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Craft diplomacy: Indonesian envoy opens Delhi's crafts bazaar

The 15-day Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar, which was inaugurated on Thursday by Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro at INA's Dilli Haat in New Delhi, is hosting skill exchange workshops between Indian and Indonesian artists, which organiser Jaya Jaitly said is an example of "craft diplomacy".

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Italy, India celebrate 70 years of ties with culture and concert

A series of cultural exchanges, including exhibitions and musical concerts, have been planned to celebrate 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Italy.

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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 . 


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.