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Political Issues
1. Egypt stays non-committal on the Indian seat in UNSC
New Delhi, Milli Gazzette, 28 June 2011
Although Egypt has openly talked of the need of the reforms in the United Nations Security Council, it has been skirting the question on support for India’s claim for a permanent seat in the Security Council.
Source: The Milli Gazette, New Delhi

2. Karat blames U.S pressure and PM for failed oil issues with Iran
New Delhi, Friday, 29 July 2011
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday charged the Manmohan Singh government with succumbing to U.S. pressure by not clearing payments to Iran for crude. Party General-Secretary Prakash Karat claimed that this could result in the stoppage of supplies.
Source: The Hindu, Chennai

3. Payment issue over crude oil resolved
New Delhi, Sunday, 31 July 2011
After threats to snap oil supplies by Iran, the issue over the payment for crude exports with India was resolved after Indian refiners began paying for the oil they buy through a Turkish bank.
Source: The Statesman, New Delhi

4. India says Israel must stop building settlements
United Nations, Wednesday, 27 July 2011
India’s envoy to the UN said that Israel should halt constructing settlements in the occupied territories.

5. India calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Libya
New Delhi, Friday, 22 July 2011
E. Ahamed, Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs and for Human Resource reiterated India's position on Libya which calls for "immediate cessation of all hostilities” and supports peaceful resolution of the Libyan crisis through dialogue.
Source: Business Standard, New Delhi

6. India for ending fight in Libya during Ramadan
New Delhi, Friday, 29 July 2011
India is in favour of cessation of hostilities in Libya during the month of Ramadan which begins on August 1. This was revealed during an interview of India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hardeep Puri on the occasion of India taking over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in August.
Source: The Hindu, Chennai

7. Bahrain-based Indian fishermen sentenced to prison
Dubai, Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Five Bahrain-based Indian fishermen were sentenced to prison for a month in Doha for illegally entering into Qatar's waters.
Source: The Times of India, New Delhi

South Sudan
8. Hamid Ansari attends ‘birthday’ of South Sudan
New Delhi, Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Vice President Hamid Ansari represented India at the celebrations to mark the formal birth of Africa's newest nation South Sudan on 9th July 2011.
Source:, New Delhi

9. Prime Minister Singh congratulates people of South Sudan
New Delhi, Saturday, 9 July 2011
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greeted the people of South Sudan on their proclamation of independence and extended all possible assistance from India in a letter to President General Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan. He also applauded the new nation’s commitment to addressing all outstanding issues with North Sudan in an amicable and peaceful manner.
Source:, New Delhi

10. India extends diplomatic recognition to South Sudan
Juba, Sunday, 10 July 2011
India has become one of the first nations to accord diplomatic recognition to South Sudan, the world's youngest country. The recognition was accorded through a letter by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to South Sudan's new President General Salva Kiir Mayardit, shortly after he assumed power at the Independence Day function.
Source: The Statesman, New Delhi

11. Indian firms start oil payments via Turkey
New Delhi, Friday, 29 July 2011
Indian refiners will pay for the US$5 billion of debts for Iranian crude oil through Turkey's Halkbank.
Source: Reuters, UK

12. Expats in UAE demand more flights from Ras Al Khaimah
Thiruvananthapuram, Monday, July 4
Members of eight major associations representing the Indian community in Ras Al Khaimah have called on the Indian Government to increase the number of flights between cities in India and Ras Al Khaimah.
Source: The Hindu, Chennai

13. India needs to be ruthless against terrorists: UAE
Abu Dabhi, Friday, 15 July 2011
The UAE believes that India should take coordinated and ruthless action against terrorists in reference with the Mumbai blasts.
Source: Deccan Herald, Bangalore

14. UAE keen to open consulate in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram, Tuesday, 19 July 2011
The  UAE is looking forward to setting up a consulate in Kerala by July 2012.
Source: The Times of India, New Delhi

15. Oil supply to India continues
Bloomberg, Monday, 4 July 2011
The Iranian supply of oil to India continues in spite of the warnings issued to the Indian market over delays in payment.
Source: The Times of India, New Delhi; See also: The Times of India, New Delhi

16. Jordan-India fertilizer plant gets $10 million from Canada
Dubai, Monday, 11 July 2011
Cordiant Capital, a Montreal-based fund manager committed a US$10 million loan to Jordan-India Fertilizer Company 'JIFCO'. The loan will finance the construction of a new $186 million plant in Jordan using phosphate rocks from local mines to produce phosphoric acid, a fertilizer, for the Indian market
Source: The Economic Times, New Delhi

Saudi Arabia
17. Saudi Arabia to help India overcome the oil row
New Delhi, Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Saudi Arabia would fill the vaccum created by Iran in the sale of oil to India by selling 3 million barrels more of oil in August.
Source: Financial Express, New Delhi


18. PCM Strescon Overseas Ventures bagged a railway contract
Dubai. Monday, 4 July 2011
Indian firm PCM Strescon Overseas Ventures (PCM Strescon) bagged a US$10.89-billion contract to supply railway sleepers at Etihad Rail, the master developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network.
Source: The Financial Express, New Delhi

19. India looks at other resorts to fill the Iran oil supply gap
New Delhi, Friday, 22 July 2011
India looks Saudi Arabia and Iraq to fill the gap created by the oil row with Iran to meet its increasing oil demands.
Source: Business World, New Delhi

20. Indian touch in the Bahrain summer festival
New Delhi, Thursday, 29 July 2011
The Summer Festival in Bahrain saw a touch of Indian music and Bollywood flavor. The Dhol Foundation was specially flown to render heart-beat drum music and will highlight the art of playing the North Indian Dhol Drum to students and music lovers.
Source: The Times of India, New Delhi

Compiled by Shubhra Chaturvedi

Shubhra Chaturvedi is pursuing her research in School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and is an Intern at MEI@ND. Email

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