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Britain to take up ‘persecution’ of religious minorities in India

London, March 5: Britain will raise the issue of alleged persecution of Christians and Sikhs in India during the April meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and Windsor, following demands by MPs to take it up with Prime Minster Narendra Modi. During a lengthy debate at the Westminster Hall of the House of Commons on 'Freedom of religion or belief' last week, MPs cited details of alleged persecution in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere, and demanded that ministers discuss it when Commonwealth leaders are here...
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Myanmar puts off border pact with India

NEW DELHI, MARCH 5: Myanmar has indefinitely deferred signing an agreement with India to streamline the free movement of people within 16 km along the border. India is keen to sign the agreement but Myanmar - citing “domestic compulsions” - has asked more time before the agreement is sealed. On January 3, the Union Cabinet had approved the agreement between India and Myanmar on land border crossing to enhance economic interaction between people of the 2 countries. Border passes To give it shape, the Centre had asked 4 States - Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and...
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Global Firepower ranks India’s military as 4th strongest, China 2nd

New Delhi, March 5: India’s military is placed 4th on a global index that has ranked 133 countries on the basis of their global military prowess, trailing behind only the US, Russia and China in that order. India’s western neighbour Pakistan ranks 13 on the Global Firepower (GFP) list 2017. India has managed to maintain its position among the top 5 military powers in the world on the GFP list while Pakistan could break in the top 15 only last year. Major military powers, France, the UK, Japan, Turkey and Germany,...
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Germany’s Social Democrats clear path for Merkel’s fourth term

Berlin, March 4: Germany's second biggest party said Sunday its members have in their high-stakes referendum approved a plan to join Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition, clearing the last hurdle in the way of the veteran leader's fourth term. But the chancellor, in power for 12 years, will go into her fourth term with far weaker cards than before, as she had to pay a high price to coax the reluctant Social Democratic Party (SPD) back into another loveless "grand coalition". Two in three of the SPD's rank and file backed...
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China says its “Moderate” Defence spending rises are no threat

BEIJING (CHINA), MArch 4 : China's "moderate" defence spending rises in the past few years have been to make up for past deficiencies and the country's military will not threaten anyone, a senior diplomat said on Sunday ahead of the release of the defence budget. How much China spends on its armed forces is closely watched around the region and in Washington for pointers about the country's broader strategic intentions amid an impressive modernisation programme that has included developing stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and anti-satellite missiles. Last year military spending...
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China begins parliament season, set to ratify removal of term limit for Xi

Beijing, March 3: China today formally began its well-choreographed annual Parliament season during which a constitutional amendment removing the two-term limit for President Xi Jinping is expected to be ratified, paving the way for his continuation in power, possibly for life. The annual Parliament season, during which about 5000 delegates of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the legislature the National Peoples Congress (NPC) would hold full sessions to deliberate on a vast agenda for the year prepared by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). This year's...
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Cambodia PM accuses United States of lying over aid cut

PHNOM PENH, March 3: Cambodia`s prime minister on Saturday accused the U.S. government of being dishonest in its announced suspension of aid to the Southeast Asian nation, saying Cambodia had already stopped receiving aid from Washington in 2016. The White House said on Tuesday it was suspending or curtailing several Treasury, USAID and military assistance programs that support Cambodia`s military, taxation department and local authorities - all of which, it said, shared blame for recent political instability. In his first public comments since the announced aid suspension, Prime Minister Hun...
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First Poland Holocaust law complaint targets Argentina paper

WARSAW, March 3: An Argentinian newspaper has become the first outlet to be targeted by Poland`s controversial new Holocaust law after a nationalist group filed a case on Friday hours after the legislation went live. The law, which went into effect Thursday, sets fines or up to three years in jail for anyone ascribing "responsibility or co-responsibility to the Polish nation or state for crimes committed by the German Third Reich". The main aim is to prevent people from erroneously describing Nazi German death camps in Poland, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau,...
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