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Post-Doklam, China and India work to manage bruised ties

It is not harmony and optics which have driven both China and India to re-engage more closely with each other, particularly after 2017’s bruising faceoff at Doklam plateau; it is sheer compulsion, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

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Eastward ho! India looks beyond SAARC

India is pursuing two regional initiatives in its neighbourhood. The sub-grouping of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) will introduce seamless cross-border trade and transportation through the Motor Vehicles Agreement Agreement. The other regional organisation on which Modi has expended considerable focus is that of BIMSTEC (The Bay of Bengal initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), writes Sreeradha Datta for South Asia Monitor

Oli’s visit to China: Will Delhi and Beijing's interests intersect in Kathmandu?

Three powerful Nepali leaders, two of them with communist leanings, have diversified trade and transit in response to India’s behaviour. There is a strategic question that now needs an answer: Will China meet India in Kathmandu? writes Binoj Basnyat for South Asia Monitor

BIMSTEC: Can it be an alternative to stalled SAARC?

According to a FICCI knowledge paper on BIMSTEC which was released recently, trade and investment should be the focus of the organization, where member states could negotiate a comprehensive free trade agreement, introduce trade facilitation steps, harmonize their national technical means, reinvigorate connectivity and strengthen energy linkages, writes Anil Wadhwa for South Asia Monitor

India’s aviation industry: In need of a new model and leadership

A combination of absent political vision and direction, combined with insipid project-management, has thwarted most of our aeronautical programmes, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.
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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,

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IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...

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