International

US must not be too hard on India over Modi-Putin summit


By Tara Kartha There’s going to be a considerable degree of discomfort among officials in Washington as the India-Russia summit takes off in New Delhi on December 6. Today, almost everyone knows about the S-400s, the air defense system that is causing Washington to threaten sanctions under CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act). Most American officials...

Hockey diplomacy: Pakistan junior team arrives for World Cup


New Delhi: India and Pakistan have stepped up people-to-people engagement — from reopening the Kartarpur corridor recently to restarting hockey diplomacy after three years. The Pakistan men’s junior hockey team reached Delhi last Saturday to participate in the Junior Hockey World Cup being held in Bhubaneswar from November 24 to December 5. The last time a Pakistan...

India elected to UN World Heritage Committee for four-year term


India has been elected on November 25 to serve on the United Nations World Heritage Committee for a four-year term. This came a week after the country was re-elected to the UNESCO Executive Board for the 2021-25 term. The United Nations Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use...

Navies of India, Sri Lanka, Maldives conduct joint operation


Colombo: In a pioneering effort to collaborate efforts towards the Pillar of Maritime Security, a Tri Lateral Focused Operations between India-Sri Lanka-Maldives was conducted at sea last weekend. The exercise under the aegis of Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) was institutionalized during the 4th National Security Adviser Trilateral meeting in November last year and the Secretariat was...

Justice is long overdue for 26/11 victims: Anthony Blinken


Washington: US State Secretary Antony Blinken remembered the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attack of 2008, including six Americans, and said it is long overdue for the perpetrators to face justice. “Thirteen years have passed since the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai. On today’s anniversary, we remember the victims, including six Americans, and the resiliency of...

Putin to meet Modi in Delhi to deepen strategic ties


New Delhi: Hectic negotiations are underway to put finishing touches on a wide-ranging strategic defense agenda between India and Russia ahead of the 21st annual summit between India and Russia on 6 December after Russian President Vladimir Putin lands here. Russia is looking to assert its long-standing special strategic partnership with India amidst a growing strategic...

UAE’s Maj. Gen. Ahmed Naser al-Raisi elected Interpol president


Maj. Gen. Ahmed Naser al-Raisi, inspector general at the UAE's interior ministry, has been elected as Interpol's president for a four-year term.  Police chiefs and other representatives from the organization's 194 member countries are attending the 89th General Assembly, taking place from 23-25 November in Istanbul.  In an opinion piece for the government-run newspaper in Abu...

Nations moving towards authoritarianism rising: Report


New York: The number of countries moving towards authoritarianism in 2020 was higher than that of countries going in the other direction, towards democracy, the Global State of Democracy Report, 2021 released by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International-IDEA) said. While 20 countries moved in the direction of authoritarianism, seven countries moved towards...

Australia to allow fully vaccinated visa holders from Dec


Sydney: Australia will allow foreign visa holders to enter the country from December 1, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. Australia shut its international border in May 2020 and allowed only restricted numbers of citizens and permanent residents to enter in a bid to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The rules were relaxed in recent weeks to allow...