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Monsanto sway in Agriculture Ministry In a major goof-up, GOI fails to submit before Delhi High Court on GMO involving Monsanto By  Sandhya Jain  -   July 23, 2017      GOI fails to submit before Delhi High Court on GMO In a shocking development, officials of the Union Ministry of Agriculture deliberately failed to submit the Government of India’s views on the Indian Patent Act and Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001 (PPV&FR) before the Delhi High Court closed for vacations on June 5, in a case in which the judgement could impact multiple litigations in which the Centre is involved, regarding seed patents and transgenic traits. Any ruling delivered without knowledge of the Centre’s views on points of law and interpretation in this matter could adversely affect the Indian farmer and consumer. The lapse is inexcusable because the Proposed Affidavit and Written Submission were prepared well in advance by Additional Solicitor Ge

Sikkim standoff: Pentagon steps in  “We encourage India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions and free of any coercive aspects,” Gary Ross, a defence department spokesman said.Amidst the continuing standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in Doklam region, the Pentagon has expressed concern over the issue and asked both the countries to engage in a direct dialogue free of any “coercive aspects”. The military standoff in Bhutan is still going on even after a month it began. The tensions have escalated after Chinese troops were prohibited by Indian soldiers from building a road in the disputed area. Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said in the Parliament, “We are willing to talk, but both sides have to first take back their armies” but China has said that diplomatic channels with India remaine

Meet the Mullahs: Pakistan’s Neighborhood Islamist Evangelists LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 11:01 PM 07/21/2017 Few appreciate the depth and destructive consequences of Pakistan’s decades-long program to “Islamize” every aspect of the society in every remote corner of the country. Pakistan’s “Islamization” program was initiated by President Zia-ul-Haq (1977-1988), which involved the proliferation of Islamic schools “madrasas” and the promotion of Islamic law “Sharia,” was specifically designed create unity by suppressing ethnic separatism and make Pakistan the global Sunni leader, an effort that eventually led to the proliferation of Islamic terrorist groups within its borders. Even in the tiny isolated enclave of  Pidarek  in Balochistan’s western Kech District, Pakistan acquiesces if not actively supports a network that, quite literally, wields radical Islam like a weapon to suppress Baloch nationalism, to  conduct ethnic

Making Sense of China’s Caribbean Policy By:  Jared Ward July 21, 2017 05:02 PM Age: 7 hours China is connecting its trans-Eurasia/Africa Belt and Road Project to the shores of Panama While the world’s attention focuses on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) connecting China with Eurasia and Africa, China is also making major investments in the Caribbean. In September 2016 the China Harbor Engineering Company (中国港湾工程有限责任公司) agreed to build a mega-port in Jamaica that would make the small island-nation a hub for mammoth Chinese ships soon crossing through an expanded Panama Canal ( Jamaica Gleaner , September 24, 2016). Valued at $1.5 billion, the port will become China’s largest in a region that has become a growing target for Chinese aid and diplomatic overtures. Barbados, a small island in the Lesser Antilles, has received millions from Chinese companies to restore historical landmarks and provide free medical care. In March of this year, a visa waiv

Huge investments go into building Malaysian ports

Melaka Gateway: The deep sea port is reportedly targeted to be a liquid cargo terminal with storage facilities that will benefit oil trading in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.   EVER since China rolled out its Belt and Road initiative, many countries have received billions of dollars towards infrastructure development to boost trade and investment along the old Silk Road that connects China and many other countries. For the developing nations along the Silk Road, receiving huge sums of money has boosted economic growth as China aims to intensify linkages with countries. President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative, which originally aimed at building economic connectivity with 64 countries via infrastructure investments along the old Silk Road and maritime routes, is making positive impact on many countries and Malaysia is a big beneficiary of that. What is clear is the impact on investment in Malaysia. One of the largest investments inked has been through the East Coast Rai

Pakistan’s Proudly Double-Dealing Intelligence Service JULY 20, 2017 | BENNETT SEFTEL PHOTO: ISTOCK.COM/SALWAR KAMEEZ The Newsletter Get exclusive analysis delivered to your inbox daily. SUBSCRIBE NOW Pakistan’s intelligence organization, known as Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has ensnared the U.S. in a double game for years. Operating in the shadows of the Pakistani “deep state” – a term used to reference the country’s political system, which is dictated by unelected military and security officials – the ISI has strategically fashioned a mutually beneficial relationship with the U.S. since the late 1970s and 1980s, when it worked alongside the CIA to funnel money and weapons to mujahideen fighters battling Soviet forces in Afghanistan. In the aftermath of 9/11, ISI officials claimed to have aided U.S. forces in capturing or killing several top al Qaeda leaders, including Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 att

Iran could make or break the US war in Afghanistan #Politics Iran exerts considerable economic and political influence in Afghanistan and its cooperation is essential if the US wishes to end a 16-year war Rupert Stone Thursday 20 July 2017 14:56 UTC The Trump administration is currently reviewing US policy in Afghanistan where America has been at war for the last 16 years and still retains  over 8,000 troops . Some in the White House reportedly favour  a small military surge  combined with aggressive action against Afghanistan’s neighbour, Pakistan, which allegedly harbours Taliban militants and supports the anti-government insurgency. The US requires Iran’s assistance to improve Afghanistan’s security, reduce drug flows, and develop the landlocked country’s economy But less often mentioned is the role of Iran, which also borders Afghanistan and exerts considerable influence there, too. Iran has strong cultural, religious and linguis

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Shoot first : New weapons from US

US NAVY / CHRIS OXLEY British Defense Company to Develop DARPA’s Underwater Drones Indeed, competition may require it. Unmanned aerial vehicles and underwater vessels, not to mention advances in cyber- and electronic warfare, are changing the architecture of the battlespace. Humans will need some help keeping up. Still, it’s chilling to think about artificial intelligence technologies having the capacity to read our minds. It’s not easy to foresee what might happen if robots used this ability against their human creators. DoD policy stipulates that in that case of UAVs, for instance, the machine cannot be responsible for killing humans; a remote human controller must press the button to fire Hellfire missiles from  MQ-9 Reaper  drones.The new technology may be poised to challenge that policy. The Pentagon’s goal for research and development into Artificial Intelligence is focused on enhancing human interaction with AI, officials said at a conference hosted by Defense One on Wedne

61% Population in Balochistan Facing Food Insecurity. QUETTA : Mishal Pakistan, Australian High Commission and World Food Program briefed the parliamentarians in the Balochistan assembly on the alarming situation in the province. The key focus is to capacitate policy makers for a more harmonized mechanism to ensure service delivery to the citizens. The initiative aims to facilitate the knowledge flow among key stakeholders to “Eliminate Hidden Hunger and Nutrition Challenges”. Speaking on the occasion, Ms.RahilaHameed Khan Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly said, we thank Mishal Pakistan for collaborating with the Parliamentarians to develop smart policy making to “Eliminate Hidden Hunger” from Balochistan. She further added “We need to engage institutions, academia and bureaucrats to make it part of the legislation for sustainable development. She said, media can play a crucial role in raising the awareness among

China in Middle East " The US has reduced its economic influence in the region, but continues to keep a military presence. China has a lot of money and needs new destinations for investments. This gives Beijing a serious advantage. As a result, Middle Eastern countries will have to turn their foreign policy from the US towards China," Tarasov pointed out.

Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji for the emphatic victory in the 2017 Presidential elections. His victory is truly historic.

Profile: Pari Ibrahim, How this young Yazidi is bringing hope to IS victims

SYRIA PULSE Pari Ibrahim (C), the 27-year-old founder of the Free Yazidi Foundation, stands surrounded by Yezidi children in a refugee camp in Iraq. (photo by Free Yezidi Foundation) How this young Yazidi is bringing hope to IS victims Author: Brenda Stoter  Posted July 6, 2016 AMSTERDAM — Pari Ibrahim, 27, was a regular law student in the Netherlands who had a job in a library until she received a phone call at 5 a.m. in August 2014 that would change her life forever. A family member from northern Iraq called to inform her that the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) had invaded Sinjar and had killed the men and kidnapped the women and children. “We are being massacred, we are heading for the mountains,” the family member said. Ibrahim, who belongs to the Yazidi community, had fled Iraq with her parents in the 1990s and now lives in the Netherlands. After receiving the phone call, she frantically started searching the internet for information, but was not able to find news. Slow

US changes media note to 'Jammu & Kashmir' By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau | Updated: Jul 20, 2017, 12.25 AM IST The USA has replaced the term India-administered Kashmir with Jammu and Kashmir in its order designating Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist. NEW DELHI: In what would vindicate India’s stand, the USA has replaced the term  India-administered Kashmir  with Jammu and Kashmir in its order designating Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin  as a global  terrorist announced during PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington DC. This was informed in the  Lok Sabha  on Wednesday by MoS external affairs VK Singh in reply to a question on the subject. “On June 26, during the visit of the Prime Minister to the US, the Department of State designated Syed Salahuddin, leader of the militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). The media note issued by the Stat

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Why the U.S. Needs to Understand Chinese Philosophy

China's growing global importance makes it imperative for the U.S. to understand the country's thought processes. By  The Conversation , ContributorJuly 20, 2017, at 10:12 a.m. Statue of Confucius in Songyang Academy, one of the four great academies in ancient China. (Zhang Peng/LightRocket/Getty Images) By Bryan W. Van Norden The need for the U.S. to understand  China  is obvious. The Chinese economy is on track to  become the largest in the world by 2030 , Chinese leadership may be the key to  resolving the nuclear crisis with North Korea and China has military and economic ambitions in  the South China Sea  and  India . Meanwhile, the  Trump administration has shown  ( repeatedly ) that it's not even clear on the difference between the People's Republic of China (the authoritarian state that occupies the mainland and that recently  blacklisted Winnie the Pooh ) and the Republic of China (the  democratic state  that occupies the island of Taiwan and that numer