The growing defence and strategic ties between India and the United States got a major fillip when resident Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) that seeks to counter the growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Indian Navy - expanding its area of operation in its bid to be a blue-water force - helped a Norwegian ship manned by an all Indian crew to retrieve its cable chain and port anchor that had slipped into the Arabian Sea in the piracy infested waters of the Gulf of Aden.
In a move aimed to help take forward the Wuhan consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, India and China - in a significant engagement - agreed to boost interaction between their armed forces and operationalise a hotline to step up strategic communication and prevent conflicts.
Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency
If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor .