The Neighbourhood/World
E-credible India: New visa power, five tourist circuits - Times of India
In an unprecedented focus on tourism, the budget unfolded a slew of initiatives including six-month deadline for implementation of electronic visas and a thrust on heritage and pilgrim tourism. Tourism contributes to 6.6% of GDP and created 39.5 million jobs in 2012. However, India continues to lag in tourism competitiveness, ranking 65 out of 140 countries in a 2013 World Economic Forum study. The new schemes are expected to change that. 
BRICS: Getting back to business - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
The group's annual summits have been low on substance in recent years. Still, the upcoming gathering in Brazil has piqued some interest. It is Narendra Modi's first engagement at a multilateral forum and will probably see the finalisation of the BRICS development bank.
Obama faces impeachment call over immigrants - Narayan Lakshman, Hindu
A surge of undocumented child-immigrants at the U.S.’ southern border appeared to be fomenting a political crisis for President Barack Obama, with some Republicans calling for his impeachment this week. In an op-ed, former Republican vice-presidential nominee and ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wrote, “It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the Left or Right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.”
Both sides claim victory in tight Indonesian presidential election - Times of India
Both sides claimed victory on Wednesday in Indonesia's tightest and most divisive presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, as unofficial tallies showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading against ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
India-US relations are desperately in need of ownership - Rudra Chaudhuri, Telegraph India
“America has its own significance,” argued Sushma Swaraj, the new Indian external affairs minister. The first woman to have independent charge of this portfolio, her brief remark was made on her first day in office. From the outset, it would seem as though all was well in India’s dealing with the United States of America.
Importance of Saarc beyond South Asia - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is high on the spirit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. The nashaa has caught his ministerial colleagues. His swearing-in ceremony was attended by Saarc+1 leaders. Letters were exchanged with each of them and in some cases, gifts also. While Mr Modi chose Bhutan as his first port of call, Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s choice was Bangladesh. Mr Modi is expected to go to Kathmandu next month making it the first prime ministerial visit from India after IK Gujral in 1997.
Hafiz Saeed and Grand Design - Anil Gupta, Pioneer
Media is agog with the reports of the reported visit of wanted Jama’at-ud-Da’wah terrorist Hafiz Saeed in areas opposite the Rajasthan border in the Sind province of Pakistan. It has been reported in the media that he visited the border villages opposite the Tanot- Kishengarh sectors of Jaisalmer. The areas he is reported to have visited are Khairpur, Mirpur Khas, Mithi and Islamkot. A little correction before we proceed further.
UN panel rules for Dhaka in Bay of Bengal dispute - Times of India
India has welcomed a UN tribunal's judgment on a maritime boundary dispute with Bangladesh, awarding the neighbouring nation nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km (9,700 sq miles) in the Bay of Bengal.
Bangladesh wins maritime dispute with India - Haroon Habib, Hindu
The much-awaited verdict on the dispute regarding the delimitation of the maritime boundary between India and Bangladesh was delivered on Monday, with a United Nations tribunal awarding Bangladesh 19,467 sq. km of the 25,602 sq. km sea area of the Bay of Bengal.
Battling for Islamic space, imagination - Talmiz Ahmad, Hindu
On June 29, the night before the commencement of Ramadan, the spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced the establishment of the “Caliphate” in the territories of Iraq and Syria occupied by it. This, he said, was “a dream that lives in the depths of every Muslim believer.” He declared that the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, would be the caliph and called upon all Muslims to pledge their allegiance to him. The territory controlled by ISIS would now simply be called the “Islamic State.”
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