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China deploying more spy ships to snoop on adversaries

Pirate attacks on the rise, and coronavirus could make it worse

Already, the first three months of 2020 have seen a 24 per cent increase in sea piracy, over the same period last year.
Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain with a fleet of five ships to find a western route to the Spice Islands  | Image: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Ferdinand Magellan — the explorer whose daring sea voyage gave the Pacific Ocean its name

Magellan’s controversial journey contributed immensely to geographical studies and helped shape what we know of our world today.

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Vivek Prakash | Bloomberg

MPC appointments delay is unusual, but vacancies at the top of RBI & banks almost a norm

In the last few years, delay in appointments has resulted in several posts in regulatory bodies and public sector banks lying vacant for months.

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.