Tuesday, 19 February, 2019

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Chinese President Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping’s second term in China: What it could mean for India and the world

The 19th Party Congress has brought in some sweeping changes, but important questions remain over the economic and foreign policies of China.
US deploys missile defence system at South Korean golf course

Facing North Korea threat, US deploys missile defence system in S Korea

The US THAAD system’s missiles have a range of 200 km and can reach a height of 150 km to destroy incoming missiles from an adversary like North Korea.

RS poll victory may not change Ahmed Patel’s tenuous relationship with Rahul Gandhi

Despite a somewhat smooth working relationship, Rahul's official Twitter handle remained silent, with no customary congratulatory message for Patel after he scraped through. Ruhi Tewari

GM mustard walks in the ominous footsteps of Bt brinjal

The Centre told the Supreme Court that it would take a decision in a month-and-a-half on whether it would allow the commercial roll-out of GM mustard. But the final word rests with the Court.  Apurva Vishwanath

Vande Mataram: Headline-grabbing orders not new for Madras HC judge Muralidaran

Muralidaran, 54, has also made news with his orders on NEET, cattle slaughter and farm loan waiver and beat the SC on the national song. Apurva Vishwanath

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.