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China’s President Xi Jinping congratulated India on becoming a full member of the SCO

China’s President Xi Jinping congratulated India on becoming a full member of the SCO

China
Meeting Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Astana, Xi also congratulated India on becoming a full member of the grouping. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, briefing newspersons on the meeting, said that Modi agreed that China and India should deal with the sensitive issues between them. Hua said that Xi told Modi that both sides “should address major and sensitive issues.” “The Chinese side attaches great importance to this relationship with India, and will work together with India to complement each other’s major development strategies and stay in close communication and coordinate with each other on major regional and international affairs and maintain sound and steady growth of the bilateral relationship,” Hua said. “During the meet
U.K. Election 2017: Shock result as UK election returns hung parliament

U.K. Election 2017: Shock result as UK election returns hung parliament

UK
LONDON — Political deadlock gripped Britain on Friday as no party won enough seats to form a government — a so-called "hung parliament." The result plunges the country into uncertainty just 10 days before complex and high-stakes talks with Europe over Brexit are due to begin. Although an election had not been due until 2020, Prime Minister Theresa May gambled and sent voters to the ballot box early as she sought to bolster her strength ahead of the talks. Instead, her hold on power was weakened as she lost her majority in the House of Commons. Her Conservatives retained the most seats — 318 out of 650 — but were unable to govern without a deal involving another party. A spokesman said May would visit Queen Elizabeth later to seek permission to form a minority government with the h
2 terrorist attacks shakes London, Van ploughs into pedestrians, One Died

2 terrorist attacks shakes London, Van ploughs into pedestrians, One Died

UK
A van has run over pedestrians and there have been stabbings resulting in “multiple” casualties on Saturday night in the London Bridge area in what police are treating as “terrorist incidents”. Armed British police rushed to London Bridge after reports of the rogue vehicle, with one woman telling Reuters that she saw people who may have had their throats cut. As the nightmare struck London, several people were reported injured in two incidents --- on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market. Transport for London said busy London Bridge station and two others were closed at the request of police. The incident comes less than three months after an attacker ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four, then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament. Here are
Paris or no Paris, India is and will always be committed to climate protection: PM Modi

Paris or no Paris, India is and will always be committed to climate protection: PM Modi

National, Russia
India is committed to protecting the climate, irrespective of the Paris agreement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today but avoided a direct reference to the US withdrawing from the international deal. Addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) here in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said India has traditionally been respecting the nature and desisted from exploiting it. “Paris or no Paris, our commitment to preserving the climate is for the sake of future generations,” Modi said while responding to a question about US President Donald Trump announcing withdrawal of the USA from the Climate Change deal. He said he had made the same comment in Germany three days back when “nobody’s comment had come”, an apparent reference to Trump’s a
Elon Musk praise India’s aim to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030

Elon Musk praise India’s aim to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030

National, Technology, USA
Tesla founder Elon Musk hailed India’s aim to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030, on a day when President Donald Trump said the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Tesla enthusiasts in India may indeed have much to look forward in the coming days, as Musk responded positively to a tweet from Anand Mahindra, who prodded him to bring his electric cars to this country. Musk welcoming India’s move comes close on the heels of the Canadian-American businessman announcing his resignation from all three positions on the Presidential Councils, over Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. “Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world,” Musk tweeted, not hiding his dismay at the move. While he was upset with the US President,
Trump decided to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Accord

Trump decided to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Accord

USA
Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal of the US from the Paris agreement on climate change, saying he wants to "renegotiate" a fairer deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers. Mr Trump, who has made pulling out of the pact – which has been signed by almost 200 nations – a central plank of his run for the presidency, said that in withdrawing he was keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first. He said that "if we can get a deal, that's great. If not, that's fine." The President had been put under extreme pressure by allies around the world to stay in the agreement, and although the administration said his views on the subject were "evolving" – having previously claimed climate change was a "hoax" – Mr Trump refused to be backed into a corner. He said
Cyclone hits Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands evacuated

Cyclone hits Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands evacuated

Bangladesh
Cyclone Mora made landfall in Bangladesh today damaging several houses and packing winds of up to 117 kilometres per hour after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from the coastal areas. In a special bulletin, Bangladesh Meteorological Department said the severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ moved northwards over North Bay and started crossing Cox’s Bazar- Chittagong coast at 6:00 AM (local time). It is likely to move in a northerly direction further, it said. Under its influence, gusty or squally wind with rain or thunder showers were continuing over North Bay and the coastal districts and maritime ports of Bangladesh., the Daily Star reported. Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 km of the cyclone centre was about 89 kph rising to 117 kph in gusts or squalls, it said.
Major setback to Pakistan: Trump administration has proposed a reduction of $190 million in funding

Major setback to Pakistan: Trump administration has proposed a reduction of $190 million in funding

Pakistan
Trump administration has proposed a reduction of $190 million in funding to Pakistan for the current fiscal year as compared to the last. The US grant stands at $344 million in financial assistance which includes $100 million in foreign military funding. “Pakistan plays a key role in US counter-terrorism strategy, the peace process in Afghanistan, nuclear non- proliferation efforts, and stability and economic integration in South and Central Asia. It is also a large and growing economy offering profitability for US businesses,” the State Department said in its annual budget proposals sent to the US Congress. In the first budget of the Trump administration, the State Department said that it will continue to maintain a strong diplomatic presence that will facilitate bilateral cooperation
UK Govt to enforce new powers to compel tech giants to hand over encrypted data

UK Govt to enforce new powers to compel tech giants to hand over encrypted data

UK
UK Govt are apparently using recent terror attacks to bring in new legislation that would force technology giants, such as Apple and WhatsApp, to hand over encrypted data. A report originating with The Sun claims that the Conservative government will lobby MPs to get the new rules, known as the Technical Capability Notices (TCN), through Parliament as quickly as possible after the general election. "We will do this as soon as we can after the election, as long as we get back in," a government minister apparently told The Sun. "The level of threat clearly proves there is no more time to waste now… The social media companies have been laughing in our faces for too long." Companies like Apple and WhatsApp make a major point of keeping users' messages safe. However, if the TCN were passed
Larissa Waters became the first woman senator to breastfeed in Parliament

Larissa Waters became the first woman senator to breastfeed in Parliament

Australia
Women MPs breastfeeding their babies in Parliament shines the spotlight on the need for supportive workplaces for new mothers. Australian senator Larissa Waters has made history after she became the first politician to breastfeed her baby in the parliament senate chamber. Larissa posted on Facebook: “I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal parliament! And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone.” Larissa Waters returned to the senate 10 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, and is making full use of the breastfeeding rules that she helped to extend in the senate last year. Breastfeeding had already been allowed in the chamber, but thanks to Larissa’s push last year to extend the r