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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 has been seen to be half-hearted in his response,  writes Amb Bhaswati Mukherjee (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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India says Pakistan raises Ayodhya to cover its treatment of minorities: Pakistan accuses India of destroying mosques

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