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India-Australia ties: Time to change the vocabulary

As Indian President Ram Nath Kovind makes a state visit to Australia November 21, it should be remembered that no relationship can be crafted if it does not matter in their own right. Till Canberra recognizes this, we would remain trapped in the cauldron that the 3Cs (cricket-curry-Commonwealth) represent, writes Amb Amit Dasgupta (retd.) for South Asia Monitor

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Maldives crisis tests India's regional profile

The swearing in of the Vice President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik is proving to be a complex challenge to India’s regional  profile in the extended South Asian region. Writes C Uday Bhaskar

Long bout of uncertainty looms over Maldives

The forced resignation of President Mohamed Nasheed of Maldives does not augur well for the island nation, which had embraced democracy just a few years back. Writes Alok Bansal

Islamic radicalisation and the ouster of a liberal

On November 7, Mohamed Nasheed was forced to step down as President of Maldives by his police and elements of the military, and hand over power to Vice President, Mohammed Waheed Hassan. Writes Rashmi Saksena

Culture Unites: The Lahore Basant

Kite-flying and Basant were always an integral part of the identity of the Lahorias for a long time.Elsewhere too in Punjab kite-flying was a popular pastime but Lahore was the real “garh” or home of it.Writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

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Cyclonic storm Gaja batters South India

A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.


Iran, India discuss trade cooperation under US sanctions

India and Iran discussed ways of continuing biliateral trade under reimposed US sanctions, Eghtesad Online news website reported.