Haqqani Network

US blocks $350 million aid to Pakistan for not acting against Haqqani network

The United States has blocked 350 million dollars in coalition support funds to Pakistan as Islamabad failed to act against the dreaded Haqqani network.Pakistan-based Haqqani network is blamed for a number of high-profile terror attacks on US and Western interests in war-torn Afghanistan.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis informed congressional defense committees that he was not able to certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient actions against the Haqqani network to permit full reimbursement of Coalition Support Funds. 

Julie Bishop

Australia says, it will oppose Beijing's construction of artificial reefs & militarisation in South China Sea

Australia has said, it will oppose Beijing's construction of artificial reefs and their militarisation in the disputed South China Sea. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who is New Delhi on two day visit said that freedom of navigation in the Sea must be ensured. 

Delivering a lecture in New Delhi yesterday she said, Australia will continue to oppose the construction of artificial reefs and militarisation of those structures in the South China Sea.

Syrian Army

Syrian army captures more oil wells in Raqqa province

The Syrian Army supported by Iranian backed militias seized new oil fields in the desert in the southwest of Raqqa province yesterday in new advances against retreating Islamic state militants. 

The Syrian Army said on state media that they had taken al Daylaa oil field alongside the Zamla gas field in large stretches of territory the militant group have been pulling out of in recent weeks to defend their remaining possessions in Syria. 

Solar Village

India launches solar project in an Egyptian village, close to the Libyan border

India has launched a solar project to electrify the remote village in Egypt with state-of-the-art technology. The Solar Electrification Project, an off-grid system that is ideal for remote locations has been launched at Agaween village, close to the Libyan border.

Sanjay Bhattacharyya, India’s Ambassador to Egypt and Major General Alla Fathi AbouZeid, Governor of Matrouh inaugurated the project. Mr. Bhattacharyya said, “The project harnesses the sun and enriches the life of the villagers. The project is a demonstration of India’s technical capabilities, especially in renewable energy, and can be replicated at other locations in Egypt.”