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Digest of international news for week April 23- April 30, 2016

Dhaka: A liberal university professor on way to work in northwestern Bangladesh is brutally hacked to death by machete-wielding ISIS militants near his home, the latest in a series of similar attacks on intellectuals and bloggers by the dreaded group in the Muslim-majority country.

Seoul: North Korea tests what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean defence ministry says.

United Nations: India, which signed landmark Paris climate change agreement along with 170 other nations, says the world community’s action plan to implement the agreement should focus on ensuring climate justice to the world’s poor and bringing sustainability in consumption.


London: Britain’s annual rich list unveiled a distinctl Indian flavour with two India-born brothers – Reuben and the Hinduja – grabbing the top two slots as some of the UK’s super-rich suffered the worst hammering of their fortunes following the steel industry crisis.

Moscow: China has complimented India for “doing a good job” in maintaining an impressive growth rate despite a global slowdown and is keen on working together to push for reforms in the international financial system to offset the inherent weaknesses.


United Nations: India says persisting “undemocratic systems” of international governance are creating hindrances for effective participation of developing countries in global decision-making processes, as it expressed disappointment that its repeated calls for a conducive environment has met with resistance.

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s first gay magazine editor is brutally murdered along with a friend in his flat here by suspected Islamists, in the latest audacious attack on high-profile bloggers and intellectuals in the Muslim-majority country.

New York: India sought time to implement the Paris climate agreement, saying it should not be done in “haste” and all countries should be allowed to follow their national processes.


Rome: Italy said it considers India’s jurisdiction to be suspended and therefore legally overridden, after Supreme Court extended the stay of an Italian marine who along with his colleague is accused of killing two fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012, in Italy till September 30.

Beijing: China said it had expressed concern to India through diplomatic channels over granting visa to Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa before it was revoked by New Delhi and hoped that the two sides would properly deal with the issue.


New York: India presents a “really great opportunity” for Apple but slow networks and the informal retail structure there is preventing the tech giant from realising its full potential, its CEO Tim Cook said as the company’s revenues plunged for the first time in 13 years.

Melbourne: Indian mining giant Adani’s plan to build one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia faced a fresh legal challenge after a green group asked the Supreme Court in Queensland to review the environmental approval to the controversy-hit 21.7 billion dollar venture.

Washington: The US retained India on its priority watch list for “lack of sufficient measurable improvements” to the IP framework despite robust engagement and positive steps on intellectual property protection and enforcement by the Indian government in the last two years.


London: India’s investments into the UK rose sharply by nearly 65 per cent in 2015, establishing it as the third largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Britain after the US and France

United Nations: Kashmir issue must be resolved in the context of the “domestic and political” environment between India and Pakistan, the head of the UN peacebuildin commission has said as he underlined the need for respecting the primacy of the political situation on the ground.

London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his place alongside other world leaders at Madame Tussauds in London.

Washington: Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump today hinted at seeking help from India and others to address the “problem” of what he described as a “semi-unstable” nuclear-armed Pakistan.


Washington: A 32-year-old Indian-American has been sentenced to 19 years in jail in the US for stalking  a college classmate from New Delhi to Texas for nearly a decade and threatening her as she moved to several American cities.

London: India’s investments in the UK zoomed nearly 65 per cent in 2015, establishing it as the third largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Britain after the US and France.

London: Embattled tycoon Vijay Mallya has said he is in a “forced exile” and disclosed no immediate plans to return to India where things are flying at him “fast and furious”.

Berlin: Two secondary school students accused of carrying out a bomb attack on a Gurudwara in the German city of Essen nearly two weeks ago are radical Islamists and sympathisers of the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, authorities said.

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