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After agreeing to China project, Nepal links pact with India on Raxaul-Kathmandu rail link

The agreement is for a preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey to build a railway link.
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli | PTI

After PM Oli’s return from Beijing, Nepal thinks China is the new India

Intelligence cooperation, not border identity cards, must be the solution to improve the special relationship between India and Nepal
K.P. Oli

Nepal PM Oli in China to hold bilateral talks with Premier Li Keqiang

Both countries expected to sign agreements on energy, tourism & other sectors under China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative.
Poster of upcoming film Veere Di Wedding | @vdwthefilm/Twitter

Veere Di Wedding is banned in Pakistan, while Afghan bowler Rashid Khan packs a punch

Despite being removed for life from politics, Nawaz Sharif’s PML(N) is slated to return to power after elections in Pakistan in July, Fatima Bhutto writes a new book and in the Maldives, police prevent voters from participating in an opposition presidential primary. Curated by Sharanya Munsi and Priyamvada Grover  Will Nawaz Sharif’s party win Pakistan’s general election? With Pakistan gearing up for general elections 2018 on 25 July, The Economist’s prediction will surely make Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz very happy, The Express Tribune says. Not only is the PML-N expected to be reelected “on the back of a strong showing in Punjab, with Shahbaz Sharif as the next prime minister, but that the ousted Nawaz Sharif “will remain influential in the party.” Certainly, instability will continue, as military favourites, Imran Khan’s PTI party is unlikely to take the possible verdict lying down. According to The Economist, “unfavourable court rulings, resurgent opposition parties and worsening relations...
Asad Durrani

Pakistan bans ex-spy chief from leaving the country, while Kabul and Islamabad talk peace

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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

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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.

On Camera

Representational image | Beef steak | Pixabay

Meat-lover who wants to save the planet? 3D printed steaks are your solution

It can take up to 15,000 litres of water to produce a single kilogram of beef. But there is now a growing amount of interest in meat alternatives.
Representational image of Union finance ministry | ANI

This is what Modi govt wants 3 loss-making insurance firms to do to turn profitable

The Modi govt has attached conditions for its capital infusion into OlCL, NICL and UIICL, focussing on profitability and improving customer service.

Defence

An Arad rifle | www. iwi.net

Two new Israeli assault rifles Arad and Carmel now set to be manufactured in India

The assault rifles will be manufactured under Make in India initiative in Madhya Pradesh by joint venture PLR Systems, which is already producing arms like Tavor.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.