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India completes field evaluations of Spanish, German bids for submarine deal

The submarine deal is expected to figure when German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish President Pedro Sanchez visit India in the coming months

An air independent propulsion will allow the vessels to remain submerged for longer periods of time. (Representative image)
Updated on Jul 01, 2024 10:16 PM IST

Australia’s move to double student visa fee to impact applicants from India

At 122,391, India remains the second largest source country for international student enrolments in Australia

The Australian government also said the hike in fees for international student visas will help fund several important initiatives in education and migration (FILE IMAGE)
Updated on Jul 01, 2024 06:54 PM IST

India’s GRSE inks deal with Bangladesh Navy under $500-mn line of credit

India has been eyeing Bangladesh as a market for a range of military hardware, from specialist vehicles to helicopters, and maintainence of Russian-origin equipment

The Bangladesh Navy operates vessels procured from different countries, though many of its frontline warships and two attack submarines are of Chinese origin. (Representative image)
Published on Jul 01, 2024 05:41 PM IST

Rajya Sabha observes a minute’s silence for 1985 bombing of Air India flight 182

Until the 9/11 attacks in the US by al-Qaeda, the bombing of Air India flight 182 was the worst aviation-related terrorist attack in history

Parliamentarians in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2024 02:06 PM IST

FATF backs India’s steps to curb money laundering

The multilateral financial watchdog unveiled its conclusions at its plenary meeting in Singapore following a year-long process, during which an FATF team visited New Delhi for on-site evaluation of India’s measures and met senior officials.

FATF backs India’s steps to curb money laundering
Updated on Jun 29, 2024 07:10 AM IST

In China vs Philippines, India backs Manila on tension over South China Sea

China has ramped up actions targeting the Philippines in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, especially the use of “gray zone tactics”

A Philippines navy personnel was severely injured when China’s coast guard seized two Filipino ships on a resupply mission to an outpost on Second Thomas Shoal last week. (Agencies)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 09:33 PM IST

‘Driven by vote bank’: India stings US over its new religious freedom report

Randhir Jaiswal said the Jaiswal said the US religious freedom report selectively picked incidents to advance “a preconceived narrative”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled the annual report and spoke of a concerning increase in anti-conversion laws, hate speech, demolitions of homes and places of worship for members of minority faith community in India (Screengrab/ US state department video)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 09:27 PM IST
By, New Delhi

PM Modi drops out, Jaishankar to lead Indian team at SCO Summit in Kazakhstan

An “advance security liaison” team had earlier visited Kazakhstan as part of the preparations for PM Modi’s plan attend the SCO Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to external affairs minister S Jaishankar at Rashtrapati Bhawan on December 5, 2023 (REUTERS FIL PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 29, 2024 05:31 AM IST

China expert Vikram Misri named India’s next foreign secretary

Misri is said to be a natural fit as the foreign secretary in view of his expertise on China, which remains the foremost foreign policy challenge for India

Vikram Misri. (Photo from X)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 04:52 PM IST

FATF clears India during mutual evaluation; no red flags: Officials

The decision comes after a year-long process, during which FATF team visited Delhi for an on-site evaluation of the country’s measures and met senior officials.

The FATF said it would publish the report for India after its quality and consistency review is completed.(AP)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 03:38 PM IST

Taliban laud cricket team’s success but where are the women, question activists

While celebrating the men’s cricket team’s success, people can’t forget that women are still banned from playing any sports

Afghan cricket fans celebrate their team's victory during the men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh, in the city of Khost province eastern of Afghanistan, Tuesday, June. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Saifullah Zahir)(AP)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 09:24 PM IST

US expresses ‘some concerns’ over continuing India-Russia military cooperation

US deputy secretary of state Kurt Campbell also said that Washington is focused on working with New Delhi to narrow those areas where there are differences

US deputy secretary of state Kurt Campbell. (AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 09:20 PM IST

US has sought accountability from India over ‘murder for hire’ plot: Campbell

Kurt Campbell said the US has raised the issue directly with the Indian government “at the most senior levels”

US deputy secretary of state Kurt Campbell said the US has had a “constructive dialogue” with India on this topic and the Indian side has “been responsive to our concerns (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 08:21 PM IST

India raises concerns about Myanmar violence; flags arms, narcotics trafficking

S Jaishankar met Myanmar’s deputy PM Than Shwe, at his hotel while he was transiting through the Indian capital on his way home from a foreign visit

Jaishankar also called for an “early return to the path of democratic transition in Myanmar”, and said India “stands ready to help in any manner” (X/DrSJaishankar)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 07:23 PM IST

Onus on India to create environment for engagement, stop smear campaign: Pakistan

Pakistan deputy PM Ishaq Dar said as the BJP-led NDA government starts a new term, it was high time for a sober reflection on the future of India-Pak relations

Pakistan deputy prime minister Ishaq Dar said Pakistan has always been receptive to constructive engagement with India but will take all steps to maintain strategic stability in South Asia. (AFP FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 05:26 PM IST

Jaishankar meets new Chinese envoy, stresses need for stabilisation and progress

External affairs minister Jaishankar has maintained that the overall relationship with China cannot be normalised without peace and tranquillity on the border

Chinese ambassador Xu Feihong called on external affairs minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi on Tuesday (PTI/VIA @DrSJaishankar)
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 10:03 PM IST

India, Russia eyeing PM Modi’s Moscow visit in early July

If the visit goes ahead, it will be Modi’s first trip to Russia since 2019, and also the first since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Feb 2022.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin. (AP File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 07:56 PM IST

India cites 1985 Kanishka flight bombing to remind Canada of Khalistani threat

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said the 39th anniversary of the 1985 Kanishka flight bombing was a reminder why terrorism should never be tolerated

External Affairs minister S Jaishankar.(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 24, 2024 08:35 PM IST

EAM Jaishankar meets UAE counterpart Al Nahyan, reviews bilateral ties

Jaishankar’s visit, within two weeks of his reappointment following the formation of the NDA government, signifies the importance India attaches to its relations with the UAE

Jaishankar met Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a brief visit to the UAE on Sunday. (Dr. S. Jaishankar | Official X account)
Published on Jun 24, 2024 01:01 PM IST

India offers to take up Teesta project in B’desh

India’s announcement regarding its interest in Bangladesh’s long-pending plan to dredge and develop the Teesta river is significant in view of pressure from China over the project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina at a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, on Saturday. (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 23, 2024 05:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India signals interest in Bangladesh’s Teesta project eyed by China

PM Modi said that an Indian technical team will soon visit Dhaka for talks on the conservation and management of the Bangladeshi section of the Teesta river.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi on June 22.(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 22, 2024 09:27 PM IST

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina arrives on two-day visit to India, meets Jaishankar

The Bangladesh side was keen to go ahead with the prime minister’s trip to India in June before her planned visit to China in July

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (Right) and EAM S Jaishankar.(X/Jaishankar)
Updated on Jun 22, 2024 05:16 AM IST

India redflags Canada’s one-minute silence, says stop giving space to extremism

New Delhi has also been angered by recent protests by Khalistani elements in Canada, such as a “people’s court” outside the Indian consulate in Vancouver

Asked about the Canadian Parliament observing a minute’s silence for Khalistani activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, India said New Delhi opposes giving political space to extremism and those advocating violence (Screengrab)
Published on Jun 21, 2024 09:48 PM IST

Nikhil Gupta, extradited to US in Pannun probe, hasn’t sought consular access

India has set up a high-level inquiry committee to examine inputs provided by the US about the alleged plot against Khalistani leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun

Indian national Nikhil Gupta, accused of plotting to kill a Sikh separatist, being extradited to the United States from Prague, Czech Republic on June 17 (PTI)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 09:29 PM IST

Recruitment of Indians by Russian Army is of ‘utmost and deep concern’: MEA

MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said India has “again taken up the issue” of recruitment of Indian nationals in the Russian military with Moscow

Russian army servicemen drive a tank on a street in Donetsk, Russian-controlled Ukraine (REUTERS FILE)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 09:28 PM IST

India, Sri Lanka launch Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, deepen ties

President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Jaishankar participated in a ceremony to hand over more than 150 houses built under two India-backed housing projects.

EAM S Jaishankar with Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe (Twitter/@DrSJaishanka)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 07:17 PM IST

68 Indian pilgrims among 600 people to die during Hajj in Saudi Arabia

The deaths of the Indians were reported over a period of weeks and the number of deaths on the final day of the pilgrimage was six

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as they perform Tawaf at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on June 18 (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 07:15 AM IST

Doval, Sullivan set vision for next chapter of strategic tech partnership

Most of the initiatives were aimed at countering Beijing’s efforts to acquire dominance of strategic technologies and vital supply chains

Indian NSA Ajit Doval and US NSA Jake Sullivan witness the signing of agreements during the iCET meeting in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 08:51 PM IST

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan begins two-day visit to India

Earlier this year, Sullivan had called off planned visits to India twice because of the US administration’s preoccupation with the Israel-Hamas conflict

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval with his US counterpart Jake Sullivan in Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 02:55 PM IST

Nikhil Gupta extradited by Czech Republic to US on June 14: Czech spokesperson

Czech authorities arrested and detained Gupta on June 30 last year, and Indian officials were given consular access to him on several occasions

According to US federal prosecutors, Nikhil Gupta was on a mission to kill Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. (Reuters file photo)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 01:00 PM IST
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