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India & Pakistan have potential to do bilateral trade worth $37 billion: World Bank

Pakistan allows only 138 items to be imported from India over the Attari-Wagah route and cargo trucks cannot move beyond their border zones.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Pakistan PM Imran Khan | YouTube

Let’s restart bilateral talks, says Pakistan’s Imran Khan in letter to PM Narendra Modi

Khan proposed a meeting between foreign ministers of both the countries on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in September.
File photo of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee having a discussion with then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi | Arvind Yadav /Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Modi speaks of the world as one family, Vajpayee showed us what it truly meant

With his peace overtures to Pakistan and refusal to send troops to Iraq, Vajpayee showed compassion that few men are capable of.
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Pakistan welcomes Modi’s call to Imran, seeks resumption of talks

Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson said that he hopes Modi's call paves the way for resumption of bilateral talks. 
Imran Khan

Imran Khan could invite Narendra Modi for oath-taking ceremony

A leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party termed Modi's telephone call congratulating Khan on his victory a 'welcome sign'. 
Modi and Jinping

China and SAARC will be the pivots of India’s rise as global superpower

Several geopolitical developments have the potential to position India as the world’s most influential democracy in the second half of the century.

Four years of Modi’s neighbourhood policy: Hit or dud?

Four years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a bold signal by inviting South Asian heads of state to his oath-taking ceremony. Today, his critics say that India’s strategic outreach in the region is floundering. Experts weigh in.
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Frosty relations reduce number of Pakistani students in India to all-time low

Last year, none of the eight Pakistani students selected for SAU could get a visa to come to India.
Trichy Airport

Modi govt wants good ties with SAARC nations, but won’t pay for employees to vacation there

The proposal was introduced in 2015 to boost tourism and cooperation, and subsequently economic development, in the region.
Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Reports of India’s demise as a regional power are greatly exaggerated

There is a tendency to exaggerate China’s footprint in India’s immediate neighbourhood.

On Camera

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.