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A worker wearing a protective suit gestures to a line of people at a Covid-19 testing site in Tianjin, China, on Saturday.(AP)

China used Covid-19 for strategic gains in Indo-Pacific: Think-tank

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 09:25 PM IST
China’s increasingly active drive and India’s rivalry with Pakistan will continue to dominate the regional security environment when the pandemic dies down, said a report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
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Vijay Chauthaiwale, head of the BJP’s foreign affairs cell, and Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, senior fellow for South Asia, during an interaction with academics, diplomats and policy experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London on Friday. HT Photo.(HT Photo)
Vijay Chauthaiwale, head of the BJP’s foreign affairs cell, and Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, senior fellow for South Asia, during an interaction with academics, diplomats and policy experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London on Friday. HT Photo.(HT Photo)

‘Talks with Pakistan are unlikely to be held soon’: BJP

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2019 10:02 PM IST
On the Indian diaspora’s demand to allow dual citizenship, Chauthaiwale said it is an “intricate issue” that is unlikely to be conceded in the near future, but added that by the 2024 election, Indian citizens abroad would be extended the facility of proxy voting.
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The Pakistan Army Chief’s comments come a day after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on told the country to swiftly complete its action plan to curb terror financing by October or face consequences.(REUTERS FILE)
The Pakistan Army Chief’s comments come a day after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on told the country to swiftly complete its action plan to curb terror financing by October or face consequences.(REUTERS FILE)

After global watchdog’s warning, Pakistan says ‘doing our best’ to end terrorism

By Asian News International | London [UK]
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 04:24 PM IST
Qamar Javed Bajwa, while speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London on Friday, suggested that all countries should come forward and cooperate with each other in “wiping out terrorism” as it is a common enemy for all.
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Repealing or abrogating key Jammu and Kashmir-specific provisions in India’s Constitution could provoke protests. (Photo by TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP)
Repealing or abrogating key Jammu and Kashmir-specific provisions in India’s Constitution could provoke protests. (Photo by TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP)

Changes in Article 370 may lead to protests, London seminar told

By Prasun Sonwalkar | London
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2019 01:06 PM IST
Article 370 grants autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, while Article 35A allows the state legislature to define ‘permanent resident’ of the state, which is key to exercising various citizen rights.
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India should quickly embark on the path to create a level playing field between defence public sector units and private companies(ANI)
India should quickly embark on the path to create a level playing field between defence public sector units and private companies(ANI)

Why China is doing well in defence manufacturing

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 06:30 PM IST
China’s success flows from its massive investment in research and development (R&D) — well over 2% of GDP now. Of late, it has also embraced private companies’ role in defence production
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Image for representation.(AFP file photo)
Image for representation.(AFP file photo)

‘A Pak-free Taliban better for Afghan peace process’

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2019 04:41 PM IST
India does not consider the Taliban as the ‘dominant force’ in the Afghan peace process, but if the group were to represent Afghan voices, it would need to leave safe havens in Pakistan and cut-off covert support from Islamabad, a former Indian envoy to Kabul has said.
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On Rahul Gandhi’s agenda on August 24 and 25 is a “working lunch” with the Indian Journalists Association and a “conversation” with London School of Economics academic Mukulika Banerjee.(PTI/File Photo)
On Rahul Gandhi’s agenda on August 24 and 25 is a “working lunch” with the Indian Journalists Association and a “conversation” with London School of Economics academic Mukulika Banerjee.(PTI/File Photo)

Public events, meet with British MPs, part of Rahul Gandhi’s UK schedule

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 11:52 PM IST
This will be the first time Rahul Gandhi, as Congress president, will speak in public before audiences in London on key issues in India’s contemporary politics and economy. He has been a frequent visitor to Britain, but has so far not held public events.
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