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Pedestrians walk past the India Gate monument shrouded in smog in New Delhi.

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution becoming more common in South Asia

Both extreme heat and air pollution have severe negative effects on the human body — from asthma to heart disease. But we are staring at a dirty, hot future.
India-Nepal ties

India’s civilisational approach to ties creating ultra-nationalist Asian neighbours. Like Nepal

India’s emphasis on ancient history creates fear that its goal might be to diminish separate identities of neighbours. And China is always waiting in the wings.
A researcher prepares a sample inside a laboratory in China |

Health Silk Road — How China plans to make BRI essential in Covid-hit South Asia

China's strategic competitors, including India, are trying to contest its public health outreach. But as of now, countries in South Asia do not have an alternative to China.
People wear masks as a precaution against coronavirus | PTI File Photo

Covid cases in South Asia are rising at the fastest rate in the world

Infections have risen by 27% in Pakistan, Bangladesh cases spiked by 19% and 17% in India, according to data of 20 most affected nations compiled by Bloomberg.
Representational image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

China’s trade with India’s neighbours has grown stronger since 2005. Delhi must catch up

China has established itself as a major trade partner of South Asia. This mainly reflects the region’s strategic importance for China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Dhaka city | Commons

India can bring post-Covid travel bubbles to South Asia too. Without Pakistan

With most economies frozen due to coronavirus pandemic, India not only has a chance to reignite animal spirits but also make South Asia genuinely integrated.

Indonesia to Malaysia — Asia is facing a trade-off between health & economic well-being

Governments itching to return to normal activity are being confronted with a spike in Covid-19 infections.
Narendra Modi

India’s Act East policy is slowly becoming Act Indo-Pacific policy under Modi government

India has placed the Indo-Pacific at the heart of its engagement with the countries of south, southeast and east Asia to counter China, writes Prabir De in his new book.
Medics interact with a patient at a help desk, set- up in view of coronavirus pandemic, at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on 14 March

US, China rivalry spills over into India’s neighbourbood in the form of coronavirus aid

US and China have been on a coronavirus aid-giving spree to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal amid the unprecedented crisis the South Asian countries are facing.
Trump and Modi

India can’t continue to overlook Trump’s diplomatic slights. Time to redefine ties sensibly

Should India assist the US in restoring its primacy in Asia or build a reformed and stable world order that would inevitably require cooperation with other great powers?

On Camera

Kota

India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh | Photo: Flickr

Indian economy will be booming by next August, worst behind us — HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh

At ThePrint's Off the Cuff, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh said govt should reduce stakes in state-owned banks to 51% and pursue aggressive asset monetisation & privatisation.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.