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Raging battle for Mosul

Iraq generally has a tendency to be in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. The recent case is a bit different from routine matters. Iraq’s Army has begun a military operation to get rid of the terror group, the Islamic State, from the northern city of Mosul. This is not the first time that

India’s friend for ever

Fresh moves to tighten the India-Russia partnership indicate both nations’ resolve to work closely despite Moscow’s occasional overtures to Pakistan. Russia’s growing proximity to Beijing in recent years has created discomfort for Delhi. But being a traditional friend for decades, Russia’s concern for India has always been strong. Pakistan’s constant efforts to bring Russia and

Burning question, again

The Delhi High Court’s directive to four neighbouring States – Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan – to prevent burning of crop stubble, will go a long way in addressing the deteriorating air quality in the national capital. A Bench of Justices BD Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar cautioned the Chief Secretaries of the four States

Clash of near non-ideas

The first presidential debate that took place between Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump on Monday was truly disappointing. It was more of a personal fight than a reflection on larger issues of national and international importance. The quality level was low in comparison to previous US presidential elections. Both Clinton and Trump have been

Climate vow honoured

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to ratify the Paris agreement on climate change on October 2, is welcome. The statement’s timing and date of implementation are both important. India will ratify the deal on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, whose austere life reflected the need for minimum carbon footprint on earth. Earlier, the Government

The Rafale advantage

Almost a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India would purchase 36 ready-to-use Rafale fighter planes from France, India and France have inked an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) to formalise the announcement. This is the first fighter aircraft deal India has finalised since the 1990s, when the Russian Sukhois were purchased. While it paves the

Escalating water war

It is disturbing that the Karnataka Government has defied the Supreme Court’s directive to release a certain quantity of water from the Cauvery basin to Tamil Nadu. This will lead to a needless constitutional confrontation. But it appears that Karnataka wants just that, in the hope that the legal wrangle will buy it time. Even

Escalating water war

It is disturbing that the Karnataka Government has defied the Supreme Court’s directive to release a certain quantity of water from the Cauvery basin to Tamil Nadu. This will lead to a needless constitutional confrontation. But it appears that Karnataka wants just that, in the hope that the legal wrangle will buy it time. Even

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