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Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, hosts millions of tourists all year round | Photo: Commons

India beats Maldives, Sri Lanka to become a favourite tourist spot in South Asia, finds study

A report by Brookings India reveals that tourism in India improved considerably since 2017, and added that India could leverage its cultural similarities with neighbours to grow further.

US drug overdose deaths surge, Germany’s naked swimming controversy & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

Maldives set to reopen its resort islands to international visitors from 15 July

International visitors will be allowed only on resort islands and live-aboard boats as of 15 July; on 1 August, guest houses and hotels on inhabited islands will reopen.

First naval ship carrying 700 Indians evacuated from Maldives arrives in Cochin

A Port Trust statement said that the people evacuated from the Maldives arrived at 9:30 AM by 'INS Jalashwa' of the Indian Navy.
Representational image. | A file photo of INS Jalashwa. | Photo: Commons

Four naval ships set sail to bring back stranded Indians, two of them heading to Maldives

INS Shardul, INS Magar and INS Jalashwa have been diverted from mission deployment to bring back stranded Indians.
The consignment in Maldives

IAF airlifts 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines, hospital consumables to Maldives

The consignment was airlifted to Male by an Indian Air Force C-130 aircraft, as part of 'Operation Sanjeevani'.
Foreign tourists wear protective masks at the Taj Mahal complex in Agra amid the coronavirus threat | Photo: ANI

After Nepal, Bhutan, now Afghanistan & Maldives pledge support to SAARC COVID-19 fund

Afghanistan has pledged $1 million, while Maldives said it would contribute $2,00,000 to the fund, which was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives Abdulla Shahid calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday. | ANI

Relationship with India ‘outstanding’, China is ‘generous’: Maldives FM Abdulla Shahid

After ties between India and Maldives got strained under Abdulla Yameen, the new Maldivian foreign minister says the ‘relationship is based on principles’.
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed

China grabbed more land than East India Company, says ex-Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed

Nasheed says free trade agreement which Maldives signed with China, under the previous pro-Beijing regime of Abdulla Yameen, was now dead.
Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor

India refuses to grant asylum to ex-vice president of Maldives

Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, who arrived in India Thursday, was sent back as he did not have valid documents to enter the country.

On Camera

A CRPF jawan stands guard along a street on the first day of the two-day curfew in Srinagar, Tuesday, 4 August, 2020. | PTI

In one-year-old Naya Kashmir, development is only visible in Twitter hashtags

For the first time since the emergence of the new militancy in Kashmir, the recruitment of local boys has seen an over 40% year-on-year decline.
A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

Representational image of China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: Justin Chin | Bloomberg

India-China tensions at Depsang, a disengagement sticking point, began much before May

The situation in Depsang is similar to the one that prevailed at the northern bank of the Pangong Tso, another sticking point in talks, before the intrusion this year.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

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.