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Big diplomatic victory for Pakistan, UNSC nullifies Indian claim on Occupied Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS: For the first time since 1965, the UN Security Council (UNSC) held a meeting exclusively on occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, nullifying India’s claim that this was an internal matter. China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun summed up the discussions, expressing serious concern over the situation. “The UNSC members are concerned about the human rights situation there and ... Read More »

Navy thwarts Indian submarine attempt, Port Qasim prone to incursion

KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy (PN) thwarted an attempt by an Indian submarine to enter Pakistani territorial waters. But it is likely they could attack Karachi city and especially Port Qasim after two Indian Air Force MiG 21 aircraft were shot down by Pakistan Air Force, sources said. A section of media reported this morning that the Pakistan Navy thwarted an ... Read More »

Bangladesh to buy 250,000 T of rice from Thailand, India

DHAKA: Bangladesh is set to import a total of 250,000 tonnes of rice from Thailand and India in intergovernmental deals to shore up depleted stocks of the staple, head of the state grain buyer said on Monday. Bangladesh, normally the world’s fourth-biggest rice producer, has emerged as a major importer of the grain this year after floods damaged its crops ... Read More »

India, Kazakhstan to deepen ties in oil, gas sector

NEW DELHI: India and Kazakhstan today discussed deepening cooperation in oil and gas sector as well as expanding the International North-South Transport Corridor by linking it to the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran rail link. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan-led a delegation to Astana for the India-Kazakhstan Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC), which is co-chaired by Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev. During the meeting, the two discussed ... Read More »

India, Tajikistan sign info-sharing pact on Customs

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet today approved the signing and ratifying of an agreement between India and Tajikistan on cooperation and sharing of intelligence in the area of Customs. The agreement will help in availability of information for the prevention and investigation of Customs offences, an official statement said. It is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance ... Read More »

Dubai chamber eyes opening offices in Iran, India

DUBAI: Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is considering opening an office in Iran and will soon open one in India, Chairman Majid Saif Al Ghurair told Zawya in an interview on Tuesday. Dubai Chamber, which was established in 1965 as a non-profit public organisation to support and represent the emirate’s business community, currently has seven international representative offices in ... Read More »

India, Egypt to enhance ties in various fields this year

NEW DELHI: India and Egypt plans to step up their ties this year in many areas, including counter-terrorism, defence, cyber security, agriculture and IT.  “2017 will be very exciting because we are starting on a very strong base of the interactions in 2016,” India’s Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya told PTI. Bhattacharya said that exchanges in counter-terrorism field will continue ... Read More »

India, Kazakhstan agree to amend tax treaty

NEW DELHI: India and Kazakhstan today signed an agreement to amend the two-decade old bilateral tax treaty under which information exchanged between the two can be shared with other law enforcement agencies. The protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) between the two countries provides internationally-accepted standards for effective exchange of information on tax matters, an official ... Read More »

India, Mercosur step up efforts to expand trade pact

NEW DELHI: India and the Mercosur bloc, comprising Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, have stepped up efforts to expand their preferential trade agreement (PTA) to make greater inroads into the other’s market. The two sides, in a recent meeting, exchanged lists of items where each wants greater market access. “We are at present going through the Mercosur’s list of demand. ... Read More »

India, Portugal hold talks

LISBON: India and Portugal today explored ways to deepen bilateral ties in a range of areas including trade and investment.Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar and Portugal’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Teresa Ribeiro held extensive talks during which both sides agreed to further expand ties, particularly in the trade sector. The relations between India and ... Read More »

India, ADB sign $48 mn loan agreement for Assam

NEW DELHI: India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a $48 million loan agreement towards improving Assam’s power distribution system, an official statement said on Tuesday. “The project will help Assam to enhance capacity and efficiency of its power distribution system to improve electricity service to end users,” the Finance Ministry said. This is the second tranche loan ... Read More »

India, China continue talks on NSG membership

NEW DELHI: India on Monday continued its discussions with China over the issue of its membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which Beijing has been stalling. Sources here said Amandeep Singh Gill, Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security) in the Ministry of External Affairs, held talks with Wang Qun, Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in ... Read More »

India, Brazil ink four MoUs

BRASÍLIA: India and Brazil on Monday signed four Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) during a bilateral meeting held in Goa’s Salcete city. The four MoUs that have been signed are on genetic resources, agriculture, animal husbandry, natural resources and fisheries, on pharmaceutical products regulation, on cattle genomics and assisted reproductive technologies, and on investment cooperation and facilitation treaty. Prime Minister Narendra ... Read More »

India, Mexico target tourism, telecom to boost ties

NEW DELHI: India and Mexico are charting out a new path in bilateral trade and investment ties with a focus on sectors including renewable energy, telecom and medical devices. This was agreed upon during the recent meeting in Mexico of the bilateral High Level Group (HLG) on Trade, Investment and Economic Cooperation. The HLG, which was established in 2007, had ... Read More »

India, US agree to enhance cooperation in port development

LOS ANGELES: American Ports have evinced a keen interest in a comprehensive port-led development, especially the ambitious Sagarmala programme, Indian officials said as the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari concluded his week-long trip here. Gadkari had a tour of the Port of Long Beach. During his meeting with officials, Gadkari explored joint venture opportunities with India’s flagship container ... Read More »

India, Thailand to firm up maritime security cooperation

BANGKOK: India and Thailand are set to firm up cooperation to combat terrorism, and boost maritime security, defence ties and trade during Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s maiden visit to India, officials said on Wednesday. The Thai premier will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his three-day visit beginning tomorrow. The two countries will issue a joint ... Read More »

India, Nepal seek to enhance mutual cooperation

KATHMANDU: India and Nepal today decided to enhance mutual cooperation in matters of disaster response, management and effective preparedness against them. A 15-member Nepalese delegation today met the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) here and discussed issues related to sharing and cooperation in these subjects. The Nepal delegation, led by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs P K ... Read More »

India, New Zealand ink deal for direct flights

WELLINGTON: India and New Zealand today signed a deal that opens the door for direct flights between the two countries that could boost tourism and trade sectors. The signing ceremony of the bilateral air services agreement was witnessed by visiting President Pranab Mukherjee and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.  The air services agreement should also boost tourism and trade between ... Read More »

India, South Korea sign pact for developing ports

NEW DELHI: India and South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation and mutual assistance in development of ports. The MoU was signed by Road, Transport and Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and South Korea’s Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Kim Young Suk, Shipping Ministry said. The South Korean delegation, led by Suk, is in Mumbai to ... Read More »

India, China led investments in renewable energy in 2015

NEW DELHI: India and China led developing countries in investments made in renewable energy in 2015, when for the first time commitments in solar, wind and other renewables capacity by emerging economies surpassed those by wealthy nations, a UN-backed report has said. The report ‘Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016’ by the UN Environment Programme said the developing world ... Read More »