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Drone threats

India needs to become drone-conscious to counter aerial cross-border threats

Not only was the use of a weaponized drone on the Jammu IAF base an act of war but a violation of the ceasefire agreement concluded by DGs, military operations, of India and Pakistan, effective from midnight, 24-25 February 2021, writes Col. Anil Bhat (Retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has spoken to  Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Will China learn a lesson from the 'terror attack' in Pakistan on its workers?

The Pakistan incident against Chinese workers is all the more worrying as Chinese personnel and technicians are working on various projects not only in Pakistan, but in other South Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, as well as many African nations, writes N S Venkataram for South Asia Monitor

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Improved transport connectivity in South Asia

Improved transport connectivity in South Asia must for boosting intra-regional and inter-regional trade

Better connectivity in this region would facilitate the establishment of trade linkages with other regions through platforms such as the BIMSTEC, SAARC, and ASEAN, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor

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India-Nepal-China

Nepal’s new government needs to do a balancing act amidst India-China rivalry

For Sher Bahadur Deuba’s government, the acid test of preserving Nepal’s core interests and increasing its bargaining capacity vis-à-vis India and China will depend on how the Nepalese leadership responds to the emerging geopolitical and geoeconomic imperatives in the region, writes Zahoor Ahmad Dar for South Asia Monitor

Covid-19 vaccines

Nepal seeks Covid-19 vaccines from Bhutan

Nepal has sought Covid-19 vaccines from Bhutan, a country known for one of the most successful Covid-19 vaccination drives, with 90 percent of its 18 plus population having received both doses of…

Israel-bound Nepali workers

Regulation charging high cost for Israel-bound Nepali workers comes under criticism

Nepal has recently announced vacancies for people going to Israel for caregiver jobs where workers would be required to pay around $1380, too much for migrant workers from a poor country

China hosts Taliban delegation

China hosts Taliban delegation, calls group ‘pivotal military and political force’, flags its own terrorism concerns

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met a high-level delegation of Taliban leaders in a strategically significant interaction, as the group took control of a large swathe of territory in Afghanistan…

UN Security Council presidency

India assumes UN Security Council presidency for August

India Sunday assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of August

Supreme Court of India

India’s top court to hear plea seeking probe into Pegasus snooping

India's Supreme Court, in a politically significant decision, has agreed to hear next week a petition filed by two veteran journalists for an independent probe into the "mass surveillance" by the…

Rising sex crimes in Pakistan

Rising sex crimes in Pakistan: Women lawmakers demand public hanging of rapists

With 11 rape cases reported every day, rising sex crimes have emerged as a big issue in Pakistan, with women lawmakers cutting across party lines on Friday demanding public hanging of perpetrators…

Bangladesh first planned industrial city

Bangladesh receives USD 20 bn investment proposals for its first planned industrial city

Bangladesh has received investment proposals worth around USD 20.13 billion from 153 investors, including those from China and Japan, for its first planned industrial city which it wants to…

Covid cases rising in Sri Lanka

Covid cases rising among doctors, health workers as Sri Lanka battles Delta outbreak

An increasing number of doctors and health workers in Sri Lanka are being infected with the Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated in recent days, hitting the country’s response which is already…

Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba

Nepal foreign policy at crossroads: PM Deuba seeks to balance ties between major powers

Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, while seeking a vote of confidence in parliament earlier this month, said the country's foreign policy will be of mutual friendship and cooperation

Bhutan vaccinating children

Bhutan vaccinating children between 12 -18 years

Bhutan has become the first South Asian country to start vaccinating its children against the Covid-19 virus

Afghan Air Force pilots on Taliban radar

Taliban fires rockets at Kandahar airport; flights canceled; Afghan Air Force pilots on Taliban radar

Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan was attacked last night when at least rockets hit its airfield, bringing all fight operations to a halt

Maldives’ former president Mohammed Nasheed

With Nasheed’s prodding, Maldives’ ruling party passes resolution asking President Solih to impose emergency

In what seems another attempt by Maldives’ former president Mohammed Nasheed to pressure President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih, the ruling MDP passed a resolution, prompted by the former, asking the…

Vaccination in India

India needs to package the idea of getting vaccinated as a national duty to defeat Covid

A proposed solution would be a multi-sectoral approach involving various stakeholders including the state governments, civil society and private sectors, as also the religious sectors that…

Chinese Kali temple in Kolkata

The little-known Chinese Kali temple in Kolkata - a testament to cross-cultural bonding in challenging times

Kolkata is home to more than 2,000 Chinese, a close-knit community that has made the city its home for decades and arduously hung on to their culture and heritage through generations while making…

Bangladesh first planned industrial city

Bangladesh receives USD 20 bn investment proposals for its first planned industrial city

Bangladesh has received investment proposals worth around USD 20.13 billion from 153 investors, including those from China and Japan, for its first planned industrial city which it wants to…

The Kashmir Premier League (KPL)

Cricket politics: Two former international cricketers accuse Indian Cricket Board of trying to scuttle a tournament in 'Pakistan Occupied Kashmir'

Two former international cricketers have accused the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) of issuing warnings to other cricket boards for allowing their players to take part in a twenty20…

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