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Producing a world-class helicopter: India needs to develop a strong indigenous industry

If India were to write out a defence industrial policy it may read as follows: 'to establish and foster a strong indigenous helicopter industry with the design and production capacity to cater to all in-country military requirements and bid for export military and civil markets'. writes Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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With SAARC stalled, India must invest in alternative regional mechanisms

With SAARC stalled, India must prioritize regional and sub-regional alternatives to recalibrate its neighborhood strategy and its overall foreign policy, writes Don McLain Gill for South Asia Monitor 

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Battle for Bengal: Can Mamata Banerjee survive the BJP onslaught?

The rapid growth of the BJP in West Bengal since the 2014 parliamentary elections can unquestionably be seen as a turning point in the state's turbulent politics, writes Asif Rameez Daudi for South Asia Monitor

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India beefs up air force with indigenous fighter jets: Dawn of a new era in military self-reliance

The most crucial justification for acquiring home-grown and home-built hardware is the military’s expectation that overhaul and replacement of parts, as well as repair of battle damage will be undertaken by the domestic industry in a most expeditious manner, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Pick up the pace of work on CPEC projects, Pakistani ministries told

A cabinet body overseeing the implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Tuesday directed the ministries to remove irritants for fast-paced execution of the projects and gave…

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UN chief calls for non-violence, respecting peaceful protests in India

In reaction to the Republic Day farmer protests in Delhi that turned violent, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for non-violence and for respecting peaceful protests

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New Ayodhya mosque may be dedicated to icon of Hindu-Muslim unity

For the new mosque in Ayodhya, to be built on land mandated by the Supreme Court after it gave the previously disputed Babri Mosque land for the Ram temple to Hindus, Mughal emperor and dynasty…

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Pakistan urges FATF for grey list removal

Pakistan has asked the global watchdog on money laundering and terror financing, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to remove the country from the grey list, after it claimed to have seen the…

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‘Trade, investment should dominate Bangladesh-US ties’

The relationship between Bangladesh and the United States, the largest economy of the world, should be dominated by trade and investment to benefit both countries, eminent personalities said at a…

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Sri Lankan PM seeks to expedite the repatriation of migrant workers

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday instructed to expedite the repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers who are waiting to return to Sri Lanka

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Oli administration draws all-round flak for cracking down on civic protesters in Nepal

The blatant use of force by the police on civic protesters on Monday has drawn criticisms from all sections of society

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Bhutan: Five years to bring tourism to pre-Covid level

Bhutan will take at least five more years to revive the tourism industry to the pre-COVID-19 level of 2019, estimated the Economic Roadmap 2030 Taskforce of the country

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Italian embassy vehicle hit by IED in Kabul

An Italian embassy vehicle carrying the embassy’s Afghan employees was hit by an IED bomb on Monday morning, TOLOnews reported

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Maldives passes bill allowing elections in health emergency

The Maldives parliament on Tuesday passed a bill that could pave the way for the country’s election commission to hold local council elections during the public health emergency, Sun reported

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Pakistan says it took note of Indian offer of vaccinating diplomats, families

Days after India offered vaccines for foreign diplomatic corps and their families in New Delhi, the Pakistan government said they have taken note of the offer, reported The News

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Canadian Sikh MP Ramesh Sangha out of PM Trudeau's party

Ramesh Sangha, the Sikh MP from the Toronto area, has been thrown out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party for criticizing fellow MP Navdeep Bains, who recently resigned as the country…

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Netaji Subhas Bose: A nationalist, a pragmatist, a military icon

India’s struggle for independence from British imperialism was one of the few conflicts in our history that can be termed as a ‘national struggle’

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Khemchand Prakash: The man who gave new direction to Hindi film music

A man of many firsts, Khemchand Prakash’s unparalleled contribution to the music of the Hindi film industry pioneered a legacy that should never be forgotten. Sahapedia trains the spotlight on the…

Google commits $150mn for equitable access to Covid vaccines

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday pledged more than $150 million to promote vaccine education and ensure equitable distribution so that everyone can benefit from this triumph of…

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