Tuesday, May 30, 2023


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.

PM Modi, G7 & Quad outline strong stance against China. Beijing lodges ‘stern representations’

At G7 meet PM Narendra Modi spoke against 'unilateral attempt to change status quo' & released statement with Quad nations seeking an Indo-Pacific region free of 'coercion' from any country.

What to expect from 3rd G20 tourism meeting starting Monday in J&K’s Srinagar

About 60 delegates are expected to attend the meeting that will focus on 2 key deliverables — Goa Roadmap for Tourism and G20 Tourism Ministers’ Declaration.

‘India will do whatever for resolution of Ukraine war’: Modi tells Zelenskyy in 1st in-person talks at G7

India has repeatedly called for Ukraine & Russia to settle the conflict via dialogue, diplomacy. Speaking at G7 meet, Modi also called for inclusive food system & democratising tech.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI File Photo

Rajnath Singh wants Indian military to boost R&D. But defence finance...

Singh’s call to industry leaders to spend more on R&D is understandable, but whether the industry will rise to the occasion is a moot point.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das | Reuters/Samuel Rajkumar

RBI governor flags governance gaps, stressed assets misreporting at some banks

Shaktikanta Das did not name any bank. Instead, citing examples, the governor said that supervisors had spotted some instances of sale and buyback of stressed loans between two lenders.


Smart Anti Airfield Weapon test fired from a Hawk-i aircraft in Odisha on 21 January

CBI books arms dealer Sudhir Choudhrie, Rolls Royce over HAL deal...

The CBI has alleged that former Rolls Royce India director Tim Jones, Choudhrie, and others conspired to deceive the Indian govt in procurement of Hawk aircraft during the UPA era.
Illustration : Soham Sen

Article 370 to G20, India is in a Kashmir sweet spot....

It is in the nature of the news cycle that the only aspect of the G20 event (Third Working Group on Tourism) in Srinagar...