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Protesters hold photos of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are being detained by China, outside British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver

Ex-Canadian diplomat in China jail for 576 days amid Huawei stand-off, wife fights for release

Michael Kovrig is an apparent pawn in a geopolitical battle over Huawei and the fate of its CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is currently in Canada's custody.
A view of the North Portico of the White House | Joyce N. Boghosian/whitehouse.gov

US envoys can’t return to their posts yet due to disputes over testing, quarantining them

A State Department spokesperson said the US is taking precautions to make sure diplomats and their families are healthy when they leave the US.
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

As Gulf calls for an ‘India without Islamophobia,’ Jaishankar works the phones

Reactions from UAE royal princess, Kuwait government and others have made Delhi sit up and take note of anti-Muslim hate speech by Indian nationals.
Members of the foreign delegation on a ‘shikara’ at Dal Lake, in Srinagar, Wednesday | PTI

‘Restrictions should be lifted’ — Foreign envoys after two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir

This comes on a day EU urged India to 'swiftly' lift the restrictions in J&K. The 25 envoys also met NSA Ajit Doval in Delhi.
Cavalcade of 25 European Union Parlimentarians delegation arrives in Srinagar on 12 February

‘Kashmir is fine’: New group of foreign envoys visit J&K, tweet sparks controversy

A group of 25 envoys representing more than 20 countries are on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. However, tweets by an Afghan envoy caused a stir.
Outgoing British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith KCMG | @NayanimaBasu | Twitter

Hope India addresses concerns on CAA, says outgoing British envoy Dominic Asquith

Outgoing British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith also says UK is keen to visit Kashmir valley if Indian govt officially invites it.
Amit Shah in Kolkata

Modi govt’s trip for envoys to J&K exposes rift between home and external affairs ministries

If Modi government intended the envoys to see the situation in Kashmir ‘first-hand’, it needed to do more than letting the diplomats spend 3-4 hours there.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.