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National Concerns: With Vande flights facing curbs, India considers ‘travel bubbles’

US curbs Vande Bharat Flights Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: The US government has restricted charter flights from India, accusing India of “unfair and discriminatory practices” by violating a treaty governing aviation between the two countries. News Summary: US curbs Vande Bharat Flights India’s national carrier Air India has been making flights under …

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National Concerns: Trump extends ban on H1B, other visas

Trump extends ban on H1B, other visas Approx Read Time: 6 minutes In News: The US President Donald Trump signed an executive order extending the ban on immigrant and non-immigrant worker visas until the end of this year. In April this year, President Trump had signed an executive order banning the entry of workers on non-immigrant visas for …

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Global Concerns: Pakistan to remain on FATF ‘greylist’

Pakistan to remain on FATF ‘greylist’ Approx Read Time: 6 minutes In News: Pakistan received another extension on the “greylist”, as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary session. Background: In June 2018, FATF placed Pakistan on enhanced monitoring process or the ‘grey list’, because of its deficiencies in the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist …

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Editorial Analysis: Nepal ties and the Benaras to Bengaluru spectrum

Nepal’s ties from Benaras to Bengaluru Approx Read Time: 6 minutes Varanasi (Benaras) connection to Nepal: Varanasi (Benaras) was a keystone of India-Nepal ties for centuries.  B.P. Koirala, the doyen of democratic politics in Nepal, was a resident of the city; so too was Pushpalal Shrestha, one of the founders of the Communist Party of Nepal.  …

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Editorial Analysis: Reset ties with China

Reset ties with China Approx Read Time: 5 minutes Chinese violence at Galwan valley: With its aggression in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh, China has crossed a threshold and pushed the relationship with India to a dangerous low, with long-lasting consequences. Chinese soldiers used the opportunity of a negotiated withdrawal operation to viciously attack a supervisory …

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