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A composite image showing PM Narendra Modi and leaders from the SAARC nations during a video conference on Covid-19 on 15 March | Photo: ANI

SAARC is well and truly dead. Let’s acknowledge that, conduct its funeral rites and move on

China is no longer the elephant in the SAARC room, it occupies the entire zoo. India would rather jump over its neighbourhood and build ties with US, France, UK, Russia, and the Quad.
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Karnataka has set a bad example with its law to protect illegal religious structures

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India, Pakistan could upgrade diplomatic ties, Delhi may let SAARC meet happen in Islamabad

Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties after India scrapped Article 370, but the countries could now reinstate high commissioners in each other’s capitals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting via video conference amid the lockdown to prevent spread of Covid-19 | PIB | Twitter

Modi had turned his back on NAM and SAARC. Covid brings them back on his table

The coronavirus crisis left global leaders scratching their heads. But Modi saw an opportunity and launched a diplomatic blitzkrieg — first with SAARC, then with NAM.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at the UNGA | Twitter

Eliminating terrorism is a precondition for cooperation & survival, says Jaishankar

Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar tweeted this after a SAARC meeting in New York, which Pakistan boycotted when he was making his opening statement.

Pakistan wanted to offer India easy access to top Sikh shrine at New York talks

Pakistan’s information minister Fawad Chaudhry tells ThePrint arrangements had been made to offer simple access to Sikh shrine in Kartarpur Sahib.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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