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Thirteen years on Pakistan showing little sincerity in bringing 26/11 perpetrators to justice, bemoans India

As India sombrely marked the 13th anniversary of the horrific 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on Friday, New Delhi said Pakistan has shown little sincerity in bringing the perpetrators to justice and called on Islamabad to give up double standards and to expeditiously bring those behind the terror attack to justice

Amid countrywide protests, Bangladesh government halves bus fare for students

The Bangladesh government has decided to reduce fares of the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporations (BRTC) buses by fifty percent for students who had been protesting the recent hike for weeks now

Russian President Putin to visit India December 6 for summit with PM Modi; Russia-India 2+2 also to be held

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit India on December 6 for the 21st annual summit between the leaders of the two countries

Bhutan’s Parliament approves International Solar Alliance membership

National Assembly, the lower house of the Bhutanese parliament, has approved a proposal for the country to become a member of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in a move that would enhance the country’s solar power generation capacity to supplement its establishedwhat is  hydropower resources

India showing signs of a demographic and societal shift: National Family Health Survey

The fifth edition of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) has confirmed signs of a significant demographic shift in India

US adds 16 entities from China and Pakistan to trade blacklist for aiding Islamabad's 'unsafeguarded' nuclear programme

The US Commerce Department has added 27 foreign entities and individuals, including 16 from China and Pakistan, to its trade blacklist "based on their contributions to Pakistan’s unsafeguarded nuclear activities or ballistic missile program"

Taliban talks 'very reassuring', says India

The Taliban have been “very reassuring” during India’s conversations with the Islamist group that is ruling Kabul, and they recognise that India has contributed greatly to the people of Afghanistan, and they have “good things” to say about India, which is a “good start”, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Wednesday

'Neighbourhood First and Act East are two fundamental pillars of India's foreign policy, boosting regional connectivity'

Neighbourhood First and Act East are two fundamental pillars of India's foreign policy, and lines of communication being through Northeast India will boost trade and energy links with Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan in South Asia, and further to ASEAN countries and East Asia, India's Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla has said

Sri Lanka relaxes its organic policy, allows private sector to import chemical fertilizer to assuage farm anger

In what comes as a major policy reversal on the farm front, much like what happened in neighboring India, Sri Lanka has allowed its private sector to import chemical fertilizers, months after the government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had put a blanket ban on the use and import of the same

Maldives bribery scandal; sports minister charged

Ahmed Mahloof, the Maldives’ sports minister, has been charged for accepting bribes in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation scandal, also known as the MMPRC scandal, that had rocked the previous government led by former president Abdullah Yamen

Pakistan informs India about allowing transit facilities for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

In a major concession, Pakistan on Wednesday has formally informed the Indian Embassy in Islamabad about its decision to allow transit facilities to Indian humanitarian shipment of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving drugs to Afghanistan on an "exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes"

Police on high alert across Bangladesh over Begum Khaleda Zia's health rumors

Law enforcement agencies are on high alert across Bangladesh, including capital Dhaka, amid rumours about the deteriorating health of Bangldesh National Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia

100 days of Taliban rule: 257 media outlets shut down; more restrictions on women

At least 257 media outlets have closed in 100 days since the Taliban took over the government

International flights to and from India to normalise by yearend

International flight operations are expected to return to normal "by the end of the year", senior officials have been quoted as saying

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Bhutan not invited to Biden’s Democracy Summit; India, Pakistan, Nepal & Maldives among invitees

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan--the three South Asian democracies --are not among the countries US President Joe Biden has invited to attend its much-touted Summit for Democracy scheduled for next month