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Sharif family to stay in jail till election, court adjourns appeals

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned till the last week of July appeals by jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar against their conviction for corruption.

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No longer at sea

The United Nations arbitration tribunal’s decision on the Italian marines case, announced on May 3, seeks to placate both India and Italy over a tragic incident that led to the death of two Indian fishermen off Kochi in February 2012.



Indian presidential visit: Greater engagement with Pacific isles

India sees this visit as a marker of a new beginning whose goal is to establish a much stronger relationship with Papua New Guinea, which is the largest in geographical area as well as population, among Pacific island countries. This visit is part of India's growing engagement with Pacific island countries. It is seen as a progression of the two the Forum for India–Pacific Islands Cooperation (​FIPIC​) summits held in Fiji and India in 2014 and 2015 respectively, writes Aniket Bhavthankar for South Asia Monitor

Juggling with facts about Muslims in Assam

F there is an election, can politics of religion be far behind? Especially where Muslims constitute 34.2 per cent of the population and they are in a majority in nine of the state's 34 districts?


Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries' meet: Little more than a 'courtesy call'?

Meeting on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process on Afghanistan, the Foreign Secretary of India, S. Jaishankar met his counterpart from Pakistan, Aizaz Chaudhry in New Delhi on April 26, 2016. Lasting for a good 90 minutes, this conversation that followed on the heels of a surprising declaration of 'suspension' of the peace talks by the Pakistani High Commisioner to India, Abdul Basit was however, reduced to an 'unofficial courtesy call', diluting the fanfare that was attached to it, writes Chayanika Saxena 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...