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Post-Doklam, China and India work to manage bruised ties

It is not harmony and optics which have driven both China and India to re-engage more closely with each other, particularly after 2017’s bruising faceoff at Doklam plateau; it is sheer compulsion, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

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US deployed three aircraft carriers to support Operation Geronimo

The US Navy deployed an unprecedented three aircraft carriers to support Operation Geronimo, and gave strong air cover to the SEALs who hunted down Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad. An analysis of the operation, the deployment pattern, and the possibilities of a clash with Pakistani forces clearly indicate that at least two squadrons of US Navy’s F/A 18 E/F Super Hornets, several AH 64 Apaches, one or two EA 18 G Electronic Attack Growlers, two aerial refuellers and one E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft would have engaged any aircraft that interfered with the mission. By Gulshan Luthra

The Threat of High Inflation and Rising Prices

The economy of Afghanistan remains extremely vulnerable to a surge in inflation rates. Inflation, manifested in the increase in prices of goods, commodities and essentials services, is one of the most important causes of destruction of people's purchasing power and decrease in the standard of living of people. In the context of Afghanistan, a high rate of inflation means people in general would lose much of their ability to buy and consume the commodities and services that they desperately need to maintain their already meager livelihoods. By  Mehdi Rezaie

The Hina factor in India-Pakistan talks

Amid  cynicism in Pakistan's predominantly patriarchal establishment, President Asif Ali Zardari justified her appointment, saying it would "send positive signals about the soft image of Pakistan". Ms Khar has become Pakistan's 26th foreign minister at a time when her country is suffering perhaps the worst image crisis and is being repeatedly singled out as a patron for terrorists and jihadists. By Manish Chand

US-Pakistan equations

Whether it wants to stay in Afghanistan or leave, the U.S needs the Pakistan army's support.

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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,

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IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...

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