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File photo | Ranbir Kapoor leaves after attending the funeral of actor Rishi Kapoor, at the Chandanwadi Cremation Center in Mumbai, 30 April 30, 2020 | PTI

There’s something common in reactions to Ranbir Kapoor’s jeans, Brexit and Khan Market gang

Ranbir Kapoor recently received flak for wearing ripped jeans to his father Rishi Kapoor’s cremation. The criticism was also a window into the many Indias.
British Union flag and the European Union (EU) flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London | Photo: Luke MacGregor | Bloomberg

Covid-19 might have hit pause on everyday life, but not Brexit

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak affirmed that the govt was committed to its current timetable for trade talks with the European Union, which resume Wednesday.
A golden visa to UK costs a minimum of £2 million | Jason Alden | Bloomberg File Photo

What is ‘golden visa’ to UK that Indians are spending £2 million on

BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — account for 64% of global aggregate demand for golden visa, shows data from UK’s Home Office.
A British Union flag, also known as a Union Jack, flies in front of the clock face on the Elizabeth Tower in London on 28 August

UK aims to end reliance on low-skilled workers after Brexit to control immigration

A new system from 2021 will require workers to prove they know English, have a job offer and meet a points threshold based on qualifications and prospective salary.
British Union flag and the European Union (EU) flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London | Photo: Luke MacGregor | Bloomberg

Brexit is finally done, but not really

Britain left the European Union after 1,317 days of unprecedented political turmoil and almost half a century of membership. However, it now enters the choppy transition phase.
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Indians make up third largest foreign student population in UK after China, US

According to new data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, UK has seen a spike in Indians studying in the country despite the Brexit issue.
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The most powerful job in UK politics is now ‘WhatsApp group admin’

WhatsApp groups unite MPs of different parties that range from Labour factions to the “One Nation” group of moderate Tories.
British Union flag and the European Union (EU) flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London | Photo: Luke MacGregor | Bloomberg

Brexit bill clears House of Commons hurdle as UK’s exit from EU on 31 January draws closer

The EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill will now go to the House of Lords on 13 January for voting before it receives the royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II to become law.
US markets

World economy limps into 2020 after battering from trade tension & manufacturing recession

Major economies underperformed this year versus forecasts, perhaps no surprise given the uncertainty from the US-China trade war that weighed on investments.
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4 key takeaways from Boris Johnson’s landmark victory in UK elections

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have won at least 360 seats in 650-member House of Commons — largest majority since 1987 win under then PM Margret Thatcher.

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Despite Covid, China will spend more on defence in 2020 than it did last year

Actual Chinese military spending may be much higher. In 2019, China reported an official defence budget of just under $178 billion, but is estimated to have spent $261 billion.

Does Trump help or harm India’s interests when he offers to mediate with China, Pakistan?

US President Donald Trump Wednesday offered to mediate between India and China over the "raging border dispute".

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly celebrate the New Year 2019 at Bumla along the Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh

Chinese aggression in Ladakh also a message for domestic and external audience: Experts

International experts say the timing is troubling as it comes at ‘a critical phase in India's internal difficulties with the Covid-19 pandemic’.
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PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.