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Sushma Swaraj | Wu Hong-Pool/Getty Images

India gets consular access to 117 Indian students detained in fake US university racket

The Indian students are being helped to obtain legal advice and connect to community support services, said the foreign ministry.
Indian PM Narendra Modi with Monaco's Prince Albert II | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Prime Minister Modi & Monaco’s Prince Albert II discuss combating climate change

Prince Albert, who is on a week-long India visit, met the prime minister at Hyderabad House in the capital.
Indian two thousand and five hundred rupee banknotes | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India-Nepal currency deadlock has its roots in face-off over Madhesis

Nepal has banned Indian notes because New Delhi is refusing to exchange old demonetised currency since Kathmandu hasn’t acted on its demands for Madhesis.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi

After reaching out to Mirwaiz, Pakistan foreign minister now calls Hurriyat’s Geelani

Foreign Minister Qureshi and the Hurriyat leader discussed an international conference to be held in London to express solidarity with the people in Kashmir.
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

As US-Taliban talks progress, India reaches out to China to discuss Afghanistan’s future

India is concerned that the US might delay July’s Afghan elections and bring in a caretaker govt, in a bid to rush its withdrawal from the war-torn country.
A file photo of Sushma Swaraj

India issues demarche to US over arrest of Indian students, seeks consular access

This is the first time India has issued a demarche to US since the row over diplomat Devyani Khobragade in 2013.
Soldiers from 2nd Platoon Fox Co. of the 2-506th Infantry Battalion of the 4th Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division conduct a counter indirect fire patrol from their base at COP Sabari in the Sabari district of Khost province, Afghanistan

Trump’s bid for hasty Taliban deal risks repeating history in Afghanistan

Officials in Kabul are worried as it's still not clear what a power sharing agreement with the Taliban will look like.
An Indian passport | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

India to provide consular access to 8 arrested in US over alleged visa fraud

The Ministry of External Affairs is also mobilising Indian community organisations in the US to extend ‘all possible support’ to students affected by this.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale

In tit for tat move, Pakistan summons Indian envoy to protest summoning of its own envoy

India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had earlier summoned Pakistan's envoy Sohail Mahmood in New Delhi.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Don’t let Pakistan Foreign Minister speak at House of Commons: India to urge UK

India to request UK govt if Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi could be stopped from speaking at 4 February Kashmir event.

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Sri Lankan soldiers inspect the damage inside St. Sebastian's Church, Sri Lanka | Tharaka Basnayaka/Bloomberg

Sri Lanka attacks mark birth of terrorism 3.0

Terrorism 3.0 is defined by the Islamic State — a globally dispersed, highly lethal, financially capable, deeply innovative organisation.

Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.