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Can’t allow our seas to turn into zones of contention: India

Climate Change realities have prompted nations to look towards mankind’s new frontiers of development. Whilst Space and Cyber space too, qualify as new frontiers, it is Oceans that have an immediate bearing on the climate today. They affect global ecosystem in myriad ways. The emergence of blue economy as a concept that enables sustainable development of oceans is testimony to this fact. Ultimately man has realised his erroneous plunder of continental wealth to his own peril and has taken a measure not to repeat that in oceans.

In a timely initiative sponsored by Fiji and Sweden, the UN general assembly conducted the ocean conference. The minister of state Shri MJ Akbar made a rightful call to avoid making oceans as zones of contention. He also highlighted the need for adherence to UNCLOS and respect of sovereignty, on his address on the World Ocean Day. The conference coincided with that day.

The theme of the conference was ‘our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14’. The Conference aims to be ‘the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity’. Following is the text of an article appeared in Economic Times (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/cant-allow-our-seas-to-turn-into-zones-of-contention-india/articleshow/59065179.cms?utm_source=WAPusers&utm_medium=whatsappshare&utm_campaign=socialsharebutton&from=mdr) dated 09 June 2017:

Induction of Rocket Launchers and Light Howitzers into Indian Artillery: Is Modernisation of The Indian Army Finally on an Ascending Trajectory?

Panjrath Writes: This is with reference to a relatively inconspicuous news brief in the Defence Aviation Post of 12 May 17[i], titled “Home-made Rocket Launchers To Replace Indian Army’s Russian Origin Grad, Smerch: Report” and a much hyped news on the induction of US manufactured Light Howitzers covered by multiple media channels on 18 May 17[ii]. Both these news items are significant on various counts.

The Change of the Culture

Aditya G.S writes Recep Tayyip Erdogan the president of turkey since 2014, has been vested more power voluntarily by his own people through a referendum conducted on 16 April 2017. This referendum‘s results were too narrow With 51.37% of voters agreeing for a constitutional amendment and around 48.63% of voters rejecting for the amendments of the constitution

OBOR- India’s Strong Stand on its Sovereignty

Shivangi Shrivastava Writes: When the whole south Asia and the west participated in the very much anticipated China’s OBOR meeting, which was held in Beijing on 14th and 15th may. India stood on its stand and send its clear-cut message on the resentment of the implementation of the CPEC, the flagship project of one belt one road.

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Gear up for the cyber battlefield

Ramprasad P Writes: We want it or not, cyber warfare has become an inevitable threat in the modern world. Cyberspace is developing itself into the fourth wing of defence capabilities after Army, Navy and Air force. According to one of the documents of NSA, United States leaked by Edward Snowden, it clearly states that the next major conflict will start in Cyberspace