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Social Democratic Party leaders including Olaf Scholz, the chancellor candidate for party, at the SDP headquarters in Berlin, Germany, on 27 September 2021 | Photo: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz | Bloomberg

Angela Merkel’s party losing German election triggers tricky search for new govt

As the center-left Social Democrats narrowly beat Merkel's center-right Union bloc, winning party's Olaf Scholz & Armin Laschet from losing camp laid claim to leading the next govt.
Walter J. Lindner, German ambassador to India | Official Twitter account

India’s importance getting more obvious, new govt won’t change ties: German envoy Lindner

German Ambassador to India Walter J. Lindner talks of Indo-Pacific region, hints at China by saying one country blocking sea-lanes will have an impact in Berlin.

If anything is Angela Merkel’s legacy, it is her custodianship of the liberal world order

Whereas most other world leaders are “men of action” who go off like proverbial firecrackers when crises emerge, Merkel preferred to do her homework.

Jaishankar speaks to German counterpart Heiko Maas on evacuation challenges in Afghanistan

India has been facing difficulties in evacuating people from Kabul and has been in touch with US and UK, among other countries, on the fast-evolving situation in Afghanistan.
A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a student during a vaccination event at a school in Boston, Massachusetts, US | Allison Dinner | Bloomberg

Study indicates Alpha variant could be causing higher breakthrough infections than expected

Researchers said the healthcare workers with breakthrough infections had mild symptoms but high viral loads & were shedding the virus up to 32 days after diagnosis.
Commuters during rain as monsoon reaches Delhi on 13 July 2021 | PTI

Indian monsoon, German floods, Canadian heat – Lip service to climate change won’t do anymore

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Strong economy, top universities, clean environment — The advantages of migrating to Germany

Competitively placed jobs with lucrative salaries, a good public transportation system, a clean environment, and diverse cultural attractions prompt many to migrate to Germany.
Chief of Army Staff Gen M M Naravane with his Italian counterpart Lt Gen Pietro Serino (left), and Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini (right) in Rome, on 8 July 2021 | Twitter/@adgpi

The glorious battle Indian soldiers fought in Italy, on a terrain as tough as the Himalayas

Indian troops are held in very high regard in Italy. I heard it first hand at Monte Cassino itself while talking to old timers in 1975.
India received 120 ventilators from Germany along with oxygen concentrators Saturday | Twitter/@MEAIndia

Germany sending ‘massive’ oxygen plant, 12 army paramedics to operate it, envoy Lindner says

The plant, capable of generating 4,00,000 litres of oxygen a day, is being sent to India through 2 aircraft of the German Air Force and is expected to arrive here by end of this week. 
German firm Linde recently installed a 20 KL tank at GMERS Medical College, a Covid facility in Junagadh, Gujarat | Twitter | @LindeIndia1

German Army working around the clock to help India with its Covid crisis, says envoy Lindner

Germany, Lindner says, is preparing comprehensive support package to enable India to tide over ongoing Covid surge, which has been marked by reports of medical oxygen shortage.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (file photo) | Bloomberg

If anybody can lead EU after Angela Merkel, it’s Super Mario

What gives Italian PM Mario Draghi so much authority is in part his technocratic and diplomatic manner. But it’s also his prior career as an economist.
The nose of a Boeing Co. 737-9 aircraft

Tamil Nadu firm bags Boeing contract to manufacture, supply aviation components

Aerospace Engineers won a long-time contract with the global aerospace giant and deliveries of the parts would begin early next year.


File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | Representational image | By special arrangement

China sets up new shelters for troops in forward areas near LAC in eastern Ladakh

Sources said the shelters were installed near Tashigong, Manza, Hot Springs and Churup among others, in response to India’s deployment in the region.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.