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Digest of international news for week June 6 -June 12, 2015

Jianli: The death toll in the Chinese cruise ship that capsized in the mighty Yangtze river jumped to nearly 400 today as over 200 more bodies were pulled out, making it China’s deadliest boat disaster in 70 years as rescuers culminated their four days of relief operations.

Dhaka: In a major initiative marking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Bangladesh, two bus services connecting key cities in the two countries were flagged off today to boost connectivity and enhance people-to-people contact.

Dhaka: India and Bangladesh opens a new chapter in their ties as they settled the 41-year-old boundary dispute and promised to do more in other areas amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a fresh line of credit of USD 2 billion to the neighbouring country.

Jianli: China held a solemn mourning ceremony for the victims of its worst shipping disaster in 70 years that killed at least 431 people in the mighty Yangtze river, even as grief-stricken relatives demanded an impartial probe and punishment for the guilty.

Dhaka: In a blunt attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accuses it of creating “nuisance” and “constantly” troubling India by promoting terrorism.

Dhaka: “I am of the view that birds, air and water -– these three do not need to have visas at all,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi today says while emphasising that the long-pending Teesta water sharing pact should not be made into a political issue and be dealt from a humanitarian perspective.


United Nations: A senior Indian diplomat has been appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the head of a UN agency that serves as the training arm of the United Nations system.

Dhaka: Bangladesh is on high alert following the hacking to death of three secular bloggers in recent months, a senior minister said as he blamed home-grown elements like fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami for the brutal killings that made global headlines.

Kathmandu: Nepal’s Parliament today raises serious objection over an agreement between India and China to boost border trade at Qiangla/Lipu-Lekh Pass, close to an area which Nepal claims to be part of its territory and asked both countries to correct their pact immediately.

Dhaka: A fugitive commander of the notorious Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani troops, was today sentenced to death by a Bangladeshi court for massacre and torture particularly of Hindus during the country’s 1971 liberation war.

Kathmandu: Nepal’s warring political parties have struck a landmark 16-point deal to end years of deadlock over contentious issues of Constitution-drafting, agreeing to a parliamentary system and eight provinces, in a rare show of unity following the devastating quakes.

Beijing: The Panchen Lama, being groomed by China to emerge as a top Tibetan Buddhist monk to succeed the ageing Dalai Lama, was given a high political profile today by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who asked him to be a patriotic “leader” of Tibetan Buddhism and uphold traditions.

Islamabad: Pakistan today unleashed a barrage attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in Dhaka saying it was aimed at fanning hatred and souring ties with Bangladesh as  the army chief pledged to foil any “evil” designs against the country.

Yangon: Myanmar today maintains that Indian forces had carried out an attack on insurgents inside India and that it would not tolerate rebel groups using its soil to attack neighbours.

Beijing: China’s top Communist Party leader and former security czar Zhou Yongkang was today sentences to life for graft, abuse of power and leaking state secrets in a closed-door trial, becoming the senior-most official to fall under President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-corruption drive against “tigers and flies”.

Kathmandu: At least 41 people were killed today in a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall that buried six villages in Nepal’s mountainous northeast, the second major disaster to hit the country after the April 25 quake.

Islamabad: Pakistan today escalates its attack over “irresponsible and imprudent” statements from India with Premier Nawaz Sharif vowing to protect his country’s “vital interests at all costs” while Parliament condemned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in Dhaka.

Beijing: India today says insurgency in the North East will not have any impact on its efforts to improve connectivity with Bangladesh, Myanmar and China under the ‘Act East’ policy.

Islamabad: Pakistan says there were “serious issues” with India that need to be resolved through dialogue even as it vowed to take all steps to safeguard its national interests after statements by Indian leadership in the wake of operations by the Indian Army against militants along the India-Myanmar border.

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