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Afghan Clerics’ Assembly Urges Recognition of Taliban Government
July 04, 2022

Afghan Clerics’ Assembly Urges Recognition of Taliban Government

By Rahim Faiez
The gathering of Taliban officials and supporters warned Afghans against "any kind of cooperation" with the ISKP, the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate.

Amid Shortages and Turmoil, Sri Lanka Grinds to a Halt
July 03, 2022

Amid Shortages and Turmoil, Sri Lanka Grinds to a Halt

By M.R. Narayan Swamy
Sri Lankan economists warn that the country could face a famine-like situation in a few months.
Modi’s UAE Stopover to Give a Fillip to the India-UAE Partnership
July 02, 2022

Modi’s UAE Stopover to Give a Fillip to the India-UAE Partnership

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India had several reasons to seek a quick stabilization and reaffirmation of its relationship with the UAE.

Can India and ASEAN Lean on Each Other Amid ‘Systemic’ China-US Competition?
July 02, 2022

Can India and ASEAN Lean on Each Other Amid ‘Systemic’ China-US Competition?

By Shruti Pandalai
New Delhi, viewed by ASEAN as independent from both the U.S. and China, could help build this strategic trust.

Cups, Straws, Spoons: India Starts on Single-use Plastic Ban
July 01, 2022

Cups, Straws, Spoons: India Starts on Single-use Plastic Ban

By Aniruddha Ghosal
As a first step, India has identified 19 plastic items that aren't very useful but have a high potential to become litter, including plastic cups, straws, and ice cream sticks.

Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge Built Against All Odds
July 01, 2022

Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge Built Against All Odds

By Shafi Md Mostofa
Will the multi-purpose bridge, which is expected to boost the economy, yield electoral and political dividend for the ruling Awami League?

India Hindus Begin Pilgrimage in Kashmir Amid Heavy Security
July 01, 2022

India Hindus Begin Pilgrimage in Kashmir Amid Heavy Security

By Aijaz Hussain
Officials say pilgrims face heightened threat of attacks from rebels fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir.
India’s Urban Unemployment Crisis
June 30, 2022

India’s Urban Unemployment Crisis

By Rupa Kumari
The urban unemployment crisis, sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to drag India’s economy down.

Rohingya Man Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh
June 30, 2022

Rohingya Man Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh

By Samaya Anjum
The language of the ruling reveals racist treatment of the Rohingya community amid growing calls for their repatriation.

Sri Lanka Overestimates its Importance to China
June 30, 2022

Sri Lanka Overestimates its Importance to China

By Rathindra Kuruwita
India is a massive market that has great potential. If letting go of Sri Lanka allows China to improve its relationship with India, it will.

Nepal Plans to Lower Age at Marriage
June 30, 2022

Nepal Plans to Lower Age at Marriage

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The minimum age was set higher to ensure that girls finish school, become independent and make informed choices. Will the proposed change reverse the gains achieved?
India’s Struggle Between Democracy and Authoritarianism
June 29, 2022

India’s Struggle Between Democracy and Authoritarianism

By Muqtedar Khan
The state, its judiciary, and law enforcement agencies have been captured in the service of communal politics.

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