Rezaul H Laskar

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

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‘Can’t interpret treaty’: India’s jab at World Bank on Indus Waters Treaty stand

India has insisted the treaty provides a graded mechanism for handling such issues, which should first be handled by the Commissioners for Indus Waters of the two countries, then a neutral expert and ultimately by a court of arbitration.

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the treaty was between two countries and New Delhi didn’t think that “they [World Bank] are in a position to interpret the treaty for us”. (ANI)
Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the treaty was between two countries and New Delhi didn’t think that “they [World Bank] are in a position to interpret the treaty for us”. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 04:51 AM IST

‘Probe, punish them’: India tells Australia on attacks by pro-Khalistan groups

India has already lodged a protest over attacks by Khalistani activists on people of Indian origin who were protesting against a so-called “Khalistan referendum”

India has requested Australia to “ensure the safety and security of members of the Indian community and their properties” (Screengrab)
India has requested Australia to “ensure the safety and security of members of the Indian community and their properties” (Screengrab)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 08:44 PM IST

In Budget, 990 crore for G20 presidency, 100 cr for Iran’s Chabahar port

The Union budget also proposes a specific allocation of ₹1,002.78 crore for commitments to issue e-passports and implementing the Passport Sewa Project V2.0 for usher in technological upgrades in passport services

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at North Block ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget 2023-24 (PTI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at North Block ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget 2023-24 (PTI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 06:03 PM IST

India set to invest in Oz minerals: Envoy

With bilateral trade having been boosted by last year’s Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA), upgrading the deal to a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (CECA) is expected to figure during Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visit in March, O’Farrell said in an interview.

Australian high commissioner Barry O’Farrell (HT)
Australian high commissioner Barry O’Farrell (HT)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 12:45 AM IST

UNSC ‘paralysed and dysfunctional’, says UNGA President Csaba Korosi

Korosi lauded India’s call for peace in Ukraine and for sending medical aid and Covid-19 vaccines to many countries. He also complimented India for safely evacuating its citizens from Ukraine following the Russian invasion in February 2022

United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) president Csaba Korosi (AP Photo)
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) president Csaba Korosi (AP Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 02:22 AM IST

‘Appalled’: Australian envoy on attack by Khalistan elements on pro-India groups

Indian high commissioner Manpreet Vohra also took up the violent incidents in central Melbourne on Sunday with the premier of Victoria state, Daniel Andrews, at a meeting on Monday

Australian high commissioner Barry O’Farrell said he was “appalled” by the incidents and that Victoria police are investigating a number of people for “criminal acts of violence” (Screengrab)
Australian high commissioner Barry O’Farrell said he was “appalled” by the incidents and that Victoria police are investigating a number of people for “criminal acts of violence” (Screengrab)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:26 PM IST

Jaishankar’s visit reset bilateral relations, says Sri Lankan envoy

Milinda Moragoda said India and Sri Lanka have sort of overcome the fallout of a Chinese surveillance vessel’s visit to Hambantota port last year.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar. (File image)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar. (File image)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 06:53 PM IST

India issues notice to Pak over Indus treaty

India has informed Pakistan of its intent to amend the 62-year-old Indus Waters Treaty for management of cross-border rivers because the Pakistani side’s “intransigence” in handling disputes has raised questions about the integrity of the pact, people familiar with the matter said on Friday

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Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
By, New Delhi:

India issues notice to Pakistan to modify Indus Waters Treaty

India was forced to issue the notice as Pakistan’s actions adversely impinged on the Indus Water Treaty’s provisions and their implementation, people familiar with the matter said

The Indus Waters Treaty was signed in 1960 after nine years of negotiations between India and Pakistan and was brokered by the World Bank. (File Photo)
The Indus Waters Treaty was signed in 1960 after nine years of negotiations between India and Pakistan and was brokered by the World Bank. (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 05:06 AM IST

‘Intransigence’: India notifies Pakistan of plans to amend Indus Waters Treaty

The “notice for modification” of the treaty was conveyed by the Indian side on January 25 through the Commissioners for Indus Waters of the two sides

The notice will open up the process for making changes to the treaty for the first time since it was signed in Karachi. (AFP representational photo)
The notice will open up the process for making changes to the treaty for the first time since it was signed in Karachi. (AFP representational photo)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:38 AM IST

India, Egypt look to boost Suez Zone ties

The joint statement also reflected the importance attached by both leaders to enhancing cooperation in defence and security and counter-terrorism.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in New Delhi. (ANI/PIB)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in New Delhi. (ANI/PIB)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 12:11 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Modi, Sisi elevate ties to a strategic partnership

Sisi is on a three-day visit to the country and will be the first Egyptian leader to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26. He held wide-ranging talks with Modi aimed at revitalising bilateral relations, with security and economic cooperation emerging as key pillars.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 01:37 AM IST
By, New Delhi

HT interview: Egypt enjoys key strategic location, says President Sisi

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the chief guest at the 2023 Republic Day celebrations, spoke to Hindustan Times on the contours of the India-Egypt relationship, and a range of other bilateral and international issues.

Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 11:45 AM IST

As Sisi meets Modi, India and Egypt elevate relations to strategic partnership

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is on a three-day visit to India and will be the first Egyptian leader to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day on January 26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during his ceremonial reception at the presidential palace, in New Delhi.El-Sisi will be the Chief Guest on the country's annual Republic Day parade on Thursday. (AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during his ceremonial reception at the presidential palace, in New Delhi.El-Sisi will be the Chief Guest on the country's annual Republic Day parade on Thursday. (AP)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 03:11 PM IST

India invites Pak FM Bilawal Bhutto, Chief Justice for SCO meet

The foreign ministers’ meeting is expected to be held in Goa in the first week of May and the invitation for Bhutto Zardari was delivered by the Indian high commission in Islamabad,

The SCO meeting is expected to be held in Goa in the first week of May (AFP Photo/Pak foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari)
The SCO meeting is expected to be held in Goa in the first week of May (AFP Photo/Pak foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:18 PM IST

‘Was too close’: US’ Mike Pompeo on possibility of nuke war after Pulwama attack

Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said in his book that New Delhi believed Pakistanis had begun to prepare their nuclear weapons for a strike and that India was contemplating its own escalation

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AP File)
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AP File)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 04:59 AM IST

Centre sets a G20 task force on digital public infra

India has already said its G20 presidency will focus on bridging the digital divide, especially in developing countries, and ensuring greater benefits from digital technologies.

India’s G20 presidency provides an opportunity to set and drive global discourse on key economic and developmental issues, the people said. (ANI)
India’s G20 presidency provides an opportunity to set and drive global discourse on key economic and developmental issues, the people said. (ANI)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 12:48 AM IST
ByRezaul H Laskar and Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

Climate, labour remain knotty issues in EU FTA

Several knotty issues related to labour, environment and sustainability that have emerged in negotiations between India and the European Union (EU) on a free trade agreement (FTA) will require political guidance for further progress, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Climate, labour remain knotty issues in EU FTA
Climate, labour remain knotty issues in EU FTA
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 12:23 PM IST
ByRezaul H Laskar & Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

Kant, Nilekani to lead task force to leverage digital achievements within G20

The task force will create a detailed map of India’s digital infrastructure in sectors such as finance, health, education, data and and shortlist key infrastructure that can be presented within various G20 tracks for adoption by other countries

The task force, to be co-chaired by G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant and entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani (Agencies)
The task force, to be co-chaired by G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant and entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani (Agencies)
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 07:45 PM IST
ByRezaul H Laskar and Rajeev Jayaswal

US launches more initiatives to cut wait time for visa applicants

The first in a series of special Saturday interview days, part of a larger effort to reduce wait times for first-time visa applicants, was organised on January 21 by the US embassy in New Delhi and the consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad

The US department of state is also increasing the number of consular officers permanently assigned to the embassy and consulates in India. (Representative Photo)
The US department of state is also increasing the number of consular officers permanently assigned to the embassy and consulates in India. (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 07:58 PM IST

Emulate Netaji’s ideals in political, personal actions: Anita Bose Pfaff

Bose Pfaff said Netaji should be remembered for what he stood for and envisaged for an independent India, including the creation of a modern state where education for all men and women was of utmost importance.

Anita Bose Pfaff with a photo of her father, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, in her residence in Augsburg, Germany (HT Photo)
Anita Bose Pfaff with a photo of her father, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, in her residence in Augsburg, Germany (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 07:25 PM IST

Prez El-Sisi’s visit: Defence, cyber security in focus to boost India-Egypt ties

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will be the first Egyptian and the fifth West Asian leader to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26

A 180-member military contingent from Egypt will participate in the Republic Day parade. (File image)
A 180-member military contingent from Egypt will participate in the Republic Day parade. (File image)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 08:59 PM IST

India willing to go extra mile to help Sri Lanka: Jaishankar

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said India is a reliable neighbour, a trustworthy partner and one who is prepared to go the extra mile when Sri Lanka feels the need

External affairs minister S. Jaishankar met Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo on Friday. (Twitter/DrSJaishankar)
External affairs minister S. Jaishankar met Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo on Friday. (Twitter/DrSJaishankar)
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 12:22 AM IST
By, New Delhi

China building dam close to India border: New satellite images

The development comes in the wake of China unveiling plans to build a “super” dam close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Tibet on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo river, which flows into Arunachal Pradesh as the Siang and then to Assam as the Brahmaputra.

People familiar with the matter said the dam, located at the strategic tri-junction of China’s borders with India and Nepal and opposite the Kalapani region of Uttarakhand state, could be used to divert or restrict the waters of the Mabja Zangbo river.
People familiar with the matter said the dam, located at the strategic tri-junction of China’s borders with India and Nepal and opposite the Kalapani region of Uttarakhand state, could be used to divert or restrict the waters of the Mabja Zangbo river.
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 05:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

China builds new dam in Tibet that could affect flows downstream

The Mabja Zangbo river flows into the Ghaghara or Karnali river in Nepal before eventually joining the Ganga river in India

The dam is located just a few kilometres north of the tri-junction of China’s border with India and Nepal. (Representative image)
The dam is located just a few kilometres north of the tri-junction of China’s border with India and Nepal. (Representative image)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 06:17 PM IST

India gives 2 sea ambulances to Maldives, unveils aid for development projects

The sea ambulances were acquired with Indian grant assistance of more than $400,000 for the Maldives’ defence ministry as part of efforts to strengthen he healthcare delivery system

The sea ambulances are special boats for transporting patients between islands in emergency situations. (Twitter | S Jaishankar)
The sea ambulances are special boats for transporting patients between islands in emergency situations. (Twitter | S Jaishankar)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 08:43 PM IST

Pak offers peace talks, says UAE can facilitate

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has offered to hold talks with India, saying he has asked the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) leadership to help bring the two countries to the table, though Islamabad subsequently made any discussions conditional to New Delhi restoring the special status of Jammu and Kashmir

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Published on Jan 18, 2023 12:03 AM IST

India welcomes UNSC’s terror tag for Abdul Rehman Makki. Why it is significant

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki’s listing is significant because he is the first terrorist to be sanctioned on the basis of a proposal directly from the Indian side and the UN Security Council cited specific terrorist attacks he was linked to.

LeT’s Abdul Rehman Makki was sanctioned by the UNSC’s ISIL and al-Qaida Sanctions Committee after China ended a “technical hold” it placed when the matter was proposed by India in June 2022 (File Photo)
LeT’s Abdul Rehman Makki was sanctioned by the UNSC’s ISIL and al-Qaida Sanctions Committee after China ended a “technical hold” it placed when the matter was proposed by India in June 2022 (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 04:47 PM IST

Pak PM Sharif offers to hold ‘peace’ talks with India, asks UAE to mediate

This is the first time Sharif has made such an offer since he came to power last April as the head of a coalition government. Bilateral ties are currently at an all-time low between the two nations following a string of terror attacks blamed on Pakistan-based groups

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (AFP Photo)
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (AFP Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 05:57 PM IST

New initiatives to be set up to aid developing nations: Modi at Voice of Global South Summit

India unveiled three initiatives to assist the Global South in areas ranging from technology to health, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the “Aarogya Maitri” project to provide medical supplies to any developing country hit by natural disasters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the concluding session of the Voice of Global South Summit via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the concluding session of the Voice of Global South Summit via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 12:15 AM IST
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