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As catastrophe looms, Idlib awaits its fate

The likely consequences of an offensive are displacement of around 900,000 people, a bloodbath in Idlib and rise of terrorist activities around the region, writes Lakshmi Priya for South Asia Monitor 

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Urgent need to regulate India's sensation-mongering TV channels

With  the number of private TV channels in India  increasing in various languages and most of them controlled and managed by business houses, there is now bitter competition between them to increase viewership and get advertisements.

India has to save yoga from its shallow, soulless imitations

With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under the carpet.

Child labour: a shame for Bangladesh society

Despite adoption of several laws against child labour, the practice is widespread, particularly in rural Bangladesh, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi

India to be big gainer from medical and wellness tourism

If there's one lady whose state of health everyone in India is familiar with, it's Eman Ahmed, the Egyptian weighing half a ton. The Alexandria resident underwent weight loss treatment in Mumbai in early 2017.

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Indian cities, states step up climate action plans

At the Global Climate Action Summit, mayors and government functionaries of Indian cities have announced to scale up their actions to combat climate change and to protect people from hazardous climate impacts.

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Chinese company bids for monorail in Kathmandu

A Chinese company has submitted the feasibility study report of a proposed monorail in Kathmandu city, taking forward China’s efforts to develop infrastructure in Nepal, as they are seekin...

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