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Mild winter in Afghanistan threatens staple potato crop

Hussain Ali Rezaie takes a break from the backbreaking labour of working his land by hand. He expresses concern about a lack of snowfall this winter in his mountainous province of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan – and what it might mean for his potatoes

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Water is not distributed evenly across Pakistan

The allocation of the waters of the Indus river system between the provinces of Pakistan was a historic agreement

Climate change adds to woes of lentil farmers in Nepal

After the Hindu festival of Dashain in October, farmers across Nepal head to their fields to harvest their prized rice paddy crop

Eight Hindu Kush Himalayan countries issue a united call

The Hindu Kush Himalayas may finally get a united eight-country voice to safeguard its ecosystem, if the governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan keep the promises made by their ministers and representatives at a virtual summit this October

The many stories of Diwali share a common theme of triumph of justice

As many Indian Americans celebrate the election of the first Black and South Asian woman, Kamala Harris, to the White House, many will also be celebrating the festival of Diwali on Saturday, Nov. 14

Rare green immersion stands out after Durga Puja

The immersion of idols to mark the end of Durga Puja festival continued to pollute the Ganga this year in Kolkata – the epicentre of the annual event

Air pollution could worsen COVID-19 outbreak in South Asia

The dramatic drop in air pollution after large swathes of South Asia shut down in response to COVID-19 was short-lived

Border Haats on Bangladesh-Myanmar Border Opportunities and Challenges

Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies

Three women: stories of Indian trafficked brides

“I tried to escape in the middle of the night,” Mahira* recalled. “With a small packed bag, I tiptoed towards the door thinking that he was asleep

A million deaths from coronavirus: seven experts consider key questions

The pandemic has reached a grim milestone: one million people have now died of COVID-19, according to Worldometers

India: why secrecy over Narendra Modi's coronavirus relief fund damages democracy

Since India overtook Brazil in September to become the country with the second largest number of coronavirus cases in the world (after the US), the response of the government of Narendra Modi has come under even tighter scrutiny

India-US relations, Indian Americans will fare much better under Biden

On November 3, Americans will decide whether to give another four years to Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, or to give the Oval Office to former vice-president Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate

Bangladesh PM’s ‘martial law’ comment reflects people’s deeply held belief

The blunt statement on September 7 of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a virtual meeting with the Armed Forces Selection Board—that "we should exclude Martial Law from military lexicon"—was both surprising and refreshing

Pakistan’s centuries-old Bakarwal community faces dual threat

Even as the summer drew to an end in the last week of July, the snow had not completely melted in the pastures of Deosai in northern Pakistan

Bangladeshi fishers cannot find Hilsa in peak season

“Half the season is gone. Where are the Hilsa?” asked Abu Jaher, a 40-year-old fisher from Samraj in Bangladesh’s coastal district Bhola. “There was a 65-day ban on fishing

Can Pakistan go beyond chemical pesticides for locust control?

Pakistan is facing one of its biggest threats yet from crop-ravaging locusts, which have dire consequences for the livelihoods and food security of millions of people

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