India-Israel Partnership Aims to Tackle Construction Labour Shortage Amid Gaza Conflict

India-Israel Partnership Aims to Tackle Construction Labour Shortage Amid Gaza Conflict

Israel-Gaza conflict enters tenth month amid hopes for ceasefire, hostage release Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority is collaborating with the Indian government to facilitate the recruitment of construction workers from India to address a labour shortage exacerbated by the ongoing genocide in Gaza. On Sunday, the CEO of the Population Authority hosted a delegation from India, including the CEO of India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and his team, to advance this initiative. The meeting included Yehuda Morgenstern, Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Construction and Housing, Moshe Nakash, Head…

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US Report Highlights Concerning Rise in Hate Speech Against Indian Minorities

US Report Highlights Concerning Rise in Hate Speech Against Indian Minorities

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has raised alarms over the escalating issues concerning religious freedoms in India, as reported in the State Department’s 2023 International Religious Freedom Report. Blinken highlighted a significant rise in anti-conversion laws, hate speech, and the destruction of homes and religious sites belonging to minority faith communities in India. In his remarks during the report’s release, Blinken noted the global efforts to safeguard religious freedoms but expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in India. He emphasized the troubling increase in religious intolerance, which was evident…

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Tragedy Strikes: 49 Lives Lost in Kuwait Building Blaze

Tragedy Strikes: 49 Lives Lost in Kuwait Building Blaze

Footage shared on social media showed huge flames and black smoke coming out of the building as fire fighters attempted to control the blaze Forty-nine people, including 42 Indian nationals, were killed and dozens more injured on Wednesday in a devastating fire in a building in southern Kuwait housing foreign workers, with local authorities detaining the building’s owner as part of an investigation into potential negligence. The fire in Al-Mangaf building, a residence for workers, was reported to authorities in Al-Ahmadi governorate at 4.30am and most of the deaths were…

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Tragic Chopper Crash: Iranian President Raisi and FM Reportedly Killed, Mohammad Mokhber Poised to Succeed

Tragic Chopper Crash: Iranian President Raisi and FM Reportedly Killed, Mohammad Mokhber Poised to Succeed

According to the latest reports, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other passengers are feared dead following a helicopter crash. The incident occurred in the Dizmar forest, between the cities of Varzaqan and Jolfa in East Azarbaijan Province. The helicopter was carrying President Raisi and his delegation when it crashed. In the wake of this event, it is reported that Mohammad Mokhber, the first vice president of Iran, is poised to assume the presidency with the approval of the Supreme Leader, as per the Iranian Constitution. This transition is expected to…

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Imran Khan’s Defiant Message from Prison: ‘All That Is Left for Pak Army Is to Murder Me, But I Would Prefer Death Over Slavery’

Imran Khan's Defiant Message from Prison: 'All That Is Left for Pak Army Is to Murder Me, But I Would Prefer Death Over Slavery'

“I have stated publicly that if anything happens to me or my wife (Bushra Bibi), Gen. Asim Munir will be responsible. But I am not afraid because my faith is strong. I would prefer death over slavery,” he says. Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan has lamented the sorry state of affairs in the country where political leaders like him languish in jail and said all that is left for the powerful military leadership was to “murder” him. In a column for the UK’s ‘Daily Telegraph’ newspaper, penned from the…

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Iran-Israel Tensions: Biden Issues Stark Warning, Pledges American Assistance to Israel

Iran-Israel Tensions: Biden Issues Stark Warning, Pledges American Assistance to Israel

Iran will attack Israel sooner, rather than later, US President Joe Biden said on Friday. He warned Tehran not to attack the country as the US was devoted to its defense. Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs has advised Indians to not visit Iran and Israel “in view of the prevailing situation in the region”. Iran has vowed to avenge an alleged Israeli attack on its embassy in Damascus last week that killed seven of its elite military officers, including two generals. Here are 10 points on Israel-Iran tension: Joe Biden gave a…

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Pakistani Court Suspends Sentence for Ex-PM Khan and Wife in Graft Case, Yet Freedom Remains Elusive

Pakistani Court Suspends Sentence for Ex-PM Khan and Wife in Graft Case, Yet Freedom Remains Elusive

Pakistani court suspends sentence for ex-PM Khan and wife in a graft case but couple won’t be freed A Pakistani appeals court on Monday suspended a 14-year prison sentence for former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife in a corruption case, but the couple won’t be released because they are already serving prison terms in other cases, officials said. However, the court order was a legal victory for Khan, who was ousted from power in a no-confidence vote in April 2022. Khan now has more than 170 legal cases…

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US Intelligence Report Warns of Potential Armed Conflict Risk Due to India-China Border Deployment

US Intelligence Report Warns of Potential Armed Conflict Risk Due to India-China Border Deployment

The report highlights a fragile global order, China’s military expansion plans, its aggressive cyber operations An assessment by US intelligence agencies warns of a “potential” armed conflict between India and China amid large troop deployments by both sides and sporadic encounters between their militaries, adding the border dispute “will remain a strain” on ties between the neighbours. The assessment further states that China is looking to establish overseas military bases at mulitple locations – including Sri Lanka and Pakistan – in its attempt to “project power” and “protect China’s interests…

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Pakistan: Kashmir Front and Center in Any Future Talks with India

Pakistan: Kashmir Front and Center in Any Future Talks with India

The Pakistan Foreign Office has played down PM Narendra Modi’s greeting message to Pakistan’s new PM Shehbaz Sharif while reiterating that Kashmir will be the priority if and when talks resume between the two sides. The Foreign Office also said it welcomed mediation by friendly countries between India and Pakistan but would respond appropriately when such a proposal is made formally. It also commented adversely on PM Modi’s visit to Srinagar after several years by stating that it seemed to be part of India’s efforts to portray normalcy in J&K.…

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Diplomatic Tension: Maldives Takes Action Against Ministers Over Anti-Modi Statements

Diplomatic Tension: Maldives Takes Action Against Ministers Over Anti-Modi Statements

Former presidents including Mohammad Nasheed and Ibrahim Solih had demanded action against the ministers over their remarks against Prime Minister Modi. The Maldives government on Sunday suspended three ministers over their derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mariyam Shiuna, Malsha Shareef and Mahzoom Majid were suspended over their remarks against PM Modi, which triggered a massive backlash. Earlier in the day, the Maldives government in a statement had distanced itself from the remarks, calling them ‘personal opinions’. The statement had come following India making it clear that the remarks…

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