Full provincial statusPakistan in recent weeks has moved to give full provincial status to the Gilgit-Baltistan region through an election slated for November. The region earlier was known as the “Northern Areas” and Pakistan dealt with it through a special administrative arrangement. But granting of full provincial status will alter the political nature of the region, which has remained the same for close to seven decades. The region is strategically significant as it has a border with China and hosts a large part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. … [Read more...] about Gilgit-Baltistan polls have no legal basis, says India
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This new-found assertiveness worried the Chinese no end as did the tough unyielding stance of Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh in his Moscow talks with Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. The talks were inconclusive. … [Read more...] about Did Modi ignore Xi’s betrayal in Ladakh?
101.Our partnerships with the major world powers continue to develop. The United States is a valued strategic partner with whom we have a multi-faceted relationship based on our national interests. India's special and privileged Strategic Partnership with Russia was further strengthened during Prime Minister's visit to Russia last year. We attach high priority to the development of our Strategic and Cooperative Partnership with China. The rapid growth of our trade and economic relations with China has significance not only for our bilateral relationship, but for the global economy as a whole. India's relations with the European Union and its Member-States are based on shared values and expanding commercial, economic and people to people exchanges. India's relations with Japan continue to expand in the economic as well as security spheres based on strong political will on both sides. … [Read more...] about President Pratibha Patil’s address to Parliament – March 12, 2012
The efforts towards the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) in 2002 had fructified but the technical agreements that were sought in the wake of it came under active negotiation only after Jul 2005 when the then defence minister Pranab Mukerjee visited Washington, SC during the early part of the second presidency of George W Bush. … [Read more...] about 2+2 2020 could be a game changer
Dwelling at length on Google’s mission and philosophy, he said the mission was to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful while as part of its philosophy, Google had found 10 things to be true: Focus on the user and all else will follow; It is best to do one thing really, really well; fast is better than slow; democracy on the web works; you don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer; you can make money without doing evil; there’s always more information out there; the need for information crosses all borders; you can be serious without a suit; that great just isn’t good enough. … [Read more...] about Use technology in a prudent manner: expert