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‘Love jihad’ bills by BJP-ruled states against India's constitutional principles

The BJP governments in these states, in their quest to criminalize interfaith marriages, are going ahead with coming out with this law, despite not even a single case of ‘love jihad’ having been detected by the central investigative teams to date, writes Reeti Prakash for South Asia Monitor

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With drastic troop cuts is US handing over Af-Pak to China?

Till the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are confident and sufficiently armed to stabilize the country, it would be prudent for the US to retain troop strength between 5000-8000 in Afghanistan, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch (retd)  for South Asia Monitor

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Beyond Malabar: Quad needs to supplement military exercises with economic partnerships

The Malabar naval exercises could be seen as an obvious manifestation of the desire among members of the Quad to keep trade routes open, military confrontations in check and keep the Indo-Pacific Region open for legitimate rules-based economic activity, writes Raghbendra Jha for South Asia Monitor 

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South Asian countries need to strengthen regional cooperation in food security, agriculture systems

COVID-19 has brought into focus supply chain issues and with it a fundamental change in the way food availability and access is viewed, one that goes beyond the conventional focus on weather, area, production, and yield (APY) paradigm of crops, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor

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Experts debunk Chinese scientists' Covid virus India origin claim

Health experts in India have refuted a claim made by Chinese scientists in a preprint paper that suggests that the Indian subcontinent might be the place where the earliest human-to-human SARS-CoV…

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25M couples in India couldn't access contraceptives due to Covid: UNDP report

The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted contraceptive access for an estimated over 25 million couples in India, said a report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

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2020 will be known as year of internal discovery for India: PM Modi

The year just ending may be called by some as one of external disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic but for India, it will be known as a year of internal discovery, Prime Minister Narendra…

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Lahore again tops list of world's most polluted cities

Lahore has again topped the list of the most polluted city in the world, according to air pollution data released by the US Air Quality Index on Monday

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Secularism is one of the principles in our Constitution: Bangladesh minister

Secularism is one of the principles in Bangladesh's constitution and Sheikh Hasina-led government has been working tirelessly to ensure the equal rights of people of all religions, said the newly-…

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British mercenaries probed over Sri Lankan war crimes: Report

The Metropolitan Police have launched a probe into British mercenaries over their alleged involvement in the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war, a media report said on Monday

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Nepal: Siblings faked their abduction to frame neighbour, arrested

In a strange case, the Nepali police arrested two brothers from Rautahat district of Province 2 for faking their abduction in order to frame a neighbour, as per a report published in The Himalayan…

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Bhutan sees 36 percent increase in gender-based violence

Bhutan has witnessed a 36.6 percent increase in gender-based violence this year, Kuensel reported citing the data released by a reputed NGO, RENEW, which world for women empowerment in Bhutan

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Two commanders of Afghan forces killed in Taliban attacks

An Afghan army commander and a district police chief were killed by the Taliban’s attacks on Sunday evening and Monday morning respectively in Afghanistan, TOLOnews reported

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Maldives: 47 positive COVID-19 cases, 121 recovered in last 24 hours

The Maldives’ Health Protection Agency (HPA) has reported 47 confirmed positive cases of the COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases 12,994 in the small island nation that…

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ICC favours India-Pakistan bilateral cricket, but can't ensure that: Chairman Barclay

The International Cricket Council (ICC) would like to see traditional rivals India and Pakistan play bilateral series regularly, and in each other's territories, said chairman Gregor John Barclay…

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Biden-Harris name Indian American Maju Varghese as executive director for presidential inauguration

US president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris, who will lead the nation next month, have appointed an Indian American, Maju Varghese, to be the executive director of their…

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Bills in the name of ‘love jihad’ undermine India's constitutional liberties

‘Love jihad’ is a term of recent vintage, coined by the Hindu right-wing, for Muslims who they allege seduce Hindu women to convert to Islam on the pretext of love and marriage

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‘World’s loneliest elephant’ in Pakistan finds a new life

For years no one cared for his fate; he lived a lonely life, much in chains, for 35 years in a Pakistani zoo, where he had come as a gift from Sri Lanka

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