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Digest of international news for week Jan 30- Feb 5, 2016


Washington: A US guided missile destroyer sails within 12 nautical miles of an island in the disputed South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam “to challenge excessive maritime claims” that restrict freedom of navigation.

Lahore: Pakistan will soon complete its investigation into the Pathankot terror attack and make it public, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says.


Washington: Three major Indian IT companies — Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro — join US President Barack Obama’s ambitious computer science for all initiative as part of a public-private collaboration, pledging over USD 3 million in grants.

Lahore: A Pakistani court will finally hear from Wednesday a petition to prove the innocence of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in the murder case of a British police officer, nearly 85 years after his execution by the colonial government.

London: A UK website set up to catalogue the last days of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose claims that his gold-plated tooth is likely to be found in his last remains held at Renkoji Temple in Tokyo.


Geneva: The World Health Organisation declares an international emergency today over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an “extraordinary event.”

Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei): Vice President Hamid Ansari arrives here to hold talks with Brunei’s top leadership on key issues like stepping up trade and investment during his three-day visit, the first high-level trip from India since the establishment of diplomatic ties.

London: Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announces it will road test driverless, futuristic cars in the UK as part of a new government-backed 5.5 million- pound project aimed at making driving safer and avoiding traffic jams.


Kathmandu: Nepal voices concern over remarks of some political leaders from Bihar in support of agitating Madhesis and says such comments on its internal issues are “provocative” and may seriously undermine its harmonious ties with India.

Bandar Seri Begawan: India and Brunei emphasises the need for a peaceful solution to the South China Sea issue through discussions as Vice President Hamid Ansari held wide-ranging talks with the top leadership here, with the two sides signing three agreements including on defence.

Washington: In a stunning upset, Senator Ted Cruz beat controversial Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in the crucial Iowa caucuses while Democrat Hillary Clinton eked out a victory over Bernie Sanders as the race for the White House begins.


Bangkok: India and Thailand lay a roadmap for further strengthening bilateral ties including in the defence sector as the two countries expressed their shared interest in securing international sea lanes, amid flexing of muscles by China in the South China Sea.
Lahore: For the second time, a Pakistani court seeks a larger bench to hear a petition to prove the innocence of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in the murder case of a British police officer after the plea was last heard nearly three years ago.

Washington: Observing that countries like India and Mexico are enjoying a robust growth, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says a new economic reality has slowly emerged as nations have developed and grown richer.

Stockholm: A UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention rulea that Julian Assange’s confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounts to illegal detention, Sweden’s foreign ministry says.


Washington: Welcoming India’s ratification of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for nuclear damage, the US hopes that the move will soon see deals for American companies to build new reactors and cheap energy to millions of Indians.

Colombo: India and Sri Lanka agree to find an “innovative and lasting solution” to the fishermen issue, a major irritant in the bilateral ties, as the foreign ministers of the two countries reviewed the progress made in various sectors like defence, aviation and trade.

Kathmandu: Over 150 trucks from India enter Nepal through a key border trade point for the first time in more than four months as angry traders from both sides burn down tents set up by agitating Madhesis who enforced a crippling blockade that led to severe shortages in the landlocked nation.

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