Saturday, June 3, 2023


India and 13 other major nations reach agreement on supply chain cooperation. Why it matters

IPEF is a grouping of 14 countries that together make up more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Proposed agreement aims to make supply chains more resilient, efficient, and transparent.

Ahead of PM Prachanda’s visit, Indian firm gets approval for 2nd hydropower project in Nepal

SJVN Ltd gets nod for development of 669 MW Lower Arun Hydro Project. The state-owned company is already developing 900 MW Arun-III hydroelectric project in Nepal.

Taliban appointee’s ‘expired’ visa complicates tussle over Afghan embassy in Delhi

Qadir Shah's visa expired on 12 May, it is learnt. It is unclear whether the Indian government will grant him an extension.

US embassy to offer more student visa appointment slots this year, fee increased by Rs 2,000

Brendan Mullarkey of US Embassy in New Delhi says a record 1,25,000 visas were issued to students in 2022, and demand is expected to be high in 2023 as well.

Why Gulmarg visit is off G20 itinerary in Kashmir

Administration says visit cancelled due to 'logistics issue' as over 60 delegates had to be catered to, but security apprehensions may have triggered the change of plans, it is learnt.

Saudi embrace of Syria’s President Assad sends strong signal to US

Saudi Crown Prince, known as MbS, seeks to reassert Saudi Arabia as a regional power by using his place atop an energy giant in an oil-dependent world consumed by the war in Ukraine.

Russia, China set to ink bilateral pacts despite Western criticism

Russia and China are set to sign a set of bilateral agreements on Wednesday during the Russian prime minister's trip to Beijing as the two giant neighbours pledge closer cooperation.

Australia, India to seek closer economic ties, critical minerals cooperation

Modi said they had discussed increasing cooperation on mining and critical minerals, and would work towards a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement.

After China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt & Oman skip G20 tourism meet in Kashmir

Egypt was a special invitee. Earlier this year, Egypt and India decided to elevate bilateral relations to 'a strategic partnership'. President El-Sisi was chief guest at R-Day parade.

‘War sponsors’: Indian entity among 26 blacklisted by Ukraine for ‘abetting Russian aggression’

According to list made by Ukraine's National Agency for Corruption Prevention, National Engineering Industries exported ball bearings valued at roughly $12.3 million in 2022-23 to Russia.

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A worker grinds a metal gate inside a household furniture manufacturing factory in Ahmedabad/Reuters

India’s economic indicators telling a story—of growth, recovery, robustness

A 7.2 per cent growth coming on top of a base of 9.1 per cent is a creditable performance, and a deeper look at the data revealed this to be true.
A woman shops inside the Big Bazaar retail store in Mumbai | Reuters/Niharika Kulkarni

GST collection rises 12% to Rs 1.57 lakh crore in May

The government collected 1.41 trillion rupees as GST in May 2022 and a record 1.87 trillion rupees in April.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Manipur CM N. Biren Singh chairs a meeting with senior officials of the Manipur Police, CAPFs and the India Army to review the security situation in Manipur, in Imphal | ANI

Manipur unrest: Army defends itself against social media attacks, says its...

Statement follows social media posts giving out names of 21 officers belonging to one of two Manipur communities locked in violence — Kukis and Meiteis — and alleges favouritism.
Illustration by Prajna Ghosh | ThePrint

Manipur saw ‘free’ India’s 1st flag hoisted. Now it’s BJP’s biggest...

There are 3 things you never do in a small northeastern state: undermine local leaders, divide and rule, push homogenisation.