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India, US discuss Narendra Modi White House visit

Biden is eager to deepen ties with the world's largest democracy as part of his bid to win what he has framed as a contest between free and autocratic societies, especially China.

Indian refiners pay traders in dirhams for Russian oil

Indian refiners and traders are concerned they may not be able to continue to settle trades in dollar if the price of Russian crude rises above a cap imposed by G7 and Australia.

Green hydrogen & shipping focus of delegation visiting India next week, says Norwegian ambassador

Norway has already made investments worth $200 million in India, says ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund, foresees ‘concrete cooperation’ on green hydrogen & other renewable energy areas.

Ajit Doval meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, discuss India-US strategic partnership

During their meeting on Wednesday, India & the US elevated their strategic partnership with the launch of the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology or iCET.

Budget 2023: MEA gets much less than parliamentary panel wanted. But chair says ‘satisfactory’

Less than 2 months ago, panel chaired by BJP MP P P Chaudhary had recommended more than doubling allocation to foreign ministry, to 1% from 0.44% of overall budget.

Doval, Sullivan talk jet engines, long-range artillery & Stryker at launch of tech initiative

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke with his American counterpart Jack Sullivan in Washington this week, highlighting the need to convert intentions, ideas into action through focused, timely steps.

NSA Doval, US counterpart Sullivan attend ‘special’ reception hosted by Indian envoy Sandhu

Doval, who arrived in Washington on Tuesday, also met US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.

Why India wants to modify Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan

India & Pakistan have locked horns over Kishanganga & Ratle hydroelectric projects, primarily over process of dispute resolution under Indus Waters Treaty and World Bank's role.

‘Xi won’t survive failed war with Taiwan, Ukraine to see prolonged war’: Ex-Singaporean diplomat

In 3rd Atal Bihari Vajpayee Memorial Lecture, Bilahari Kausikan said it will be easier for India to navigate new world order, and US & China are 'irreplaceable parts' of global system.

‘We continue to strengthen and deepen our ties’, Australian PM extends Republic Day greetings

Anthony Albanese said Australia Day is also celebrated on 26 January and this highlights the importance of both nations celebrating national days the same day.

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The cat carnival in Gurugram | Abantika Ghosh, ThePrint

Grumpy felines, greedy breeders—what Gurugram cat carnival looked like

Cats in tiny cages with tinier litter trays in a room full of curious onlookers—nothing could’ve prepared me for what lay inside the actual ‘carnival’ venue.
Representational photo of a woman riding her scooter past a Muthoot Finance branch | Reuters

With another RBI rate rise likely, data shows bank credit growing...

During first nine months of this fiscal, personal loans and services sector drove up credit growth, shows Bank of Baroda report. However, manufacturing sector is lagging behind. 

Defence

A C-17 aircraft containing search and rescue equipment, along with NDRF teams left for Turkey on 7 February 2023 | Photo: Twitter/@MEAIndia

India ramps up aid to Turkey & Syria, Army sends 30-bed...

While the Army has dispatched an army field hospital along with 99 soldiers to Turkey, a plane full of medical supplies is being sent to Syria.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Market has won & now it’s for Adani to decide whether...

If the political establishment responds to a situation like this as if it’s something that must only play out between a corporate & the market, it's coming of age of Indian capitalism.