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Modi govt throws battered telcos a Rs 42,000-cr lifeline

The deferred amounts to be paid by telcos will be without increase in the time period, the FM said.

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Nov 21, 2019, 04.00 AM IST



PM Modi undertook 7 foreign trips to 9 countries from August-November: MEA

Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan gave out details of the foreign tours of the president, vice president, prime minister, external affairs minister and himself. Modi undertook seven foreign trips from August till November and visited nine countries, according to the data presented by Muraleedharan.

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  • "The relationship is difficult since many years, mainly because Pakistan has developed an important terrorist industry and sends terrorists to India to carry out attacks. Pakistan itself does not deny this situation," he said, in response to a question about Pakistan FM's remark that relations with India are "close to zero".

    "When it comes to S-400 deliveries, everything goes according to plan," President Putin told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. India announced its intention to acquire S-400 'Triumf' surface-to-air missile systems in 2015. The contract worth USD 5.43 billion was signed during the visit of President Putin to India last year.

    Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday assured ASEAN and RCEP members that its absence from the block in its present form in no way impacts India’s Indo-Pacific vision.

    Delivering the fourth Ramnath Goenka memorial lecture, Jaishankar also said the Simla agreement of 1972 resulted in a revanchist Pakistan continuing problems in Jammu and Kashmir.

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met French President Emmanuel Macron at the Paris Peace Forum on Tuesday and held a "good discussion" with him on important strategic issues. The areas of defence and security cooperation, space cooperation and civil nuclear cooperation constitute the principal pillars of the Strategic Partnership.

    "Four years ago, we launched the "Digital India”, the world’s largest, digital technology driven transformation programme. The central notion is that Digital infrastructure should be available as a utility to all citizens...We are excited about the opportunities, but also concerned about the threats from the cyberspace," Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said.

    “India asked the other members to add the text on outstanding issues in their resolution,” an official told ET. The move was meant to showcase India’s influen​ce in the Asia Pacific grouping, the person said. While India is out of the RCEP trade pact as of now, the scope for talks to iron out pending issues remains, sources said.

    The comments by the German Chancellor, who is in India on a come amidst concerns expressed by some foreign lawmakers, including from the US, over restrictions imposed by the government post abrogation of Article 370 to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status in August.

    Congressional staffers may visit India to get an understanding of the Kashmir situation. The embassy has also made efforts to provide information on developments in Jammu and Kashmir on a real-time basis to Congressmen and their staffers. A delegation of Congressional staffers may visit India shortly to get an understanding of the Kashmir situation.

    "The Indian government officially announced the establishment of so-called Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories which included some of China's territory into its administrative jurisdiction," China's Foreign Ministry said. "India unilaterally changed its domestic laws and administrative division challenging China's sovereignty."

    The two-day 18th NAM Summit commenced on Friday, bringing together the heads of 120 member countries.India is a founding member of NAM, which is one of the largest gatherings of world leaders.

    "Long-held assumption and alignments rooted in the legacies of colonialism and the ideology of the Cold War are making way for new configurations and partnerships," said S Jaishankar.

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