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Humanitarian assistance of Afghanistan's hapless people

Humanitarian assistance of Afghanistan's hapless people: India should push for coordinated international response

India’s position as a non-permanent member of the UNSC and member of BRICS gives it an edge to emerge as a responsible ally and push for coordinated international response not just for humanitarian assistance but also to set precedence for dealing with the Taliban, writes Nandni Mahajan for South Asian Monitor

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Modi's US visit

Modi's US visit: It will be more substance, less optics

The pomp and pageantry that characterized some of Modi's previous visits will be absent this time because of Covid and the more reserved style of the Biden administration, writes Frank F Islam for South Asia Monitor 

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Bihar prisons

Pandemic an opportunity for Indian courts to address the issue of prison overcrowding

By the estimates given in the Supreme Court order dated 7 May 2021, almost 90 percent of prisoners released last year had returned to prisons between February and March this year, writes Anju Anna John for South Asia Monitor

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Quad summit

After US' Afghanistan pullout Quad summit to have a renewed Indo-Pacific focus; India could play bridge role for EU

Biden has shifted his priorities to the Indo-Pacific where a direct confrontation with China is building up and, in fact, he cited that as a rationale for pulling out of Afghanistan, writes Arul Louis for South Asia Monitor

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meeting with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Taliban's actions will define its relationship with world: Blinken after meeting Pakistan foreign minister

The US sees a “unity in approach” and “purpose” on the Taliban, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said after his meeting with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and added that…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with United States Vice President Kamala Harris at her ceremonial office in the White House compound in Washington on Thursday, September 23, 2021. (Photo: MEA Twtitter)

US VP Kamala Harris asking Pakistan to act against terrorism, says India

US Vice President Kamala Harris has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she was asking Pakistan to act on terrorism and ensure that terror groups do not target India or the US, according to…

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang

Economic sanctions on Afghanistan must end: China

The various unilateral sanctions or restrictions on Afghanistan should be lifted as soon as possible, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang said, adding that Afghan foreign reserves…

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh

UN Secretary-General praises Bangladesh’s development ‘miracle'

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has lauded Bangladesh for the way it has come up in overall development, calling it a “miracle”

118 new 'Main Battle Tanks' have bee ordered for the Indian Army

Indian Army to add 118 indigenously-made Main Battle Tanks; to have superior firepower and 72 new features

The Indian Army will add to its armoury 118 new Arjun Mk-1A battle tanks, which have superior firepower, all-terrain mobility and multi-layered protection compared to older models. Arjun has been…

Pakistan’s import bill crosses $12 billion in last two months

Pakistan’s import bill crosses $12 billion in last two months; government takes measures to curb imports and overheating economy

The Pakistan government this week acknowledged the issue of overheating of the economy as trade deficit and import bills--which crossed $2 billion and $12 billion respectively in last two months--…

Dr Shamsun Nahar receives prestigious IAEA Award

Bangladesh nuclear institute, scientist get IAEA awards

Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) and one of its leading woman scientists have been awarded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Economic crisis deepens in Sri Lanka

Economic crisis deepens in Sri Lanka; Colombo seeks help from India and UAE to buy fuel

Sri Lanka is in talks with India for a $500 million credit line to buy fuel and delay payments, said a senior Sri Lankan official as its already struggling economy worsened by the weeks-long…

Government shutdown ends in Nepal

Government shutdown ends in Nepal; Parliament passes revised budget

Nepali Parliament on Thursday passed the country’s annual budget which was approved hours later by President Bidya Devi Bhandari, effectively ending the government shutdown which lasted slightly…

Bhutan

Hydropower, Bhutan’s most valuable export, is likely to suffer production loss this year

Hydropower, which is one of the most important sectors of Bhutan’s economy, has recorded a 12.7 percent decrease in generation in the first eight months of the current year in comparison to the…

Taliban ruled Afghanistan, businesses owned by women

In Taliban ruled Afghanistan, businesses owned by women struggle to survive; families face economic crisis

Many businesses and shops owned and run by women in Kabul, the Afghan capital, are closing their operations amid harsh economic conditions and an oppressive atmosphere with the return of the…

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

No country will be safe if Maldives ceases to exist: President Solih gives strong message on climate change

There is no guarantee of survival for anyone nation in a world where the Maldives ceases to exist, the Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said at the 76th session of the United Nations…

Delhi University

Draupadi, Dalit writers and Delhi University: Inconvenient truths as politics rules

This is not the first time that political considerations will determine what universities in India should teach, or which books may be banned

Taliban’s IPL ban shows media

Taliban’s IPL ban shows media and entertainment industry won’t be able to survive for long in Afghanistan

The Taliban, the new rulers of Afghanistan, earlier this week announced a ban on the broadcast of the Indian Premium League (IPL), the hugely popular and monetarily lucrative Indian cricket league…

Military Transport Aircraft

India inks USD 2.7 million deal with Airbus to buy 56 military transport aircraft; big boost for Indian aerospace industry

India's Defence Ministry on Friday inked a nearly Rs 20,000-crore (USD 2.7 mn) deal with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain to procure 56 C-295 medium transport aircraft which will replace the ageing…

Superhit Sri Lankan song Manike Mage Hithe

Superhit Sri Lankan song Manike Mage Hithe now part of India’s election campaign

After captivating India’s globally popular film industry and its entertainment-craving public, Sri Lanka’s chartbuster song Manike Mage Hithe (In my Heart) has now made its appearance in an Indian…

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