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Digest of international news for week March 7- March 13, 2015


Karachi: At least 45 Indian fishermen arrested by Pakistani authorities for allegedly violating territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.

Maiduguri: Three bombings, including one by a female suicide attacker, killed at least 58 people and wounded 139 others in northeast Nigeria today, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram.

Colombo: India raises the “humanitarian” issue of Indian fishermen’s rights with Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, who has stoked a controversy by his remarks that they may be shot if they intruded into Sri Lankan waters.


Kuala Lumpur: The battery of the black box locator beacon of the doomed MH370 had expired over a year before the Malaysian plane mysteriously disappeared, a new report said as grieving families of the 239 people on board marked the first anniversary of the world’s biggest aviation mystery.

Beijing: China says the border dispute with India has been “contained” as it sought stronger ties for the resolution of the vexed issue, likening it with climbing a mountain that gets “tougher” towards the summit.

Beijing: China says the border dispute with India has been “contained” and the Indian elephant and Chinese dragon should “do more” to strengthen the bilateral cooperation to facilitate its settlement.


Sydney: Australian police says there was nothing to suggest that the brutal murder of an Indian woman IT professional in a Sydney suburb was racially motivated.

Islamabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will “certainly” visit Pakistan next year to attend the SAARC Summit, Pakistan Premier’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz says.


Victoria: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives here in the Seychelles’ capital on the first leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to Mauritius and Sri Lanka, observing that strong relations with Indian Ocean island countries were “vital” for India’s security and progress.

Buenos Aires: Investigators recover all 10 bodies from a remote site in Argentina where helicopters serving a reality TV show apparently collided, killing prominent French athletes and leaving the European nation in mourning.

New York: The BBC documentary, depicting the aftermath of the brutal gangrape and murder of Nirbhaya in 2012, has premiered in the US with Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, Frieda Pinto and actor-director Farhan Akhtar in attendance as a show of support for the film banned in India.


Port Louis: India offers USD 500 million concessional line of credit to Mauritius for key infrastructure projects even as the two countries agreed to continue negotiations on hammering out a revised double tax treaty to prevent its “abuse”.

Los Angeles: A 37-year-old Indian woman dental student is found dead in Albany, the US city’s first homicide victim since 2004.

Victoria: Seeking to expand its footprint in the strategic Indian Ocean, India agrees to help Seychelles in mapping its hydrology reserves under four agreements signed during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who launches a coastal surveillance radar project to boost security cooperation with the island nation.


Port Louis: An India-built naval patrol vessel for Mauritius that will help in better policing its vast exclusive economic zone is commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said it will make the Indian Ocean “more safer and secure”.

Port Louis: Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a fervent plea for peaceful resolution of maritime issues and respect for international maritime rules and called for forming a strong grouping around the Indian Ocean.


Karachi: Pakistan successfully tests its first indigenous all-weather armed drone and a laser guided missile that can strike its targets with pinpoint accuracy.

Colombo: In a top-level visit that came after 28 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches out to Sri Lanka saying the security of the two countries is “indivisible” and favoured a life of equality, justice and dignity for Tamils in its “new journey” of peace and reconciliation.

London: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley meets UK Chancellor George Osborne and reviews progress made since 2010 in strengthening and deepening cooperation between Britain and India on economic and financial issues, including increased inward investment in each other’s economies.

Islamabad: The detention orders of LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind is declared void by Islamabad High Court.

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