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A major boost to India-US defence ties

The growing defence and strategic ties between India and the United States got a major fillip when resident Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) that seeks to counter the growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

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What Modi can do with China

Many of those proffering ideas to India's new prime minister are suggesting he should emulate Richard Nixon who belied his reputation as a fierce anti-communist with an audacious diplomatic breakthrough to make an American peace with China. But a far more apt exemplar for Narendra Modi would be Mikhail Gorbachev, who assumed power in Moscow in circumstances, so far as Soviet relations with China were concerned, with a great deal in common with India's today.  

India hosts Human Rights Education Programme for Asia Pacific Region

India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is hosting a three-day ‘Advanced Human Rights Education Programme’ facilitated by the Asia Pacific  Forum (APF) which began in New Delhi June 11. 

Unwarranted tension on eastern border

The last thing that Bangladesh would want to have is an unsettled border in our eastern wing, although the current tension at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border has eased somewhat after the return of the body of the BGB soldier killed by the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP).

Modi’s China

As China looms large over India — it presents an economic opportunity as well as a strategic challenge — Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have to turn on its head the policy inheritance from the UPA government.

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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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