SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November, no change in official stand on PM’s SAARC visit: Official (Relevant for GS Paper III, Topic: International Relations)

Response by Indian High commissioner India has not changed its position on the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November this year in the last one month. Doubtful status of India’s participation was on account of: 1. Following the cold reception to Home Minister

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Modi- Xi (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. Mr. Modi raised several concerns 1. Terrorism emerging from the area covered by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. 2. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a $46 billion connectivity project between China and Pakistan. It passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir region

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India grants $500 mn to Vietnam for defence ties (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-Vietnam Ties)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, held wide-ranging talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan. Comprehensive Strategic partnership Upgradation of Strategic Partnership between India and Vietnam to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.Vietnam earlier had Comprehensive Strategic Partnership only with Russia and China. Comprehensive Strategic partnership signifies wider areas of cooperation between the teo countries. Agreements signed 1. India

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U.S. backs India plea for Pak. Action (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-US Relations)

Talks Between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry Terrorism, especially that emanating from Pakistan, figured prominently in marathon talks between Mr. Kerry and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who briefed him on the “continuing problem of cross-border terrorism that India and the larger region face from Pakistan”. The U.S.

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France’s top court suspends burkini ban (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Religious freedoms)

Decision by highest courtFrance’s highest administrative court suspended a ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups. The State Council ruled that local authorities could only restrict individual liberties if wearing the Islamic swimsuit was a “proven risk” to public order.  In a judgement expected to lead

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