Kabul flux a foreign policy challenge for India

At the just concluded Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale asserted that India was now  pursuing a policy of "issue-based alignment". How this will translate into effective policy in  relation to Afghanistan will be the litmus test of India's claim to being a relevant power in the regional calculus, writes C Uday Bhaskar in South Asia Monitor 

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Indian Muslims reject Osama


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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.