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US Action in SCS: Provocation and Not a Mere Assertion

USS Dewey (DDG-105), a Guided Missile Destroyer of the US Navy, made the passage within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, making a zigzag pattern near the island along with the conduct of a man overboard drill……


Russian Hacking of US Elections : Larger Issues at Stake

Anurag Dwivedi writes: Failure of US to attribute the Russian hacking will have a major bearing on evolution of global cyber norms and on the global cyber arms race. The global community must simultaneously remain extremely wary of hidden American agendas. An Iraq like invasion on false cyber pretexts is even more undesirable then a cyber arms race.

Dreaded NSCN-K chief Khaplang dead

The death of NSCN (K) Chief, SS Khaplang is bound to have an impact on the cadres of NSCN (K), who will find it difficult to get a leader of his stature to lead the movement. Khaplang was successful in forming United Libration Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFW) earlier this decade. UNLFW had claimed to have laid ambush in Manipur on 04 June 2015 killing 20 Indian Army soldiers.

Khaplang had forged an understanding with Paresh Baruah who may now attempt to take on the mantle of leadership though he may not find it easy to keep UNLFW united the way Khaplang did.

With passing away of Khaplang and Isak Swu, Naga insurgency may be entering a new phase in its struggle. With the BJP government at the centre as well as in the states with Naga population, the situation may throw up options for resolution of Nagalim. Following is the contents of an article in the Times of India dated 09 Jun 2017:-

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 ( dated 09 June 2017: