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Why Riyadh and Delhi are getting closer

The situation started to change after the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Indian security agencies recognized the vulnerability of its coastline and significance of developing ties with Gulf countries for preventing future incursions. Saudi Arabia, facing internal security challenges from Islamist terrorist cells, came across as a willing partner, writes  Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

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New Kashmir governor needs to curb radicalisation of youth

In a society engulfed in conflict for three decades, a perceived sense of discrimination, false promises, lack of role models and opportunities, denial of justice, harassment by security forces and fear of losing their monolithic culture are driving youth towards radicalisation, writes Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor

While Taliban are strengthening, peace in Afghanistan can come only through negotiations

Washington should press Pakistan to compel the Taliban to negotiate and reach a peaceful solution. With Pakistan’s economy in the doldrums, potent pressure may work, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor

India’s Economic Vision 2022 can lift living standards of South Asia

It is time for the neighbouring countries to realize that if India’s GDP grows at 9% in the next 20 to 30 years, then the per capita income will also rise, from US$ 1500 to US$ 7000 per annum, according to the report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which will significantly enable them to reach a higher income level, write Srimal Fernando and Megha Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

Kerala floods: Grave challenge and a window of opportunity

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has already won acclaim for the way he has handled the situation so far. His real test now is to build a new Kerala by directing the relief funds to the right people and projects and not frittered away by groups and individuals, writes T P Sreenivasan 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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