Diplomacy

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun | Twitter @StateIRF

India-US ties have ‘fundamental alignment’ but China is elephant in the room, US’ Biegun says

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun says the US benefits from forging close links with countries like India ‘that seek to provide for their own defence’.
US Seputy Secretary of State Stephen Beigun (left) with EAM S Jaishankar (right) | Twitter @DrSJaishankar

‘Indo-Pacific priorities’, China row on agenda as Jaishankar meets deputy US State Secretary

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun arrived in Delhi Monday for a visit primarily meant to finalise groundwork for third 2+2 India-US dialogue, to be held this month.
Representational image of the Indian and Chinese flags | Photo: ANI

India to press for early & complete disengagement at Monday’s military talks with China

The talks are slated to begin at 12 noon in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.
Ron Malka, Israel's ambassador to India | Photo: Twitter | @DrRonMalka

Israeli envoy hails India’s new farm laws, says they’ll empower farmers and maximise profits

Ambassador Ron Malka says collaboration in the agriculture sector is one of the main 'glues' that binds the India-Israel partnership.
Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah arrives in New Delhi earlier this week | Twitter | @DrabdullahCE

India has assured Kabul of ‘active involvement’ in Taliban peace talks, says Abdullah Abdullah

In an exclusive interview with ThePrint during his India visit this week, Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah discusses Kabul’s talks with Taliban, and India’s role in process.
File photo of US President Donald Trump with National Security Advisor Robert O' Brien | Nicole Grigg

China’s aggressive stance won’t change with dialogues and agreements, says US NSA

National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said the US must stand up to China and protect the American people
Jaishankar-Pompeo

China has deployed more than 60,000 troops on India’s northern border, says Mike Pompeo

Foreign ministers of Indo-Pacific nations, known as the Quad group, met in Tokyo Tuesday in their first in-person talks since the Covid pandemic began.
US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun | Twitter @StateIRF

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun to visit India and Bangladesh next week

Biegun will arrive on 12 October and meet with senior government officials. He will also deliver the keynote address at the India-US Forum.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah | Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

India committed to peace in Afghanistan, says Jaishankar after meeting Abdullah Abdullah

Jaishankar and Abdullah Abdullah held talks on the Afghan peace process, and bilateral cooperation.

India-Israel’s ‘game changing’ rapid Covid testing will be ready in days, says Israel envoy

Ambassador Ron Malka said Israel would want India to become the manufacturing hub for the rapid testing kit, which promises to give results in less than a minute.

On Camera

RBI Governor Shakikanta Das speaks Friday | Photo: ANI

Future rate cuts depends on moderation in inflation, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

The reconstituted Monetary Policy Committee, which met from 7 to 9 October, had decided to keep the benchmark lending rates unchanged in view of the hardening of retail inflation.

Defence

INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.