A new EU initiative might make life miserable for corrupt individuals and companies to hide their identity behind a maze of anonymous shell companies. The new move might make it easier for investigators and the public to uncover the source and intended destination for funds stolen from the public or given and accepted as bribes for winning public contracts. Many secret companies till now being used to hide illicit funds.
Almost 70%-80% of China’s oil imports and energy supplies from West Asia and Africa pass through a narrow stretch of water between Malaysia and Indonesia known as the Malacca Strait. Such a passage may be extremely susceptible to enemy action in case of a war, as its blockade could choke off critical supplies to the Chinese economy just when it needs it most.
To prepare for future spacewalks as well as evaluate tools and techniques NASA crews and technicians will live 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean 6.2 miles off the coast of Florida.
The future of Pakistan is bleak due to its self-inflicted injuries. The condition of Pak is critical with financial bankruptcy, sectarian violence, impending Afghanistan US pull out, Saudi Arabia and several Muslim nations sidelining Pak and above all becoming a slave to China already under global backlash.
The most serious aspect of this conflict has been pushing Russia closer to China and creating a wedge in the new world order. It will not be long before we see a distinct group primarily anti-American countries like Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and some Central Asian Republics aligning together.
The US made it clear that if Pakistan decided to side with the Taliban it would also be blown to smithereens. Pakistan reluctantly decided to toe the line but clandestinely kept on helping the Taliban .
Recently Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Islamabad (April 6-7) after spending two days (April 5-6) in New Delhi to deliver an “important” message from President Vladimir Putin. It was the first such visit by a Russian foreign minister to Pakistan in almost a decade but seemingly upset Prime Minister Narendra Modi who avoided meeting Lavrov.
Indian Armed Forces have been undergoing rapid modernization & up-grading weapon systems in keeping with the threat perceptions.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a pro-Khalistan hardliner wrote to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, “if India ever attacked Pakistan, the Pro-Khalistan Sikhs will extend full support to Pakistan”.