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File photo of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar in Dushanbe | Twitter /@DrSJaishankar

Afghan foreign minister Atmar speaks to Jaishankar, calls for emergency UNSC session

Atmar talked about escalating violence by Taliban as well as foreign terrorist groups in Afghanistan and described the attacks as a violation of international law.
US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken (left) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday | Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi

India, US reaffirm ‘democratic traditions’, ties as Blinken sends message to China from Delhi

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken sent a strong message to Beijing during his maiden visit to New Delhi Wednesday by meeting Ngodup Dongchung, representative of the Dalai Lama.

Jaishankar speaks to Iranian counterpart on evolving Afghan situation, bilateral issues

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had earlier held talks with Javad Zarif and called on Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi during a stopover at Tehran on his way to Russia.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar virtually addressing the inaugural session of 16th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India and Africa Project Partnership, on 13 July 2021 | Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

Due to Modi govt, Pakistan under lens of FATF, says Jaishankar at BJP virtual meeting

External Affairs Ministers Jaishankar also told BJP members that it was due to the government's efforts on global forums that sanctions were imposed on terrorists from Jaish & LeT.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen in Uzbekistan, on 16 July 2021 | Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

Jaishanker meets his Bangladeshi counterpart, reaffirms commitment to strengthen cooperation

During his meeting with AK Abdul Momen, both sides also emphasised the need for resuming the activities of various joint mechanisms soon after the Covid scenario improves.
Jaishankar addressing a meeting of SCO at Dushanbe on 14 July 2021 | Twitter /@DrSJaishankar

SCO must stop terror financing, combating terrorism its key purpose, says Jaishankar

In his address at an SCO meeting in Dushanbe, Jaishankar described the situation in Afghanistan as well as public health and economic recovery as pressing issues facing the region.
(File image) Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar (left) meets Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani (right) in Dushanbe, on 29 March 2021 | Twitter

At UNSC, India exempted Taliban leaders from travel ban to stay relevant in Afghan crisis

Indian officials say they are keenly aware of situation in Afghanistan, especially amid US exit and Russia’s determination to mend fences with Pakistan, and thereby Taliban.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar handing over a part of holy relics to Georgia's Vice PM David Zalkaliani on 9 July 2021 | Twitter | @DZalkaliani

Georgia moved as Jaishankar brings home a 17th-century queen killed for refusing conversion

Relics belonging to St Queen Ketevan, excavated in Goa, were handed over by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to the Georgian government Friday.

India-Russia ties have contributed to global peace, security & stability, says Jaishankar

During his 3-day visit to Russia, Jaishankar said he reviewed the progress on broad-ranging cooperation on space, nuclear, energy and defence sectors with counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
File photo of Union Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar | Twitter @DrSJaishankar

India, China not in nuclear arms race, got them with different objectives: Jaishankar in Moscow

Addressing a think tank in Moscow, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said Ladakh standoff has ‘disturbed’ the foundation of India-China ties in the past year.

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Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
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RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.

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‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.
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