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Beyond speech, Modi must open govt purse for poorer Indians, businesses affected by COVID-19

I have extended my wholehearted support to Modi govt in its initiatives to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Now the Centre must take care of those affected financially: Shashi Tharoor
File photo of a Rafale fighter aircraft | PTI

Rafale production halts in France due to COVID-19, jets’ delivery to India could be delayed

If the production facility in France remains shut beyond 31 March, the delivery schedule of Rafale fighter jets to India could get impacted.
lab technician or doctor handles a test tube

Coronavirus outbreak moves beyond Asia, kills one in France

The 80-year-old man died in a Paris hospital, leaving 10 remaining cases in France, including his 50-year-old daughter.
Huawei is embroiled in controversy over security concerns in many countries | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

There’s no proof to show Huawei was spying in Europe, France says

France’s cybersecurity chief Guillaume Poupard made the statement following reports of a US document transmitted to Germany, citing evidence of Huawei spying through its equipment.
PM Narendra Modi with French President Emmanuel Macron | Twitter

Kashmir, UN, defence, nuclear pacts — France has always had India’s back, no matter what

French thwarted Chinese attempts to discuss Kashmir issue at UNSC last week. It’s just the latest in a series of instances when Paris has firmly stood with New Delhi. 
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France again blocks China move to discuss Kashmir at UNSC — ‘must be settled bilaterally’

Beijing wanted to hold an informal discussion on Kashmir at UNSC under the ‘any other business’ category.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Kashmir and CAA protests forcing foreign leaders to take a second look at PM Modi’s India

Bangladesh ministers have made their displeasure clear. The US and France have raised concerns on Kashmir clampdown and Japan’s Shinzo Abe cancelled a trip.
Captain Virat Kohli looks towards a sea of supporters

Cricket, hijab, language: How the British, French and Americans conduct citizenship tests

In any cricket match between England and a South Asian team, if Indians and Pakistanis cheered for non-English teams, they were accused of disloyalty.

World’s largest nuclear power producer confronts serial glitches

Engineers at France’s Flamanville are struggling to fix 8 faulty welds at a plant that’s running a decade late and almost four times over budget.
Jacques Chirac

Late French President Jacques Chirac saw India as a power, not a land of snake-charmers

Jacques Chirac stood firmly with India when the whole world was turning away after the 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests. He died Thursday.

On Camera

With the anti-poor lockdown, BJP is back to its upper caste, middle class, urban roots

Demonetisation’s political gain was to rebrand the BJP as a pro-poor party. The poorly implemented coronavirus lockdown is undoing that image.

Jails give Covid-19 parole: Can overstretched govt track prisoners’ movement and behaviour?

Prisons across India have begun to release inmates on parole after the Supreme Court directed to decongest jails to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Defence

Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Ready to operate beyond mandate to fight the pandemic: CDS Bipin Rawat

In interview to ThePrint, Rawat also says Quick Reaction Medical Teams (QRMTs) have been readied to mobilise at short notice to meet the requirements of civil administration.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.