairs and defence with their American counterparts. What is 2+2 Dialogue? A ‘2+2 dialogue’ is a term …

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STA-1 status for India

STA-1 status for India

Implications for the region On July 30, the United States Department of Commerce granted the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status to India, making it the world’s 37th and Asia’s only third country – after Japan and South Korea – and the only South Asian country to get this status. The biggest gain for India in this is the relaxation in …

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CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL LAW

CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL LAW

  Introduction Every life is precious, but some lives are more precious than others; the inequality in application of law brings into question the whole edifice of the international legal framework into question. Two recent incidents bear witness to this. In the first incident, the US along with its allies attacked Syria, on 14th April 2018, for its alleged use …

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Trump’s Space Force

Trump’s Space Force

A mistaken notion of dominance In addition to its army, its navy, the Marines, the Coast Guard and the Air Force, the armed forces of the United States will now also have a branch of the military beyond our planet — Space Force. US President Donald Trump announced, on June 18, a sweeping new space policy that will focus both …

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Letters to the Editor (October 2018)

Imran Khan: The Hope Pakistani nation has selected Imran Khan as their next Prime Minister in the General Elections 2018. It really sounds so satisfying when we hear about the plans of the Prime Minister for the future. He is working really very hard to solve all the problems that are impediments to Pakistan’s progress. He has auspicated his government …

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World in Focus (July-Aug 2018)

NATIONAL July 16: The government formally launched a $205 million National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) to improve preparedness of institutions and strengthen infrastructure to mitigate risks arising out of natural disasters and minimize loss to public life and property. July 16: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) approved the grant of power generation license to Lahore Xingzhong Renewable …

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Issues in Pakistan’s Economy

Issues in Pakistan’s Economy

By: S. Akbar Zaidi Pakistan’s economic development and social change over its first 66 years remained spectacular, yet commonplace, and in many ways tragic, observes the renowned political economist S. Akbar Zaidi in his book “Issues in Pakistan’s Economy”. In this book, Zaidi, who is well known as one of the most creative intellectuals and economists of Pakistan, has undertaken …

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Challenges Faced by the Muslim World

Challenges Faced by the Muslim World

Introduction At present, the Muslim world, in general, is caught in a downward spiral. Its socio-cultural and politico-economic fabrics are shattered. Almost all Muslim countries are crying for peace and stability. With the emergence of the New World Oder, and the 9/11 episode, the conditions of the Muslim world further deteriorated. Presently, they are facing a plethora of serious problems …

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