Defence minister Rajnath Singh reached Iran to discuss bilateral ties between the two countries after concluding his three-day Russia.
The defence minister’s visit to Tehran comes a day after he expressed concern over the situation in the Persian Gulf and called upon countries in the region to resolve differences through dialogue based on mutual respect and sovereignty.
Iran has threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if the United States tries to strangle its economy.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that there is a risk of famine and widespread food insecurity in four countries affected by conflict, Congo, Yemen, northeast Nigeria and South Sudan and the lives of millions of people are in danger.
The UN chief said the four countries rank among the largest food crises in the world, according to the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises and recent food security analyses. But funding to help is very low.
Having endured years of armed conflict and related violence, the people of the countries are again facing the specter of heightened food insecurity and potentially famine.
Andhra Pradesh has topped the ranking of states in the central government’s latest ease of doing business survey for 2019 for the second consecutive year.
Several states such as Haryana (16th from 3rd), Karnataka (17th from 8th) and Odisha (29th from 24th) saw their ranks dip significantly as the latest Business Reform Action Plan is based on user feedback, ignoring reform claims by state governments.
Ranking of Uttar Pradesh vaulted to second position from 12th in the previous round under the new methodology while Telangana dropped to 3rd in the rankings from second position a year ago.
The ranking, which was introduced in 2015 with 285 action points, expanded to 372 measures in 2017-18 spread across 12 areas, including registering property, paying taxes, and labour regulation enablers.