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After years of differences, India & Canada seek to reboot relations in PM Trudeau’s third term

In exclusive interaction with ThePrint, India’s High Commissioner to Canada Ajay Bisaria talks ‘greater coordination’ between the ‘G20 economies and Indo-Pacific democracies’.

No consensus in WTO after India proposes virtual ministers’ meet on Covid vaccine IPR waiver

Ministerial conference was postponed in November due to Omicron variant emerging. India & South Africa had proposed intellectual property rights waiver for Covid vaccines in 2020.

Covid, Quad, climate change among initiatives to act on in 2022 for India, US: White House

Referring to PM Modi and President Biden's meeting last September, White House Press Secy Jen Psaki said it was about launching a new chapter in the history of US-India relationship.

Foreign Secy Shringla meets Bhutan minister to review economic ties, hydropower sector

The meeting took place in New Delhi Monday during Minister for Economic Affairs of Bhutan Lyonpo Loknath Sharma's visit to India.

India monitoring Kazakhstan violence, looks forward to early stabilisation, says MEA

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi assured safety of Indian nationals in central Asian country. Kazakhstan has been witnessing large-scale violence over rising fuel prices.

Hot Springs in focus at India-China talks this week, not ‘legacy issues’ Depsang & Demchok

With new commanders on both sides and after a significant gap without military escalation, sources are hopeful of progress at the 14th round of talks, scheduled for Wednesday.

India sends 3rd batch of medical assistance to Afghanistan containing 5 lakh Covid vaccines

India also sent 1.6 tons of medical assistance to Afghanistan through WHO, the MEA said, adding that it stands committed to continuing a 'special relationship' with the Afghan people.

Bridge over Pangong lake built by China in illegally occupied eastern Ladakh, says MEA

China has been focusing on strengthening its military infrastructure after Indian troops captured several strategic peaks on the southern bank of the Pangong lake in August 2020.

India plans ‘twin-track’ approach to engage with Myanmar junta as China makes inroads

India has taken a ‘decisive step’ to officially engage with Myanmar’s junta, keeping in mind its close partnership with ASEAN and concerns over Beijing growing closer to the regime.

Shouldn’t turn ‘New Year’s sweets into bullets’, Chinese paper hits out at India’s Opposition

In an editorial, The Global Times praised the exchange of sweets between Chinese and Indian soldiers on New Year & blamed India's Opposition for turning 'sweets into bullets'.

On Camera

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.

Defence

File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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