India will take up issues like BSF personnel being attacked by Bangladeshi criminals and those related to cross-border smuggling during a high-level meeting of the border guarding forces of the two countries beginning here tomorrow, a senior official said on Sunday.

Source: DtNext. 

⚡️With barely a month to go for elections in Maldives, tension between New Delhi and Male has escalated following a tweet by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, calling for “invading” the island nation if the polls are “rigged”.

⚡️Sources told The Indian Express that Maldives Foreign Secretary Ahmed Sareer summoned Indian High Commissioner Akhilesh Mishra Sunday and conveyed Male’s “displeasure” at Swamy’s tweet. The Maldives government has also submitted a demarche to the Indian government, where it expressed shock at the statement.

Source: The Indian Express. 

⚡️New Delhi: Absconding tycoon Vijay Mallya wants to return to India and has been sending feelers continuously for the last two months, sources in investigating agencies have told NDTV. Officials say the tycoon, who has extensive property in India which has been attached by the investigative agencies, wants to keep a way open to regain control over it. Vijay Mallya has so far opposed the government’s efforts to extradite him, arguing that the condition of Indian prisons do not have light or fresh air.

⚡️Under a new law, property confiscated from fugitive offenders is gone for good. “All his properties are attached and if the court decides to confiscate his properties, then under the new Fugitive Economic Offenders law, properties once seized cannot be released,” explained a senior official in Finance Ministry, trying to explain why the fugitive is so keen to come back.

Source: NDTV. 

⚡️Antigua officials claimed that Mehul Choksi got citizenship only after his credentials were “verified.” However, they assured Indian officials that they might consider New Delhi’s extradition request once a Red Corner Notice (RCN) is issued against him.

Source: The Indian Express

⚡️Militants abducted and killed three foreign nationals working for an international food company in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday, security officials and a diplomat said.

⚡️A senior diplomat in Kabul said the three worked for the world’s second-largest food and catering services company, Sodexo.

⚡️“An Indian, a Malaysian and a Macedonian citizen were abducted and killed. We have found their bodies,” Hashmat Stanekzai, spokesman for Kabul’s police chief, told Reuters.

Source: Hindustan Times.

⚡️Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has invited Bollywood star Aamir Khan and former cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar to his oath-taking ceremony on August 11, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced on Wednesday.

Source: The Statesman

⚡WASHINGTON: The United States Congress has passed the conference report on National Defense Authorization Act-2019 (NDAA-19), which paves the way for waiver to India from punitive Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA, under which sanctions kick off on countries that purchase significant military equipment from Russia.

⚡️The Senate passed the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA) by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 87 to 10.

Source: TOI

⚡️Antigua’s government will “honour any legitimate request” to extradite fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi who became a citizen of the archetypal Caribbean islands before the $2 billion fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank came to light, Foreign Minister EP Chet Greene has said, according to a report in Antigua’s The Daily Observer newspaper.

Source: NDTV.

⚡️ISLAMABAD: A European Union team of election observers said on Friday that Pakistan’s general elections this week were eclipsed by “restrictions” on freedom of expression and an “unequal” opportunity for candidates to campaign.

⚡️In its preliminary assessment of the July 25 elections, the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) said the media outlets and journalists suffered from restrictions which resulted in self-censorship.

⚡️”The European Union Election Observation Mission to Pakistan has concluded that positive changes to the legal framework were overshadowed by restrictions on freedom of expression and an unequal opportunity to campaign,” it said while delivering its preliminary assessment at a press conference here.

Source: TOI

⚡IN A carefully crafted message Thursday, Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, poised to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, made a nuanced outreach to India while making clear that New Delhi’s response would hold the key.

⚡Stressing that the blame game needs to stop between the two countries over Kashmir and Balochistan, 65-year-old Khan addressed his nation: “If India takes one step towards us, we will take two steps toward them…but at least (we) need a start. Right now, it is one-sided where India is constantly just blaming us.”

Source: The Indian Express.