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Is Rex Tillerson’s visit a new dawn for South Asia?

October 24, 2017 6:51:21 pm

US plan to end the Afghanistan war is, without dispute, the most ambitious diplomatic initiative by the country the region has seen in years.

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Nepal: Politics is about being in power with immunity and no accountability

October 16, 2017 5:01:06 pm

Just a couple of days prior to Oli raising the question of propriety over the size of the cabinet, three parties quietly agreed to let the parliament sanction Rs 10 billion to the outgoing MPs.

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Gujarat takes to Rahul Gandhi warmly on his yatra: Will it translate into votes?

October 13, 2017 6:42:05 pm

The audience consisting mostly of young boys and girls, heard Rahul Gandhi in rapt attention and responded to his rhetorical questions in a chorus. And, Gandhi interacted with them and proclaimed that "There is an undercurrent against Modi, Amit Shah and the BJP here in Gujarat."

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On first visit to Amethi since assembly polls, Rahul Gandhi strikes a different chord

October 5, 2017 6:19:11 pm

It is Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to his constituency Amethi since the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and local party leaders were heartened by the change in him.

BJP’s Kerala yatra is well planned but is it enough to woo the public?

October 5, 2017 5:29:50 pm

The BJP's latest attempts will definitely provide fresh momentum to the cadre. The young cadre in Kannur, Kasargode and Wayanad districts who descended in large numbers in Kannur have been enthusiastic.

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The importance of Mukul Roy’s ‘departure’ from TMC

September 25, 2017 4:22:09 pm

Sources close to Roy maintained that the Trinamool Congress founder is “more keen to join the BJP presently”, while adding, “ultimately, the decision will lie with the BJP”.

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In Tripura, why the IPFT is crucial for the BJP?

September 25, 2017 2:24:16 pm

Since 2016, it has become apparent to political observers in the state that IPFT will be a factor in the future. Particularly after ethnic clashes between the tribals and the Bengalis saw at least 30 people injured and 15 vehicles, torched in Agartala onAugust 23.

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Shiv Sena is unhappy but not ready to divorce BJP

September 20, 2017 3:40:29 pm

Though the BJP leadership knows that Sena is the best bet and most suitable partner when it comes to ruling Maharashtra, the party has plan B in place, in case the Sena pulls out of the alliance. The BJP has 122 seats in the 288-seat state assembly.

Rajnath Singh in J&K: Why his reassurances have not reassured the Valley

September 14, 2017 4:08:06 pm

The vast majority of the people of Jammu and Kashmir fear that the attack on the state’s special constitutional status is an attempt to “change the demography” of the only Muslim majority state in India.

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Uphill task for BJP as Amit Shah eyes power in West Bengal

September 13, 2017 6:13:06 pm

Amit Shah made it clear that West Bengal was prime on his mind and the party will go all out in grabbing power in the state where communal clashes and political violence are on the rise

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Towards a global nuclear nightmare: N.Korea’s nuclear weapons are both instruments of self-defence and tools for blackmail

September 4, 2017 10:10:36 pm

Nuclear weapons are, thus, both instruments of self-defence and tools for blackmail: they guarantee regime survival against all currently conceivable crisis. Kim, once he has nuclear weapons, is a creature all actors have an interest in ensuring remains stable.

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Who killed Benazir Bhutto?

September 1, 2017 11:29:12 pm

The judgement has raised more questions than it answered. But such an ending was foretold, considering the shabby investigation from the start and the politics and conspiracy theories that hobbled it.

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Govt stand on marital rape: An indignity to women

August 31, 2017 12:52:23 pm

The Centre on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court what “may appear to be marital rape” to a wife “may not appear so to others” and marital rape should not be criminalised as it “may destabilise the institution of marriage apart from being an easy tool for harassing the husbands”.

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After Ram Rahim’s conviction, speculation rife about Dera chief’s successor

August 30, 2017 2:57:20 pm

While some supporters insist that there cannot be a bloodline successor to the 'seat' of the Dera, but, unconfirmed reports have started emanating from the headquarters in Sirsa that his son, Jasmeet Insaan, will be appointed as successor.

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Why Mayawati did not attend Lalu rally: Keeping option open

August 28, 2017 6:40:41 pm

Mayawati's posture on seat-sharing, nearly two years before the Lok Sabha elections are due, is an indication of the hard task before the strategists of the Opposition to manage the egos of leaders like her.

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Bawana bypoll result: AAP victory leaves BJP asking questions of itself

August 28, 2017 2:09:42 pm

The polls had offered AAP a chance to overturn three key electoral losses — the Punjab and Goa assembly elections and the MCD polls. The BJP, on the other hand had hoped to build on the momentum from the victory in MCD polls.

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Nepal PM Deuba visits Delhi at a time when he appears weak at home

August 25, 2017 7:22:56 pm

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expanded his council of ministers to 50 including around 20 ministers of state, 12 from his Nepali Congress and eight from the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists. The constitution puts a ceiling on 25 for the Council of Ministers.

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How the municipal poll results in Bengal are worrying for democracy

August 24, 2017 3:05:43 pm

Out of the 148 wards which went to poll on Sunday, the two main opposition parties in the state – the CPM and the Congress – did not win a single ward.

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Why DMK is unlikely to wait and watch anymore when AIADMK government is to fall anytime

August 18, 2017 6:09:34 pm

Except for a statement of its leader M K Stalin that they will move a no-confidence motion if required, the DMK is yet to make any political move to topple the government despite being a powerful opposition with 89 MLAs.

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Vishal Sikka had been losing ground in Infosys for a while

August 18, 2017 12:33:29 pm

Vishal Sikka, who tried to ingrain the concept of design thinking into the traditional IT services culture at Infosys Ltd in his three-year tenure, indicated that his exit from the company was on account of the continued criticism of his functioning from within and outside the company.

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What is behind the Shia Waqf Board suggestion of a mosque at another site in Ayodhya?

August 11, 2017 3:39:07 pm

The affidavit has come at time when a three-judge bench has been constituted to hear the petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court order, which had ruled in 2010 to divide the disputed land to Ram Lala, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Central Waqf Board.

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Mamata and Opposition unity: Why Congress is important to her game plan

August 11, 2017 3:03:07 pm

Key to Mamata Banerjee's plans of bringing the Opposition together will be the Congress. A source close to Mamata said: "It would be politically foolish to alienate them. A good Congress performance will serve the opposition's best interest.”

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Nepal set to end special arrangement with India on executing small projects- here’s why

August 10, 2017 4:28:20 pm

As the three-year period renewed in 2014 ran out on August 5, the Nepalese government appears reluctant to renew it, ostensibly because it has to be renegotiated 'since Nepal has entered federal system' now and the district administrations which used to play a role in the projects, would cease to exist.

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With little help from RJD, Sharad Yadav set to chart new course

August 10, 2017 1:02:59 pm

The JD (U), that sensed Sharad's unease since the Grand Alliance split and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA fold, has been waiting for Sharad's public diatribe against Nitish Kumar to take any action against the veteran.

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Is the Madhesi leadership falling apart in Nepal?

August 9, 2017 5:22:34 pm

As protests continued and attracted public participation, blocking supply lines to Kathmandu and beyond, then Prime Minister G P Koirala signed a deal with two senior leaders of the Madhes region--Mahanth Thakur and Upendra Mahato -- promising that Nepal would henceforth be a federal country.

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