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Ram Nath Kovind

With China flexing muscles in Indo-Pacific region, India & Vietnam plan defence & oil tie-up

President Ram Nath Kovind is on a visit to Vietnam, where the two countries reaffirmed the importance of freedom of navigation & unimpeded economic activities in the South China Sea.
Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, US Vice President Mike Pence, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at the 13th East Asia summit plenary session | Ore Huiying/Getty Images

Shared concern about China’s rise helped the Quad come together

Many had written off the idea of building an Asia-Pacific coalition between Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. - a group informally known as the Quad.
Ahmed Patel

With Ahmed Patel as treasurer, Congress coffers begin to swell ahead of 2019

Spurt in donations to the grand old party
File image of Narendra Modi | PTI

Singapore visit to strengthen ties with ASEAN members, says PM Modi

Narendra Modi will visit Singapore Wednesday and Thursday to participate in the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits.

Trump’s face cannot stop America’s receding economic power from shifting to Asia

His lack of attendance at Asia-Pacific summits reflects a trend that has been building for years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

Narendra Modi to visit Nepal for BIMSTEC summit as nations look to revive grouping

Connectivity, cross-border terrorism and radicalisation will be discussed at the seven-member BIMSTEC summit on 30-31 August.
A photographer is targetted during a student protest in Dhaka on August 5, 2018, following the deaths of two college students in a road accident. Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images

8 journalists ‘assaulted’ during Bangladesh stir, and Indonesia quake kills 82

Why the Trump administration wants Palestinians stripped of refugee status, and star football faces 'racial abuse' at China game.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the Naval Commanders' Conference

With US sanctions, India has perfect window of opportunity for defence deals with Vietnam

Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit could not have been better timed, with US bringing in CAATSA and complicating defence ties between Russia and Vietnam.
Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Reports of India’s demise as a regional power are greatly exaggerated

There is a tendency to exaggerate China’s footprint in India’s immediate neighbourhood.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ASEAN leaders on Republic Day

India’s chance to build presence in the East through ASEAN and Act East

Frederic Grare's book 'India Turns East' forcefully argues  that Act East has become India’s favorite instrument to mitigate its China concerns and prevent the emergence of a China-led regional order.


Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 


Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
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.