Basmati rice

Latest on India, Pakistan – a battle over Basmati

Although India controls two-thirds of the global Basmati market, competition between the nations has grown in recent years as Pakistan increases sales to Europe, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

Oil and Gas

Beyond oil and gas: India must look to West Asia with a new vision and mission

India must augment science and technology transfer and research cooperation in space with nations like Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar, writes  Aneek Chatterjee for South Asia Monitor

Pakistan economy

Growth, jobs and IMF conditionalities: Pakistan’s daunting budgetary challenges

As there are 110 million youth in the country, there is a need for generating two million jobs every year to absorb them, the finance minister said, adding that “if we do not go into growth mode, we will have a major crisis on the streets”, writes  N. Chandra Mohan for South Asia Monitor

Wang Yi Hosts Video Conference of Foreign Ministers of China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka on COVID-19

Multi-track cooperation a must to tackle non-traditional security issues in Himalayan region

Although current Sino-Indian relations are still in a state of relative tension, Beijing is encouraging Chinese companies to meet India’s procurement demands for oxygen concentrators and other anti-pandemic supplies, writes  Siwei Liu for South Asia Monitor

Indian Army gifts medical to Nepali Army

Indian Army gifts medical to Nepali Army

The Indian Army has handed over medical equipment and supplies worth Rs 288 million to the Nepali Army as a part of its 'Neighborhood First' policy

Indian descent journalist Megha Rajagopalan won America's top journalism award, the Pulitzer Prize, for her expose of China's mass detention camps for Muslims. (Photo: Pulitzer Centre)

Two Indian American journalists win Pulitzer, including one for exposing China's Muslim detention camps

Indian-origin journalist Megha Rajagopalan has won America's top journalism award, the Pulitzer Prize, for innovative investigative reports harnessing satellite technology that exposed China's…

Chinese Visa

India asks China to renew visas of students, professionals inoculated with China-made vaccines

India has asked China to issue visas to students and professionals who have taken Chinese-made coronavirus vaccines, which is one of the travel conditions imposed by Beijing to enter the country…

UN chief Antonio Guterres

Vaccines should be considered 'global public goods': UN chief

Lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines should be considered “global public goods”, the UN chief told journalists on Friday, covering the G7 Summit of leading industrialized nations taking place in the…

Modi address to G7 Summit Outreach Sessions

Modi address to G7 Summit Outreach Sessions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the in-person summit of the Group of Seven industrialized countries taking place in the United Kingdom on Saturday and Sunday

Manufacturing and agriculture

Pakistan budget raises subsidies, incentives for big business, manufacturing and agriculture

The Pakistan government on Friday significantly raised subsidies and incentives for big business, manufacturing and agriculture sectors, while proposing around a 24 percent hike in revenues, in…

Bangladesh extends closure of educational institutions

Bangladesh extends closure of educational institutions till June 30

The Bangladesh government has decided to extend the ongoing closure of all secondary and higher secondary educational institutions till June 30, as a preventive measure against the further spread…

Colombo Port City

Sri Lanka aims for $15 billion investment in Colombo Port City in five years

Sri Lanka expects to attract at least $ 15 billion in investment into the Colombo Port City Project within the next five years, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said

Nepal Prime minister Oli

Nepal: Prime minister Oli expands cabinet; add eight ministers

Nepal’s caretaker prime minister K P Sharma Oli has made changes in his cabinet-- the second time since the dissolution of parliament - by appointing eight new ministers, including seven cabinet…


Bhutanese MPs questions discriminatory allocation of business projects among districts

Bhutanese lawmakers have questioned the government policy of providing credit to businesses, alleging that business projects in few cities were given preference over those from other districts

Blasts in Kabul

Two blasts hit Kabul, 5 dead

At least five people died as two blasts rocked Afghanistan capital Kabul city on Saturday, media reports said

Maldives (File)

Tourist ban from India hit Maldives’ tourism industry revival

The Maldives had banned tourists from South Asian countries with the renewed wave of the Covid-19 was raging in the region

Patanjali Yoga

How to attain true liberation: Memory, karma and Indian philosophy

Uncluttering the brain of memories will allow it to function properly and faster

Nepali Army

Nepali Army Inc. - from catering to education

The Nepali Army’s foray into the education sector for running a course in agriculture for the public has drawn criticism with observers saying there has to be a line drawn on what the defense…


Nokia to boost Subisu’s network for high-speed broadband in Nepal

Nokia has announced that it had been selected by Subisu, a leading service provider in Nepal, to modernize the 1500 km long backbone network spread across East and West Nepal

Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan

Ace Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan apologizes on Facebook for his unruly behavior

Bangladesh’s star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has apologized on Facebook for his repeated unruly behavior during a Dhaka Premier League T20 match between arch-rivals Mohamedan Sporting Club and…

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