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MEA seeks Bengal’s permission to bring back 2,680 ‘distressed’ migrants stuck in Bangladesh

Centre has repeatedly asked for Mamata Banerjee govt’s nod, but Bengal official says there’s hesitation because Bangladesh is a Covid hotspot.
11 members of minority communities of Afghanistan, including a Sikh community leader who was kidnapped and later released, arrived Sunday after India granted them visas and facilitated their travel | ANI

Request for permanent settlement by Sikhs, Hindus from Afghanistan to be examined, says MEA

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also said that the ministry was in touch with others who would like to return from Afghanistan and would facilitate their return.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

India asks China to ‘sincerely work’ on Ladakh disengagement amid hints it is ‘slowing down’

MEA says India and China will ‘soon’ convene another meeting of the WMCC, a mechanism for bilateral talks on border issues.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation Tuesday | Photo: ANI

China’s claim on Galwan not in accordance with Beijing’s past position, says India 

The MEA statement, in response to China’s claims, came hours after the PMO issued a clarification on Modi’s comments at Friday's all-party meet.
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Return Indian mission officials ‘immediately’, India tells Pakistan, says don’t harass them

MEA summons Pakistan Charge d’Affaires in India, Syed Haider Shah, who is also currently the acting high commissioner, issues a demarche on the officials’ 'arrest'. 
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India focused on mitigating negative economic impact of Covid on talent abroad: Jaishankar

Addressing a conference of Protectors of Emigrants, the external affairs minister said MEA is facilitating data flows to develop a database for skilled workers.
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to take part in SCO video conference on Covid-19

The extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will take place on 13 May, while the regular meet is slated for June in Moscow.
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In era of social distancing, India’s Ministry of External Affairs must reimagine diplomacy

How do you win over the other at a time of gesture-less screen-presence? The MEA is becoming more about partnership and less about loud leadership.

India demands Pakistan vacate Gilgit-Baltistan, warns against ‘material changes’ in region

India’s statement comes after Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered an amendment to the Gilgit-Baltistan Order-2018. New Delhi had earlier rejected the order as well.
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Stranded Indians could be brought back after lockdown, no ‘concrete plan’ for now

The decision to bring back the stranded Indians will depend on the states’ capacity to absorb these people.

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Twitter, not Microsoft, should buy TikTok

TikTok would be perfect product to extend Twitter’s reach toward younger audiences, broadening its viewer base & advertisers that want to reach them.
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IndiGo to raise Rs 4,000 crore to make up for coronavirus cash drain

The fundraising measures, along with its free-cash balance, should provide IndiGo with 10 months of liquidity.

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Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
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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.