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Digest of international news for the week Apr 11- Apr 17, 2015

Paris: France will partner India in a study for upgrading the speed on Delhi-Chandigarh rail line to 200 km per hour and help in re-development of Ambala and Ludhiana railway stations.

Paris: Raising the pitch for India’s permanent seat in the UN Security Council, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the days of “begging” for it are gone and India has the “right” to be in the powerful world body considering its exceptional contribution to global peace.

Dhaka: Top Jamaat-e-Islami stalwart Muhammad Quamaruzzaman was hanged tonight for committing atrocities and mass killing during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, the second leader from the fundamentalist Islamist party to be executed for war crimes.

Cairo: At least 14 people, including 11 security personnel, were killed and about 50 others injured in two separate attacks, claimed by an Islamic State affiliate, as  militants targeted an army vehicle and a suicide bombing hit a police station in Egypt’s restive North Sinai.
Hannover: Wooing investors from Germany and the rest of the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises a welcoming business environment in India with a “predictable, stable and competitive” tax regime and asserted that the “remaining uncertainties” will be addressed.

Hannover: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiles a bust of Mahatma Gandhi here and says his teachings and principles were the appropriate answer to challenges like terrorism and global warming that the world faces.

Washington: Hillary Clinton, a votary of strong Indo-US strategic ties, has announced her bid for the White House for a second time, seeking to become the first woman American president in 2016.
Johannesburg: A statue of Mahatma Gandhi here has been defaced by a group of people who threw buckets of white paint on it amid racist taunts.

Berlin: Linking India’s economic progress to national “self-respect”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the country has huge potential of becoming a manufacturing hub and asked the Indian professionals in Germany to act as a “bridge” between the two countries.

Berlin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi slams developed nations for questioning India over global warming despite it having the lowest per capita emission of gases and asserted that India will set the agenda for the Climate Change conference to be held in France in September.

Berlin: Amid a row over reported snooping of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s family decades back, his grand nephew met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and claimed to have got an assurance that his demand for declassification of all secret files related to the freedom fighter would be looked into.
Berlin: Asking the international community to treat terrorism as “sensitively” as nuclear proliferation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the world should collectively put pressure on countries which provide shelter to terrorists, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.

Ottawa: India and Canada will resume commercial cooperation in the civil nuclear energy sector after decades, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says while hoping his visit would act as a “springboard” for taking the bilateral relationship to a new level.

Ottawa: India announces a liberalised visa policy for Canadian nationals visiting the country, days after extending a similar scheme to French citizens.

Ottawa: Canada agrees to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to energy-hungry India from this year under a USD 254 million five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors, four decades after bilateral cooperation in this sector was frozen over India’s nuclear programme.


Kuala Lumpur: The search area for the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is set to be doubled by an additional 60,000 sq kilometres in the remote Indian Ocean if the plane’s wreckage is not found in the current search zone by May, it was announced today.

Toronto: Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Barack Obama for writing a profile on him in Time magazine, terming the US President’s words as “touching and inspiring”.

Toronto: Pitching for Canadian investment for his ‘Make in India’ initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a meeting with Canada’s business leaders.


Vancouver: Winding up his visit to Canada, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it was a historic trip that will herald a new era of cooperation between the two countries as he promised an early conclusion of a free trade agreement and a bilateral investment protection pact.

Beijing: Brushing aside India’s concern, Chinese President Xi Jinping will unveil the whopping USD 46 billion China- Pakistan Economic Corridor, the biggest overseas investment,  linking Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea with its Xinjiang province through PoK.

Vancouver: Canada, where some pro-Khalistan groups are still active, pledged support for the unity and integrity of India.

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