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India ‘unlikely’ to revoke wheat export ban despite pressure. Now US to debate issue at UNSC

India is willing to consider requests to send wheat on a case-to-case basis, and maintains other countries have taken more restrictive measures in the face of food security issues.

India ‘doesn’t foresee’ border fighting with China, but ‘won’t back down’ if tensions reignite

Aim is to ensure not just disengagement of troops, but overall de-escalation. Govt in favour of solving tensions through talks as it wants peace with all neighbours including China.

We won’t lecture, but want to boost India’s strategic autonomy, says French ambassador

In an exclusive interview to ThePrint, Emmanuel Lenain, envoy of France to India, said the Rafale deal has been an outstanding achievement.

India, Pakistan and SCO to focus on Afghanistan at Monday’s anti-terrorism meeting

Discussions will be held under SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of which India is currently the chair. Meanwhile, Pakistan and the US are back to discussing Afghanistan.

Modi, Deuba to discuss India-Nepal border issue, as New Delhi wants its ‘politicisation’ avoided

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit Lumbini for a few hours Monday, where he will meet Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba. This will be their second meeting in a little over a month.

India expects ‘nothing dramatic’ from new Pakistan govt, ‘terror must stop for normalisation’

With Shehbaz Sharif government in power now, there's speculation that ties between India and Pakistan, which worsened after Balakot air strike, could see major improvement.

Sri Lanka needs greater engagement with India for economic revival, says Indian ex-envoy Kantha

Chinese projects put Colombo in 'debt-trap' & Beijing's advice on current crisis hasn't been helpful, says Ashok K. Kantha, a former Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka.

As Colombo burns, India hopes for interim govt, supports democracy, stability, economic recovery

The island nation, which is facing severe economic problems, saw massive violence Monday, as pro-and-anti-government protestors clashed, following PM Mahinda Rajapaksa's resignation.

What is India-EU Trade and Technology Council, and how it will help ongoing FTA negotiations

Council will focus on areas like 5G and AI, seek to deepen cooperation in trade and security. Experts say it’ll 'smoothen' overall FTA negotiations between India and EU.

China’s Global Security Initiative — what it is, what Xi hopes to gain & what it means for India

President Xi’s proposal for ‘Global Security Initiative’, laid out by Vice Foreign Minister last week, comes while China faces criticism for ‘aligning with Russia’ on Ukraine war.

On Camera

YourTurn

Title scene of Taarak Mehta ka ooltah chashmah.

Dear Taarak Mehta, you were our peak comfort content for 14 years. Now it’s time to retire

Just like the Truman Show, all Taarak Mehta plots somehow feel the same for the past few years. It's fine to accept that ideas can go stale.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi govt’s modest Rs 65,000 crore disinvestment target for FY23 seems to be a tall order

Government has already met one-third of its Rs 65,000-cr disinvestment target for this year. But legal and procedural delays with high-value companies are now posing hurdles.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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