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Israeli President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin will make a state visit to India next week, a visit at this level happening after nearly 20 years, and symbolises the growing partnership between India and Israel.

 

In a state visit by an Indian President to Nepal after a span of 18 years, President Pranab Mukherjee's three-day long tour has provided a 'healing touch' to the ties between the two South Asian neighbors that had become strained in recent times.

 

This state visit by the Indian President to Nepal has been deemed as the "beginning of a new era of ties between the two countries", according to Nepalese Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat.

 

Sri Lanka became the first South Asia nation to join the ambitious Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global programme that links 70 countries and nudges them towards more transparent, corruption-free governance while empowering citizens.

 

The India-Pakistan diplomatic war-dance and military brinkmanship continues unabated. India on Thursday (October 21) asked a Pakistan High Commission staffer in New Delhi to leave the country for allegedly running an espionage ring that was busted with the arrest of two Indians possessing sensitive defence documents.

 

Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 

 

General Zia’s military Governor in Lahore, Lt Gen Ghulam Gilani Khan, duly provided the support for Nawaz’s meteoric rise in politics. It was the backing of the military and the ISI chief, Lt Gen Asad Durrani, that enabled Sharif to cobble together an alliance of Islamist parties to prevail over Benazir Bhutto’s Peoples’ Party in 1992.

 

Kathmandu: Amid differences on many other issues, India and China, Nepal’s two giant neighbours, appeared positive on trilateral cooperation, a proposal made by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal  Dahal Prachanda in a rare trilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the ongoing BRICS Summit in Goa, India.  

 

After a gruelling day of meetings and media engagements, five BRICS leaders wound down their busy Saturday and turned up for dinner dressed impeccably in Indian kurtas and colourful cotton jackets, a perfect attire for a balmy Goan evening.

 

Last year at Ufa, Russia, while addressing the Brics Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had outlined a 10-point agenda for the future of the bloc. These initiatives were aimed at fortifying the evolving relationship amongst the member states and offering new institutional platforms for scientists, researchers, sportspersons, artists, technocrats and businesses to come together and work collaboratively.

 


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