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In direct and indirect attacks on Pakistan for its purported role in providing sanctuary to terrorists and their dreaded networks, the Heart of Asia conference concluded in India with a resounding demand for 'strong actions' against terrorism.

 
In direct and indirect attacks on Pakistan for its purported role in providing sanctuary to terrorists and their dreaded networks, the Heart of Asia conference concluded in India with a resounding demand for 'strong actions' against terrorism.  
 

The sixth ministerial conference of Heart of Asia (HoA) - Istanbul Process is all set to begin in Amritsar from today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani besides representatives from various countries would participate in the conference.

 
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in connection with reports in Pakistan's media about the Russian Federation's participation in the creation of China-Pakistan Economic Corrirdor mentions that reports about 'secret talks' to join the project are false.   
 
India has effective deterrence against both China and Pakistan but while China's nuclear weapons are a major strategic concern for India, Pakistan's nuclear programme "remain a daily source of tactical worry" and both countries' nuclear weapons programmes "are so closely linked....that they may effectively be treated as one," former Indian National Security Adviser (NSA ) Shivshankar Menon has said.   
 
The incoming Trump administration in the United States "will have different priorities", there may be a "degree of decoupling" with Europe and fluidity at the great-power level may translate into "uncertainty at the regional level" that would make it imperative for India "to engage with a multiplicity of actors in a multi-polar world", Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said.  
 

Deepening the ties between India and Israel, the Israeli president Reuven Rivlin arrived in India on a six-day visit on Monday. This visit comes in the backdrop of the forthcoming visit by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in 2017, marking the 25th year of the establishment of their bilateral diplomatic ties. 

 

India and Japan Friday signed the landmark civil nuclear agreement following the annual bilateral summit between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe here.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Japan Nov 10 on a three-day visit to attend the annual summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

 

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.

 


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The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
 
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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
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  It would seem that the government of India has decided to suppress the voices of Kashmiris by imposing a social media ban.
 
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The brief hand-holding took place in the Gulf of Aden. Despite a history of border dispute, diplomatic clashes and rivalry on various issues, India and China joined forces on April 9 to rescue a merchant vessel from pirates.
 
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
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That China strictly implements the UN Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea is seen by all. If Pyongyang continues with its nuclear and missile tests, China is bound to support more harsh resolutions on this country.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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