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South Asia #7

  • India-China standoff
  • Kite-makers soar
  • Sri Lanka’s government
  • Afghan peace talks
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India Today

Why India’s present economic crisis is different from the recession of 1979

In the summer of 1979, the Indian cricket team returned after a dismal performance at the cricket World Cup in England. The team lost all its three matches and returned home to a country in political turmoil and battling a collapsing economy and trade unions strikes. An acute fuel shortage, caused by the oil crisis as global oil production dropped in the wake of the Iranian Revolution, was compounded by a serious balance of payments crisis as India struggled to pay for the sudden increase in its fuel import bill. A crop failure caused by two successive droughts only added to the agony of a country, 31.7 per cent of which depended on agriculture.

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Financial Express

India-China standoff: Why the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation still matters for India?

The interactions of the foreign and the defence ministers of the BRICS and the SCO in early September will culminate in the summit meetings in October.

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India’s kite-makers see sales fly during lockdown

Mohammad Ahmed has been selling kites for the past 11 years, and he says he has never seen it so busy.

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The Wire

Why the Hindu Right, Not Usually a Champion of Free Speech, Is Supporting Charlie Hebdo

New Delhi: The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s decision to republish the controversial cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad has been criticised for being offensive and supported as a freedom of expression issue in equal measure. Among those it has clearly enthused are Hindu right groups in India, not particularly known for being great votaries of free speech. But the magazine’s somewhat radical stance has provided these groups yet another opportunity to further their hate campaign against the Muslim community. Additionally, it is another chance to take a dig at Indian secularism.

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India’s megacities aren’t prepared for a wave of climate migrants

Ask a migrant worker living in any one of India’s metropolises why they moved out of their hometown, and the answer is fairly standard: economic hardship.

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Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s Utopian Dream: Escaping Western-Oriented Foreign Policy

Sri Lanka has finally decided, according to the newly-installed foreign secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, to ‘re-mold’ its foreign policy, in the words of the secretary “time ripe for deviating from Western-oriented foreign policy”

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Agence France-Presse

COVID-19 despair forces girls across Asia into child marriage

New Delhi: Tens of thousands of girls across Asia are being forced into marriage by desperate families plunged into poverty because of the coronavirus pandemic, as campaigners warn years of progress tackling the practice is being undone.

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Intra-Afghan peace talks set to begin in Doha

ISLAMABAD: Peace talks between warring Afghan factions are finally set to begin in Doha after protracted delays over prisoners’ exchange as a Taliban delegation has returned to the Qatari capital and Afghan government negotiators are scheduled to reach there on Sunday (today).

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Telangana Today

An opening for India in Sri Lanka

The stupendous victory of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) or people’s party in the recently concluded elections will have ubiquitous ramifications for the future of Sri Lankan polity. This election result will also have significant regional ramifications.

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Associated Press

Sri Lankan, Indian ships, aircraft try to douse tanker fire

Ships and aircraft from Sri Lanka and India intensified efforts to extinguish an oil tanker fire burning for a second day Friday as officials warned of possible massive environmental damage to Sri Lanka’s coast if the ship leaks or explodes.

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