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J-K L-G Manoj Sinha | ThePrint

What helped Manoj Sinha, a low-profile UP politician & Kishore Kumar fan, land J&K L-G post

Manoj Sinha, 61, an engineer from BHU, was widely tipped to become chief minister of Uttar Pradesh after the 2017 elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurate the new Supreme Court building of Mauritius at Port Louis through video conferencing.| ANI

India’s development cooperation does not come with any conditions, says PM Modi

Speaking alongside Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth, Modi said that for India, the most fundamental principle in development cooperation is respecting partners.
File image of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

India considers currency swap of another $1.1 bn with Sri Lanka, no timeline decided

RBI has already finalised an agreement to extend a $400 million currency swap facility to Sri Lanka, but its President Gotabaya has asked for $1.1 billion more.
Former PM PV Narasimha Rao | Robert Nickelsberg | The LIFE Images Collection | Getty Images

Ignored for years, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi now praise Narasimha Rao for ‘bold leadership’

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi issued statements speaking highly of the former PM as part of celebrations marking the 29th anniversary of the 1991 economic reforms.
File image of NEET candidates in Jabalpur (for representation) | Photo: ANI

Backward Classes panel set to press Modi govt for OBC quota in NEET today

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had highlighted the problem in a letter to PM Modi, saying OBC candidates had lost 11,000 seats under NEET since 2017.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

PM Modi woos American companies, says India is a ‘land of opportunities’

Speaking at the US-India Business Council’s virtual India Ideas Summit, PM Modi also said India offers a perfect combination of openness, opportunities and options.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | Video screengrab | Twitter

How to be responsible opposition amid China row? Congress can learn from 1960s’ Jana Sangh

Bharatiya Jana Sangh was one of the most vocal critics of the Congress government, but it didn’t mince words in supporting PM Nehru when he dealt with China.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks online | Photo: @INCIndia | Twitter

Chinese attacking Modi’s 56-inch chest image, PM succumbing to them, says Rahul Gandhi

In a video released Monday, Gandhi said that Chinese are basically telling Modi that ‘if you do not do what we say, we will destroy the idea of Narendra Modi as a strong leader’.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

Modi raises China dispute at India-EU Summit, Brussels talks about both being ‘democracies’

PM Modi said India and the 27-nation bloc are ‘natural partners’. During the summit, both sides also launched a high-level trade & investment dialogue.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Modi has chosen discretion on China because India’s real failure is in defence capabilities

Defence capabilities cannot be improved overnight. The problem is that the resolve to build capacity has been largely missing in Modi and his predecessors.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.