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Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Tianhe space station core module, at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province, on 29 April 2021

Tumbling Chinese rocket could re-enter Earth atmosphere soon but landing area not known

China drew NASA criticism last year when debris from another Long March 5B rocket re-entered the atmosphere, with pieces of debris as long as 39 ft landing in Cote d’Ivoire.

Western press critical of Modi, so why is G-7 inviting him to UK summit?

Despite Modi’s hubris in declaring victory on the virus, the world recognises that the prime minister remains the tallest leader on the national landscape.
Ambulances lined up at a crematorium on the outskirts of New Delhi, on 23 April 2021 | Image via Bloomberg

China’s top govt body mocks India’s cremation pyres, deletes posts after backlash

Chinese social media space expressed shock and anger at the insensitivity of the post. In reply, China's foreign ministry said attention should be paid to support being given to India.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

Soldiers sit tight in Ladakh amid India’s Covid crisis, but construction activity continues

The 12th round of Corps Commander level talks could take a couple of months since the current focus is on Covid even as forces maintain continuous vigil at the LAC.

Hope nations ‘respect market rules’: China on India, Australia, Japan supply chain initiative

China's remarks came after the trade ministers of India, Japan & Australia virtually launched SCRI that seeks to enhance the resilience of supply chains in the Indo-Pacific region
File photo of China President Xi Jinping | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Xi’s China has big tech and science plans. But is looking worldwide for talent

It is said Chinese innovators work with one hand tied behind their backs. That won’t help the country’s tech ambitions.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

Global Times attacking India on Covid mismanagement should first investigate Wuhan, CCP

India’s refusal to move forward on normalisation of bilateral ties and accept Chinese investments has hurt Beijing’s ego.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

Army wants around 350 light tanks to sharpen its mountain warfare edge amid Ladakh stalemate

The Army's technical specifications for the tanks indicate the combat weight should not exceed 25 tonnes. The RFI has been floated to seek vendors.
File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Unintended victims of Covid — India’s foreign policy and an MEA unable to do its real job

India urgently needed to reach out to world capitals and engage with nations that were looking for an alternative to China. But the pandemic kept MEA occupied.

Sri Lanka asks Chinese ship to leave Hambantota port after nuclear material found on it

Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority said the commercial vessel had failed to disclose its radioactive cargo when it docked at the port.

On Camera

Imran Khan to ‘hurricane’ Firdous — two street visits to show Pakistan govt at work

Pakistani politicians from all parties have used the Ramzan month for PR activity in the past. But only Imran Khan govt has managed to pull off such a self-contradictory show.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Vivek Prakash | Bloomberg

Here’s what more RBI can do to help Indian economy as Covid rages on

From easing loan repayment rules for sectors badly hit by the pandemic to maintaining 'accommodative' stance, a look at what RBI can consider to ease the Covid’s hit to the economy.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.