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An Indian Air Force fighter jet flies in the Ladakh region amid the prolonged India-China face off, in Leh district on Wednesday.(PTI)

India, China discussing foreign ministers’ 5-point agenda to ease border situation: Chinese official

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:25 PM IST
Senior diplomats from the two countries are meeting via video link under the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on border affairs, says the Chinese foreign ministry.
A woman standing near a logo of World Bank (REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo/File Photo)
A woman standing near a logo of World Bank (REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo/File Photo)

Covid-19 has created ‘new poor’ in East Asia and Pacific, says World Bank report

By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 04:08 PM IST
The report, titled ‘From Containment to Recovery,’ said triple shock of the pandemic, the economic fallout from containment measures and the impact of the global recession means the region will grow only 0.9% this year, its weakest expansion since 1967.
The officials of the two sides also exchanged views on the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, cooperation at different multilateral forums.(REUTERS)
The officials of the two sides also exchanged views on the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, cooperation at different multilateral forums.(REUTERS)

Won’t allow differences to escalate, both sides say

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Beijing | By Rezaul H Laskar and Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 01:34 AM IST
People familiar with developments said on condition of anonymity that Friday’s meeting was meant to set the stage for the talks on June 6 between the general officer commanding of Leh-based 14 Corps, Lt Gen Harinder Singh, and his Chinese counterpart.
A health worker uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of a motorcyclist on a road during a nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)
A health worker uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of a motorcyclist on a road during a nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)

In hindsight: Covid profited from our mistakes

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 10:29 AM IST
Looking back, there have been so many mistakes and so much misinformation that it is worth asking: could we have handled this better?
Heston Blumenthal is now more interested in the effect of the brain on taste and in the properties of water(Rohit Chawla)
Heston Blumenthal is now more interested in the effect of the brain on taste and in the properties of water(Rohit Chawla)

Rude food by Vir Sanghvi: Molecular is meaningless

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 11:42 PM IST
A great chef and innovator like Heston Blumenthal uses science to make his food better; not to create foams and soils. Our chefs still don’t get that.
In a downside scenario, global growth would slow to just 1.8 per cent this year. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
In a downside scenario, global growth would slow to just 1.8 per cent this year. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

UN lowers India growth forecast; expects momentum to pick up in 2020

United Nations | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2020 11:40 PM IST
According to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2020, a growth rate of 2.5 per cent is possible in 2020, but a flare up of trade tensions, financial turmoil, or an escalation of geopolitical tensions could derail a recovery.
East Asia Summit leaders pose for a group photo during the 13th East Asian Summit Plenary on the sidelines of the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. From left to right are Vietnam's Nguyen Xuan Phuc, South Korea's Moon Jae-in, Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte, New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, China's Li Keqiang, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Singapore's Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prayuth Chan-ocha, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Australia's Scott Morrison, Brunei's Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Hun Sen, India's Narendra Modi, Indonesia's Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Japan's Shinzo Abe and Lao's Thongloun Sisoulith. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)(AP)
East Asia Summit leaders pose for a group photo during the 13th East Asian Summit Plenary on the sidelines of the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. From left to right are Vietnam's Nguyen Xuan Phuc, South Korea's Moon Jae-in, Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte, New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, China's Li Keqiang, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Singapore's Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prayuth Chan-ocha, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Australia's Scott Morrison, Brunei's Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Hun Sen, India's Narendra Modi, Indonesia's Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Japan's Shinzo Abe and Lao's Thongloun Sisoulith. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)(AP)

In Singapore summits, PM Modi pitches for enhanced trade, better Indo-Pacific connectivity

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2018 12:13 AM IST
Following the Asean-India Summit over breakfast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the East Asia Summit, with both meetings focusing on issues such as increased connectivity and trade and the Indo-Pacific region, where India is emerging as a key player.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on the plane to leave for Singapore on November 13.(Twitter/PMO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on the plane to leave for Singapore on November 13.(Twitter/PMO)

Participation in Asean, East Asia summits a sign of continued commitment, says PM Narendra Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 12:04 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is participating in the Asean-India and East Asia Summits in Singapore on November 14-15.
The government plans to launch more quick impact projects (QIPs) in East Asia and other countries under its developmental assistance programme as part of an effort to reach out to build its influence in these countries.(Representative Image/PTI File)
The government plans to launch more quick impact projects (QIPs) in East Asia and other countries under its developmental assistance programme as part of an effort to reach out to build its influence in these countries.(Representative Image/PTI File)

Central govt likely to launch more Quick Impact Projects abroad

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayanth Jacob
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2018 08:27 AM IST
The quick impact projects mostly cover upgradation of physical infrastructure such as roads, local community centres, social infrastructure such as in the education, health, sanitation or community development sectors.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Mongolian foreign minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar pose for a picture during a signing ceremony during the 6th India-Mongolia Joint Committee meeting at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Mongolian foreign minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar pose for a picture during a signing ceremony during the 6th India-Mongolia Joint Committee meeting at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

India revitalising Buddhist heritage through ties with Mongolia: Sushma Swaraj

Indo-Asian News Service, Ulaanbaatar | By Indo-Asian News Service
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 06:19 PM IST
Sushma Swaraj says India has offered to provide a statue of Lord Buddha to the Gandan Monastery in Mongolia as a token of the deep friendship between the two countries.
Demonetisation and the transition to GST may be positive in the long run but were disruptive in the short term, according to World Bank’s chief economist for South Asia Martin Rama.(AFP file)
Demonetisation and the transition to GST may be positive in the long run but were disruptive in the short term, according to World Bank’s chief economist for South Asia Martin Rama.(AFP file)

World Bank says India has recovered from impact of demonetisation, GST

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj, Washington
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2018 09:29 PM IST
Indian recovery will lift South Asia as a region and make it the world’s fastest growing again, says the World Bank’s bi-annual South Asia Economic Focus report.
Rahul Sankrityayan in Calcutta, 1950. Sankrityayan was the father of the Hindi travelogue and a scholar who retrieved rare Buddhist texts from Tibet.(Courtesy/ Jaya Sankrityayan and IGNCA)
Rahul Sankrityayan in Calcutta, 1950. Sankrityayan was the father of the Hindi travelogue and a scholar who retrieved rare Buddhist texts from Tibet.(Courtesy/ Jaya Sankrityayan and IGNCA)

The versatile genius of Rahul Sankrityayan

Hindustan Times | By Manik Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2018 08:49 AM IST
Scholar, linguist, collector, Marxist. An exhibition in Delhi displays his rare Buddhist texts and artefacts
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