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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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Foreign diplomats say Modi govt lockdown rules too strict, need more curfew passes to work

Foreign ministry has issued an advisory asking embassies to 'strictly follow' lockdown guidelines, but diplomats say restrictions violate Vienna Convention.
New MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava | Twitter

Senior diplomat Anurag Srivastava takes charge as MEA spokesperson from Raveesh Kumar

Srivastava was formerly India's Ambassador to Ethiopia, helmed the Finance Division of MEA and served at India's Permanent Mission to United Nations in Geneva.
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Modi govt to bring back 400 Indians from Iran in 2 batches, first one will arrive today

In the first batch, 278 Indian nationals will be brought and the remaining in the second batch. Most of these Indians are from Kashmir and Ladakh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump | File Photo | ANI

‘Welcome to India, President Trump’ — MEA plans multilingual greeting for POTUS

With US President Donald Trump visiting India on 24-25 February, an MEA Twitter handle asks people to post video welcoming him in mother tongue.
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India urges Afghanistan to declare final general election results in ‘timely manner’

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar says India expects Afghanistan to address complaints related to preliminary results of September polls through prescribed legal processes.
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MEA distances itself from envoy’s ‘Israel model’ remark for Kashmiri Pandits — with silence

MEA is yet to respond officially to the row but ministry officials say India's Consul General in NY Sandeep Chakravorty should’ve weighed the pros and cons.

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Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Narendra Modi

Few things tie Modi’s India and Imran’s Pakistan like their love-hate for foreign invasion

Be it Hindutva ideologues condemning the wicked foreign invader or Imran Khan hailing Turkish imperial rule, both want to reinforce that going forward means going backward.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.


Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

‘April status quo’ discussed as India, China generals hold 7-hour meeting over Ladakh

The formal meeting between the top military officers of India and China started around 11.30 am and is believed to have lasted until the evening.
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Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.