271 mn people moved out of poverty in India: UNDP

India has made momentous progress in reducing multidimensional poverty with its incidence almost halving between 2005-6 and 2015-16, climbing down to 27.5 per cent from 54.7 per cent, according to estimates from the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

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Kashmir: Can the nation win back Kashmiri hearts and minds? (Indian Independence Day Special)

The army restores near normalcy, at a big cost in soldiers’ lives and peoples’ goodwill and, on each occasion, politicians in Delhi and Srinagar belie the peoples’ hope that they will step in with a panacea for Kashmir, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (retd.) for South Asia Monitor  

Are environmental issues finally an important part of India's election discourse?

Will environmental issues finally bask in the electoral limelight? If events across some of the major Indian cities in the past few years are to go by, it is definitely the time for green issues to shine. The environmental issues plaguing the internet-savvy electorate as well as the poor sections of these major cities may finally become an integral part of the election discourse.

China and India follow different approaches to emerging Africa

Speculations and comparisons have been rife following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-nation tour of Africa July 23-27 since it overlapped with Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to a continent on the rise, but experts here say that India's engagement with the 54-nation continent simply cannot be compared to that of China given Beijings deep pockets.

Modi government passes no-trust test comfortably

The Narendra Modi government on Friday passed the no-confidence motion moved by the oppostion with an overwhelming majority, with the government getting 325 out of a total 451 votes.

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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 ...