Saturday, 28 May, 2022

Topic: Turkey

Church, museum & UNESCO heritage site, mosque — Turkey’s Hagia Sophia has been all that & more

Built as a cathedral, it was made a mosque in 1453 by Ottomans. In 1934, it became a museum, but was redisgnated a mosque in 2020. On Saturday ‘taraweeh‘ prayers were held here after 88 years.

Turkey’s Hagia Sophia holds ‘taraweeh’ prayers during Ramadan for first time in 88 years

This comes two years after Turkish President Erdogan made the controversial decision to redesignate the Byzantine-era monument, a former cathedral and museum, into a mosque.

Why UAE has turned to old foe Turkey as its potential trade link to world

The UAE is looking to benefit from Turkey’s huge investments in the industrial sector, its skilled labor and existing logistical network, especially with Africa.

How Erdogan’s dictatorial economics is fuelling Turkey’s inflation, throwing lira off track

With almost a year left for general elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s politics has started hurting its economy. Experts fear it’s not going to end well.

FATF keeps Pakistan in grey list, adds Turkey, says Afghanistan ‘a concern’

The Financial Action Task Force says Pakistan has to ‘demonstrate’ it has taken action and effectively prosecuted UN-designated terrorists such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Covid-19: Sydney exits lockdown after 4 months, while Romania struggles with 4th wave

ThePrint brings you some of the important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

What is the Cyprus-Turkey issue Jaishankar referred to after Erdogan’s Kashmir remark at UNGA

President Erdogan at UNGA says Turkey in favour of Kashmir issue being resolved. Hours later, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar tweets saying UNSC resolutions on Cyprus must be respected.

What press freedom crackdowns from US to China to Turkey mean for investors

Restricted information flows can mask political & regulatory problems as well as corruption, raising the risks of doing business—particularly in more volatile emerging markets.

India, Turkey don’t need ‘reset’, partners can have opposing view on issues: Turkish envoy

In an exclusive interview, new Turkish ambassador Fırat Sunel says Turkey considers India a ‘friendly country’. On Afghan situation, he says ‘Taliban also a part of Afghan society’.

Pakistan eyes drones & deeper ties with Turkey, concerns in Delhi of possible triad with China

Pakistan President Arif Alvi Monday conferred the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, a military medal, on the Turkish commander Gen Umit Dundar, a move seen as further deepening of ties.

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Representational image of cryptocurrencies | Pizabay

What are UST & Luna and why the fall of 2 ‘stablecoins’ led to a crypto crash in India

Along with crash in value of UST and Luna coins, Indian market for crypto assets also reeling under strict control imposed by government, with the imposition of TDS on all crypto transactions.


NSA Ajit Doval with NSAs from the other countries at the meeting at Dushanbe, Tajikistan | Photo: Courtesy the NSA's office

NSA Ajit Doval pushes for ‘terror free’ Afghanistan, says India stands with Afghan people

Doval's comments came at 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan attended by national security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan & China.

Why it’s obscene to tell Ukraine to give in & how war-upended global balance of power brings openings for India

Global order is in flux, and India is being wooed by all. It opens up economic, strategic & military possibilities unimaginable till recently. It is for India to take this opportunity.