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Cargo ships docked at the Mumbai Port | Photographer: Amit Bhargava | Bloomberg News

India must treat the oil spill near Mauritius as SoS. Lockdown has left seafarers exhausted

Given the stressful circumstances in which seafarers are operating, the enquiry must examine whether the MV Wakashio crew was affected by lengthier stints at sea.
The oil spill off the coast of Mauritius | @AfricaFactsZone | Twitter

Why Mauritius’s small but devastating spill is a big problem for the oil industry

The oil that spilled into the sea came ashore in the Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve, home to last remnants of Mauritius’s dry coastal forest and the endangered species there.
The oil spill off the coast of Mauritius | @AfricaFactsZone | Twitter

India sends 30 tonnes of equipment, aid to Mauritius to help contain oil spill

A Japanese bulk carrier struck a coral reef off the coast of Mauritius in late July and leaked hundreds of tonnes of oil in the environmentally sensitive region.

Mauritius has stamped out coronavirus. Now, it needs tourists

For a country that relies heavily on tourism, the govt is under increasing pressure to reopen its airport and rescue an industry that employs almost a fifth of its workforce.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurate the new Supreme Court building of Mauritius at Port Louis through video conferencing.| ANI

India’s development cooperation does not come with any conditions, says PM Modi

Speaking alongside Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth, Modi said that for India, the most fundamental principle in development cooperation is respecting partners.
PM Narendra Modi with the prime minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth | Twitter

Mauritius PM Jugnauth in India for a private visit, will meet Modi and discuss ties

Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, who has visited India twice before in 2019, is expected to discuss economy and maritime security with PM Narendra Modi.
The poster of the T20 tournament played in Mauritius

ICC working on stricter criteria to grant official status to T20 leagues 

ICC has also launched 32 investigations in last 12 months & found 5 international captains received proposals for spot-fixing.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

Trailing China, a new defence deal with France gives India a foothold in Indian Ocean

Indian ships and naval assets can now move across from the Pacific to Singapore, Andamans, Diego Garcia, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Djibouti, onwards to Oman.

On Camera

Lalu’s loyalty to secularism is Tejashwi Yadav’s biggest political test in Modi’s India

In 1990, when then BJP president L.K. Advani was carrying out his rath yatra unbridled, it was Lalu Yadav as CM who had dared to stop him from entering Bihar.
Representational image. | A five gram gold coin sits on a counter inside a Titan Co. Tanishq jewellery store in Mumbai. | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Tatas got panned for Tanishq ad. But this state govt is the largest shareholder in Titan

Titan was set up in 1984 as a joint venture between the Tata group and a state govt. While the Tatas own 25.02% stake, the state govt owns 27.88% stake in the company.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.