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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.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

PM Modi thanks Bangladesh, Afghanistan for contributing to coronavirus emergency fund

Addressing SAARC leaders and representatives on 15 March, PM Modi proposed an emergency fund with an initial offer of USD 10 million from India.
Imran Khan

Despite highest COVID-19 cases in subcontinent, Pakistan yet to contribute to SAARC Fund

India had already promised a corpus of $10 million when the initiative was announced, with the option of contributing more if needed.

COVID-19: Jagran calls for citizen cooperation, Ujala says take inspiration from S Korea

A weekend round up of editorial comments in leading Hindi newspapers on the most topical issues of the week.
PM Modi rally in Dwarka

Bhutan and Nepal contribute to COVID-19 emergency fund, PM Modi thanks them

Addressing the SAARC leaders and representatives on March 15 via video, Modi had proposed the emergency fund with an initial offer of USD 10 million from India for the purpose.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and PM Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi | Praveen Jain/ThePrint.in

Modi wants COVID-19 video chat with G20 leaders, but his SAARC plans are yet to take off

The COVID-19 fund proposed to be set up with contributions from SAARC countries is yet to see the light of day. No timeline given for other proposals.
Volunteers spray disinfectant in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak at Sarai Kale Khan, New Delhi | PTI

COVID-19: Raghuram Rajan on need for expertise, Mahesh Vyas on job losses

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Amitabh Matoo, Mahesh Vyas, Raghuram Rajan & many others.
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

From Kashmir to coronavirus, how Modi’s silver bullet Jaishankar is keeping troubles away

Jaishankar understands that crises are the bedrock of opportunities. So before EU leaders held a teleconference on COVID-19, India activated hot lines across South Asia.
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

SAARC meeting on COVID confirmed 2 things – Pakistan is petty and India isn’t as big as China

Pakistan’s petty behaviour on SAARC conference was a sign it doesn’t take coronavirus seriously. But India’s contribution of $10 million is also a pittance.
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

India pledges $10 million as SAARC leaders join hands to fight coronavirus

Pakistan PM Imran Khan gave the SAARC video conference on coronavirus a miss, with his representative raising the Kashmir issue.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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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.