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Recruitment scam case: CBI summons West Bengal Minister Paresh Adhikari for third time in a row | Parts of Delhi, Gurgaon receive heavy rains today | Textile firm BSL Ltd records Rs 11.48 cr PAT in FY22 | Road rage case: Navjot Singh Sidhu surrenders in Patiala court | Grounded for 3 years, Jet Airways to resume commercial flight operations

Will Taiwan's New Southbound Policy think tank bring it closer to India?

To bridge the knowledge gap between Taiwan and India, Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF), Taiwan’s pilot New Southbound Policy think tank, works closely with Indian think tanks. What have they achieved? A CommonWealth Magazine report by Sana Hashmi and Alan H. Yang

Cycles of Vengeance

On May 5, unidentified gunmen killed two former Afghan National Army soldiers, a father and his son, in the Dehrawood District of Urozgan Province.

West Bengal: Brewing Menace

On April 26, 2022, senior officials of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) have warned the Police about possible Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) activities in West Bengal, along with its neighbouring States of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. During a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eastern Zonal Council that took place at the West Bengal State secretariat of Nabanna under the Shibpur Police Station limits of Howrah District, West Bengal, on April 26, an alert was issued by senior officials of the UMHA that the following 15 days would be extremely crucial for these four States, as there were central intelligence inputs of resurgent Maoist activities in the region. 

Divisive Dangers

Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

The War in Ukraine, and Some Disturbing Questions

No matter who wins, the proxy war between the US led western powers and Russia’s Vladimir Putin is going to change the world order in unexpected and startling ways, writes Ramananda Sengupta

Midst of escalating financial and petroleum crises, India launches a rescue effort on Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka's economic crisis deepened, political instability erupted in the form of large-scale protests. Sri Lankans were irked by the government's mismanagement of financial affairs,corruption and bad judgment on initiatives that backfired, leaving the country impoverished - mostly in terms of lacking foreign exchange reserves.

Arunachal Pradesh: Enduring Challenges

On March 20, 2022, two militants of the Isak Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) were killed and another one was injured in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs) at Old Kolagaon area near Khonsa in the Tirap District. Following the gunfight, one militant was arrested and arms and ammunition, including one AK 56 rifle with a magazine, one Carbine, one Pistol, a large stockpile of ammunition and other materials were recovered from the site.

Fighting patriarchy: The Empowered Indian Muslim women

Amid the ongoing row over the uniform of students in Karnataka, most commentators seem to have forgotten how the talented community of Indian Muslim women have not given in to the propaganda around the hijab.

Narendra Modi to address 30th NCW Foundation Day programme tomorrow

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address 30th National Commission for Women (NCW) Foundation Day programme on Jan 31, 2022 at 4:30 PM via video conferencing.

The state of freedom of speech in Hong Kong

Stand News in Hong Kong became the latest casualty of the new Security Law in Hong Kong. Stand News’ headquarters was raided by the National Security Policy; their computers were seized and assets frozen.

A Hostage People

On November 29, Sedra, the daughter of a physician, Mohammad Dawod Rateb, was abducted in an area close to Balhika private school in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital city of Balkh Province. As reported on December 3, she was subsequently rescued by Taliban forces.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Under Increased Fire

On October 13, 2021, a Traffic Police Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Nauman Khan, was killed in an incident of targeted killing in Chamkani area on the outskirts of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). ASI Khan was going to join his duties when he was targeted by two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle.

Chhattisgarh: Narayanpur: Unbridled Distress

On October 8, 2021, an Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) trooper was injured after Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres fired at him in Kohkameta village in Narayanpur District. Sundarraj Pattilingam, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Bastar Range, disclosed that the incident took place at around 3 pm [IST] when the trooper belonging to ITBP's 53rd battalion was on duty at the mobile check post in front his unit's camp in Kohkameta village.

Telangana: Maoists Disquiet

On September 23, 2021, at least 14 jan militia (people's militia) members of the Cherla [Bhadradri Kothagudem] ‘area committee’ of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) surrendered before the Security Forces (SFs) in the Bhadradri Kothagudem District. According to the Police, the 14 jan militia members, who were forced to join the outfit, decided to quit they were unable to bear the harassment by leaders, who forced them do things against their will. Recently, they were forced to attend a training programme in the Pesarlapadu, Puttapadu and Chanda areas in Chhattisgarh.

Neo-JMB: Latent Threat

Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management