Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow plant south of Tehran in a new step back from its commitments under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, raising alarm from Western powers. The other popular uranium enrichment facility in Iran is at Natanz. Violation of 2015 nuclear deal The suspension of uranium enrichment at the long-secret … Continued
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Highest level Strategic partnership council India and Saudi Arabia formed their strategic partnership by signing an agreement to form a council headed by Prime Minister Modi and King Salman. This is a major development since Saudi Arabia is now only the fourth country with whom India has an inter-governmental mechanism headed by the prime minister. … Continued
The event Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending in Riyadh. What is on the table, and why is it compared to Davos? Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to Riyadh to attend an international event from October 29 to 31. Formally the Future Investment Initiative (FII), it is widely being described as “Davos … Continued
The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, is a signal moment in the fight against terrorism, at least in West Asia. Baghdadi, who announced the formation of his “Caliphate” from Mosul’s Grand Mosque in July 2014, blew himself up in an underground tunnel in a Syrian … Continued
Visit of Members of the European Parliament As many as 23 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) arrived in Kashmir on a two-day visit to assess the ground situation after scrapping of J&K’s special status and recorded the feedback from the Army, local officials and 15 delegations, as the Valley observed a complete shutdown and … Continued
India has risen 14 notches to be ranked the 63rd best country to do business, on the back of “sustained business reforms”, a study released by the World Bank showed. The improved ranking comes on the back of reforms that have made it easier to conduct business specifically in two cities in the country, i.e. … Continued
What are the details of Kartarpur pact? India and Pakistan signed an agreement to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor that will facilitate pilgrims from India to visit the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. The agreement is valid initially for five years. India will hand over the list of pilgrims to Pakistan 10 days in advance and … Continued
Election Results Indian-origin Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh, whose New Democratic Party (NDP) won 24 seats in the general election, is set to emerge as the “kingmaker” while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party lost majority. The Liberal Party won 157 seats in the 338-member lower House, while the main opposition Conservatives secured 121 seats. Mr. … Continued
The UK is scheduled to leave the EU in 10 days. Johnson’s deal will come into force only after it is approved by parliaments of the UK and EU. The government attempted a ‘yes-no’ vote on Saturday, but was humiliated after a majority of MPs approved an amendment that said the deal would not have … Continued
On Monday, Australian newspaper readers had an unexpected experience — no matter which paper they picked up, the front page carried text that was blacked out — as if it had been redacted by the government. The decision to ‘censor’ the front page was carried out by a media coalition across print, TV, radio and … Continued