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Will Narendra Modi be Invited to Address a Joint Session of Congress?

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Is an invitation in the mail? Representative Ed Royce, the the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wants to invite India’s newly elected Prime Minster Narendra Modi to address a joint session of Congress. The congressman sent Speaker John Boehner a letter stating that that ““The United States has no more important partner in South Asia… “It is not an overstatement to say that the U.S.-India relationship will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.” Of course, just under a decade ago, Modi was denied a visa to enter the United States. [Wall Street Journal]

World War II’s forgotten Indian battle: It’s been 70 years since The Battle of Kohima and Imphal, which reporter Gardiner Harris describes as “bloodiest of World War II in India.” Despite playing a key role in the war, India’s participation in World War II has largely been forgotten by the population at large due to the legacy of colonialism and the complicated histories of Nagaland and Manipur, the two states the battle was fought in. [New York Times]

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New Study Says South Asia is The Most Corrupt Region on Earth

Raise your hand if you are surprised that South Asia is the most corrupt region in the world. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Raise your hand if you are surprised that South Asia is the most corrupt region in the world. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Surprise, surprise! A new report by the watchdog group Transparency International has found that South Asia is “the worst region in the world when it comes to corruption.” Sigh. (Associated Press)

Attention: Pat Sajak. The longtime Wheel of Fortune host recently said that he believed that global warming was fake. Tell that to the people of Pakistan. The organization Climate Asia found that the Pakistanis they surveyed were deeply concerned about the Earth’s rising temperature, despite the fact that many of them were unfamiliar with the term “global warming.” (The Guardian)

An avoidable statistic. India leads the world in newborn deaths, with a large number taking place within 24 hours of birth. Most of these deaths are avoidable, a study in the Lancet and public health officials say. (NYT)

Meet the teenager at the center of #handlegate: As you may have heard, the @PMOIndia Twitter account was recently a victim of the power battle between India’s two biggest political parties. In the midst of all of the confusion, 19-year-old Qaiser Ali was briefly able to register the handle before his parents “scolded me and told me to apologise to all the people of India.” (BBC)

Save the date.  Narendra Modi’s swearing in as the new Prime Minister of India is all set for Monday and,as a somewhat unexpected gesture of goodwill, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is on the guest list. (CNN)

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