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File image of US President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

India and US are ‘nearer to a smaller’ trade deal than ever before, says envoy Sandhu

Taranjit Sandhu, Indian ambassador to the US, says it’s a win-win proposition & ‘our leadership has given direction' to wrap up a smaller deal and then go in for a bigger FTA.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India ‘won’t review’ decision not to join RCEP as members prepare to sign pact by 2020-end

India has decided it won’t join any trade deal that has China as a member. But RCEP member nations are likely to sign deal despite Beijing’s belligerence.
Pham Sanh Chau, ambassador of Vietnam to India | Vietnam embassy

India, China should exercise restraint, not complicate situation amid Covid: Vietnam envoy

In an interview to ThePrint, envoy Pham Sanh Chau said Vietnam will facilitate India's entry into RCEP at a later stage, ‘which is at the most comfortable time for India’.
There have been numerous calls to boycott Chinese goods in India since 20 soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley along the LAC in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

India working to restrict Chinese goods, investments since before Galwan, Covid: Officials

Modi govt has been working on a multi-pronged strategy since walking out of RCEP last year. LAC incident has only pushed the process, says top official.
Australian High Commissioner-designate to India Barry O’Farrell. | Photo: By special arrangement

India, Australia on same page on strengthening WHO, Indo-Pacific plans key: Envoy O’Farrell

In an interview, the Australian High Commissioner-designate to India said RCEP doors are still open for New Delhi.
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ASEAN summit in Bangkok. | Photo: ANI

Modi reviving NAM won’t be enough in post-Covid world. India must reconsider joining RCEP

There is no doubt that once the world has conquered the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a tectonic shift in the global balance of power. India cannot be a lone crusader.
India’s ambassador to China Vikram Misri

India plans to resume trade dialogue with China once Covid situation stabilises: Envoy Misri

Speaking to ThePrint, Ambassador Vikram Misri said India also expects China to respond to its RCEP concerns once the bilateral discussions resume.
PM Modi and US President Trump at Hyderabad House Tuesday

There is an asymmetry at the heart of India’s complex engagement with the world

India is in the vortex of the multiple transitions the world is going through. We have entered a new decade of its own mix of promise and peril.
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ASEAN summit in Bangkok. | Photo: ANI

Modi govt keen on trade pact with Australia as RCEP takes backseat

New Delhi wants to resume negotiations on the long-pending Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with Australia, talks for which stalled in 2015. 
Economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia at ThePrint's Off The Cuff. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Sitharaman should first let people know what state of economy is: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

At ThePrint's Off The Cuff, economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia said India not on track to either achieve $5-tn economy by 2024, or double farmer incomes by 2022.

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
JioGigaFiber

After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.