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Pakistani court quashes ban on Indian teledramas

Pakistani court quashes ban on Indian teledramas

Lahore July 18 (Express Tribune): Noting that “the world has become a global village”, the Lahore High Court (LHC) lifted on Tuesday a ban on the airing of Indian drama serials imposed by the broadcast media watchdog last year. Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order after hearing arguments on a petition filed by a local media company praying...

Continuing India-China standoff: Neither side can lose face

Continuing India-China standoff: Neither side can lose face

Colombo, July 18: The India-China military and political staff at Doklam on the Bhutan-Tibet border appears to be in for the long haul because both sides seem to have painted themselves into a corner and cannot back out without loss of face, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Mirror. In an interview to the Times of India, Dr. Hu Shisheng, Director of...

China holds live fire drills along Tibet-Arunachal Pradesh border amidst standoff with India

China holds live fire drills along Tibet-Arunachal Pradesh border amidst standoff with India

Beijing, July 17 (Timesnow): Chinese media report that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has held “live-fire drills” in Tibet, near the Arunachal Pradesh border in an effort to practice quick movements of troops and destroy enemy aircraft. “The brigade that conducted the (latest) drills was from the PLA’s Tibet military command and is one of China’s two plateau mountain brigades,” China Central Television...

India-China standoff over Bhutan remains intractable

India-China standoff over Bhutan remains intractable

Colombo, July 17: India is trying not to enter into a slanging match with China over the military standoff at Doklam on the Bhutan-Tibet border in the hope that China will soon stop its threatening rhetoric and agree to settle the border dispute through talks. But in the past two weeks, during which the crisis has billowed beyond expectations, China...

Maximalist positions of Delhi and the militants pushing Kashmir into permanent disruption

Maximalist positions of Delhi and the militants pushing Kashmir into permanent disruption

By P.Chidambaram/www.southasianmonitor.com On many occasions in the past, I had cautioned that the Kashmir issue or problem (or by whatever name it is called) was a festering wound. Every government in the past had, in different degrees, recognised that the festering wound had to be attended to. The agreement between Jawaharlal Nehruand Sheikh Abdullah, the Tashkent agreement, the Simla agreement, the...

Three years into Modi government, economic outlook is still cloudy

Three years into Modi government, economic outlook is still cloudy

By R.Jagannathan/Times of India New Delhi, July 17 (Times of India): There is an important parallel in the challenges faced by Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government two years before the General Election and Narendra Modi’s. In both cases, growth has been sluggish, though formal growth numbers on Modi’s watch have been higher, possibly due to a change in the methodology of...

Sirisena’s visit to Bangladesh: Implementation of MOUs will be litmus test of success

Sirisena’s visit to Bangladesh: Implementation of MOUs will be litmus test of success

Colombo, July 16: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have signed 13 MoUs and an agreement during the three-day visit of President Maithripala Sirisena which ended on Saturday. While the fields covered by the MoUs are wide, relevant and impressive, their real worth will be seen only in implementation, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.bdnews24.com Implementation is challenging because Sri Lanka’s record of implementation...

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