Saturday, March 25, 2023


US shoots down Chinese ‘spy’ balloon off East Coast, Beijing condemns decision

The balloon had set off a diplomatic crisis with US State Secretary Antony Blinken canceling trip to China. President Biden had ordered the US military to shoot down the device.

Pakistan readies Bill mandating 5-year jail for those attacking army, judiciary

Vetted by law & justice ministry & initiated by interior ministry, the draft bill has been sent to federal cabinet for approval. There is also provision of fine up to Rs 1 million.

India, US discuss Narendra Modi White House visit

Biden is eager to deepen ties with the world's largest democracy as part of his bid to win what he has framed as a contest between free and autocratic societies, especially China.

Indian refiners pay traders in dirhams for Russian oil

Indian refiners and traders are concerned they may not be able to continue to settle trades in dollar if the price of Russian crude rises above a cap imposed by G7 and Australia.

Green hydrogen & shipping focus of delegation visiting India next week, says Norwegian ambassador

Norway has already made investments worth $200 million in India, says ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund, foresees ‘concrete cooperation’ on green hydrogen & other renewable energy areas.

Ajit Doval meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, discuss India-US strategic partnership

During their meeting on Wednesday, India & the US elevated their strategic partnership with the launch of the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology or iCET.

Budget 2023: MEA gets much less than parliamentary panel wanted. But chair says ‘satisfactory’

Less than 2 months ago, panel chaired by BJP MP P P Chaudhary had recommended more than doubling allocation to foreign ministry, to 1% from 0.44% of overall budget.

Doval, Sullivan talk jet engines, long-range artillery & Stryker at launch of tech initiative

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke with his American counterpart Jack Sullivan in Washington this week, highlighting the need to convert intentions, ideas into action through focused, timely steps.

NSA Doval, US counterpart Sullivan attend ‘special’ reception hosted by Indian envoy Sandhu

Doval, who arrived in Washington on Tuesday, also met US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.

Why India wants to modify Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan

India & Pakistan have locked horns over Kishanganga & Ratle hydroelectric projects, primarily over process of dispute resolution under Indus Waters Treaty and World Bank's role.

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India will take lead in 6G: Telecom Minister Vaishnaw

6G Vision shows Modi govt doesn’t want to miss the bus...

India has announced plans to roll out 6G services by 2030 – in line with the global timelines. Modi govt's ‘Bharat 6G Vision Document’ lays out the roadmap and action plans.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabling Finance Bill 2023 in the Lok Sabha Friday | Photo: PTI

Finance Bill 2023 amendment removes long-term capital gain benefit for debt...

Tax analysts and mutual fund industry participants say this will hamper growth of bond market, and potentially curtail avenues for fund-raising by companies.


‘Make cadets versatile’: House panel says NCC training should include space...

In its report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence noted cadets can be used to train elderly & cyber illiterate in proper use of cyber applications like banking transactions.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Four reasons the Sikhs are hurting. And it’s not about the...

'Causes' of anger are dera threat to Sikhism, incarceration of ‘Bandi Singhs’, inaction in sacrilege cases, & ‘if BJP-RSS want Hindu Rashtra, what’s wrong with Sikh Rashtra?’