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Will the sun shine again on Maldives tourism?

The coronavirus outbreak has hit the Maldivian economy hard, as travel restrictions and other preventive measures affected the country’s lucrative tourism industry, which contributes to the bulk of the island nation’s state revenue and foreign reserves, writes Kavita Bajeli-Datt for South Asia Monitor

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A global partnership is needed to combat COVID-19

On April 23, 2020, in a virtual conference ‘Enhancing regional cooperation in South Asia to combat COVID-19 related impact on its economics’ organized by the World Economic Forum, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina placed five-point proposals to combat this global crisis with collective responsibility and partnership from every society, writes Dr. Mohammad Tarikul Islam for South Asia Monitor

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Can India and Nepal resolve border dispute with elephant in the room?

The Kalapani issue first came into prominence in 1997 when the Indian and Chinese governments came to an agreement to open a route for the annual Kailash-Mansarovar yatra through Lipulekh pass. Nepal objected to the use of Lipulekh, writes Shubha Singh for South Asia Monitor

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Bihar's migrant crisis compounded by resource crunch and communication breakdown

Bihar is the poorest state of the country in per capita terms. Can it find the enormous resources required to fight the virus and its impact on the economy? writes Gulrez Hoda for South Asia Monitor

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Political process gathers pace in Jammu and Kashmir

Frenetic political activity has begun in Kashmir Valley and in Delhi with a select set of people who are likely to be appointed to an Advisory Council to helm affairs in the Union territory being…

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Airbus team reaches Karachi to probe PIA plane crash

A 11-member Airbus team reached Karachi on Tuesday to investigate the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash on May 22 at a residential area in the port city that killed 97 people

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Bangladesh reports 21 more virus deaths, 1,166 new cases

Bangladesh has registered new fatalities from the novel coronavirus infection in a daily count, raising the death toll to 522

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Sri Lanka mulls reopening airports from August 1

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has recommended reopening airports from August 1, ending a three-month long shutdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus

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Health Ministry confirms 90 new cases, Nepal’s COVID-19 tally jumps to 772

Nepal's Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed 90 new cases of coronavirus infection which has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 772 in the country

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Bhutan not yet decided on opening to tourists

Opening tourism would depend on the government’s directives and how the pandemic situation will unfold, according to the Director General (DG) of the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Dorji Dhradhul

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Afghanistan reports 658 new COVID-19 cases

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday reported 658 new positive cases of COVID-19 across the country over the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in Afghanistan to 11,831

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WHO pledges further support as Maldives prepares to reopen schools

The Maldives' education ministry announced the World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed to provide further support to the preparations to reopen schools in Maldives

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Research by PhD student assisted a Rohingya man's case for Australian protection visa

A Rohingya man’s protection visa has been reinstated with the assistance of research from a University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney PhD law student Ashraful Azad

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IIT-M researchers develop engineered magnesium alloy for automobiles to replace steel

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) on Tuesday said its researchers have developed a high-performance magnesium alloy that can replace steel and aluminium in automobiles

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Indian Army major gets UN award for anti-sexual violence campaign

An Indian Army major, who has been selected for the 2019 UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her role in the organisation's anti-sexual violence campaign, has been called a "powerful…

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India's 'forgotten war' with China

The only India-China conflict that remains etched in our collective memory is the 1962 war, which India tragically lost. But five years later, in 1967, India and China faced off once again in the…

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Nepali actor Barsha Raut receives flak after 'my Indians friends' comment

Nepali actor Barsha Raut has come under fire from Nepali netizens for her recent (May 22) comment on the ongoing border issue. A clip that, along with other statements, shows the actress worrying…