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Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi | Photo: Lisi Niesner | Bloomberg

Iraq and Kuwait are beginning a beautiful friendship

Iraq, currently dealing with a faceoff between US and Iran in the Gulf and another between Saudi Arabia and the Tehran regime, sees Kuwait as a safe harbour.
Strait of Hormuz

Oil tankers perform vanishing act in Hormuz as tensions escalate

Oil tanker owners are doing everything possible to minimize risk in the Strait of Hormuz, a dangerous energy chokepoint. But rising US-Iran tensions in the Gulf region are no help.
Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Saudi Arabia makes friends with an old enemy in fight with Iran

Saudi delegation visited Iraq last month and came away with a pledge to invest $1 billion in development projects and open a consulate in Baghdad.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.