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FILE - In this May 7, 2007 file photo, former Secretary of State George Schultz arrives to watch Queen Elizabeth II take part in arrival ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Shultz, former President Ronald Reagan’s longtime secretary of state, who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve relations with the Soviet Union and forging a course for peace in the Middle East, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. He was 100. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)(AP)

George Shultz, who led US Cold-War diplomacy, dies

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 07:04 PM IST
  • An Ivy League-educated economist, Shultz moved seamlessly from academia to government to business. He led a faction that promoted “realism” in foreign policy, including direct bargaining with the Soviet Union. As Treasury secretary he played a role in untying the US dollar from the price of gold.
File photo of a Russian military base in the Arctic .(Reuters)
File photo of a Russian military base in the Arctic .(Reuters)

Russia revives Soviet-era lab to test weapons in Arctic climate: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 04:53 PM IST
he laboratory, which has unique testing technology, was shut down in 1991 after the disintegration of the former Soviet Union.
We should rejoice that David Cornwell, a mid-level intelligence officer, decided in 1961 to become a writer and transformed into John Le Carré(Getty Images)
We should rejoice that David Cornwell, a mid-level intelligence officer, decided in 1961 to become a writer and transformed into John Le Carré(Getty Images)

Le Carré captured the human condition, in the Cold War and beyond

By Prakash Karat
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 09:32 PM IST
Through the grey world of espionage, Le Carré wrote about the human condition. In his own words: “Out of the secret world I once knew, I tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit.”
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.(AP)
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.(AP)

China’s space ambitions: Robot on Mars, a human on the moon

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 03:01 PM IST
The Chang’e 5, the first effort to bring lunar rocks to Earth since the 1970s, collected samples on Wednesday, the Chinese space agency announced. The probe landed Tuesday on the Sea of Storms on the moon’s near side.
For us in India, the past three decades have seen momentous changes.(PTI Photo)
For us in India, the past three decades have seen momentous changes.(PTI Photo)

HTLS 2020: Heralding a new era of Indian assertiveness in global order

By Swapan Dasgupta
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 05:42 PM IST
The Maastricht Treaty that heralded the transformation of a European Common Market into an integrated European Union was undoubtedly a pathbreaking development that promised to make the old nationalisms redundant.
Valentina Tereshkova
Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova: First woman to travel in space

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 09:01 PM IST
In 1963, this pioneering cosmonaut from the former Soviet Union became the first woman to fly in space. A staunch Communist Party member, she worked a lot for the betterment of women.
(Credit: ‘Crown Copyright courtesy of The National Archives’)
(Credit: ‘Crown Copyright courtesy of The National Archives’)

When UK planted anti-Soviet propaganda in Indian media

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 01:34 AM IST
Declassified files at the National Archives show that the Information Research Department (IRD) in the Foreign Office bought strip cartoon rights of the book in 1950, intending to use it as part of the cut-and-thrust of the then Cold War.
The CNN reported that Russia is planning for approval of the vaccine by August 10, which has been created by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute.(AP)
The CNN reported that Russia is planning for approval of the vaccine by August 10, which has been created by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute.(AP)

Russia plans to approve world’s first Covid-19 vaccine by August 10: Report

Moscow | By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2020 04:21 PM IST
Referring to 1957 launch of the world’s first satellite by the Soviet Union, Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, was quoted as saying, “It is a Sputnik moment.”Russia’s sovereign wealth fund is financing vaccine research.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin wrote “It is essential to pass on to future generations the memory of the fact that the Nazis were defeated first and foremost by the Soviet people.”(via REUTERS)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin wrote “It is essential to pass on to future generations the memory of the fact that the Nazis were defeated first and foremost by the Soviet people.”(via REUTERS)

Putin insists on recognition of USSR’s WWII role

Moscow | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 10:21 AM IST
The Russian President, in an article titled “The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II,” talks about who is to blame for starting the war.
Beijing does not believe territorial disputes are a tea party and it is important that New Delhi does not treat them as such(REUTERS)
Beijing does not believe territorial disputes are a tea party and it is important that New Delhi does not treat them as such(REUTERS)

Decoding China’s playbook | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 07:19 PM IST
Until it converts words into deeds, India must be cautious
The K2K drive was flagged off from Kargil in a Maruti 800 and the uber-expensive Mercedes E240
The K2K drive was flagged off from Kargil in a Maruti 800 and the uber-expensive Mercedes E240

Sunday Drive with Hormazd Sorabjee: Throwback drives

Hindustan Times | By Hormazd Sorabjee
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 02:19 AM IST
Since actually driving is impossible during the lockdown, here’s a trip down memory lane
NATO summit, Watford, Britain, December 4. In the past, India tended to see NATO as an instrument of Western dominance(REUTERS)
NATO summit, Watford, Britain, December 4. In the past, India tended to see NATO as an instrument of Western dominance(REUTERS)

At 70, NATO is weak and divided | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2019 08:18 PM IST
It, however, has a role to play in the global balance of power

Podcast | Ashley J. Tellis on America’s “India Dividend”

Hindustan Times | By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 11:11 AM IST
In this week’s episode, Milan talks with Ashley J. Tellis, co-author (with former U.S. Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill) of a new essay in Foreign Affairs called, “The India Dividend.”
In the 60 years since Luna 2 (officially called the Second Soviet Cosmic Rocket), humans have sent many missions to the moon — the latest of which is India’s Chandrayaan-2(PTI)
In the 60 years since Luna 2 (officially called the Second Soviet Cosmic Rocket), humans have sent many missions to the moon — the latest of which is India’s Chandrayaan-2(PTI)

60 years of lunar exploration

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2019 07:44 PM IST
With every mission, we learn a little more about the universe
The New York Times reported that the new generation of these missiles will be deployed to counter China.(HT Photo)
The New York Times reported that the new generation of these missiles will be deployed to counter China.(HT Photo)

US set to test missiles as arms control treaty dies

WASHINGTON | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 12:12 AM IST
The Pentagon will start testing a ground-based version of the navy’s Tomahawk cruise missiles later this month, and a ballistic missile is being developed for the army.
Our lumbering procurement processes are designed for large scale wars while our frontline troops await basic tools of war like modern assault rifles(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Our lumbering procurement processes are designed for large scale wars while our frontline troops await basic tools of war like modern assault rifles(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)

India needs to reboot its counter-insurgency doctrine

By Raghu Raman
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2019 09:51 PM IST
Our adversaries have attained much higher agility and diversity in operations, whether in using social media as propaganda or civilian rage as the first tier of defence. Fighting the last war, instead of preparing to win the one that saps us in the present, is strategically corroding us in perpetuity
An image taken by Israel spacecraft, Beresheet, upon its landing on the moon, obtained by Reuters from Space IL on April 11, 2019. Courtesy Space IL/Handout via REUTERS
An image taken by Israel spacecraft, Beresheet, upon its landing on the moon, obtained by Reuters from Space IL on April 11, 2019. Courtesy Space IL/Handout via REUTERS

Israeli spacecraft crashes onto moon after technical failures

Yehud (Israel) | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 08:01 AM IST
The unmanned robotic lander suffered periodic engine and communications failures during the 21 minutes or so of the landing sequence, the support team said.
Much like the Soviet Union did in the late 1980s, the United States now contemplates the end of its longest ever military engagement(Reuters)
Much like the Soviet Union did in the late 1980s, the United States now contemplates the end of its longest ever military engagement(Reuters)

How the present Afghanistan knot evokes memories of 1989

By T C A Raghavan
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2019 10:00 AM IST
The historical moment we are poised today at recalls elements of both 1979 and 1988/1989 as lack of internal Afghan consensus and legitimacy for external interference comprise an Afghan knot which is not easy to untie
One can definitely see why Jawaharlal Nehru was sceptical of the UNSC seat offers in 1950s. However, it is difficult to sympathise with his reasons today(HT Photo)
One can definitely see why Jawaharlal Nehru was sceptical of the UNSC seat offers in 1950s. However, it is difficult to sympathise with his reasons today(HT Photo)

Not pursuing the UNSC seat was Nehru’s mistake

By Kunal Singh
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2019 05:37 PM IST
The wait for a more sincere offer than the ones in the 1950s hasn’t borne fruit in more than six decades now
India successfully shot down a live satellite target in the low earth orbit (LEO) on Wednesday.(Representational image)
India successfully shot down a live satellite target in the low earth orbit (LEO) on Wednesday.(Representational image)

Anti-satellite weapons: Rare, high-tech, and risky to test

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 05:19 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has become a ‘space superpower’ with the successful testing of an anti-satellite missle on Wednesday.
In Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and father are on display in the loftily named Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a monument to the cult of personality that surrounds North Korea’s ruling family.(Reuters)
In Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and father are on display in the loftily named Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a monument to the cult of personality that surrounds North Korea’s ruling family.(Reuters)

Russian science keeping North Korea’s dead leaders looking fresh

Seoul | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 09:54 AM IST
The Soviet Union may have collapsed but “Lenin Lab” in Moscow still performs annual maintenance on Vietnam’s late revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, and according to at least one researcher, still helps North Korea keep the Kims looking fresh.
Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon. A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday, Jan. 3, made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon.(AP)
Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon. A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday, Jan. 3, made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon.(AP)

India can gain massively from the space race

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2019 09:37 AM IST
The last space race between the Soviet Union and the US helped them modernise their industries and accelerate scientific progress.
In this photo provided Jan. 3, 2019, by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, the first image of the moon's far side taken by China's Chang'e-4 probe.(AP)
In this photo provided Jan. 3, 2019, by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, the first image of the moon's far side taken by China's Chang'e-4 probe.(AP)

This is what the dark side of the moon looks like

Associated Press | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 03:17 PM IST
The far side of the moon faces away from Earth and is relatively unexplored. It is also known as the dark side of the moon.
Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses the media after attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor, November 29. The Kartarpur Saheb opening shows that in the India Pakistan context bilateral developments follow their own logic and can surprise even the hardened cynic(Sameer Sehgal / Hindustan Times)
Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses the media after attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor, November 29. The Kartarpur Saheb opening shows that in the India Pakistan context bilateral developments follow their own logic and can surprise even the hardened cynic(Sameer Sehgal / Hindustan Times)

In 2019, India must be open to opportunities and vigilant against threats

By TCA Raghavan
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2018 09:35 AM IST
The challenge for 2019 and indeed for the years ahead is of how to interface with this new power within us and which effects all equations with our neighbours or will inevitably do so
In this NASA handout file photo taken on July 20, 1969, US astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin deploy the US flag on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.(AFP File Photo)
In this NASA handout file photo taken on July 20, 1969, US astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin deploy the US flag on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.(AFP File Photo)

Were US moon landings real? We’ll verify, says Russia space agency chief

Moscow | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2018 06:21 PM IST
Head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency was responding to a question about whether or not NASA actually landed on the moon nearly 50 years ago.
China warned on Tuesday it would “never accept any form of blackmail” after US president Donald Trump said his decision to withdraw from a nuclear pact with Russia was also linked to Beijing’s arsenal.(AFP Photo)
China warned on Tuesday it would “never accept any form of blackmail” after US president Donald Trump said his decision to withdraw from a nuclear pact with Russia was also linked to Beijing’s arsenal.(AFP Photo)

Trump’s decision to withdraw from US-Russia nuclear treaty ‘blackmail’: China

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 09:50 PM IST
“This approach of shifting the blame on others is utterly unjustifiable and unreasonable,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman on Trump’s decision to withdraw from a nuclear pact with Russia .
Maharaja of Nawanagar, Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja, was the patron of Polish children at Balachadi, a village in Jamnagar of the erstwhile princely state of Nawanagar in British india.(PHOTO courtesy: Wieslaw Stypula)
Maharaja of Nawanagar, Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja, was the patron of Polish children at Balachadi, a village in Jamnagar of the erstwhile princely state of Nawanagar in British india.(PHOTO courtesy: Wieslaw Stypula)

A good king of Gujarat

Hindustan Times | By Paramita Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 05:13 PM IST
World War 2 turned lakhs of Polish children into orphans. Between 1942 and 1946, a thousand of them were given shelter by the Nawanagar maharaja. On the 100th year of Poland’s independence, many of them returned to relive their childhood years in Gujarat.
Hima Das of India celebrates winning gold in the final of the women's 400m on day three of The IAAF World U20 Championships 2018 in Tampere, Finland(Getty Images for IAAF)
Hima Das of India celebrates winning gold in the final of the women's 400m on day three of The IAAF World U20 Championships 2018 in Tampere, Finland(Getty Images for IAAF)

It’s time India aimed higher than the Asian Games

By Anju Bobby George
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 12:09 PM IST
Women athletes have a tradition of making India proud at Asian-level competitions. Ideally, for a country of our size, population and resources, we should be a force to reckon with at the Olympics.
The chopper was returning from an expedition in the Ismoili Somoni mountain.(AFP File Photo/Representative image)
The chopper was returning from an expedition in the Ismoili Somoni mountain.(AFP File Photo/Representative image)

16 feared dead after chopper makes ‘hard landing’ in Tajikistan

Dushanbe (Tajikistan) | By AFP
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 02:47 PM IST
According to the Home Ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), 187 people have lost their lives in Kerala, 171 in Uttar Pradesh, 170 in West Bengal and 139 in Maharashtra due to the floods and rains.
Russian fans cheer their team during the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, a city which has got a new lease of life due to the tournament.(AFP)
Russian fans cheer their team during the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, a city which has got a new lease of life due to the tournament.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018 gives Nizhny Novgorod new lease of life

Hindustan Times, Nizhny Novgorod | By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2018 05:15 PM IST
Till the collapse of the Soviet Union, Nizhny Novgorod didn’t permit foreign visitors to help maintain the secrecy of its weapon-producing units. With the start of the FIFA World Cup 2018, business has been more hectic than usual in Russia’s fifth largest city.
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