Thursday 8th July, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Tuesday, Afghan Prez Ashraf Ghani said that Taliban can’t make Afghan government surrender even in next 100 years. The Khaama Press reported that Ghani also said that Taliban & its supporters are solely responsible for current bloodshed & destruction in country. Country’s defence ministry informed over 200 Taliban terrorists have been killed in last 24 hours. Taliban, on the other hand, claimed that they have captured six more districts in the same duration.
Wednesday 7th July, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Tuesday, U.S. military said that its ongoing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is more than 90% complete. US Central Command said it has handed over seven facilities to Afghan Ministry of Defense. Nearly 1,000 C-17 air freight loads of equipment have also been shipped out of country. The announcement comes several months after Prez Biden said he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11. Last week, all US & NATO troops left Bagram Air Base.
Wednesday 30th June, 2021 by Ashutosh
World Bank said it has approved a USD 500 mill (about Rs 3,717.28 cr) loan programme to support India’s informal working class to overcome the current pandemic distress. The loan will create greater flexibility for states to cope with the ongoing pandemic, future climate and disaster shocks. The funds will be utilised in social protection programme for urban informal workers, gig-workers, and migrants.
Wednesday 30th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Tuesday, South Africa’s Constitutional Court has found ex-president Jacob Zuma “guilty of the crime of contempt of court” and sentenced him to 15 months in prison over his refusal to answer corruption charges. The judge ordered Jacob Zuma to hand himself over within five days. Zuma, 79, stands accused of enabling the looting of state coffers during his nearly nine-year tenure in office.
Tuesday 29th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, Israel Hayom newspaper reported that Sayed Zulfi Bukhari, a British Pakistani businessman & former aide of Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan made a secret visit to Israel last November for meetings with foreign ministry officials & the then Mossad chief. The visit & contacts were the outcomes of “heavy pressure from UAE”, report added. Bukhari denied the report in a tweet & said “DID NOT go to Israel”. Pakistan doesn’t recognise Israel as a country.
Monday 28th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Sunday, the speaker of Iran’s parliament said Tehran will never hand over images from inside of some Iranian nuclear sites to U.N. nuclear watchdog as a monitoring agreement with agency had expired, Iranian state media reported. State-run Tehran Times newspaper’s website reported that a spokesman for parliament’s National Security & Foreign Affairs Committee warned that “Iran will also turn off the IAEA cameras if the United States fails to remove all sanctions”.
Sunday 27th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said India is an “incredibly important” partner to the US in the region and globally underlining that US is working with the country on wide-ranging issues like economic, strategic and security. Psaki also said US took a range of steps to help India to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. In May, President Joe Biden announced $100 million worth of Covid-19 assistance to India.
Saturday 26th June, 2021 by Ankit
China replaced the UAE as the second largest export destination for India in fiscal 2021, with outbound shipments to the neighbouring country rising 27.53% to $21.18 billion in the pandemic year. The US remained the country’s top export partner, according to government data, but shipments declined 2.78% to $51.63 billion in a year when India’s merchandise trade both exports and imports fell amid global lockdowns and disruption to logistics due to the pandemic.
Thursday 24th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Wednesday, a U.S. State Department spokesperson told Forbes that U.S. negotiators have not agreed to lift sanctions on Iran contradicting an Iranian official’s claim that the U.S. had agreed to lift sanctions on insurance, oil and shipping industries imposed by President Trump. Claims that more than 1,000 sanctions would be removed were made to state-run media Wednesday by Mahmoud Vaezi, chief of staff to President Hassan Rouhani, according to Reuters.
Thursday 24th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Wednesday, Iran said the United States had agreed to remove all sanctions on Iran’s oil and shipping, although Germany cautioned that major issues remained at talks between Tehran and world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal. Iran and world powers have been making progress in talks to revive their 2015 nuclear accord but still have to overcome major hurdles, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday.
Thursday 24th June, 2021 by Ashutosh
Vatican has expressed concerns to the Italian gov about a gay rights bill working its way through Italian Parliament. Advocates for the legislation say it offers overdue protections to LGBT Italians from violence and discrimination. But the Vatican said that the bill infringed upon guaranteed religious liberties, and risked exposing the church’s core beliefs such as limiting the priesthood to men, or only recognize marriage between man and woman.
Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Tuesday, US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said it is in “final stages” of getting approval for its Covid-19 vaccine in India. The vaccine was developed by Pfizer in partnership with German firm BioNtech. It has a very high efficacy of over 90 per cent in preventing infection. “I hope very soon we will finalize an agreement with the government,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said at the 15th Annual BioPharma and Healthcare Summit.
Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, UN said more than 8,500 children were used as soldiers last year in various conflicts across the world and nearly 2,700 others were killed. UN report on children and armed conflict verified that violations had been committed against 19,379 children in 21 conflicts. Most violations in 2020 were committed in Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
Monday 21st June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Sunday, in an interview with The Associated Press just weeks before the last U.S. and NATO troops leave Afghanistan, ending their ‘forever war,’ former Afghan prez Hamid Karzai said United States came to his country to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both. He said extremism is at its “highest point” and departing foreign troops are leaving behind a disaster.
Saturday 19th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Friday, UN General Assembly appointed Antonio Guterres as UN Secretary-General for 2nd five-year term beginning Jan 1, 2022, days after powerful Security Council unanimously recommended his name to 193-member body for re-election. India had expressed its support for re-election of Guterres as UN Chief & welcomed the adoption of resolution recommending his name.
Saturday 19th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Friday, the Russian foreign ministry said that Russia has notified its partners under in the Open Skies arms control treaty that it will leave the group on Dec. 18. The Kremlin said this month that the U.S. decision to withdraw from the treaty – which allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries – had “significantly upset the balance of interests” among the pact’s members and had compelled Russia to exit.
Tuesday 8th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid was elected as the president of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Abdulla Shahid won with three-fourth majority against contender Afghanistan’s former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul. Shahid received 143 votes while Rassoul received 48 votes out of the 191 votes polled in election. The president of UNGA needs 97 votes in the 193 member assembly.
Friday 4th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Thursday, India’s MEA clarified that India’s position to abstain at UNHRC during resolution to probe Gaza violence isn’t new & country has abstained on previous occasions also. This was in response to complaint raised by foreign minister of Palestinian National Authority that New Delhi’s abstention at UNHRC “stifles the important work of… advancing human rights for all peoples, including those of the Palestinian people”. A similar letter has been written to all countries who abstained.
Wednesday 2nd June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Tuesday, Chinese state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi has said all five BRICS member countries, including China, will provide support to India as it battles against the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The BRICS is a bloc of world’s major emerging economic countries comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The meeting was chaired by India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar through video conferencing.
Tuesday 1st June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Tuesday, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said a 41-year-old man in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu has been confirmed as first human case of infection with H10N3 strain of bird flu. H10N3 is a low pathogenic, or relatively less severe, strain of virus in poultry and risk of it spreading on a large scale was very low, NHC added. No other cases of human infection with H10N3 have previously been reported globally.
Monday 31st May, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Sunday, Ambassador of India to US Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that a consignment of 200,000 AmBisome (Amphotericin B injection) from US-based pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences reached India. This antifungal drug is used in the treatment of Black Fungus. India’s many states have declared black fungus as an epidemic disease under the Epidemic Act 1897.
Friday 7th May, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Thursday, Italian Ambassador to India, Vincenzo de Luca “switched on” an oxygen plant at an ITBP Referral Hospital in Greater Noida. The plant was installed at the hospital in just 48 hours and can supply oxygen to more than 100 beds at a time to the Covid-19 patients admitted at the centre. Manoj Singh Rawat, ADG, ITBP, thanked the Italian ambassador for installing the plant.
Wednesday 5th May, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
According to Indian foreign ministry official, Britain and India Tuesday signed an agreement on migration and mobility as they look to deepen economic, cultural and other ties following UK’s departure from European Union. The pact will provide enhanced employment opportunities for 3,000 young Indian professionals annually, in return for India agreeing to take back any of its citizens who are living illegally in the UK, Sandeep Chakravorty told a news conference.
Tuesday 4th May, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
Israel will send life-saving equipment to India to help in fight against Covid-19 crisis. According to press release, equipment will be delivered through a series of flights throughout the week starting Tuesday. Israel will begin supplying medical equipment to India include oxygen generators and respirators. Separately, Amdocs has announced to donate 150 oxygen generators, which will be sent to India as part of the Israeli aid package, the press statement said.
Monday 3rd May, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Sunday, India received several essential medical supplies and equipment from France amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis to help fight the second wave of the coronavirus. According to sources, the medical supplies were received from France includes 8 oxygen generators, 28 ventilators, 200 electric syringe pumps, 28 AFNOR/BS Flexible tubes, 500 antibacterial filters, 500 machine filters & 500 related patient circuits. The total weight of these materials is more than 28 tonnes.
Saturday 1st May, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Friday, the World Health Organization said it has listed Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. According to the statement by WHO, “The objective is to make medicines, vaccines and diagnostics available as rapidly as possible to address the emergency.” Moderna announced this week an expansion plan for its production network to boost its capacity to up to three billion doses in 2022.
Friday 30th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Friday, Japanese Ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki informed that the country will provide 300 oxygen generators and as many ventilators to India due to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in country and to help in fighting against this pandemic. India on Thursday recorded 3,79,257 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours which is the highest single-day spike in the cases since the pandemic began last year.
Friday 30th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said world organisation stands ready to step up its support to India to combat “horrific” COVID-19 wave in country. According to data of World Health Organization, confirmed COVID-19 cases in India stand at over 18.37 million and more than 204,000 people have died due to virus. Earlier this week, President of UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir had also tweeted that he is worried about COVID-19 situation in India.
Monday 26th April, 2021 by Saloni
During the Oscars on April 25, the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actor pulled up to the show looking like an absolute ray of sunshine in a stunning hot-pink suit. Colman is hosting the official Oscars: After Dark postshow following the ceremony alongside Andrew Rannells, so we have a lot more of Colman to look forward to seeing.
Wednesday 21st April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, Russian military said its airstrike killed about 200 militants in eastern Syria. Russian warplanes hit two militant hideouts northeast of Palmyra, said Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, head of Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria. Karpov said in statement carried by Russian news agencies that air raid killed some 200 militants & destroyed 24 vehicles & about 500 Kg (over 1,100 pounds) of ammunition & explosives. The militants’ base had served as a staging ground for terror attacks across Syria, he added.
Monday 19th April, 2021 by Ankit
Half of all US adults have received at least one Kovid-19 shot, the government announced on Sunday, marking yet another milestone in the nation’s biggest vaccination campaign, but scatical Americans roll up their sleeves. There is more work left to be done to convince him to do. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 84 million adults, or about 32.5 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.
Monday 19th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
Due to growing concerns of a new variant of COVID-19 detected in the country, Britain’s opposition Labour Party on Sunday joined calls for PM Boris Johnson to cancel his visit to India, starting next Sunday. According to Public Health England (PHE), 77 cases of the so-called double mutant Indian variant have been detected in UK since last month & that it has now been classed as a Variant Under Investigation (VUI).
Friday 16th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia will withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by September in line with the U.S and other allies. This decision of Australia comes after the U.S. announced it would pull out its troops from Afghanistan to end its longest war. Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led mission had once exceeded 15,000 personnel but currently, it has around 80 personnel deployed in Afghanistan.
Thursday 15th April, 2021 by Saloni
“India’s neighbourhood stretches beyond the Straits of Malacca in the east and the Gulf of Aden in the west and the Indo-Pacific concept overcomes artificial faultlines imposed in the post-World War II era”, foreign minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday. Interestingly, Jaishankar remarks a desire to break out of India’s own definition of its ‘strategic backyard’ or extended neighbourhood that former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had articulated back in 2000.
Thursday 15th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Wednesday, US Prez Joe Biden said in a nationally televised speech from White House that India, Pakistan, Russia, China, & Turkey have significant stake in stable future of Afghanistan & these regional stakeholders should do more to bring peace to this war-torn country. He announced the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11. This announcement came in less than 100 days after he took over as the president of the US on January 20.
Wednesday 14th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
U.S. Prez Joe Biden has decided to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by Sep. 11, 2021. This would happen 20 years after President George W. Bush ordered an invasion in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City & Pentagon by al-Qaida. Democratic party supporters praised this decision while Republicans said it would risk American security. In this conflict nearly 2,400 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan that has cost about $2 trillion.
Tuesday 13th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, White House has said that the U.S. has nothing to do with power outage incident in Iranian nuclear site. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, “The U.S. wasn’t involved in any manner.” Iran accused Israel of sabotaging the Natanz facility. Iran vowed revenge & described it as an act of “nuclear terrorism” that caused electricity outage in one of the production halls at the uranium enrichment plant.
Saturday 10th April, 2021 by Simran
China’s corruption watchdog has called on online video-sharing platforms to take action against “mukbang” shows, in which people livestream themselves eating – or drinking – excessively, saying such content encourages food waste.