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US approves sale of night vision equipment to Pakistan: Report

US approves sale of night vision equipment to Pakistan: Report

The US Department of Defence has awarded a USD 284.6 million contract to Lockheed Martin to produce infrared target sight systems for the US Navy and Pakistan, a media report said on Saturday.

Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag visits Assam and Manipur

Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag visits Assam and Manipur

Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh is on a visit to Manipur and Assam to review security situation, an official said.

Lasting love or a one-time affair?

Lasting love or a one-time affair?

They say politics make for strange bedfellows. Nothing could be stranger than two business leaders whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears… Nawaz Sharif and Donald Trump.

Heating Up of Cold War: Paradigm Shift in Players and Dimensions

Heating Up of Cold War: Paradigm Shift in Players and Dimensions

The ‘Cold war’ of 20th century has taken a Paradigm shift in 21st Century, is heating up with new players and expanding to new dimensions.

Pakistan and India: current issues and future directions

Pakistan and India: current issues and future directions

Pakistan and India are facing serious difficulties in their bilateral relations. Though they are not in a state of war, a virtual warlike situation exists on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

India to attend Islamabad conference

India to attend Islamabad conference

the two nuclear states, India is likely to attend the 12th session of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), which opens here today (Monday).

Milestones in Vietnam’s 2016 foreign affairs

Milestones in Vietnam’s 2016 foreign affairs

​While ​
U.S. and China find mention​,
India is nowhere – perhaps if we export Brahmos Missiles things might change.​

Admiral Sunil Lanba Visits Japan

Admiral Sunil Lanba Visits Japan

In a bid to ​to consolidate existing Maritime Cooperation initiatives as well as explore new avenues​, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC is ​currently ​on an official visit to Japan commencing ​Monday, the ​19​th of​ December 2016.

Russia-US ties may not be so clear-cut under Trump

Russia-US ties may not be so clear-cut under Trump



Regarding the Ukrainian crisis, the two nations have seen Crimea’s position in the future as the biggest thorn in the flesh. The White House needs to render an appropriate solution to avoid disappointing its allies. In addition, it is noted that US Vice President-elect Mike Pence once said “Russia invaded Ukraine.” Then NATO’s eastward expansion and anti-missile deployment will also wield influence upon Moscow-Washington relations.

Lifting Sino-African agricultural cooperation

Lifting Sino-African agricultural cooperation

China could also work to popularize its advanced agricultural technology, such as the Green Super Rice technique, in Africa and introduce its seed breeding, irrigation and cultivation techniques.’ n most African countries where agriculture remains a vital driver to the economy, Sino-African cooperation in the sector can not only reduce poverty and sustain growth but can also raise the international status of African agriculture and safeguard global food security.

Sino-African agricultural cooperation started in the 1950s, and over the past decade tremendous progress has been made. But there are imminent challenges that need to be addressed in order to take cooperation to the next level.

First, inadequate agricultural infrastructure in Africa has limited the scope of cooperation. Irrigation only covers 5 percent of the total farmland in Africa despite the 60-plus cross-border rivers in the continent. Distribution of irrigation is unbalanced with the major irrigated farmlands concentrated in Madagascar and Sudan. Poor transportation also hinders agricultural development. According to the African Union, transport accounts for 20-40 percent of total production costs in inland African countries, well above the average in developed countries. In addition, only 40 percent of the continent is connected to a regular power supply which has seriously affected key links in agricultural production including processing, warehousing and logistics.