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File photo | Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping during the 11th BRICS Summit | PTI

Modi, Xi to come face-to-face for first time since Ladakh standoff at BRICS summit

The BRICS annual summit, chaired by Russia, will be held on 17 November via video conference.
File photo | Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping during the 11th BRICS Summit | PTI

Modi meets ‘close’ friend Xi at BRICS summit, says ties with China have ‘new energy’

The meeting between Modi and Xi, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil, comes days after India decided not to join China-backed RCEP over unresolved "core concerns".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the BRICS Business Forum, on the sidelines of BRICS Summit, in Brasilia, Brazil

India is world’s most open, investment-friendly economy: PM Modi at BRICS Summit

Inviting business leaders to India, PM Modi says simplifying intra-BRICS business will increase mutual trade and investment among the 5 countries.

In Brazil for BRICS summit, Modi’s mind will be on Maharashtra and eyes on Sri Lanka

Few other places have had such a grip on India’s imagination like Sri Lanka, and not just because of the Ramayana connection.
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BRICS nations' leaders. Photo: ANI

Economic slowdown, falling exports — why BRICS summit could be a ‘damp squib’ again

Agenda of BRICS Summit starting 13 November is extensive, but anything concrete on trade & investments is absent given slowdown in all 5 member nations.

US sanctions can’t change ‘time-tested’ India, Russia relations, says Russian envoy

Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin says unilateral sanctions are creating impediments for Russia and those who do business with it.
Ajit Doval

Why NSA Doval skipped BRICS summit & Sidhu ready to hit the campaign trail after acquittal

Pre-Truth — snappy, witty and significant snippets from the world of politics and government.
Rawanda

Why didn’t Modi’s Africa trip get wall-to-wall coverage?

Media’s reluctance to cover Africa is a possibility, but there’s the elephant in the room — Chinese rise in the continent.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

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.