Pakistan has devalued its currency ‘rupee’ for the 5th time since last December in a move seen in response to the IMF’s calls for a weaker exchange rate. Rupee’s value has plunged to 133.64 against the dollar. Huge Crisis The new Prime Minister Imran Khan, is under pressure to generate external funding as the country … Continued
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India has won a seat to Human Rights Council at United Nations with highest votes among all candidates. While each candidate needed at least 97 votes to get elected, India (which contested in Asia-Pacific category) got 188 votes in the elections held at the 193-member UN General Assembly. Who else contested? Five countries including India … Continued
Over the last several days, a number of women in India have called out influential men — actors, standup comics, senior journalists — for alleged sexual harassment. Some of these allegations relate to actions of then colleagues of the women. How does the law define sexual harassment at the workplace? A look at the guidelines … Continued
On September 30, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Pakistan Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, shared the stage with Laskhar-e-Taiba and Jamat-ud-dawa founder Hafiz Saeed. It has triggered a controversy that throws the spotlight yet again on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dalliance with extremist elements. The minister Qadri is from Khyber agency, a Federally Administered Tribal Area. … Continued
The United States, Canada and Mexico came to a last minute agreement on a revised trade deal that could replace NAFTA. It’s called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). President Donald Trump and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts are expected to sign the deal by the end of November. It will then be up to Congress … Continued
Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have won the 2018 Nobel peace prize. They were recognized for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon in war. The committee said Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege had been “the foremost, most unifying symbol both nationally and internationally of the struggle to end sexual violence … Continued
What happened? President Donald Trump came to power partly on the promise that he will create more jobs and that other countries would not thrive at the expense of the U.S. In his dealings with the rest of the world, he has made it amply clear that if the U.S. buys more from another country … Continued
The now-famous Op-Ed article, ‘I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration’, published in The New York Times (and reproduced in The Indian Express Saturday), contained this sentence: “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing … Continued
Access to designated military facilities in specific areas The India-U.S. foundational agreement for mutual logistics support, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), has been fully operationalised over the past few months, official sources said. Earlier this week, India concluded the third foundational agreement, Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), which is meant for secure … Continued
At the 2+2 meet, India and the United States signed the COMCASA, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Foreign Affairs Miinster Sushma Swaraj, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis were present at the time of signing. Michael Pompeo termed the ‘Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA)’ agreement a “milestone” in the relationship and … Continued