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Citizens should be eyes, ears of security forces

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to citizens to be the security forces eyes and ears to prevent a terror attack like 26/11.

J&K special envoy visits Pulwama

The Centre's special envoy on kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, on Sunday visited Pulwama district in South Kashmir, which was the epicenter of last year's unrestin the valley.

Digital discount: rise in compliance burden feared

The Goods and Services Tax Council's proposal to offer a 2% discount for electronic transactions, likely to be discussed during its next meeting, will need to be implmented sensibly so as not to add to businesses' compliance burden, according to tax consultants.

Its time for consolidation of reforms, says NITI VC

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said the time has come for consolidation of reforms, includng GST, bankruptcy code and benami law, initiated by the NDA Government in the last 42 months to ensure they deliver the 'desired fruits'.

Editorial

Smart-balancing China

China’s emergence as a global power is grabbing eyeballs everywhere. Chinese President Xi Jinping once stated that the ‘hiding capabilities days’ of China are over and the country should now focus on emerging as a global power in fruitful terms of composite national strength as well as its international influence. China’s superpower dream is focussed on certain goals- one it is working hard to ensure that the country has access to all overseas recourses and the oceanic trade markets are uninterrupted. Secondly, China is seeking to install military facilities in overseas countries and offset the US-led good coalition in the Asian region. In terms of India, the acts of denying India the entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, constantly blocking the UN sanctions against the Pakistan-based terrorists and completely avoiding India’s sensitivity over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a part of the vision and goals of China. India and New Delhi on its part are much worried getting an air of the goals of China. With China developing its naval presence in the Indian Ocean, India is worried about a permanent settlement of naval forces in the Ocean. New Delhi is worried that Beijing is working on to set up a political and economic footprint in the region. However, the most important concern for India seems the China-Pakistan’s military alliance and its implications for India in future. Seeing these situations, India has taken some steps and strategies to checkmate China which remains fruitless and inefficient. For one, India chose the Quad approach- an unequivocal US-centric strategy to deal with Beijing. This approach proved fruitless. Avoiding all these, there are some strategies which India can, in fact, adopt for tackling with China. One is that it can involve China in a prospective bilateral or regional security complex. A recent example of this is the India-China joint piracy missions across the Gulf of Aden. India should aim at enhancing security co-operation with China. This would in a way reduce the security dilemma or tensions between the countries which came up in the recent revival of the Quadrilateral (or Quad) and the consecutive talk of an Asian NATO. Secondly, India needs to cooperate as well as trust China while keeping its guns ready to showcase its national security strength. Thirdly, the recent response of India on the Beijing refusal to act coercively against the terrorists in China shouldn’t be strait-laced but diplomatic. India on its part needs to develop a clear vision for a developed regional security and work out what role India wants China to play in that vision.

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