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A crude oil tanker from Kharg Island oil terminal in the Persian Gulf, Iran | Bloomberg

India to stock up Middle Eastern crude oil to take advantage of low prices

New Delhi’s move to buy millions of barrels of Middle Eastern crude is seen to be part of a broader G-20 response to the collapse in oil prices.
A worker stands inside an Akzo Nobel India Ltd.

In corona crisis lies India’s opportunity to make huge economic gains: Jayant Sinha

The coronavirus pandemic requires abandoning fiscal rectitude since India too is facing a demand slump. Across the world, economies are spending money.
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Why S. Korea’s Dalgona coffee trend should remind India of its food-diplomacy potential

Three ingredients are all it takes to make Dalgona coffee, but it’s everywhere from FB to TikTok to Instagram. India must tap into its culinary soft power too.
Groups of migrants walk towards the Delhi-Ghaziabad border

Between locked down cities and distant homes, migrants lost their way in own country

Modi government’s lockdown to tackle Covid-19 pandemic led to a huge humanitarian crisis, not witnessed by the country in recent memory.
At press meet of Hyderabad House, PM Modi termed India-US relationship 'people-centric'. |Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint |

Modi to Trump to Macron, everyone loves a good war analogy. But coronavirus is not an ‘enemy’

Most countries, including US and India, have been using military language to describe the coronavirus crisis. But that won’t help us tackle the pandemic.
Migrant workers move in packed buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In fight against coronavirus, India has age on its side. Numbers show

India is too diverse for any Western mathematical model to correctly predict the impact of coronavirus.
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India, China likely to escape world recession: UN report

The UNCTAD said that advanced economies & China have put together massive govt packages which, according to the G20, will extend a USD 5 trillion lifeline to their economies.
File photo | People clap and clang utensils to show gratitude to frontline workers, during Janata Curfew in Bikaner | PTI

Clapping to slapping — India did everything other than social distancing this week

When PM Modi imposed a lockdown to flatten the coronavirus curve, little did he know how difficult social distancing would be for Indians.
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India’s Act East policy is slowly becoming Act Indo-Pacific policy under Modi government

India has placed the Indo-Pacific at the heart of its engagement with the countries of south, southeast and east Asia to counter China, writes Prabir De in his new book.
Medics interact with a patient at a help desk, set- up in view of coronavirus pandemic, at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on 14 March

US, China rivalry spills over into India’s neighbourbood in the form of coronavirus aid

US and China have been on a coronavirus aid-giving spree to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal amid the unprecedented crisis the South Asian countries are facing.

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File photo | Dr Li Wenliang, who died of the novel coronavirus | Wikimedia Commons

China’s blunders in Wuhan should settle the debate about democracy and economic progress

The virus exploded from Wuhan to the world because the Chinese form of government abhors transparency. What they need is democracy — and India should learn this lesson.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.

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USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo | Bloomberg

Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.