India and Saudi Arabia: A growing partnership away from public glare

Away from public glare, India and Saudi Arabia have collaborated in defence and security related domains, a vital ingredient in stabilising the shared region afflicted by terror and extremism. Suffice to say that despite occasional variance in their perceptions, the two sides are determined to deny their soil being used for such purposes, writes Amb Mahesh Sachdev (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor     

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While Taliban are strengthening, peace in Afghanistan can come only through negotiations

Washington should press Pakistan to compel the Taliban to negotiate and reach a peaceful solution. With Pakistan’s economy in the doldrums, potent pressure may work, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor

India’s Economic Vision 2022 can lift living standards of South Asia

It is time for the neighbouring countries to realize that if India’s GDP grows at 9% in the next 20 to 30 years, then the per capita income will also rise, from US$ 1500 to US$ 7000 per annum, according to the report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which will significantly enable them to reach a higher income level, write Srimal Fernando and Megha Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

Kerala floods: Grave challenge and a window of opportunity

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has already won acclaim for the way he has handled the situation so far. His real test now is to build a new Kerala by directing the relief funds to the right people and projects and not frittered away by groups and individuals, writes T P Sreenivasan for South Asia Monitor.  

Imran’s new government: Old hands provide hope for improved India ties

Looking beyond slogans, Khan’s use of tried old hands may appear opportunistic and a compromise, but it is useful for key policy areas, including ties with India. While Khan himself has close links with many people in India, the presence of old hands in his party and the government should be viewed positively, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

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Maldives inks water deal with UAE company

The Maldives Environment Ministry has inked a US$8.6 million (Maldivian Rufiyaa MVR133 million) contract with the UAE-based Water Engineering Services FZE to establish drinking water facilities ...