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  • A recently published book assessing the impact of ongoing India-Pakistan faceoff on border economies—Unilateral Decisions Bilateral Losses-- claims that around 9000 families in Punjab, 600 traders and 300 laborers in J&K suffered heavily due to political strains between the two nuclear countries.

    Despite the US exempting India from sanctions imposed on Iran for the development of the port in Novermber 2018, the European and Chinese suppliers who had bagged contracts to supply equipment for the port have been reluctant to deliver, fearing adverse impact on their business with the US.

    A Taliban spokesman, immediately claimed responsibility for the attack saying it occurred in the southern Kandahar province. The militants continue to stage near-daily attacks targeting Afghan and US forces, even as they hold peace talks with the US Scores of Afghan civilians are also killed in the crossfire or by roadside bombs planted by militants.

    "We have agreed to scale down military operations in days leading up to the signing of the peace agreement with the United States," Shaheen said. He added that the Taliban were "optimistic" a deal with Washington could be signed before the end of the month and that the reduction in fighting across the country would also include the targeting of Afghan forces.

    Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that he supported a negotiated peace deal between the US and Taliban in Af...

    "We will not allow our soil to be used against anyone," Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor was quoted as saying by the ARY News. "Pakistan will not be party to anyone or anything but will be a partner of peace and peace alone," he said quoting Prime Minister Imran Khan.

    The Uttar Pradesh government has made the first list of 50,000 refugees who had come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan decades ago. ...

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said a section of the youth is being misguided about the Citizenship Amendment Act and asserted that it will not take away anybody's citizenship. Modi also said whoever has faith in India and believes in its Constitution can become an Indian citizen. Modi said that some people with political interests are deliberately spreading rumours about the new citizenship law.

    Two-thirds of the oil and half the liquefied natural gas India imports come through the strait between Iran and Oman. As much as 18 million barrels of oil pass through the Strait of Hormuz every day, accounting for one-third of the global oil trade. A third of the world’s LNG trade also passes through the strait.

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Act officially came into operation on Friday. However, the Centre is yet to frame rules for the Act.

    In a gazette notification, the Union home ministry said the act under which non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given Indian citizenship, will come into force from January 10.

    A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant issued notices to all petitioners, seeking their replies, and slated the matter for further hearing on January 22 along with a slew of other anti-CAA petitions, already pending before the apex court.

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