Keralite’s arrest in kidney racket reveals Iranian ties

KOCHI: Shocking revelations were unearthed after the arrest of a Thrissur based youngster who is a member of an international organ trafficking racket which has trafficked several youngsters from Bangalore and Hyderabad to Iran. The racket is believed to have lured scores of people from financially weak sections to donate organs abroad. As per the […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Xi Jinping in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin met his counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing during his two-day state visit to China. This is the Russian leader's first foreign trip since his re-election in March and the second visit to China in just over six months. Indicating China's strategic significance for Russia amid Western sanctions it is facing over its offensive in Ukraine.

India and Iran sign crucial Chabahar Port contract

Indian Ports Global Limited (IPGL) and Iran’s Port & Maritime Organisation (PMO) have signed a long-term bilateral contract. This agreement allows IPGL to operate the Shahid Beheshti terminal at Chabahar Port for the next 10 years.

MEA advises against travel to Iran and Israel

New Delhi: In light of the current volatile situation in the region, the Indian government has issued a travel advisory urging its citizens to refrain from traveling to Iran or Israel until further notice. The advisory, dated April 12, 2024, comes amidst escalating tensions and security concerns in both countries. Travel advisory for Iran and […]

Saudi Arabia’s BRICS membership officially activated

NEW DELHI: After receiving expansion invitations at the 2023 annual summit, Saudi Arabia is now confirmed to become a member of the BRICS alliance. South Africa’s Foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor, has officially announced the inclusion of Saudi Arabia and the four other invited nations. At the beginning of 2024, questions surfaced about Saudi Arabia’s position […]

Jaishankar holds crucial talks with Iranian counterpart on Chabahar, Red Sea crisis

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, engaged in substantive discussions with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, during his two-day visit to Iran. The talks centred on pivotal issues, including the Chabahar Port Project, the Red Sea crisis, and India's stance on international affairs.

Sworn enemies Egypt-Iran unlikely to collaborate within BRICS: Cairo expert

NEW DELHI: The BRICS group, a crucial platform for emerging markets and developing nations, has formally embraced five additional members: Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and the UAE. Their inclusion became effective on January 1, 2024, signifying a noteworthy expansion for the coalition initially established by Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. This expansion […]

BRICS gains traction: 30 countries express willingness to join in 2024, says Russia

NEW DELHI: On January 1, 2024, BRICS welcomed five new nations into its fold, namely Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Iran, and Ethiopia. Despite receiving an invitation in August of the previous year, Argentina opted not to join BRICS. With these additions, BRICS has expanded to a 10-member bloc now. Further expansion is anticipated at […]

Iran explosions: Deadly bomb blasts kill over 100 near Soleimani Memorial in Kerman

Videos depict chaos and panic as bodies litter the road, and ambulances rush to the scene. Footage broadcast by Iranian state TV showed large crowds were taking part in a procession along a road lined with banners featuring Qasem Soleimani when the explosions happened.

Leveraging Houthis, Hezbollah: Tehran expert on Iran’s ‘indirect’ role in Israel-Hamas war

NEW DELHI: The BRICS leaders have decided to extend invitations to five additional countries for membership in their alliance. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the host of the three-day summit in Johannesburg in August 2023, announced that Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have received invitations to join the BRICS. […]