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PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok

3 realpolitik lessons India learnt since Indo-Soviet treaty was signed 50 yrs ago

Qatar's invitation to India to participate in the Taliban talks this week is an indication India has learnt several lessons in realpolitik.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, on 15 June 2021 | PTI

After brief stopover in Doha last week, Jaishankar visits Qatar for second time

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar met his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani Tuesday. On 9 June, he had met Qatar’s NSA Mohamed Bin Ahmed Al Mesned.
A file photo of Mohammad Shareeq and Oniba Qureshi. | Photo: Special arrangement

Mumbai couple convicted in Qatar drug case returns home after being cleared of all charges

Oniba and Sharique Qureshi had been cleared of all charges after it came to light that Sharique's aunt, Tabassum Qureshi, planted narcotics in their bag without their knowledge.
A file photo of Mohammad Shareeq and Oniba Qureshi. | Photo: Special arrangement

Mumbai couple acquitted in drug case in Qatar, to return after 2 yrs with baby born in jail

Mohammad Shareeq & Oniba Qureshi went on a ‘second honeymoon’ to Qatar, a gift from a relative, when they were arrested in Doha for carrying hashish in their luggage.
A file photo of Mohammad Shareeq and Oniba Qureshi. | Photo: Special arrangement

Qatar court orders review of Mumbai couple’s conviction for drug trafficking, family sees hope

Mohammad Shareeq and Oniba Qureshi have been in jail since 2019 for trafficking 4.1 kg of hashish. Qatar’s highest court has now ordered the appeal court to review its verdict.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Commons

UAE set to offer citizenship to a select group of expats

Until now citizenship in the UAE & some other Gulf states has been reserved for foreigners in special cases, but these changes will formalise such a process.
Flags of Qatar (L) and UAE

Sheikhdoms UAE and Qatar are strikingly alike in many ways

Qatar and the UAE have punched above their weight as regional powers and have attached themselves to powerful global and regional alliances.

How Qatar has got out of the Gulf embargo with a much stronger hand

Among Saudi, UAE, Bahrain & Egypt, there was a sense of resignation that the embargo failed in its objective — bring Doha to heel, or at least in line with Saudi-Emirati consensus.
File photo of Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Saudi Prince hits a new year reset by making allies not enemies

A new US administration, combined with threats from Iran and a weakening economy, has seen Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s calculations shift to reconciliation.
UAE Prime Minister and Vice President HH Sheikh Mohammed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit on Tuesday | Twitter/@spagov

This tiny Middle East country is a ‘big powerhouse’ & could pave way for better US-Iran ties

In episode 654 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the implications of Saudi Arabia and its allies lifting their embargo on Qatar.

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The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
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RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.


‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.
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