Saturday, 1 April, 2023

Topic: Diplomacy

At least 4 Indo-Pakistan Track II meetings in 2022 — discussions on ceasefire, trade, meds

Meetings have taken place between unofficial delegations in Bangkok, Muscat and London, say sources privy to recent developments. This comes even as Shah ruled out talking to Pakistan.

India & Maldives vow to up defence partnership, reject ‘India Out’ campaign

Maldives President Ibrahim Solih, on a four-day visit to India, met PM Modi Tuesday. The two countries pledged to strengthen bilateral ties, with major focus on maritime security.

Jaishankar to visit Tashkent for foreign ministers’ conclave, will meet Lavrov, Wang

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) foreign ministers' meeting will deliberate on the SCO summit scheduled for September 15-16 in Samarkand, the MEA said

Modi govt gives major push to free trade pacts as exports, job creation become critical

Dismantling ‘tariff walls’ for easier access into the Indian markets is expected to be biggest challenge for govt’s FTA push, something that has haunted past administrations too.

Bhadauria in Dhaka to Naravane in Yangon, foreign experience matters for CDS post

India’s military leaders have valuable foreign experience that they have gained from ground operations, professional military education and defence diplomacy.

Days of soft power are over. Defence is the new diplomacy tool for India around the world

As India focuses on more bilateral and multilateral military exercises, it's pushing for hard power when it comes to striking defence deals.

Hard-nosed, practical—why India has revived relations with Kabul, and why Taliban is welcoming

By protecting the Indian embassy in Kabul for the last ten months, the Taliban is sending a message to its neighbours and the rest of the world.

Not a record to showcase: No US ambassador to India for 18 months & counting, longest ever

Data compiled by think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies shows US ambassadors to India have usually taken office within 6 to 7 months of the departure of their predecessors.

In 1955, India tried ‘mango diplomacy’ with China. The outcome wasn’t really sweet

In 1955, India dispatched eight mango saplings to China—and it was more than just a gesture of appreciation.

‘Vishwaguru’ should look in mirror: Why Ram Navami riots & bulldozers won’t help India’s stature

Can we aspire for moral stature if we respond to criticism with prickliness? The partisan would cheer, but it doesn't mean we lose ability to look within. Or stop listening to friends.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...


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In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.