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Do I think Modi is perfect ? NO

Do I think Modi is perfect ? NO . Do I believe Modi doesn't make any mistake ? NO. Do I believe Modi government has fulfilled all that we want ? NO Do I feel he will make India like Europe or USA in his lifetime ? NO. Do I feel Modi government has no shortcoming at all ? NO. Do I believe everything is rosy in India and there are no problems at all under this regime ? NO. But I stand by his side like a rock. Why ? ➤ Because I do believe he is doing whatever he can in a very honest, dedicated and committed way. ➤ Because I do believe he is giving his best to improve the country in all areas. ➤ Because I have seen that massive corruption at cabinet ministerial level has disappeared. ➤ Because I have seen that India has not witnessed any terror attack on civilians in last 4 years under his rule. ➤ Because I have seen him taking unpopular steps just to make sure subsidies and taxes reach to the poor people and not middlemen. ➤ Because I have seen him working hard to make su

The Iran-Pakistan border is a geopolitical powder keg

http://www.southasiaathudson.org/blog/2018/3/22/the-iran-pakistan-border-is-a-geopolitical-powder-keg The Iran-Pakistan border is a geopolitical powder  keg Dr. Lawrence Sellin The Iran-Pakistan border contains all the ingredients for a geopolitical explosion – regional rivalries, Sunni-Shia conflicts, ethnic insurgents, espionage, drug smuggling and human trafficking. China considers the stability of the region so important that it brokered a series of border security meetings between Iran and Pakistan over the past year. Much of China’s multi-billion-dollar investment in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) hinges on the commercial viability of the Pakistani port of Gwadar, near the Iranian border, for which it has a 40-year operational lease. Moreover,  CPEC is the regional linchpin of the Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious plan to connect Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa to China through a series of land-based and maritime economic zones. Additionally, the plan

India crafts its own ‘string of pearls’ to rival China’s naval jewels in the Indian Ocean

http://m.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2138327/india-crafts-its-own-string-pearls-rival-chinas-naval-jewels India crafts its own ‘string of pearls’ to rival China’s naval jewels in the Indian  Ocean Rob Edens says India is scrambling to secure alliances as China extends its naval dominance in the Indian Ocean, India’s traditional area of influence Rob Edens UPDATED : Friday, 23 Mar 2018, 3:58PM  1 When it comes to the Indian Ocean, New Delhi is hedging its bets against an assertive China.  India and France  recently signed a strategic pact opening up their naval bases to each other’s warships across the Indian Ocean. This comes two years after a similar deal with the  United States  and signifies a web of strategic trust to thwart Beijing’s expansion into India’s traditional area of influence. In recent years, Beijing’s push to contain  India has become more frenetic, including signing agreements with  Myanmar ,  Sri Lanka , the  Maldives  and  Pakistan . India’s deal

Did Hasmukh Adhia compromise India’s national interest in the Rs.40,000 cr Vodafone Arbitration?

Why is Adhia trying to scuttle a case when Indian Govt. is on the verge of victory? By  Team PGurus  -   March 24, 2018      Why is Adhia trying to scuttle a case when Indian Govt. is on the verge of victory? The cobweb of  complexities  and the maze of  unrelenting madness  in which the Finance Ministry has tied itself in the Vodafone International Arbitration is a story of how an  inept  bureaucrat, with arguably limited knowledge of law and taxation, has compromised our national interest. Hasmukh Adhia, to further his naked ambitions, has buried the very idea the Prime Minister Narendra Modi preaches. Apprehensive of tasting defeat in the arbitration under the Netherlands BIPA, in what is termed as a “devious” move, Vodafone moved for a  fresh  arbitration under the India-London BIPA. The  Vodafone  case, as it is popularly known, involves a tax demand of Rs.11,000 crores ($1.7 billion) on Vodafone, for its Rs.55,000 crores ($8.5 billion) acquisition of a 67 percent stak

Arithmetic eclipses chemistry in UP

When your supporters refuse to stand behind you, your strength goes down. By  Ravi Shanker Kapoor  -  pgurus.com March 22, 2018      Arithmetic eclipses chemistry in UP Some of the traditional supporters may be voting for anti- BJP parties. Which means that even chemistry may be going against the ruling party. In the run-up to the 2014 general poll,  Narendra Modi  was asked by an interviewer how he would  cross  the magic figure of 272, as the numbers were not adding up. His answer was simple: this is not an election of arithmetic but of  chemistry . He was right: the  exceptionally bad  two successive governments under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance had created such a  political situation  that people began yearning for something better, something new. Modi fitted the bill. The BJP ‘s (Bharatiya Janata Party) dismal performance in the recent by-polls in UP and Bihar, however, has  underlined  that chemistry is dead, and arithmetic is back in the reckoning. In f

Feudal Bugti, commoner Mengal in war of words over Jumma Marri

http://hinglajm.blogspot.com/2018/03/feudal-lord-commoner-in-war-of-words.html Feudal Bugti, commoner Mengal in war of words over Jumma Marri March 21, 2018 Brahumdagh Bugti (left) with Dr Jumma Marri in Geneva about 14 months ago. The Republican News Network, which is believed to be managed by loyalists of exiled Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republicin Party has accused a German activist and a Baloch activist of joining hands with Moscow-based Dr Jumma Marri, leading to a war of words in Switzerland--thousands of miles away from Balochistan.. The accusations followed the Baloch Voice Foundation, which is led by Munir Mengal, holding successful side events at the Palace of Nations during the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The war of words started when the Republican News Network linked to Bugti's BRP and affiliated Baloch Republican Army (BRA) published a news item Thrusday that said "Munir Mengal, Claudia Heidelberg, along with other

Is Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia shielding PNB scamsters Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi?

In the PNBScam of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, Adhia faces more questions about his conduct By Team PGurus -   March 21, 2018      In the PNBScam of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, Adhia faces more questions about his conduct First as the Secretary Banking and Financial Services, then as the Revenue Secretary and now as the Finance Secretary, Hasmukh Adhia from Gujarat cadre is the most powerful officer in the Finance Ministry. Owing to his proximity to the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister, he was the only bureaucrat outside the PMO and Economic Affairs Department, according to media reports, who was part of the team working on demonetization. Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, a Ph. D. in Yoga has an iron grip over the Department he heads, is known for ruthless micromanagement and has no friends in the team that he heads in the Finance Ministry. Antagonism, indifference, and brazenness have been the definitive ideas that have shaped his tenure. Was it a deliberate ploy to notinvoke the B

THE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS: INDIA’S EASTERN ANCHOR IN A CHANGING INDO-PACIFIC

https://warontherocks.com/2018/03/the-andaman-and-nicobar-islands-indias-eastern-anchor-in-a-changing-indo-pacific/ THE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS: INDIA’S EASTERN ANCHOR IN A CHANGING  INDO-PACIFIC DARSHANA M. BARUAH MARCH 21, 2018 Editor’s Note: This is the nineteenth installment of “Southern (Dis)Comfort,” a series from War on the Rocks and the  Stimson Center . The series seeks to unpack the dynamics of intensifying competition — military, economic, diplomatic — in Southern Asia, principally between China, India, Pakistan, and the United States. Catch up on  the rest of the series . India’s military priorities are highlighted by its  defense budget : the army funded at 55 percent, the air force at 23 percent, and the navy at a meager 15 percent. Since independence, troubles along India’s continental borders, including wars with China and Pakistan, have kept the country’s defense focused on its northern frontiers. A quiet maritime environment and a strong navy inherited from

Punjab, Tianjin University of Tech is first educational project of CPEC

https://pakobserver.net/punjab-tianjin-university-of-tech-is-first-educational-project-of-cpec/ Salim Ahmed Provincial Minister for Schools Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that Punjab Tianjin University of Technology (PTUT) is the first educational project of the CPEC which will open doors of world-class education to the Pakistani youth. Its inaugural ceremony will be held on 23rd March and Chief Minister will attend this function through the video link. This was stated by him while addressing a meeting held to review the arrangements of inaugural ceremony of Punjab Tianjin University of Technology on the historic occasion of 23rd March at Civil Secretariat Committee Room, here today. The meeting was also addressed by Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed. Arrangements of inaugural ceremony of Punjab Tianjin University of Technology were given final shape in the meeting. The Minister said that due to the personal interest of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, establishment o

National Herald case: Delhi HC orders Young Indian to deposit Rs 10.cr in Income Tax recovery notice of Rs.250 crores

In the National Herald case, the Delhi HC directs Young Indian to deposit Rs.10 crores first in their petition against the Income Tax order By  Team PGurus  -   March 19, 2018      In the National Herald case, the Delhi HC directs Young Indian to deposit Rs.10 crores first in their petition against the Income Tax order In a big  setback  to  Sonia Gandhi  and  Rahul Gandhi in the  National Herald  case, the  Delhi High Court (HC)  on Monday directed their company  Young Indian  to  deposit  Rs.10 crores ($1.67 million) first in their petition against Income Tax (IT) recovery notice of Rs.249.15 crores. The bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla directed the company to deposit half the amount with the Income Tax department before March 31 and the remaining Rs.5 crores by April 15th. The IT department has declared that Congress party’s claim of giving Rs.90 crore loans to the newspaper was a total sham and a wrong claim to facilitate Gandhi family-controlled company You

Indialogue Newsletter , excerpt

Indialogue Newsletter By Aman Thakkar Excerpts Worsening India-Pakistan Relations Amid Allegations of Harassment of Diplomats India and Pakistan have traded accusations over mistreatment and harassment of their diplomats, with each alleging that the other is behind the harassment. India has  alleged  that vehicles from high commission, including that of the High Commissioner himself, in Islamabad have been forcibly stopped, a contractor who maintains the Indian chancery building has been threatened, and that an Indian official’s home in Islamabad was broken into and a laptop stolen. Meanwhile, Pakistan has alleged  that Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner’s children were stopped on their way to school, and that the car of another diplomat was “chased and scratched” in New Delhi. Among the more ridiculous (yet irritating) harassing has been the  accusation  of ringing the doorbell in the middle of the night and running away in both Islamabad and New Delhi. Why this Matters?:  Looki