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India Declines Purchase of US Armed Predator-B Drones, Says US is Not an Ally

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Indian government has resisted American pressure over the purchase of US armed Predator-B drones, also called the MQ-9 Reaper, during the recently held 2+2 ministerial-level dialogue in New Delhi. The armed drone is capable of carrying four Hell-Fire missiles and two 500-pound laser-guided bombs. Highly placed government sources in New […]

Neoliberal Death Knell For Indian Agriculture

By Colin Todhunter – Originally at OffGuardian – Published Sep 21, 2020 FRN In a 2017 article, I asked what might a future India look like and concluded that, if current neoliberal policies continue, there could be dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million (perhaps 15-20% of the […]

GMO Crops: Experts Debunk Claims of Success

By Colin Todhunter – Originally at OffGuardian – Published Aug 14, 2020 FRN On 6 July 2020, an article extolling the benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops appeared on the BloombergQuint website based on an interview with Dr Ramesh Chand, a member of the key Indian Government think tank Niti Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) . […]

DE-ESCALATION: China, India Agree to Complete Troop Pullback from Disputed Border

BEIJING/NEW DELHI – China and India agreed to ensure a complete disengagement of troops in the disputed border areas as soon as possible, the foreign ministries of both countries confirmed on Monday. India’s Ministry of External Affairs said Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the situation by telephone […]

MAJOR: India, China Mass Troops in Border Showdown

BEIJING/NEW DELHI – India acknowledged for the first time that it has matched China in massing troops at their contested Himalayan border region after a deadly clash this month. But India’s Foreign Ministry accused China of causing the tensions by starting military deployments and warned relations between the world’s two most populous nations could be […]

China and India State They Want Peace, Resumption of Cooperation

NEW DELHI/BEIJING – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the sacrifice of the 20 soldiers killed by the Chinese Army “will not go in vain” and urged that “differences [with China] should not turn into disputes”. “For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important… India wants peace but it […]

India Suffers Losses in border skirmish with China

According to a statement by the Indian Armed Forces, released today, June 16, during an “fierce clash” with Chinese troops in the province of Ladakh, an Indian officer and two soldiers were killed. “A brutal clash with the victims occurred on Tuesday night. The irretrievable losses of the Indian side include an officer and two […]

ANOTHER LOCKDOWN DISASTER: Millions Face Hunger Due to Lockdown

By Colin Todhunter – Originally at OffGuardian – Published Jun 12, 2020 FRN There is no doubt that, contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. It’s a sector which demands the entrenchment of capitalist agriculture via deregulation and the corporate […]