The United States no longer thinks Israeli settlements in the West Bank violate international law, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. The new US view is different from that of most countries on this issue. What are the West Bank settlements? The West Bank, a patch of land about one and a half times... Continued.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who took oath as Sri Lanka’s President on Monday, will be closely watched by the international community, including India. He has the reputation of being the man who crushed the Tamil Tigers when he was Defence Secretary during his brother Mahinda Rajapakasa’s presidency (2005-15), a period that also saw reports about brutalities on... Continued.
In a major shift in policy, Bhutan plans to levy charges on tourists from regional countries, including India, Bangladesh and Maldives, who at present are exempted from any charges. This provision is contained in the new draft tourism policy, which is likely to be finalised by the Bhutanese Cabinet next month. Reason for levying charges... Continued.
BRICS Business Council created a roadmap to achieve $ 500 billion Intra-BRICS trade target by the next summit
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi along with the Heads of states of other BRICS countries participated in the Leaders dialogue with BRICS Business Council and New Development Bank. Prime Minister said that the BRICS Business Council created a roadmap to achieve the $ 500 billion Intra-BRICS trade target by the next summit and identification of... Continued.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the 11th BRICS summit to be held on November 13 and 14 in Brasilia. The visit is also significant from the bilateral India-Brazil point of view as India is expected to host Brazil President Bolsonaro as the Republic Day Parade chief guest in 2020 January. BRICS Bond Fund This... Continued.
On November 10, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Ayma, who had been re-elected on October 23, resigned from office. On November 9, rumours suggested that the police would open a corridor for right-wing militias to enter the presidential palace and kill Mr. Morales. Tension gripped the country. Mr. Morales called for fresh elections, but the political... Continued.
A United States court ruled on Friday that a group of American-born tech workers have faced heightened job competition from work authorisations given to the spouses of H-1B visa holders. That being said, the judges gave Indian workers living in the US short-term breathing room by leaving the final decision of the ongoing lawsuit up... Continued.
The new political map of India, recently released by the government to account for the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, has triggered fresh protests over an old issue in Nepal. Mapped within Uttarakhand is a 372-sq km area called Kalapani, bordering far-west Nepal and Tibet. While the Nepal government and political parties have protested, India... Continued.
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.
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.