Nepal should not become a geopolitical chessboard

The geopolitical stakes for Nepal vis-à-vis regional and global powers considering its strategic location are very high. Nepal should be careful not to get dragged into great power politics, writes Gaurab Shumsher Thapa for South Asia Monitor

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Saadat Manto’s birth centenary: Multiple relevances for South Asia

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Bhutan Revisited-1: Challenges of modernity (First of two-part series)

I was back in Thimphu after a break of 33 years, having last visited in January 1979 when I was posted as Director in the Ministry of Commerce. My first association with Bhutan, however, was during 1967-1970 when I was posted to the Political Office for Sikkim and Bhutan, which was located in Gangtok writes Preet Malik

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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.