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Does Trump help or harm India’s interests when he offers to mediate with China, Pakistan?

US President Donald Trump Wednesday offered to mediate between India and China over the "raging border dispute".
A man watches a television news report on the confrontation between Indian and Pakistani fighter jets in an electronics store in New Delhi

Don’t go looking for fire in TV news anchors’ belly. It’s China, not Pakistan

Be it Aaj Tak, ABP News, Zee News, or Republic TV, there was no fire and brimstone, no grand claims of India destroying enemy China, all of which is reserved for Pakistan.
A locust infestation | Bloomberg

India takes up locust problem with Pakistan, hopes it will ‘rise above narrow-minded approach’

India has offered to cooperate with Pakistan to tackle an onslaught of locusts that threatens to raze vast swathes of crops.
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Jaishankar raises terrorism at SCO Covid meet, says it’s still overwhelming threat

The statement by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar comes at a time when India is seeing a spurt in ceasefire violations from Pakistan in Jammu & Kashmir.
Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly celebrate the New Year 2019 at Bumla along the Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh

India TV works out, Amish Devgan on Pak’s ‘pitaayi’ by India & Gaurav Sawant at China LoC

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
Security forces at the site of an encounter last week that killed five personnel, including two Army officers, in Kashmir's Handwara | PTI

How Pakistan ‘deep state’ is using coronavirus cover to fuel terrorism in Kashmir

The Pakistan 'deep state' is said to be hard at work trying to attack India as the Modi govt focuses its efforts on tackling the Covid-19 crisis.
Ghanche district, Gilgit-Baltistan | Commons

Not first time IMD is showing weather bulletin for areas under PoK, says weather agency

IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra has said forecasts for Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad will now be a part of readings issued by their regional centre for J&K subdivision. 
Representational Image | Army jawans | Photo: Imran Nissar/ANI

Instead of organising spectacles, military must focus on faultlines in Kashmir now

After the killing of 18 security personnel in Kashmir, India must review its political and military strategy to handle the situation in the region.

Is Pakistan taking advantage of global Covid crisis to turn on terror tap against India?

Three CRPF personnel and a 14-year-old boy were killed in an attack by militants in north Kashmir’s Handwara Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting via video conference amid the lockdown to prevent spread of Covid-19 | PIB | Twitter

Modi had turned his back on NAM and SAARC. Covid brings them back on his table

The coronavirus crisis left global leaders scratching their heads. But Modi saw an opportunity and launched a diplomatic blitzkrieg — first with SAARC, then with NAM.

On Camera

Budget 2020 is now useless. Modi govt must present a new one

Covid has ensured Modi govt won’t meet 20% growth in tax collection target. That would be a terrible assumption to make in a pandemic-hit economy.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.