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  • Maldives air bubble
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Despite new technologies and programmes, lightning continues to kill thousands every year in India

With the country fighting a pandemic, the deaths of over 200 people due to lightning strikes over the last four months have largely gone unnoticed–barring the catastrophic day in June when 83 people were fatally struck in Bihar, leading the Prime Minister to tweet his condolences to the bereaved families.

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Inc42

The Role Of Cross-Border Data Flows In Countering Terrorism Financing

Privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) have emerged as one of the most effective solutions to this challenge

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The Hindu

Time for India and Nepal to make up

When the Nepal-India dispute over the Himalayan territory of Limpiyadhura flared up in May, New Delhi opinion-makers presented it as the doing of an upstart nation run by a renegade Prime Minister thumbing its nose at India, that too at Beijing’s instigation. Kathmandu’s polity bristled at the accusation and the entire political spectrum came together in nationalist climax to adopt a new map which included Limpiyadhura.

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Columbia Journalism Review

As America retreats from the long war, Afghan and Pakistani journalists come under attack

In February, the US and the Taliban reached a landmark agreement that will likely end America’s longest war. The deal allows for Washington to pull out most of its troops and military advisors from Afghanistan, the insurgents to share power with the elected government in Kabul, and for the Taliban to sever ties with terror groups.

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Livemint

Business wishlist to drive the bounceback

NEW DELHI : On a rainy Wednesday evening, there were few customers at Sunglass Hut, a designer eyewear retailer in south Delhi’s upmarket shopping mall DLF Avenue. Nearby, Kama Ayurveda, which sells skin care and hair care products, looked deserted too. The sales folks at cosmetics and beauty brand Nykaa chatted among themselves.

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Hindu Business Line

Taking on Chinese firms calls for a strategy

Keeping out Chinese investment isn’t easy as it is spread across global firms. An infrastructure boost will spur competitiveness

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Economic Times (Times of India)

India-Maldives air bubble, first in South Asia, likely to be operational next week

Regular air services between India and the Maldives were suspended during the previous months due to COVID-19. While there are more than 2400 active cases of COVID-19 in the Maldives, an overwhelming majority of them are in the capital city of Male.An air travel bubble, first such arrangement in South Asia, has been established between India and the Maldives and this is expected to be operational from next week. This was announced by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar during a virtual meeting between him and the Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid on August 13.

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The Diplomat

Where are the Afghan People in the Intra-Afghan Peace Process?

The intra-Afghan peace process should reflect the positions and interests of the people — not just the elites.

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TIME

How a Deepening Coronavirus Crisis Is Reshaping India

With a white handkerchief covering his mouth and nose, only Rajkumar Prajapati’s tired eyes were visible as he stood in line.

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The News (Pakistan)

Punjab govt removes officer who banned textbooks containing controversial content

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government has removed Management Director Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) Rai Manzoor Nasir, who recently banned 100 textbooks after finding glaring mistakes and material that was declared anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan by committee of experts.

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