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Buddhist-Muslim Clashes in Meikhtila
B Raman | 25 Mar , 2013 2 comments
Buddhist-Muslim Clashes in Meikhtila

Between 20 and 26 persons are reported to have been killed in three days of violent clashes between Buddhists and Burman Muslims (not Rohingyas) in the central Myanmar cantonment town of Meikhtila since March 20, 2013. Official figures have, however, given the death toll as five only till the evening of March 22. The town has a population of...

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Xi Jinping on Sino-Indian Relations
B Raman | 22 Mar , 2013 0 comments
Xi Jinping on Sino-Indian Relations

In his first visit abroad as the President of China since assuming office on March 14,2013, Mr.Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo from March 22-30 and attend the fifth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit on March 26-27 in Durban, South Africa. In the margins of the...

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Italy goes back on its word
Kanwal Sibal | 16 Mar , 2013 3 comments
Italy goes back on its word

The latest turn of events in the Italian marines case is most unfortunate for both India and Italy as the bilateral relationship is being put under serious strain. The Indian side had greater reason to feel aggrieved by the cause of the crisis. Indian nationals were killed near the Indian coast, plainly without justification, by Italian...

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Revival of Insurgency in J&K
Revival of Insurgency in J&K

Various terrorist groups operating from Pakistan and the Taliban in Afghanistan have declared that once the America ‘draws down’ its troops from the region, they would shift their focus towards Kashmir. It would be naïve to ignore the possibility of such a situation from developing. From the middle of 2014 onwards, terrorist activity in...

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Defence budgets and national security

For over a decade, allocations for defence in the national budgets have been below 2 percent of GDP. Towards the end of each financial year, instead of allotting additional funds, as regularly promised during the budget speeches, a couple of thousands rupees are taken back. The current budget, allocation for defence is 1.79 % of GDP. During the...

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