Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
TopicNeighbourhood First Policy

Topic: Neighbourhood First Policy

Bangladesh, Nepal, Lanka panic over orders, 2nd doses as India’s ‘Vaccine Maitri’ breaks down

Bangladesh, Nepal & Sri Lanka have urged the Modi government to let commercial Covid vaccine shipments go through. Sri Lanka has reached out to China, Russia for vaccine doses.

India plans big push for Myanmar ties as neighbour heads for election this week

This is going to be the second election in Myanmar since 2011, when decades of rule by the military junta ended. India has been actively engaged in pitching for Rohingya repatriation to Myanmar.

India needs new foreign affairs ambassadors — India Inc, think tanks and academicians

Despite PM Modi’s Neighbourhood First policy, China’s BRI holds more economic clout in the region. Does India’s foreign policy need a tweak?

Land comes in the way of Modi govt’s Neighbourhood First and Act East, study shows

India-financed infrastructure projects in Nepal have a greater propensity to get delayed than projects supported by Japan, UK or organisations such as World Bank or ADB.

Dhaka wants New Delhi to forego ‘stringent checks’ on garments as both work on trade pact

Dhaka also wants ‘special treatment’ that India accords to Nepal & Bhutan but under the framework of Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

Covid vaccine, rail link — India looks to reset Delhi-Dhaka ties amid growing China presence

Foreign Secretary Harsh V. Shringla finished his two-day Dhaka trip Wednesday. He is likely to visit other neighbouring countries on the lines of the 2015 ‘SAARC Yatra’.

Modi gets a call from Nepal PM, the first since map row, ‘to discuss bilateral matters’

The call came hours after PM Narendra Modi stressed on India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy in his Independence Day speech.

Rajapaksa won without taking anti-India stand, shows Modi’s Neighbourhood First is working

For leaders in India's neighbourhood such as Nepal PM K. P. Sharma Oli, it is in their long-term political interest to be seen as an ally of India.

Modi said Neighbourhood First and then ranked Nepal low in India’s priority list

By not talking to Nepal for long, India has played into Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s hands and helped him promote his nationalist agenda.

As Modi-Jaishankar go silent on China-Nepal, Army chief Naravane left to do heavy lifting

Be it Chinese incursion or Nepal's new map, a perfect foreign policy storm is gathering to the detriment of India. But there is no word form Jaishankar, let alone PM Modi.

On Camera

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What it will take to vaccinate the world against Covid

A Q&A with vaccine scientist Peter Hotez, author of 'Preventing the Next Pandemic', on developing a low-cost Covid vaccine, and why Omicron won’t be the end of the pandemic.
File photo of Mukesh Ambani | Photographer: Prodip Guha/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.

Defence

National Defence Academy | Twitter | Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff

Why was number of women cadets for NDA fixed at 19 in 2022, same as 2021, SC asks Centre

UPSC notification issued December 2021 says first phase of NDA exam for 2022 scheduled in April. Notification declares 19 women candidates will be chosen out of 400 successful ones.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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