India drafting plan to build prefabricated houses for returning Rohingyas in Myanmar

India drafting plan to build prefabricated houses for returning Rohingyas in Myanmar

The Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, who is in the Bangladesh capital, told  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, that India is working on a project to construct prefabricated housing in Rakhine State in Myanmar to meet the needs of Rohingyas returning from Bangladesh.”India will also continue to provide relief material and supplies to help Bangladesh deal with the needs of those in the relief camps,” Singh assured Hasina.

South Asian University establishes landmarks with third convocation

South Asian University establishes landmarks with third convocation

For the first time since its inception, the South Asian University will be handing out PhD Degrees to 6 of its scholars – one each from Afghanistan and Bangladesh and 4 from India, said Dr.Sasanka Perera from Sri Lanka, who is the Vice President of the university, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor  of Sociology.

India mulling greater access to Nepalese goods to reduce yawning trade gap

India mulling greater access to Nepalese goods to reduce yawning trade gap

The Indian and Nepalese Prime Ministers have agreed to comprehensively review bilateral trade to facilitate greater access for Nepalese goods to the Indian market and reduce the yawning trade gap. In 2016-2017 for example, Nepal had imported from India goods worth US$ 39,604.3 million dollars but had sold to India goods worth only US$ 2590.3 million. The gap had increased by  32.8% over the previous year.

South Asian journalists continue to be under duress except in Bhutan and Nepal

South Asian journalists continue to be under duress except in Bhutan and Nepal

In India, the Modi Government “celebrates” curtailment of the freedom of the press through coinages like “news traders” and “presstitutes”. Its supporters troll Government’s critics in the media as Swati Chaturvedi points out in her book ‘I Am A Troll’. In Pakistan ,the single most dangerous place for journalists is the capital, Islamabad, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT.  

Narendra Modi and K.P.Oli meet in New Delhi with bags full of grievances

Narendra Modi and K.P.Oli meet in New Delhi with bags full of grievances

Indo-Nepal ties are likely to experience stormy weather in the coming months. Both countries are now under strong leaderships, but the leaderships have contradictory views on China, a new entrant into what was for long, an undisputed Indian domain.It is in this potentially explosive context that the new and unabashedly pro-China Nepalese Prime Minister, Khadga Prasad Sharma “Oli”, is visiting India at the head of a 60 member delegation from April 6 to April 8

Fashioning India-Nepal-China relations for a peaceful and prosperous neighborhood

Fashioning India-Nepal-China relations for a peaceful and prosperous neighborhood

India should have a selective approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and reap benefits from bilateral and multilateral engagement with China.The trans-Himalayan region, where Nepal lies at the heart, would be crucial for transport, trade and tourism. India must think beyond the security prism as far as development and economic relations ,travel and trade are concerned.

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