India, Trinidad & Tobago need to forge a new agenda

Leaders in Trinidad &Tobago and India must take revolutionary initiatives to embark upon a programme for sustainable and enhanced trade and commercial relations between the two socially connected countries, writes Paras Ramoutar for South Asia Monitor

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Rising influence of IS in Afghanistan: A dangerous phenomena for region and world

Given the perilous state in which the state of security is in Afghanistan, the government and national forces of this country will have to be reinforced with material and moral support not only by regional powers like India, but by the world at large to counter the widening influence of IS in the country, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

China courts Myanmar: A 'strategic asset' in Beijing's Indian Ocean connectivity

Recognizing the pitfalls that have beset its reliance on its ‘all-weather’ ally, Pakistan, China is now looking at the newly-elected Burmese government with the intent of extending its reach into the Indian Ocean Region as a part of the much touted (and resisted) ‘string of pearls’ strategy, writes Joshy M. Paul for South Asia Monitor

India-Saudi Arabia bilateral ties: Time to harness their potential

While economic and strategic interests have got India and Saudi Arabia together, the potential of this politically significant alliance is yet to be harnessed fully. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia is expected to cement stronger ties in the core sectors of economic and trade, defence and security between the two countries, adding greater depth to their bilateral association, write Aditi Paul and Pramod Jaiswal for South Asia Monitor.

Re-imagining Australia-India relations: Time to change the vocabulary

While the Indian Prime Minister and his Australian counterparts are making the effort to add to the economic, cultural and political relations that exist between the two countries, efforts will have to be initiated at all levels to ensure that Indo-Australian ties get deeper, writes Amb. Amit Dasgupta 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,


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...