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India in the South China Sea: Need for counterweight to China in the region

India’s current policy reorientation suggests that for it to overcome its continental and regional challenges vis-à-vis China’s increasing assertion, it must also involve itself in Beijing’s geographic neighborhood, writes Don McLain Gill for South Asia Monitor

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Will India become a Hindu rashtra?

Is the Hindu rashtra already here, marking the end of Nehruvian secularism? Just as Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to be keen on reviving the Islamic Ottoman empire, forsaking Kemal Ataturk’s secularism, is Modi leading India towards the pre-Muslim period of ancient India?, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor 

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In the time of COVID-19 pandemic, let’s not forget other epidemics in Nepal

It is clear that Nepal is exposed to multiple forms of infectious diseases. So, it becomes imperative for the Nepal government to be better equipped and expedite viral monitoring to stop possible outbreaks in the future, writes Jivesh Jha  for South Asia Monitor

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Kashmir a year after: Sullenness inside, support outside

There is little doubt, however, that the removal of the “temporary” provision of a special status for Jammu & Kashmir does have a strong measure of support outside the ruling party because it was perceived as an artificial barrier that fostered separatism, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor

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India reports 61,537 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hrs

A total of 61,537 new coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours in India, which took the overall caseload to 20,88,611, while the death toll increased to 42,518 with 933 fresh…

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Saudi Arabia holds back oil to Pakistan after Qureshi's threat to split OIC

Saudi Arabia has halted the provision of oil on loan for Pakistan after the Imran Khan government threatened to split the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) over Kashmir

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Banglaesh govt employees ordered to return to work

All Bangladesh government employees have been ordered to return to their offices, ending a window for 75 percent of staffers to work from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it was reported

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Prime Minister to be sworn in on August 9

Leader of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and current Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to be sworn in as the Prime Minister of the new government on the 9th

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War of words hots up in ruling Nepal Communist Party

Factions led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Co-chair of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal have escalated their war of words, with…

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Build Bhutan Project engages 354 job seekers

Build Bhutan Project (BBP) has employed 216 job seekers under the direct engagement scheme as of yesterday

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'Corruption reaches new high in Afghan govt's financial institutions'

Corruption has reached new highs in the Afghan government's financial institutions, despite pledges to fight it, according to watchdogs

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Maldivian president conveys condolences following India plane crash

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has offered his condolences to the families of those affected after a special return flight for Indians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic…

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PM Oli opens new fronts of Indo-Nepal disputes

Needling India further, the K.P. Oli-led Nepal government has started the construction of a helipad at a disputed site in Bihar besides beginning the installation of 360-degree CCTV cameras in a…

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Over 20 Maldivians travel to India for treatment

Additional patients requiring urgent medical care not available in the Maldives have departed to neighbouring India

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Pakistan must stop indulging in acts of frivolity at UN

Imran Khan must be living in a world of his own if he really thought that barring China any of the other permanent members of the UNSC were going to bat for Islamabad, writes Dr Sridhar…

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Armies of India, China discuss disengagement in Depsang plains

Talks between military representatives of India and China to discuss disengagement in the Depsang plains north of Galwan area started on Saturday morning near the Line of Actual Control, sources…

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Bangladesh youth sets world record

On July 30, Ashikur Rahman Zubayer received a letter from Guinness World Record at his house on Masjid Bari Road in Jhalakati. Barishal

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