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Great farmer bailout imperils India sovereign-rating upgrade

Jun 23, 2017 India’s states are lining up to rescue indebted farmers hammered by depressed crop prices and rising costs, a trend that may further hurt the nation’s prospects for a sovereign-rating upgrade.
 

For Peace in Afghanistan, Talk to Pakistan

Jun 23, 2017 The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy review provides an opportunity to confront a central truth: No strategy, even with more troops, will succeed without reducing Pakistan’s support for the Afghan Taliban and the affiliated Haqqani network that is responsible for some of the deadliest attacks against the United States and its partners in Afghanistan.
 

India beats only Pakistan among 19 neighbours in improving health access

Jun 23, 2017 India did better only than Pakistan over 15 years to 2015 among 19 countries in South and Southeast Asia (including China) by potential and actual healthcare access and quality.
 

France backs India’s efforts to develop public transport: Alain Vidalies, French Minister Of State For Transport

Jun 22, 2017 French companies, with their expertise in these strategic sectors, are active in India. In transport particularly, they possess globally recognised know-how not only on Metros but also on complementary modes of public transport, such as trams, ropeway systems, and optimisation of bus networks.
 

Sri Lanka to build over 1,000MW of solar, wind power plants in north

Jun 22, 2017 Sri Lanka plansto increase its share of renewable energy by building a hybrid energy park of 240MM of wind power and 800MW of solar power plants.
 

India’s top energy research bodies come together to develop next-gen fuel resources

Jun 22, 2017 In a first of its kind move, India has brought forward its top energy research agencies which are working together to develop the next generation of fuel resources for cutting edge commercial applications.
 

WHO: Maldives, Bhutan have eliminated measles

Jun 22, 2017 NEW DELHI (AP) - The World Health Organization said Tuesday that Bhutan and the Maldives have eliminated measles, becoming the first countries in their region to stop the highly contagious disease. The Maldives has not reported any case of indigenous measles since 2009, and Bhutan since 2012, WHO said.
 

Bhutan most peaceful in the region: GPI

Jun 22, 2017 Global Peace Index report 2017 states that Bhutan is the most peaceful country in South Asia
 

India passes HIV/AIDS anti-discrimination law but stigma endures

Jun 22, 2017 Delhi: 'The stigma of AIDS' might sound like a phrase from another era but in India anyone who is HIV-positive or has AIDS continues to feel the whiplash of contempt and discrimination from the moment their condition is discovered.
 

The road ahead for India-Nepal relations

Jun 22, 2017 June 20, 2017: A momentous task awaits Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the newly elected Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba. The two have to maintain the momentum of the India-Nepal relationship (revived by former Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal) and alleviate the bitterness that had crept in during Dahal’s predecessor, Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli’s term. While several reasons can be cited for the plummeting of India-Nepal ties during Oli’s tenure, his accusation of India initiating an economic blockade against Nepal is noteworthy.
 
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