#Defence Secretary

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
USS Nimitz has been at sea for over nine months (Photo Credit: Twitter @USNavy)

  • The aircraft carrier was moved from the Middle Eastern command to the Indo-Pacific
  • No informaation about the possible replacement of the aircraft carrier was given
  • The reason for the removal of the carrier are suspected to be destressing tensions with Iran

.Moscow, Russia
Alexei Navalny, a critic of Putin, was convicted and sentenced in Moscow despite western pressure (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Navalny was given a sentence of over two years in prison
  • German Foreign Minister called the verdict a "bitter blow"
  • UK's Forein Secretary said the ruiling given by the court was "perverse"

.Beijing, China
Xiaomi overtook Apple last year to become the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer (Photo Credit: Twitter @Xiaomi)

  • Pentagon classified Xiaomi as a "Communist Chinese military company"
  • The blacklisting prohibited US investors from purchasing the company's securities 
  • The compnay's stock took a hit of 10% after the blacklisting

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during the Beating Retreat ceremony, at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • Jaishankar and Blinken appreciated the robust defence and security ties, growing economic engagement: EAM
  • Jaishankar and Blinken expressed their commitment to consolidate and expand the "multi-faceted strategic partnership"
  • The external affairs minister warmly congratulated Secretary Blinken on his appointment: MEA

.Kabul, Afghanistan
The US currently has 2,500 troops stationed in Afghanistan (Photo Credit: Representational Image/ Unsplash)

  • Taliban failed to initiate peace talks with Kabul 
  • Us would roll back all its deployed in Afghanistan troops by May if Taliban fulfills the agreement
  • Pentagon already reduced the troops from 13,000 to 2,500

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Lloyd Austin marks the first ever African American Pentagon-chief. (Photo: AFP)

  • Lloyd Austin has become the second cabinet nominee for President Joe Biden
  • The former general required a waiver to be nominated for the designation
  • The designation of the Secretary of Defence is normally one reserved for civilians

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The accused have been locked up in Guantanamo Bay for over 14 years (Photo Credits Credits: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The prisoners are accused of bombing and attacking nightclubs and hotels in Indonesia
  • They have been charged with terrorism, attacking civilians, murder and destruction of property
  • All three are senior members of the Indonesian Jihadist group called Jeemah Islamiyah

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Lloyd Austin retired from the US armed forces in 2016. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The law restricts a military official to become secretary of defense for seven years after retirement
  • Representative Adam Smith supported Austin's candidacy for the position
  • Llyod will be the first African American secretary of defense for the US