Friday, 21 January, 2022
TopicSaudi Arabia

Topic: Saudi Arabia

Haj committee cancels applications of Indian pilgrims after Saudi bans entry to non-residents

This is the second consecutive year when Indians will miss going for the annual pilgrimage, owing to travel restrictions that have been put in place because of the Covid pandemic.

Why Saudi Arabia is reaching out to Iran

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he seeks 'to have good relations' with Iran. Three years ago, Salman had said Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei 'makes Hitler look good.'

Saudi Arabia to ship 80 metric tonnes of oxygen to India to meet demand amid Covid crisis

To combat the growing demand for oxygen in the country, India has reached out to various countries to procure containers and oxygen cylinders under operation 'Oxygen Maitri'.

Covid-19 pandemic — Malaysia students back to school, ‘drastic’ rise in cases in Saudi Arabia

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

Saudi Arabia’s oil hawkishness is forcing India to look for other sources

Higher oil prices are likely to add more impetus to India’s push for cleaner sources of energy as the country targets for 40% of its energy needs to come from green sources by 2030.

US intel report finds Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ‘role’ in Khashoggi killing

State Department spokesman Ned Price suggested US is looking at ways to hold the perpetrators responsible for their actions, could cut back arms sales to Saudi, impose sanctions.

India ready to send Haj pilgrims after vaccinating them, but no word from Saudi govt yet

India has finalised 58,000 applications for Haj, but needs Saudi govt to give the sanctioned quota of the final number of people. The pilgrimage is scheduled from 17-22 July. 

Biden team downgrades Saudi crown prince MBS to recalibrate ties

In Biden’s first few days, US put a hold on some key weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and announced new efforts to bring an end to the war in Yemen.

Why Israel, Iran & Arab states are Biden’s big balancing challenges in Middle East

It's likely that Biden will reach out slowly to Iran. In terms of Israel, Team Biden will not be as supportive as Trump was. The most problematic pairing will be Washington & Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia aims to become ‘another Germany’ of renewable energy

Saudi Arabia Energy Minister said the kingdom is working with many countries on green and blue hydrogen projects and those to capture carbon emissions.

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Representational image of a jewellery store | ANI

India Jewellery Park to be set up in Mumbai, aims to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have signed a draft agreement granting possession of a plot for setting up the park.


Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach on 20 January. | Twitter | @MEAIndia

New chapter in ties as Indian foreign secy meets Germany navy chief, warship ‘Bayern’ visits

With Germany identifying India as one of the key partners in its Indo-Pacific policy, a German frigate entered Indian waters for a port call in Mumbai, in a major signal to China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.