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Neha Banka


Neha Banka is a journalist based in Kolkata, India. Neha reports on Asia with a focus on the Korean Peninsula, Africa, borders and India.

Explained: Why Armenia is witnessing growing anti-govt unrest over the Nagorno-Karabakh region
Sat, May 21, 2022

The Nagorno-Karabakh territory has been a subject of dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan for years. Why is Aremnian PM Nikol Pashinyan now facing heat over it in his country? We explain the past and the present.

Explained: How Sikkim became a part of India
Tue, May 17, 2022

A turning point in the history of Sikkim involves the appointment of John Claude White, a civil servant in British India who in 1889 was appointed the Political Officer of Sikkim, which by then was a British Protectorate under the Treaty of Tumlong signed in March, 1861.

Explained: North Korea confirms Covid-19 crisis, what happens in the country here onward?
Sun, May 15, 2022

Despite the crisis, Pyongyang may not necessarily be willing to accept help from foreign entities, including the UN, NK News said.

Explained: On Victory Day, Vladimir Putin justified invasion of Ukraine. What his speech means
Tue, May 10, 2022

Long-term Russia watchers were struck by two points following the end of Putin’s Victory Day speech: How he gave no indication of Russia’s plans moving forward, and that he made references specifically to Donbas, and not all of Ukraine.

Explained: What Modi meant by ‘FOMO’ — and other Internet shorthand and how to pick them up
Fri, May 06, 2022

The Oxford English Dictionary describes 'FOMO' as the "anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media".

Maldives is preserving its pre-Islamic heritage, with some help from India
Wed, May 04, 2022

For the Maldives, Landhoo island serves as an important link in understanding and researching the country’s pre-Islamic past.

Explained: Why Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque has been a site of frequent clashes
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

The al-Aqsa Mosque is one of Jerusalem’s most recognised monuments. The mosque’s complex is one of Islam's most revered locations, and the Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism.

In Croatia, a Roma conference ponders whether the community can be termed Indian diaspora
Tue, Apr 12, 2022

In the context of India’s foreign policy and its plans to give recognition to the Roma community, that would mean giving identification to the approximately 25 million people spread around the world, affiliated to various Roma social groups.

In West Bengal’s Birbhum, a unique community museum that archives Santal history and culture
Sun, Apr 10, 2022

A private museum in India that is dedicated entirely to the documentation and preservation of Santal culture and heritage.

In their own language: a school in West Bengal’s Birbhum for Santal children
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

For three decades, Rolf Schoembs Vidyashram in West Bengal’s Birbhum district has been operating as a school entirely for Santal children, teaching primary school students.

Memorial on Maldives’ Addu Atoll: remembering the dead of World War 2
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

The Addu Atoll Memorial commemorates 70 personnel of the armed forces of undivided India who were killed at the RAF base on the island between 1942 and 1944.

Explained: What Maldives’ new police academy means for bilateral security cooperation with India
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

In addition to the inauguration of this academy, an MoU was signed between the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad and the Maldives Police Service.

Explained: Why South Korea’s president-elect wants to relocate the presidential office
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

South Korea president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol Yoon wants to move the presidential office from its current location, the Blue House, to where the defence ministry is located. What is the reason for this? Why has his proposal drawn criticism? 

Translated into Ol Chiki for first time, Santals get to read India’s Constitution in their own script
Sun, Mar 20, 2022

An assistant professor in the Santali language at the Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University in Purulia, West Bengal, Sripati Tudu started this initiative because he wanted the document to be more accessible and available for a wider group that may not necessarily be familiar with languages in which a translation of the Constitution is available.

Explained: What we know about South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol, and his proposed policies
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

As far as foreign policy is concerned, Yoon is more hawkish in his approach, particularly in comparison with President Moon Jae-in. Unlike President Moon, Yoon supports harsh sanctions on North Korea, in line with US foreign policy.

In ‘Mosaics of a Locale’, Bhawanipur college students compile histories of their Kolkata neighbourhood
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

'Mosaics of a Locale' tells the story of Bhawanipore through the memories of the families and homes that have somehow withstood the onslaught of the destruction of the city’s architectural heritage and where its neighbourhoods are being rampantly swallowed and regurgitated to an unrecognisable extent.

Explained: South Korea’s Presidential Election 2022
Thu, Mar 10, 2022

Early voting began on Friday morning and the election process comes at a time when the country is facing one of its worst waves of the coronavirus pandemic pushed by the Omicron variant.

Explained: How Turkey closing its waters to Russia’s navy could impact the war in Ukraine
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

Turkey has announced its decision to implement the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits

Explained: Amid Ukraine invasion, why Russia is objecting to Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

Amid its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has said that if Sweden and Finland become members of the NATO, the move “would have serious military and political consequences”. A look at the larger historical background at play here

Explained: Why has the UK objected to China backing Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands?
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

What is the long-standing dispute on the Falkland Islands, and why is it back in the news now?

Explained: Why India’s Defence Secretary’s Maldives visit is important
Tue, Feb 15, 2022

India’s Defence Secretary visited the Maldives on February 13-14, for discussions with the Maldives National Defence Force. What was on the agenda, and why was the meeting important for bilateral relations?

The mystery of Maldives’ dying mangroves and India’s role in the quest to save them
Fri, Feb 11, 2022

Alarmed by the fast-declining health of its crucial mangroves, the Maldives is desperately trying to save them, particularly one species which holds historical and cultural significance to its people. Helping the archipelagic nation is a team of scientists from India’s Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT).

For endangered Batagur Baska turtles, Sundarban conservation project is reason for hope
Mon, Jan 31, 2022

The decline of their habitat, threats from predators and the demand for turtle meat have, over the decades, led to dwindling numbers of the Batagur baska, also known as the Northern River Terrapin, in South Asia. A ten-year-long multi-pronged conservation programme in the Sundarbans however, is showing promise.

How Indian barbers cut a monopoly for themselves in faraway Brunei
Tue, Jan 18, 2022

It is not uncommon for several generations of Bruneians to have gone to the same Indian barber.

Explained: Why political parties in Maldives are pushing back against ‘India Out’ protests
Mon, Jan 10, 2022

The ‘India Out’ campaign started sometime in 2020 as on-ground protests in the Maldives and later spread widely across social media platforms using the phrase with a related hashtag.