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International News for the week

Digest of international news for the week Dec 6- Dec 12, 2014

Male/New Delhi: India has sent over 1,200 tonnes of fresh water to the Maldives that is facing a crippling water crisis after its capital’s main water treatment plant got damaged in a fire.

Washington: Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s India visit, the US has said it would not impact President Barack Obama’s trip to the country in January but warned now was not the right time to do business with Russia.


Male: An Indian Navy vessel and an Air Force aircraft carrying nearly 1,000 tonnes of fresh water reaches here as India mounts a major effort to help the Maldivian capital that is reeling from an acute shortage of drinking water after its lone desalination plant caught fire.

Lima: With the two-week annual climate summit here reaching its half-way mark, India says that it does not support an ex-ante review of its intended nationally determined contributions as it is an issue of sovereignty.

United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on India, the world’s third-largest emitter, to spell out its nationally determined commitment on reducing emissions by June, saying a “constructive” role played by it will make a universal climate agreement possible in Paris next year.


Cape Town: British-Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani, accused of hiring hitmen to kill his Indo-Swedish bride during their honeymoon here in 2010, is acquitted by a South African court that dismissed the case against him, ending a four-year-long dramatic murder saga.

Islamabad: Pakistan reacts sharply to India’s assertion that terrorists from across the border were responsible for the recent deadly attacks in Kashmir and that Islamabad’s support to Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed is nothing short of “mainstreaming of terrorism”.

New York: Arvind Kejriwal assures his supporters in the US that he will not repeat the “mistake” of resigning if the Aam Aadmi Party returns to power in Delhi and dismisses the notion that the party is falling apart, saying the brakes and clutch of his AAP bus are working fine.


Karachi: Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf says friendship with India could only be “possible on equal terms” without sacrificing the country’s self-respect.

Moscow: Terming the ties with India as a “privileged strategic partnership”, Russian President Vladimir Putin discloses that construction of new nuclear plants besides military and technical cooperation was high on the agenda during his visit to New Delhi.
Oslo (Norway): Child rights activists Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai says the Nobel peace prize gives them tremendous opportunity in their fight and struggle for children’s rights.


Lima: India pitches for finance and technology for developing nations from developed countries to deal with challenges posed by climate change, amidst intense negotiations here to agree on a new ambitious and binding deal to cut global carbon emissions.
Colombo: Ahead of next month’s snap polls, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa suffers another setback as he lost his government’s two-thirds majority in the Parliament after two parties of Indian-origin Tamils in the ruling coalition joined forces with the opposition.

Oslo: Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert here after India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafazi are honoured with the prestigious award.


United Nations: Less than three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposes the idea, the UN General Assembly adopts an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognising that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being.”

Islamabad: Pakistan says India has no “choice” other than implementing the UN resolutions on the Kashmir issue and demanded an “impartial plebiscite”.


London: The Hinduja Group, in partnership with a Spanish industrial company, acquires UK’s iconic Old War Office building that was once occupied by the country’s war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Washington/Sydney: The visit to India by Sergey Aksyonov, Head of the Republic of Crimea, accompanying Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised the hackles in the West with the US saying it was “troubled” by the news and an an angry Ukrainian President decrying it.

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