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India should be wary of Trump's new South Asia policy
Manisha Chakraborty

Although the COMCASA defence pact allows real-time intelligence sharing on location of vessels in the ocean, it is aimed more at facilitating US operations in the Indian Ocean Region, preserving their hegemonistic approach with the support of India, writes Manisha Chakraborty   

Press freedom under attack in Kashmir

The intimidation, harassment and detention of journalists in Jammu and Kashmir by the state threatens basic freedom of expression norms, Amnesty International India has said. 

India's apex court verdict decriminalising same-sex ties worth celebrating
By Vipanchika Sahasri

Today’s landmark Supreme Court judgement in India to scrap Section 377 (of the Indian Penal Code) that made same-sex relations criminal is a great leap in social thinking.

125 years later Vivekananda's message of religious unity and tolerance echoes from Chicago
By Ashok Easwaran

A century and a quarter after Swami Vivekananda's rousing speech to the World Parliament of Religions in 1893, the World Hindu Congress has declared its objective to re-connect the 1.1 billion Hindus worldwide with their common heritage and their spiritual link to people of all other denominations.

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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 . 

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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.

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