April 2019 – Air World Service Blog

Belt And Road Initiative – Expanding The Chinese Envelope


The 2nd ‘Belt and Forum Initiative’ meeting at Beijing concluded last weekend. It saw the participation of heads of states from 36 countries. Over 90 institutions, including the UN and the IMF and nearly 5,000 participants including media, academic, corporate and others also participated in the forum. This included all Southeast…

Putin-Kim Talks On Korean Peninsula


The North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok. This was the first meeting between the two leaders. It was termed as an important meet; as Moscow and Pyongyang are Cold War allies and this meeting took place as Russia stepped…

Pakistan Economy In Trouble


All it seems is not well in Pakistan. With its economy on a nose dive and International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout not coming yet, the country’s Finance Minister Asad Umar had to step down. Though, Islamabad down played the event; the very fact, that the country’s Finance Minister had to…

US-India And The Iran Waiver


Early this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would not renew exemptions for waiver for importing oil from Iran. India, China and US’ allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey will be impacted the most by the non-renewal of waiver. The other three currently exempted…

A New Chapter In Ukranian History


  In a major milestone in Ukraine’s chequered political history, comedian turned politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential elections. Winning more than 73 per cent of votes, Zelenskiy, a native Russian speaker of Jewish lineage will become the youngest Ukrainian President. Zelenskiy’s elevation epitomises…

North Korean Weapon Test: A Signal For Washington?


  The official North Korean News Agency (KCNA), of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) last week declared that the country has tested a guided weapon. While it is clear that the test was not of a nuclear or intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) nature, it has been termed…

Peace In Sri Lanka Shattered By Serial Blasts


What had started as a peaceful Easter Sunday morning in churches across an island-nation that is known the world over for its serendipity, Sri Lanka was witness to a series of deadly terrorist attacks before the morning was over. It began with a bomb blast in a church in capital…