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India-Australia ties: Time to change the vocabulary

As Indian President Ram Nath Kovind makes a state visit to Australia November 21, it should be remembered that no relationship can be crafted if it does not matter in their own right. Till Canberra recognizes this, we would remain trapped in the cauldron that the 3Cs (cricket-curry-Commonwealth) represent, writes Amb Amit Dasgupta (retd.) for South Asia Monitor

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A new broom in Pakistan: Will Imran follow a different tack with India?

What separates Khan from the leaders so far though is a point he also made in his speech. “I am that one Pakistani who has the most extensive familiarity with India. I have traveled across India because of cricket. I am that Pakistan who thinks that if relations between Pakistan and India are good, it can benefit the entire subcontinent, writes Mayank Chhaya for South Asia Monitor 

India, China woo Rwanda, the African frontier of Asian rivalry

India hopes Rwanda’s dynamic President Paul Kagame would better integrate the AU position on UNSC reform and support India’s candidature en bloc, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

CPEC helps Pakistan further Chinese interests and counter India

As far as Chinese interests are concerned, counterbalancing India in the South Asian region is the larger aim and Pakistan is a key to achieving that objective, writes Rashmi B R for South Asia Monitor

Imran Khan and India: Will he flatter to deceive?

So will Pakistan under an Imran Khan-led dispensation be any different? Its unlikely, given, as many sceptical observers of Pakistan aver, the Deep State's "visceral hatred" of India, though, from time to time, driven by geopolitical and domestic compulsions, it might seek accommodation from India on some issues, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor.    
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Cyclonic storm Gaja batters South India

A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.


Iran, India discuss trade cooperation under US sanctions

India and Iran discussed ways of continuing biliateral trade under reimposed US sanctions, Eghtesad Online news website reported.