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About 63 per cent of Asia Pacific’s GDP is at risk from nature loss. Here’s how to fix it

The food, land and ocean use system contributes 40 per cent to regional GDP and 60 per cent to employment, significantly more than the global average.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why India should forget Afghanistan, Pakistan, ‘Terroristan’ & shift strategic gaze to the seas

India shouldn’t be paranoid about a weakened Pakistan creating a new ‘Terroristan’. This is the best chance to focus on maritime power and opportunity rather than overland threats.

China’s invasion of Taiwan will be a disaster for Asia. India must draw a red line

India’s voice alone is not going to change Xi Jinping’s mind on Taiwan, but it can complicate his calculations.
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The 2020s will decide if India will be a gazelle or a hippo — large, slow, and aggressive

In ‘Decisive Decade’, Kiran Karnik writes that this was going to be ‘India’s century’, but it all started going downhill from 2012.

Covid-19 pandemic: Asia-Pacific region sees new wave, many outbreaks in Australia’s Victoria

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during an inauguration event in Kochi

Modi’s India plans to be ‘vishwaguru’ but forgets soft power is useless without hard muscle

In ‘India and Asian Geopolitics’, Shivshankar Menon writes that being a vishwaguru plays well with Modi’s Hindu constituency but is hardly a realistic goal when India is a net importer of knowledge.

Tigers in bottles made the wild animal worth more dead than alive

As tigers disappear from the wild, more and more turn up in farms across Asia.
A Chinese health care worker gives a Covid-19 vaccine shot to a man at a mass vaccination center for Chaoyang District on 15 January 2021 in Beijing, China | Kevin Frayer | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Cautious until now, these Asian countries are finally accelerating Covid vaccine drives

With the coronavirus mostly contained throughout much of Asia, nations have had the luxury to wait and see how safely and effectively vaccines can blunt the virus.
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Rupee is bouncing back from being Asia’s worst currency, thanks to flood into stock markets

Rupee has gained 0.6% this year against dollar, and there are signs it could keep rallying. A recovering economy & an expansive budget are luring global funds to India’s equities.
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India tops in Asia with most sugar daddies, unemployment, inequality cited as reason

According to a leading sugar dating website, India has 3,38,000 sugar daddies, followed by Indonesia at 60,250.
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Ajit Doval is wrong. Civil society not dangerous, we pushed back militants in Meghalaya

Ajit Doval thinks civil society is the new frontier of war. But ‘Shillong We Care’, a small group of citizens, stood up to militants and extortion.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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