Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
TopicForeign Secretary

Topic: Foreign Secretary

Who is Vinay Kwatra, and why he superseded seniors to be named India’s next Foreign Secretary

Kwatra will take over at a time when India’s neighbourhood is riddled with challenges. He is India’s envoy to Nepal, and served in the PMO and in Indian missions in US & China.

India to make best of 2-year term & establish right to be permanent member in UNSC: Shringla

Foreign Secretary Shringla arrived in US Wednesday and will participate in events in UNSC. He will also meet UN Secretary-General Guterres & address the Council briefing on Libya.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla arrives in Russia for two-day visit

On his first foreign visit of 2021, Shringla said travelling during Covid times gives an indication of the importance India attaches to its relations with Russia.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla to visit Russia on 17, 18 February

The MEA says this year’s first visit abroad by the foreign secretary to Moscow signifies the importance India attaches to its close and friendly relations with Russia.

Self-reliant India will automatically be more internationalist: Foreign Secretary Shringla

In a virtual address, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla also said Covid-19 pandemic has brought ‘new and uncertain dangers’ to the ‘dangerous world’ we live in.

Taranjit Singh Sandhu likely to be India’s next US envoy as Modi govt readies reshuffle plan

Modi govt has planned rejig of envoys, including MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar who is being considered as India’s next envoy to Singapore or Austria.

Shringla picked as foreign secretary shows Modi govt values experience more than seniority

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, a 1984-batch IFS officer, supersedes three seniors — Ruchi Ghanshyam of 1982 batch and 1983-batch officers Rajeev Chander and Amita Nair.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India’s Ambassador to US, set to be new foreign secretary

Harsh Shringla will take charge on 29 January 2020, a day after Vijay Gokhale's tenure as foreign secretary ends.

Increasing trade and combating terrorism the main takeaways from Day 1 of Modi-Xi summit

Modi & Xi had discussions for over 5 hours on first day of informal summit in Mamallapuram. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale called it ‘quality time’.

What IFS Jaishankar’s speeches reveal about Minister Jaishankar’s roadmap for India

Last year, S. Jaishankar said ‘history has lessons for an aspiring power: Leverage the dominant, collaborate with the convergent, and manage the competition’.

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File photo of Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar | Reuters

Ishaq Dar, new Pakistan finance minister—a Nawaz Sharif’s mole in Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet

Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results, Albert Einstein said. But Paksitanis don't get it--Dar's been appointed FM for the fifth time.
Beneficiaries of the PM-GKAY PDS centre in Odisha | Representational image | ANI

Free grains, fuel tax deferred – Gujarat, HP on its mind, Modi govt puts politics over economy

RBI's rate hike also among decisions announced last week that might pay political dividends in state polls, but could come with commensurate economic costs, say economists.

Defence

IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V. R. Chaudhari with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Twitter/ @IAF_MCC

Need organisation structure best suited to Indian conditions, IAF on theatre commands

The IAF chief said the model of integration that India adopts must be future-ready, must reduce levels of decision-making, and capitalise on the strength of all three services.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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