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Sunday, March 07, 2021

Shubhajit Roy


First high-level visit by Biden administration: US defence secy plans India trip this month
Sun, Mar 07, 2021

The dates being explored are between March 15 and 25. One source indicated Saturday that it is likely to be around March 20.

India steers clear of criticising Myanmar military
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

New Delhi has once again steered clear of criticising Myanmar’s military, called Tatmadaw, as it has been wary of Beijing’s growing influence and the high stakes involved to maintain peace and security along the India-Myanmar border.

First Quad leaders’ meeting likely to be held this month
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

Stressing that the Quad is “central” to the Indo-Pacific, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he has already spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about it.

Delhi reaches out to Dhaka for ties beyond ‘strategic partnership’
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

Indicating the frank conversations he had with his Bangladesh counterpart, Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen, Jaishankar said: “Our comfort levels are now so high that we have shown that there is no issue that we cannot discuss and resolve through amicable dialogue.”

Sri Lanka clears port project to be built by India, Japan firms
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

The WCT is strategically located next to a $500-million Chinese-run container jetty within Colombo’s sprawling port.

Imran welcomes ceasefire, says ready for talks on all pending issues
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

In first remarks on thaw, Pak PM says onus for further progress lies on India.

UN rights envoy talks about farm protests, India hits back
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

THE UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday said that attempts to curb freedom of expression on social media are “disturbing departures from essential human rights principles”.

In Wang-Jaishankar talk: a new hotline, two paths to peace
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

The statement from the MEA outlined an incremental approach and made it clear that disengagement, followed by de-escalation, will lead to peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and eventually normalisation of ties.

Ceasefire pact: Back-channels open for 3 months, via Doval, Imran aide and Pak Army chief
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Sources told The Indian Express that while Doval had met his counterpart Moeed Yusuf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on security affairs, in a third country, he had also kept communication channels open with Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Jaishankar, China counterpart review status of disengagement
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

The Centre has said the disengagement in the North and South Bank is a “significant first step” and the two sides will work towards a mutually acceptable resolution of the “remaining issues”.

‘Security allies’ Delhi, Maldives in pact for harbour
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

India will also support development of other infrastructure needed for the harbour, support the development of communications resources and radar services, and provide training.

In Australia PM Scott Morrison call to Modi, news Bill to rein in Big Tech firms
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, and later said that they “discussed the progress” on Australia’s “News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code Bill 2020”.

After envoys’ visit to JK, EU for ‘early Assembly polls’
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

During their visit to J&K, the envoys met civil and military authorities, some leaders elected in the recent District Development Council elections, and selected civil society representatives, the spokesperson said.

China on mind, Quad ministers want respect for territorial integrity
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

This is the third meeting of Quad Foreign Ministers, after September 2019 and October 2020, since the mechanism at the level of officials was revived in 2017.

Covidiplomacy pitch by PM Modi: Visa for medics, air ambulance
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Official sources later said “all countries, including Pakistan, supported the PM's proposals”. They sought a structured discussion for regional cooperation on these proposals to take them forward, sources said.

Bhutan’s most senior SC judge, top Army officer detained in ‘conspiracy’ case
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

It said that the former RBG Brigadier Thinley Tobgay allegedly had “illegally obtained some documents from the RBA on the procurement of United Nation vehicles” and was attempting to use the documents to “undermine the COO”.

Day after, Trudeau office says he spoke to Modi on ‘recent protests’
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

In December, Trudeau's statement on the farmers’ protests had led to New Delhi summoning the Canadian envoy and warning that such “actions” could have a “seriously damaging impact” on bilateral ties.

Pangong disengagement: Delhi cautious, points to work in progress; military, diplomatic moves shaped result
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's measured tone in Parliament Thursday underscored the need to avoid any kind of chest thumping from the ruling establishment pending the resolution of unresolved issues.

Justin Trudeau dials PM Modi, assured of support in vaccination
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

The leaders looked forward to meeting each other in international fora later this year, and continuing their discussions on all issues of mutual interest.

Amid standoff, PM bids Azad a tearful farewell: Door always open for you
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Modi broke down several times during his 13-minute speech, as he recalled his close association with Azad. “At a personal level, I would request him to not consider that he is not in the House. My door is always open for all of you... I will always expect, and value, your views,” Modi said.

Israel flies diplomats home for Covid vaccine
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

The exercise is being managed by Israel’s Foreign, Health and Transportation ministries. The diplomats are being quarantined in a hotel until they receive the vaccine, and will stay there under observation for a few days.

PM speaks to Biden: Committed to rules-based international order
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

This conversation comes in the backdrop of reports in the Japanese media that the US is planning to hold a Quad summit through video-conferencing.

Ensure democracy norms: US Congress members tell India
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

Sources told The Indian Express that the US Congress members had discussed a “range of issues”, including the farmers’ issues.

Jaishankar: Agreed to disengage in some LAC areas, but no visible expression yet
Sun, Feb 07, 2021

Responding to questions from reporters in Vijayawada, Jaishankar said: “You know the events of what happened last year. After that, we have deployed troops in very large numbers to meet the challenge which has come from the massing of Chinese troops out there.”

US backs reform, flags Internet cut; India draws Red Fort-Capitol parallel
Fri, Feb 05, 2021

Biden admin calls for talks; MEA points to ‘ongoing efforts to resolve the impasse’