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France looks to include India and several other countries as permanent UNSC members

India is at the forefront of efforts to push for the long-pending reform of UNSC, emphasising that it rightly deserves to be a permanent UN member.
Manjul | Firstpost

The unasked questions of the Gadchiroli attack amid a PM’s nationalistic narrative

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
File photo | An effigy of Masood Azhar ready to be burned in Mumbai | PTI

Masood Azhar just a proxy, India should have gone after real perpetrator – Pak military

Instead of expending political capital on Masood Azhar, India should have focussed on getting China to recognise our rightful place in NSG.
File photo | Narendra Modi with China president Xi Jinping in New Delhi | Graham Crouch | Bloomberg

Modi govt deserves credit for Beijing’s U-turn on Azhar but it won’t affect China-Pak bond

As much as China is concerned about Pakistan-based terrorism, it has bigger concerns about the $62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Uyghur men perform prayers for ancestors at a cemetery before the Corban Festival

When will UN chief speak up for China’s oppressed Uighur Muslims?

Six months after a UN committee report revealed how China arbitrarily and systematically detains Uighurs, the UN Secretary-General is acting as if it's business as usual with China.
Commuters and pedestrians walk past the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai (Representational image)

India’s population growth slows substantially, may ‘no longer be pressing problem’

UN report finds that population growth rate slowed considerably in the 2010-2019 period but the situation in UP, MP and Bihar still cause for concern.
Birds fly over the Quito Glacier on Greenwich Island, Antarctica

Climate change is accelerating, says another UN report. Here’s why

A new UN report says climate change is occurring at an increasing rate and its consequences are affecting people on every continent.
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US has moved new resolution, but Masood Azhar unlikely to be blacklisted anytime soon

China's vote is crucial for the listing to go through but without a timeline, even that may take years. 
Indo- Bangladesh border

UN mission answer to India-Pakistan border firing? Experts say yes, Delhi disagrees

There have reportedly been 110 ceasefire violations by Pakistan since January, with the frequency increasing after India's 26 February air strike on JeM camps.
Russia's nuclear ice breaker

China plans to build 30,000-tonne nuclear-powered ship

Europe deeply divided over Brexit and UN says there is a ‘major humanitarian crisis’ after cyclone Idai batters Southeast Africa

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.