Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Topic: ASEAN

A photographer is targetted during a student protest in Dhaka on August 5, 2018, following the deaths of two college students in a road accident. Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images

8 journalists ‘assaulted’ during Bangladesh stir, and Indonesia quake kills 82

Why the Trump administration wants Palestinians stripped of refugee status, and star football faces 'racial abuse' at China game.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the Naval Commanders' Conference

With US sanctions, India has perfect window of opportunity for defence deals with Vietnam

Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit could not have been better timed, with US bringing in CAATSA and complicating defence ties between Russia and Vietnam.
Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Reports of India’s demise as a regional power are greatly exaggerated

There is a tendency to exaggerate China’s footprint in India’s immediate neighbourhood.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ASEAN leaders on Republic Day

India’s chance to build presence in the East through ASEAN and Act East

Frederic Grare's book 'India Turns East' forcefully argues  that Act East has become India’s favorite instrument to mitigate its China concerns and prevent the emergence of a China-led regional order.

ASEAN heads as R-Day chief guests: Former minister Khurshid says need to go beyond optics

The former external affairs minister says India needs to maintain good relations with both ASEAN and China.
Artists of ASEAN tableau

Inviting 10 ASEAN leaders is a stroke of genius, now India must make the most of it

Contact between India and Southeast Asia go back three thousand years. In geographical terms, Southeast Asia is closer to China.
Narendra Modi

Modi cannot be blamed for failing to revamp India’s manufacturing sector

Vajpayee, in 2001, withdrew his promise to amend the draconian labour laws of the country when he saw that his own party was against it.

Devastating Kerala floods: National indifference or political partisanship?

Heavy rain hit Kerala on 8 August leading to floods that have affected 443 villages. By Friday, the death toll rose to 177. The Centre announced a relatively...