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Pakistan Army officials with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Bajwa

Afghan NSA meets Pak army chief, as Bangladesh’s drug war draws flak

The Countries Next Door is a daily roundup of the most interesting news and views from across South Asia.
PM Modi

How BJP’s champion campaigner helped turn the tide for BJP in Karnataka

The PM’s social media team was always one step ahead, ensuring that his messaging at political rallies was significantly different from the much more structured content he delivered on his app.
Narendra Modi with Khadga Prasad Oli

Modi, Oli launch bus service that links Lord Ram’s birthplace with Sita’s

The bus service is part of the 15-destination Ramayan circuit comprising places closely associated with Lord Ram that was launched in 2014-15 to boost religious tourism.
KP Oli

India cannot continue to take Nepal for granted anymore

India has learnt lessons from the 2015 India-inspired, Madhesi-executed blockade, which backfired.
US-Bangla Airlines #BS211 from Dhaka (Dash 8-400 S2-AGU, 17-years-old) crashed after landing at Kathmandu Airport, Nepa

Kathmandu plane crash the latest of many aviation tragedies in Nepal 

A flight from Bangladesh crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu Monday, the latest in a long list of aviation tragedies in Nepal.

First Nepal, now Maldives: India needs to un-muddle its neighbourhood policy

India has much homework to do in countering the Chinese influence in the region. Its strategic objectives in containing China need to be better met.
Sushma Swaraj welcomes Nepal's Prime Minister

Sushma Swaraj lands in Nepal with ‘no message’ for the nation’s politics stuck in a limbo

In a month or so, none of the political figures Sushma Swaraj meets in Nepal will remain what they are now – Oli, Prachanda, Deuba or even President Bhandari.
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दक्षिण एशिया में चीन की शातिर चालों का भारत को खोजनी होगी काट

चीन ने लोगों में, परियोजनाओं में निवेश को बढ़ाया है और इसके भारी फायदे उसे मिल रहे हैं. भारत को अपनी पकड़ बनाए रखने के लिए दोगुनी ज्यादा मेहनत करनी पड़ेगी.
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India caught napping in South Asia by China, needs new strategy to slay the dragon

Beijing has invested in people, projects and more and it's paying big dividends. New Delhi has to work doubly hard to reclaim its clout.
K.P. Oli

Nepal takes a Left turn towards Beijing Consensus

Oli has been selling dreams of trans-Himalayan railways, piped gas to every kitchen, metro rail and sending a Nepali on the moon as possible benefits of participating in China’s OBOR.

On Camera

Representational Image | People working at an office | Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Pandemic is fast-changing our offices but workplace surveillance is also on the rise

The workplaces we return to post-Covid are likely to look very different from those we left behind, with safety trumping all other considerations.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.