Friday, 2 December, 2022
TopicNeighbourhood First Policy

Topic: Neighbourhood First Policy

India to grant Nepal access to two key ports in Gujarat & Odisha under trade, transit treaties

The move is expected to come into effect from 2023 as the two countries plan to upgrade their trade, transit ties, even as Nepal seeks greater access to Indian markets for tea, spices.

Modi said Neighbourhood First. Sri Lanka crisis is India’s chance to prove it

To beat China’s influence, India needs to put South Asia first. And that includes Pakistan.

India is helping Sri Lanka, no refugee crisis right now, says EAM Jaishankar

Commenting on Sri Lanka crisis, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also said that India has responded with urgency to the country’s request for assistance for overcoming hardships.

Pakistan will be kept afloat as no country wants a ‘nuclear Somalia’, says ex-envoy Vivek Katju

The former Indian ambassador said that the country ‘has always been beyond its means’, and the economic crisis it is facing is ‘nothing unusual’.

India to boost connectivity with Bangladesh & Nepal with new rail links, says foreign secy

Harsh Vardhan Shringla said Wednesday that the neighbourhood is a priority for India, and it works closely with all neighbours, ‘except Pakistan’.

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.

On Camera

YourTurn

Prannoy Roy in Abu Dhabi

You can call NDTV elitist, anglicised. But it defended democracy, gave us Ravish Kumar

In all these years of covering elections on NDTV, I do not recall a single occasion when I was asked or even hinted to say or not say something. I disagreed with Prannoy Roy off-screen and on-screen and that was never a problem.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.