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With over 5 years experience in Print and Digital media, I've been covering issues on/in Indo-Bangladesh border, Drug Smuggling, Border Security etc for media as well as global research organization. 

As the Senior editor of New Delhi based The CEO Magazine ( and the group's other publication), I have been closely observing the world of business. I've interviewed over three hundred entrepreneurs, CEOs, CFOs and CTOs in addition to eminent figures like politicians, parliamentarian and film stars. 

I have attended University of Kalyani and University of Madras (full time and on campus) for MA degrees in English and International Relations. My PhD research seeks to explore media's impact on Foreign Policy. 

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Haredi minister’s car attacked as violence erupts at anti-draft protest in Jerusalem

30 Jun 2024  |  qoshe.com
Violence erupted at an anti-draft protest in Jerusalem, leading to the arrest of five individuals and the hospitalization of a police officer. Stones were hurled at vehicles carrying Yitzhak Goldknopf, head of the United Torah. The incident highlights ongoing tensions surrounding the draft of ultra-Orthodox men into the Israeli military.

Bajrang Punia Suspended by NADA for Anti-Doping Violation

24 Jun 2024  |  vygrnews.com
Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia is facing another provisional ban from the National Anti-Doping Agency for an anti-doping violation. This development marks a significant moment in the sports community, particularly in India, as it involves a high-profile athlete.

Sado Gold Mine Recommendation: Offer Thorough Explanations to Win World Heritage Inscription

12 Jun 2024  |  qoshe.com
The editorial emphasizes the importance of providing thorough explanations to secure the World Heritage inscription for the Sado gold mine complex. While the cultural value of the site is recognized, there are additional requirements to be met. The piece underscores the need for clear communication and detailed information to meet UNESCO's criteria.

Biden’s ‘Israeli’ proposal for a hostage deal leaves key questions unanswered

02 Jun 2024  |  qoshe.com
The article examines US President Joe Biden's proposal for a hostage deal involving Israel, highlighting the timing and content of his address and the reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It raises questions about the motivations behind the proposal and its potential implications, suggesting that the reactions may have been strategically planned.

BJP MLA's Nephew Shot Dead in Bihar, 1 Held

25 May 2024  |  vygrnews.com
Neeraj Paswan, nephew of BJP MLA Kavita Paswan, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near his residence in Sangram Chowk, Bihar. Locals apprehended the attackers, and one person has been arrested. Paswan, who had a criminal history and was recently released from jail, was declared dead on arrival at Katihar Medical Hospital. The incident has sparked tension in the city, drawing parallels to the recent murder of former Katihar mayor Shivraj Paswan.

Columnists and their posts brought to you by social media popularity

22 Apr 2024  |  qoshe.com
The articles cover a range of topics including the Middle East conflict, with Israel preparing to evacuate Palestinians from Rafah and the IDF planning an offensive. Human rights concerns are raised by both Hamas and the ensuing Israeli offensive. The UNRWA is criticized by Israel, and there are discussions on the development of human resources in semiconductors, Trump's immunity from federal prosecution, and the intersection of humans, nature, and food. Anti-Israel protests at NYU and Columbia University are mentioned, as well as the Supreme Court's decision on Trump's immunity. The Bank of Japan's steps toward monetary-policy normalization and the relationship between civil and military technology highlighted by the Russia-Ukraine war are also discussed.

Indian PM Narendra Modi co-pilots Tejas

25 Nov 2023  |  www.dhakatribune.com
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first prime minister to co-pilot the Tejas light combat aircraft, expressing his enriched experience and confidence in India's indigenous capabilities. The Tejas, a multi-role fighter with air-to-air refueling and advanced radar and electronic warfare systems, is used by the Indian Air Force and Navy. Expert Nikunj Parashar emphasized the aircraft's adaptability and combat proficiency.

From Filoli to future: Will the Dragon and Eagle fly together after Biden and Xi engage in unprecedented diplomacy?

20 Nov 2023  |  firstpost.com
At the secluded Filoli estate in Northern California, President Joe Biden and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping engaged in a four-hour meeting, discussing various issues without releasing a joint statement. They resumed three major security talks, including high-level military-to-military talks, but made no significant announcements on climate change. The summit, which may be the last before the US elections next year, touched on trade, human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and the 'One China' policy regarding Taiwan. Biden also sought China's help in de-escalating tensions with Iran and discussed the Indo-Pacific region. The article suggests that both superpowers prioritize commercial interests and are unlikely to mediate in conflicts such as those in Ukraine or Israel.

Doklam conundrum: Bhutan King's India visit seeks to cement mutual trust between New Delhi and Thimphu

05 Nov 2023  |  firstpost.com
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk is visiting India to reinforce the countries' mutual trust, amidst Bhutan's boundary talks with China. Bhutan, a close ally of India, has not established diplomatic relations with any P-5 UN Security Council nations, including China. The recent progress in Bhutan-China talks has caused concern in India, particularly regarding the strategic Doklam region. India supports Bhutan in various sectors and has agreed to revise power tariffs and consider Bhutan's electricity distribution requests. The two nations share a strong relationship, with India playing a significant role in Bhutan's global cultural differentiation from Tibet. Despite China's attempts to influence India's allies, Bhutan's loyalty remains firm, emphasizing the adage 'money can't buy loyalty'.

Halloween Night Party Crowd Kills 151 In South Korea

29 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
At least 151 people, mostly youngsters, died in a stampede during Halloween celebrations in Seoul's Itaewon district, marking South Korea's first major post-COVID-19 event. Around 82 people were injured, including foreign nationals. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol declared a national mourning period and visited the scene. Global leaders, including US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and French President Emmanuel Macron, expressed their condolences. Emergency response teams, including firefighters and police, were deployed for rescue operations.

India Flags Misuse Of Crypto, SM & VPN At UN Anti-Terror Meet

28 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
India's External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar addressed the misuse of internet, social media, and advanced technologies by terrorist groups at a UN anti-terror meeting in New Delhi. He emphasized the threat posed by technologies like blockchain, VPNs, and encrypted messaging services, and highlighted the misuse of open societies' ethos by terrorists. India pledged $500,000 to the UN Trust Fund for Counter Terrorism. The meeting, part of India's tenure in the UNSC, also addressed Pakistan's support for terrorism, particularly in the context of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Hundreds protest business deal with Israel at Google conference

20 Oct 2023  |  qoshe.com
Demonstrators at a Google conference protested a business deal with Israel, accusing the tech giant and Israel of using Project Nimbus to commit genocide in Gaza. The protest involved chaining themselves together and highlighted the controversial nature of the deal.

Biden adviser to arrive in Israel in bid to prevent further escalation with Hezbollah

16 Oct 2023  |  qoshe.com
A Biden adviser is set to arrive in Israel to prevent further escalation with Hezbollah. The White House official, Hochstein, will hold several meetings. The IDF intercepted a suspicious aerial target near Acre. IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari emphasized the importance of ensuring the safe return of Israelis to their homes amid escalating cross-border attacks.

VP Venkaiah Naidu May Meet World Leaders In UAE

15 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu is in the UAE to offer condolences on behalf of the Indian Government for the death of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. There is a possibility of Naidu meeting various world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US Vice President Kamala Harris, and others. The UAE is observing a three-day mourning period, and the influx of global leaders highlights the country's growing stature under the new president, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.

President Hassan's India Visit: Odyssey to New Vista

12 Oct 2023  |  /
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan's four-day state visit to New Delhi underscores the enduring diplomatic ties between India and Tanzania. The visit, starting on October 9, is marked by significant engagements and cultural exchanges. The article also reflects on the global recognition of Tanzanian-born Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose works resonate with Indian readers, particularly the youth.

Kashmiri Pandits Knock Dilli Darbar; Demand Safety, Compensation for Slain Members

08 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits protested in Delhi demanding safety, compensation for slain members, and the enactment of the 'Prevention of Atrocities and Genocide Bill'. They criticized the BJP and the Home Ministry for inadequate protection and called for the relocation of Hindu Kashmiris to safer areas like Jammu. Activists highlighted the ongoing targeted killings and the need for a separate union territory for Kashmiri Pandits.

Cell Command: Incarcerated CM Kejriwal Pulls Rank Behind Bars, Issues Order

08 Oct 2023  |  vygrnews.com
Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, despite being incarcerated, issued a directive to Water Minister Atishi Marlena to address water and sewage issues in Delhi. His arrest, linked to the liquorgate scam, has sparked significant political debate, with opposition leaders like Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Sitaram Yechury criticizing the move as politically motivated by the BJP. Protests have erupted across various cities, reflecting widespread agitation over the arrest.

PM Modi Unveils Rs 15,000 Cr Projects in Bengal, Takes on Sandeshkhali

07 Oct 2023  |  vygrnews.com
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched development projects worth Rs 15,000 crore in West Bengal, focusing on power, rail, and road sectors. He emphasized the state's role as the 'eastern gate' of India and highlighted projects like the Raghunathpur Thermal Power Station and the Farakka-Raiganj road project. Modi also criticized the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government, particularly over the Sandeshkhali row and the implementation of the Ujjala Scheme.

In Siliguri Address, PM Modi Criticizes TMC Over Corruption, Sandeshkhali

07 Oct 2023  |  vygrnews.com
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a speech in Siliguri, criticized the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government for corruption and neglecting the welfare of the poor. He highlighted the Central government's efforts in providing free ration and healthcare, contrasting it with the TMC's alleged failures. Modi inaugurated significant rail and road projects worth Rs 4500 crores, emphasizing infrastructure development in West Bengal. He also addressed the law and order situation in the state, citing issues in Sandeshkhali. The speech comes amid rising political tensions ahead of the state elections, with Modi accusing the TMC of distributing fake job cards and exploiting vulnerable communities. The BJP's commitment to the development of North Bengal, particularly in sectors like tea, tourism, and timber, was reiterated.

War Erupts In Hindu Kush: NRF, Taliban Fire Non

07 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
The National Resistance Front (NRF) has announced the capture of Abdullah Khel and Abshar districts in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan from the Taliban. Led by Ahmad Massoud and supported by Amrullah Saleh, the NRF claims significant territorial gains and heavy casualties inflicted on Taliban forces. The NRF's offensive, commanded by Khalid Amiry, has resulted in the destruction of Taliban armoured vehicles and control over strategic checkpoints. The NRF's leadership expresses optimism about the imminent liberation of the region.

PM Modi, President Putin Bring Ukraine, Food, Energy To High

06 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed global food security, energy security, and the Ukraine conflict during their meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand. President Putin acknowledged India's non-partisan stance on Ukraine and expressed a desire to end hostilities. The summit also saw discussions on climate change, supply chains, and international energy security, with leaders from various countries and international organizations in attendance.

At SCO Summit, PM Modi Urges Millet Cultivation For Food Security

06 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the importance of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in ensuring food security and promoting millet cultivation during the 22nd Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. He emphasized the nutritional benefits of millets and proposed organizing a 'Millet Food Festival' under the SCO. Modi also discussed India's increased millet production and the UN's declaration of 2023 as the International Year of Millets. Additionally, he proposed the establishment of a Special Working Group on Start-ups and Innovation and urged cooperation on traditional medicine among SCO countries.

Moscow Terror Attack Rubs 26/11 Mumbai Wounds, India-Russia United in Grief

06 Oct 2023  |  vygrnews.com
On a Friday during Ramjan, ISKP gunmen attacked Crocus City Hall in Moscow, killing 133 civilians and wounding many others. This attack parallels the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack by Lashkar-e-Taiban. The incident occurred a day after the arrest of ISIS India chief Haris Farooqi. Russia detained the gunmen and is determined to seek justice. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed solidarity with Russia. The attack highlights ISIS's animosity towards Russia, partly due to President Putin's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The article emphasizes global solidarity against terrorism, with Indian leaders expressing deep concern and support for Russia.

Amid talks of diplomatic ties with China, Bhutan King reaches India on 8-day visit

06 Oct 2023  |  www.dhakatribune.com
Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk arrived in India for an eight-day state visit amid ongoing border disputes and talks of establishing diplomatic relations with China. The visit includes meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior officials, as well as visits to Assam and Maharashtra. Discussions are expected to focus on the China factor, including territorial claims over the Doklam Plateau and potential diplomatic ties. The visit underscores efforts to strengthen the special relationship between Bhutan and India, with initiatives such as a proposed railway link and educational opportunities for Bhutanese students in Assam.

Japan & India To Hold Joint Air Exercise, Service Staff Talks

05 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
India and Japan will conduct their first-ever air force fighter exercise and initiate Joint Service Staff talks to strengthen defense ties amid China's assertiveness. The 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial meeting in Tokyo saw discussions on cyber security, 5G deployment, and strategic minerals. Both nations emphasized a free and open Indo-Pacific and reviewed military cooperation. India welcomed Japan's participation in the multilateral exercise Milan and encouraged Japanese defense investments. The next ministerial meeting will be held in New Delhi.

Sheikh Hasina: Daughter of democracy and her boat in troubled water

05 Oct 2023  |  www.firstpost.com
As Bangladesh approaches its general election in January 2024, tensions rise around the incumbent Awami League, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Despite significant socio-economic progress, the administration faces accusations of corruption and human rights violations. The opposition, led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), demands an inclusive caretaker government for fair elections. The US has imposed visa restrictions on Bangladeshi officials, increasing pressure on Hasina. The BNP, skeptical of the election process, risks political irrelevance if it continues to boycott elections. The political landscape remains fraught with challenges, including economic management, corruption, and maintaining democratic integrity.

Sanction-torn Belarus to send relief to flood-hit Pakistan

03 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Belarus, despite facing sanctions from the West due to its ties with Russia, has announced humanitarian aid for flood-hit Pakistan. The aid, valued at approximately ₹3,02,11,122, includes essential supplies and will be airlifted by TransAviaExport Airlines. This move follows Pakistan's appeal for global assistance and is part of ongoing diplomatic engagements between the two nations, including discussions at the UN and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

No Innocent Will Be Challaned But Govt Should Check Illegals In Jahangirpuri, says Minority Chief

02 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
National Commission for Minorities chief Iqbal Singh Lalpura addressed concerns in the Jahangirpuri neighborhood of Delhi following a clash, emphasizing that no innocent person will be penalized while urging the government to verify the identities of non-citizens. He highlighted the unusual severity of injuries sustained by police officers compared to civilians and called for justice and peace in the community.

Taliban leader mocks Pakistan with 1971 surrender photo

01 Oct 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
The Taliban's Ahmad Yasir mocked Pakistan by tweeting a historic photo of Pakistan's 1971 surrender to India, following Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah's threat of military action against TTP hideouts in Afghanistan. Relations between Islamabad and Kabul are strained due to Pakistan's recognition of TTP as a terror organization and recent attacks by TTP in Balochistan. Analysts argue that Pakistan's strategy has long aimed to destabilize Afghanistan for strategic gains. The Taliban's open mockery reflects growing tensions and Pakistan's diminishing control over terror groups.

Lt Gen Sahni: Bangladeshis alone deserve credit for country’s independence

01 Oct 2023  |  www.dhakatribune.com
The article highlights the pivotal role of Bangladeshis in their country's independence, with significant support from the Indian Army. It details the strategic and tactical maneuvers during the 1971 war, the training of Mukti Bahini, and the geopolitical dynamics involving the US and Soviet Union. The text also discusses the current state and future prospects of the Bangladesh Army, the economic and political challenges facing Pakistan, and the importance of India-Bangladesh relations for regional stability and development.

Economic debacle in Pakistan: Bajwa asks U.S to help with IMF loan

01 Oct 2023  |  www.khaama.com
Pakistan faces a severe economic crisis with dwindling foreign reserves, high debt, and a depreciating currency. The Shehbaz Sharif-led government has taken unpopular measures to meet IMF conditions for a bailout, while political rival Imran Khan calls for early elections. The crisis is attributed to long-term economic mismanagement and populist policies. Pakistan's global image and diplomatic relations further complicate its situation, with limited support from international lenders and allies. Amidst this, Army Chief Qamar Bajwa has sought U.S. intervention to expedite IMF loan disbursement.

India's Manipur Crisis Intensifies Over Land and Power Disputes

27 Jul 2023  |  www.khaama.com
Manipur, a state in India's North East, is experiencing severe unrest due to long-standing ethnic tensions between the Meiti and Kuki communities over land and power disputes. The violence has resulted in significant loss of life and property, with around 150 people killed and thousands displaced. The Meiti community's demand for tribal status has intensified the conflict, leading to widespread protests and destruction. The European Parliament condemned the violence and called for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, but the article criticizes the EU's involvement as an orchestrated effort by anti-India elements. The crisis poses significant security threats, and immediate action is required from both state and central governments to restore peace.

Sri Lanka: Wickremesinghe Assumes Acting Presidency

13 Jul 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Ranil Wickremesinghe has assumed the role of acting president of Sri Lanka after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country amid political turmoil. A nationwide curfew has been imposed, and Wickremesinghe has instructed security forces to protect the Parliament. The Sri Lankan parliament is set to elect a new president on July 20, with the main opposition party proposing Sajith Premadasa for the position. The situation remains tense with significant civilian unrest and political instability.

Rajapaksa To Resign On Wednesday, SL Prez Election On July 20

11 Jul 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will resign on July 13 after months of public pressure, with the Speaker of Parliament set to announce his resignation on Wednesday. The presidential election is scheduled for July 20, with nominations opening on July 19. The main opposition party SJB has proposed Sajith Premadasa for the presidency, while former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose house was set ablaze, will also run. India has denied deploying forces to Sri Lanka but continues to send aid amidst the economic crisis. Japan and other countries have withheld financial support due to concerns over mismanagement.

Will Pakistan's Budget Satisfy Global Lenders?

01 Jul 2023  |  khaama.com
Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presented an expansionary annual budget for the financial year 2023-24, focusing on debt servicing, development projects, and defence expenditure amid an economic crisis and political turmoil. The budget aims to satisfy global lenders, including the IMF, with whom Pakistan has a history of incomplete program implementation. The World Bank projects Pakistan's economy to grow by two per cent, while the country awaits the IMF's approval to unlock bailout funds.

Modi, Biden Discuss Afghanistan in White House

01 Jul 2023  |  www.khaama.com
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden discussed the ongoing Afghan crisis during Modi's state visit to the United States, reaffirming support for a peaceful, secure, and stable Afghanistan. They emphasized the need for humanitarian assistance and urged Kabul's leadership to adhere to UNSC Resolution 2593 to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a terrorist base. Despite significant investment from India and the U.S., Afghanistan's socio-economic situation remains dire, with the Taliban facing challenges in governance. The leaders called for an inclusive political structure and respect for human rights in Afghanistan, particularly for women and girls. The joint statement highlighted the importance of Afghanistan's actions to secure continued humanitarian aid and international recognition.

Ahead Of Tokyo Summit, India Rules Out Expansion Of Quad

21 May 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Ahead of the QUAD Leaders' Summit in Tokyo, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra ruled out any expansion of the bloc, which includes India, Australia, Japan, and the United States. The summit will focus on economic dimensions and the Indo-Pacific region, emphasizing a rule-based Free and Open Indo-Pacific. Discussions will also cover the Russia-Ukraine war, with a call for dialogue and diplomacy, and India's stance on food security amid wheat export restrictions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the summit and hold bilateral meetings with leaders from the US, Australia, and Japan.

Strong Ties, Less Trade: India, Italy Talk Business

05 May 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Despite strong historical ties, India and Italy have yet to develop significant business relations, according to Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. During a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, Goyal highlighted economic opportunities in tourism, services, the digital world, education, and design. The two countries plan to organize a Tech Summit on Energy Transition and Green Economy. Di Maio emphasized Italy's commitment to climate initiatives, despite the economic impact of the Ukraine crisis. The Italian Foreign Minister's visit included meetings with Indian officials and a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Looming Crisis In Pakistan

04 May 2023  |  www.khaama.com
Pakistan is facing a severe economic crisis characterized by high inflation, low foreign reserves, and a depreciating currency. The country has a history of economic vulnerabilities and has frequently sought bailouts from international lenders like the IMF. The economic situation has been exacerbated by devastating floods and a lack of sustainable reforms. Political leaders, including Imran Khan's PTI, have been criticized for their handling of the crisis. The nation's reputation is also suffering, with strained relations with key allies and a focus on military spending over economic stability.

Eid Brings Jahangirpuri Factions Over The Moon After Two

22 Apr 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Abdul Hafiz, a cold drink seller in Jahangirpuri, Delhi, finds hope in Eid al-Fitr celebrations after two years of economic hardship due to COVID-19 lockdowns. The festival rekindles communal harmony among Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians in the area, despite recent violence during a Hanuman Jayanti procession. Local business owners share mixed experiences, with some seeing a return to normalcy while others continue to struggle. The article highlights the resilience and unity of the community in the face of adversity.

India Condemns Ilhan Omar's PoK Visit

21 Apr 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
India condemned US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's visit to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), labeling it as a violation of India's territorial integrity and sovereignty. Omar, known for her criticism of India's human rights record in Kashmir, met with local authorities and Pakistani leaders, including former Prime Minister Imran Khan and current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The visit has sparked controversy in both India and Pakistan, with Indian officials criticizing her actions and Pakistani officials questioning the motives behind her meetings.

Twitter suspends 'verified' handle of Bangladesh PM Hasina

17 Feb 2023  |  newindian.in
Twitter suspended a verified impersonated account falsely promoted as belonging to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Prime Minister's office clarified that Hasina does not have any social media accounts. The account, which had a blue verification tick instead of the grey tick designated for government officials, was reported to Twitter after a former aide to the Prime Minister and other officials were notified. Twitter's new policy awards a grey checkmark to state leaders, which is visible on the accounts of other state leaders such as Narendra Modi and Joe Biden.

Egypt is force multiplier for India: Egyptian strategic expert

27 Jan 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
The elevation of India-Egypt relations to a strategic partnership level during President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's visit to India could lead to joint arms and defence hardware manufacturing. Mohammed Soliman, an Egyptian strategic expert, highlighted Egypt's strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, Africa, and West Asia, which could benefit India's defence sector. The two countries are discussing expanding defence partnerships, including joint production and exercises. They have previously co-developed the Helwan 300 fighter jet. Soliman, who is affiliated with the Middle East Institute in Washington, also suggested that India and Egypt should prioritize their national interests amidst global tensions, such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine and issues over Taiwan.

Sisi's Visit as Chief Guest on India's Republic Day

27 Jan 2023  |  www.khaama.com
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's three-day state visit to India as the chief guest on Republic Day underscores the growing strategic and economic ties between the two nations. The visit included discussions with key Indian leaders and the signing of MoUs in various sectors. The partnership aims to enhance bilateral trade, defense cooperation, and joint efforts against terrorism. Egypt's economic challenges and its reliance on foreign support were also highlighted, with India poised to play a significant role in Egypt's economic recovery.

Why is Jacinda Ardern stepping down

20 Jan 2023  |  www.newindian.in
Jacinda Ardern's resignation as New Zealand's Prime Minister is attributed to the pressures of leadership and handling of the pandemic, including the Omicron wave and lockdowns, which led to public discontent and a decline in popularity. Balaji Chandramohan, a geopolitical analyst and former volunteer for the Labour Party, highlights Ardern's political journey, her global recognition, and the internal challenges within the Labour Party, such as the resignation of MP Gaurav Mrinal Sharma due to bullying. Ardern's leadership during crises like the Christchurch mosque shooting and the White Island volcano disaster is acknowledged, but her governance style and the public's reaction to prolonged lockdowns have been factors in her decision to step down.

Not enough in the tank: NZ PM Jacinda Arden steps down

19 Jan 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand announced her resignation, citing a lack of energy to continue. She will step down as both Prime Minister and leader of the New Zealand Labour Party by February 7, ahead of the General Election on October 14, which she will not contest. Ardern highlighted her government's focus on economic stability and social issues, and reflected on her tenure, which included managing crises like the Christchurch Mosque shooting and the Covid pandemic. She will remain a Member of Parliament for Mt Albert until April.

Japanese PM Kishida re-writing mentor Abe’s Russia playbook: Scholar

12 Jan 2023  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to visit Washington DC to meet President Joe Biden, concluding his five-nation tour. The discussions will cover North Korea’s weapons programs, Russia’s conflict with Ukraine, and the Taiwan Strait crisis. Kishida’s policies mark a departure from his predecessor Sinzo Abe, particularly in his firm stance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and support for Western sanctions. The visit underscores the strengthening Japan-US alliance amid complex geopolitical challenges, with potential discussions on further economic sanctions on Russia at the upcoming G-7 summit in Hiroshima.

Paris battle: Rampaging Kurds blame it on Turks

26 Dec 2022  |  newindian.in
In Paris, the Kurdish community is protesting against an attack on the Kurdish Cultural Centre, blaming the Turkish secret service. The recent violence coincides with the 10th anniversary of the murder of three Kurdish women, also attributed to Turkish intelligence. A recent shooting at the centre by a retired train driver, who confessed to a hatred for foreigners, has escalated tensions. Kurdish activists allege negligence by French police despite warnings of threats from Turkish fascist groups. The Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe and the Kurdish Democratic Council of France demand a transparent investigation and hold the Turkish state responsible for a political massacre. They call on President Macron to take international action against Turkey's war on Kurds.

Bumps ahead: Prachanda becomes Nepal’s PM but uncertainty looms

25 Dec 2022  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has become the Prime Minister of Nepal for the third time, leading to uncertainty in both Nepal and India. His coalition includes the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist, led by former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, known for his run-ins with India and close ties with China. The coalition is seen as fragile, and Prachanda is expected to face turbulence during his term. Despite the political shifts, commentator Santosh Ghimire believes Prachanda will maintain good relations with India. President Bidya Devi Bhandari appointed Prachanda following his support from 168 parliamentarians. The opposition will include Nepali Congress and other parties.

Taliban issues decree forbidding work for women at NGOs

25 Dec 2022  |  THE NEW INDIAN
The Taliban has banned women from working at NGOs in Afghanistan, following a recent decree closing universities to women. Afghan women and allies protested, with university teachers resigning and male students abandoning exams in solidarity. The international community, including India and the US, condemned the Taliban's actions, emphasizing the importance of women's rights and education. The US highlighted the Taliban's increasing isolation due to their stance.

Shootout at Kurdish cultural centre: Paris shooter was on bail, French party calls it racist attack

23 Dec 2022  |  THE NEW INDIAN
A 69-year-old gunman, previously on bail, attacked a Kurdish cultural centre and a hairdressing salon in Paris, killing three and seriously injuring three others. Identified as a retired train driver with past attempted murders, the shooter was arrested by French police. French President Macron and Prime Minister Borne expressed their condolences, while La France Insoumise called the attack racist. Interior Minister Darmanin instructed increased police protection for the Kurdish community. No terror motive was evident at the time of reporting.

Putin commits nuclear plant, better economic cooperation with Belarus

20 Dec 2022  |  newindian.in
Russian President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to Minsk since 2019, committed to developing nuclear plants and scientific projects in Belarus despite sanctions. He emphasized the operational benefits of the nuclear power plant and expressed readiness to train Belarusians for the industry. Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko discussed bilateral relations and signed an agreement on a planning system in Union State. Russia also pledged to train Belarusian pilots and send a Belarusian cosmonaut to space in 2023. Despite sanctions, Putin expects bilateral trade with Belarus to reach $40 billion. The visit coincided with the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Belarus, and included talks on Western sanctions and economic cooperation.

US Ties Stronger Than Ever, Says US Treasury Secy

11 Nov 2022  |  newindian.in
US Secretary of Treasury Janet L Yellen, on her first visit to India, commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his stance against the Ukraine war and highlighted the importance of ending the conflict for the global economy. Speaking at a Microsoft event in Delhi, Yellen emphasized the growing closeness between the US and India, citing shared challenges that have brought the two nations closer. She criticized the weaponization of trade by certain states and urged India to collaborate on various global issues, especially during its G-20 presidency. Yellen described the US-India relationship as stronger than ever, with increasing bilateral trade and a significant Indian diaspora in the US.

Chief Operations Officer Of Bhutan Army Calls On New Def Secy Giridhar Aramane

01 Nov 2022  |  THE NEW INDIAN
Lt Gen Batoo Tshering, Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army, met with newly appointed Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane to discuss enhancing defence cooperation. Aramane, who took office following Ajay Kumar's retirement, paid homage at the National War Memorial. Tshering also met with General Manoj Pande and reviewed the Passing Out Parade at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai. Aramane, an experienced IAS officer, has held various significant roles in the Central and Andhra Pradesh governments.

China Root Cause Of Lankan Problem: Former Lt Gen PR Shankar

20 Aug 2022  |  newindian.in
At a conference convened by Chennai Centre for China Studies, experts discussed the crisis in Sri Lanka and its relation to China's strategic interests. Former Indian Ambassador to China, Ashok Kantha, emphasized the importance of security cooperation between India and Sri Lanka. Lt General PR Shankar (retired) stated that China is a root cause of Sri Lanka's instability due to its lending practices. He also mentioned Japan as an alternative to China for infrastructure projects. Group Captain R Srinivasan (retired) and Colonel R Hariharan spoke about China's higher interest rates and political influence. Dr Hasith Kandaudahewa from the University of Colombo highlighted Sri Lanka's foreign policy dilemma, needing both India's assistance for an IMF loan and China's support for restructuring programs.

Aftermath of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Killing

01 Aug 2022  |  www.globalvillagespace.com
The killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri by a US drone strike in Kabul has placed the Taliban in a difficult position as they approach the first anniversary of recapturing Kabul. The event underscores the ongoing presence and threat of al-Qaeda, which maintains ties with the Taliban despite ideological differences. Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan accused the Pakistan Army of aiding the US in locating al-Zawahiri, though direct involvement is unproven. The incident complicates US-Taliban relations, especially as the Taliban seeks the release of frozen Afghan assets. Al-Qaeda's influence remains significant, with a presence in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, and the killing may incite further terrorist activities.

Curing the Crisis in Colombo

30 Jul 2022  |  khaama.com
Sri Lanka is experiencing a severe financial and political crisis, with former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fleeing the country amid protests. Ranil Wickremesinghe, a six-time Prime Minister, was sworn in as President by Parliament, a first in 44 years. He declared an emergency to address public security and essential services. The country faces shortages of commodities and has foreign reserves of only $250m. Sri Lanka owes over $51bn to foreign lenders, with China being a significant creditor. The crisis affects Sri Lanka's port operations and relations with India, its third-largest business partner. Diplomatic missions in Australia, Iraq, and Norway have been closed. India has provided $3.8 billion in support this year, including humanitarian aid. Wickremesinghe's administration will review diplomatic relations and may need to implement economic reforms, including privatization and granting autonomy to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Indian Delegation Calls on Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi

02 Jun 2022  |  khaama.com
An Indian delegation led by JP Singh of India's Ministry of External Affairs met with Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in Kabul to discuss trade and humanitarian aid. India has provided Afghanistan with wheat, medicines, COVID vaccines, and winter clothing to address the food crisis. India also donated COVAXIN doses to Iran for Afghan refugees and supplied polio vaccines and medicines to UNICEF. The Indian delegation plans to meet with international organizations to ensure proper aid distribution, despite India's policy of not dealing directly with the Taliban.

India Will Export Surplus Wheat: Piyush Goyal in Davos

25 May 2022  |  newindian.in
India's Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, confirmed at a conclave in Davos that India will continue to export surplus wheat to friendly countries in need. Despite a recent heatwave affecting production, India expects a slight surplus after domestic consumption. The country has recently begun exporting wheat, reaching about 7 million tons from a modest start two years ago. India's wheat is gaining attention for quality and minimal chemical use. Goyal will also visit the UK to discuss an FTA after the WEF.

What To Expect From UK PM Johnson's India Visit?

20 Apr 2022  |  newindian.in
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's visit to India aims to boost bilateral trade and ties with investment announcements in science, health, and technology. Amidst COVID-19 concerns, the visit will focus on job creation, energy security, and defence collaboration. Post-Brexit, the UK is keen on a Free Trade Agreement with India to compensate for disrupted European trade. Experts suggest potential in defence manufacturing in India and agricultural trade improvements if the maximum residue limit issue is resolved.

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As India grows into its new economic might, KPMG can be consequential with the opportunity-rich environment that exists in the firm: CEO Arun M. Kumar

12 Aug 2017  |  The CEO Magazine India
KPMG in India has partnered with HP India to launch a new invoicing platform named 'GST solution' aimed at aiding traders and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with the transition to the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. The platform is designed to be comprehensive, secure, and affordable, enabling users to file transactions according to the new tax norms easily and manage invoice reconciliation for large companies. The solution provides a unified platform for ease of invoice generation and reconciliation among vendors within the ecosystem. KPMG's initiative is part of its commitment to support the Government of India's signature initiatives, particularly in facilitating the adoption of GST among MSMEs and addressing their IT challenges.

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