One of the worlds largest diamonds, the 105-carat Kohinoor, has been part of the British crown jewels for 150 years and today forms part of Queen Elizabeth II's crown. The stone has been at the centre of a long-running diplomatic row, with many Indians demanding Britain return the diamond to atone for its colonial past.... Continued.
Pope Francis has taken a dozen highly vulnerable refugees who faced deportation from the Greek island of Lesbos back to Rome, offering them refuge in a rebuke to the EU’s policy of sending migrants and refugees back to Turkey. The leader of the Roman Catholic church made the unprecedented intervention during a trip to the island... Continued.
In a significant move, India and US have strengthened their defence ties by agreeing on logistics support agreement. Under the agreement, namely Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement ( LEMOA), the millitaries of India and US can share each other facilities. However, this agreement does not allow deployment of troops in the other country. It was... Continued.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to offer formal apology for Komagata Maru tragedy (Analysed from The Tribune)
Almost 102 years after Canada turned away more than 376 migrants, mostly Sikhs from India, Canadian PM will formally apologise on May 18 for the incident that happened due to discriminatory laws of the time. Komagata Maru tragedy The Japnese steamship Komagata Maru, carrying 376 immigrants, mostly Sikhs from India, was denied entry by the... Continued.
India offers $20 bn oil, gas investment to Iran on favourable terms (analysed from The Financial Express)
India has lined up $ 20 billion as investment in oil and gas as well as petrochemical and fertiliser projects in the Persian Gulf country. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, on a visit to Tehran said that Indian companies could invest up to $ 20 billion and India is interested in setting up petrochemical and fertiliser... Continued.
The Pakistan envoy to India Abdul Basit accused India of suspending Foreign Secretary-level talks. He further said that India’s NIA team due to visit Pakistan to probe Pathankot attacks and even interrogate Masood has not received clearances from Islamabad. Pakistan alleged India’s destabilization role in Baluchistan was proven with the arrest of Indian spy. Pak.... Continued.
India-US to Launch Joint Satellite to study earthquakes and their patterns (analysed from The Google news)
Indian space agency ISRO and America's space agency NASA are showing progress to jointly launch a satellite four years from now to monitor climate change and deformations in Earth's crust. Towards that, Indian space agency ISRO and America's space agency NASA have agreed to launch from India a jointly made earth observing satellite, four years... Continued.
The Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Modi visited Saudi Arabia to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. The two countries agreed to diversify their bilateral trade and investment into non-oil sector. Earlier the PM paid a visit to TCS All-Women IT and ITES Centre in Riyadh. Highlights from the visit: The PM assured the... Continued.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour- the King Abdulaziz Sash. The prestigious award was bestowed upon Indian Prime Minister by incumbent Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Court. About King Abdulaziz Sash The award has been named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern... Continued.
Palymyra’s ancient 1800 year old Roman era monuments blown up by ISIS will be restored as a message against terrorism, once Syria re-captures the city. These monuments in the oasis city of Palmyra were dynamited last year as part of ISIS’s acts cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria: Terorrist attack at Brussels Two blasts... Continued.