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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.

On Camera

The victim's pyre burns amid heavy police presence in her village, Boolgarhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrintIndia

Dear upper caste Indians, Hathras is not another Nirbhaya. It is a Khairlanji

From Kilvenmani massacre in 1968 to the Chunduru massacre in 1991 to the Khairlanji atrocity in 2006, Dalits have been vainly hoping to access legal justice in India.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.

Defence

INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

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.