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India need not compete with China in Bangladesh: Focus should be on mutually beneficial issues

Bangladesh is a very important neighbour for India. The fulcrum of India’s Act East policy and vital for development of India’s North East, it has a major role in the success of BIMSTEC, writes Maj Gen Alok Deb (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Nudged by China, Pakistan tries to woo Bangladesh

Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen met Pakistan’s High Commissioner Imran Ahmed Siddiqui in Dhaka on July 1. According to a media report, the meeting indicates a possible thaw in bilateral relations, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

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Need to embrace telemedicine to fix critical gaps in healthcare delivery

Given the doctor-dependent, top-heavy nature of our healthcare system, creating a functional telemedicine network in rural areas by leveraging the vast spread of Community Health Centre (CHC) and PHCs will help increase access to quality medical care, writes Vikram Thaploo for South Asia Monitor

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Coronavirus waste: A new form of pollution, putting marine environment at risk

The COVID-19 crisis has slowly generated a new kind of waste made up of disposable masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) items, writes Mahmuda Amir Eva for South Asia Monitor

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Democratic countries must come together in post-Covid world: PM to EU

All democratic countries must come together to deal with new economic challenges in the post-Covid world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the European Union on Wednesday

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'Will build biggest dam in Pakistan's history': PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday vowed to build the "biggest dam in Pakistan's history" after kicking off construction work at the Diamer-Bhasha Dam project, adding that the project will…

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3,533 new COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh, tally climbs to 193,590

Bangladesh has witnessed 3,533 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 193,590, health officials said on Wednesday

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Over 50 foreign sailors arrive in Sri Lanka

Over 50 foreign sailors have arrived in Sri Lanka via the Katunayake and Mattala airports to serve on ships anchored in the ports of Colombo and Galle

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PM Oli has lost moral and political grounds to rule: Nepali Congress

The main opposition party Nepali Congress has strongly condemned Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s recent statements

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Indian workers leave Bhutan in hordes; hydro-project to employ locals

More than 460 Indian workers of Punatsangchhu hydroelectric projects (I&II) have returned home within a fortnight. The latest batch of workers left on July 9

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Seven killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan

Two Afghan soldiers and five Taliban militants were killed, while 11 people from the two sides were wounded during pre-dawn clashes in northern Kunduz province, a local official said on Wednesday…

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The Maldives has officially reopened, Here's everything you need to know

The Maldives has officially reopened its borders for tourism and started welcoming guests once again

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Amid soured Nepal-India ties, Oli is threatening relations between peoples of two countries, say people and experts

At a time when Nepal-India ties have hit an all time low over boundary issues, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s remarks on Monday regarding the birthplace of Lord Ram have done more harm than good,…

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Google, India's Jio to launch 'Make in India' affordable smartphone; Google's mega-investment in India

To create an affordable yet powerful smartphone ecosystem for the masses in the country, Reliance Jio Platforms and Google on Wednesday announced to launch an entry-level Android smartphone soon…

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China, India stand very differently at UN: India's former UN envoy

India's former permanent representative at the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, on Saturday said countries like China and India stand very differently at the UN, in terms of their perspective and…

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Armies of India, China discuss de-escalation for 15 hours

Military delegates of India and China held deliberations stretching for nearly 15 hours on the disengagement and de-escalation of troops and materials on their borders in eastern Ladakh, during…

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When truth-telling is replaced by agenda-setting: Media in an 'illiberal democracy'

India ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index, 2020, an annual document published by Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF)

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Kashmir's famous carpet industry facing decline

The iconic carpet industry of Kashmir is facing a sharp decline forcing most carpet weavers to take up odd jobs for earning their livelihood