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The city of Kabul (representational image) | Commons

It’s the moment of truth for Afghanistan

There are distinct signs of progress in Afghanistan, thanks to Zalmay Khalilzad, who last year took over as US special representative to the reconciliation process.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley | Jeremy Piper/Bloomberg

Arun Jaitley to resume charge of finance ministry today

Arun Jaitley, who returned from the US last week after undergoing medical treatment, is attending a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security to discuss the Pulwama attack.
PM Narendra Modi at the Budget Session of the Lok Sabha at Central Hall of Parliament | PTI

Foreign trade blow for Modi govt ahead of polls: US threatens to withdraw export benefits

PM Modi's regime has lost the opportunity to lobby for the benefits one last time before the general election.
A file image of Indian Army in Srinagar | Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

India signs contract for 72,400 assault rifles with US firm

India will get 7.62 mm rifles from SiG Sauer firm under the deal for one year.
Vehicles travel along a road as an elevated track for the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system, right, stands under construction at dusk in Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia grabs the upper hand over India in battle of high-yielding bond markets

Comparison between the two Asian economies is common given their similarities, and that’s especially true this year.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping

What would happen to the world if China becomes the next US

Where is China headed? Here are four possible scenarios.
Representational image of visa application form

129 Indian students detained for visa fraud could face lifelong ban from entering US

The 129 students, trapped into enrolling in a fake US university, are facing civil charges for overstaying their visa.
US soldiers in Afghanistan | Commons

US cut and run will do to Afghanistan what Soviet withdrawal did in 1989

Americans must work towards a deal that leaves behind a stable and peaceful Afghanistan.
Representational image

India’s IP regime continues to remain a serious concern: US industry body report

Despite India’s improved ranking in an annual report, US firms say still wary of investing due to measures such as drug price control.
File image of United Nations General Assembly building | @UN/Twitter

India to benefit from US-China trade war, says UN

The UNCTAD study also warns that the spat could hit east Asian producers the hardest.

OnCamera

Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.