Tuesday, 28 June, 2022
TopicUS State Department

Topic: US State Department

India can have positive impact in Afghanistan’s future as regional ally, says US official

US State Department spokesperson Zed Tarar reiterated President Biden's message that the war in Afghanistan had achieved its central mission to eliminate the al Qaeda terror network.

China committing ‘genocide’ against Uyghurs in Xinjiang, says US State Department report

The report also cites Myanmar, Ethiopia, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan as countries that are witnessing or are at risk of experiencing atrocities and crimes against humanity.

US supports dialogue between India & Pakistan on Kashmir, condemns infiltration across LoC

The comments by the US State Department followed a joint statement issued after a discussion between the Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan in February.

Biden’s pick Uzra Zeya had ‘helped’ Indian diplomat Khobragade’s maid during 2013 row

Indian American Uzra Zeya has been nominated as under secretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights.

US names Pakistan, China, Myanmar as countries of concern for violating religious freedom

7 more countries are on the list. The State Department also placed Comoros, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russia on a Special Watch List for govts that tolerated violations of religious freedom.

US backs anti-ship missiles sale to Taiwan amid soaring tensions with China

China earlier said it would impose unspecified sanctions on Boeing’s defense unit & Lockheed Martin Corp after the US approved $1.8 billion in arms sales to Taiwan last week.

India-US 2+2 talks tomorrow as both look to achieve ‘shared diplomatic & security objectives’

Washington and New Delhi are set to discuss India-China border standoff and sign a key defence pact a week before the US goes to vote.

US approves $1.8 billion in arms sales to Taiwan amid tension with China

Tensions between Taiwan and China are rising as Beijing has steadily increased diplomatic & military pressure on Taiwan. The US has sought to push back on the Chinese pressure.

Quad ‘undefined entity’, no plans of expansion, says US Deputy Secretary of State Biegun

Biegun’s remarks, made at a media teleconference, come at a time when the Quad countries are increasingly aligning with each other in their effort to stand up against China.

‘Common sense’ for US to fear detention of Americans in retaliation, top China editor says

The Global Times editor-in-chief was responding to a WSJ report that warned Americans in China could be detained after the US State Department actions against Chinese scholars.

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J.P.Singh, joint secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran Division), MEA, meets Taliban's interim foreign minister Amir Khan Mottaki | Photo credit: Twitter/@QaharBalkhi

Hard-nosed, practical—why India has revived relations with Kabul, and why Taliban is welcoming

By protecting the Indian embassy in Kabul for the last ten months, the Taliban is sending a message to its neighbours and the rest of the world.
An employee works at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. facility in Chakan, Maharashtra | Bloomberg file photo

Bigger cars, smaller chips — Why Mahindra is worried about increased wait time

A major focus for Mahindra will be defending its market share in the large-format SUV segment from Tata Motors and Hyundai Motor.

Defence

The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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