Full details have not been revealed, but the Financial Review, an Australian publication is reporting citing a former Defence Department official that the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)is likely to build versions of the latest US or British submarines. These nuclear-powered subs will have better weapons and sensors than their Chinese counterparts, including torpedoes, mines and cruise missiles.
Never before in human civilisation (yes, never before in human history) have the entire people of planet Earth stopped together at the same time, locked themselves in self-isolations, and retreated into their homes and caves - for 500 days! Due to the pandemic, and in this period, mindsets, priorities and many common assumptions have been disrupted or are newly forming.
The initial matches have shown that although the wicket seems to be playing in favour of the batter, the scores do not suggest it. This could be because the batsmen are still trying to understand the conditions, in this case the slow and spongy bounce of the wicket. This is precisely the reason why players who will be a part of their national side in the T20 World Cup, will have an edge over the players.
The sector has emerged as one of the best performers during the pandemic period due to acceleration in adoption of digital solutions. Accordingly, large-cap IT companies retained the overall investor interest, thereby growing their large capital bases even larger. However, the demand for mid-cap segment firms' stocks outpaced those of the large-cap ones.
On Wednesday, Deuba managed to add one more member in his cabinet-- Narayan Khadka who will be the country's foreign minister. Of the total of 21, Deuba is currently looking after over 15 ministries - effectively implying that the bureaucracy is running the show. While this is an internal problem of Nepal, India is watching the situation.
The bigger question has emerged - who would represent Afghanistan at the UNGA after the Taliban took over the country last month? On Monday the group appointed their spokesperson of Doha political office Suhail Shaheen as ambassador to represent Afghanistan. In a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Amir Khan Muttaqi has requested that Shaheen should be allowed to speak.
Lal Thanhawla holds the record for being the longest-serving Chief Minister of Mizoram, occupying the position for five terms -- 1984 to 1986, 1989 to 1993, 1993 to 1998, 2008 to 2013, and 2013 to 2018. In 1986, he stepped aside facilitating the takeover by former rebel leader Laldenga of Mizo National Front (MNF) as part of the famous Mizoram Accord inked by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Well, there is no permanence in politics. Even Capt Amarinder Singh has been a friend of the Rajiv-Sonia parivar, but that did not prevent his ouster.