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Cryptocurrencies have been holding the financial world in nervous fascination ever since the first one was launched in 2009. These digital or virtual currencies, which use cryptography – “the process of converting legible information into an almost uncrackable code to track purchases and transfers” – are a medium of...
Once again, India is caught in the middle of a conflict between the US and Iran. During the earlier round of sanctions, India had succeeded in deftly manoeuvring through the sanctions regime, keeping its relations with both countries intact, if somewhat bruised. However, with the latest round of US...
India is a burgeoning market for social media platforms and messaging services, with close to half a billion Internet users on mobile platforms — the second largest online population in the world. The growth rates for media access on smartphones are astonishing. Equally disturbing however is the increasing instances...
The Army has been open about its determination to keep the PML (N) out of power at all costs. Both the military and the higher Judiciary have indicated a preference for Imran Khan’s PTI An air of the surreal surrounds the July 25 elections in Pakistan. Only the second time...
IT is not the first time that a lone Kashmiri policeman or soldier has been abducted and killed. Javed Ahmad Dar is the umpteenth policeman who while off duty has been isolated and targeted, once again in notorious Shopian. A number of Army soldiers have similarly been targeted when...
A highlight currently in Asia’s politics is the balance of relationship characters. Such balance has two extreme shades, namely, conflict and cooperation. The countries involved may have a range of intersecting issues; but their cooperative mechanisms are equally strong. If Moon Jae-In’s “New Southern Policy” is to succeed, South...
The country has withstood the worst period of militancy in Kashmir, but, given the fraught situation that currently exi­sts, an urgent political intervention is needed. New Delhi seemingly failed to grasp the change in Pakistan’s strategy since China’s launch of the $62 billion CPEC project in April 2015, aimed...
The expected happened in Pakistan on Friday, with an anti-corruption court declaring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, among others, guilty of owning assets disproportionate to their income. This particular case is related to the ownership of upscale apartments in London and constitutes only a...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to prepone Turkey’s general election this June to capitalize on the opposition’s disarray, a situation created by jailing several leaders and to take advantage of the recent military offensive in Afrin, have translated into a sound of victory for him. Erdogan’s centralized and strong...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a foreign policy course-correction after realising that the strategic tilt towards the United States has not only grossly upset India’s geopolitical image but also undermined national interests. Indian interests are being particularly affected by the US decision to link its sanctions on Iran...