Baloch resentment against Chinese 'colonisation' runs deep

The security of Chinese citizens in Pakistan has become a concern for both nations. The Chinese are now targets of the religious extremists and the Baloch separatists, writes Aparna Rawal for South Asia Monitor

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Welcome to the Republic of Ironistan

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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 . 


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.