Tuesday, 19 February, 2019

Diplomacy

Rohingya refugees at a camp in New Delhi

Bangladesh foreign minister raises Rohingya issue with PM Modi, urges their repatriation

PM Narendra Modi has assured Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen of India’s cooperation over Rohingya repatriation.
Modi with Mohhamed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia crown prince set to visit India, but Israel PM Netanyahu cancels trip

The Saudis, Israelis and New Delhi didn’t want the two visits to take place so close to each other, given that the two countries are seen to be sworn diplomatic antagonists.
Donald Trump

Trump will meet Kim Jong-un a second time in Vietnam on February 27-28

Since the first Trump-Kim Jong-un summit last June, little progress has been made toward US' ultimate goal -- getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
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.

OnCamera

Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Blood, bodies and scars: What I saw after the 1983 Nellie massacre in Assam

On the anniversary of the Nellie massacre in Assam, which claimed thousands of lives in a few hours, I recall the horrid sights.

As Pakistan’s leverage with US, China, Saudi Arabia grows, is it even possible to isolate it?

Pakistan signed deals worth $20 billion with Saudi Arabia, even as India vows to isolate the neighbour diplomatically after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy.

Defence

A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

IAF deputy chief and other senior officers set to fly Rafale at Aero India

Even as political slug-fest continues over the deal, IAF is throwing its weight behind Rafale, the first of which is to be delivered in September 2019.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.