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Australia’s Covid travel ban on citizens returning from India challenged in federal court

A 73-year-old Australian, who has been stranded in Bengaluru since March last year, challenged the ban on multiple bases, including constitutional grounds.
An Indian and Chinese flags at FlagSource workshop in Mumbai | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

China regrets India’s decision to not allow Chinese companies to conduct 5G trials

Chinese embassy spokesperson Wang Xiaojian Tuesday said that excluding Chinese telecommunications companies from the trials hinder the improvement of India's business environment.

Pakistan court asks India to cooperate in legal proceeding of Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Attorney General for Pakistan argued that the Indian govt deliberately avoided joining court proceedings and was raising objections to a trial before a Pakistani court.
India and US flags seen during a news conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi | Bloomberg Photo

US backs waiver of IP rights on Covid vaccines, India welcomes decision

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said this is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid pandemic call for extraordinary measures.
Gurpreet Singh, with wife Tejinder (right) and daughter Manseerat at a park in Australia last year. Gurpreet is currently stuck in India because of the travel ban | Photo: Gurpreet Singh

‘Abandoned, treated like criminals’: Travel ban, jail threat leave Indian-Australians in a fix

Violation of Australia's ban, imposed in view of the Covid surge in India, comes with a hefty penalty or 5-year jail term or both, & has been described as 'racist' by many.

How India & UK finally clinched a deal on sending illegal Indian immigrants home

According to the MoU signed Tuesday, the British government might also resort to 'forced repatriation' on a case-to-case basis if an illegal immigrant refuses to return to India.

Israel delivers first consignment of Covid medical supplies, oxygen concentrators to India

The Israeli embassy said more such flights will bring emergency medical aid, including thousands of oxygen generators, respirators, medications, and additional medical equipment.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi with his British counterpart Boris Johnson | Photo: @narendramodi | Twitter

India & UK sign enhanced deal, to begin Free Trade Agreement talks in autumn

The trade & investment deal worth around 1 billion pounds aims for a 'quantum leap' in UK-India ties, with India elevating the relationship status to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
File photo of Alex Ellis | Twitter/@AlexWEllis

Outcomes of India-UK summit mark transformation in ties — British High Commissioner

At the summit, PM Narendra Modi and UK PM Boris Johnson unveiled 'Roadmap 2030' to elevate ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership and announced enhanced trade cooperation.
A file photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar self-isolates after possible Covid exposure, to virtually attend G-7 meet in London

Possibility of Covid spreading among other officials attending the G-7 Summit has potential to shut down the high-profile event that marks the summit debut of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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India’s Covid vaccine policy is bound to promote inefficiency, inequality

Modi govt’s policy for Covid-19 vaccine has thoroughly exposed both the failures of an incompetent state and the vagaries of the ‘free’ market.
A crowded market in Patna after the Bihar government announced complete lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on 4 May 2021 | Photo: PTI

Growth will be hit in April quarter but impact will be less than first wave: Finance ministry

Earlier this week, RBI had also put out an optimistic statement saying the impact on economic activity from the Covid second wave will be minimal.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.