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The great Australian turnaround!
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Ties between India and Australia are experiencing an upswing for the last decade or so. Australia has recognised India as an important strategic partner after a long period of mutual apathy.

Meditation can help douse body fires
By Anil K. Rajvanshi

Inflammation is the body’s first line of defense. Anytime we have disease or injury, body heals it by producing inflammation. Increase in blood flow and white cells at the injury site produces redness, swelling, heat and pain. Inflammation is therefore like a fire burning inside the body.

Justice Rajinder Sachar: A man of clear principles and Constitution defender
C Uday Bhaskar

Justice Rajinder Sachar (b. 1923), a former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court  who passed away on Friday (April 20), will be long remembered as an empathetic and caring  people’s judge, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor. 

How earth’s gravimagnetic field affects human mind
By Anil K. Rajvanshi

There is an interesting story in the Indian epic Ramayana about Shravan Kumar who carried his aged and blind parents in two baskets hanging on his shoulders, taking them to various holy places for pilgrimage, writes Anil K. Rajvanshi

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 

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Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.

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