Abdi Farah Shirdon Said is the new Somali PM

October 9, 2012

Abdi Farah Shirdon Said has been chosen as the new Prime Minister of Somalia. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who was recently chosen by parliament in a UN-backed process, selected his close ally Shirdon to the powerful position. This event is one of the first major steps of the new...

5+5 Summit calls for greater co-operation b/w member countries

October 7, 2012

The 5+5 Summit of European and North African nations along the Mediterranean Sea called for closer co-operation between the member nations. The heads of states and the foreign ministers of the 10 member group met at the capital of Malta Auberge de Castille for two days. They discussed several...

India, Pakistan eased visa regime

September 9, 2012

Indian signed long-awaiting visa agreements aimed to make the visa norms more lenient and liberal. The new visa regime – the first major modernization since 1974 – in particular relaxes travel restrictions for businessmen and brings in a new group tourism category. As per the new visa norms: Visa...

Canada severs diplomatic ties with Iran

September 9, 2012

Canada has severed diplomatic relations with Iran, closing its embassy in Teheran. As per Canadian Foreign Minister major factors behind the move were Teheran’s nuclear programme, its support for the Syrian regime, threats against Israel and the concern for the mission’s safety. Canada perceives Iran Government as a major...

Terrorist attack Pakistan’s Kamra air base

August 23, 2012

  Pakistan’s security structure was breached when terrorists belonging Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked Pakistan Air Force’s Minhas Base in Kamra (a two-hour drive from Islamabad). Although all the terrorists were killed in the battle, the assault killed more than a dozen security personnel and destruction of three JF-17 thunder...

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenavi passed away

August 23, 2012

Meles Zenavi, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, died of prolonged illness. He was 57. After his death, the charge of the acting prime minister will be assumed by its Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

U.S. to establish National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) to prevent jobs drain to India

August 20, 2012

The US administration has decided to establish institute for manufacturing innovations to help prevent jobs going to India and China. It plans to set up National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), in Ohio, through public-private partnership and has received $70 million as initial financial assistance. Earlier, in March 2012,...

OIC suspends Syria’s Membership

August 20, 2012

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the 57-member body of Islamic countries, suspended Syria from the organization. The decision was taken despite strong opposition from Iran, during the OIC summit meeting in the Saudi city of Mecca. The OIC move has been made to put pressure on Syrian President’s regime...

China inks economic pacts with North Korea which includes the Development of SEZs

August 20, 2012

China signed economic agreements with North Korea to enhance the bilateral economic co-operation. The development of two special economic zones in North Korea is part of the agreement. Both countries also signed agreements on agricultural co-operation and electricity supply.

Sudan, South Sudan ink pact over Oil Payments

August 9, 2012

Sudan signed a deal with South Sudan over oil payments. South Sudan agreed to pay Sudan just over $ 9 per barrel to transport oil to its ports. What is the dispute? After the separation of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011, nearly 75% of the oil rich region...