The Trump administration has put India in a tight energy fix and strategic tangle, ending the waiver that allowed New Delhi to buy Iranian oil even as it whittled down supplies from Teheran, a long-term source and partner in the region. "The current waivers expire on May 2. There are no SRE (Significant Reduction Exemption) waivers that extent beyond May 2. Full stop," US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced at a state department briefing on Monday, signaling an end to a nearly year-long breathing room the Trump administration had given to eight countries, including India and China, after putting them on notice to stop buying Iranian oil. "Any action or entity interacting with Iran should do its due diligence and err on the side of caution," Pompeo warned, adding, "We will no longer grant exemptions. We’re going to zero. We’re going to zero across the board." Entities that continue to trade with Iran will invite US sanctions. Other countries that also lost the waiver … [Read more...] about Trump puts India in a fix over Iran oil and regional strategy
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By DP Bhattacharya Gandhinagar: The scheduled event for the US president in the world's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad on February 24 may help Donald Trump galvanise some support from the diaspora, though not on the scale seen during the 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston, Texas, last year. “The chemistry between the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Donald Trump was visible during the 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston, Texas, last year and this event in Ahmedabad will definitely enhance Trump’s appeal among the fanbase of Modi,” said Magan Pansuria from Washington DC. “While the Presidential election is still a long way away here, such visits always help in galvanising support from the diaspora and given Trump’s appeal among the right wing and the business community, which is quite similar to that of Modi, he will certainly benefit to some extent,” Pansuria added. During the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, Modi had underlined how the … [Read more...] about Trump in India: Stadium event may help US Prez gain diaspora votes
Nonetheless, the purpose has been served. He contrived to tweak Namaste Trump just enough to give it some sense of proportions by relaying an exaggerated impression to the Indian audience that he has rebuilt the broken bridges with the Democratic Party leadership in America. … [Read more...] about A win-win for Modi and Trump?
The announcement of Trump's first official visit to India was earlier made by the White House on Monday, which, in a statement, said that the US President and PM Modi had agreed during a recent phone conversation that the trip will "further strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership and highlight the strong and enduring bonds between the American and Indian people". … [Read more...] about Ahmedabad builds Trump wall to keep slums out of sight
Industrialist Anand Mahindra has a taste for choice repartee, so it is not surprising that his tongue-in-cheek tweet that US President Donald Trump should consider serving samosas instead of burgers at his next technology CEOs’ roundtable drew approving slurps. The White House had ordered in piles of hamburgers, sandwiches and fries from major fastfood chains when he hosted winning sports teams from several US universities last year. He had said then that the choice was also meant to support American business. With Indians now dominating the top echelons of the technology — and several other — industries, a different menu for any future White House powwow with them may be worthwhile. Chicken samosas were served during President Barack Obama’s term, so they may not go down well with his successor. However, Trump loves burgers, so the obvious alternative would be vada pao or ‘Bombay burger’ — brought from one of Washington DC’s many … [Read more...] about Samosas to ‘chaat’ with Indian tech CEOs?