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India's opposition can hit CPEC in short run, warns Chinese media
Beijing, June 27 (Agencies): The construction of the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may be hit in the short run due to India's objections but if Beijing and Islamabad are firm about their cooperation, they can dispel New Delhi's doubts, a report in state-run Chinese media said. India is protesting against the CPEC as it passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) "Some people believe obstruction by India may become a stumbling block to the development of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)," an article in the official daily Global Times said. In fact, India's "rejection" is mainly because the corridor passes through the the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The corridor's construction may be affected in the short term, but from a long-term perspective, China a...
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'India-US alliance to check China's rise will be catastrophic'
Beijing, June 27 (Agencies): As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held their maiden meeting at the White House, a state-run Chinese daily said that any attempt by India to become US ally to counter China will not be in its interests and could even lead to catastrophic results. "Washington and New Delhi share anxieties about China's rise. In recent years, to ratchet up geopolitical pressure on China, the US has cozied up to India," an article in the Global Times said. "To assume a role as an outpost country in the US' strategy to contain China is not in line with India's interests. It could even lead to catastrophic results," it said underlining that India is not a US ally like Japan or Australia. The daily said if India regresses from its non-alignment stance a...
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Bilateral relations between India, Netherlands are very strong: PM
Amsterdam, June 27 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the Netherlands is a natural partner in India's economic development and thanked the key European nation for backing India's Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) membership. "The world is inter-dependant and inter-connected. We would discuss both bilateral issues and those concerning the world," Prime Minister Modi said ahead of talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. "Ties between India and the Netherlands are very old. Our bilateral relations are very strong," he said....
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'Wake up, the most important PM of world is coming' Israeli Daily's description of Modi's forthcoming visit
Jerusalem, June 27 (Agencies): "Wake up - the most important PM of the world is coming", is how Prime Minister Narendra Modi's forthcoming visit to Israel, the first by an Indian PM, is described in an article in one of the leading Israeli business daily. Business daily 'The Marker' in a feature story in its Hebrew edition discussing Indo-Israel ties says that Israelis had set up huge expectations from US President Donald Trump's visit to the Jewish state but "he didn't say much" while PM Modi, a leader of 1.25 billion people enjoying massive popularity and representing one of the fastest growing economies of the world deserves a lot of attention. Other local newspapers and news portals have also given a lot of attention to the much-publicised three day trip of PM Modi with The Jerusal...
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India, US to cooperate against JeM, LeT, ask Pak to rein in terror group
WASHINGTON, June 27 (Agencies): India and the US today vowed to strengthen cooperation against terror outfits like Jaish-e- Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and D-Company, while urging Pakistan to ensure that its soil is not used for terror strikes against other nations. In a joint statement released after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump, the two nations also called on Islamabad to "expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot, and other cross-border terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistan- based groups." Briefing reporters on the meeting, Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar said counter-terrorism was a major issue that was discussed between Trump and Modi during the day. On the reference to Pakistan, he said the joint stat...
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No taint on my govt in three years: PM
WASHINGTON, June 26 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a community reception at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia, on Monday said that there had not been 'even one taint or blot' on his government in the past three years. "Indians hate corruption," he told the nearly 600 Indian-American community members at the reception. At the same time time, the PM assured the Indian diaspora in the US that his government will continue to strive to take India to newer heights. "I humbly state that whatever work my government has done in the last three years, till now there is not even one taint or blot on this government." He underscored that technology has brought about transparency and is being used to achieve great heights across sectors in India. "I can give various example...
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15 bodies pulled out of China's landslide, 118 still missing
Beijing, June 26 (Agencies): Fifteen bodies have been retrieved by hundreds of rescuers trying to find survivors among 118 people who are still missing a day after a huge landslide engulfed a village in China's Sichuan Province. Rescuers had retrieved 15 bodies from the debris by 10 pm, the rescue headquarters said. The search and rescue operation was underway overnight and people have been sent to observe potential secondary disasters. Geological experts at the site said the chance of survival for the people buried was really slim. Rescuers were combing the area with life detectors and sniffer dogs but no new signs of life have been found. "We won't give up as long as there is a slim of chance," said one rescuer. Xu Zhiwen, executive deputy governor of the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomo...
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White House forgoes Ramadan dinner for first time in 2 decades
WASHINGTON, June 26 (Agencies): The White House did not host an Iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, for the first time in nearly two decades. United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania released a statement on Saturday wishing "warm greetings" to those celebrating Eid al-Fitr. "Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbours and breaking bread with people from all walks of life," the statement read. With this, Trump has broken the annual tradition upheld by the past three administrations that began under President Bill Clinton and was continued by Geo...
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‘Even at 2 AM, Swaraj helps Indians in need, Modi lauds MEA
WASHINGTON, June 26 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today heaped praise on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying she and her ministry have set an example of effectively using social media to deliver good governance and help Indians in distress in any corner of the world. "Social media has become very powerful. I am also connected with it. But the External Affairs Ministry and Sushma Swaraj have set the best example of how a department can be strengthened through its use," Modi said in his address to the Indian diaspora during a community event in Virginia. Modi lauded Swaraj for giving a "human face" to diplomacy and effectively using of social media in delivering good governance. He said the External Affairs Ministry is now connected with the poorest of the poor in t...
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Afghan air corridor shows India's 'stubborn geopolitical thinking': Chinese Daily
BEIJING, June 26 (Agencies): The dedicated air corridor between India and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan is an attempt by New Delhi to counterbalance China's ambitious economic corridor via PoK and shows its "stubborn geopolitical thinking", a leading Chinese daily commented today. India and Afghanistan last week inaugurated a dedicated air freight corridor to give boost to bilateral trade and give the landlocked central Asian country greater access to Indian markets. India has been closely working with Kabul to create alternate and reliable access routes. It is also working with Afghanistan and Iran for development of the Chabahar Port. A trilateral transport and transit agreement based on sea access through Chabahar was signed between the three countries in May 2016. The article in t...
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China stops Indian pilgrims from travelling to Kailash Mansarovar; reason unclear
Beijing, June 26 (Agencies): China on Monday refused to tell why it had stopped a group of Indian pilgrims from travelling to Kailash Mansarovar, saying the foreign ministries of both countries are in touch over the issue. "According to my information, the foreign ministries of the two countries are maintaining communication on the issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said when asked about the reason for the move. Last week, the first batch of 47 Indian pilgrims was stopped by Chinese authorities at the international border. On Friday, India said there were "some difficulties" in the movement of Indian pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar via the Nathu La pass in Sikkim and it was holding discussions with China. "Yes, there are some difficulties being experienced in th...
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Donald Trump calls Narendra Modi 'true friend'
PM thanks US President for 'warm personal welcome'
WASHINGTON, June 25 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked Donald Trump for the 'warm personal welcome' and said that he was looking forward to meeting the US President. He posted on Twitter: "Thank you @POTUS for the warm personal welcome. Greatly look forward to my meeting and discussions with you @realDonaldTrump." Earlier, Trump had called PM Modi a 'true friend'. "Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend," Trump had posted from his official Twitter handle. The two leaders will hold talks on Monday afternoon in the White House and would spend several hours together in various settings including one-on-one and delegation level meetings, a reception and a working dinner. The work...
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Modi to meet top American CEOs of global giants
WASHINGTON, June 25 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet top American CEOs of global giants, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, here, with issues ranging from visas, investment and job creation expected to occupy centerstage during the discussions. A day before Modi visits the White House for his first bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump, about 20 CEOs of global multinationals will meet the Indian leader for the CEOs Round Table at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental late in the evening (IST). Modi arrived in the US capital today for his three-day visit during which he will also interact with members of the Indian diaspora at a relatively low-key community event in a Virginia suburb neighbouring Washington DC. The CEOs round table is expected to be attende...
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149 killed, 117 injured after oil tanker explodes in Bahawalpur
LAHORE, June 25 (Agencies): At least 149 people were on Sunday charred to death and over 117 others injured after an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames as crowds rushed to collect petrol that spilled out to a highway in the Bahawalpur district of Pakistan's Punjab Province. The oil tanker coming from Karachi to Lahore overturned early this morning on the national highway at the Ahmedpur Sharqia area of the district, some 400 km from Lahore, after its tyre burst. The fire was apparently caused by someone who lit a cigarette after people from nearby localities gathered on the highway to collect spilt petrol, officials said. The blaze from the oil spill engulfed scores of residents, killing 140 people and injuring over 100 others. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Bahwalpur Ra...
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Foreign tourists stay away due to J&K unrest
NEW DELHI, June 23 (Agencies): The unrest in Jammu and Kashmir continues to take a toll on the state’s tourism industry with foreign visitors giving it a miss for another year. In 2016, only 63,207 foreign tourists visited the state as compared to 86,477 in 2014. The state has been under the grip of violent protests since July last year following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. The state was ranked 23rd in the list of India’s top 36 tourist destinations this year. According to data compiled by the Market Research Division of the Ministry of Tourism on domestic and foreign tourist visits to states and Union territories (UTs), Tamil Nadu retained its position as the top destination for both foreign and domestic visitors. During 2016, the number of foreign tourist visits t...
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Jadhav seeks mercy from Pak army chief
ISLAMADAB, June 22 (Agencies): Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death for spying in Pakistan, has filed a mercy petition with the country's chief of army staff, the Pakistan military said on Thursday. Jadhav was arrested last year in Pakistan's Southwestern Baluchistan province, the site of a long-running conflict between the Pakistan military and separatist insurgents. "Commander Jadhav has admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan and expressed remorse at the resultant loss of any precious lives and extensive damage to property due to his actions," Pakistan's military said in a statement, adding that he has asked for mercy on "compassionate grounds". After Jadhav was sentenced to death in April, India asked the W...
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Trump's top aide Kenneth Juster to be America's new Ambassador to India
WASHINGTON, June 22 (Agencies): A top aide of US President Donald Trump, Kenneth I Juster, is all set to replace Richard Verma as America's ambassador to India, the White House said . Juster, 62, who is the Deputy Assistant to the US president for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if nominated and confirmed by the Senate. "Ken Juster's move to Indian Ambassador is because he is extremely qualified for the position," White House deputy spokesperson Lindsay E Walters confirmed to PTI about the news which was first reported by The Washington Post today. "Ken has a strong and positive relationship with everyone in the White House, including the president," Walters said. The move has been welcomed by widely re...
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Taliban car bombing at Afghan bank kills 34, wounds dozens
Lashkar Gah, June 22 (Agencies): At least 34 people were killed on Thursday when a Taliban car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah city as people were queueing to withdraw salaries, the latest bloody attack during the holy month of Ramadan. Dozens of wounded people were rushed to hospital on makeshift stretchers after the bombing at New Kabul Bank which upturned vehicles, left the area littered with charred debris, and sent a plume of smoke into the sky. The attack comes as the Taliban ramp up their nationwide spring offensive despite government calls for a ceasefire during Ramadan and as the US appears set to boost its troop presence in the country. The bomb tore through a queue of civilians and government employees who had lined up outside the bank to collect their salari...
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China funding Pakistan's mega dam in Pak-Administered Kashmir?
The Asian Development Bank, World Bank have already refused to commit funds for Pakistan’s project. Beijing, June 22 (Agencies): China on Thursday chose to stay mum on the reports in the Pakistani media that Beijing will fund the USD 14 billion Diamer-Bhasha dam in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir and has agreed to include the project in the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. "For this specific project and including the construction of dam you mentioned, I am not aware of the details," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here. For long, Pakistan has been looking for USD 12 to 14 billion funding needed to build the Diamer-Bhasha dam located in Gilgit-Baltistan region of PoK but failed to secure the money as it is proposed to be built in the ...
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