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In a first, ferry service to connect India and Maldives

IANS Male India and the Maldives have agreed to launch a passenger-cum-cargo ferry service between Kerala’s Kochi and the Maldivian capital Male via Kulhudhuffushi atoll to strengthen connectivity between the two countries and boost tourism. The initiative was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day state visit to the Indian Ocean archipelago. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the …

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China mulls technology security system

PTI Beijing China has announced plans to set up a national technology security management list system in a bid to protect its high-tech firms from being arbitrarily targeted by the US in the wake of the intensified trade war between the two countries, official media here reported. The move comes after the US issued a ban on Chinese telecom giant …

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11 Indian victims’ bodies flown home, one cremated in UAE

PTI Dubai The mortal remains of 11 Indians killed in a horrific road accident in Dubai were repatriated on Sunday while the body of a 22-year-old Indian was cremated here in the Gulf emirate, an official said. Twelve Indians were among 17 people killed in Dubai Thursday when a bus, mostly with Eid vacationers coming from Oman, entered a restricted …

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US approves sale of armed drones to India

PTI Washington The Trump administration has approved the sale of armed drones to India and has offered integrated air and missile defence systems aimed at helping the country boost its military capabilities and protect shared security interests in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region. The approval-cum-offer from the US came in the aftermath of the February 14 Pulwama terrorist attack in …

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Maldives confers country’s highest honour on PM Modi

PTI Male Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Maldives’ highest honour “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” on Saturday during his two-day state visit to the country. The prestigious award was presented to Modi by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during a ceremony here. “The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” is the Maldives’ highest honour accorded …

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Bangladeshi arrested in terror plot against NY Times Square

IANS New York For the second time, a Bangladeshi has been arrested in connection with a terrorist plot against Times Square, New York city’s popular tourist area crowded with thousands of visitors. An admirer of slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, 22-year-old Ashiqul Alam was arrested after he received two semi-automatic pistols from an undercover law enforcement officer with …

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G20 Finance Ministers call for creation of digital tax

IANS Tokyo The Finance Ministers of the G20 member nations on Saturday called for the creation of a digital tax for multinational technology companies, the details of which will be finalised next year. The initiative was debated on Thursday during a G20 Ministerial Symposium in the Japanese city of Fukuoka, with the world’s leading industrialized countries coming out in favour …

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US envoy says Israel has ‘right’ to annex West Bank land

AFP Jerusalem The US ambassador has said Israel has the right to annex at least “some” of the occupied West Bank, in comments likely to deepen Palestinian opposition to a long-awaited US peace plan. The Palestinians have rejected the plan before it has even been unveiled, citing a string of moves by US President Donald Trump that they say show …

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Beleaguered May formally bows out

PTI London British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday formally resigned as the leader of the ruling Conservative Party, paving the way for a keen contest to decide a new premier who will take charge of the UK’s tough divorce negotiations with the European Union. May, who had stepped down amid mounting pressure over her repeatedly defeated Brexit deal, will …

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India attacks UNSC’s sanctions committee for lack of transparency

PTI United Nations India has strongly criticised the lack of transparency in the functioning of the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee which took over a decade to blacklist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. India’s remarks came a month after getting Azhar blacklisted as a global terrorist by the UN. Referring to the subterranean world of subsidiary …

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