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A Taliban delegation attends the Moscow format talks with representatives from India and other countries Wednesday | Photo: ANI

Indian aid and flag needs to touch down in Afghanistan. ‘Influencers’ are already flying in

In several recent summits, international actors have been jostling for space and status in Afghanistan. India can’t be conspicuous by absence.
A Chinese national flag | Bloomberg

China’s hypersonic missile test not surprising, keeping it a secret is. India awaits details

The Chinese test in August has come as a surprise to the US. India is also working on hypersonic missiles, and hopes to have one by 2025.
PM Narendra Modi in 2017 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

US diplomats and Denmark PM are visiting India. But one country is punching above its weight

Behind these visits lie two questions: Who is India’s next foreign secretary and who is the most powerful foreign diplomat?
PM Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden during their bilateral meeting in Washington on 24 September 2021| Twitter /@narendramodi

‘Mini-deal’ not on cards, but India, US will revive Trade Policy Forum after 4 years

New Delhi is keen on restarting the talks for a smaller trade deal with the US. But the Biden administration wants to address the ‘irritants’ first.
File photo of Lloyd Austin, US secretary of defense. Photographer: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo/Bloomberg

Afghan army collapse ‘took us all by surprise’, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says

Top US military leaders point rare criticism at key decisions by Biden & Trump, say their personal view was that US troops should have stayed to bolster the Afghan government.
Quad leaders

Quad and AUKUS goals are clear as black and white. Only one can cut back China’s power

The US has said quite clearly that Quad and AUKUS have nothing to do with each other. That should quieten those who have been calling the Quad an ‘Asian NATO’
An aerial view of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. | Photo: Commons

What is Havana syndrome, mysterious illness that struck CIA chief’s team member on India visit

CIA Director William Burns' team was in India earlier this month when a member experienced symptoms of Havana syndrome, a mysterious illness that first struck US diplomats in 2016.
Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin, China on 28 July 2021 | Twitter/@MFA_China

Will Panjshir become a Taiwan? Afghanistan’s story matches with China

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar | File photo: ANI

Why Russia, US officials are rushing to Delhi, after keeping India away from Afghan talks

As China takes driver’s seat in Afghanistan, US and Russian officials are reaching out to India.
US President Joe Biden | File photo: Bloomberg

Many in US want America to disengage with Pakistan. That would be a mistake

Pakistan could be helpful to the US, India and other countries in preventing future terrorist attacks. But only if Pakistani leaders make that their objective.

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Logos for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), left, and the Indian National Congress (INC) party are displayed on a computer at the Boom Live office in Mumbai | Bloomberg

BJP to Congress, Shiv Sena and RJD — super Saturday awaits parties in assembly bypolls

It’s not often that bypolls hold so much significance and can change political dynamics in several states. That’s the beauty of the 30 October bypolls.
Motorists approach s a Bharat Petroleum Corp. petrol station in Chennai, India, on 1 July 2021| Representational image| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Plan to privatise Bharat Petroleum delayed as bidders struggle to find partners

The sale of state-run refiner-cum-fuel retailer BPCL would have fetched about $13 billion for the exchequer and other shareholders.

Defence

Representative image of swarm drones. | sameerjoshi73.medium.com

3 Indian start-ups win IAF swarm drone competition, at least 2 in line for defence contracts

IAF's 3-year-long Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition was conceptualised to encourage the development of swarm drones, and was open to indigenous talent and firms.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.
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