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Kabul flux a foreign policy challenge for India

At the just concluded Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale asserted that India was now  pursuing a policy of "issue-based alignment". How this will translate into effective policy in  relation to Afghanistan will be the litmus test of India's claim to being a relevant power in the regional calculus, writes C Uday Bhaskar in South Asia Monitor 

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India must continue to play its cards judiciously in the Maldives

The election result came at an opportune moment for India, which was feeling unrelenting pressure from increasing Chinese presence in its neighbourhood. Maldives has recently, next only to Pakistan, used its rapidly expanding ties with China to snub India, writes Amb Ashok Sajjanhar (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor

SAARC nations need compromise, shared vision to revive South Asia's fortunes

The future viability of individual strategies will depend on the will and capacity of the regional nations to reach a compromise for a shared future vision, write Srimal Fernando & Mizly Nizar for South Asia Monitor    

Pakistan should be wary of Chinese designs in Gilgit & Baltistan

Islamabad is not averse to the idea of China getting some control in the area as PoGB is a Shia majority area which seeks to secede from Pakistan, writes J K Verma for South Asia Monitor

Oman's growing importance in India's strategic calculations

PM Modi’s visit highlighted the strategic importance India accords Oman as an integral component of its re-invented ‘Act West’ policy, write Jatin Kumar and Hirak Jyoti Das for South Asia Monitor

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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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