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Indo-Lankan trade ties hold economic promise for both countries

The links between the two countries, combined with Colombo striving for a balanced foreign policy alongside India’s 'Neighbourhood First’ policy could benefit both countries in economic terms by endeavouring to balance bilateral trade, which currently favours India, write Srimal Fernando and Mizly Nizar for South Asia Monitor

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Kathua case offers BJP a chance to salvage image in Kashmir

The Kathua case has created a small of opportunity for the Modi government and BJP to do the right thing in the Valley. With new harsh laws introduced for rape and a promise to have an expedited court process for sexual assault cases, it might be appropriate to bring justice to the culprits of Kunan Poshpura (four personnel of the Rajputana Rifles allegedly mass raped women in two villages of Kunan and Poshpura in 1991 and justice for these women is still pending) and the Shopian rape and murder of two women in 2009, writes Prof. Reeta Tremblay for South Asia Monitor

India, like Japan, should be more flexible on BRI

Japan’s attitude towards the BRI has important lessons for India; that it should be more open towards China’s Belt and Road Initiative. With China’s insistence that BCIM is a part of BRI, India has cooled to the BCIM, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

Backing Uzbek peace process, US hopes to check China, Russia in Afghanistan

The US has its own geopolitical goals for engineering the peace process by Uzbekistan; it will open the gateway for Afghanistan to the new world market. By encouraging an alliance between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan,  access routes through Central Asia would be available, lessening Kabul’s dependence on Russia, Pakistan, and Iran, writes Bawa Singh for South Asia Monitor.

Don't expect too much from Modi-Xi meeting

While dramatic decisions cannot be ruled out, given the fact that Modi especially needs to take back some tangibles from a much-hyped summit as he approaches crucial national elections, there is also the danger of raising undue expectations, writes Tarun Basu 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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UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...

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