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United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, top left, held a virtual meeting with Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, left in picture at top right, India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, seated next to him, and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayedon Monday, October 18, 2021. (Photo: Twitter)

India, Israel, US and UAE: Making of a new Middle East Quad?

In a cooperative set-up of the four nations focused on the Middle East, UAE has the capital, Israel and the US the technology edge and India the manufacturing and execution capability, writes Arul Louis for South Asia Monitor 

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India's undernourished poor children

Global Hunger Index 2021: India needs to do more on child nutrition, responsive village-level governance

The GHI ranking given to India is certainly a wake-up call for the country, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor

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Afghanistan terrorism

The new Great Game in Af-Pak theatre: Is Afghanistan again becoming a springboard for international terrorism?

Pakistan has shifted anti-India terrorist camps into Afghanistan and there is evidence of the Taliban allowing Harkat-ul Ansar (HuA) to push terrorists from Afghanistan into Kashmir, writes Lt Gen P. C. Katoch (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Virtual EU-India Leaders’ Meeting

EU's new Indo-Pacific strategy is in sync with India's security perspective

The new strategy is a most welcome development for India, which had been juggling its national security interests in this vast and volatile region with support, as usual, from France, writes Amb. Bhaswati Mukherjee  (retd) for South Asia Monitor

Rain, floods, and landslides wreak havoc in India, Nepal

Over 90 dead as rain, floods, and landslides wreak havoc in India, Nepal

Over 90 people have been killed and thousands displaced as unseasonal heavy rain in northern India and Nepal caused floods and landslides, affecting several districts and key roads, highways, and…

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)

Dramatic rise in heart diseases among South Asians in US: AAPI seeks to create awareness

South Asians make up 25 per cent of the world’s population but they contribute 50 per cent to global cardiovascular deaths

President Xi Jinping at Chinese Communist Party Congress

Pax Sinica is still a long shot

A foreign policy blunder could lead to the collapse of Chinese Communist rule and severe economic turmoil for the country

Hindus in Bangladesh

UN calls upon Bangladesh to protect minorities amid anti-Hindu violence

The United Nations urged the Bangladesh government to take measures to protect minorities amid widespread violence targeted at the country’s minority Hindu community

India’s R-value below 1 since September

India’s R-value below 1 since September; shows Covid-19 infecrtion rate declining

India’s R-value, which reflects how rapidly the coronavirus pandemic is spreading, has remained below 1 since September, suggesting that the infection rate is declining, according to a study

Pakistan opposition alliance

Pakistan opposition alliance to launch nationwide protests on 20 October

The opposition alliance in Pakistan, known as the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), will launch nationwide protests, starting from Wednesday, pressing the government-led Prime Minister Imran…

Bangladesh Hindu community

Four killed, Hindu temples, businesses vandalized in Bangladesh, PM Hasina assures justice amid fears of extremist involvement

In a sudden eruption of communal tension in Bangladesh, that many feared could adversely impact bilateral ties,  four people were killed and several others – including police personnel – sustained…

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan rules out talking to banned diaspora groups

Sri Lanka has ruled out talking to banned diaspora organisations weeks after the country’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced that his government would engage with Tamil diaspora groups that…

Floods in Kerala

Nearly 30 killed, dozens missing in deadly floods in Kerala

At least 27 people have been killed in floods in southern India's Kerala state after heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, cutting off towns and villages

Bhutan considering vaccinating children aged between 5 to 11 years

Bhutan considering vaccinating children aged between 5 to 11 years

The Bhutan government has been considering vaccinating children aged between 5 to 11 years after the initial trial results of Pfizer-BioNTech indicated safe and effective response in the group,…

Taliban hails suicide bombers

Taliban hails suicide bombers, offers cash and land to relatives

The Taliban, the new rulers of Afghanistan, praised its suicide bombers who died during the war in the last twenty years, fighting against the former government and its Western allies, and has…

Maldives' home ministry will no longer oversee police service

Maldives' home ministry will no longer oversee police service: Report

In what appears to be a significant political development, the Maldives Police Service has been removed from the oversight of the country's home ministry, showed a leaked order from the Office of…

Bangladesh’s democratic freedoms

Intense social movements, robust economic development must for sustaining Bangladesh’s democratic freedoms

Bangladesh exhibits some positive aspects of democracy that are highly dependent on some economic and political factors

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US extrajudicial killings and ‘Western Immorality’

Since the last decade, the US drone strike has caused numerous casualties worldwide, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia 

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Sri Lanka to seek $500 million credit line from India amid deepening forex crisis

Sri Lanka is expected to sign for a $500 million credit line facility with India as it suffers a severe forex crisis and is unable to pay for energy imports beyond January next year. Energy…

Monkeys being poisoned in Bangladesh

Monkeys being poisoned in Bangladesh to clear encroached forest land for cultivation

Villagers in one of Bangladesh’s districts are killing monkeys in the Cox Bazaar forest area to clear the land they have allegedly encroached upon for cultivation, environment activists alleged

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