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Citizenship law: Are Indian Muslims tilting at windmills?

December 18, 2019
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India is going through a peculiar situation. Days after President Ramnath Kovind signed off on the amended law that offers citizenship to the persecuted minorities of three neighbouring countries – Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan – Muslims across the country are demanding the law should not be implemented. Reason? Foreign...

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Here’s the world’s youngest PM

December 9, 2019
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Here’s the world’s youngest PM

When Finnish transport minister Sanna Mirella Marin takes over as Prime Minister of the Nordic country later this week, she will be the world’s youngest Prime Minister at 34 – younger than Ukrain’s 35 years young premier Oleksiy Honcharuk and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern who is 39. Marin was...

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Is Sweden the world’s best country for women?

July 3, 2019
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Is Sweden the world’s best country for women?

MONICA BOSE RAGHAVAN There are not many countries in the world where more than half the ministers and over 40% of the Members of Parliament are women. Sweden scores on both fronts. But, then, Sweden is not like any other nation. It proudly calls itself the world’s first ‘feminist...

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The Stockholm Ministerial Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

June 12, 2019
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The Stockholm Ministerial Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Ministerial declaration, Stockholm, 11 June 2019 We, the participating states – Argentina, Canada, Finland, Ethiopia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland – to the Stockholm Ministerial Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), met today to discuss...

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Sweden to host ministerial meeting on nuclear disarmament

June 9, 2019
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Sweden to host ministerial meeting on nuclear disarmament

In a fresh initiative to ratchet up international opinion towards a nuclear weapons-free world, Sweden plans to host an international ministerial meeting in Stockholm on June 11 on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The purpose of the meeting, to be hosted by Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, is...

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Iran: What’s Trump’s game plan?

May 22, 2019
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Iran: What’s Trump’s game plan?

Clouds of war are hovering over West Asia with the US and Iran hardening their stance. While tensions between the two countries have risen sharply ever since Donald Trump became the US President, the latest impasse was triggered by Iran’s threat that it would stop respecting an international deal...

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Why Italy and India swapped year for hosting G20 summit

December 3, 2018
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Why Italy and India swapped year for hosting G20 summit

Italy was supposed to host the G20 summit only in 2022 but it would now host the group of 20 meeting a year earlier, in 2021. Likewise, India was to be the host of the world leaders’ annual meet in 2021. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India...

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Why Pakistan doesn’t bother India

January 3, 2018
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Why Pakistan doesn’t bother India

Donald Trump's New Year gamble seems to be paying off. A day after the US President accused Pakistan of "lies and deceit" and “fooling America” in its commitment to fighting terrorism, events unfolded on Tuesday exactly as the net assessment forecast. A baffled Pakistan first tried to shrug off...

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‘Presidential’ Donald Trump meets Mexican President

September 1, 2016
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‘Presidential’ Donald Trump meets Mexican President

In perhaps the first show of his diplomatic side, Trump called the Mexican President as a “friend” and termed the meeting a “great honour”

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Schools in Pakistan unsafe, India tells its diplomats in Islamabad

July 28, 2016
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Schools in Pakistan unsafe, India tells its diplomats in Islamabad

Citing unnamed sources, Indian media has reported that New Delhi has told its diplomats in Islamabad that their wards can no longer study in Pakistan schools. While Indian diplomats posted in Pakistan can’t have their children living with them, spouses will be allowed to stay, say the reports. While...

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