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1.The question of Scotland.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon’s declaration that she wouldblock the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is an indication of the political and constitutional crisis looming over London after theJune 23 referendum  read more

2.Picking up the pieces from Seoul.

The writings of Chinese strategist Sun Tzu (The Art of War) and India’s Chanakya(Arthashastra) hold several remarkable similarities, especially when it comes to their advice on war and diplomacy. Both spoke of the need for ‘strategy’ rather than ‘tactics’, for quiet diplomacy over the need to pick one’s battles carefully, and to fight them only when one is sure of winning. read more

3.Health care needs skill India too.

Bengal doctor beaten up’, ‘Hospital ransacked by angry relatives’, ‘AIIMS doctor assaulted by patient’s relative, FIR filed’… over the last many years such events continue to make frequent headlines. The quality of care in health remains among the promises yet to be achieved.  read more

4.’Interdependence’ ensured India’s MTCR membership, says Dutch envoy.

India’s strained ties with Italy over the marines case, which started in February 2012, prevented consensus in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) on New Delhi’s entry to the club. However Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of the Netherlands, said Italy should not be blamed for the delay and the age of “interdependence” ensured that India’s membership could not be delayed anymore. read more

5.Centre notifies amended RBI Act to usher in MPC.

The Centre brought the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) one step closer to reality on Monday by notifying the changes made to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act. read more

6.Key study link air pollution to over six million deaths.

A sobering report released on Monday by the International Energy Agency says air pollution has become a major public health crisis leading to around 6.5 million deaths each year, with “many of its root causes and cures” found in the energy industry. read more

1.India joins elite missile tech club.

New Delhi: Days after India failed to join NSG, the government signed itself into a more exclusive non-proliferation regime, Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), joining an exclusive club of countries controlling export of missile technology read more

2.LGBT celebrities move apex court against Sec 377.

In what could lend more heft to the fight for their rights, leading lights of the LGBT community have moved the Supreme Court to seek quashing of Section 377 of IPC to protect their sexual preferences. read more

1.Missile tech export prospects zoom as India enters elite group.

NEW DELHI: Days after its failed bid to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group, India regained lost ground on Monday and made history by joining the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), as a full member  read more

2.Why the War on Terror won’t Succeed.

The world has read about yet another massacre of the innocents by a foot soldier of the self-styled Islamic State — this time again in the United States in an Orlando club.  In Bangladesh, jihadists have murdered yet another Hindu priest and also several leading Muslim liberals. Reports are that the IS is preparing many such killings across several countries.read more

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