India has become the Vice-Chair (Regional Head) of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July, 2018 to June, 2020. The WCO has divided its Membership into six Regions. Each of the six Regions is represented by a regionally elected Vice-Chairperson to the WCO Council. Being … Continued
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What is it? S-400 Triumf is one of the world’s most advanced air defence systems that can simultaneously track numerous incoming objects — all kinds of aircraft, missiles and UAVs — in a radius of a few hundred kilometres and launch appropriate missiles to neutralise them. It is now bang in the middle of the … Continued
Democracy has always been fragile in Pakistan. It was only in 2013 that a transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another was realised for the first time. As the country heads for the second such transfer, with a general election scheduled for July 25, the celebration is muted, overshadowed by a series … Continued
Rescue operations reached a successful climax at the Tham Luang Cave complex in northern Thailand , where divers pulled the last trapped members of the Wild Boars soccer team to safety. Twelve young team members and their coach had been trapped in the flooded cave complex in Chiang Rai province since June 23rd. Narrow passageways, … Continued
On July 16, US and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will hold their first summit together in Helsinki. While various news publications and agencies agree that they are likely to discuss the war in Syria and Russia’s reported meddling in the US presidential elections, US National Security Advisor John R Bolton has identified … Continued
India was the world’s 20th largest exporter ($298 bn) and 11th largest importer ($447bn) in 2017. The charts above, based on World Trade Organization data, show the world’s leading exporters and importers at a time when concerns are being raised over the impact of the tariff war between China and the United States on world … Continued
Newly imposed American tariffs on Chinese goods have been followed by retaliatory action from China. Why are the two biggest economies engaged in a tariff war, and how far can it disrupt world trade? After having threatened higher import tariffs on each other’s goods for months, the US and China last week fired the opening … Continued
What is it ? Iran has always been one of India’s main suppliers of oil, second only to Iraq and Saudi Arabia, with exports that totalled more than 27 million tonnes last year. The figures make India Iran’s biggest buyer after China, and as a result, a target for the U.S. which has declared a … Continued
Who is Nawaz Sharif? Nawaz Sharif is a Pakistani businessman and ex-politician who served as Prime Minister for three non-consecutive terms. He was born into a wealthy industrialist family in Lahore and is currently one of the richest men in the country with a net worth of around £1billion. Sharif served his first term as … Continued
When government-owned Air-India recognised Taiwan by the name Chinese Taipei, it was following pressure from the Civil Aviation Authority of China, which had also pushed other international airlines such as Delta Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines and Air Canada, to do the same. According to the “One China” policy, Beijing considers Taiwan a province … Continued