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Western countries alarmed by closure of Maldives’ parliament

Western countries alarmed by closure of Maldives’ parliament

Colombo, July 27 (newsin.asia): The Embassies of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, are “alarmed” by the “forcible closure” of the country’s Majlis or parliament. But the Deputy Speaker of the Maldivian parliament, Moosa Maniku, said that the military...

Debacle in Doklam reveals serious flaws in India’s “Neighborhood First” policy

Debacle in Doklam reveals serious flaws in India’s “Neighborhood First” policy

The unfolding realities underlying the Sino-Indian standoff over the border in Doklam are clearly bringing out serious flaws in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Neighborhood First” policy, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com The “Neighborhood First’ policy enunciated in 2014 as India’s new foreign policy “mantra” has not achieved what it was meant to achieve. Instead of generating friendly feelings towards India, with...

Sri Lanka and China reach agreement on Hambantota port

Sri Lanka and China reach agreement on Hambantota port

Colombo, July 24 (newsin.asia): After many hiccups and protracted negotiations, China and Sri Lanka have reached an agreement on the US$ 1.4 billion Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka. According to reliable sources, the Sri Lankan cabinet will take up the agreement on Tuesday and once it gets cabinet approval, the two countries will sign the deal within the next...

China goes in for radical economic and military reform

China goes in for radical economic and military reform

As war clouds gather over the Sino-Bhutan border where China’s real adversary is nuclear-armed India, China has announced its intention to thoroughly overhaul its military and economic structure and philosophy to meet challenges of the emerging world order, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT. The idea is to make China’s economy and military meet needs arising from its expanding global interests as...

China’s military adapts to changing conditions

China’s military adapts to changing conditions

Forced by changing conditions in the field of warfare, China this week embarked on a new program to turn its gigantic armed forces built on the old wobbly Soviet model, into a “leaner and meaner” modern American-style fighting machine writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com The world’s largest standing armed forces, known collectively as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), will see a...

Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind elected President of India

Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind elected President of India

New Delhi, July 20 (AFP): Ram Nath Kovind was elected India's new president Thursday, the second time since independence a head of state has been chosen from the bottom of the Hindu caste system. The first Dalit President was K.R.Narayanan, who as the 10th.President of India, served from 1997 to 2002. Kovind won the largely ceremonial position with more than...

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