INDIA AND WORLD

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Amid shifting geopolitics, India backs ASEAN-led free & open Indo-Pacific

Amid the ongoing geopolitical churn in the region, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has reiterated New Delhi’s commitment to shaping “an open, free and inclusive Indo-Pacific” and underlined ASEAN’s …

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In Pictures

  • U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki R. Haley with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on June 27, 2018.
  • Crew Escape System (CES) lifting off from the launch pad, during a test conducted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on July 05, 2018.
  • India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmad bin Khalifa jointly inaugurate the new Embassy of India complex in Manama on July 15, 2018.

DIPLOMACY/DEFENCE

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Jalalabad blast: India rallies in solidarity with multicultural Afghanistan

Hinting at the hand of the Taliban in the latest bout of violence in Afghanistan which killed 19 people, including Sikhs and Hindus, India described the blast in Jalalabad as …

Politics

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BJP breaches last Red citadel in Tripura

The Left’s last citadel in India has crumbled, with the Bharatiya Janata Party set to replace the 20-year old rule of CPI(M)’s Manik Sarkar in an election that has proved to be quite revolutionary. The BJP is leading in 40 seats, crossing the 2/3rd mark after counting began this morning for the 59 assembly seats, giving a decisive push to its Mission Northeast.
From securing around 1.5 per cent votes in the last assembly election in 2013, to this historic election verdict, it has been an impressive performance of the BJP that aligned with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura. The party carried out an aggressive campaign in the state with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party heavyweights like Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Yogi Adityanath leading the campaign.

Unravelling Modi tsunami in UP

BUSINESS WITH INDIA

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Operation Green to overhaul agriculture: Jaitley focuses on strengthening the rural sector

Announcing a ₹500 crore Operation Green for the development of the agricultural sector Finance Minister ArunJaitley has reinforced the focus of the government in increasing the income of farmers and raising the minimum support price.
Presenting the Union Budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, the minister proposed an Agri-Market Development Fund with a corpus of Rs 2000 crore and the upgradation of rural haats to Grameen agricultural markets. In increasing the Minimum Support Price of all cropsto at least 1.5 times that of the production cost, he promised the full support of the government in ensuring the payment of full MSP even if farmers sell below MSP. He proposed the introduction of Kishan credit cards.

Indian economy to grow 7-7.5%: Economic Survey

Modi to showcase India Growth Story at Davos

What they Say

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Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy : Modi

“ Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I am sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive & disruption free …

China Connect

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China’s Xi rejects geopolitics behind BRI: Will India bite the bait?

Amid persistent anxieties about the nature of the Belt and Road (BRI) project among a host of countries, including India, China’s President Xi Jinping has rejected any ulterior “geopolitical calculations” behind the BRI and underlined China’s commitment to “building a community with a shared future for mankind.”
“China has no geopolitical calculations, seeks no exclusionary blocs and imposes no business deals on others,” the Chinese leader said at the Boao Forum for Asia, popularly known as ‘Asia’s Davos’, in the island of Hainan. He also assured that the project does not impose any unfavourable deals on any countries.

Africa Rising

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AAGC & African Agenda 2063: Synergies and Opportunities

The Asia-Africa Growth Corridor has to be framed in the broader context of the African Agenda 2063. The agenda identifies seven key aspirations that are to be achieved over the next 50 years. The period is divided into 10-year implementation plans which allow for prioritization and easier monitoring of progress.

The first aspiration of the Agenda 2063 is a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. Here we are not only talking about living standards, health and well-being, but also about well-educated citizens, about creating economies that are structurally transformed to create shared growth, looking at modern agriculture and taking advantage of Africa’s unique natural endowments.

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Assuming the chairmanship of ASEAN isn’t going to do anything about improving the lives of people.
Aung San Suu Kyi