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India, Pakistan set to sign pilgrim corridor pact amid Kashmir tension

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MNA International Desk: India and Pakistan are set to sign an agreement on Indian pilgrims visiting a Sikh shrine in Pakistan, rare cooperation between the nuclear-armed neighbours at a time of tension that has brought exchanges of fire on their disputed border. The pact will introduce visa-free access from India to the Pakistani town of Kartarpur, home to a temple that marks the site where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, died. India’s foreign ministry said in a statement late on Monday an understanding had been reached on most issues and India was prepared to sign the agreement on Wednesday. ...

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India, China can together unlock potential

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MNA International Desk: It is widely acknowledged that China and India are playing pivotal roles in regional and global affairs in the 21st century. Indeed, both countries have taken comparable stances or approaches to many critical policy areas, such as international trade and global governance reform, on intergovernmental platforms. As emerging economies and the two most populous countries, China-India cooperation can affect the livelihood and welfare of 2.7 billion people. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in 2017 ushered in a new era of Socialism with Chinese characteristics. New Delhi’s pursuit of a New India ...

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Modi cancels Turkey visit over Erdogan’s remarks on Kashmir

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MNA International Desk: The Indian government has decided to call off a proposed visit by the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Turkey’s capital Ankara. The decision was taken as part of a number of measures showing the Indian government’s displeasure over Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last month. During the speech, Erdogan criticised India’s move to abrogate Article 370 of the constitution that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Supporting Pakistan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that it is imperative to solve the problem through “dialogue on the ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina to brief media Wednesday

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference on Wednesday about the outcomes of her recent official visits to New York and New Delhi. The press conference will be held at the Prime Minister’s official residence Ganabhaban at 3:30pm on the day. The Prime Minister went to the USA on September 22 on an eight-day visit to New York to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. On October 3, Sheikh Hasina went to India on a four-day official visit to New Delhi to attend the India Economic Summit 2019 of the World ...

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Indian Congress leaders meet PM

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MNA National Desk: Leaders of Indian National Congress on Sunday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi were present, among others, at the meeting. During the meeting, they exchanged pleasantries and recalled their old memories. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting held at the PM’s place of residence, Taj Mahal Hotel. The Prime Minister recalled the contributions of the Indian government and its people to the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. Hasina invited Sonia Gandhi to visit Bangladesh and ...

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Red carpet rolled out as PM reaches New Delhi

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MNA Editorial Desk: A red carpet was rolled out as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in New Delhi on Thursday morning on a four-day official visit to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF). A VVIP flight (BG-2030) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members landed there at Air Force Station, Palam at 9:45am (local time). Indian Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri along with Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das received the Prime Minister at the ...

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Bangladesh to raise issues of Teesta, NRC, border killings

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh will raise the issues of Teesta river water-sharing, Assam’s citizenship exercise and border killings along with other ones during a high-level meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on October 5. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen came up with the statement while briefing the media on Wednesday. Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for the Indian capital at 8:00am on Thursday in a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in her first visit to the neighbouring country after winning the 2018 elections. The minister said a whole raft of ...

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India’s current account gap narrows in June quarter vs year ago

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MNA Business Desk: India’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed to 2.0 per cent of gross domestic product in the June quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2020 from 2.3 per cent in the same period a year ago due to higher invisible receipts, the central bank said. On a quarterly basis, however, the CAD widened sharply from 0.7 per cent of GDP seen in the March quarter. CAD, a key indicator of economic health, measures the difference between the values of a country’s imported and exported goods and services. “Though the statistics look good, it doesn’t reflect any fundamental ...

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Assam NRC: Decisive future relations between India & Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Assam, a state of our neighboring country India, has been in the headlines during the last few weeks as humanitarian crisis seems to be building up there. The issue remains with the current population of Assam. Indian government and many of the Assamese citizens do not consider the whole population of Assam as its own. True that is as along with the locals, many migrated to Assam many years back. But it is the same story of millions of settlers all around the world and after living for generations and serving the economy of a country, no ...

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BD, India working on formulas to share 54 common rivers’ water: Jaishankar

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MNA National Desk: Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday said Bangladesh and India are working to find “mutually acceptable formulas” to share water from 54 shared rivers with keeping India’s commitment to resolving Teesta issue unchanged. “We look forward to making a progress to find mutually acceptable formulas to share water from our 54 shared rivers,” he told reporters adding that they are ready to make a start wherever it is possible. Asked about long-pending Teesta water-sharing matter, Jaishankar said there has been no change regarding their commitment to resolve the issue. “We’ve a position. You ...

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Six names in running for India national cricket coach job

Ravi Shastri

MNA Sports Desk: Ravi Shastri, India’s current head coach, and five other candidates have been shortlisted for Team India’s head coach job, news agency PTI reported. Apart from Shastri, who is currently on a 45-day extension after the World Cup 2019, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh are the other two Indians who have been shortlisted for the coveted job. Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and former Afghanistan coach Phil Jones are the three foreign nationals shortlisted for the role. The candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by ...

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Indian FM Jaishankar to arrive tonight

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MNA National Desk: Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar will arrive in Dhaka on Monday night on a three-day official visit, aiming to strengthen the relations between Bangladesh and India further. Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen will receive Jaishankar at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9.20pm on Monday, ministry sources said. According to the foreign ministry, the Indian External Affairs Minister will visit the Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi in the morning of August 20 to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. According to BSS, both Dr A K Abdul Momen ...

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Hope It Furthers Spirit Of Peace: PM Modi Wishes Nation On Eid-Al-Adha

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MNA International Desk: Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakri Eid, is marked by by sacrificing an animal that is close to the devotees as they prove their devotion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-Al-Adha as people from the Muslim community gathered at mosques across the country to offer prayers. “My best wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I hope it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in our society. Eid Mubarak!” PM Modi tweeted. Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakri Eid, is marked by by sacrificing an animal that is ...

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Dhaka, Delhi holding secretary-level talks on water issues

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and India are holding secretary-level talks in Dhaka city to discuss water-related issues between the two neighbours. The meeting began at the state guesthouse Meghna at 11:00am today (Thursday) and a media briefing is scheduled for 5:45pm. Indian water resources secretary Upendra Prasad Singh and his Bangladesh counterpart Kabir Bin Anwar are leading the delegations, an official was quoted by UNB as saying. Both sides are likely to discuss ways to go for a joint study to ensure the best use of Ganges water. Bangladesh and India share 54 trans-boundary rivers. On Tuesday, Indian high commissioner ...

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India urges Pakistan to reconsider decision to downgrade ties

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MNA International Desk: India on Thursday urged Pakistan to review its decision to downgrade diplomatic ties over the withdrawal of special status to Kashmir, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Pakistan said it would expel India’s ambassador in Islamabad and that its envoy who was to start his assignment soon will not move to Delhi after India revoked the special privileges to Kashmir, Reuters reported. “The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved,” the Indian foreign ministry said.

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500 arrests made during clampdown in Indian-ruled Kashmir

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MNA Editorial Desk: A petition was filed Thursday in India’s top court challenging the communications blackout and security clampdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where people remained holed up in their homes for a fourth day. State-run All India Radio said security agencies have arrested more than 500 people in the region apparently to prevent any outbreak of violence. It also reported cross-border firing by Indian and Pakistani troops in the Rajouri sector of the Indian-controlled Kashmir late Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the nation on Thursday to discuss Kashmir. India’s government this week revoked the special status ...

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China, Pakistan slam India’s move to change Kashmir’s special status

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MNA International Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to change the status of Kashmir ran into fierce opposition from China and its ally Pakistan on Tuesday as the disputed territory lay under a telecoms blackout to forestall protests for a second day. In a move to tighten its grip on Jammu and Kashmir, parts of which are claimed by Pakistan and China, India dropped a constitutional provision that allowed the country’s only Muslim-majority state to make its own laws. The changes imposed by Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government are the most sweeping in the nearly 30 years that India has ...

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India urges world to help Bangladesh ease its burden

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MNA Editorial Desk: India has urged the world to help Bangladesh cope with the “humanitarian burden” mentioning that they are “deeply conscious” of the humanitarian and security implications due to the presence of huge Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar. India has praised Bangladesh generosity and recognized the economic burden this crisis places upon Bangladesh’s society and economy, according to the Annual Security Outlook 2019 released by Asean. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country after August 25, 2017 as Myanmar launched a brutal offensive targeting the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority. Though Bangladesh and Myanmar ...

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WhatsApp to roll out payments service in India this year

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: WhatsApp will roll out its payments service in India this year following a year-long pilot, its global chief Will Cathcart has said, as the Facebook-owned messaging giant taps an upsurge in digital payments in its dominant market. WhatsApp is ubiquitous across India, where data consumption is surging thanks to cheap internet, but a full launch of its payments feature had been delayed amid some false messages circulating on the platform that have led to mob lynching and more government scrutiny, according to local media. The Menlo Park, California-based firm has also been trying to comply ...

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Netflix to launch cheaper mobile-only plan for India

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Netflix says it would roll out a lower-priced mobile-only plan in India within the next three months to tap into a price-sensitive market at a time the streaming company is losing customers in its home turf. India is among the last big growth markets for the company, where it faces competition from Amazon.com’s Prime Video and Hotstar, a video streaming platform owned by Walt Disney’s India unit, reports Reuters. Netflix lost US streaming customers for the first time in eight years on Wednesday, when it posted quarterly results. It also missed targets for new subscribers ...

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221 unlucky for both India & Bangladesh

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MNA Sports Desk: 221 remains an unlucky number for two Asian cricketing nations – India and Bangladesh. Both the teams’ score stood at 221 on their last game of this world cup. Bangladesh stopped at 221 after failing to chase Pakistan’s 315 in their last group stage game while India finished on 221 while chasing 239 of New Zealand in the first semifinal of ICC Cricket World Cup today. Hence for both the Asian teams, 221 will be a nightmare. New Zealand stormed the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 winning a thriller over India at Old Trafford ...

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India-New Zealand semifinal match to resume today due to rain

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MNA Sports Desk: The first semifinal match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand will resume on Reserve Day on Wednesday after rain stopped play on Tuesday. The match will resume from New Zealand’s score of 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson hit fifties for the Kiwis after they came under pressure from the Indian bowling attack. All five Indian bowlers bagged one wicket each before rain came down heavily . Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first against India. India playing XI Lokesh Rahul, Rohit ...

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

Narendra Modi

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

Mumbai Indians

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

Facebook

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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