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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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India’s presence at 'Moscow Format' on Afghanistan was imperative

Whether India opened a back channel dialogue with the Taliban is not known, although Taliban had overtly conveyed during earlier international dialogues on Afghanistan that they always considered India a friend, even above Pakistan and Iran, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

China gets tough with Imran Khan, but will side with Pakistan

China will continue to help Pakistan, but wanted to give a strong message to Khan’s government that Beijing should not be taken for granted, writes J.K.Verma for South Asia Monitor.    

Trump's populist pitch: Tough choices before Modi

The US plan to export dairy products has raised the hackles for consumers in the country and also the ruling party because of the religious sentiment involved. Cows in India are seen, especially by the majority Hindus, as sacred. But in the US, the feed for cows, particularly in factory farms, is not necessarily vegetarian,  writes Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor

Sri Lankan President has acted for narrow interests, endangering democracy

Sirisena has now shown an extraordinary level of lack of statesmanship by creating this constitutional crisis and, in the process, destabilizing the smooth democratic process in Sri Lanka. If Sirisena had developed differences with Wickremesinghe, the obvious course of action for him was to dissolve the parliament and call for national elections, writes N.S.Venkataraman 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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