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US: Contradictory reports on impact of anti-Iran sanctions on India

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US: Contradictory reports on impact of anti-Iran sanctions on India

Indian and Pakistani media quote same US official with different vesrions

The US administration has been given contradictory signals on the future course of implementing anti-Iran sanctions while dealing India. An Indian media outlet  reports that US has not taken any decision on sanctioning India for importing oil from Iran and investing in the Chabahar port, or buying the S-400 air defence missile system from Russia.

However, another report say that Washington is not offering waiver to any country from curbs on commercial deals with Iran so far, the restriction applies to India as well, which is a major importer of oil from Iran.

Elizabeth Roche, a well known writer associated with Livemint, quoting Alice G. Wells, the principal deputy assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asia, reported that US has not taken any decision on sanctioning India for importing Oil from Iran, investing in Chabahar seaport or buying S-400 air defence missile system from Russia.

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Wells was in New Delhi last week as part of the delegation accompanying US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the India-US 2+2 dialogues. Livemint reports that Wells said that the dialogue was aimed at laying the foundation of the US-India relationship for the next decade.

The Indian media outlet reports that Wells said the sanctions that come into force on 4 November were designed to bring Tehran to book and non penalize India, which meets 83% of its crude oil requirements from outside. Of this, close to 25% comes from Iran.

US: Contradictory reports on impact of anti-Iran sanctions on IndiaThe report further said that Wells added that Washington’s aim was also not to penalize India for buying the missile defence the missile defence systems or sourcing spares from Russia, reports Livemint.

She said the sanctions on Iran that come into force on Nov 4 are not specific to India, which imports 25 per cent of its oil from Tehran. Iran is India’s third largest supplier of oil, after Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Between April 2017 and January 2018, Iran supplied 18.4 million tonnes of crude oil to India.

The report, however, incorporated Wells quote saying there was no “blanket waiver or country-specific waiver” from US sanctions on trading with or investing in Iran or buying arms from Russia.

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On the contrary, Anwar Iqbal, Washington based journalist working for Dawn, quoted the same official from State Department, saying that Washington is not offering waiver to any country from curbs on commercial deals with Iran and so far, the restriction applies to India as well. Alice G. Wells reportedly said that the restrictions also apply to investments in Iran’s Chabahar port, a project built with India’s cooperation.

Alice G. Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, said in a conference call with journalists on Monday that restrictions also apply to investments in Iran’s Chahbahar port, a project built with India’s cooperation.

Wells, who was briefing journalists on the two-plus-two talks between the US and India, held in New Delhi on Sep 6- said there was no “blanket waiver or country-specific waiver” from US sanctions on trading or investing in Iran.

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Dawn reports further that while answering a question on whether US restrictions on trade with Iran were discussed at the US-India talks, she said that there was a discussion in general over the sanctions and on Trump administration’s goal to hold Iran accountable for its alleged ‘maligned behaviour.’

She further said that the two sides also talked about how US expects other countries to bring their oil imports from Iran “down to zero as quickly as possible” and on US efforts to ensure that the restrictions do not disrupt the market, she said. The US has assured the Indians that adequate supplies are readily available that could be easily substituted for Iranian oil, the US official added.

Wells said, “With respect to Chahbahar, we have heard the Indian government’s assertion for Chahbahar both as a means of route to Afghanistan, a means for delivering wheat supplies, for instance, and of opening-up trade to Central Asia.”

“The US officials were clear that we were still in process of reviewing the implementation of sanctions and that we were taking this under advisement. So it was an informational conversation between the parties,” she said.

The US secretary said that, in New Delhi, the Indian and American leaders committed themselves to resolving trade issues and reaching an agreement to promote bilateral trade. US was now India’s top market for exports and the US-Indian bilateral trade expanded by $12 billion in 2017 totalling to $126bn, whereas two-way investment expanded almost $57bn.

She also said that, so far, the US had not taken any decision on giving a waiver to India to purchase S-400 Triumf missile system from Russia. “We continue to have conversations with the Indian leadership. We are working to hold Russia accountable for its behaviour and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said these sanctions are not intended to adversely impact countries like India. They are designed to impact Russia”, she said.

India and US had signed an agreement known as Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (Comcasa) at the end of the “2+2” talks between the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman with their US counterparts Micheal Pompeo and James Mattis in New Delhi on September 6.

Russia is also facing US sanctions. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Wednesday that would authorise sanctions against countries or foreigners who try to interfere in American elections. Investigations are continuing against the alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential elections held in 2016.

A report from Washington say that US intelligence agencies now believe that Russians would again try to interfere the mid-term polls this year and also 2020 presidential elections.

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Woman sends her resume to Nike printed out on a cake, checkout the viral LinkedIn post

The cake resume got mixed reaction on the internet. Where some people appreciated her original thinking, while others termed it a gimmick.

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Trying to get in a job can be tough and intimidating at times. And people often try to do bold things to outshine others. But recently a funny incident from North Carolina has taken over the headlines, where a woman printed her resume on a cake.

Yes! you read that right. Trying to go an extra mile a woman named Karly Pavlinac Blackburn sent her resume printed on a cake to get a job in Nike. She also took to her LinkedIn handle to let the world know about the same.

While sharing the news with every, Karly wrote that a couple of weeks ago she sent her resume on a cake to Nike. The woman also took time to author an elaborate piece on the social networking site, explaining why she came up with the notion of printing her resume on a cake as opposed to the conventional method.

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Karly also wrote that the team was not hiring at that time but she wanted to find some good way for the team to know who she was. According to her, what better way it could have been than sending a cake to a big party.

The North Carolina woman also revealed that she received a recommendation from a friend to print her resume on top of a cake and mail it to the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

This act has got mixed reviews on the internet. While some said that the lady should work on enhancing her skills rather than trying to take up attention, While other told her that it was a great move. Some people commended her original thinking and said it was a wonderful concept, while others termed it a ‘gimmick.’

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Viral: Pakistan Prime Minister’s clumsiness triggers Putin’s laugh at SCO summit 2022, twitter reacts | Watch

During the dialogue between Russia and Pakistan, Putin expressed to the Pakistan’s Prime Minister that Russia is ready to extend gas supply to Pakistan as the necessary infrastructures have are already established.

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A video went viral where Pakistan’s prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif’s clumsiness made Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin burst into a laugh at the 22nd summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at Samarkand.

In the video, the Pakistan’s prime minister can be seen struggling to put on his ear piece as the device couldn’t be placed on Sharif’s ears, after which he asked for help. As the dialogue between the nations commenced, Sharif’s earpiece again fell from his ears which made the Russian president slip out an audible chuckle.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, since then, has been subjected to a lot of flak on social media where, largely the workers of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party, proclaimed that the incident was an embarrassment for the country.

After Covid-19 impacting everything and forcing everything onto virtual platforms, the SCO 2022 summit was the first in-person meet in SCO history. The summit will witness the attendants of eight member nations, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The SCO is the successor to the Shanghai Five, a mutual security agreement formed in 1996 between the People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and later on was expanded to Pakistan, India and Iran subsequently.

During the dialogue between Russia and Pakistan, Putin expressed to the Pakistan’s Prime Minister that Russia is ready to extend gas supply to Pakistan as the necessary infrastructures have are already established. Russia and Pakistan have other ambitious projects in the pipeline, largely in the energy sector.

Another video of a similar nature went viral back in January where Prime minister Narendra Modi abruptly paused his speech at the virtual world economic forum 2022. In the video, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was delivering his speech but he suddenly paused as he asked the facilitator if he was audible.

Many believe the abrupt stop at the prime minister’s speech was caused due to a teleprompter issue. The prime minister was trolled and scrutinized by the opposition as the hashtag Teleprompter PM trended in twitter.

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Queen Elizabeth II memorabilia: From her wax statue for $15,900 to teabag for $12,000, list of items on sale

Soon after her demise, the internet was flooded with Queen Elizabeth II memorabilia for sale.

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Queen Elizabeth II, UK’s longest-serving monarch passed away on Thursday at the age of 96. Soon after her demise, the internet was flooded with Queen Elizabeth II memorabilia for sale.

People have started flocking to social media to search for Royal Family memorabilia. According to the reports, a teabag used by the late Queen in 1998 is being sold for $12,000 on the e-commerce platform eBay. Reportedly, the teabag was smuggled out of Windsor Castle in 1998.

The seller of the teabag wrote in the description, This is the same teabag you would have seen on CNN in late 1998. It was used by Queen Elizabeth II of Regina Britannia and smuggled out of Windsor Castle by the special exterminator who was called in to assist her Majesty in dealing with the major London roach infestations of the 1990s, he added.

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With this, the seller even posted a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the prestigious IECA (Institute of Excellence in Certificates of Authenticity) which says it has determined beyond any doubt that the following statements are absolutely true: This is a teabag.

Items up for auction are attracting enormous interest, while set-price items are fetching eye-watering prices.

People are also selling life-sized wax statues of the Queen for $15,900 which claim to have real human hair, resin eyeballs, and resin teeth. Other than this, a Barbie doll of the Queen is currently listed for $1,299.99. A hand-signed autograph by the Queen is also selling for $11,249.

Not only this, online classifieds site Gumtree has a wide range of collectibles of the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth II framed print is being sold for $45, Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Ribbon is up for sale for $50, and the coronation saucer is for $15.

One of the sellers is selling Queen Elizabeth Jubilee sterling silver and Calamander wood artist box for $51,597, which he claims to be a presentation gift to the late Queen on her Silver Jubilee in 1977.

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