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With desire for ‘higher gear’ and ‘new age of ambition’, India-US embrace becomes tighter

Addressing a virtual summit, S. Jaishankar and Mike Pompeo raise pitch on India-US growing public bonhomie, talk 5G tech, Galwan and urge end to trade tiff.
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal addresses the US-India Business Council’s virtual India Ideas Summit Tuesday | Photo: ANI

India, US will complete a quick trade deal in a couple of calls, says Commerce Minister Goyal

Piyush Goyal says India and the US will go for a preferential trade agreement first on 50-100 goods and services, followed by a larger free trade agreement.
File image of US President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

India wants concessions from US on drug exports, offers to cut farm goods prices, report says

Exclusive Reuters report says India, one of the largest consumers of dairy products, has proposed a quota-based system for US dairy imports.
File image of US President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

India and US are ‘nearer to a smaller’ trade deal than ever before, says envoy Sandhu

Taranjit Sandhu, Indian ambassador to the US, says it’s a win-win proposition & ‘our leadership has given direction' to wrap up a smaller deal and then go in for a bigger FTA.
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Modi, Trump had walked away from them. Now mega trade deals will make a comeback after Covid

International trade is set to get a new lease of life as Covid-hit countries learn the value of global supply chains in the fight against the pandemic.
PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at Hyderabad House on 25 February 2020. Trump was on a two-day visit to India, his first ever to the country | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Trump’s signal to Modi’s India is clear: Shed your reluctance, become a formal US ally

India is a virtual American ally but remains reluctant to be a formal American ally.

After Namaste Trump, India and US to strengthen strategic, defence & energy ties

India and the US are expected to sign $6 billion worth of defence deals on President Donald Trump’s 36-hour visit, which begins Monday.
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RSS affiliate brings up religion to oppose US dairy imports, cites non-veg diet of cows

Ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit to India, RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch has opposed US dairy imports — a major stumbling block in a trade deal between the countries.

Mystery Chinese ship to Karachi, 5 indicted in US show Pakistan’s nuclear racket is alive

The seizure shows India has made great progress in tracking ships using technologies like Automatic Identification Systems.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump during the ‘Howdy! Modi’ event in Texas last year | Photo: Scott Dalton | Bloomberg

No trade deal with US during Trump visit as India doesn’t want to rush into one

Government officials say it would be incorrect to say the India-US trade deal is ‘stuck’, calling it an ‘ongoing process’ between the partners.

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Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.