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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China President Xi Jinping meet for their second informal summit in Tamil Nadu’s Mamallapuram. The first had taken place in Wuhan in April 2018.

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All the PM’s interpreters — the select IFS officers who translate and keep many secrets

The role of interpreters has taken on new meaning under PM Modi who is looking to forge personal chemistry with leaders via informal summits.
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Shyam Saran calls out ‘over-interpreted’ Modi-Xi meet & S Deb on China’s global domination

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
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Dinamani calls out FM & RBI on PMC, Dainik Bhaskar doubts Ayodhya mediation

A round up of the Hindi and Tamil newspapers opinion pages to reflect a North-South viewpoint on topical issues.
Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly celebrate the New Year 2019 at Bumla along the Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh

It’s time India stopped seeing China’s border moves as ‘salami slicing’

Since Modi-Xi Wuhan summit, management at LAC has improved. Mamallapuram will ensure China’s ways of embarrassing India at border end completely.
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India’s road to RCEP laden with China-related obstacles

Pro-RSS groups and anti-BJP Communists don't want India to join RCEP. But can India afford to be excluded from the bloc that comprises important partners?
An image, circulating online, shows four security men scanning the beach with bomb detectors, is from 11 April

Grand welcome in Tamil Nadu & plogging ‘photo-op’: Modi fans & critics fuel Twitter hoaxes

Both the hoaxes surrounding PM Modi started circulating on social media as he arrived in Tamil Nadu for the informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Modi and Xi in Mamallapuram

From Wuhan spirit to Chennai vision, Modi-Xi agree differences shouldn’t dominate discourse

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale says PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to create a separate mechanism on trade, investment and services.

What to expect on Day 2 of Modi & Xi’s Mamallapuram summit — trade, Huawei & Article 370

PM Modi and President Xi Jinping are expected to continue talking about the major issues between India and China in the historical town of Mamallapuram.
Modi, Xi in Mamallapuram

India isn’t China’s economic or military equal but Mamallapuram lets Modi stand as tall as Xi

Wearing a crisp white Tamil veshti and a cream angavastram, Modi played the storyteller to the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.


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Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

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.