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Biden’s declaration ‘America is back’ must also apply to Afghanistan

The US-Taliban peace deal also needs to be rejected, as it is a disaster in the making for Afghanistan, the region as well as for America since it would turn Af-Pak into a terror cauldron and a springboard to launch terror attacks on the US and its allies, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor 

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High stakes at coming India-EU summit: Opportunities and roadblocks

Can the EU hope for forward-looking language on at least a limited trade deal between India and the EU?, writes Amb Bhaswati Mukherjee (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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In India, dissenters are having it rough

The Supreme Court of India has categorically held that criticism of the government, however harsh, does not amount to sedition unless violence is incited, writes Rahul Machaiah for South Asia Monitor 

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Need for reinventing India’s aeronautical industry

Fifty years of bitter experience should prompt the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to initiate a major paradigm-shift in India's defence-industrial programmes, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Have Chinese hackers infiltrated India's power sector?

A cyber intelligence company says it has found that hackers linked to China have infiltrated power systems and ports in India in a “show of force” and they have the ability to create disruptions…

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China backs Sri Lanka, calls UNHRC resolution 'interference' in 'internal affairs'

Backing Sri Lanka in the ongoing 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), China strongly criticized the “politicization” of human rights, and lashed out at the UNHRC for…

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PM Narendra Modi gets first jab of nCoV vaccine as India enters second phase of immunisation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here to kick-start India’s second phase of the…

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Pakistan backs Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi murder case

Pakistan said that it recognized "Saudi efforts” and actions taken by the countries’ authorities in relation to the killing of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jammal Khashoggi in the…

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Protests in Dhaka after writer's death in jail

Protests erupted in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka after writer and blogger Mushtaq Ahmed, denied bail six times, died in Kashimpur jail

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Sri Lanka to purchase two high-tech aircraft from India and US

Sri Lankan authorities are in touch with the governments of India and the US to procure two high-tech aircraft for better monitoring of the sea, reported Colombopage

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Nepal mandates service fee from Qatari employers to its recruiting agencies

The Nepal government has issued a provision for Qatari employers who wish to hire Nepali workers where they would have to commit to paying a certain charge as a service fee to local recruiting…

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Rice import in Bhutan doubles during pandemic

The raging COVID-19 pandemic followed by two nationwide lockdowns in Bhutan led to a record rice import last year, officials said. The Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) imported around 24,000…

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Engage in meaningful talks, reduce violence: Russia to Taliban

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asked the Afghan insurgent group Taliban to reduce violence in Afghanistan and engage in meaningful talks with the Afghan government to find a political…

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WHO gives laboratory, cold chain equipment to Maldives to strengthen pandemic response

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has handed over the cold chain and laboratory supplies to the Maldives Ministry of Health to strengthen pandemic response and support the building of a…

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India-Pakistan ceasefire violation: Residents of Jammu and Kashmir border district thank government

People living in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir around the Line of Control (LoC) have expressed happiness after India and Pakistan announced recently that both sides decided to cease firing…

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Rebuked Indian teen scripts 'missing' drama in UAE

A 15-year-old Indian girl who went missing after her mobile phone was confiscated by her parents was found hours later hiding on the rooftop of their Dubai home, police said

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Art for a cause: Panting exhibition to support cancer patients in Nepal

An exhibition is being showcased at the Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu to support cancer patients

Chinese Railway says pending payments an impediment to completing Bangladesh project

China Railway Group Ltd (CREC) - the Chinese construction company in charge of the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project in Bangladesh - has alleged mismanagement and said that pending payments is…

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