Rezaul H Laskar

Rezaul H Laskar is the Foreign Affairs Editor at Hindustan Times. His interests include movies and music.

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2 Indians killed in drone attack in Abu Dhabi identified: Indian embassy in UAE

The embassy in Abu Dhabi also said two of the six people injured in Monday’s attack were Indian nationals and were discharged after medical treatment
In this satellite image provided by Planet Labs PBC, an Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. fuel depot in the Mussafah neighbourhood of Abu Dhabi, UAE, is seen on Saturday before being targeted in an attack days later. (AP)
In this satellite image provided by Planet Labs PBC, an Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. fuel depot in the Mussafah neighbourhood of Abu Dhabi, UAE, is seen on Saturday before being targeted in an attack days later. (AP)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 01:25 PM IST
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2 Indians killed in fires triggered by suspected drone attack in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Police were cited by state-run Emirates News Agency WAM as saying that two Indians and a Pakistani national were killed and six more injured in a fire that triggered an explosion in three petroleum transport tankers near ADNOC’s storage tanks at the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi.
Another fire broke out in a new construction area of Abu Dhabi international airport. Police said both fires had been brought under control by afternoon. (Image used for representation). (SOURCED.)
Another fire broke out in a new construction area of Abu Dhabi international airport. Police said both fires had been brought under control by afternoon. (Image used for representation). (SOURCED.)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 06:32 AM IST
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India, Sri Lanka review progress in extending loans worth $1.5 bn

Sri Lanka has been grappling with a severe debt and foreign exchange crisis, which has been exacerbated by a downturn in tourist arrivals because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A virtual meeting was held between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and Sri Lankan finance minister Basil Rajapaksa on Saturday. (via REUTERS)
A virtual meeting was held between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and Sri Lankan finance minister Basil Rajapaksa on Saturday. (via REUTERS)
Published on Jan 15, 2022 05:48 PM IST
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Philippines to acquire 3 batteries of BrahMos

The defence deal is unlikely to go down well with China, whose aggressive behaviour in the disputed South China Sea has taken relations with the Philippines to a fresh low.
An extended-range sea-to-sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile successfully test-fired from the Indian Navy’s newly commissioned INS Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he had recently signed the ’notice of award’ – or the acceptance of India’s proposal for supplying the missile – for the Philippine Navy’s shore-based anti-ship missile acquisition project. (ANI)
An extended-range sea-to-sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile successfully test-fired from the Indian Navy’s newly commissioned INS Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he had recently signed the ’notice of award’ – or the acceptance of India’s proposal for supplying the missile – for the Philippine Navy’s shore-based anti-ship missile acquisition project. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 01:27 AM IST
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‘Seek better relations with India, Kashmir at core of ties’: New Pak security policy

National security adviser Moeed Yusuf said Pakistan’ new National Security Policy (NSP) document was finalised with ‘full civil-military consensus’.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing a ceremony at which he released the public version of the National Security Policy (NSP) said: ’We’ve never had the concept of a coordinated national security policy’. (REUTERS)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing a ceremony at which he released the public version of the National Security Policy (NSP) said: ’We’ve never had the concept of a coordinated national security policy’. (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 15, 2022 12:32 AM IST
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Philippines confirms move to acquire BrahMos cruise missiles in $375 mn deal

Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a Facebook post said he recently signed the “notice of award” – or the acceptance of India’s proposal for supplying the missile – for the Philippine Navy’s shore-based anti-ship missile acquisition project.
The notice of award signed by Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana on December 31 put the value of the BrahMos cruise missile deal at $374.962 million. (HT File Photo)
The notice of award signed by Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana on December 31 put the value of the BrahMos cruise missile deal at $374.962 million. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 08:51 PM IST
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Delhi, Colombo should build on Trincomalee deal with broader strategy’: Lankan envoy

Sri Lankan high commissioner Milinda Moragoda said the two countries should move on from the transactional phase and look at the bigger picture, including integrating Sri Lanka into India’s overall energy security policy.
Sri Lankan high commissioner Milinda Moragoda said India and Lankaa should jointly develop a business plan for the Trincomalee tank farm (Twitter/SLinIndia)
Sri Lankan high commissioner Milinda Moragoda said India and Lankaa should jointly develop a business plan for the Trincomalee tank farm (Twitter/SLinIndia)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 07:42 PM IST
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South Korea looks to upgrade CEPA without early harvest deal

South Korean trade minister Yeo Han-koo said in an interview that South Korea and India have great potential to forge stronger partnerships for the post-pandemic era in key areas
Union minister of commerce and industry Piyush Goyal meets South Korean trade minister Han-Koo Yeo to discuss bilateral trade in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI)
Union minister of commerce and industry Piyush Goyal meets South Korean trade minister Han-Koo Yeo to discuss bilateral trade in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 01:24 PM IST
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Not early harvest package, looking at CEPA upgrade: South Korean minister Yeo

South Korean trade minister Yeo Han-koo said Korea and India “have great potential” to forge stronger partnerships in key areas such as supply chains, emerging technologies, climate change, digital and vaccines
interview South Korean trade minister Yeo Han-koo said Korea has its New Southern Policy, “which puts Asean and India at the centre of our diplomatic, economic and industrial cooperation”. (Twitter/@TradeMin_KOR)
South Korean trade minister Yeo Han-koo said Korea has its New Southern Policy, “which puts Asean and India at the centre of our diplomatic, economic and industrial cooperation”. (Twitter/@TradeMin_KOR)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 09:53 PM IST
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With Islamabad's new security policy, Pakistan-India trade on the cards 

  • Pakistan’s new security policy is being described as the first-ever codified policy covering both internal security and foreign policy
Officials such as Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf have said that economic and human security is at the core of the new policy(@YusufMoeed/Twitter)
Officials such as Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf have said that economic and human security is at the core of the new policy(@YusufMoeed/Twitter)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 03:10 PM IST
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India for early stabilisation of situation in Kazakhstan, says all Indians safe

The National Security Committee, Kazakhstan's counterintelligence and anti-terrorism agency, said that the situation in the country has "stabilized and is under control."
Kazakh soldiers patrol and guard the city hall building after clashes in the central square following violent protests over the price increase of the fuel. (AP)
Kazakh soldiers patrol and guard the city hall building after clashes in the central square following violent protests over the price increase of the fuel. (AP)
Updated on Jan 11, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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Will help India ship humanitarian aid to Afghanistan: Iran

The offer of cooperation – made by Abdollahian during a phone conversation with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Saturday – assumes significance in view of hurdles created by Pakistan for shipping 50,000 tonnes of wheat offered by the Indian side.
The Indian government sent 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Afghanistan via Tehran on January 1 since there are currently no direct flights between India and Afghanistan. (ANI File)
The Indian government sent 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Afghanistan via Tehran on January 1 since there are currently no direct flights between India and Afghanistan. (ANI File)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 11:14 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Iran to cooperate with India in shipping wheat, medicines to Afghanistan

Iran’s offer of cooperation assumes significance in view of hurdles created by Pakistan for shipping 50,000 tonnes of wheat offered by the Indian side.
Iran foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian offered Tehran’s cooperation to India to ship wheat and medicines to Afghanistan during a phone conversation with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Saturday. (File Photo/ANI)
Iran foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian offered Tehran’s cooperation to India to ship wheat and medicines to Afghanistan during a phone conversation with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Saturday. (File Photo/ANI)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 08:00 PM IST
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India sends 2 tonnes of medicines for Kabul hospital

India is committed to “continue our special relationship with the people of Afghanistan and provide them humanitarian assistance.
The Taliban welcomed the Indian assistance, with spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid saying in a tweet that the “Islamic Emirate is grateful to India for its humanitarian assistance and cooperation”. (Twitter/@MEAIndia)
The Taliban welcomed the Indian assistance, with spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid saying in a tweet that the “Islamic Emirate is grateful to India for its humanitarian assistance and cooperation”. (Twitter/@MEAIndia)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 01:05 AM IST
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Trincomalee oil tank farm deal to boost energy security, set stage for further eco cooperation

The Lanka government, IOC subsidiary Lanka IOC (LIOC), Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and a joint venture between LIOC and CPC signed three lease agreements on Thursday on refurbishing and developing the 850-acre oil storage facility.
Discussions on the project date back to the late 1980s but there had been no substantial forward movement for several reasons, including resistance in Sri Lanka to completely leasing out the facility at Trincomalee to India. (Mohd Zakir/HTFile Photo)
Discussions on the project date back to the late 1980s but there had been no substantial forward movement for several reasons, including resistance in Sri Lanka to completely leasing out the facility at Trincomalee to India. (Mohd Zakir/HTFile Photo)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 12:46 AM IST
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India, China LAC talks likely on January 12: Official

The upcoming talks are likely to focus on disengagement at Hot Spring, one of the main friction points in the military standoff, which began in May 2020 and has taken bilateral relations to an all-time low.
The talks on January 12 are expected to be held at Chushul on the Indian side of the LAC. (PTI)
The talks on January 12 are expected to be held at Chushul on the Indian side of the LAC. (PTI)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 11:43 PM IST
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India, China army commanders to meet on Jan 12, spotlight on Hot Spring

The Indian and Chinese sides have done considerable work on addressing differences at Hot Spring. The Indian side was hopeful of disengagement at this friction point at the October 10 round of talks but there was no headway.
India has linked the normalisation of overall ties with China to the resolution of the standoff at multiple locations in the Ladakh sector along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). (PTI)
India has linked the normalisation of overall ties with China to the resolution of the standoff at multiple locations in the Ladakh sector along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). (PTI)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 10:35 PM IST
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India to roll out chip-embedded e-passports in 2nd phase Passport Seva Programme

The new chip-embedded e-passports will have digital security features to prevent unauthorised reading of data stored on the chip.
An e-passport’s chip will have the holder’s biographical information that is printed on the document’s data page and a biometric identifier. (Representational Image)
An e-passport’s chip will have the holder’s biographical information that is printed on the document’s data page and a biometric identifier. (Representational Image)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 09:08 PM IST
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India, China fail to decide date for next round of military talks

Deadlock as Beijing opposes New Delhi’s proposal to resolve remaining friction points on LAC in one go
At the 13th round of talks between military commanders, the people said, the two sides were close to forward movement on disengagement at Hot Spring.(PTI file photo)
At the 13th round of talks between military commanders, the people said, the two sides were close to forward movement on disengagement at Hot Spring.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 05:09 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Chinese army built bridge in illegally occupied area: India

The ministry of external affairs also describes the tone of a letter sent by a Chinese official to MPs and ministers who attended a meeting on Tibet as unacceptable
External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government has been closely monitoring the construction of the bridge on Pangong Lake by the Chinese side. (ANI)
External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government has been closely monitoring the construction of the bridge on Pangong Lake by the Chinese side. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 06:52 AM IST
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India skewers China over letter to MPs over Tibet meet, Pangong Lake bridge

India also criticised China for trying to name 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh last week, saying it was a ridiculous exercise to support untenable territorial claims, and that Beijing should work with New Delhi to resolve the Ladakh friction points instead of “engaging in such antics”
Indian Army soldiers pose for a photograph with the national flag on the occasion of New Year 2022, at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. The photograph was released on January 4, a response to Chinese authorities releasing a video of their troops with their flag at the Galwan Valley. (PTI)
Indian Army soldiers pose for a photograph with the national flag on the occasion of New Year 2022, at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. The photograph was released on January 4, a response to Chinese authorities releasing a video of their troops with their flag at the Galwan Valley. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 08:31 PM IST
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In China moving goalposts, India sees a not-so-new plan to drag Ladakh friction

Tactics adopted by Xi Jinping’s China, coupled with PLA beefing up infrastructure, dual-use airports and missile and air defence positions on its side in Ladakh sector, has forced the Indian security establishment to conclude that China isn't serious about the negotiations.
India wants all friction points between Depsang and Chumar to be collectively tackled in the talks between the military commanders so that there can be comprehensive disengagement and de-escalation in the Ladakh sector of the LAC(Reuters File Photo)
India wants all friction points between Depsang and Chumar to be collectively tackled in the talks between the military commanders so that there can be comprehensive disengagement and de-escalation in the Ladakh sector of the LAC(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 06:05 PM IST
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The protests in Kazakhstan: Its implications in the neighbourhood

  • President Tokayev’s response to the Kazakhs' demands could have far-reaching implications for Central Asia 
Protesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Kazakhstan's Almaty.(AFP Photo)
Protesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Kazakhstan's Almaty.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 03:37 PM IST
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Indian troops celebrate new year at Galwan Valley

The images of the Indian soldiers were released three days after China’s state-run media extensively reported on new year celebrations by Chinese troops in Galwan Valley
Indian Army soldiers at New Year celebrations in Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Tuesday (PTI)
Indian Army soldiers at New Year celebrations in Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Tuesday (PTI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 06:40 AM IST
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Mossad likely behind bomb attacks on firms linked to Pak nuke programme: Report

Swiss historian Adrian Hänni said Mossad was likely involved in the bomb attacks on German and Swiss companies. Though there was no “smoking gun” to link Mossad to the bombings, the attacks “bore a secret service signature”, he said, according to a report by a Swiss German-language newspaper, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
A representational image. (REUTERS/ File)
A representational image. (REUTERS/ File)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 05:07 PM IST
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Pakistan urges India to join Saarc summit virtually

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks that the onus is on India to take steps to create an environment conducive to dialogue between the two sides.
Qureshi, who was speaking in Urdu, described Saarc as an “important forum”.(AP file photo)
Qureshi, who was speaking in Urdu, described Saarc as an “important forum”.(AP file photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 07:07 AM IST
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China building bridge across Pangong Lake: Satellite imagery

The bridge – which spans a narrow section of the 134 km lake and is almost complete – is expected to enhance road connectivity for the PLA in the area and allow the speedy movement of both troops and heavy equipment
An Indian Army convoy moves along the Leh national highway. (PTI)
An Indian Army convoy moves along the Leh national highway. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 04:47 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pakistan reiterates its offer to host Saarc Summit, then throws darts at India

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Saarc was an “important forum” and accused India of making “this forum dysfunctional because of its stubbornness.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said India can attend the Saarc Summit hosted by Islamabad virtually if Indian leaders did not want to come to Pakistan to attend the event (AP)
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said India can attend the Saarc Summit hosted by Islamabad virtually if Indian leaders did not want to come to Pakistan to attend the event (AP)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 06:30 PM IST
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India donates 500,000 Covid vaccine doses to Afghanistan

The vaccines were sent to Kabul via a flight of Iran’s Mahan Air, as there are currently no direct flights between India and Afghanistan.
India supplies a batch of humanitarian assistance consisting of 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine (COVAXIN) to Afghanistan, in Kabul on Saturday. (ANI)
India supplies a batch of humanitarian assistance consisting of 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine (COVAXIN) to Afghanistan, in Kabul on Saturday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 11:30 PM IST
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The link between instability in Myanmar and India's border regions

  • With the Myanmar military’s focus shifting to pro-democracy fighters, the pressure has eased on militant groups from northeastern states that operate from the neighbouring country’s border regions
On the eve of Christmas, Myanmarese soldiers torched cars carrying people attempting to escape violence in eastern Kayah state(AP)
On the eve of Christmas, Myanmarese soldiers torched cars carrying people attempting to escape violence in eastern Kayah state(AP)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 05:48 PM IST
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