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A person wears a bandana as a mask while seated in a meat shop during a lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Mumbai. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh| Bloomberg

Unemployment world’s top perceived business risk, social instability a concern in India — WEF

WEF report surveyed business leaders from 127 countries to find out the top perceived risks. Unemployment or underemployment found to be biggest concern everywhere.
Dr Faheem Younus, Chief of Infectious Diseases at University of Maryland, US | Twitter | @FaheemYounus

It could take 3 years before whole world is vaccinated against Covid, Dr Faheem Younus says

At ThePrint's OTC, Dr Faheem Younus, Chief of Infectious Diseases at University of Maryland UCH, reflected on Covid vaccine race, development of treatments & South Asia's unique situation.

India’s adventure tourism circuit with Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka can boost the sector

Given the varied recovery trajectories for countries, uncertainty and travelers’ anxiety will be the hallmark of travel and tourism in the age of Covid-19.
NYT's new South Asia correspondent Mujib Mashal. | Photo: NYT

New York Times names new South Asia correspondent in Delhi — Afghan native Mujib Mashal

Mujib Mashal has been reporting from Afghanistan for the NYT for the past five years. In his new role, he will report on India’s internal politics and the rest of the SAARC countries.
A composite image showing PM Narendra Modi and leaders from the SAARC nations during a video conference on Covid-19 on 15 March | Photo: ANI

Solution to map-making Pakistan and Nepal is in India pressing reset button on regional blocs

Pakistan and Nepal are busy pencilling in new maps as South Asian ‘big brother’ India watches haplessly. Modi government needs to get its regional act together.
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.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.