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Sushma meets Xi Jinping

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | PTI | BEIJING

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday called on Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said China regards boosting the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as one of its diplomatic priorities. Swaraj called on President Xi along with the rest of the seven foreign ministers of the SCO. “China regards boosting...

Need for Indians, Chinese to learn each other’s languages: Swaraj

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | PTI | Beijing

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday asked Indians and Chinese to learn each other’s languages as it will help them overcome the communication barriers, which could further strengthen relations between the two neighbours. Swaraj, who is on a four-day visit here, made the remarks during a programme, titled ‘Contribution of...

‘I was wrong’: Armenia PM quits after mass protests

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | AFP | Yerevan

Armenia’s Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian resigned on Monday after mass protests against his election, seen as a blatant power grab by the opposition. “I am leaving the post of the country’s leader,” Sarkisian was quoted as saying in a statement by his press service, just days after he took office. “Nikol Pashinyan...

Globe Trotting

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | Agencies

UK royals blessed with baby boy London: It's a boy! Prince William and wife Kate Middleton today welcomed a new prince, the fifth-in-line to Britain's throne, as the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth at a central London hospital. EU, UN to co-host conference on Syria aid Brussels: The EU and the UN will...

Saudi-led airstrike at Yemen wedding kills at least 20

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | AP | Sanaa

An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, killing at least 20 people, health officials said on Monday, as harrowing images emerged on social media of the bombing the previous day. Khaled al-Nadhri, the top health official in the northern province of Hajja, told The Associated...

Senate panel could oppose Pompeo as Secy of State

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | AFP | Washington

AFP n The powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee was expected on Monday to oppose President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in an unprecedented rebuke that could unsettle delicate US negotiations with North Korea. That vote, scheduled to take place at about 5:00 pm, would not end...

Russia, China to stop bid to ‘sabotage’ Iran deal: Lavrov

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | AFP | BEIJING

China and Russia will block any attempts to “sabotage” the Iran nuclear agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, as US President Donald Trump mulls whether to scrap the deal. Trump has set a May 12 deadline to “fix” the 2015 accord, which curbs Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for...

Singapore PM leads 40K devotees in Hindu temple reconsecration ceremony

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | PTI | Singapore

For the first time since assuming office in 2004, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong led some 40,000 devotees and four Ministers at a 164-year-old Hindu temple’s reconsecration ceremony in Singapore, following the completion of its SGD 4.5 million restoration work. “This 164-year-old temple has been undergoing renovations for the last 1.5...

Threat of nuclear weapons use growing, UN warns

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018 | AFP | Geneva

A top UN official on Monday denounced growing rhetoric claiming that nuclear arms are necessary and warned that the risk of such weapons being used was on the rise. “The threat of the use, intentional or otherwise, of nuclear weapons is growing,” the UN’s top representative for disarmament affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu,...

Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 57

Monday, 23 Apr 2018 | AP | Kabul

An ISIS suicide bomber killed at least 57 people including women and children and wounded more than 100 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday in the latest attack on election preparations. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled...


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Quake measuring 3.7 on Richter scale felt in south Gujarat

22 Apr 2018 | PTI | Ahmedabad

A mild tremor measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale was felt in parts of south Gujarat, including Bharuch and Surat districts, though no damage was reported, officials said...

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First meeting of Acharya Shankar Ekta Nyas held at CM residence

24 Apr 2018 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

The first meeting of Acharya Shankar Ekta Nyas was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday at Chief Minister’s residence. Discussion on setting up statue, museum, institution establishment, premises construction, architectural style and vision, rules of the trust, administrative requirements, financial management and formation of executive committee was held in the meeting...

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