Saturday, 21 May, 2022

Topic: US

Oklahoma lawmakers pass US’s ‘strictest’ abortion bill for near-total abortion ban

If signed by governor Kevin Stitt, the law would ban nearly all abortions at conception and would allow civilians to sue those they believe have performed or aided an abortion.

India’s surprise rate hike spurs aggressive tightening bets

The Reserve Bank of India stunned markets Wednesday with a 40 basis point rate increase and a move to suck out billions from the banking system.

‘India, I love you’ — but why now, Imran Khan? Kashmir to Covid, India was perfect cover

From shedding Modiphobia to praising 'azaad' India's foreign policy, calling Indians 'self-respecting', Imran Khan's U-turns are nothing but dovish cloaks.

How Xi Jinping’s ‘mole hunt’ led to CIA losing dozens of Chinese informants

In ‘Chinese Spies’, Roger Faligot writes about Chinese intelligence services that now rival CIA, Mossad, R&AW, DGSE, and MI6.

Pegasus is seducing, but good intelligence isn’t just tech. India needs more than software

Things truly important aren’t discussed on the phone. India should introduce institutional reforms its intelligence services desperately need.

Why India should pull Sri Lanka out of China’s ‘debt trap’ and take it closer to the US

The Rajapaksas' political future is shaky. New Delhi will only prolong the hardship faced by Sri Lanka unless Colombo turns to the US.

US needs oil, and Iran needs end to sanctions, but they still can’t agree on nuclear deal

In principle, the deal couldn’t be easier. America needs Iran’s oil and gas to help wean the world off Russian hydrocarbons. Iran needs an end to sanctions that have hurt its economy.

US doubles down on India, Pakistan as Ukraine war fault lines emerge. But Asia won’t take it

Ukraine crisis injected urgency for US to cultivate new Asian partners. But the likelihood of India continuing trade with Russia is galling.

If we could manage pandemic emergency, we can manage to stop buying Russian gas

Europe’s pledge to wean itself off Russian gas more slowly is actually a bad tactic. It tells Putin that his best chance of financing his war with gas revenues is now.

‘India is First World nation with Third World govt’—an American scholar’s one-liner for India

In 'Let Me Hijack Your Mind', Alyque Padamsee says Indians are the 'slaves of the media and the government. And that America agrees.

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Representative image of an ethanol-blended fuel station plug | Wikimedia Commons

Ethanol blended fuel to power vehicles. Will it hurt your car’s engine?

India’s reliance on ethanol blended fuel is only set to increase in the wake of rising crude oil prices. But are we going to adapt in time?
A shopkeeper arranges stock at a grocery store in Bengaluru | Representational image | Bloomberg Photo

Inflation raised monthly expenses of 92% Indian families in last 3 months, finds online survey

A LocalCircles poll found that 70% of respondents felt their monthly household budget increased by 10% while 55% expected expenses to go up by another 10% in the next 3 months.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.