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To bypass US sanctions, India & Russia work out rupee-rouble transfer for S-400 deal

Amid US sanctions against Russia, sources remain tight-lipped about the various modes of payment that are being pursued for the S-400 missile deal.
A support vessel flying an Iranian national flag sails alongside the oil tanker 'Devon' as it prepares to transport crude oil to export markets in Bandar

India is said to plan paying five Iran banks for oil purchases

Iran will use part of the deposits for purchasing essential goods from India
A crew man works on the deck of an oil tanker (Representational image) | Bloomberg

India may seek extension of 4 November deadline for oil import from Iran

India is hoping to get a waiver from US sanctions as it cut down oil import from Iran in the last few months.
Donald Trump with Narendra Modi

Iran’s oil buyers like India were hoping for Obama-era waivers but get Trump shock

Govt officials in India & South Korea say Washington isn’t willing to give waivers for mere import reductions. It wants a complete purchase halt.
Representational image

Traders predict oil prices to touch $100 per barrel as Iran reels under US sanctions

The Iranian market doesn’t have much capacity left to replace more than 2 million barrels a day of exports that could be lost to sanctions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

US determined for fresh sanctions on Iran with an eye on India for Chabahar development

The Trump administration is currently reviewing India's development of the strategically important Chabahar port in Iran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

US hopes to seal new defence pact with India despite threat of sanctions

To avoid sanctions, India will have to reduce oil imports from Iran & cancel a planned $6 billion purchase of S-400 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

India, China & Turkey may continue to buy Iranian oil even after US sanctions

With sanctions to resume in November, Iran may resort to bartering and smuggling to keep its oil exports to almost 800,000 barrels a day. 
Hafiz Saeed

Designating Lashkar-e-Taiba a terror group shows the Trump govt won’t go easy on Pakistan

This amendment is an emphatic indication that the Trump administration opposes Pakistan’s new policy of mainstreaming militants.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.