â€˜Gas Chamberâ€™ Cities and Dangers Nuclear
Manpreet Sethi. · 14 Nov, 2017 · #5390 · Commentary · Column
Come November and the entire Indo-Gangetic plain running across the northern regions of Pakistan and India comes under a dirty grey haze. Major cities in these areas begin gasping for breath. A mix of a natural phenomenon and mindless human activit ...
East Asia Compass
Trump's Visit to East Asia
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra. · 07 Nov, 2017 · #5389 · Commentary · Column
US President Donald Trump’s 12-day visit to five of the East Asian countries is quite ‘unprecedented’. But so are his style, posturing, statements and policies. Trump will meet not only the leaders of Japan, South Korea, China, Vi ...
China's Signaling Under President Xi Jinping
Prashant Dikshit. · 06 Nov, 2017 · #5388 · Commentary
China's President Xi Jinping has now emerged supreme. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China consolidated his authority not just for five years but in, a certain view, for life. Normally, a reappointment of a head of state o ...
India-China Border Agreements: Political Negotiation Needed
Amit Ranjan. · 06 Nov, 2017 · #5387 · Commentary
The border disputes between India and China have their roots in the colonial history of the geographical area. Whenever there is a stand-off on the border, historical records are (re) interpreted to express or refute claims territorial claims of re ...
Short Sea Shipping in Bay of Bengal Takes Baby Steps
Vijay Sakhuja. · 03 Nov, 2017 · #5386 · Commentary · Column
Last week, a consignment of motor vehicles was shipped from Chennai Port in India to Mongla port in Bangladesh onboard a roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cum general cargo vessel. Ashok Leyland Limited chose to use the sea route which takes five days inste ...
19th Party Congress: Understanding the Economics in Xiâ€™s Speech
Amita Batra. · 30 Oct, 2017 · #5385 · Commentary · Column
A big event this October was President Xi’s address to the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). While marking his attainment of cult status, Xi’s speech, as widely reported, is also a definitive statement of China’ ...
J&K: Operation 'All Out' and Prospects for Winter
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain. · 26 Oct, 2017 · #5384 · Commentary · Column
The third quarter of 2017 in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has been characterised by the marked success of Operation All Out; a reduction in the quantum of violent incidents; and an overall stabilisation of the situation, which has permitted the gove ...
Will the US' Pressure on Pakistan Deliver Results?
Sreejith S Nair. · 24 Oct, 2017 · #5383 · Commentary
The US-Pakistan relationship has been strained over the last six years. It took an unyielding shift with the announcement of US President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy, which comprises four pillars and also touches upon Washington&r ...
Meaningful Disarmament, Not Unnecessary Distractions
Manpreet Sethi. · 24 Oct, 2017 · #5382 · Commentary · Column
The annual General Debate of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly provides a good forum for countries to reflect on relevant developments in the past year and to spell out their priorities or vision of action for the next year. In performin ...
Plastic Litter: The Challenge at Sea
Vijay Sakhuja. · 10 Oct, 2017 · #5381 · Commentary · Column
A number of innovations and initiatives that are shaping the oceans and seas can potentially help ensure that these water bodies remain environmentally and ecologically stable. These range from greener and efficient vessels propelled by solar and w ...