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UK Court Says Nirav Modi Can Be Extradited

NEW DELHI: A UK court has ruled that fugitive Indian diamantaire Nirav Modi can be sent to India to stand trial in the 14000-crore PNB scam.  He is currently detained in Wandsworth Prison near London. The magistrate rejected Modi’s plea that extraditing him to India would be a violation of his human rights. The final […]Read More

India-Pakistan: Renewed Attempt At Peace

NEW DELHI: The Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan have held talks over the hotline and both sides agreed to strictly observe all agreements, understandings and ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and all other sectors. How did it come about? What are the possible implications of the move? StratNews Global […]Read More

Iran’s Chabahar Gambit: India Welcome, So Are Others

NEW DELHI: Iran has welcomed India’s renewed interest and investment in the port of Chabahar but said other countries are also welcome. “The installations are evidently increasing at the port and Indians are fulfilling their commitments to equip, develop and operate Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar,” Mohammad Eslami, Minister for Roads & Urban Development was […]Read More

India’s Free Trade Deal With Mauritius Makes Business Sense

NEW DELHI: India has signed a free-trade agreement with Mauritius when similar deals with the U.S. and Europe have eluded it. This may seem odd as Mauritius is hardly a manufacturing power, its main exports comprising frozen fish, biscuits, sugar products, apparel, medical and surgical equipment and so on, totalling 615 items, products that are […]Read More

Iran Applies ‘Maximum Pressure’ Tack, Will Biden Blink?

NEW DELHI: The game of brinkmanship between Tehran and the West continues as Iranian lawmakers overturned the recent agreement with the IAEA to continue inspections for a further three months at selected sites. If sanctions are not lifted by then, the inspections would be ended. The collapse of this agreement suggests that Tehran’s politicians are […]Read More

India’s Africa Outreach: Need For Greater Calibration

NEW DELHI: The figures are impressive: India has offered nearly $13 billion as lines of credit to 43 African states, 189 projects have been completed while 77 others are under various stages of execution. By any yardstick, India’s “Development Partnership” has given African governments the flexibility of choosing what projects merit priority, and with financing […]Read More