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File photo of Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, at a news conference in Brussels, Belgium | Photo: Bloomberg

‘Proud of achievements in democracy, human rights’ — India will tell Blinken on ‘US concerns’

During his visit to India, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to raise with Jaishankar and PM Modi the Biden administration’s ‘concerns on human rights and democracy’.
File photo of Indian envoy TS Tirumurti at the UNSC Syrian Humanitarian Resolution | Twitter (@ambtstirumurti)

India has provided much needed balance to UNSC vis-a-vis P-5: Ambassador Tirumurti

India will assume the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council on 1 August, it's first Presidency during its 2021-22 tenure as a non-permanent member of the 15-nation UN body.

Briefed UK on India’s Covid situation to review travel ‘red list’, Harsh Shringla says

Shringla, who arrived in UK for a 2-day visit Friday, also shared plans for a reciprocal vaccine certification system to be unveiled by the Indian govt soon for international travel.

Shringla reviews India-UK Roadmap 2030 with British counterpart during London visit

Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla holds meetings with his counterpart Lord Tariq Ahmad and other officials in London, discusses ties in key areas of trade, defence, climate change, among others.
Foreign Minister of Maldives and UNGA president-elect Abdulla Shahid in New Delhi, on 23 July 2021 | Twitter/@abdulla_shahid

International community must come together to assist Afghan people: UNGA chief Abdulla Shahid

Shahid, Maldives foreign minister, also said that the UN has a 'clear role' to play in Afghanistan as maintenance of international peace and security is a mandate of the UNSC.

UNGA president-elect Abdullah Shahid calls on PM Modi, discusses India-Maldives ties

Modi felicitated the president-elect on his vision statement for a 'Presidency of Hope' and assured him of India's full support and cooperation during his presidency.

US Secretary of State Blinken will meet PM Modi on his maiden India visit next week

A wide range of issues including cooperation on Covid response efforts & regional security interests are on the agenda for discussion, as per the state department spokesperson.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Afghanistan reconciliation leader Abdullah Abdullah in New Delhi on 23 July. | Photo: Twitter/@DrJaishankar

Abdullah Abdullah meets Jaishankar as Kabul plans massive retaliation against Taliban

Visit comes at a time when the security situation in Afghanistan is worsening. The Afghan Army Chief is also set to visit New Delhi next week. 
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Maldives should treat India ‘first among equals’, but can keep China door open too: Envoy Sudhir

In an exclusive interview to ThePrint, the Indian High Commissioner to Maldives said the Solih govt recognises its 'responsibility in maintaining peace and security' in Indian Ocean.

India again presses China for early resolution of remaining issues on LAC standoff

During a meeting last week in Dushanbe, Jaishankar had told his Chinese counterpart that any unilateral change in the status quo along LAC was 'unacceptable' to India.

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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken | Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

Blinken can clear air on India’s Af-Pak dilemma, but Modi-Jaishankar need the Middle Path

Even if the US is looking at the cases of sedition and infringement of freedoms under Modi govt, it will hardly seek to antagonise India. For the moment, Modi’s China gamble has paid off.
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Forget petrol & diesel, prices of edible oils have soared even higher in June, July

Edible oils have seen a sharp rise in prices in last 6 months despite govt efforts to cool off rates by reducing high tax levies. June fuel inflation was 12.68%, while edible oil inflation was at 34.78%.

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File photo of Indian Army soldiers after capturing a hill during the Kargil war | Photo: Commons

‘Courage is to hold on’: How Kargil fighting turned 3 Army doctors into frontline soldiers

Vijay Kumar, Rajesh W. Adhau & V.V. Sharma were among doctors who won Sena Medal for Gallantry for playing pivotal role in reducing Indian casualties in the Kargil war.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.