Saturday, 26 November, 2022
TopicUS State Department

Topic: US State Department

US cites PM Modi in defence of immunity for Saudi Crown Prince over Khashoggi killing

US State Dept is defending immunity granted to Saudi Crown Prince. Declassified report had alleged he 'directly approved' killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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.

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Longest CJI only served for seven years. Real changes need continuity in leadership

CJI UU Lalit made the Supreme Court stand on a better footing in just 73 days. With a longer tenure, he would have been able to achieve more for the judiciary at large.
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How India-Australia FTA is set to boost trade that’s already at a record high

While the bulk of the trade between India and Australia is so far in the energy sector, the FTA is expected to broaden this to include other goods and services.

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Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.