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Pakistan to challenge India’s claim for exclusive GI tag to Basmati rice in EU

Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan said their country was a major grower and producer of Basmati rice and India’s application for exclusivity is unjustified.
File image of India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar (left) with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif | Photo: ANI

India could lose basmati rice market in Iran to Pakistan as US sanctions disrupt payments

Tehran and New Delhi explore barter trading options even as Iran has stepped up importing basmati rice from Pakistan. 
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Congress against MP farmers, Shivraj tells Sonia after Amarinder letter on basmati GI tag

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote to Sonia Gandhi after Punjab CM Amarinder Singh sent a letter to PM Modi, urging him not to allow GI tag for MP basmati.

On Camera

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How PSU’s market cap fell by 36% in 6 years under Modi govt, while stock market doubled theirs

In episode 605 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta parses numbers to highlight how public sector firms and banks lost Rs 6.9 lakh crore in value in 6 years.
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Gold sales this festival season to be India’s worst since 2008

Covid and weak economic growth are likely to push sales below last year’s 194 tons to the lowest quarterly numbers since 2008, according to a consultant at Metals Focus Ltd.

Defence

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Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.