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CPEC to subjugate Balochistan, further Pakistani-Chinese strategic goals

Afghanistan, Balochistan, Bangladesh and India have been victims of Pakistani state terrorism since the division of India and creation of Pakistan. It is time these nations, the Gulf States, the leadership of the West including the USA and Europe and Japan review their dysfunctional policies of trying to appease China, Pakistan and Iran, writes Sobdar Baluch for South Asia Monitor

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Indo-Lankan trade ties hold economic promise for both countries

The links between the two countries, combined with Colombo striving for a balanced foreign policy alongside India’s 'Neighbourhood First’ policy could benefit both countries in economic terms by endeavouring to balance bilateral trade, which currently favours India, write Srimal Fernando and Mizly Nizar for South Asia Monitor

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

Post-Doklam, China and India work to manage bruised ties

It is not harmony and optics which have driven both China and India to re-engage more closely with each other, particularly after 2017’s bruising faceoff at Doklam plateau; it is sheer compulsion, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

Can India become a global beacon for democracy? Yes, if....

I believe India is poised to move centrestage as an exemplar of and worldwide advocate for democracy.  I say this recognizing that India as a nation and democracy is far from perfect.  It has numerous problems that need to be addressed in order to don the mantle of a democratic leader, writes Frank F Islam for South Asia Monitor

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For creating an ecologically-friendly environment in Pakistan

  Unchecked urbanisation, overpopulation, tap water mixed with sewage water, raw industrial domestic effluents going straight into River Ravi without any cleansing process. Depleting ground water without adequate recharge of ground aquifers.

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Fitch raises India's FY19 GDP growth forecast to 7.8%

US multinational Fitch Ratings on Friday raised India's GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.8 per cent, up from their earlier estimate of 7.4 per cent, indicating, however, that ...

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