“Moscow may offer Tehran oil-for-goods lifeline,” says Russian daily

“Moscow may offer Tehran oil-for-goods lifeline,” says Russian daily

With Washington requesting the suspension of Iranian oil imports through November 2018, Russia can offer Tehran a lifeline by agreeing to accept its oil in exchange for goods. Nonetheless, experts interviewed by the newspaper do not expect global players to cut down on crude purchases from Iran. Professor Vladimir Sazhin, Senior Researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oriental Studies, told the newspaper that “it is next to impossible to reduce purchases of Iranian oil to zero.”

Women are made to believe that it’s okay to be objectified to succeed: Priyanka Chopra

Women are made to believe that it’s okay to be objectified to succeed: Priyanka Chopra

“It’s wrong that women are made to believe that it’s okay to be objectified in order to succeed and it’s not only pageants which are to be blamed for unrealistic beauty standards. Being a woman in the entertainment industry comes with its own set of obligations,” says Bollywood starlet and 2000 Miss World winner Priyanka Chopra.

China-funded Confucius Institutes meet in Colombo with an eye on the future

China-funded Confucius Institutes meet in Colombo with an eye on the future

The Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes and Centers in Asia met here on Wednesday to evaluate the  work done so far and chalk out plans for a brighter future. The 2018 Conference of Partial Confucius Institutes in Asia held at the BMICH and the Universities of Colombo and Kalaniya, took stock of the working of the Confucius Institutes (CIs) in the Asian region, identified lacunae in their functioning, and chalked out plans for the future in the light of the experience gained thus far.

Fugitive Indian tycoon Mallya says charges against him are “politically motivated”

Fugitive Indian tycoon Mallya says charges against him are “politically motivated”

Two years after arriving in Britain and now fighting India’s extradition case in the courts here, businessman Vijay Mallya on Tuesday broke his silence, slamming the “politically motivated” case and “blatantly false” allegations made against him. In a statement, Mr. Mallya highlighted his attempt, via the Karnataka High Court, to sell INR 139, 000 million of assets to repay creditors, including the banks at the heart of the case against him. Any attempt to block this effort would highlight the “agenda” being pursued against him beyond the recovery of dues to the banks, he said, The Hindu reports.

International Criminal Court asks Myanmar if it has jurisdiction to try Rohingya deportation case

International Criminal Court asks Myanmar if it has jurisdiction to try Rohingya deportation case

A day after a closed-door hearing on its jurisdiction to try a case on alleged deportation of Rohingya, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has sent a request to Myanmar to know its view on the matter. The ICC’s pre-trial chamber sent the request to Myanmar on Thursday (Jun 21) and requested it to give its written reply publicly or confidentially by July 27.

Nixon opposed India’s military action in Bangladesh because it would “set a bad precedent”

Nixon opposed India’s military action in Bangladesh because it would “set a bad precedent”

Former US President Richard Nixon opposed India during Bangladesh’s 1971 war with Pakistan because he believed India’s military action would set a “bad precedent” and endanger the future of any small country, according to the declassified documents of the era. Nixon made those remarks during a meeting with the then Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato during their meeting at San Clements in California, PTI reports citing the declassified documents.

Big retailers are betting on India’s online grocery market but logistics pose a major challenge

Big retailers are betting on India’s online grocery market but logistics pose a major challenge

Big retailers are betting on India’s online grocery market, but mastering logistics will be one of the key challenges as customers demand fast or even same-day deliveries. India’s snarling traffic jams, weak infrastructure, narrow lanes and unplanned housing complexes are all potential obstacles to on-time grocery delivery, writes Rosemary Marandi in Nikkei.