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The United States on Wednesday described India’s demonetisation drive as an “important and necessary” step to curb illicit cash and actions. “…this was, we believe, an important and necessary step to crack down on illegal actions,” Mark Toner, State Department spokesperson, said in response to a question.  
 

US President-elect Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday discussed how their countries can develop "a strong working relationship", according to Trump's transition team.

 

20 big global firms are undertaking a technical evaluation for the same, says Director General of BSF K K Sharma.

 

This is the first deal for artillery guns since the Bofors scandal in 1980s.

 

Trump made these remarks as Pakistan PM Sharif called him to congratulate on his recent victory.

 
Terror returned to Jammu and Kashmir today when a group of heavily armed terrorists stormed into an Army unit at Nagrota and killed two Army officers and five soldiers.  
 
The Kalyan-based family of Aman Tandel — who was part of a group of four youths who went to Iraq in May 2014 to fight for transnational terror outfit Islamic State — said on Monday that they had received a call on Saturday night, from what appeared to be a satellite phone, informing them about his death in an “accident”.  
 
Call it the Narendra Modi effect and the Indian Prime Minister’s effort to promote yoga at the international level. Communist Russia’s military has decided to go in for India’s traditional yogic exercises and the ancient art of ayurveda to cure the ill and heal the injured. These two disciplines are among a host of Oriental disciples, including medicinal systems of the Tibetan, Uighur, Buryat and Yakut.  
 
The Army today said Pakistan had a “direct role” in the mutilation of a soldier’s body along the Line of Control in Machhil sector of Kupwara district on November 22.  
 
Stepping up its efforts to trace black money parked abroad, India has shot off at least 20 ‘administrative assistance’ requests to Switzerland in recent months seeking details of Indians suspected to have misused Swiss banks’ famed high-secrecy walls to evade taxes.  
 


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