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Third eye: Russia shows the map, lift rumours, and mango diplomacy

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Showing the Position on MapIn a noteworthy move ahead of SCO summit and Indian PM’s Moscow visit, Russian stateowned media Sputnik has published a map of SCO member states and dialogue partners that displayed PoK as part of India. Clearly, the message can’t be missed, and the move may not go down well with either Pakistan or China, both SCO members. Russia has always maintained that the entire Kashmir is part of India. No Walls, No Ears: It’s Safe to TalkUddhav Thackeray and Devendra Fadnavis were once on friendly terms. However, they are now bitter political enemies, thus their simultaneous entry into an elevator in the state legislature building sparked conjecture. Thackeray dismissed any such speculations and even joked with journalists later. “I’m informed that even walls have ears. We will conduct quiet talks in lifts from now on because they do not have walls,” he explained. Saying it With Fruit and SweetsIt’s pineapple and mango diplomacy between India and Bangladesh. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina sent mango, hilsa fish and sweets to Tripura CM Manik Saha. The gifts included 400 kg of exquisite Hariavanga (Haribhanga), the most famous mango of Dinajpur and Rangpur region of Bangladesh, 50 kg of delectable hilsa fish and 50 kg rasgulla (sweets). On the other hand, Tripura CM sent 500 kg pineapples as a “gift” to Bangladesh Prime Minister.