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File image of India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar (left) with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif | Photo: ANI

India could lose basmati rice market in Iran to Pakistan as US sanctions disrupt payments

Tehran and New Delhi explore barter trading options even as Iran has stepped up importing basmati rice from Pakistan. 
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Chabahar faces more delay as India junks deal with China crane supplier, floats fresh tender

India was irked by delay on part of the Chinese firm to supply cranes, and its demand New Delhi indemnify any losses suffered because of US sanctions.
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Iran to develop Chabahar rail link on its own, but says ‘doors are open’ for India to join

India is unable to develop the Chabahar-Zahedan rail link under the second phase of the project due to US sanctions. Iran says there's ‘no limit’ to its relations with New Delhi.
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif with PM Narendra Modi in January 2020 | Photo: @JZarif | Twitter

Oil, Chabahar, ‘violence against Muslims’ — why India-Iran ties are going into free fall

The Iranian establishment has criticised India for ‘organised violence’ against Muslims, and New Delhi has reprimanded the country’s envoy.
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to embark on two-day visit to Iran from Sunday

Jaishankar is expected to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani days after the US provided a rare exemption to India from sanctions on the Chabahar port in Iran.
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US grants India ‘narrow exemption’ from sanctions to continue Chabahar port development in Iran

The Trump administration said the exemption will stand so long as Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps do not participate in the port project.
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Iran wants India to resume oil imports, says US sanctions unilateral decision

Iranian Ambassador to India Ali Chegeni has said Tehran may look at other markets to procure soymeal, rice if India does not resume normal trade ties with Iran.
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Modi govt slashes funding for Iran’s Chabahar Port but is open to spending more if needed

The fund allocation for Chabahar Port in Iran, which India is developing, was slashed by more than half to Rs 45 crore from Rs 150 crore in this Union Budget.
PM Narendra Modi with Iran President Hassan Rouhani, in New Delhi, 2018 | File photo: PIB

India needs Chabahar Port more than ever now, but Trump’s reckless behaviour could ruin it

China and Pakistan have been working overtime to woo Iran and integrate it into their strategic nexus against India.
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Why India’s work on Iran’s Chabahar Port is stalled despite US exemption

European, Chinese suppliers of equipment are reluctant to deliver as they fear adverse impact on their business with US after it imposed sanctions on Iran.

On Camera

File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.