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Pakistan: Appointment of New Army Chief
After much delay and deliberate attempts by former Prime Minister Imran Khan to make the issue controversial, Lt. Gen Syed Asim Munir Shah, Frontier Force Regiment, was appointed Pakistan’s new Army Chief on Nov 24. A lingering `technical issue’ had been complicating the appointment, pertaining to the date from which the seniority and pecking order of eligible panelists should apply. Lt. Gen Asim Munir was slated to retire on Nov 27, two days before Gen Bajwa retiring on Nov 29.
Welfare Schemes for Girl Child: Need for Convergence between the Centre and the States
Abstract: The ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ Scheme was launched for the protection and education of girl children. Its outcome remains sub-optimal with disproportionate amounts being spent on media advocacy rather than on health and educational requirements. While there are a large number of similar schemes with near identical objectives in almost all states, there is no attempt to strike a synergy between the state and central schemes for optimal utilisation of public funds; most states also lack the capacity and resources to produce perceptible impact.
नेपाली चुनाव: लोकतंत्र का लंगड़ा नृत्य
नेपाल में पिछले रविवार, 20 नवंबर को नेपाली संसद तथा सात राज्यों की विधानसभाओं के लिए चुनाव संपन्न हुए। मतगणना के अनुसार सत्तारूढ़ सात दलों के गठबंधन को, जिसका नेतृत्व प्रधानमंत्री शेरबहादुर देउबा की नेपाली कांग्रेस कर रही है, बहुमत प्राप्त हुआ। इन दलों में नेपाली कांग्रेस सबसे बड़ा और सबसे पुराना दल है और शेरबहादुर देउबा पांच बार प्रधानमंत्री रह चुके हैं। लगभग 2,91,00,000 आबादी वाले इस देश में लगभग 1.8 करोड़ मतदाताओं में से लगभग 68.7 % ने मतदान में भाग लिया। चुनाव लड़ने वाले राजनीतिक दलों में थे नेपाली कांग्रेस और उसके सहयोगी दल कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी ऑफ़ नेपाल( माओइस्ट सेण्टर) और कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी ऑफ़ न
India's Healthcare Diplomacy with Africa
In this episode of VIF podcast, Ms Gouri Sardesai, CIO, Manorama Infosolutions pvt. ltd and Samir Bhattacharya, Research Associate at the Vivekananda International Foundation discuss India’s healthcare diplomacy with Africa. Given the importance of India in providing medicine to Africa, the discussion highlights the current status, opportunities, challenges, and also brings out a few specific suggestions that can enhance India-Africa cooperation.
Ukraine War: When will it End?
As of now, unfortunately, we cannot see any sign of an early end to the unfolding tragedy that started on 24th February 2022 when the Russian invasion began. By now according to estimates made by the Pentagon each side might have sustained about 100,000 casualties, including the dead and the wounded. Let us look at some recent developments before trying to figure out what is in store in the winter season that has already set in. The Destruction of Power Plants and Grids in Ukraine by Russia
Supreme Court’s Observations on Forced Conversions
The issue of forced conversions from one religious denomination to another has been brought into fresh focus when the Supreme Court recently observed that such conversions were “dangerous” and that they were “seriously against the interest of the nation”. A two-judge Bench of Justices M.R. Shah and Hima Kohli said: “Everybody has a right to choose religion but not by force or by giving some temptation.” The court was responding to a public interest litigation filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, who had asked for strong measures to check religious conversions through coercion and fraud.
Security Challenges along Indo-Nepal Border Regions
Nepal holds a crucial role in India’s security not merely on account of its size, natural resources and population, but more so due to its strategic location between India and China, which happen to be the world’s fastest-growing economic and military powers. Of the two neighbours, Nepal shares a 1,751 km long border with India in the south, east and west, whereas it shares a 1,400 km border with China to the north.
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