India making over 1 lakh PPE kits a day: Govt

India is now making a substantial number of essential medical supplies such as personal protection equipment (PPE), N95 masks and ventilators, the central government said today. Medical professionals in India were hit by a dangerous shortage of PPE kits and N95 masks till about two weeks ago, leading to at least some nurses taking to […]

In a win for China, Nepal starts stapling visas for Taiwanese

In a diplomatic victory for China, Nepal has started issuing stapled visas to Taiwan passport holders, departing from its previous policy of issuing regular visas to citizens of the island nation. Diplomatic sources in the Taiwan Embassy in New Delhi say that the matter came to their attention shortly after China’s President Xi Jinping’s visited […]

Jio ties up with Samsung for 5G trial as others go with Huawei

Reliance Jio Infocomm, India’s largest telecom operator, said it tied up with Korea-based Samsung Electronics to demonstrate 5G technology at India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019, even as rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have sought DoT nod to demo with China-based Huawei. The choice of vendors could turn out to be more crucial in coming […]

India’s water position vulnerable vs China: Brahma Chellaney

China’s use of water as an “unconventional weapon” of warfare against India is a major geopolitical and environmental concern for New Delhi, strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney warned, as he recalled how Beijing’s refusal to provide New Delhi with hydrological data in 2017 had caused “preventable deaths.” “As an upper-stream state, China is obliged to […]

Kerala to install real-time face detection system in public places

Kerala government has issued a request for proposals from artificial intelligence companies to develop a real-time mass surveillance and facial identification system to be deployed across the state. The surveillance cameras will be connected to powerful computers, and any person whose name has been entered into the system will be detected the minute he or […]

Sun Pharma licenses two products to China Medical System

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries today announced that it had licensed two of its products — for psoriasis and for dry eye — to China Medical System Holdings Ltd or CMS. CMS will pay Sun Pharma an initial upfront payment, regulatory and sales milestone payments, and royalties on net sales, the Indian pharma company said. The financial […]

Masood Azhar’s terror tag more a diplomatic victory than a strategic win

In what is considered a major diplomatic victory for India and an extra push for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the middle of the general elections, the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday declared Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e –Mohammad, a designated terrorist. The way was cleared for declaring the terror […]

CMR calls OnePlus 6 “finest Android smartphone out there”

Market research firm CyberMedia Research has called the OnePlus 6, the latest smartphone from the eponymous Chinese start-up, the ‘finest Android smartphone out there today’. In a note trying to explain the success of the Chinese company in markets like India, Prabhu Ram, head of Industry Intelligence Group at the firm also called it the […]

100 companies book slots in India’s electronic manufacturing clusters

The government of India today said that it has stopped taking new applications for setting up Electronic Manufacturing Clusters under a plan announced five years ago. A total of 18 electronic manufacturing clusters in 12 states were approved to be set up under the scheme, the government said. The cluster scheme envisaged the housing of […]

China has not restarted construction in Doklam area – Sushma Swaraj

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday denied reports that China has restarted construction activity at or near the site of a stand-off between the two countries earlier this year. “Since the disengagement of Indian and Chinese border personnel in the Doklam area on 28 August 2017, there have been no new developments at […]

Chinese soldiers start working with Pak army on Gujarat, Rajasthan border – BSF

A report by the Border Security Force has flagged what it called increasing presence of Chinese military personnel on India’s border with Pakistan. While the presence of Chinese troop in the Gilgit Baltistan region near the trijunction of the three countries was already known, the activities of Chinese soldiers and engineers have now spread to […]

DOKLAM 2: Why India is not sending troops to stop Chinese construction

Doklam is in the news again, 40 days after the Chinese pulled back their construction equipment on the border plateau in deference to Indian sensitivities. With two weeks to go for the crucial National Congress of the Communist Party of China, India’s northern neighbor has again started construction activity near Doklam. Apart from some verbal […]

Govt seeks Citizen’s help in cracking down Chinese fireworks

The government of India has warned against the import of illegal chemicals used in making fireworks and sought citizens’ help in tracking them. “Possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin is illegal and punishable under the law,” it said in a statement today. “Information about possession and/or sale of such fireworks may be reported […]

Post Doklam, India and Japan agree to increase defence cooperation

India and Japan have agreed to increase defence cooperation, particularly in terms of providing mutual training as well as in sharing technology. India’s outgoing defence minister Arun Jaitley reached several agreements with his Japanese counterpart in this matter, days after the country ended a tense border dispute with China that saw the northern neighbor make […]

India to announce new industrial policy in October

The Indian government is likely to announce a new industrial policy in October, the ministry of commerce and industry said, and sought feedback from the public. Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Seetharaman will hold a final round of consultations with stakeholders soon, it added. “Sitharaman will hold consultations with stakeholders, including industry captains, think tanks […]

After Doklam, Modi confirms attendance at BRICS summit, to visit Myanmar

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China to attend the upcoming conference of the BRICS forum on September 3-5, the Prime Minister’s Office said today. On the way back, he will also conduct a three-day visit to Myanmar, it added. “At the invitation of the President of People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Shri […]