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Rahul Gandhi era begins for Congress

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was elected un-opposed as president of the Indian National Congress here on Monday

No WTO deal without food security: India

India on Monday said it cannot envisage any negotiated outcome at the ongoing meeting of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) apex decision-making body, which does not include successful resolution of the food security right issue.

Manipur beefs up security along border

Following directives from the Union Home Ministry, the Manipur government has beefed up security measures along border areas to check infiltration of illegal migrants from Bangladesh and the Rohingya from Myanmar.

ISRO developing a compact launcher for small satellites

A low-cost small satellite launcher could be the next item on the menu of the Indian Space Research Organization.

India dismisses Pakistani statement

India should stop dragging Islamabad into its electrocal debate and win victories on its own strength rather than on fabricated conspiracies, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Need all-out push on terror: RIC

Agreeing to uphold the rule of law in international affairs, Russia, India and China on Monday commended the vistory of the Moscow led counterterrorism operation in Syria.


In an elite club

India’s entry into the Wassenaar Agreement is a big step in accepting itself as a nuclear power. The Wassenaar Agreement is a multilateral export control regime and India is its 42nd participating member after its request for membership was granted. Being a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), New Delhi is under pressure to convey to the international boundaries about its investment in a rules-based order. The Wassenaar Agreement was found in the year 1996 and is bogged with mechanisms like Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and the Australia Group. The aim of the agreement is to contribute hugely to the regional as well as international security as well as stability through transparency and greater responsibility in the transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies. India’s entry into the Wassenaar Agreement comes after the heels of the membership of the MTCR last year. once India signed the 123 Agreement, the assumption was that the United States would help New Delhi to chaperone into the global nuclear acceptability after its separation from the civil and military nuclear programmes. However, in the last few years, it became evident that New Delhi was under pressure to gain a seat in different high tables in the global platform. The Wassenaar Agreement is also a lesson on the need for quiet diplomacy in different nuclear issues, compared to the plugged attempt to gain entry into the NSG. Presently, with more and more countries signing into the steady strengthening of India in the nuclear sector, there is a fresh hope for a future bid of India in the NSG. The Wassenaar Agreement would embed India much deeper into the global non-proliferation architecture and also enable access to critical technologies in relevant sectors.

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