Friday, 28 January, 2022
TopicBIMSTEC

Topic: BIMSTEC

With RCEP now in force, India must strengthen trade & engage with other blocs, say experts

The world’s largest trade agreement, including China and 14 other Asia-Pacific nations, came into effect on 1 January. India had quit it in 2019, fearing a glut of cheap imports.

India, Sri Lanka ties complicated from Ramayana times but our tensions are low: Envoy Moragoda

In an exclusive interview, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Asoka Milinda Moragoda said that, despite complications, India & Sri Lanka’s leaders have always had ‘open, direct dialogue’

India committed to making BIMSTEC stronger, more effective & result-oriented, says Jaishankar

At a virtual meeting, External Affairs minister S Jaishankar says BIMSTEC has emerged as a promising grouping with growing strategic and economic interests.

What is BIMSTEC & why it has emerged as the preferred grouping of countries in South Asia

India will be a part of the 17th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation meet on 1 April. The previous meet was held in 2018.

Why Modi’s first foreign trip after Covid year is to Bangladesh

Bangladesh is India’s gateway into its eastern neighbourhood. It’s also China’s gateway to the Indian Ocean region.

Modi govt set brilliant example by sending Covid vaccines to neighbours — Bangladesh minister

In a webinar Thursday, Bangladesh's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Shahriar Alam said the country was witnessing a 'golden chapter' of bilateral ties with India.

Solution to map-making Pakistan and Nepal is in India pressing reset button on regional blocs

Pakistan and Nepal are busy pencilling in new maps as South Asian ‘big brother’ India watches haplessly. Modi government needs to get its regional act together.

India’s Act East policy is slowly becoming Act Indo-Pacific policy under Modi government

India has placed the Indo-Pacific at the heart of its engagement with the countries of south, southeast and east Asia to counter China, writes Prabir De in his new book.

India has adopted zero tolerance policy towards narcotics, says Amit Shah at BIMSTEC

Home Minister Amit Shah added that India has devised a well laid out strategy to ensure inter-agency coordination and revamped the prosecution mechanism.

Amit Shah to inaugurate India’s first BIMSTEC conference on drug trafficking

The two-day conference, on 13-14 February, aims to deliberate on the threats posed by drug trafficking in the seven member countries and steps to negate them.

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File photo of Pakistan's PM Imran Khan with its Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa | @peaceforchange | Twitter

Pakistan’s National Security Policy offers no change on Kashmir: Shah Faesal

The policy is significant because it offers us a keyhole view of the Pakistani mind at a time when India is fortifying its presence in the Indo-Pacific.
An Assicurazioni Generali SpA logo sits above an entrance to their offices in Rome | Bloomberg

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.

Defence

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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