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India’s onion export ban leaves South Asia teary-eyed

Onions may just be a singular example but if unwritten undertakings are violated, the saga of bans exemplify a larger story of how a trust deficit ensures that trade within South Asia remains perhaps the lowest in the world, writes N Chandra Mohan for South Asia Monitor

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In a policy shift, Maldives aligns with Indo-US strategy in Indian Ocean

The new defence agreement is a clear shift in the Maldives position towards the US after a period when the government in Male forged close economic and political ties with Beijing, writes Shubha Singh for South Asia Monitor

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Time to boost connectivity in South Asia: India-Sri Lanka model can be replicated

The progress of India’s air bubble agreements with neighbouring South Asian countries bears watching in the period ahead, writes N Chandra Mohan for South Asia Monitor

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Pakistan: The cost of being Shia

Though, the Pakistan government does not officially support discrimination against Shias, it is failing to efficiently counter the influence of extremists and bring an end to violence against the community, writes Sanchita Bhattacharya for South Asia Monitor

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Top Indian, Chinese military leaders meet

Top Indian and Chinese military commanders will meet on Monday at Moldo to discuss the border dispute, especially in the Pangong Lake area, in eastern Ladakh, sources said. This would be the sixth…

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At 75, UN is in crisis: Need to reform multilateralism to shape future narrative

There has been no informed discussion in the UN Security Council about Covid 19, its origin, its spread, its impact and the search for remedies and an effective vaccine. The UN Secretary General…

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India records 86,961 Covid cases & 1,130 deaths in 24 hours

With 86,961 fresh coronavirus cases and 1,130 deaths in 24 hours, India's COVID-19 tally on Monday inched closer to 55 lakh (5.5 million)-mark with a total of 54,87,580 cases in 235 days since the…

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Excessive noise pollution in Lahore rings alarm

The noise pollution level in Lahore has crossed the World Health Organisations (WHO) acceptable threshold of 60-65 dB in various areas of the city as well as across Pakistan's Punjab province, a…

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PM Hasina will seek UN intervention on COVID-19 vaccine: Foreign minister

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will seek UN intervention to make sure that COVID-19 vaccine is made available as a public good

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Ex-Defence Secretary Fernando refutes Ex-President Sirisena’s claims

Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has refuted claims made by former president Maithripala Sirisena that he had made false accusations at the presidential commission probing the April 21st…

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Nepal records highest death toll in single day

Nepal on Monday reported its highest number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day. As many as 16 Covid-19 fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours

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132 Bhutanese women evacuees safely home

A relief flight yesterday brought home 132 Bhutanese women evacuated from Iraq upon the command of His Majesty The King

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Nine Afghan security personnel dead in Taliban ambush

Six Afghan soldiers and three police officers were killed and four others injured in a Taliban ambush in Takhar province, a government spokesman confirmed on Monday

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Loan suspension talks will yield good results: Chinese ambassador to Maldives

Chinese Ambassador to Maldives Zhang Lizhong, on Sunday, stated that ongoing negotiations with China, regarding the deferment of commercial loans to Maldives, was expected to yield good results

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India remains the country's most generous benefactor, says Maldives finance minister

Maldives’ Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer on Sunday stated that the country most generous towards the Maldives in extending financial aid is India

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'Women sitting improperly on bikes behind rising road accidents in Bangladesh'

After admitting his failure in bringing discipline to the roads, last year Bangladesh's Road Transport Minister of Chapasthan Omaigo Bader said a task force would be formed to handle the matter

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R&AW spies suspected CIA role in Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's murder, says new book

The book, "RAW: A History of India's Covert Operations," has been released recently by Westland Publications

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