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As catastrophe looms, Idlib awaits its fate

The likely consequences of an offensive are displacement of around 900,000 people, a bloodbath in Idlib and rise of terrorist activities around the region, writes Lakshmi Priya for South Asia Monitor 

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Making IIMs world-class institutions

The struggle for autonomy has been going on within the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) from their inception. The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017 was passed by both houses of Parliament on December 19, 2017, writes P.D. Rai

Remembering Victory Day: Bangladesh's battle for freedom

The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka

A tribute to Shashi Kapoor (1938-2017)


The youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor (1906-1972), died in Mumbai a few days ago. His brothers Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor died earlier. Some of his nephews and nieces continue to be big names in Bollywood.

The importance of a nation-defining speech

Throughout the course of history there have been many famous speeches that have shaped the future of a country. For Bangladesh - that is set to observe Victory Day on December 16 -  that defining speech was on March 7, 1971, when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the nation's founding father,  articulated his vision for the yet to be born nation.

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Indian cities, states step up climate action plans

At the Global Climate Action Summit, mayors and government functionaries of Indian cities have announced to scale up their actions to combat climate change and to protect people from hazardous climate impacts.


Chinese company bids for monorail in Kathmandu

A Chinese company has submitted the feasibility study report of a proposed monorail in Kathmandu city, taking forward China’s efforts to develop infrastructure in Nepal, as they are seekin...