Shubhajit Roy


Pak envoy Abdul Basit wades into Doklam row, meets China and Bhutan ambassadors
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

While all three are tightlipped on the meetings, one of them told The Indian Express Friday, “What (is the) issue? Diplomats meet routinely.” Asked if the Doklam issue was discussed at the meeting, he said, “We discuss all issues.”

Pak’s Turkey envoy set to replace Basit soon
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The Indian Express had first reported that Mahmood is likely to be the next Pakistan’s envoy on February 17.

Airlines can’t be allowed to ban fliers: Kurien
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Several airlines, which had recently imposed a flight ban on TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy, who had thrown a printer at the Vizag airport counter on June 15, lifted the ban Wednesday.

Textile sector hit, exempt it from GST: Opposition
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

TMC members Ahamed Hassan and Sukhendu Shekhar Roy referred to the strike by readymade garment shopowners in West Bengal. Senior Congress MP Ahmed Patel said the imposition of GST on the textile sector will make it uncompetitive.

PM Modi didn’t take up H1B curbs with Trump: Congress
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj responded that the “spirit” of the issue had been discussed in detail by Modi, and Trump had accepted the contribution of the Indian skilled professionals in the US to the American economy.

Both India, China should pull back troops for talks: Sushma Swaraj in Parliament
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

India China standoff at Doklam: This redline by New Delhi sets the stage for a possible conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi when they meet at the meeting of the NSAs from BRICS countries on July 27 and 28.

Pakistan terror safe haven, Lashkar and Jaish move freely: US administration
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

This is one of the key takeaways from the US State Department’s ‘Country Report on Terrorism 2016’ to the US Congress. After perusing the report, Indian government sources said the segments on South and Central Asia “vindicate India’s longstanding position on the menace of cross-border terrorism in our region”.

Iraq envoy recalls Kubba aroma, wants it to waft through Mosul again
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Al Issa left Iraq as a 30-year-old, weeks before the Iraq-Iran war broke out in 1980, for fear of persecution by the regime. He returned to his hometown Baghdad in 2006, after having lived in Kuwait, Jordan, Greece and Canada with his wife and four children

Delhi discusses Doklam faceoff with visiting Australia Minister
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Worried over the possibility of “escalation of tensions” between India and China, Bishop, on her part, urged New Delhi and Beijing to resolve the issue peacefully because Australia did not want to see any escalation that could result in “miscalculation” and “misjudgement”.

‘World a global village’: Lahore HC lifts ban on airing Indian TV serials
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

The court, according to a report on news site Dawn, declared the ban as “null and void” since the Pakistan government had no objection to the screening of these tele-serials

China briefs envoys on Doklam stand-off: Our troops waiting patiently, won’t do so indefinitely
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Doklam standoff: This has the diplomatic community in Beijing worried, and some have conveyed this message to their Indian counterparts in Beijing and Bhutanese counterparts in New Delhi.

Turkish envoy: Erdogan remarks on J&K issue wrongly translated
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

According to Torunlar, Erdogan had said in an interview to Wion TV channel, “Look, in order not to give opportunity to further casualties, especially the bilateral dialogues, could be also multilateral dialogues.”

Border stand-off: Ajit Doval is likely to visit China for meeting of BRICS NSAs on July 26-27
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Asked whether the border stand-off was raised by Modi with Xi in Hamburg, Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “I would leave it to your imagination and common sense on what should be covered in ‘range of issues’.”

600 yrs after Zhang He, first base overseas: Reading signals from China’s new military base at Africa’s Horn
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

This week, as Beijing sent personnel to Djibouti, its first military base overseas, it marked the formal return of Chinese maritime expansionism — and sent a few shivers of concern in capitals around the world, including in New Delhi.

US isolated as the rest of G-20 commits to Paris climate pact
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The differences between the US and the other countries at the Summit were apparent in two paragraphs of the Hamburg Declaration — one outlining the American position and the other underlining the position of the others, including India’s.

G-20 summit: Leaders vow to fight unfair trade practices
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The Hamburg declaration emphasised the importance of transparency for predictable and mutually beneficial trade relations, and the leaders said they would strive to ensure a level playing field. It said the nations will “continue to fight protectionism, including all unfair trade practices”.

At the G-20 meet: Modi raises Mallya, Lalit Modi cases with May
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The PM asked May for cooperation on bringing to justice economic offenders such as Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi. While Mallya’s case is going to come up for its first substantive hearing in December, extradition proceedings are yet to begin in Lalit Modi’s case.

PM Narendra Modi’s proposal to G20 nations: Bar officials from countries that support terrorists
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

While Narendra Modi was taking aim at Pakistan, in the presence of its all-weather friend China, sources said this is one of the new suggestions drafted by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to combat terrorism.

G-20 Summit: Demonetisation blow to corruption, says PM Modi
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

In the presence of US President Donald Trump at the meeting on global growth and trade, Modi said that the “rise in protectionism threatens gains from globalisation and the G-20 must speak in one voice to support and sustain a regime of openness”.

G20 Summit: Amid stand-off, PM Modi meets Xi Jinping in Hamburg, discusses ‘range of issues’
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

The tone was kept positive on the first day of the G20 meeting by Modi, as he “appreciated” momentum in the BRICS bloc under the Chinese chairmanship and extended full cooperation for the grouping’s upcoming summit to be hosted by Beijing.

Beijing rules out Modi-Xi meeting at G20 summit, says atmosphere not right
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

G-20 summit, and what would be his first encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid the ongoing border stand-off between the two countries, which has led to a chill in bilateral ties.

PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to soldiers who died in Haifa
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

PM Narendra Modi and Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Haifa in a helicopter and laid wreaths at the Indian War Cemetery in Haifa. Forty-four Indian soldiers had died during the liberation of the city in World War I.

Before G-20, free-wheeling talks on terror; climate, trade on summit table
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

While Trump’s pullout from the Paris climate accord will be one of the running themes, Merkel told the Bundestag last week that there are “no such compromises likely in Hamburg”, perhaps a reference to the Heiligendamm-like expectations.

Israeli citizens of Indian origin to get OCI cards despite Army service: PM Modi
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The waiver of this requirement, as promised by Modi, will benefit many among the 80,000 Jews of Indian origin. Modi also promised direct flights connecting Delhi and Tel Aviv, amid applause from the audience.

India, Israel ‘strategic partners’, send strong message on terror
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The two sides decided to establish a bilateral Technology Innovation Fund worth US$ 40 million for research in industrial development. Modi said, “We also discussed the situation in West Asia and wider region. It is India’s hope that peace, dialogue and restraint will prevail.”

PM Narendra Modi to pay tribute to Haifa WW-I hero
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Every year on September 23, the Indian Army marks Haifa Day. Two Indian cavalry regiments had helped liberate the city in 1918 following action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.

I hope I will be able to visit Mumbai… live there: Moshe to PM Narendra Modi
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

“Come and stay in India, and Mumbai. You are most welcome. You and all your family members will get long-term visas. So you can come anytime and go anywhere,” PM Narendra Modi told Moshe during the meeting.

Joint statement of Modi, Netanyahu: 14 years later, a partnership more nuanced, committed
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The two Prime Ministers, Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu, noted the importance of realising the full potential of bilateral trade and investment. They tasked the India-Israel CEO Forum to come up with early recommendations in this regard.

Israel Diaries: PM Modi pays homage at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

PM Modi pays homage to Holocaust victims at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. As leaders were required to wear Kippah, inside the Yad Vashem, Modi chose to wear the Himachal cap (Pahari topi) during the remembrance ceremony for the Holocaust victims.

As PM Modi visits Israel, Chorus from Gaza: ‘He should have come to Palestine’
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Tobail, who owns a multimedia firm, is referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Israel Tuesday for the first visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister

PM Modi raises terror on ‘groundbreaking’ visit, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes ‘mere dost’
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Israel to meet with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, the focus is on various issues ranging from defence to development and on strategic partnership.

Modi in Israel: PM begins ‘groundbreaking’ visit, Netanyahu says ‘historic’
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Modi in Israel: Netanyahu recalled how Modi told him, at their first meeting in New York in September 2014, that the “sky is the limit”. But, he said, with space cooperation now, even the sky was not the limit.

I am waiting for Moshe to ask those questions… it’s like a movie in my head: Sandra Samuel
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

His tastebuds still Indian, says nanny who saved him on 26/11

Day before PM Modi visit, Israel backs India on terror from Pakistan
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

Modi is expected to arrive in Israel — the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister — at 4 pm local time and will be received at the airport by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and senior ministers.

PM Modi lands in Israel today, his eyes set on removing more ‘hesitations of history’
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

When Narendra Modi lands at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport today — the first Indian PM to visit Israel — he will be initiating a historic process of formally changing India’s public and political approach towards dealing with the Jewish nation.

PM Narendra Modi’s first Israel visit a ‘formal coming out’ of relationship: Envoy
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

During the visit, the Prime Minister will also meet 10-year-old Moshe and his grandparents, and part-time nanny Sandra, who had saved the boy during the 26/11 attacks on Chabad House in Mumbai.