Tuesday , November 12 2019

Inside Asia

First Rafale Handover to the Government of India

Rafale Indian Air Force

(Saint-Cloud, October 8th 2019) – Today, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the handover ceremony of the first Indian Air Force Rafale in Mérignac, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale final assembly facility. Ceremony hosted by Eric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation, in Dassault Aviation Mérignac facility on October 8th, 2019 under the high patronage of …

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India’s response to Pak PM Imran Khan’s loose speech at UNGA

India's response at UNGA

Exercising its right to reply, India on Saturday responded to Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s maiden UNGA speech where he loosely spoke about nuclear war. Here is the full text of India’s response presented by Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary at Indian Mission in United Nations: Threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship Mr. President, I take the floor …

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Kashmir, the two constitutions and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits

Kashmir and Terrorism

Few Kashmiri youths hold the ideology that Kashmir is not an integral part of India, as this ideology is formulated by people like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik etc, people like them confuse the mass by saying how come an integral part of India can have its own constitution, and still not be independent. Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir …

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Uzbekistan Ex-President’s Daughter Sent to Jail after Violating House Arrest

Gulnara Karimova

In a statement, Uzbekistan’s prosecutor office said that Gulnara Karimova, the elder daughter of former President Islam Karimov has been sent to jail after a top court testified that she had dishonoured the guidelines of her house arrest. The statement reiterated that on March 5 Tashkent’s Yashnabad District Court had passed a ruling on behalf of the Interior Ministry demanding …

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Pakistan and the anatomy of terror

The Pulwama attack few weeks back was carefully calibrated to pile pressure on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the general election to be held in April and May 2019. Pulwama tragedy signals a significant escalation in terrorism in the Kashmir Valley. Given the type, target and the scale of the attack, it seems obvious that this …

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President Ashraf Ghani slams Pak over state violence Against Pashtuns & Baloch

Afghanistan President

Kabul – President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday expressed serious concern over the violence perpetrated against peaceful protesters and civil activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan and warned that it could have “long-standing negative consequences.” Pakistan’s civil and military establishments have been resorting to violence and state terrorism to crush civic rights Pashtun and Baloch Movements in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. …

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Meet Israel’s new ambassador to India, Dr. Ron Malka

When it comes to India, Israel always sends its best and brightest, reflecting its commitment for Indo-Israel partnership. The new Israeli Ambassador to India & Sri Lanka, Dr. Ron Malka recently begun his tenure after getting a warm reception in New Delhi. India is Israel’s 10th largest trading partner. After the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1992, …

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What happened at Torkham, Pakistan again exposed

Free Pashtunistan

On November 15 when we took the cadaver of Tahir Dawar with public and official protocol from Jalalabad to Torkham, the convoy was stopped in about one km from the crossing point on Durand line, and I with three other colleagues walked to the crossing point where we met Mohsin Dawar, an MP and PTM’s senior member, accompanied by a Pakistani delegation. After a …

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What does Jamal Kashoggi’s killing have to do with CPEC?

Journalists in Saudi Arabia

Geo-political dynamics are complicated. Take the recent accommodation between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. According to the highly prestigious Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan struck gold with the Saudis in October. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmon (MBS) agreed that the Saudi kingdom would send Pakistan’s central bank $3 billion USD in outright aid, and would give Pakistan an extra …

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The Arithmetic of India-U.S. Relations and the Russian Factor

India-U.S 2+2

The 2+2 dialogue is a relatively new phenomenon which provides states with an opportunity to combine the discussion on security matters with general issues of international and bilateral affairs. Such a format helps widen the agenda and yield more fruitful results. The ‘recent 2+2 talks involving James Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Nirmala Sitharaman and Sushma Swaraj is the most high profile …

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