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Indian envoy meets Sri Lankan Speaker, lauds Parliament’s role in upholding democracy there

High Commissioner Gopal Baglay's meeting with Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena comes days before Sri Lanka elects a new President on 20 July, amidst the ongoing economic & political turmoil there.

What now as US House votes for CAATSA waiver to India? Long road ahead, final call with President

A legislative amendment seeking CAATSA waiver for India for defence trade with Russia was passed by a voice vote in the US House of Representatives Thursday.

Age no bar? Why Indian liquor body wants India-UK FTA to remove whisky maturation standard

If New Delhi is offering tariff cuts on liquor, London must remove non-tariff barriers on Indian exports, says Vinod Giri of the Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies.

At first I2U2 summit, UAE pledges $2 billion for food parks in India

I2U2 is a grouping comprising India, Israel, UAE & US. Also called ‘West Asian Quad’, it was first conceptualised on 18 October 2021.

India urges ‘early solution’ to Lanka crisis, stresses ‘democratic means’ as Gotabaya resigns

MEA says India assisting and responding to current crisis in Sri Lanka with 'urgency' in order to help Lankans overcome 'hardships arising from the economic situation in the country'. 

Former Nepal PM Prachanda arrives tomorrow on BJP chief’s invite, will meet Jaishankar too

Pushpa Kamal Dahal said to have been invited in an effort to 'assess' extent of Chinese 'interference' in Nepal’s politics, and also as part of BJP push to build 'good relations' with Nepal parties.

I2U2’s agenda ‘progressive and practical’, says PM Modi at first leaders’ summit

Addressing the virtual summit along with the heads of state of Israel, UAE, and US, Modi said the cooperative framework of the grouping is a good model for practical cooperation.

Out of jail in 2030 — how Abu Salem pushed India to honour its promise to Portugal

1993 Mumbai blasts convict Abu Salem fought two rounds of litigation with govt and won both, thanks to a 2002 extradition ‘assurance’ given by India to Portugal.

China silent on crisis in Sri Lanka, aims to ‘de-hyphenate’ from Rajapaksas, say experts

With political, economic clout in Sri Lanka, China helping the crisis-hit nation was expected. But lack of financial returns & public outrage for Rajapaksas ensured their absence.

Lanka’s Gotabaya ‘flees’ to Male, likely to head to Dubai or Singapore later

India has denied any involvement in Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaving the county. The Sri Lankan President is expected to resign Wednesday.

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Opposition leaders protest outside Parliament | Representative image | ANI

Confused, aimless—why Opposition parties live up to Ronen Sen’s ‘headless chicken’ remark

From ‘compromising national security’ to 'playing havoc' with institutions, the Opposition continues to attack Modi while failing to reflect on own actions.
A suspension pylon in Tamil Nadu | Commons

You thought power subsidy is a Delhi-Punjab problem? Check out Tamil Nadu’s power sector mess

RBI data shows Indian discoms owe power generation firms over Rs 4.5 lakh crore, almost a third of which is owed by Tamil Nadu, where power subsidy cost is twice that of food subsidy.

Defence

Women Army officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 ( representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

First batch of 19 women cadets join NDA, set to begin training this week

The cadets will train for three years at NDA, Khadakwasla for the 148th course. The Supreme Court last year paved the way for women to take the NDA test for the first time.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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