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Economy in focus as India PM Modi starts second term without key aide

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MNA International Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take his oath of office on Thursday along with his ministers, though he suffered a setback at the start of his second term when key aide and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley opted out of the next government. The swearing-in ceremony at the forecourt of the colonial-era presidential palace will be attended by thousands of guests including Bollywood stars and leaders of neighbours including Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Modi won a massive mandate in the general election that ended this month after focusing his campaign on national security, as tension with old ...

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Mumbai Indians clinch 4th IPL title

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MNA Sports Desk: Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a thrilling encounter by one run to lift their 4th Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy. Needing nine to win off six balls, CSK’s star performer Shane Watson (80 off 59) got run out. Thereafter, veteran Lasith Malinga became the saviour for MI as he bowled tight lines to turn the tide in his side’s favour. Earlier, at one point CSK were cruising but MI bowlers took wickets in quick succession to bring their side back in the match. The biggest turning of the match was probably the runout ...

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Facebook deletes India’s Congress party & Pakistan military linked accounts

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook has deleted 712 accounts and 390 pages in India and Pakistan for “inauthentic behavior”, it said on Monday, many linked to India’s opposition Congress party days before a national election, and others related to Pakistan’s military. Facebook has come under increasing pressure around the world to ensure its social media platform is not abused for political purposes or to spread misinformation. The action against accounts with alleged links to Congress, the party led by the Gandhi family that has dominated Indian politics for much of its post-independence era, marks a bold move by Facebook. ...

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Indo-Pak relations remain key to regional stability and progress

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MNA Editorial Desk: India, we all must agree, is the most important and most powerful neighbour and ally of Bangladesh. Even before our inception in 1971, India had play some crucial roles in the liberation, restoration, development and progression of Bangladesh. Especially in South Asia, no country can ignore the importance of India and its economy not only due to its vastness and power but also for its significant development in terms of matching with the modern world. Hence, the government and its orientations are very important for the neighbouring countries as we are standing at less than a month ...

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Hasina, Modi to open 4 projects Monday

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MNA National Desk: The prime ministers of Bangladesh and India will jointly inaugurate four projects in Bangladesh, including the supply of 1,100 buses and trucks to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate the projects through videoconferencing from their respective capitals at 1:10 pm. According to sources at the PMO, the projects are supply of double decker and single decker ac and non-ac buses and trucks to Bangladesh road transport corporation (under 2nd line of credit), inauguration of 36 community clinics in five districts — Jamalpur, Sherpur, ...

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Pakistan arrests key suspects of Kashmir attack

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MNA International Desk: Pakistan authorities have arrested dozens of suspects, including brother of the leader of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad group, that India has blamed for the February 14 suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir, said Interior Ministry. The attack killed at least 40 troops. That bombing last month triggered a dangerous escalation that last week pushed Pakistan and India close to an all-out war over Kashmir. In Tuesday’s statement, the ministry says 44 suspects were arrested, including prominent members of the outlawed militant group. Among those arrested was Mufti Abdul Rauf, the brother of the group’s leader, Masood Azhar, reports AP. ...

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Trump plans to end India’s preferential trade facility

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump said on Monday he intends to end India’s preferential trade treatment under a programme that allows $5.6 billion worth of Indian exports to enter the United States duty free, reports Reuters. Trump, who has vowed to reduce US trade deficits, has repeatedly called out India for its high tariffs. “I am taking this step because, after intensive engagement between the United States and the Government of India, I have determined that India has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India,” Trump said ...

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Washington wants to know if Pakistan used F-16

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MNA International Desk: The United States said on Sunday it was trying to find out if Pakistan used US-built F-16 jets to down an Indian warplane, potentially in violation of US agreements, as the stand-off between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbors appeared to be easing. Pakistan and India both carried out aerial bombing missions this week, including a clash on Wednesday that saw an Indian pilot shot down over the disputed region of Kashmir in an incident that alarmed global powers and sparked fears of a war. A Pakistan military spokesman on Wednesday denied Indian claims that Pakistan used F-16 jets. ...

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New Indian envoy Riva Ganguly in Dhaka

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MNA National Desk: Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das arrived in Dhaka on Friday night to take up her assignment as the High Commissioner of India to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Prior to her arrival, she was the Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). A career-diplomat, Riva Ganguly, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986. She is a Post Graduate in Political Science from Delhi University. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was a Lecturer at Delhi University. She commenced her diplomatic career spanning 33 years from Spain. Thereafter, she was at Headquarters dealing with External ...

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Saudi Crown Prince eyes on ‘good things’ from India tour

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MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a warm welcome in India Wednesday, with Riyadh eager to demonstrate it is not an international pariah after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October. The killing of Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the prince, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul tarnished the image of the kingdom and the prince, who is staging a high-profile Asian tour to demonstrate he still has allies. Prince Mohammed predicted “good things” will come out of talks with Indian leaders as he started a landmark visit to the world’s largest democracy Wednesday, ...

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Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks: PM Imran Khan

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MNA Editorial Desk: Denying any involvement in the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks. “All this ‘attack Pakistan’ talk is all keeping elections in mind. But if at all these are serious, please make note of one thing clearly – Pakistan will not think of retaliating, it will retaliate,” he said on Tuesday. This is Imran Khan’s first statement on the Pulwama attack, the worst-ever terror strike on security forces in Kashmir. Pakistan based Dawn adds: Imran Khan said Islamabad will ...

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Kashmir tensions hike, 7 killed in fighting

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MNA International Desk: Four Indian soldiers, two suspected militants and a civilian were killed in a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir on Monday, officials said, further escalating tensions in the restive region. Another soldier was wounded in the gun battle, which came after a local Kashmiri militant rammed an explosive-laden van into a paramilitary bus on Thursday, killing at least 40 soldiers in the worst attack against Indian government forces in Kashmir’s history. The fighting erupted early Monday after government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there, security officials said. As ...

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Unemployment hit 45-year high in 2017-18 in India

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MNA International Desk: An official survey that has been withheld by the government shows India’s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018, the Business Standard newspaper reported on Thursday, delivering a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi just months before what is expected to be a closely fought general election. The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office conducted between July 2017-June 2018, showed the unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent, the highest since 1972-73, the newspaper reported. The report said that joblessness stood at 7.8 percent in urban areas compared with 5.3 parts in the countryside. The ...

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India clarifies reports of Rohingya movement towards BD

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MNA Editorial Desk: India’s external affairs ministry has clarified the media reports of Rohingya movement towards Bangladesh. “Government is aware of media reports of alleged movement into Bangladesh by some such persons,” the ministry said on its website on Tuesday, citing an official spokesperson. “Government is not a party to such movements. We will work with our neighbors to handle such matters through mutual consultation.” The spokesperson in New Delhi was responding to a question about the presence of “Rohingya” refugees stranded on the India-Bangladesh boundary in the Tripura sector. “Government is aware of the presence of 31 persons originally ...

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New Foreign minister to visit India first

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MNA Natioanal Desk: AK Abdul Momen will go to India for his first trip abroad as the new foreign minister of Bangladesh. India is considered as the most important neighboring country of Bangladesh. “India is our neighbour. We have warm relations. They invited me,” he said while responding to reporters at his office on Monday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first leader to congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after her party Awami League swept the results of the general election held on Dec 30. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also sent message to her new counterpart AK ...

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Dominant India wins in Australia after 71 years

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MNA Sports Desk: India ended a 71-year drought of a test series victory in Australia on Monday, their 2-1 triumph finally confirmed when the rain-affected fourth and final test ended in a draw at Sydney Cricket Ground early on Monday afternoon. The finale may have ultimately have turned out to be a damp squib but Virat Kohli’s tourists utterly dominated what action there was to deservedly become the first side from the Asian sub-continent to take the honors Down Under. Wins in the first test in Adelaide and third in Melbourne ensured they could not lose the series and their ...

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Huawei to set up manufacturing unit in India

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Chinese telecom giant Huawei Global Vice-President Jim Xu said it plans to begin manufacturing mobile phones in India by next year. Huawei already has a presence in India through its sub-brand “Honor” which is sold through online channels. The company’s plans for local manufacturing is mainly driven by the fact that India levies 20 percent duty on imported devices, reported news agency. However, Jim Xu also reportedly said that his company is also working on plans to open 1,000 company-branded stores across India in the next 2-3 years, in a bid to have a share ...

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300,000 evacuated as Titli hits India

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MNA International Desk: Cyclone Titli made landfall near Gopalpur on India’s east coast, reported news agency. The Odisha state government evacuated more than 300,000 people from five coastal districts on Wednesday while local schools, colleges and childcare centres were ordered closed and fishermen advised not to go out to sea. There were no deaths reported but trees and electricity poles were uprooted, officials told PTI, with roads and makeshift mud-brick houses also damaged. The weather system was expected to curve to the northeast and weaken gradually, India’s weather bureau said.

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Russia-India sign $5 billion arms deal

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MNA Business Desk: India inked a $5 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 air defense systems despite a looming threat of U.S. sanctions. The deal was signed on Friday in New Delhi during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss nuclear energy, space exploration and trade, reported news agency. India has requested that the U.S. grant it a waiver for the deal from sanctions prescribed by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a U.S. law passed in August 2017 that is intended to punish Russia for its annexation ...

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Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas: UN chief urges India

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MNA Exclusive Desk: UN secretary general Antonio Guterres urged India to pressure Myanmar for the safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland. Speaking up for Bangladesh, he said, “It was unacceptable that countries like Bangladesh have to accept a million refugees. Generosity is inversely proportional to richness, I think.” Guterres reserved some of his sharpest commentary for the Myanmar authorities. “I have never seen a community so discriminated in the world as the Rohingya.” He acknowledged reform of the UN Security Council is necessary but much as he would want it, he was powerless to do it alone, ...

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India defeat Bangladesh on last ball to retain Asia Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: India beat a spirited Bangladesh by three wickets in a last-ball finish of the final in Dubai on Friday to retain the Asia Cup. They lost the third Asia Cup final with this, but given the way they made Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka toil, they can hope the day they will be champions is not so far. Liton Das scored a maiden one-day international hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for 222 in 48.3 overs before India survived a middle order slump to chase down the target for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs ...

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India top court rules ‘adultery no longer a crime’

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MNA International Desk: Adultery is no longer a crime in India, said the Indian Supreme Court on Thursday. The court junked a 158-year law that punished a man for an affair but not the woman, treating her as her husband’s property, reported news agency. “The husband is not the master of the wife,” said five most senior Supreme Court judges in a constitution bench, unanimously sticking up for gender justice and calling out the Victorian adultery law — Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code — as arbitrary. The law punished a man who has an affair with a woman ...

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India plans to use BD waterway for a freight corridor

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MNA Business Desk: The Indian government is working on a plan to set up a waterway freight corridor to connect the mainland with the northeastern states via Bangladesh at a cost of Indian rupees 50 billion, according to economictimes.indiatimes.com The move would substantially reduce the time taken to transport goods to the eight northeastern states of India and costs. The proposed 900-km waterway would be used to transport freight from the northern and eastern states to the northeast and would start near Haldia in West Bengal, go to the Sundarbans, merge into the Padma river in Bangladesh and then join ...

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Asia Cup: India beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets

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MNA Sports Desk: India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Friday, reported news agency. After the Tigers were restricted to 173, Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made 61 in the opening partnership to set the platform for an easy chase. Dhawan made 40 from 47 balls before being trapped leg before by Shakib Al Hasan and Ambati Rayudu (13) also fell cheaply to Rubel Hossain, but Sharma and MS Dhoni then took the team towards victory. Dhoni hit 33 off 37 balls before giving a catch in a Mashrafe ...

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India clinches easy win over Pakistan

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MNA Sports Desk: Having survived against Hong Kong, India came back with a near-perfect bowling performance to register their most contented chase against arch-rival Pakistan with 126 balls remaining. Going through a patch of uninspiring performances, the bowlers returned with a thorough show, exposing Pakistan’s hardly-used middle order, which showed its lack of experience of batting through 50-over innings by going for big shots every time they were tied down. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to form after 35.2 wicketless overs in ODIs, and Kedar Jadhav’s return to the side – that cushion of the sixth bowler – showed just what India ...

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Asia Cup: India beat Hong Kong

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MNA Sports Desk: India survived a scare against Hong Kong after Shikhar Dhawan’s hundred as they battled to a 26-run win over the minnows in the Asia Cup on Tuesday, reported news agency. Chasing a big 286-run target, Hong Kong gave their illustrious opponents a run for their money with an opening stand of 174 runs before collapsing to 259-8 in 50 overs. India were lifted to 285-7 by a punishing 127 by Dhawan — his 14th one-day international hundred — and an attractive 60 by the recalled Ambati Rayudu at Dubai Stadium. The Group A match was expected to ...

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India into SAFF final beating Pakistan 3-1

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MNA Sports Desk: Holders India made their 11th final berth of the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup eliminating their arch-rival Pakistan by 3-1 goals in the 2nd semifinal at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium, reported news agency. The 7th time champions, India, will play the final on Saturday (15 September) at 7pm at the same venue against the Maldives, the champions of 2008 SAAF Cup, which made the final berth shocking spirited Nepal by 3-0 goals in the first semifinal earlier in the day. India will play their 10th final in the 11th edition of the Saff Championship while Pakistan are ...

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