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Time for Pakistan to resolve its identity crisis

View: Time for Pakistan to resolve its identity crisis To stop further erosion of the much derided `two-nation’ theory, Pakistan has adopted a two-pronged policy. They projected themselves to be part of the Arab Middle East rather than the geographical entity rooted in the Indian sub-continent. By ET CONTRIBUTORS | Sep 13, 2019, 12.19 PM IST AP Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a rally at the Prime Minister office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. By Prasad Nallapati Why is  Pakistan  so agitated with Narendra Modi government’s constitutional changes withdrawing `temporary’ special status of the Jammu and Kashmir state? The unbridled aggression and incoherent threats against India by Prime Minister  Imran Khan ,Chief of Army Staff Gen.  Qamar Javed Bajwa  and terrorist groups controlled by them crossed all limits of civic decency. Their desperate calls seeking support of the Muslim ummah and other international community had few takers.  Saudi Arabia  

Merkel in China: Navigating tricky waters

Continuing protests in Hongkong, the escalating US-China trade dispute, a slowing economy in Germany: Angela Merkel’s twelfth official visit to China took place in turbulent times. But among German business there was much praise, afterwards, for her skillful navigation of tricky waters. Merkel’s actions in China, on the other hand, are likely to have disappointed Germany’s partners in Europe. While the German Chancellor publicly criticized Hong Kong and called for  openness and reform in China , at the fringes of the trip eleven lucrative economic deals were made. With the focus being on German trade interests, Merkel was as usual accompanied by a  high-ranking business delegation . The Allianz Group agreed a strategic cooperation with the Bank of China in the area of finance and insurance, and Siemens signed a letter of intent with the state-owned energy group SPIC. Airbus signed an agreement with the aerospace conglomerate AVIC for the production of the A320 in Tianjin. In a paper

Jack Ma: China’s most successful entrepreneur retires to pursue first love

Source: METRICS Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chair the Chinese retail and tech giant Alibaba Group, stepped down from his position as company chair on  September 10 , the day he turned 55. Ma founded Alibaba together with 18 co-founders in 1999. Since then it has become the largest e-commerce company in the world by the total of goods sold across all its platforms, with over 66,000 full-time employees, over 750 million monthly active users, and a market value of around 420 billion USD. Ma is credited with building the  innovative culture  at Alibaba that has helped the company stay ahead of the game. His charismatic leadership and often irreverent humor have been in a sharp contrast to the usual stereotype of a Chinese business executive. He has even starred in his own kung fu short film. He is also considered to have been skillful in his dealings with China’s ruling Communist Party, partnering with the government and meeting President Xi in person. He revealed in 2018 that he

EVENT: Geopolitics of Himalayan Region: Cultural, Political and Strategic Dimensions

๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ * Social Cause * ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐ŸŒน (Regd. Society No.614/2003) You and your friends are cordially invited to a Seminar on ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ Geopolitics of Himalayan Region: Cultural, Political and Strategic Dimensions https://www.facebook.com/events/958180074521637/ Principal Speaker: Prof. Alok Bansal Director, India Foundation; Secretary General, Asian Eurasian Human Rights Forum (AEHRF); Executive Director, South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs (SAISA), New Delhi Guests of Honour: Lt. Gen. Hari Prasad Former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command, Indian Army Prof. C.V. Raghavulu Former Vice-Chancellor, Acharya Nagarjuna University Smt. R. Bhramara Sree Head, Dept. of Political Science, St. Ann’s College for Women Date & Time: *14th September, 2019 (Saturday)* *at 11.00 a.m.* Please Join Us for Tea at 10.30 a.m. *Venue:* Conference Hall, *Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI),* Bella Vista, Raj Bhavan Road, Hyderabad 500082 040 665

Chinese trawlers in southern Indian Ocean worry India

Dinakar Peri NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 09, 2019 00:00 IST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 09, 2019 10:28 IST The huge increase in numbers in the southern Indian Ocean far from the Chinese coast has raised concerns There has been a huge increase in Chinese deep-sea fishing trawlers in the southern Indian Ocean far from the Chinese coast which has raised concerns in the government and the security establishment, according to official sources. This was discussed in the recent coastal security meetings involving Director-General (DG), Shipping, the Navy and other stakeholders. “In the last four years, on an average at least 500 Chinese trawlers were present in the region and around 32,250 incidents per year were recorded,” a senior defence source said. The trawlers were, however, not in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) but beyond, the source added. This includes trawlers from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Breaking this up further, there were 1,100 occurrences near Somalia and 1,500 occurrences n