Digest of international news for week Oct 17 – Oct 23, 2015
Odense: Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu today made it to her maiden Super Series final with a stunning upset victory over reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the Denmark Open here.
Beijing: China today sought to calm down tensions over the South China Sea dispute, saying it will not use force “recklessly” for resolving issues as the US mulls sending a warship to the contested territory to directly challenge Chinese claims.
Ankara: Twelve migrants drowned today when their boat sank off Turkey’s coast as they were seeking to reach Greece, while around 25 others were rescued, a Turkish news agency reported.
Washington: President Barack Obama ordered the US government today to take steps towards lifting sanctions on Iran, in accordance with the historic nuclear deal struck between six world powers and Tehran.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s new Prime Minister K P Oli today expanded his cabinet by inducting nine ministers including Shakti Basent who will be the Home Minister.
Washington: Writers from 150 countries have expressed solidarity with Indian authors and artistes who have returned their prestigious awards in protest against “rising intolerance” in the country and have asked the BJP government to provide better protection and safeguard free speech.
Kathmandu: The Nepal government today formed a team for holding a dialogue with the agitating Madhesi community, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa who has just returned from India after parleys with Indian leaders, to end the current transport blockade over the new Constitution.
Moscow: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today arrived here on a three-day visit to participate in the annual India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission meeting in which the two countries will discuss key strategic issues including space, defence, energy and trade.
Dubai: The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,121 pilgrims, a new tally showed today, after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy.
Beijing: China’s economy grew at 6.9 per cent in the third quarter of this year, posting its worst showing since the 2009 global financial crisis which could prompt the Communist giant to unveil a new stimulus package to arrest the slowdown of the world’s second largest economy.
Moscow: India and Russia today discussed ways to boost their economic ties to achieve the target of USD 30 billion in bilateral trade in the next 10 years.
Beijing: In a fresh bid to rope in India into its multi-billion dollar Silk Road project, China today said it regarded India as an important cooperative partner in the mega project and would like to listen its opinion and suggestions to address the concerns.
Moscow: India today asked BRICS partners to invest in its flagship programmes like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’, asserting that the government has laid down a clear roadmap for lowering corporate taxes which has created immense opportunities for foreign investors.
Beijing: Contingents of Indian and Chinese military forces will wind up their fifth round of anti-terror exercises in Kunming city tomorrow after holding intense drills designed jointly as a result of their own crackdown against terrorist forces.
Beijing: Nine persons including a woman were killed and two others injured today when a blast ripped through an explosives factory in China’s eastern Shandong Province, the latest industrial accident to hit the country.
United Nations: India today called for doing away with “secret straw polls” to make the selection of the next Secretary-General more transparent, saying the process should not be a prerogative of the five permanent members of the Security Council.
Karachi: At least 11 minority Shia Muslims, including six children, were killed and 12 injured today when a suicide bomber wearing a burqa blew himself up at a shrine in a village in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province as the worshippers gathered to observe the holy month of Moharram
Washington: Backed by US special operations forces, Kurdish troops stormed an Islamic State prison in Iraq early today, freeing about 70 hostages in a high-stakes operation that left a US serviceman dead, the Pentagon said.
Washington: Kashmir and violence along the LoC today figured in a joint statement issued by US President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, both of whom called for a “sustained and resilient” Indo-Pak dialogue process to resolve all outstanding issues.
Puisseguin: At least 43 people were killed today when a coach carrying pensioners collided with a lorry and burst into flames in southwest France, in the country’s worst road accident for three decades.
Maiduguri: Two bomb blasts ripped through mosques in northeast Nigeria today, killing at least 55 people and injuring more than 100, as Boko Haram fighters seized a town in neighbouring Cameroon.
Islamabad: At least 20 people including four children were killed and several others injured in a suicide attack on a procession by minority Shias in Pakistan’s Sindh province today, a day after 12 others were killed in another suicide attack at a Shia shrine on the eve of Muharram.