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NYT's new South Asia correspondent Mujib Mashal. | Photo: NYT

New York Times names new South Asia correspondent in Delhi — Afghan native Mujib Mashal

Mujib Mashal has been reporting from Afghanistan for the NYT for the past five years. In his new role, he will report on India’s internal politics and the rest of the SAARC countries.
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

Solution to map-making Pakistan and Nepal is in India pressing reset button on regional blocs

Pakistan and Nepal are busy pencilling in new maps as South Asian ‘big brother’ India watches haplessly. Modi government needs to get its regional act together.
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

Pakistan to host SAARC video conference on coronavirus on 24 April

The conference will deliberate on ways to promote deeper cooperation to combat coronavirus crisis among the member countries.

Pakistan seeking custody of ISKP chief from Afghanistan shows it’s back to old games

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video conference with SAARC leaders on chalking out a plan to combat the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, in New Delhi | PTI

‘Degree of seriousness gauged by behaviour’: India after Pakistan commits aid to SAARC fund

Pakistan finally contributes $3 million to SAARC Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund, announced by PM Modi on 15 March.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with PM Narendra Modi in Hyderabad House in November 2019 | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India sends Sri Lanka life-saving medicines, Rajapaksa thanks Modi for ‘warm gesture’

The consignment was sent to Colombo by an Air India special charter flight. It was sent as a donation under the SAARC framework.
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

India plans SAARC trade talk soon, but past differences could prove to be a hurdle

Most SAARC nations face shortage of medical and other essential supplies as well as challenge of exporting products to international markets because of lockdown.
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

India ramps up Covid-19 assistance to SAARC nations, team set to leave for Nepal

India has already assisted the Maldives in the battle against the coronavirus, and says it’s ready to help others too, as and when they ask for it.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

At G20 video summit, India calls for new take on globalisation in post-coronavirus world

During his address at G20 Extraordinary Virtual Leaders’ Summit, Modi stressed the need for a humanitarian, not just economic, approach to globalisation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Assocham event in New Delhi on 20 December | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Best practices template and relief fund: India seeks joint approach at G20 meet on Covid-19

The G20 countries are set to meet today via videoconference to deal with the ongoing deadly pandemic.

On Camera

A Bhartiya Kisan Union member protests against three ordinances passed by the Centre, in Sri Muktsar Sahib | PTI

The disappearance of ‘samanvaye’ from Indian politics 

Farmers today are facing what students, Muslims and Kashmiris have just faced: unilateral policymaking that does not believe in creating consensus. 
People protesters against Carmichael coal mine which is developed by Adani

Adani Mining claims Australian coal mine project created 1,500 jobs & gave $1.09 bn in contracts

The $16 billion Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland has been surrounded by controversies since its inception due to regulatory and environmental issues.

Defence

Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

China, India signal each other on might in Indian Ocean Region, amid tensions on land

A PLA Navy task force is understood to have entered Indian Ocean Region as China seeks to project its dominance. India is keeping a close watch on waters around the country.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why India’s triple crisis needs Modi to de-escalate & disengage from divisive politics at home

Covid, China and economy are intense, intertwined crises that need political space and confidence. Responsibility to create them doesn’t lie with opposition.