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Rushed Transition to Euro-V Standard Fuels: Need for a Public Debate

The transition to Euro-V fuel standards has begun. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Energy – Petroleum Division, all petrol imports from September 1, 2020 would have to be in accordance with Euro-V specifications. In the next few months, diesel imports...

Pakistan-Bangladesh: Time to reconcile, rebuild and resurge

For too long, Pakistan and Bangladesh have suffered from the vicissitudes of a relationship that is marked by intense attraction between the two nations and, at times, feeling of agony rooted in painful events of the past. Attraction is natural and radiates from the...

Kashmir: A Year in Review and Future Outlook

August 5, 2020 marks one year since India undertook unilateral and illegal measures to annex the territory under its occupation. By withdrawing the applicability of Article 35-A and Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi made a blatant attempt...

A brief review of The Punjab Tahaffuz-e-Bunyaad-e-Islam Act 2020

The Punjab Tahaffuz-e-Bunyaad-e-Islam Act 2020 passed by the Punjab Assembly on 22 July 2020 is a bad law which seeks to achieve two sinister objects. One, it attacks some of the fundamental tenets of Shi’ism which makes it sectarian in nature. Thus it seems...

REPORT: THE PETROL CRISIS OF JUNE 2020

Energy security means ensuring the uninterrupted availability of various energy sources at affordable rates. It has various facets including the long-term planning for meeting the development needs of the country and at the same time ensuring the resilience of the domestic supply chain to...

The Galwan Valley Fight

For over a month, Indian and Chinese troops have been in a renewed confrontation along their disputed border in the Ladakh region. The Ladakh is part of disputed Jammu & Kashmir territory, currently administered by India as a union territory. Geographically, to its east lies...

Deciphering Iran’s declaration of support for Turkey in Libya

Iran’s recent statement of support to the Turkish-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) may come as a surprise to many. The two’s geopolitical divergences have always often been stark, making Iran’s choice to now adopt a clear position on Libya – a country...

Israeli Annexation of the West Bank

Israel’s newly installed unity government is planning to annex parts of the Occupied West Bank in what is being feared to be a very provocative and dangerous move. The idea of annexing parts of West Bank has all along existed in Israeli political discourse since...

Making Sense of Protests in the United States

The world’s richest and most powerful country has been struggling to cope with a host of crises: a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 Americans and infected more than 2 million; an economic downturn that has rendered millions unemployed; and now uprisings, riots and violence...

Embracing Uncertainties

A higher FY21 fiscal deficit is expected, at least the way things are poised now, landing at least around this year’s provisional deficit of 9.1% (which itself, given historical trends, could be revised upwards), if not higher. In such circumstances it is natural to...
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