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Trade in goods, passenger vehicles to figure in India-UK FTA negotiations
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Trade in goods, passenger vehicles to figure in India-UK FTA negotiations

India and the UK are negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) since January 13, 2022. India and the UK have so far completed five rounds of negotiations for a proposed free trade agreement and both countries are working with an aim to conclude the talks at the earliest

Not UK, not France, not Germany, it's Latvia that tops booze consumption in Europe
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Not UK, not France, not Germany, it's Latvia that tops booze consumption in Europe

The country with the lowest alcohol consumption was Turkey, where just 1.2 litres were sold per person

In first state visit of his reign, King Charles III welcomes South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa
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In first state visit of his reign, King Charles III welcomes South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa

The visit was organized before the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a nod to her long-time devotion to the Commonwealth. Charles and Camilla, the queen consort, greeted Ramaphosa during a ceremony on Horse Guards Parade near Buckingham Palace

British PM Rishi Sunak under pressure as minister quits amid bullying row
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British PM Rishi Sunak under pressure as minister quits amid bullying row

Sir Gavin Williamson, who was minister of state without portfolio was accused of abusive behaviour towards fellow Conservative Party colleagues and civil servants after which he posted his resignation on Twitter

Bank of England makes biggest interest rate hike in 30 years
Business

Bank of England makes biggest interest rate hike in 30 years

The central bank boosted its key rate by three-quarters of a percentage point Thursday, to 3%, after consumer price inflation returned to a 40-year high in September. The aggressive move was expected after a more cautious half-point hike six weeks ago

Rise of Rishi Sunak and emergence of the global Hindu citizen
India

Rise of Rishi Sunak and emergence of the global Hindu citizen

If Sunak succeeds as the UK PM, the emergence of the confident and overachieving global Hindu will get a further fillip

Russia and art of war: What world can learn from the real battles of 21st century in Ukraine
World

Russia and art of war: What world can learn from the real battles of 21st century in Ukraine

The war lessons learnt in Ukraine are invaluable as the globe is witnessing a new kind of big war, not like the ones the US waged in Iraq or Afghanistan

Why Rishi Sunak’s election doesn’t make Britain a ‘post-racial’ society
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Why Rishi Sunak’s election doesn’t make Britain a ‘post-racial’ society

Let’s celebrate his moment of triumph but not turn it into triumphalism. It neither helps him, nor India-UK relations which are in urgent need of a reboot

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly to visit India this week
India

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly to visit India this week

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Cleverly are set to have a one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of the UN meet. On Tuesday, Jaishankar had a telephonic conversation with Cleverly. India and the UK have been engaged in negotiations for a free trade agreement

New British PM Rishi Sunak warns of ‘very difficult decisions’ to tackle economic crisis
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New British PM Rishi Sunak warns of ‘very difficult decisions’ to tackle economic crisis

Sunak, Britain’s first Indian-origin Prime Minister, took office on Tuesday with a pledge to fix the “mistakes” his predecessor Liz Truss made which left a black hole in government finances and the markets in turmoil

Akshata Murty: The Indian First Lady who loves the United Kingdom too
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Akshata Murty: The Indian First Lady who loves the United Kingdom too

The 42-year-old fashion designer and venture capitalist as Director of Catamaran Ventures UK met Sunak, also 42, when the duo was studying at Stanford University in the US

No hope of improving ties with UK, says Kremlin after Rishi Sunak’s nomination
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No hope of improving ties with UK, says Kremlin after Rishi Sunak’s nomination

Britain has been one of the West’s most vocal backers of Kyiv and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on February 24. Sunak is the third British prime minister during that period

A liberal self-goal on Rishi Sunak: Why India has nothing to prove to Britain on minorities
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A liberal self-goal on Rishi Sunak: Why India has nothing to prove to Britain on minorities

Rishi Sunak becoming prime minister is not a glowing display of a maturing democracy, as the Indian liberal brigade paints it to be, but more of something inadvertently slipping past the goalie, and an extremely vigilant goalie at that

Boris Johnson returns to UK amid rumours he will run for PM
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Boris Johnson returns to UK amid rumours he will run for PM

Johnson was ousted by a series of ethics scandals just three months ago, but boarded a flight back to London from his vacation in the Dominican Republic, days after the dramatic resignation of his successor, Liz Truss

'From London to anywhere': Ryanair airline mocks Liz Truss through hilarious boarding pass
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'From London to anywhere': Ryanair airline mocks Liz Truss through hilarious boarding pass

While many people appreciated the humour of the airline, some said that it was unprofessional to post this

Poor politics and poorer policies: The downfall of Liz Truss as British prime minister, explained
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Poor politics and poorer policies: The downfall of Liz Truss as British prime minister, explained

Liz Truss began as Britain's prime minister in September, proposing a radical agenda that she claimed was designed to kick-start economic growth. But the polar opposite happened, triggering an immediate economic meltdown from which she never recovered

British PM Liz Truss faces clamour to quit amid UK government chaos
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British PM Liz Truss faces clamour to quit amid UK government chaos

A botched economic plan unveiled by the government last month triggered financial turmoil and a political crisis that has seen the replacement of Truss’ Treasury chief, multiple policy U-turns and a breakdown of discipline in the governing Conservative Party

Rishi Sunak waiting in the wings as Liz Truss makes a mess of Brexit-hit British economy
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Rishi Sunak waiting in the wings as Liz Truss makes a mess of Brexit-hit British economy

Britain is staring at bankruptcy, teetering between high inflation and default and being compared to vulnerable emerging economies

New British finance minister Jeremy Hunt admits mistakes, warns of tax hikes
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New British finance minister Jeremy Hunt admits mistakes, warns of tax hikes

The turbulence at the very top of the UK government is far from over, with disgruntled Tory rebels and Sunak loyalists defiantly against the new Prime Minister amid her various U-turns

'Not going anywhere' says UK finance minister, amid talk of new U-turns
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'Not going anywhere' says UK finance minister, amid talk of new U-turns

Pressure on the government intensified after a YouGov poll published by The Times newspaper said 43 per cent of Conservative voters wanted a new prime minister in Downing Street