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String of Pearls • Meaning • Policy Implications

Chinese String of pearls

General Meaning String of Pearls  is a strategic move that involves establishing a series of nodes of military and economic power throughout a region. Each node is a “pearl”, enhancing the overall power of the parent nation. This strategic relation moves in an excellent way to enfold a greater area of …

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Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port • String of Pearls

Hambantota Port, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s view Hambantota port is not part of a Chinese ‘string of pearls’ to surround India. Chinese investment in the Hambantota port is a purely economic one. The government had long insisted that the port development project was first offered to India and when there was no reaction, they …

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Halimah • Singapore’s first Indian woman speaker

Halimah Binte Yacob (born 23 August 1954) is a politician from Singapore. Halimah Yacob (58) is set to become the first woman Speaker of Singapore’s Parliament. Halimah was educated at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Tanjong Katong Girls’ School, before going on to the University of Singapore where she completed an LLB (Hons) degree in 1978. She was called to the Singapore …

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Tulsi Gabbard • First Hindu U.S. Congress

Tulsi Gabbard was born April 12, 1981. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, was sworn in as member of the 113th Congress. Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician and the Congresswoman for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. She is the first Hindu ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Though a Hindu, Gabbard is not …

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Falkland Island Dispute between UK & Argentina

IN NEWS: Falkland Islands Dispute Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner wrote an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron demanding the return of the disputed territory (Falkland Islands), and describing the British claim on it as a blatant exercise of 19th Century colonialism. The row came ahead of a …

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Pakistan Army’s New Doctrine • Green Book

Background For decades, Pakistan has considered India a threat. Though analysts have for long been warning that the biggest threat to Pakistan lies within. “No state can afford a parallel system or a militant force” and warned of a possible civil war, Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stated. …

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Malala Yousafzai to be given Irish peace award

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is to be given Ireland’s prestigious Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012 for her courage and determination to speak out in support of equal access to education for every child, it was announced on Thursday. Malala is the 15-year-old girl, who was shot in the head by Taliban …

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