07-November-2016

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1.At CoP 22,India will highlight climate impact.

India will host a special side event during the UN Climate Change Conference opening on Monday at Marrakech, Morocco, on the 12 Himalayan States that face the impact of a changing climate.  read more

2.Gazing at a longer horizon.

New Delhi’s decision to get back at Pakistan by raking up Balochistan in various global fora goes to demonstrate how tactical considerations continue to trump strategic thinking in India. New Delhi, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stewardship, has displayed an exceptional, often admirable, amount of enthusiasm for foreign and security policy, and yet the country’s strategic thinking continues to be guided by bureaucratic ad hocism, tactical considerations, and political expediency. read more

3.Looking for a humane solution.

The agreement between India and Sri Lanka on establishing a Joint Working Group on fisheries is a small step forward in resolving the dispute between fishermen of both countries. In fact, such a mechanism had been in place until a few years ago to address problems that arose whenever fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lanka.  read more

4.Back from the brink in Lebanon.

The election of Michel Aoun, the 81-year-old former general, as Lebanon’s President ends a two-and-a-half-year political stalemate. It signals hope that the country’s fractious political class will come together to form a government   read more

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1. India, Sri Lanka agree to resolve fishermen issues

India and Sri Lanka have agreed to work towards ending bottom trawling by Indian fishermen, set up procedures to repatriate arrested fishermen and patrol together. The agreement, signed by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera, also provides for a joint working group and a ministerial meeting every few months on the fishermen issue that has affected bilateral ties. read more

2. Not All Together

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a public debate on conducting simultaneous elections of Parliament and state assemblies. Many have argued that frequent elections cost the public exchequer too much money and disrupt governance. But these concerns should not undermine basic democratic and federal principles. A deliberation on the issue is welcome. But it should be done with an open mind, keeping in mind feasibility as well as desirability.  read more

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