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China Fuels Fresh LAC Tension

NEW DELHI: If the continuing standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh wasn’t bad enough, aggressor China is now blaming India for what it calls aggressive posturing. The Chinese foreign ministry has again asked for the border dispute not to be linked to the overall bilateral ties, something that India doesn’t […]Read More

National Security Agendas In The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

NEW DELHI: On ‘The Gist’, Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore and Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, London discusses the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the in-person meeting of the secretaries of the security councils of the eight member states in Dushanbe. India’s […]Read More

Taliban Has Its Own Reasons To Talk To India’, Will

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar met Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation this week in Doha with intra-Afghan peace talks not making much movement. Over the last two months, the government has also lost 30 districts to the Taliban, which is about 8 percent of the country. After his […]Read More

Khalilzad Pitched ‘Participatory Govt’ To Afghan Leaders: Sources

NEW DELHI: U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly discussed the formation of a participatory government in Afghanistan during his recent meetings with the Afghan political leaders in Kabul, including President Ashraf Ghani, sources familiar with the Afghan peace process said on Tuesday. Sources close to former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Abdullah […]Read More

Deadlines Squeezed, Ladakh Infrastructure Gets A Boost

HIMACHAL PRADESH & LADAKH: Chinese aggression on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh has compressed longer timelines that Indian military planners were working on to secure Ladakh by building infrastructure for dual use—civilian as well as military—in the high altitude areas. Roads, bridges and tunnels that were planned to be completed by 2025 […]Read More

India Set To Enter UN Security Council As Non-Permanent Member,

NEW DELHI: India’s set for smooth sail as the United Nations General Assembly votes today to elect five non-permanent members of the Security Council. It’s the only contender for the sole seat from the Asia Pacific grouping (China and Pakistan included) that has unanimously backed its candidature. This will be India’s eighth stint at the […]Read More

Russian Virologist Details Main Obstacle In Creation Of Vaccine Against

MOSCOW: The total number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-2019) worldwide equals 1,21,564. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the decisive step on Wednesday to declare a pandemic as more countries are rethinking travel or visa restrictions over the spread of coronavirus disease. Alexander Lukashev, director of the Martsinovsky Institute of Medical Parasitology, […]Read More