News Updates

10 June - 16 June, 2019
  • Need to have dialogue with 'disgruntled' youth of J&K: NC. The National Conference (NC) said on Sunday that there was a need for having a dialogue with the "disgruntled" youth of Jammu and Kashmir for achieving long-lasting peace in the state. Demanding the restoration of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said the party is not seeking anything novel or outside the ambit of Constitution of India. (The Times of India, 16 June, 2019)
  • Making India $5 trillion economy by 2024 challenging, but achievable, says PM Modi; here’s what’s needed. Addressing the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the goal of making India a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024 is challenging but surely achievable, as he asked states to focus on their core competencies and work towards increasing the GDP right from the district level. (Financial Express, 15 June, 2019)
  • BGB, BSF agree to bring down border killing to zero. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) have agreed to undertake joint efforts to bring down the killing incidents in the frontier areas to ‘zero level’ by increasing coordinated patrols in areas vulnerable to cattle and drug or narcotics smuggling. (Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, 15 June, 2019)
  • SCO Highlights: Need Better Economic Ties with SCO Nations, Says PM Modi. Prime Minister Modi is in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, the first multilateral engagement post his re-election. On the sidelines of the SCO summit, PM Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Afghanistan President. With the Chinese President Xi Jinping, PM Modi discussed ways to further strengthen the bilateral relations. PM Modi also met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, he discussed the role played by India towards an inclusive peace process in the conflict-hit nation. (NDTV, 14 June, 2019)
  • India, China ‘do not pose threats’ to each other, Xi Jinping tells PM Modi at Bishkek. Chinese President Xi Jinping told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India and China “do not pose threats” to each other as he expressed Beijing’s willingness to join New Delhi in pushing forward a closer development partnership between the two sides. Xi Jinping told Modi that India and China should deepen cooperation by properly handling differences and called for strengthening Confidence Building Measures to maintain stability at the border. (The Stateman, 14 June, 2019)
  • US cautions India over buying S-400 missile defence system from Russia. The US is ready to help India's defence needs with the latest technologies and equipment, but New Delhi purchasing long-range S-400 missile defence system from Russia would limit cooperation, the Trump administration has cautioned. A senior State Department official also warned that New Delhi's deal to procure the lethal missile system from Moscow will have "serious implications" on India-US defence ties. (Business Standard, 14 June, 2019)
  • PM Modi Announces $200 Million Line of Credit for Kyrgyzstan as Two Sides Sign 15 Pacts. Prime Minister Modi and President Jeenbekov held one-on-one restricted meeting followed by a delegation-level talk during which the two sides discussed on stepping up their bilateral engagement to the next level and exploring new areas of cooperation. Modi announced the USD 200 million lines of credit for Kyrgyzstan and said the two sides have decided to upgrade their ties to the Strategic Partnership level, and signed 15 agreements, including one to eliminate double taxation. (News 18, 14 June, 2019)
  • SCO Summit: Indo-Pak acrimony takes centre stage at Modi 2.0's first multilateral meet. Prime Minister Modi is one of the two leaders of the SCO member-states (the other being Russia) who is not staying at the state guest house Ala Archa where all others are being hosted by the president of the Kyrgyz Republic. When asked, it was told because of logistic reasons since the Indian delegation is huge. But, it hasn't escaped anyone that it would be easier for the Indian side to avoid the Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan by not staying in the same premises. India-Pakistan ties have, to a certain degree, overshadowed the first multilateral visit of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (India Today, 13 June, 2019)
  • India Planning To Launch Own Space Station By 2030, Says ISRO Chief K Sivan. In one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by India, the country is planning to launch its own space station, Indian space agency ISRO chief K Sivan said. India is targeting 2030 as the date to launch a 20 tonne space station, which will most likely be used to conduct microgravity experiments. The preliminary plan for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for upto 15-20 days in space, but specific details will emerge after the maiden manned mission, Gaganyaan, is complete. (NDTV, 13 June, 2019)
  • 'India, Aus can do more to strengthen economic order in Indo-Pacific'. India and Australia can do more together to strengthen the economic order in the Indo-Pacific and successfully concluding Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will help shape the regional rules and norms governing trade, investment and the broader economy, said Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu. (Business Standard, 12 June, 2019)
02 June - 09 June, 2019
  • India to buy US missile system to shield Delhi. India is swiftly moving ahead to acquire the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) from the US, which will be used along with indigenous, Russian and Israeli systems to erect an ambitious multi-layered missile shield over the National Capital Territory of Delhi against aerial threats ranging from drones to ballistic missiles. (The Times of India, 10 June, 2019)
  • Terror is a joint threat: PM Narendra Modi in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his tour to Sri Lanka sounded out the South Asian region that terrorism is a 'joint threat' and India will take the lead in fighting it. (India Today, 10 June, 2019)
  • India, Maldives sign six key agreements. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Maldives on his first state visit abroad since being re-elected to office, was marked by the signing of six key agreements and substantive bilateral level talks, reaffirming cooperation between the two countries. (The Hindu, 09 June, 2019)
  • India asks Pak. to exempt PM’s flight. India has requested Pakistan that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be allowed to fly through its airspace to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Bishkek, scheduled for June 13 and 14, despite the restrictions it had imposed on flights from and through the country. (The Hindu, 09 June, 2019)
  • India to train 1,000 Maldives civil servants for next 5 years. India's leading civil services training institution NCGG will train 1,000 Maldives civil servants over the next five years, a Ministry of Personnel statement said. The Ministry of External Affairs will bear all expenses of the training programme. (The Quint, 09 June, 2019)
  • S Jaishankar discusses key elements of ties with Bhutan's top leadership. External affairs minister S Jaishankar met Bhutan's top leadership, including Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, and discussed important elements of the bilateral ties with emphasis on development partnership and cooperation in the hydropower sector. Jaishankar is in the Buddhist kingdom on a two-day visit, his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the ministry of external affairs. (The Times of India, 07 June, 2019)
  • Kashmir's al-Qaida cell names Musa's successor. Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), an affiliate of al-Qaida, announced that Zakir Musa’s successor and its new chief, is 30-year-old Hameed Lelhari, a native of Pulwama and a member of Islamist organization Jamait-Ahl-e-Hadith. The announcement on eid coincided with flags of Pakistan, banners of Pakistani terror groups and ISIS being exhibited on the streets of Srinagar during eid celebrations. (The Times of India, 07 June, 2019)
  • India to hold first ever simulated space warfare exercise in July to counter China's influence: report. To counter growing threats arising from China's growing space capabilities, India will organise its first ever simulated space warfare exercise in the last week of July. The development is significant as it comes after India constituted an all-new tri-service Defence Space Agency in March following a successful launch of an anti-satellite missile under 'Mission Shakti'. (Business Today, 08 June, 2019)
  • SAARC has problems, BIMSTEC energy: Jaishankar. “SAARC [South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation] has certain problems and we all know what they are. Even if you were to put terrorism aside… there are connectivity and trade issues. BIMSTEC leaders were invited for the Prime Minister’s swearing-in because we see energy, mindset and possibility in that grouping,” Jaishankar said at The Growth Net summit, his first public engagement after taking over as the external affairs minister. He was speaking during a session titled Changing World, Changing India. (Hindustan Times, 06 June, 2019)
  • Narendra Modi and Imran Khan are not planning to meet in Bishkek during SCO summit, says MEA. “To the best of my knowledge, there is no bilateral meeting being planned between the prime minister and PM of Pakistan on the sidelines of the SCO summit,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters. (, 06 June, 2019)
  • Japan, India to hold 2+2 dialogue. Japan and India will hold a 2+2 meeting which was agreed during the last Modi-Abe summit. Taro Kono, Japan’s foreign minister spoke to his counterpart S Jaishankar on Tuesday to invite him to Japan for the G-20 foreign ministers meeting in November. (The Times of India, 05 June, 2019)