Oil import from Iran may be reduced as U.S. mulls waiver Indian officials are working closely with U.S. officials to ensure that two upcoming deadlines in early May, for the extension of the Iran oil sanctions waiver, as well as the final decision on withdrawing India’s preferential Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) status, end positively for the government Sudan’s new ruler vows civilian govt. The new head of Sudan’s military council said on Saturday a civilian government would be formed after consultations with the opposition and the transition period would last for a maximum of two years, as protesters kept up pressure for rapid change. China enlarges its circle in Europe Italy and Greece have joined BRI; it has lined up investments in other countries GS 3 Stringent norms likely for medical devices In a move that would give end users more protection while using a medical device, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), India’s top drug advisory body, has recommended that the Health Ministry should notify all medical devices under the drug laws. India to launch coffee consumption drive India will plan and roll out a coffee consumption campaign on behalf of global coffee growers who suffered huge financial losses on account of falling coffee prices and soaring labour cost. India becomes net steel importer, a first in 3 years India was a net importer of steel during the 2018-19 fiscal year, the first time in three years, as the country lost market share among its traditional steel buyers and imports jumped on demand for higher quality steel domestically. Will the El Nino factor impact the monsoon? The forecast of a below average monsoon in 2019 on the back of a prospective El Nino that is often associated with less rainfall has come from a private agency, Skymet. Capturing the image of a black hole Scientists captured the first-ever image of a black hole 54 million light years away. The image shows a ring of fire around a circle of black.