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India needs to strengthen ties with liberal democracies, South Asian neighbours to counter China

India needs to consolidate its relationship with the immediate neighbors by resolving the pending issues, particularly, the issue of immigration with Bangladesh and territorial disputes with Nepal, writes Dr. Arshad for South Asia Monitor

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Children at increased risk of sexual abuse and exploitation during COVID-19 lockdown

There has to be enough focus on the protection of children from sexual abuse and parents, guardians, teachers and all those who are stakeholders in children’s welfare should be really aware of this aspect to ensure a safe and healthy childhood for our children during this time of coronavirus pandemic, writes Sonal Kellogg for South Asia Monitor

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Taliban rule in Afghanistan will be aligned with China

With Pakistan becoming the vassal state of China, China plans to extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor into Afghanistan, writes Lt Gen P. C. Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Countering China: Indian diplomacy is not on unfavorable grounds

Let us accept this fact that India and China are potential rivals in the power hierarchy in South Asia and outside, writes Aneek Chatterjee for South Asia Monitor 

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India rushes to buy fighters amid border tensions with China, Pakistan

Amid the tense situation at the border with China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday approved a proposal for procurement of 21 MiG-29 fighter aircraft, along with upgradation of 59 Mig-…

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Power outages continue to plague Karachi

The scorching sun continues to blaze over Karachi with no respite from the sea winds

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COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh surpass 150,000 mark

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh on Thursday surpassed 150,000 as 4,019 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, the biggest daily jump since March 8, officials said

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NPP accuses Sri Lanka govt of planning to sell Colombo Port east terminal to Indian company

The government of Sri Lanka is deliberately delaying the installation of three new gantry cranes at Colombo Port’s east container terminal to quietly pave the way for a sale of the terminal, the…

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President prorogues ongoing House session on recommendation of the government

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has given the seal of approval to government’s proposal to prorogue the ongoing House session and has thereby endorsed the same

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Build Bhutan project comes with incentives for job seekers

In an attempt to meet the shortage of workers in the construction sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the labour ministry launched Build Bhutan Project (BBP) yesterday

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Taliban frees 732 government inmates

The Taliban group claimed that they have released 732 members of the Afghan security forces since the start of the prisoner swap process to facilitate the intra-Afghan talks

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NEOC to HEOC: smaller scale of operations, same mandate

The Maldives government has dissolved the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), established to handle Maldives' COVID-19 response, and transferred its workings under the newly established…

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Russia ready to strengthen 'privileged strategic partnership' with India

In a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday reiterated his nation's commitment to further strengthen the "special and privileged…

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BHUTAN-1 orbiting the Earth for two years

At about 330 kilometres above the earth’s surface, Bhutan’s first satellite BHUTAN-1 is orbiting the earth. Last Friday, on June 29, it was the second anniversary of launching the satellite to the…

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UNSC adopts resolution on COVID-19

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution on COVID-19, demanding a general and immediate cessation of hostilities

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Nikki Haley praises India for 'not backing down' against China

Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American to serve in the US cabinet, has praised India's decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, saying New Delhi "is continuing to show it wont back down from Chinas…

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Mental health, suicide prevention needs greater attention during pandemic: WHO

With the COVID-19 pandemic still accelerating and impacting people in multiple ways, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday called upon countries in the South-East Asia region to pay…

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Indian paramilitary to induct transgender officers

In a socially transformation step, the Indian government has decided to induct members of the transgender community in the country's elite paramilitary forces ending discrimination against the…