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The last meeting of the Group of Ministers on Covid-19, led by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, on 9 June | Photo: ANI

No ICMR panel or GoM meetings, no briefings — Modi govt ‘retreats’ even as Covid cases surge

The ICMR task force on Covid-19 hasn’t met in over two weeks, while the daily official statement now mentions only good news, not new cases or deaths.
Restrictions in Kashmir

Modi govt constitutes GoM to look into issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir

Sources say Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister for the PMO Jitendra Singh will be part of the group.
Modi govt

Nirmala Sitharaman & Smriti Irani to be on reconstituted sexual harassment panel of ministers

The Group of Ministers was set up to examine and give recommendations for strengthening the legal and institutional frameworks to deal with sexual harassment at workplace in October 2018.

On Camera

Representational image of Muslims in Iraq | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi earlier this week as the German president came calling. He, and the formidable array of intellectuals accompanying him, were at pains to make the same outdated point: that global terrorism must be fought, but with compassion. And how is that compassion supposed to work? By bringing Islamic religious teachings into school curricula. By being kind to those (of the Islamic world) feeling left out. By taking steps to soften the blow of globalisation for those (again from the Islamic world) who can’t keep pace. And by opposing a war on Iraq unless the UN says so. Europe, we were told, is now acquiring a strong Islamic minority and must cater for its concerns and fears. It was even underlined that the Muslim population in France is now 15 per cent, about as much as in India. But...
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

These are the measures China has proposed to ease tensions at LAC in Ladakh

Over a series of meetings, China has made several suggestions to de-escalate tensions at the border, but India has rejected them since they boost Beijing's strategic position.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.