Author: Tejomay Mohal Sethi

The Czechs have never forgotten that allies handed over their Sudetenland Province to Hitler in 1938 after the German dictator promised it would be “last territorial demand I have to make in Europe.” The Czechs have never forgotten that allies handed over their Sudetenland Province to Hitler in 1938 after the German dictator promised it would be “the last territorial demand I have to make in Europe.” Months later, Nazis occupied their country and waged war in Europe and around the world for seven more years, killing tens of millions. To many today, Ukraine is the next Sudetenland as it…

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Punishing hot weather affects not only a person’s health or work productivity but also affects couples’ fertility and birth outcomes, a project by the National University of Singapore (NUS) found. Rising temperatures could further reduce Singapore’s resident total fertility rate, which dipped below 1 – a record low – in 2023. The rate refers to the average number of babies each woman would have during her reproductive years. Researchers from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine studied sperm samples from 818 men that were already stored at the National University Hospital’s (NUH) andrology section. The scientists then traced the men’s…

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Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh resigned on February 26 in anticipation of postwar governance challenges. “I see that the next stage and its challenges will require new governmental and political arrangements,” Shtayyeh said, emphasizing “the emerging reality in the Gaza Strip, the national unity talks, and the urgent need for an inter-Palestinian consensus.” American and Palestinian officials expect that Abbas will nominate Mohammed Mustafa, the chairman of the Palestine Investment Fund, as Shtayyeh’s successor. Expert Analysis “Bringing in Palestine Investment Fund chief Mohammed Mustafa and pushing out the current prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh is the rearranging of the…

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Deepening French-Indian Ties Should Create Space for Hard Talks, Not Bypass Them French President Emmanuel Macron will be guest of honor during India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26. The two countries share defense ties, and French-built Rafale fighter aircraft will feature at the parade. Those same planes, now part of the Indian air force, also featured in a flyby during France’s Bastille Day parade in 2023, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was guest of honor. But while inviting each other to national military parades, neither leader has called for the protection of human rights, focusing instead on trade and strategic ties. …

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Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen affirmed the strong bonds between Greece and Austria, emphasizing their shared values and positions during the official visit of the Greek president to Vienna on Tuesday. Following their meeting, the Austrian president commended Greece’s economic progress and recognized its strategic role in the energy sector. Sakellaropoulou highlighted the collaborative efforts between the two nations within the European Union, the United Nations, and other international organizations. Both leaders expressed their endorsement for the future accession of Western Balkan countries to the European Union. Discussions centered on the current developments in…

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Critics say Indian PM aims to score public support, wield influence on global stage As the Cricket World Cup reaches its much-anticipated climax, observers argue that Indian PM Narendra Modi is strategically leveraging the cricket fever to support his political standing ahead of next year’s elections. For Modi, who has the distinction of having the world’s largest cricket stadium named after him, the tournament’s dream finale is a prime opportunity. Cricket, deeply ingrained in the Indian psyche, serves as a powerful tool for Modi to score political points by tapping into its widespread popularity. Indian journalist Suresh Menon describes the…

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Rome (16/11 – 57) Sri Lanka is mired in a deep political and economic crisis and the country’s then President Rajapaksa has flown out of the country, days after a huge crowd of protesters stormed his residence in July 2022. Protesters for months have demanded the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose government has been blamed for chronic mismanagement of the country’s finances. The island nation of 22 million people has suffered months of lengthy blackouts, acute food and fuel shortages, and galloping inflation in its most painful downturn on record. Here is how the crisis unfolded: April 1: State of emergency Rajapaksa declares a temporary state of emergency, giving security forces sweeping powers to arrest and…

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BENGALURU, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Indian consumer spending during this year’s festival season will be slightly better than in 2022, said economists polled by Reuters, but probably not enough to ramp up the speed of what is already the world’s fastest-growing major economy. The broadly optimistic survey data, taken together with expectations for 6.3% growth this fiscal year and next, suggest even with a dip in inflation, prospects for a Reserve Bank of India interest rate cut are still a long way off. Battered during the pandemic, consumption, which makes up for about 60% of Asia’s third-largest economy has been…

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BEIJING, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Qiang said China will boost its cooperation with Mongolia under a Eurasian security bloc, which this year admitted its ninth member Iran, gently nudging its smaller neighbour to join a regional group that also includes Russia. Mongolia has refrained from joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for almost two decades, choosing to be an observer state since 2004 even as other nations such as India, Pakistan and Iran became full-fledged members. China is ready to strengthen cooperation with Mongolia under the SCO and other multilateral frameworks to better safeguard their common interests,…

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Paris (08/11 – 75) Sri Lanka’s economic and political crisis of 2022 left the country bankrupt. Ranil Wickremesinghe took over as President of Sri Lanka in July 2022 when the country was in the middle of its worst economic and political crisis since independence in 1948. His predecessor, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had been forced out of power after facing mass protests prompted by 12-hour power cuts and persistent fuel and food shortages. The nation was bankrupt.Wickremesinghe brought in the International Monetary Fund and has focused on reaching macroeconomic stability and driving tough but much-needed structural reforms. Today, as Sri Lanka embarks…

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