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Bhutan slips on Ease of Business; foreign workers blocked

As Bhutan’s ranking on ease of doing business slipped eight places to 81, foreign workers from four professions will not qualify to get work permits in Bhutan starting this month, according to the tiny Himalayan kingdom’s labour ministry.

India expected to get waiver from US sanctions against Iran

United States President Donald Trump is expected to grant India an exemption from the sanctions against buying oil from Iran when the waivers are announced on Monday. 

India's business regulation reforms get World Bank recognition

The series of business regulation reforms carried out in India to promote investments and enterprise have received recognition from the World Bank, vaulting 53 positions in its Ease of Doing Business ranking over the last two years.

Saudi Arabia pledges $6 bn bailout for Pakistan

After weeks of speculation, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday stepped forward with a $6 billion bailout package for Pakistan’s ailing economy. The package includes $3bn balance of payments support and another $3bn in deferred payments on oil imports.

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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.