Diplomacy

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina | PTI

China takes Bangladesh into its embrace now as Delhi-Dhaka ties go downhill

India believes Beijing will now ratchet up pressure on Dhaka to hand over certain lucrative infrastructure and connectivity projects to it to ‘provoke’ New Delhi.
11 members of minority communities of Afghanistan, including a Sikh community leader who was kidnapped and later released, arrived Sunday after India granted them visas and facilitated their travel | ANI

Request for permanent settlement by Sikhs, Hindus from Afghanistan to be examined, says MEA

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also said that the ministry was in touch with others who would like to return from Afghanistan and would facilitate their return.
The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China hasn’t responded to India’s proposed dates for next commanders’ meet on disengagement

The two armies’ corps commanders last met on 14 July, and agreed to give each other about a fortnight for disengagement at Pangong Tso.
South China Sea

Australia against unilateral change to status quo on LAC, says envoy Barry O’Farrell

Australian High Commissioner also said Australia remains deeply concerned by 'actions' in the South China Sea & rejecta China's 'unlawful maritime claims' in the region.
Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong | ThePrint

Disengagement complete at most points, says China, but again blames India for Ladakh tensions

Chinese envoy Sun Weidong reiterated his allegation that it was India that triggered Galwan Valley clash by violating the understanding reached at 6 June commanders’ meeting.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at US-Australia meet in Washington | @SecPompeo | Twitter

US, Australia reaffirm commitment to Quad consultations with India, Japan

In a joint statement, US and Australia also said that China cannot assert maritime claims in the South China Sea based on the nine-dash line, historic rights, or entire island groups.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurate the new Supreme Court building of Mauritius at Port Louis through video conferencing.| ANI

India’s development cooperation does not come with any conditions, says PM Modi

Speaking alongside Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth, Modi said that for India, the most fundamental principle in development cooperation is respecting partners.
File image of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi speaking at the UN General Assembly | Twitter

China says it will respond ‘firmly and rationally’ to US

Tolerating a bully will not keep you safe. It will only let the bully get bolder and act worse, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Emmanuel Lenain, French Ambassador hands over medical supplies to RK Jain, Secretary-General of Indian Red Cross Society. | ANI

France sends ventilators, test kits to help India in fight against Covid

The medical equipment was handed over to the Indian Red Cross Society by French Ambassador at the Palam Air Force Station.
File image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Photo: ANI

Pakistan’s Senate recommends highest civilian honour for Kashmiri separatist leader Geelani

Imran Khan govt plans to confer former Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani with Nishan-e-Pakistan on 5 August, the anniversary of India scrapping Article 370.

On Camera

Dear Binod, thank you for saving 2020 from being a total washout

It all began when the YouTube channel Slayy Point explored the internet’s garbage dump, ie YouTube’s comments section, and chanced upon a diamond in the trash.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

1 hotel, 2 backup offices, 200 isolated staff — how RBI ensured Covid didn’t disrupt banking

For nearly five months now, RBI has kept many of its staff and vendors, among others, isolated in a hotel and run payments system from its data centre in Navi Mumbai.

Defence

Mirage 2000 fighter jet

7 big-ticket ‘Make in India’ defence projects that have failed to get off the ground

Projects like fighter aircraft for the IAF, submarines and choppers for the Navy and assault rifles for all armed forces have been stuck for years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.