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Digest of international news for week June 27 -July 3, 2015


Bangkok: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hailed the 13-month performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on the domestic and foreign fronts saying a “change” has come about and now “the world listens when India speaks”.

Paris: French police interrogated a suspected Islamist today as they tried to piece together an attack in which the man put his boss’s severed head on display in the second jihadist attack to hit France in six months.


Paris: The man suspected of decapitating his boss in an attack on a gas factory in France has confessed to the grisly crime, sources close to the investigation say today.

Taipei: More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals today after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park, injuring a total of 519 people, authorities say.

Kuwait City: Kuwait today identifies the suicide bomber behind an attack on a Shiite mosque as a Saudi national, after a series of arrests in connection with the blast that left 26 dead.


Kathmandu: In a major breakthrough, Nepal’s Drafting Committee has endorsed the first draft of the long-pending constitution, which if promulgated would recognise the country as “secular, inclusive and multi-ethnic” for the first time.

Port El Kantaoui (Tunisia): Tunisia today says it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country’s worst jihadist attack.

Bangkok: India and Thailand today discusses possibilities of joint ventures in defence manufacturing as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrapped up her three-day visit to the country.


Brussels: Eurozone finance ministers declines to extend Greece’s bailout today hours before its expiry and a possible IMF default but talks will continue tomorrow after Athens asked for a new aid plan, officials say.

Medan (Indonesia): At least 116 people were killed today when an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed into a major city shortly after take-off and exploded in a fireball, officials say.

Chennai/Bhopal: AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa scored a landslide victory today winning by a record margin of over 1.5 lakh votes, as ruling parties won all the six seats where by-elections were held in five states which also included Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.


New Delhi: Levelling fresh allegations, Lalit Modi today sought to drag Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP leader Varun Gandhi in the escalating row involving the controversial former IPL chief.

New Delhi: A fresh controversy involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in connection with her links to Lalit Modi erupted today after it emerged that the former IPL chief offered her husband a position on the board of one of his family-run firms.

Darjeeling/Siliguri (WB): Heavy overnight rain triggered a string of landslides in the mountainous Darjeeling district of West Bengal, killing at least 38 people, swamping homes, washing away highways and throwing normal life out of gear in the region famed for aromatic tea.


New Delhi: Government says it has approved the first integrated national policy for developing skills and promoting entrepreneurship at a large scale with speed and quality.

Srinagar: In an audacious move, 11 young Kashmiri militants donning army fatigues and holding firearms, posted their photographs on Facebook, forcing the security forces to sit up and take notice.

New Delhi/Udhampur: A major row erupts today over offloading of three members of a family from a Leh-Delhi flight to accommodate Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and an aide, forcing the government to apologise.


Jaipur: Actress and BJP MP Hema Malini’s driver was today arrested on charges of overspeeding and causing death by negligence after her Mercedes collided with another car, killing a four-year-old girl and injuring the actress along with four others last night.

New Delhi: Government today releases the findings of the long awaited Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 that projects a very grim picture of the rural India and would be used as basis to improve various social welfare schemes for the benefits of poor.

New Delhi: Over one-third of Indian population living in rural areas is illiterate even after 68 years of independence, according to the Socio Economic and Caste Census

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