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Colonial Era Laws: Reason for unhealthy Democracies and low Human Development

Colonial laws have been acting as clogs in the wheel of development and democracy in South Asian Countries. On the International Day of Democracy, it's important to rethink about the existence of colonial laws.

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 

India should be wary of Trump's new South Asia policy

Although the COMCASA defence pact allows real-time intelligence sharing on location of vessels in the ocean, it is aimed more at facilitating US operations in the Indian Ocean Region, preserving their hegemonistic approach with the support of India, writes Manisha Chakraborty   

Press freedom under attack in Kashmir

The intimidation, harassment and detention of journalists in Jammu and Kashmir by the state threatens basic freedom of expression norms, Amnesty International India has said. 

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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.

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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.

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