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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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India drives hard energy bargain; sends message to neighbours

And at another level, New Delhi  by hosting the conference sent a message to its immediate neighbours. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj referred to India’s efforts to build fuel infrastructure in the region that should benefit South Asia, writes Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor

Nepal’s Parliament raises punishment for marital rape - but differentiates

Even in the new Criminal Code Bill, while the definition of rape has widened and the punishment for marital rape has increased, there is still this difference between rape and marital rape. The reason for the difference is unclear and has no justification, writes Harsh Mahaseth for South Asia Monitor

Chennai DefExpo: Can it be the catalyst for India's goal of strategic autonomy?

The Chennai event is the 10th in the DefExpo series and hopes to position India as a credible manufacturer and exporter of certain military inventory items and this focus on export as opposed to importing military hardware marks a conceptual shift in Indian defence policy, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

Heed the refrain: India's 'half-empty arsenal' endangering national security

India’s national security has been endangered on many occasions due to a deep-rooted inability to learn from past mistakes and to implement timely corrective measures, 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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