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    ... US president Donald Trump has come and gone from Seoul in South Korea, a whirlwind visit that lasted barely 24 hours. Interestingly, one part of Trump’s itinerary was changed at the last minute; his intended visit to the the Demilitarised Zone, or the DMZ as it is commonly known, a 250 km-long and four km-wide strip that’s cuts the Korean peninsula in half, was replaced by a trip to Camp Humphreys, a military base 65 km south of Seoul. Officials in the Trump administration have said that the visit to the DMZ was a “bit of cliché” and that in any case Vice President Mike Pence had visited the demilitarized strip earlier this year. Days before President Trump’s visit to South Korea, I had the opportunity to visit the famous DMZ. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 9, 2017, 10:52 a.m.

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    ... How relevant are the Left parties in national politics today? Put another way, does it matter at all if the Communist Party of India (Marxist) – the largest Left party in terms of cadres, but tiny in terms of parliamentary numbers, a mere 9 in the Lok Sabha and 7 in the Rajya Sabha – is split down the middle on the question of opposing the mighty BJP? Devoting newsprint and/or online attention to discussing the CPI(M)’s differences within may be one way of spending a lazy, impending winter afternoon. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 23, 2017, 6:34 a.m.

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    ...What did come as a surprise to many, especially to those in Bengal’s BJP unit, was the veteran Trinamool leader’s apparent reluctance to attack his former boss and party supremo, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Roy went to the extent of refusing to indict Banerjee of any wrongdoing in the infamous Sarada and Narada scams, which have tainted many of Trimaool’s senior leaders, saying that she was unaware of what was going on. A day after Mukul Roy’s press conference, Bengal state BJP president Dilip Ghosh held his own media meet, slamming Roy for “giving Mamata Banerjee a clean chit’’. While neither Roy himself, nor BJP’s national leaders, have confirmed the possibility of his actually joining the party, he is expected to do so after Diwali. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 14, 2017, 10:46 a.m.

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    ...Bandhs and economic blockades have badly affected Manipur’s economy, but the new BJP government holds out hope. In this file picture, petrol is sold in black during the 50 days economic blockade by the United Naga Council in all the national highways in Manipur. June 10 was a slow Saturday in laidback Imphal city – as Saturday usually are in Manipur. In Thangmeiband Assembly constituency life was unusually desultory – it was actually at a standstill. Three months after the first BJP-led government came to power, the state witnessed its first bandh here. It lasted 12 hours and it shut down this constituency. It was also Manipur’s first ever “love bandh”. So this is how the story unfolded: Thirty-eight- year old Heikham Dingo Singh is a first-time MLA, a bachelor, who contested on a BJP ticket and won. Now Singh had been seeing a local girl from Thangmeiband colony for seven years. ...

    Indian Express on June 22, 2017, 5:58 p.m.

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    ...Over the past couple of months, the Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu, has attended a number of discussions and interactions with various chambers of commerce based out of the West Bengal capital, delivering speeches that are uncharacteristically candid for a diplomat. His main argument, almost a plea to industrialists and government alike, has been simple : The Chinese have a very large sum of money to invest globally, a whopping $ 750 billion over the next three years to be precise, and they would like to invest at least some of it in West Bengal. “Please be more friendly to Chinese businessmen. Please make sure that the atmosphere here is more conducive to investments,’’ Mr Ma has been saying. Certainly, the Chinese are dealing with a dilemma in eastern India. This region, more than other regions, is ripe for investment. Despite cheap land and even cheaper labour, very little foreign investment is coming in. Truth to say, the Chinese businessman actually has very little competition here. A couple of stories recur constantly through Consul Ma’s speeches, like a leitmotif. ...

    Indian Express on June 15, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

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    ...Over the past couple of months, the Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu, has attended a number of discussions and interactions with various chambers of commerce based out of the West Bengal capital, delivering speeches that are uncharacteristically candid for a diplomat. His main argument, almost a plea to industrialists and government alike, has been simple : The Chinese have a very large sum of money to invest globally, a whopping $ 750 billion over the next three years to be precise, and they would like to invest at least some of it in West Bengal. “Please be more friendly to Chinese businessmen. Please make sure that the atmosphere here is more conducive to investments,’’ Mr Ma has been saying. Certainly, the Chinese are dealing with a dilemma in eastern India. This region, more than other regions, is ripe for investment. Despite cheap land and even cheaper labour, very little foreign investment is coming in. Truth to say, the Chinese businessman actually has very little competition here. A couple of stories recur constantly through Consul Ma’s speeches, like a leitmotif. ...

    Indian Express on June 15, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

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    ...PTI Photo (PTI6_8_2017_000236B) It’s been a summer of discontent in the hills of North Bengal. Over the past few weeks, Darjeeling has erupted in intermittent protests that are growing stronger and louder with time. The protests are targeting Chief Minister West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and what they call “her forced imposition of the Bengali language’’ on the Gorkha people. The protesters, initially comprising mainly workers and supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (the regional Gorkha party in North Bengal that runs the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration), have grown to include students, teachers and Nepali academics and linguists. ...

    Indian Express on June 8, 2017, 10:33 p.m.

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    ... Congress has emerged as the single largest party in Manipur with 28 seats. But it is the BJP which has stolen the show in Manipur elections this year, securing a comfortable second position with 21 seats in the 60-member state assembly. With anti-incumbency high in the state, this is Ibobi Singh’s third term and fourth election as CM candidate. Over the past few years Manipur has been riddled with conflict, protests, curfews, communal tension and economic blockade. The indefinite blockade which began in November last year, continues, taking the blockade and the unavailability of many essential commodities in Imphal valley to 100 days. ...

    Indian Express on March 11, 2017, 7:47 p.m.