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Why Xi’s show of force against India is a strategic gift for Trump

India has historically tried to balance ties among global powers but clashes with China laid bare potential risks of not having US more clearly behind it.
Chabahar port in Iran

Iran to develop Chabahar rail link on its own, but says ‘doors are open’ for India to join

India is unable to develop the Chabahar-Zahedan rail link under the second phase of the project due to US sanctions. Iran says there's ‘no limit’ to its relations with New Delhi.
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India, EU ‘far apart’ on trade deal, but to revive talks today at first summit in 2 years

EU & India have been planning a free trade deal since 2007. Now, as PM Modi virtually meets EU leaders, high-level trade dialogue expected to be announced.
File image of Nepal PM K.P. Sharma Oli | ANI

Nepal Foreign Ministry steps in to quell Ayodhya row stoked by PM Oli, says no offence meant

Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli said Monday that the ‘real Ayodhya’ lies at Thori in the west of Birgunj, reportedly adding that Lord Ram wasn’t born in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
Emmanual Macron with PM Modi

France to soon announce ‘exceptional’ Covid-19 package, including ventilators, for India

French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain said the two nations have shown great solidarity since the start of Covid crisis, with India giving equipment and drugs to French hospitals.

Nepal’s ambassador to India likely to be recalled as tensions between neighbours rise

As tensions with India soar, Nepal PM K.P. Sharma Oli is facing strife within the Communist Party, with China trying hard to keep it from falling apart.
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Modi govt looks at major diplomatic reshuffle, to send new envoys to Dhaka, Taipei, Kabul

New Delhi will be sending Vikram Doraiswami, Rudrendra Tandon and Gourangalal Das to Dhaka, Kabul and Taipei, respectively.
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India, China very close to each other at LAC, disengagement a work in progress, says Jaishankar

Weighing in on India-Australia coming closer, Jaishankar says there are strong structural reasons why the two countries are doing very much more with each other.
Indian Army personnel keep vigilance at Bumla pass at the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh | Photographer: Biju Boro via Getty Images | Bloomberg

India, China hold diplomatic talks over LAC, agree on ‘overall development’ of bilateral ties

India-China Senior Commanders will meet soon to discuss further steps to ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation in a timely manner, an MEA statement said.
File image of Sun Weidong, China's Ambassador to India | Photo: ANI

Weeks after Galwan, envoy Sun Weidong says India & China should be partners, not rivals

In his first address since the violent 15 June face-off, China’s Ambassador to India Sun Weidong says Galwan clash was a ‘situation’ neither country would like to see.

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Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot | ThePrint

Congress loses big when a Pilot or Scindia rebels but the ‘privileged’ are ultimate losers

Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia became ministers in Congress at an age when others like them were trying to make a name for themselves in student and youth organisations.
Inflation

Credibility of India’s statistics back in question over official inflation data

Economists aren’t buying the Statistics Department’s methodology for calculating India’s consumer price inflation numbers for April and May.

Defence

Lt Gen Panag and his daughter Gul Panag at the launch of his book, The Indian Army, Reminiscences, Reforms and Romance, on ThePrint's e-venue Soft Cover | ThePrint.

Indian Army will need another division in Ladakh to keep China out, says retd Lt Gen Panag

Former Northern Army commander Lt Gen Panag also said the strategic Darbuk-Shyokh-Daulat Beg Oldie would be rendered non-operational in case of a war with China.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.