Grand event awaits Donald Trump during his India visit next month

donald-trumpNew Delhi, Jan 18: A grand event awaits US President Donald Trump when he visits India next month. The event will take place in February. A grand event on the lines of the Howdy Modi is expected to take place at Ahmedabad. During his visit, Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are likely to sign a short term trade deal.

This is aimed at granting US companies more access to Indian markets and also restore the trade benefits for India that were withdrawn last year.

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As Sri Lanka tightens norms on Madrasas, why it is time to take a look at the ones in India

mahinda-rajapaksaNew Delhi, Jan 16: The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the Muslim Religious Affairs Department to register all Madrasas with the department. He also instructed officials to re-evaluate the curricula of all Madrasas and prepare an updated curriculum.

The problem relating to the un-registered Madrasas in India has been spoken about for long. Even in the recent spate of arrests relating to the Islamic State case in South India, it was found that a few members had taken shelter in a Madrasa.

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India-US work out mutually convenient dates for Trump’s visit

donaldtrump3New Delhi, Jan 14: Based on a standing invitation, officials from New Delhi and Washington are working out mutually agreeable dates for US President, Donald Trump’s visit to India. The visit could take place in February, officials familiar with the development tell OneIndia.

The timing of the visit would however depend on the timing of the trial by the US Senate. The trial is expected to commence this week and would determine whether Trump would be removed from office or not.

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As Iran-US tensions soar, Indian Navy on standby for evacuations

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INS Trikand

New Delhi, Jan 09: The Indian Navy is on standby for emergency evacuations in the wake of the escalating tensions between Iran and the US.

The INS Trikand is currently deployed in the Gulf of Oman as part of the ongoing Operation Sankalp.

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Amidst rising Iran-US tensions, India can play a moderating and balancing role

iran-missile-mnThe Iranian Ambassador to India, Ali Chegeni, said that India usually plays a very good role in maintaining peace in the world. The US and Iran are both important for India, which must play a balancing act.

Iran has said that it would welcome any peace initiative for de-escalating tensions with the United States. The two nations are in a state of confrontation owing to the killing of General Qassem Soleimani by the US and then a retaliation by Iran this morning in the form of missile strikes.

For now, there seems to be no end to the conflict and one would only expect an escalation in the days to come, which is a dangerous development. India could play an important role to de-escalate tensions.

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China’s dual intent at Hambantota in Sri Lanka red flagged

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Hambantota Port

New Delhi, Dec 10: China could use the facilities created by it at the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka for both civilian and military purposes, a senior French Naval officer has said.

The statement comes in the wake of China repeatedly arguing that its interest in the port is purely commercial.

The Rajapaksas are back: 5 years have gone by, but India remains apprehensive

New Delhi, Nov 18: There was a time when four brothers controlled a nation. Mahinda Rajapaksa was president, Gotabaya, the defence secretary, Basil took the economic decisions and Chamal was speaker of the Parliament.

Today, the scenario in Sri Lanka is somewhat similar. Gotabaya is the president and there is talk that he would choose Mahinda as the prime minister as Mathripala Sirisena is likely to step down.

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Why is a dying nation like Pakistan raking up the Ayodhya verdict

babri1Pakistan’s education minister Shafqat Mahmood at the UNESCO meet criticised the Ayodhya verdict in India and said that it was contrary to the values of religious freedom. Just like the Kashmir issue, this too has rightly got no traction.

When we talk terror, fake currency and a state policy to bleed India, there is one thing in common – Pakistan. The failed state is known to meddle in the affairs of India and despite facing an imminent collapse, Pakistan continues to make India its main policy.

While Pakistan continues to meddle in the affairs of Kashmir, it has now raked up the Ayodhya issue as well. Pakistan’s education minister Shafqat Mahmood at the UNESCO meet criticised the Ayodhya verdict and said that it was contrary to the values of religious freedom. This reckless statement by Pakistan comes at a time when the Muslims of India have called for peace in the aftermath of the verdict and said that they want a closure to this case that has dragged on for centuries.

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What Pakistan hopes to achieve through Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Project

KartapurcorridorNew Delhi, Nov 08: For Pakistan, which is struggling to rebuild its economy and image, the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is an opportunity to project itself as a moderate nation while earning a tidy sum annually from pilgrims.

Before coming to power, Prime Minister Imran Khan often railed at the successive governments of Pakistan for failing to exploit the vast potential of tourism, including revered religious sites, to attract tourists from around the world.

Not Kashmir, but XI briefed Modi about Imran Khan’s visit to Beijing

modi-jinpingNew Delhi, Oct 13: During his meeting with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Chinese President, Xi Jinping spoke about Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s visit to Beijing.

There was no discussion on Kashmir and both leaders kept the contentious issue off the table, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said. He said that the Kashmir issue was not raised or discussed. Our position has been clear and this is India’s internal matter, he also said. Xi however appraised Modi about Khan’s visit to Beijing, he further added.