India’s West Asia Policy all set to get a new dimension

India's West Asia Policy

India’s West Asia policy is about to receive a significant push when President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertake visits to the region very soon. Although, President Mukherjee’s visit to Jordan, Palestine and Israel will start from October 9, Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Israel will start only after special envoy being sent by [...Read More]

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India on way to Redefine Asia’s Geopolitical Space through Trilateral Malabar Naval Exercise

Buzz is already there with regard to growing defense relations between India, Japan and the US. But there will be politico-diplomatic ripples in the Asia-Pacific region when naval forces of these countries will participate, for the first time since 2007, in Malabar exercise in the Indian Ocean in October. Eight years ago, the multilateral maritime exercise had so much riled [...Read More]

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Washington and Beijing Face Risk of Military Conflict Over South China Sea

US Concerned Over Beijing's Militarization of South China Sea

The US and Chinese officials have just concluded their three-day talks in Washington. These talks centered around cyber security and South China Sea. So far, information passed on by the US authorities suggests that China did not give any assurance on halting its activities in the South China Sea, where Beijing has so far reclaimed more than 2,000 acres of [...Read More]

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5 Spectacular Prison Escape Attempts Ever

The great Alcatraz escape

Breaking out of prison is no child’s play. Thick walls, steel bars, blinding search lights and frightening security guards would deter even the most thick-skinned prisoner from even thinking about escape. But, some men dared all odds and made some amazing escapes that have caught the imagination of the world. Some of these legendary escapes were so improbable and extraordinary [...Read More]

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Top 6 Unusual Festivals Around the World You May Not Know

Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia

The entire world is chasing the unfamiliar and the unexpected. One-of-its-kind happenings and never-heard-before facts are the fodder for many a curious soul on earth. As half the world doesn’t know how the other half celebrates, it is worth exploring some of the festivals, which never fail to raise eyebrows. Mostly tied to local traditions and beliefs, these ‘weird’ festivals [...Read More]

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11 Most Bizarre Laws Around the World that You Probably Don’t Know About

Bizarre-law-Milan-Italy

Being footloose and going on vacations around the world is fine. However, it’s really worth one’s while to do some quick research on local laws and statutes. This would not only steer you clear of troubles but also help you get the most bang for your travel dollars. Here is a list of 11 most crazy laws that we feel [...Read More]

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Interesting Facts about Top 5 ‘Lost’ Cities You May Not Know

Angkor

History conceals more than it reveals. It takes an earnest effort to lap up the surprises it throws at us. At the turn of the 19th and 20th century, several ‘lost’ cities were discovered that don’t find mention in today’s discourse. Let’s travel back a few millennia and explore the cities that not only existed but throbbed with life. These [...Read More]

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5 Spectacular Special Forces’ Operations That Surprised the World

Israeli Defense Forces Commandos

Was the mythical Trojan horse the first example of an assault by Special Forces deep down into enemy territory? Maybe or maybe not! It is actually how you look at it, as a legend or as an actual event. However, the story does bring to fore the military acumen of Greek warriors who staged a spectacular attack on Troy hiding [...Read More]

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India’s Bangladesh Outreach Gives China a Pain in the Neck

China seems to be squirming in agony as India continues smashing Beijing’s one-after- another influential pocket boroughs in South Asia through its ‘neighborhood first’ policy. This fact was clearly witnessed during the two-day prime ministerial visit to Bangladesh. In fact, the manner in which New Delhi, by taking the West Bengal government on board, settled the 4096 km long, prickly [...Read More]

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