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AIIB and Chinese strategy - Yuriko Koike, Mint
Next month, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will hold its first general meeting, the aim being to launch operations before the end of the year. And now China has doubled down on its effort to secure a controlling role in the new bank by increasing its initial investment from a planned $50 billion to $100 billion.
Arrest of Fifa officials exposes massive fraud - Pioneer
If the investigation that has led to the arrest of seven senior officials of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association on corruption charges is carried to its logical conclusion, then it's quite possible that Wednesday's developments in Switzerland is just a curtain-raiser for one of the biggest sporting scandals of all time.
Acting East in South Korea - KV Kesavan & Vindu Mai Chotani, Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been vigorously promoting his Act East policy ever since he came to power. His recent three-nation trip to China, Mongolia and South Korea was part of that drive towards the East. The media has understandably   focussed a great deal of attention especially on his visit to China, but his sojourn to South Korea, also a key component of his Act East policy, has not received as much publicity as it deserves.
PM Modi, Britain needs you - Karan Bilimoria, Times of India
As part of David Cameron’s first official engagement following his re-election as UK prime minister, he delivered a speech at the Tetley Tea factory in Stockton. The symbolism of a visit to a factory producing a quintessential British ‘cuppa’ was clear, but what would not have been clear to many Brits was that Tetley, a British brand, is owned by Indian corporate giant Tata.
Saarc and Asean have a rescue mission - Sreeram Chaulia, Hindustan Times
The surge of migrants and refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar, on unstable boats and headed towards an unknown horizon in Indonesia and Malaysia, has shaken human conscience. Unwanted in their home countries these people are virtually prisoners of unscrupulous human smuggling networks spread across South and Southeast Asia. 
Overcoming a resilient Islamic State - Vijay Prashad, Hindu
Maps depict names of places seized by the Islamic State (Da’esh) and its al-Qaeda confreres: Syria’s Raqqa, Idlib and Palmyra as well as Iraq’s Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah. Names of places have become associated with massacres. Aerial bombardment by the West seems futile.
ISIS' impossible dilemmas - Claude Smadja, Business Standard
Two major victories for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (or ISIS) in the last two weeks - the conquests of Ramadi in Iraq and of Palmyra in Syria - have illustrated how it is not only demonstrating remarkable resilience and tactical acumen, but is able to achieve strategic victories.
Compassionless in Europe - Vidya Ram, Business Line
There’s a powerful tool you can use on the BBC website, “Syrian Journey: Choose Your Own Escape Route”, to get a sense of the dismal, dangerous choices faced by Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe. Based on real stories gathered by the BBC’s Arabic division, it illustrates the daily dilemmas you face as one of nine million refugees forced to flee Syria.
Sirisena's 100 days of sincere initiatives - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
The sixth War Heroes’ Victory Day held last Tuesday on May 19, at Matara marking the end of Eelam War IV, was the first under President Maithripala Sirisena — but it was different. It was renamed War Heroes Remembrance Day, as recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission — with Mr Sirisena saying that development alone could not achieve reconciliation; it needed truth, transitional justice and removing fear and mistrust arisen during the armed conflict.
New Lankan President mends ties with India - Pioneer
It's a little over three months since Mr Maithripala Sirisena took charge as the President of Sri Lanka, ousting Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa. His 100-day report card is one of change more than of continuity, especially with regard to relations between Colombo and New Delhi. Although Mr Rajapaksa had gained a reputation of being pro-India in the initial years of his tenure, it meandered into ambiguity at first and then outright hostility towards the end of his last term.
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