Sunday, 22 May, 2022
TopicEuropean Union

Topic: European Union

What is India-EU Trade and Technology Council, and how it will help ongoing FTA negotiations

Council will focus on areas like 5G and AI, seek to deepen cooperation in trade and security. Experts say it’ll 'smoothen' overall FTA negotiations between India and EU.

Europe dreams of military power, but NATO’s still in charge. India must engage with caution

Europe's defence capabilities vs NATO to Russia's invasion of Ukraine — joint statements signed during Modi's visit reflect shortcomings.

Modi’s trip shows India & EU can grow closer despite differences on Russia’s Ukraine invasion

While the Ukraine war did dominate the agenda at Modi's meetings with European leaders, a wider acceptance of India’s stance vis-à-vis Russia was also witnessed.

‘Won’t be easy, but have to work on it,’ EU proposes ban on Russian oil

As part of its sixth package of sanctions, the EU will also de-swift 3 Russian banks, and ban 3 state broadcasters.

Russia’s aggression already being felt in Indo-Pacific, says European Commission President

At Raisina Dialogue 2022, Ursula von der Leyen touched upon crucial issues like democracy, Russia and China's all-weather friendship, and the heavy cost of the Ukraine war.

EU pushes for energy cooperation with India as it aims to ‘diversify away’ from Russian oil

At a meeting with PM Modi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed a keen interest in partnering with India in its quest for renewable energy.

Indian backdoor for Russian oil weakens calls for European ban

India’s diesel exports in March were highest since April 2020 when it hit 847,000 barrels a day, according to Jane Xie, a senior oil analyst at data and analytics firm Kpler in Singapore.

European Union leaders likely to warn China on support to Russia

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said China had a 'special responsibility' to demand that Russia respect international law and to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Biden meets EU leaders in Brussels, talks sanctions, commitment to transatlantic unity

An official said that Biden delivered powerful closing remarks and spoke on why Europe – the EU, NATO, the transatlantic alliance– is important to the US.

Indian missile must bring self-reflection to Pakistan. Imran Khan should keep EU, US close

The 'accidental' missile launch emphasises one key aspect of India-Pakistan relations. Nuclear powers can't afford accidents and misunderstandings.

On Camera

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Title scene of Taarak Mehta ka ooltah chashmah.

Dear Taarak Mehta, you were our peak comfort content for 14 years. Now it’s time to retire

Just like the Truman Show, all Taarak Mehta plots somehow feel the same for the past few years. It's fine to accept that ideas can go stale.
An attendant refills a two-wheeler with fuel at a petrol pump in New Delhi Saturday | ANI

Under fire for spiraling inflation, Modi govt announces excise duty cut on fuels, LPG subsidy

It has also decided to enhance the fertiliser subsidy for farmers, and reduce import duty on some raw materials. ‘It is always people first for us!’ tweets prime minister.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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