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USS Decatur makes port call in Chennai

USS Decatur makes port call in Chennai

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Mar , 2011

The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) will make a three-day port visit to Chennai, India, March 16-19. The Decatur is led by Commander Shanti Sethi, an American of...

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Bahrain: On the Sectarian Razor's Edge

Bahrain: On the Sectarian Razor's Edge

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Mar , 2011

Bahrain, a Shia majority State ruled by a Sunni family, is on the sectarian razor’s edge following the entry of about 2000 troops from the member-States of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC)...

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Tibetan cause after the Dalai Lama

Tibetan cause after the Dalai Lama

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Mar , 2011

While wishing and hoping for a long life for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one has to mentally prepare onself to the eventuality of his being no more with us one day and think of how to keep the...

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Hostages on Sea

Hostages on Sea

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Mar , 2011

As I write this, family members and supporters of the six Indian sailors onboard MV Suez, an Egyptian ship, captured by Somali pirates in August 2010, remains uncertain. With the deadline to pay...

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Pak Taliban's fresh reprisal spree could make Davis case more difficult

Pak Taliban's fresh reprisal spree could make Davis case more difficult

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Mar , 2011

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is on a fresh reprisal spree against the Pakistani security agencies and elements in the Pashtun population, which have been co-operating with the...

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Raymond Davis: Time for US to talk tough to Pakistan

Raymond Davis: Time for US to talk tough to Pakistan

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Mar , 2011

There is no solution yet in sight to the Raymond Davis tug of war between the US and Pakistan. Davis, as one would recall, is the US citizen posted in the US Consulate-General in Lahore as a...

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Takshashila announces the 'B Raman Fellowship for Geopolitical Analysis'

Takshashila announces the 'B Raman Fellowship for Geopolitical Analysis'

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Mar , 2011

The Takshashila Institution, an independent, non-partisan, networked think tank, Sunday March 6th 2011, launched the B Raman Fellowship for Geopolitical Analysis—to encourage, recognise and...

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India, China and the Indian Ocean

India, China and the Indian Ocean

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Mar , 2011

The following are my answers to some questions on the above-mentioned subject received by me by E-Mail from an Italian journalist: Gwadar in Pakistan, Hambantota in Sri Lanka, Akyab Cheduba and...

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Winds of hatred continue to sweep across Pakistan

Winds of hatred continue to sweep across Pakistan

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Mar , 2011

At a time when winds of change have been sweeping across many Islamic countries with calls for greater freedom and democracy, winds of hatred continue to sweep across Pakistan. Pakistan, which...

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Dark Clouds over Pakistan

Dark Clouds over Pakistan

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Mar , 2011

It all began in June 2009. Asia Bibi, a farm hand from the village of Ittan Wali in Sheikhupura District of the Punjab province in Pakistan, was asked to fetch water. Bibi, whose is the only...

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To overlook reality would be stupid

To overlook reality would be stupid

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Mar , 2011

While China is free to believe that it has done nothing to raise hackles around the world, more so in its neighbourhood, that is far from the truth. It makes little sense for Beijing to feign...

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Repeated Calls for Jasmine Strolls in China

Repeated Calls for Jasmine Strolls in China

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Mar , 2011

Repeated calls for “Jasmine Strolls” in Chinese cities, including Beijing, emanating from overseas Chinese web sites have added to the nervousness of the Chinese authorities. A Jasmine Stroll is...

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India and the Indian Ocean

India and the Indian Ocean

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Feb , 2011

The main security threats to Indian interests in the Indian Ocean area arise from three factors—firstly, the gradual erosion of the Indian political influence in the area; secondly, the increase...

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Orissa: Surrender to Insurgents

Orissa: Surrender to Insurgents

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Feb , 2011

The Orissa Government’s handling of the situation arising from the kidnapping on February 16,2011, of Shri Ravella Vineel Krishna, the popular District Collector of Malkangiri District, and a...

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Defence Budget: Tinkering with commas and full stops

Defence Budget: Tinkering with commas and full stops

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Feb , 2011

The presentation of annual defence budget is an exercise in futility. The increase in defence budget from Rs.147,344 crores in fiscal 2010-11 to 164,415 crores in fiscal 2011-12, reflects a gain...

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India positions Dornier in Seychelles to support Maritime Surveillance...

India positions Dornier in Seychelles to support Maritime Surveillance...

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Feb , 2011

Indian Navy has deployed one Dornier to Seychelles under a government to government memorandum of undertaking. The Dornier is stationed at Victoria, capital of Seychelles and will be operated...

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Will China cross the Rubicon of its history?

Will China cross the Rubicon of its history?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Feb , 2011

The seriousness with which China has been viewing the dangers of a new revolution in China inspired by the people’s uprising in Egypt would be evident from the number of high-level...

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J&K: The complete surrender?

J&K: The complete surrender?

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Feb , 2011

The recent spate of scams has so exhausted the fund of public outrage, that the die-hard votaries of peace with Pakistan (at any cost) have found the time opportune to shamelessly resile from...

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The critical battles of Helmand and Kandhar

The critical battles of Helmand and Kandhar

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Feb , 2011

The year 2010 was crucial for the final outcome in Afghanistan. There were two major changes in the military leadership. The highly regarded, Special Forces Commander, Lt Gen Stanley McChrystal...

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 Uncle Red adds to China's nervousness

Uncle Red adds to China's nervousness

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Feb , 2011

“Go, go, go! Forge on ahead. “The awakened lion is roaring. “It will smash corruption, and bury the dictatorship. “Mighty Egypt has no room for clowns. “With no equality or human rights,...

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