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WorldSkills Kazan 2019; Indian Team wins hearts with culture and talent display

Spectacular opening to WorldSkills Kazan 2019; Indian Team wins hearts with culture and talent display Posted On: 24 AUG 2019 1:18PM by PIB Delhi Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship inaugurated the  India Pavilion  at the competition Team India was familiarised with Russian culture during the One School-One Country program; also aims at encouraging children to join skill programs ‘Future Skills’ category introduced at the Competition to focus on digital economy The world’s biggest international vocational skills competition,  WorldSkills Kazan 2019 got underway with a grand ceremony at Kazan, Russia. The 48-member Indian team, resplendent in colourful attire, wowed spectators as they walked through the parade along with 62 other participating countries. More than 2.5 lakh people attended the opening ceremony at Kazan Arena, where youth from 63 nations gave a variety display of various cultures. The 48-member Indian team — the sixth larg

How Technology Platforms Should Deal with Hostile State-Owned Propaganda Outlets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE How Technology Platforms Should Deal with Hostile State-Owned Propaganda Outlets A statement from Adrian Shahbaz, Research Director for Technology and Democracy Social media and the internet have opened up new ways for hostile powers to directly abuse and influence individuals in democratic societies.False news, information operations, and online propaganda pose  significant but distinct threats  to the functioning of a democracy.Responses to these threats have the potential to infringe on fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression, access to information, privacy, and press freedom.Any response must be carefully evaluated to ensure that it is strictly necessary to achieve a legitimate aim (protecting democracy) and carried out in a manner that limits unintended consequences and collateral damage. The cure should not be more harmful than the disease. Our recommended response: Remove content that is deliberately and unequivocally false  under policies

Is Abrogation of Reservation on the Cards? RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, speaking to a group of diplomats, said that he had “good contact” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and had “independent discussions” on a range of issues. Credit: Twitter/India Foundation RIGHTS Through the Modi government, the RSS has successfully implemented many of aspects of its long term agenda. Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd Though the RSS has been an anti-reservation organisation, it plays a game of hide and seek with those in power at the Centre. While top leaders of the RSS issue statements opposing reservation, a smaller leader in the BJP or the National Democratic Alliance says that the government supports reservations. Mohan Bhagwat has repeated his opposition to reservations several times. The  latest statement , on August 19, said that the question of reservation must be debated. The RSS chief said “that there should be open-hearted debate pertaining to reservation given to SC/ST/OBCs”. Through the Narendra Modi government, the RSS is

Joint Statement issued by 600 eminent Displaced Kashmiri Hindus(Pandits)

Joint Statement issued by 600 eminent Displaced Kashmiri Hindus(Pandits) and their supporters welcoming the Removal of Art 370 and Geo-Political reorganization of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh. We, the displaced Kashmiri Hindus (Pandits) of Kashmir living across the world hail epoch making decision of the Modi Government to neuter the article 370 and reorganise J&K into two Union Territories. We, along with vast majority of nationalistic Indians, always believed the Article 370 was the veritable foundation on which a bigoted Muslim State of Jammu and Kashmir was allowed to flourish on the territory of secular India. We appreciate; the extra ordinary statesmanship and political will of the present government to dismantle the privileged edifice that sustain jihadist separatism in Kashmir. We, the patriotic Hindus of Kashmir scattered across the Globe join 1.3 billion Indians in celebrating the release of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh from 70 years of bondage and its full integration wi

Pakistan goes all out to internationalise Kashmir; Indian government, media would do well to focus attention on PoK

Pakistan goes all out to internationalise Kashmir; Indian government, media would do well to focus attention on PoK By  Tara Kartha,  Aug 22, 2019 09:22:00 IST     Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impassioned address to the nation with a plea to Srinagar to walk alongside Delhi is not enough.The doomsayers inside and outside the country are waiting for the first sign of failure, and that could be as early as next month, or even next week.Lesson number one for India is that 'strategic communication' matters. Even as Islamabad is thinking up new ways of getting the Kashmir issue up and into world bodies including the International Court of Justice, there are many within the country – and outside – who are genuinely puzzled at this paroxysm of outrage and disjointed actions. There are, after all, few foreign ministers in the history of diplomacy who have tried to inflame nationals abroad into protesting and creating trouble on the streets. Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s call was certa

My experience with Independence Day in UK

“My first hand experience of the attack on Indian High Commission” Indian Independence Day Celebrations at IHC London Factual Report by Kiran Pasunuri At 11 am I received a call from a friend asking where I was. I said that I was boarding a train and will be there before 12. By the time I had reached Holborn it was exactly 12 as the roads were jammed with coaches. People were flocking towards Aldwych IHC. The Pakistanis had planned their attack like a military operation. They had scouts out as early as 11 AM to scope out the area and had a very clear plan of action. There were 10 to 15 ringleaders who coordinated the entire attack plan. Everyone else was well briefed and well trained. First they tried to encircle from the left flank. There was a sudden surge and deliberate attempts to break the barriers, which then did break. The Indians were trying to defend the barriers as there were hardly any police and those that were there were totally ineffective and unresponsive. The pol

Multi-billion dollar fine on Pakistan puts the spotlight on a secret court

. The Reko Diq mine case shows the overreach of a secretive arbitration system. Last month, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a global quasi-court, slapped more than a $5 billion fine on Pakistan in an arbitration case involving a gold and copper mine. But the ICSID, which is part of the World Bank Group, didn’t initially announce its decision. There was nothing on its website. Except for perhaps the lawyers involved in the case, hardly anyone had seen the judgement*. Instead, the news of the award came through Antofagasta and Barrick Gold, the two multinational mining companies seeking compensation, which is one of the largest ever awarded by the ICSID. ICSID is part of what is known as the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which was formed to address the grievances of foreign investors. The controversial system allows multinational companies to sue countries - but the countries can’t sue the companies. In recent years, IS

CAAPR: East Africa Update

August 19, 2019 Internecine clashes, maritime disputes and terrorist violence continued to be the hallmark of recent developments in East Africa. However, most countries are looking progressive as they are able to contain and manage negative consequences of these seemingly unending problems. Added to the list is Africa’s debt crisis precipitated by China’s lending practices. Africa’s Debt Africa’s excessive debt burden has created ripples through the continent and will be one of the main agenda items of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development later this month. China’s lending practices, which is the main cause of the debt burden, are expected to be debated during the conference to be held between August 28-30 in Yokohama city.  Leaders from 54 African countries and international organisations are expected to attend. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is proposing to announce a series of measures to help African countries with fiscal consolidation. Several cou

Kashmir: How deeply China is entrenched in J&K

Kashmir: How deeply China is entrenched in J& K China is deeply entrenched in Kashmir. And, this is not limited to the cold desert of Aksai Chin, having a population of less than 10,000 people. ADVERTISEMENT Prabhash K Dutta  New DelhiAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 13:49 IST China-built Karakoram Highway passes through Gilgit-Baltistan, which is part of Jammu and Kashmir and in illegal occupation of Pakistan, which ceded an area of over 5,000 sq km in the region to China. (Photo: WikiCommons) HIGHLIGHTS China occupied Aksai Chin in 1962 war and has retained control over the regionIn 1963, Pakistan ceded a part of Gilgit-Baltistan to China giving it more access in J&KChina increased its hold in PoK with $60 billion CPEC project passing through Gilgit-Baltistan Irked by India's decision to offer shelter to Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama in the late 1950s, China launched a treacherous attack on India in 1962. Some observers have seen an element of envy in Chi

China and the United States: Cooperation, Competition, and/or Conflict

By Anthony H. Cordesman August 7, 2019 DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Introduction This report is an experimental net assessment that addresses China's emergence as a global superpower, and its competition with the United States. The report is entitled  China and the U.S.: Cooperation, Competition and/or Conflict.  The entire report, and the report is available on the CSIS web site in several forms: Key sections are available on the CSIS web site in PDF form by clicking on each section title below. The size of some of these PowerPoints may present problems for some IT systems, but quick comparisons of different Chinese and U.S. policy statements and assessments, and of the graphics and data that summarize the trends and issues involved are only possible if PowerPoint is used. The PDF versions are smaller but make it far more difficult to quickly compare a broad range of different trends. A PDF version of the full report is available  here . This document allows the user to skim through

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

BACKGROUNDERS  - August 13, 2019 By  Zachary Fillingham Point counterpoint is a new series where two analysts assess a pertinent geopolitical issue from opposing points of view. Neither view represents an official stance of or any other institution the authors are associated with. The article in favor of Turkey leaving  NATO  can be found  here .   The idea that Turkey’s relations with the West are on life support is boilerplate wonkery at this point. Whether it’s the country’s purchase of a Russian-made S-400 missile system and subsequent banishment from the F-35 program; Nazi name-calling and other venomous exchanges with European capitals ahead of the 2017 constitutional referendum; divergent visions on the future of Syria and its US-backed Kurdish populations; or yet unheeded demands for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen – there’s no shortage of issues prying Turkey away from its erstwhile Cold War allies in the Atlantic Alliance. But what is to be