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AI 144 emergency: A mirror to serious sectoral issues
Prashant Kumar
19 July 2014
Without a course correction, the Indian civil aviation industry, which grows at a staggering 18 percent per annum and is projected to carry 293 million passengers by 2020, may just crash completely.
 
India, Israel and the Gaza war
Rajesh Rajagopalan
17 July 2014
India can leverage its traditional closeness to the Palestinians as well as its current friendly ties with Israel to help advance the peace process, even if in a small way. But this requires care and finesse, which is unlikely to be found in the parliamentary din.
 
Is there anything in domain name?
Mahima Kaul
15 July 2014
Shakespeare wondered what was in a name, but then again, it was a time before Top Level Domains, global brands with billions of dollars riding on them, and internet governance bodies like ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) existed.
 
Jihadi threats: Need for a dedicated intelligence satellite
T.V. Rajeswar
15 July 2014
While there is no information about the linkage between the ISIS and the established Jihadi terror groups of Pakistan like LeT and the JuD, it is bound to happen sooner or later. India should be prepared to face this new onslaught.
 
EU courts support for Space Code of Conduct
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Daniel A. Porras
15 July 2014
While there has been progress over the last few years in terms of garnering greater support for the EU space code, there appear to be a few outstanding issues that need further elaboration and alteration to make the code more appealing. The way forward might be to shift from a consultative to a negotiating phase, before moving to hold a diplomatic conference.
 
Seeking nuclear legitimacy
Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
11 July 2014
The sanctity of "NPT-signatory" is laughable because that is a crude way of assessing a country's nuclear non-proliferation record. China has signed the NPT but has flouted every single idea behind the treaty. On the other hand, while India is not a signatory, it has upheld all the principles.
 
Defence: Not really an ideal Budget
P K Ghosh
11 July 2014
Modi Govt's defence budget will only sharpen the divide between an increasingly assertive China and the Indian security establishment trying hard to cope up with the Chinese military modernisation programme. China's 2014 military budget is of $132 billion while Indian budget is of approximately US $ 37 bn only.
 
Border infrastructure: Time to put rail tracks on track
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
10 July 2014
The slow pace of rail track construction in India is a total contrast to the development across the border. China has already built a 1142 km-long electrified railway line from Golmud to Lhasa. Now it has plans to extend it to Shigatze and Yatung, reaching almost Nathu La pass.
 
In defence of 100 per cent FDI
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
08 July 2014
The issue of 100 per cent foreign direct investment in defence keeps getting muddied by the day, with various industry bodies such as the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry apparently flip-flopping on an hourly basis.
 
Why The New York Times is wrong
Arka Biswas
08 July 2014
The allegation of Indian expansion of its uranium enrichment facilities is based on a report released by IHS Jane's, which has already been dismissed by both the US and the Indian governments as speculative. Indeed, the IHS Jane's report merely identifies a "possible" new uranium hexafluoride plant.
 
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