Kuwait swears in Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as new emir; 83-yr-old statesman to tackle pandemic-hit economy
The new leader is popular within the ruling Al-Sabah family and is reported to have been a consensus choice for the ruler even though he has largely maintained a low profile
Iraq is planning painful cuts in social benefits relied on by millions of government workers. Saudi Arabia will likely have to delay mega-projects
Coronavirus Outbreak: Lockdown in India has impacted 40 million internal migrants, says World Bank report
The nationwide lockdown in India which started about a month ago has impacted nearly 40 million internal migrants, the World Bank has said.
The historic rout in oil markets that sent US crude prices plummeting to as much as minus $40 a barrel is unlikely to translate into any big reduction in petrol and diesel prices in India as domestic pricing is based on the different benchmark, and refineries are already filled up to brim and cannot buy US crude just yet
Number of Indians committing suicide in Gulf countries rose to 322 in 2017 from 303 in 2016, reveals RTI reply
According to the RTI, the highest number of suicides among Indians was recorded in Saudi Arabia at 117, followed by 116 in UAE, 46 in Oman and 43 in Kuwait.
Dubai Police chief's stinging tweets on Pakistan more than outburst; reveal Islamabad's unsteady relations with Saudi-led GCC bloc
Khalfan may be a maverick but as the top security official he won't fly off the handle on issues that can affect Dubai's bilateral relations with Pakistan.
Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision: India's 'independent' stand reflects neutrality over Israel-Palestine issue
On 6 December, US president Donald Trump, in an unprecedented policy move, recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced that the American embassy will soon be moved out of Tel Aviv into the sharply contested holy city. This is an affirmative validation of the decades-old Israeli claim on west Jerusalem and a tacit attestation to its claim on East Jerusalem, as opposed to the corresponding claim by Palestine. These counter-claims remain key flashpoints in the limping dialogue process between the two parties.
Hyderabad police bust 'contract marriages' racket, arrest 20 people, including eight sheikhs from Oman and Qatar
The city police have busted a racket of 'contract marriages' of local minor girls with elderly men from Gulf countries and arrested 20 people
Hyderabad Police on Wednesday arrested five Omani, three Qatari nationals and three Muslim priests on charges of child marriages and human trafficking in the old city area
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has voiced his readiness to shuttle among the Gulf countries as a diplomatic crisis over Qatar continues unabated.
The United States says some demands on Qatar by its neighbors "will be very difficult to meet." But the US isn't rejecting the demands outright.
The latest migration survey shows that emigration from the state to West Asia has reached the inflexion point in 2016. The decreasing trend had started in 2011 with many of the traditional centres of emigration experiencing a decline.
When the neo-rich out-migrants came home from the Gulf countries and wanted to build new houses, they could not find enough workers to do the job. Since there was a labour shortage in Kerala, builders went to West Bengal and other north eastern states looking for construction workers.
Demographers feel that the contribution of female emigrants could be one reason for the steady rise in remittances to Kerala despite a surge in the recent reverse flow of emigrants.
Migration may have benefited Kerala but it has made life miserable for the members of their families left behind by the migrants.
In 2011, 1.01 million women, whose husbands were working in the Gulf, were living in Kerala, according to a study. They constitute nearly 13 percent of the married women in Kerala.
Discovery of oil in the Gulf in the 1930s was a landmark event in the history of Kerala. The commercial exploitation of oil in the 1950s and 60s opened up big job opportunities for Keralites.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday slammed the economic and political isolation of Qatar as inhumane and contrary to Islamic values after key Gulf states broke off ties with Ankara's ally.
Morocco said it would send plane-loads of food to Qatar to boost supplies there after Gulf Arab states cut diplomatic and economic ties with Doha.