Sunday, 22 May, 2022
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Topic: Quad

China’s Global Security Initiative — what it is, what Xi hopes to gain & what it means for India

President Xi’s proposal for ‘Global Security Initiative’, laid out by Vice Foreign Minister last week, comes while China faces criticism for ‘aligning with Russia’ on Ukraine war.

It’s Biden’s US that’s shaky, not India — from China to Afghanistan

Biden is free to chart a foreign policy that suits his regime the best but shouldn’t ‘shake’ the foundations on which the post-Second World War order stands.

Fate of Ukraine will tempt China on Taiwan. And US might not be in a position to push back

As US commitments in Europe increase, many Asian nations – including India – will wonder if it’s wise to irk China, with no guarantee of American support.

Common entrance test for central universities good idea but must not repeat NEET mess

ThePrint view on the most important issues this week.

Right words in wrong places: Why Japan PM linking Ukraine with Indo-Pacific is embarrassing

Japan PM linking the Russian invasion and the Quad statement is something that Delhi has been trying to avoid. Putting it out in the open doesn’t help.

With dragon in the room, India & Australia set to boost economic ties at Modi-Morrison meet

After strengthening strategic ties under Indo-Pacific and Quad, New Delhi and Canberra are now focussed on concluding the long-pending Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.

Japanese PM Kishida arrives in India today. Indo-Pacific ties, Ukraine & China likely on agenda

During his maiden visit, Kishida and PM Modi will be holding the 14th India-Japan Annual Summit, which will look into some pressing bilateral issues between New Delhi and Tokyo.

Quad differences out in the open, Biden & Kishida call for support but India stays silent

Quad leaders called a rushed meeting Thursday as the war raged on in Ukraine, leading to a swelling humanitarian catastrophe. US & Japan express vociferous support for Ukraine.

Quad leaders say Ukraine sovereignty, territorial integrity key to peaceful, stable Indo-Pacific

PMs Modi, Morrison and Kishida and President Biden discussed Russia’s war on Ukraine in virtual meeting, and agreed it has a bearing on Indo-Pacific.

With US or Russia? India-US strategic partnership hit by Delhi’s abstentions in UN over Ukraine

Quad leaders are scheduled to meet virtually Thursday evening after India once again abstained from voting to punish Russia, this time in the UN General Assembly.

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Title scene of Taarak Mehta ka ooltah chashmah.

Dear Taarak Mehta, you were our peak comfort content for 14 years. Now it’s time to retire

Just like the Truman Show, all Taarak Mehta plots somehow feel the same for the past few years. It's fine to accept that ideas can go stale.
An attendant refills a two-wheeler with fuel at a petrol pump in New Delhi Saturday | ANI

Under fire for spiraling inflation, Modi govt announces excise duty cut on fuels, LPG subsidy

It has also decided to enhance the fertiliser subsidy for farmers, and reduce import duty on some raw materials. ‘It is always people first for us!’ tweets prime minister.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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