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Recalling the 1st International Fleet Review: When PM Vajpayee's leadership stood out
Recalling the 1st International Fleet Review: When PM Vajpayee's leadership stood out

Until the turn of the century, a Fleet Review by the President of India had always been deemed as a local affair, meant to be conducted in-house by the Indian Navy (IN). Even though IN warships had participated  in various International Fleet Reviews in other countries, the idea of  India conducting such an international event had never...

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International Fleet Review: Vizag rises to the occasion
International Fleet Review: Vizag rises to the occasion

A military parade is an orderly assembly of troops for inspection and this ceremony is festive in nature and often involves the marching of the personnel to the accompaniment of band music. Every parade has a Conducting Officer who acts as the host and a Reviewing Officer who is the Chief Guest.   All this is reasonably straightforward and...

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The Sichuan-Tibet rail-line on the way
Claude Arpi | 05 Feb , 2016 0 comments
The Sichuan-Tibet rail-line on the way

The China Daily reported that the construction of a 1,629-kilometer Sichuan-Tibet railway will start in 2016. Lobsang Gyaltsen, the Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) government announced it in Lhasa during the fourth session of the TAR’s 10th People’s Congress: “The government will start a preliminary survey and research of the...

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Deteriorating Security Situation in Afghanistan
EN Rammohan | 04 Feb , 2016 0 comments
Deteriorating Security Situation in Afghanistan

When the NATO forces were leaving Afghanistan, the United States ambassador in Afghanistan had come up with a plan to divide the country in to two regions, eastern Afghanistan comprising the Pashtuns and Western Afghanistan comprising the Tajiks, Uzbeks and the Heratis. The Tajiks and Uzbeks are Sunnis but are Jamaat-e-Islami, while the...

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How We Killed The Kaoboys
Mallika Nawal | 03 Feb , 2016 2 comments
How We Killed The Kaoboys

Our late Prime Minister Morarji Desai blew India’s most critical covert operation, fully compromised our secret services, and helped Pakistan make the “Islamic bomb”. Kao is a name that’s known the world over—the secret world of espionage. R.N. Kao was the man anointed as independent India’s spymaster to bell the international cat....

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