Maj Gen (Retd) S.B. Asthana
(Maj Gen Asthana is a veteran Infantry General and strategic analyst. The views expressed are personal. He can be reached at [emailprotected])
National Security has a wide span and needs to cover much wider period for any meaningful analysis, but to be realistic about current security dynamics of the country, speculating the immediate trends under the existing realities may be useful, especially in a high-voltage political scenario in the country. While the year 2019 has seen a lot of activities with regard to national security from Balakot strike, abrogation of Article 370, administrative reorganization of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) into two Union territories (UTs) and appointment of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), extrapolating the trends can help in anticipating some strategic and security challenges which might need the attention of decision makers beyond politics.
Kabul: Sotooda Forotan, a 15-year-old Afghan student, has been named among 25 influential girls/women from this year in an international list of high achievers, at a time when the South Asian nation landed back within the grip of the Taliban regime after two decades of democratic rule.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may travel to Nepal next week on an invitation by Nepali Congress, the ruling party of that country, an official said on Saturday.
Banerjee has accepted the invitation to be present at the Nepali Congress' 14th National Convention scheduled to be held from December 10 to 12 in Kathmandu, where she may be among the speakers.
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