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India-Myanmar exercise for UN peacekeeping

The second India-Myanmar bilateral army exercise IMBEX 2018-1' commenced at Chandimandir military station near Chandigarh on Monday, a Defence Ministry spokesman said. 

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UNGA president 'optimistic' about Security Council reforms

United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces says she is “optimistic” about the Security Council reforms even though its pace has not matched her initial expectations.

India decries the naysayers in UNSC reform

 

To break the decade-long deadlock in the negotiations for Security Council reform, India has suggested adopting the General Assembly's rules of procedure with voting to deny “naysayers” their virtual veto under the current process.

Indian peacekeeper injured in UN operations in Congo

A rebel group attack has injured an Indian police peacekeeper serving in UN operations in an area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) facing the ebola crisis, according to Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Pakistan has the highest fertility rate in South Asia

There is stark contrast between the fertility rates of the three largest Hindi-speaking states and six non-Hindi-speaking states even as India is nearing the population replacement level of fertility, a UN report shows.

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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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