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Nepal should not become a geopolitical chessboard

The geopolitical stakes for Nepal vis-à-vis regional and global powers considering its strategic location are very high. Nepal should be careful not to get dragged into great power politics, writes Gaurab Shumsher Thapa for South Asia Monitor

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India should seek to clear Bhutanese doubts and apprehensions

China has a border dispute with Bhutan but, because of India’s support, Beijing has not forced its hand. China, which wants to thwart Indian influence in Bhutan, has offered to open a diplomatic mission, an offer Bhutan has not permitted, writes J.K.Verma for South Asia Monitor.    

Bangladesh election: A high-stake one for India

India regards Hasina as a key player to maintain peace and boost development in the region, writes Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor.

Recent crisis gives Sri Lankan PM chance for a constitutional review

The recent crisis in Sri Lanka certainly calls for re-examining the constitutional provisions about the powers of the President, writes N.S.Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.  

Afghan peace moves reminiscent of Najibullah's failed efforts

Peace can come only if the various Afghan groups agree to a power-sharing formula and honour their agreement. Taliban do not appear ready for such a compromise now, even though the Afghan government is ready, writes Majidullah Rasooli 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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