MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 The United States needs to dial down on its ‘maximum pressure’ tactics with Iran U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull back from air strikes on Iran, after the latter shot down an American drone near the Strait of Hormuz, was a rare moment of restraint amid otherwise escalating tensions between the two countries. The rationale behind the pull-back, according to Mr. Trump, was that he did not want to cause any loss of Iranian lives as no American lives were...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 201 Underscores U.S. commitment to partnership with India The U.S. wants to use Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s visit to New Delhi next week to capitalise on the early days of Modi 2.0 and accelerate its ties with India. However, trade concerns and India’s planned purchase of the S-400 missile shield from Russia remain problematic. “We’re at a high point in the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership, and we think we have an unprecedented opportunity to broaden and deepen...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019 Mike Pompeo. File   | Photo Credit: AFP U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to visit India from June 25-27 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit next week would give a boost to the engagement between the political leaderships of India and the U.S., the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday. During his June 25-27 visit, Mr. Pompeo is expected to deliver a major public lecture, addressing the next generation of Indian youth and discuss...

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EDITORIAL MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 TODAY’S PAPER A different tent: on SCO summit The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is becoming vital to India’s Eurasia policy Terrorism, regional cooperation and the future of Afghanistan were major themes at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Heads of State summit in Bishkek. The grouping, led by Russia and China, which includes Afghanistan and the Central Asian states of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, inducted India...

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आतंकी हरकतों से बाज नहीं आ रहा पाकिस्तान, वैश्विक स्तर पर घेरने में जुटा भारतपाकिस्तान उन आतंकी संगठनों के खिलाफ कुछ नहीं कर रहा है जो भारत के लिए खतरा बने हुए हैं और जो कश्मीर में आतंकवाद भड़का...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 201 Beyond the wall: On the Gandhis looking for scapegoats In defeat, the Gandhi family is looking for scapegoats without owning responsibility Failure is always an orphan, but the scramble among Congress leaders to stick the genesis of the party’s devastating collapse in the Lok Sabha election on someone else is comical. What gives it a dark edge is that this evasiveness is being condoned, even promoted, by the reigning supremos. The Gandhis, Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka,...

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Search here FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 The tentative revival in industrial activity must be built on through prudent policy support Industrial activity in the new financial year appears to have started on a healthier note than the trend witnessed in the last quarter of the previous fiscal, the government’s latest quick estimates show. Industrial output rose 3.4% in April, buoyed by a generally broad-based revival that saw electricity, mining and even manufacturing post faster growth compared...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019 Fishermen try to pull back a boat that was carried away by waves on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, India, Thursday, June 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP System has changed course and is expected to skirt the Saurashtra coast In a major relief for Gujarat, which was expected to be hit by cyclone Vayu on the Saurashtra coast, the system has changed course and is now unlikely to make landfall in the State. However, the coastal districts of the State...

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The HINDU Editorial The RBI has played conservative in announcing a rate cut of just 25 basis points There were no surprises in the second bimonthly monetary policy announcement by the Reserve Bank of India. A 25 basis point (0.25 percentage point) cut was widely expected, and the RBI delivered that. Whether a deeper 50 basis point cut was necessary, given the sharp slowdown in the economy, is now a purely scholastic question. With inflation well under the benchmark figure of 4%, the stage was...

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INTERNATIONAL ‘World’s rivers loaded with antibiotics waste’ AFP PARIS, MAY 27, 2019 21:20 IST UPDATED: MAY 28, 2019 08:20 IST A ferry service transports passengers and vehicles along the Mekong river in Phnom Penh.   | Photo Credit: AFP Some exceed safety limits by 300 times Rivers worldwide are polluted with antibiotics that exceed environmental safety thresholds by up to 300 times, according to research unveiled at a conference on May 27. Scientists found...

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