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Hasina’s return is a positive development for India's security

Bilateral engagement between Bangladesh and India has vastly expanded in recent years. At the top leadership level, there have been 10 meetings between Modi and Hasina, six video conferences and five telephonic calls in the almost five years, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor

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Pakistan must eliminate terrorism to find road to prosperity

The precondition for the Pakistan Prime Minister to drive Pakistan toward the path of prosperity and progress is to ensure that Pakistan does not only fight and destroy the terrorists but also appear to do so in the eyes of the world, writes N.S.Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor

Balochistan's anger is China's bane: Consulate attack highlights Pakistani province's distress

Baloch anger is not against the ethnic mix, it is rooted in poverty and the systematic denial of opportunities by the Pakistani establishment. Despite its vast natural wealth, Balochistan is desperately poor; barely 25 per cent of its population is literate (the national average is 47 per cent), around 30 per cent are unemployed and just 7 per cent have access to tap water, writes Amb. Rajiv Dogra (retd.) for South Asia Monitor

Is Kartarpur the start of a new page in India-Pakistan ties?

Support to terrorism by the ‘deep-state’ in Rawalpindi  remains the heavy cross that bedevils the India-Pakistan relationship and  Delhi  is awaiting tangible movement by Islamabad in relation to bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai  26/11 terror  attack to justice, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor                                                                                                     

Counter-terror, Indo-Pacific security to propel India's strategic outlook

While the elephant in the room of any discussions on the Indo-Pacific is China, some analysts say India is to blame for not being whole-heartedly behind the Quad effort, while others point out that the different country statements indicate a level of apprehension among all members, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor    
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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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