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Vaccination and vaccine purchase politics: Can India attain herd immunity?

But most experts agree that the country can reach ‘herd immunity’ if 70 to 80 percent of the population is fully immunised.  That comes to a population of 1.05 billion, for whom 2.10 billion doses are needed, writes Vinod Aggarwal for South Asia Monitor

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Is the US set to repeat past mistakes in Afghanistan?

It would be interesting to know how American security experts view the threat perceptions from the numerous affiliates of the bodies in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, some of whom target India, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

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Is the tide running out for Modi?

But for the waning of his appeal, it is difficult to explain why the BJP came a cropper in West Bengal even after the enormous effort which both Modi and his powerful Home Minister Amit Shah put into their campaigns in the state with scores of public rallies and roadshows, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor 

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Vaccine diplomacy and Chinese moves in South Asia: Can Beijing live up to its promises?

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal have joined the Beijing-led Platform along with Bangladesh. India, the largest country in South Asia, has stayed away, writes Swadesh Roy for South Asia Monitor

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China warns of damage to bilateral ties if Bangladesh joins Quad

China has warned Bangladesh that their bilateral ties would be "substantially damaged" if Dhaka participated in any form in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as Quad


WHO labels India's Covid strain as 'variant of concern'

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday classified India's Covid-19 strain as a "variant of concern" amid a devastaging second wave of the pandamic


Israel sends third consignment of oxygen concentrators, respirators to India

A  third consignment of life-saving medical equipment from Israel, including over 1300 oxygen concentrators and 400 respirators, was airlifted to India and arrived in New Delhi Monday night

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Polio virus not detected in Pakistan sewage water

In a good news for Pakistan, the polio virus has started disappearing from the country’s sewage water, with none of the 60 samples in its four provinces detecting any presence of the disease in…

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Three-fourths of returnee migrants in Bangladesh struggling to find jobs

Around 77 percent of the migrants in Bangladesh who returned home due to the COVID-19 pandemic were struggling to find jobs, according to a study

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Sri Lankan president asks officials to expedite vaccine import

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed officials to expedite both imports procedures and administering of COVID-19 vaccines to the public to contain the raging third wave of the…

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Nepal PM Oli loses confidence vote, expected to resign

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday lost the vote of confidence in parliament, reported the Himalayan Times

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Bhutan home minister resigns after court sentences him two months in prison

Bhutanese Home Minister Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen has resigned on Thursday following a High Court sentenced him to two months in prison, Kuensel reported

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Taliban, Afghan government announce three-day ceasefire on Eid

The Taliban, the main Afghan insurgent group that once again aspires to run the war-ravaged country on its conservative terms, has announced a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr…

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Police arrest key suspect accused of targeting former Maldives president

Authorities in the Maldives say they have arrested a key suspect who is believed to have detonated the IED that targeted the Maldives’ former president Mohammed Nasheed on Thursday, reported…

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UK’s top general, Pakistan Army chief meet Afghan president in Kabul

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and UK’s Chief of Defense Staff General Sir Nick Carter together made a visit to Afghanistan and held discussion with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in…

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India should be provided resources to make vaccines, says top US disease expert

India, the largest vaccine maker in the world, should be provided with resources to make its own vaccines or donate vaccines, Antony Fauci, the top US expert on COVID-19, has said


Why India's Covid battle is making the rich-poor gap starker

Obviously, when the gap between availability and requirement of facilities is so huge, there would be a tendency among the rich to buy them at any cost, whereas others like politicians,…

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Pakistani short film wins triple award in New York City film fest

Pakistani filmmaker Shoaib Sultan's short film Darya Kay Iss Par (Across the River) has bagged three awards at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF)

India-made environment-friendly chocolates find growing market

A few start-ups in southern India are adopting sustainable and conscious practices to develop organic chocolate bars which have a niche but growing market in India

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