SAARC @ 30

Will Pakistan tame the snakes in its backyard?

Once Pakistan tames the snakes in its backyard, as Hillary Clinton once described the jehadis, peace can return to the subcontinent after a long absence from the time of the 1947 partition, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor

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The heart of Asia

Afghanistan has been conducting its foreign trade largely through Pakistan and could facilitate Pakistan for its trade with Central Asia and, more importantly, for bringing electricity and gas from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan into South Asia

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It’s fashionable to want to be a celebrity: To be followed, photographed, documented, deconstructed and talked about incessantly. This is partly because the rewards of being well-known can be numerous, but mainly because the world has self-esteem issues (and their name is Kardashian). 

The doors of dialogue must remain open

It is a good thing that the national security advisers (NSAs) of India and Pakistan — Ajit Doval and Nasir Khan Janjua — could find a way to meet within a week of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart, Mr Nawaz Sharif, holding informal talks in Paris.

Sunshine from Bangkok brightens SAARC at 30

Based on the constructive engagement between the NSA’s of India and Pakistan the last Sunday in Bangkok and the promising visit to Islamabad by Indian minister for external affairs, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, the propitious impact of these encounters can be leveraged to make SAARC more effective, writes Ambassador Sheel Kant Sharma for South Asia Monitor.  

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,


UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...