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Border clash: Iranian army kills 4 Pakistanis, injures two in Baluchistan

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: A month after then-Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visited Pakistan to “strengthen ties”, the two countries returned to blows as the Iranian army killed four Pakistanis and injured two in Baluchistan, the media reported on Thursday. The incident happened on Tuesday night when Iranian forces opened fire in the restive southwestern province […]

US Polls: If he wins the WH again, Trump may invite Musk as an advisor

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: One of them is unpredictable. The other one is a maverick. They have often been at loggerheads. Six months ahead of the US presidential elections in November 2024, however, they may have come together, on the same page. Former United States President Donald Trump, a businessman-politician, is considering offering Tesla-X (ex-Twitter)-SpaceX […]

Roving Periscope: Against Pak Army—Imran, and Nawaz are on the same page!

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: For the first time, and by a strange coincidence, two arch-political enemies—former Prime Ministers Mohammed Nawaz Sharif and Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi—find themselves on the same page, and against the once-powerful Pakistani Army who had foisted them in Islamabad and then orchestrated their ouster. In the space of a year or […]

Markets: Ahead of June 4, Sensex, Nifty50 shed weight as S&P upgrades India

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: Although S&P revised India’s outlook to ‘positive’ and maintained its ‘BBB-‘ rating on Wednesday, cautious stock markets shed some weight ahead of June 4 when results of the ongoing Lok Sabha election will be declared. The election campaign for the seventh and last phase of parliamentary elections will close on Thursday […]

Economy: IMF ups Chinese growth to 5% in FY24, 4.5% in FY25

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded Chinese economic growth forecasts after its ‘strong’ results in the first quarter of this year, the media reported on Wednesday. According to the global lender, China’s economy will grow 5 percent this year, after a ‘strong’ first quarter, compared to the previous forecast of […]

Defense: India-France to begin talks from May 30 for a fresh Rs.50k-cr Rafal-M deal

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: Negotiations between India and France for a fresh deal worth Rs. 50,000 crore for the supply of 26 Rafale-M aircraft to the Indian Navy will begin on March 30, the media reported on Tuesday. France had submitted its response to India’s tender for buying 26 Rafale Marine jets for the Indian […]

PNG landslide: India sanctions $ 1mn aid; PM Modi offers more help

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: In a heartwarming gesture, an overwhelmed Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister James Marape famously touched Narendra Modi’s feet and hugged him on the first Indian Prime Minister’s arrival to the island nation in the Pacific Ocean near Australia in May 2023. Nearly a year later, PM Modi has offered all […]

Next pandemic: “It’s absolutely inevitable,” warns top British scientist

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: Days after Singapore reported FLiRT, a new variant of Omicron, the COVID-19 strain, a British scientist has warned that the next pandemic is “absolutely inevitable.” Stressing learning from the hard-won lessons of COVID-19, Sir Patrick Wallance, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the United Kingdom Government, cautioned, “We are not ready yet,” […]

Full circle: Now Russia invites the Taliban to St. Petersberg economic forum

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: In the 1980s-90s, the US-aided Islamist fundamentalist groups had created the Taliban militia to evict the Soviet occupation forces from Afghanistan. Four decades on, Russia has invited the same Taliban to join an economic meeting in St. Petersberg next month. Since the Taliban seized power again in Kabul in August 2021 […]

Roving Periscope: “Plot to carve out a Christian state,” says Sheikh Hasina

Virendra Pandit New Delhi: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed has dropped a geopolitical bombshell by stating that the West is “plotting to carve out a Christian state” out of Muslim-majority Bangladesh and Buddhist-dominant Myanmar, and referred to an offer from a “White man” in this regard, the media reported on Monday. Accusing the West—without […]
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