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Bill in US Congress seeks to revoke Pakistan's major non-NATO ally status

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A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives by two lawmakers that seeks to revoke Pakistan's status as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA) to the US.

1st India-Russia Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation held

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India and Russia have identified key areas to bolster cooperation in the science and technology sector, including space and marine technologies, IT and deep ocean engineering.

China's largest power project in Russia starts operation

2 days ago
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The CHP is the tangible result of the Huadian-Teninskaya joint project. It was launched by China Huadian Hong Kong Co. Ltd. and Russia's second regional power company TGC-2 in 2011, with a total investment of USD 571 million.

India re-nominates Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice

3 days ago
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The signatures from all four members of India’s national group at the Permanent Court of Arbitration were acquired on 18 June 2017. As per ICJ statutes, the national group has to submit nominations to the ICJ.

India becomes 71st country to ratify UN TIR Convention

3 days ago
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India has become the 71st country to ratify the United Nations International Convention on Road Transports (TIR) that will help boost trade and regional integration across South Asia and beyond.

Afghan President inaugurates first Afghanistan-India air corridor

3 days ago
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor during a ceremony at the Kabul International Airport — a direct route that bypasses Pakistan and is meant to improve commerce.

Australia announces online visa applications for Indians from 1 July

Jun 19, 2017
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The Australian government has announced the introduction of an online visa application option for all Indian nationals applying for Australian visitor visas.

President Emmanuel Macron's party wins clear parliamentary majority

Jun 19, 2017
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French President Emmanuel Macron's En Marche has won a clear parliamentary majority in the 2017 legislative elections by winning more than 300 seats along with its MoDem allies.

Black money: Switzerland ratifies automatic exchange of information with India

Jun 18, 2017
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Switzerland has ratified the automatic exchange of financial account information with India and 40 other jurisdictions to facilitate immediate sharing of details of suspected black money.

India re-elected to United Nations Economic and Social Council

Jun 16, 2017
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India will retake its seat in January 2018 when its current term ends.

US adds 3 Islamic State group leaders to terrorism blacklist

Jun 16, 2017
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The Trump administration has blacklisted three senior members of the Islamic State group including the group's leader, a chief recruiter in India and a recruiter for attackers who carried out two deadly assaults in Europe. 

World Bank grants Afghanistan $520 Million to boost economy

Jun 15, 2017
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The Work Bank stated that the six cash grants, including donor money from Denmark, Germany and Japan, will help the Afghan government "at a time of uncertainty when risks to the economy are significant."

Indian-origin Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland's youngest PM

Jun 15, 2017
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Leo Varadkar, 38, who came out as gay in 2015, defeated his ministerial colleague Simon Coveney in the parliamentary vote held in Dublin.

France, UK announce action plan to stop terror propaganda on internet

Jun 14, 2017
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The leaders of France and Britain have announced an anti-terror action plan to crack down on radicalisation through social media.

Panama cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan, establishes relations with China

Jun 13, 2017
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Central American nation, Panama has cut its long-standing ties with Taiwan, choosing to establish diplomatic relations with China instead. The move leaves Taiwan with just 20 diplomatic allies.

EU imposes new anti-dumping duties on steel products from China

Jun 11, 2017
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The European Commission that has a series of standoffs with China over trade has found that Chinese businessmen benefit from various practices that allow them to sell their steel products at very low rates thereby swamping the markets with them.

India's accession to SCO grouping will strengthen security; SCO Summit calls for united fight against terrorism

Jun 10, 2017
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After accession to the SCO group, PM Modi displaying his concern over connectivity said the territorial sovereignty and integrity of every nation should be taken care of while promoting connectivity.

India, UNOSSC launch partnership fund to promote Sustainable Development Goals

Jun 10, 2017
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India-UN Development Partnership Fund will implement country-level projects that are catalytic towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

May’s future as British PM uncertain as Conservatives lose majority

Jun 9, 2017
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The UK general elections results reveal a hung parliament with the Conservatives losing seats to both the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats across the country.

India to provide $318 million line of credit to Sri Lanka for development of its railway sector

Jun 7, 2017
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India has already provided four Lines of Credit for the development of railway sector in Sri Lanka to approximately US$ 966 million. These credit facilities have been utilised to improve the Southern and Northern railway lines.

Nepal, China sign MoU for construction of Budhigandaki Hydropower Project

Jun 6, 2017
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Budhigandaki Hydropower Project will be developed on Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Finance (EPCF) model.

World's fastest elevator to be installed in skyscraper complex building in China

Jun 6, 2017
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The test was conducted for technology development of Hitachi elevators. However, the elevator in Guangzhou will only run at its rated speed of 72 kilometers per hour when it is in service.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

Jun 5, 2017
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Six countries of the Arab region, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Egypt have cut off their diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Denmark repeals 334-year-old blasphemy law

Jun 5, 2017
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Denmark was the only Scandinavian country with a blasphemy law, which called for up to four months in prison upon conviction, although most people were fined instead.

UN expands North Korea blacklist in a first US, China sanctions deal

Jun 5, 2017
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The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution expanding targeted sanctions against North Korea after it launched its ninth ballistic missile of the year.

Indian origin Leo Varadkar set to become next Ireland Prime Minister

Jun 3, 2017
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Varadkar will become the Catholic country's first gay Prime Minister and the youngest person ever to hold the office.

Trump announces US withdrawal from Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Jun 2, 2017
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Allies voice their dismay as Trump announced that the United States is going to withdraw itself from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

India-Russia mark 70 years of diplomatic ties with St Petersburg Declaration

Jun 2, 2017
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India and Russia have signed the St Petersburg Declaration to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations. .

Five agreements signed between India and Russia during PM Modi’s visit to St Petersburg

Jun 2, 2017
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India and Russia signed five agreements in sectors covering nuclear energy, railways, gems and jewellery, traditional knowledge and cultural exchanges.

India Germany signed 12 agreements; Indo-German inter-governmental consultations held

May 31, 2017
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During the visit to Germany, PM Modi and Chancellor Merkel co-chair 4th India Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations in Berlin.

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