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COVID-19 calls for resetting targets under SDGs: Health and education needs fresh strategies

The pandemic has laid bare some fault lines and vulnerabilities in the domains of education and health, and the lessons need to reflect in the SDGs as fresh strategies, writes Ram Krishna Sinha for South Asia Monitor

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Lessons from Bangladesh: India can learn from its neighbour's development model

Bangladesh’s export-led model of development is the major factor behind its growth dynamism and has altered its status from being a bottomless basket case to an Asian tiger in the making writes N Chandra Mohan for South Asia Monitor

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Agri reforms in India: What should be the true price of farm produce?

The wealth of a country comes from its land.  Around 55 percent of India’s population is connected with farming, writes Anil K Rajvanshi for South Asia Monitor 

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A lend-lease charter with the US will bolster India's maritime security

An Indo-US Charter with a lend-lease clause on the lines of the Atlantic Charter in 1941 is the need of the hour, writes Cmde Ranjit B Rai (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Chinese soldier detained by India, to be released soon

India detained a Chinese soldier in the Demchok sector in the disputed border in Eastern Ladakh. As per established protocols, he will be returned to Chinese officials at the Chushul-Moldo meeting…

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Al Qaeda remains close to Taliban: UN official

A senior UN official has claimed that Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has maintained close ties with the Afghan Taliban despite the latters assurance to the US to cut ties with the group

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PM Modi lauds more enrollment of girls in higher education

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lauded more enrollment of girls in higher education in India, especially in professional courses like engineering and medicine

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Pakistan opposition alliance stages second power show

Just two days after its debut power show, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance comprising 11 of the country's opposition parties, held its second rally in Karachi

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PM Hasina: Wear masks to avoid COVID-19's second surge

In the wake of COVID-19 resurge in many European and American countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged all to follow health guidelines and use face-masks in public places and…

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Sri Lanka caught between rock and a hard place: Think tank

Sri Lankans will have to make reforms for longer-term growth and address immediate challenges in repaying debt as the country battles with a Coronavirus crisis with the economy set to contract in…

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Bishnu Poudel as Nepal's finance minister is the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time, observers say

When Bishnu Poudel became finance minister back in October 2015, he was facing an economy badly affected by the earthquakes and the Indian trade blockade

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Entertainment business in Bhutan: Down and out

Two weeks ago, a Karaoke owner opened her shop. She turned it into a bar. The idea was to save her investment, especially furniture and furnishings from pests

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Taliban's claim of agreement violations unfounded: US special envoy

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has said that the Taliban's recent claims that Washington had violated the Doha agreement were"unfounded", adding that "inflammatory rhetoric" does not advance…

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Teaching for grade 6 and below will not resume this year: Maldives education ministry

Ministry of Education, on Saturday, revealed that classes for grades starting from six to all levels below, shall not restart within 2020, for schools throughout the Greater Male' Region

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Bhutan to import 150MT of onions from India a month until December

Beginning this month, the Government of India (GoI) has approved import of 150 metric tonnes (MT) of onions a month until December

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Indian-American teenager is named 'America's Top Young Scientist'

Indian-American teenager Anika Chebrolu has won a $25,000 prize for her work on a potential Covid-19 treatment. Along with the prize money, 14-year-old Anika has also been conferred the title of "…

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The Paths I Once Walked

I have never forgotten the paths I walked

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Islam is more than ritualism; Quran teaches reasoning and logic, says new book

Islam is not confined to ritualistic prayers and appearances. A scientific study will unveil what is elaborated in the Quran and what is binding on all those who claim to be Muslims