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Pakistan has a record of murky elections; this will be no different

That is an irony because the military has for decades been instrumental, directly or otherwise, in influencing the results of elections in Pakistan. In quite a few devastating instances, the army has subverted the results of elections which propelled popular politicians and parties to power or close to it, writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor

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India. China can make global impact to combat plastic pollution

 

The plastic waste processing industry in India is predominantly in SMEs and the informal sector. Though data on the capacity of processing of such waste is not available, if India decides to take advantage of the ban in China, it could certainly benefit in terms of enhancing employment and the billions of dollars of waste-recycling business, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor

India’s strategic vision amid disorder order: Urgent need to redress the voids

Modi in his address indicated that India seeks a robust engagement with all major powers – viz USA, China, Russia and Japan and added that the ASEAN bloc was the critical entity for India’s ‘Act East’ policy. The change in semantic to the Indo-Pacific is an acknowledgement of India’s own relevance in the extended maritime region, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor. 

India and Saudi Arabia: United against global terrorism

India has time and again lauded efforts by the kingdom in fighting terrorism such as the royal decree on counter-terrorism issued by King Abdullah. The kingdom is also a member of the 68-nation strong Global Coalition Against Daesh and one of the founding countries of the Islamic Military Alliance against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, writes Ayalur K Balakrishnan for South Asia Monitor.

Afghan conflict not religious: Kabul fatwa challenges Taliban claims

For the first time, the Afghan government, AUC and HPC have challenged and questioned the religious aspect of the current war through an Islamic decree issued by Islamic scholars at the national, regional and global level, writes Dawood Mohammadi for South Asia Monitor

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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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UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...

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