India plans urea import deal with Iran using rupee payments

Farmers sprinkle fertilizer on a wheat field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, Dec 15, 2015. (REUTERS) February 25, 2022 India plans to pay in rupees for its first long-term urea import deal with Iran to hedge itself from global supply disruptions, higher prices and forex volatilities, sources familiar with the matter said, [...]

By |February 25th, 2022|East Asia, India|

Cargo ship reportedly owned by Iran security chief impounded in India

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani. (Fars) February 19, 2022 A cargo ship reportedly belonging to the sons of Iran's top security official Ali Shamkhani has been impounded in one of India’s ports. The container vessel, named Kabul, belongs to the Admiral Shipping Company that Iranian media said is owned by Hassan and Hossein [...]

By |February 19th, 2022|East Asia, India|

Iranians stage demonstration in Tehran to protest hijab ban in India

More than four decades after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, there is still much resistance to the prescribed standards of hijab promoted by the state. (Supplied) February 19, 2022 Tens of Iranian students staged a protest outside the Indian embassy in Tehran to protest a ban on hijab in colleges in the southern [...]

By |February 19th, 2022|India, Women|

India’s rice exports hit 4-yr low as Iran trims buying

A worker uses a plastic sheet to cover sacks of rice at a wholesale grain market in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh Feb 9, 2012. (Reuters) February 12, 2022 India's basmati rice exports plunged a fifth from a year ago to the lowest level in four years in 2021 as top buyer [...]

By |February 12th, 2022|East Asia, India|

India, Russia, others reject Iran’s fruit and vegetables

Decoration of fruit and vegetables at a market in Tehran, Mar 11, 2016. (Supplied) December 13, 2021 A trade representative in Tehran has said various countries have banned imports of Iranian fruits and vegetables due to mold or high pesticide residues. Mostafa Daraeinejad the head of Iran’s fruit and vegetables association told the [...]

By |December 13th, 2021|India, Russia|

New gas dispute flares up between Iran and India

Indian firms led by ONGC Videsh have been negotiating with Iran for development rights of Farzad B gas field. (Shutterstock) By Faramarz Davar October 20, 2021 Hot on the heels of the Crescent debacle, Iran is rapidly becoming embroiled in another transnational oil and gas dispute – this time with the Indian government. The [...]

By |October 20th, 2021|India|

India’s Adani Ports to stop handling containers from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan

A container terminal is seen at Mundra Port, one of the ports handled by India's Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, April 1, 2014. (Reuters) October 11, 2021 India's largest port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone APSE.NS said on Monday that its terminals would [...]

By |October 11th, 2021|Afghanistan, East Asia, India, Pakistan|

India seizes $2.72 billion of Afghan heroin shipped from Iran

Indian policemen stand guard at the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) office. (Reuters) September 22, 2021 Indian officials said on Tuesday they had seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following last month's takeover of the country by the Taliban. Afghanistan [...]

By |September 22nd, 2021|Afghanistan, India|

Taliban control creates new risk for the region: clashes with India or Iran

Taliban fighters sit on a vehicle along the street in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 15, 2021. (AFP) By Hayat Alvi August 18, 2021 Now that the Taliban have taken over Afghanistan, 20 years after the 9/11 attacks and the U.S. military campaign that had removed them from power, the balance of power has shifted [...]

By |August 18th, 2021|Afghanistan, India|

Iran bans flights from India and Pakistan

A couple wearing protective face masks following a coronavirus outbreak walk in the Iranian city of Qom. (Reuters) April 24, 2021 Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency is reporting the country’s civil aviation agency has banned all flights to and from India and Pakistan because of the dramatic surge in coronavirus cases in the [...]

By |April 24th, 2021|India, Pakistan|