Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

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FGN34 US-LD JAISHANKAR Jaishankar arrives in Washington DC for comprehensive dialogue with Biden administration Washington: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived here on Wednesday for a series of meetings with senior US officials during which they are expected to review the progress made in bilateral ties in the first 100 days of the Biden administration and lay the groundwork for the future. By Lalit K Jha FGN29 JAISHANKAR-POLITICS There is a political effort to depict our current government in a certain way: Jaishankar New York: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that there is 'a political effort' to depict the current government in India in a certain way and there is a difference between the political imagery that has been 'concocted' and actually the governance record out there. By Yoshita Singh.

FGN14 US-INDIA-ENVOY Biden expected to nominate LA Mayor Eric Garcetti as US ambassador to India: reports Washington: President Joe Biden is expected to nominate Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a trusted political ally, as America's next ambassador to India, according to media reports.

FGN18 VIRUS-WHO-VARIANT B.1.617 COVID19 variant, first detected in India, now found in 53 countries: WHO United Nations/Geneva:The B.1.617 COVID-19 variant, first detected in India, has now been found in 53 countries, according to the WHO, which noted that India recorded a 23 per cent decrease in the number of new cases in the last seven days but they were still the highest in the world.By Yoshita Singh FGN48 CHINA-US-INDOPACIFIC US 'Indo-Pacific strategy', formation of cliques will lead to divisions, chaos: Chinese military Beijing: China's military on Thursday criticised the Biden administration for continuing the Trump era 'Indo-Pacific strategy', saying the US should not form 'cliques' or provoke 'new Cold War' featuring bloc confrontation. By K J M Varma FGN20 UN-INDIA-CYCLONE UN agencies ready to support Cyclone Yaas response efforts in India: UN spokesperson United Nations: As Tropical Cyclone Yaas ravaged parts of India's eastern coast, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said the world body and its agencies stand ready to support the response efforts if state authorities request it, while expressing concern that lack of social distancing in emergency shelters and temporary suspension of vaccination campaigns amid the COVID-19 pandemic could further complicate the health crisis. By Yoshita Singh FGN51 PAK-INDIA-UNGA Peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia hinges on normalisation of relations between India, Pak: UN official Islamabad: The peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia hinged on normalisation of relations between Pakistan and India, a top UN official said here on Thursday as he urged the two neighbours to work for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue. By Sajjad Hussain FGN38 NEPAL-SC-2NDLD POLITICS Nepal SC sends all petitions against House dissolution to Constitutional Bench Kathmandu: Nepal's Supreme Court on Thursday sent all the 19 petitions challenging the dissolution of the House of Representatives by the President to the Constitutional Bench.

FGN33 PAK-TALIBAN-LEADER Top Pakistan Taliban leader killed in Balochistan: Police Karachi: A top commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, who was believed to be involved in the deadly attack on the Civil Hospital in Quetta in 2016, has been killed, along with three members of the banned militant outfit in Balochistan province, police said on Thursday.

FGN25 US-SHOOTING-SIKH Indian-origin Sikh man among 8 killed in rail yard shooting in California Los Angeles: A 36-year-old Indian-origin Sikh man was among eight people killed in the horrific rail yard shooting in San Jose in the US state of California, according to media reports on Thursday. to foreign commercial service.

FGN35 LANKA-SHIP-LD FIRE Cargo vessel in process of sinking, efforts on to cleanup coast: Sri Lankan officials Colombo: Sri Lanka's apex environment body on Thursday said a Singapore-flagged cargo vessel, which caught fire near the Colombo beach last week, is in the process of sinking, and that preparations are underway to tackle the resulting oil spill.