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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'.

Decades-old amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution still straining ties with India. Here’s why

Amendment is aimed at facilitating reconciliation of Tamilian minority by giving them greater representation, but successive Sri Lankan governments see it as an imposition by India.

EAM Jaishankar speaks to US Secretary of State, Russian counterpart

Jaishankar’s talks with Blinken covered various issues including the Indo-Pacific situation. Talks with Lavrov was focused on the follow-up of the Modi-Putin summit.

Will PM Modi attend SAARC summit this year? India weighing options as Pakistan prepares to host

With Afghanistan on the agenda, Pakistan has said it would be open to India participating in the summit virtually or in person, but sources said New Delhi is considering its options.

China doesn’t care about US’s Olympics boycott. It has Putin onboard ‘with joy’—it’s enough

UK, US, and Australia boycotted Winter Olympics. But can China win back global opinion? Does it even want to?

China says Arunachal Pradesh part of it ‘since ancient times’

China on Friday defended the renaming of 15 more places in India's Arunachal Pradesh, claiming that the southern part of Tibet has always been its territory.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
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Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.

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The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

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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