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Bangladesh extends closure of land border with India till May 31

Dhaka:22/5/21:The government of Bangladesh has extended the closure of the land border with India for the movement of passengers till May 31. The decision has been taken in view of the COVID 19 situation in India. However, the movement of goods across borders will continue. The Bangladeshi citizens stranded in India will be allowed to come in through Benapole, Akhaura, ...

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WHO has not associated the term “Indian Variant” with B.1.617, now classified as Variant of Concern

Newdelhi:12/5/21:Several media reports have covered the news of the World Health Organisation (WHO) classifying B.1.617 as a variant of global concern. Some of these reports have termed the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus as an “Indian Variant”. These media reports are without any basis, and unfounded. This is to clarify that WHO has not associated the term “Indian Variant” with ...

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Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli loses vote of confidence in House of Representatives

Kathamandu:10/5/21:Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has lost the vote of confidence in the House of Representatives. He secured only 93 votes in the lower house of parliament during a special session convened on the directives of President Bidya Devi Bhandari. The required number of votes is 136 votes to save the government. Mr. Oli required at least 136 votes ...

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Prime Minister of India and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom held a Virtual Summit

Newdelhi:4/5/21:Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and The Rt Hon’ble Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom held a Virtual Summit today. India and the UK enjoy long standing friendly ties and share a Strategic Partnership underpinned by mutual commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, strong complementarities and growing convergences. An ambitious ‘Roadmap 2030’ was adopted ...

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Phone call between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Her Excellency Ursula von der Leyen

Newdelhi:3/5/21:Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had a phone call today with Her Excellency Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. The two leaders exchanged views on the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India and the EU, including India’s ongoing efforts to contain the second wave of COVID-19. Prime Minister Modi expressed his appreciation of the EU and its Member ...

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WHO approves Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

Newdelhi:2/5/21:The World Health Organisation has given the go-ahead for emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. The mRNA vaccine from the U.S. manufacturer joins vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson in receiving the WHO’s emergency use listing. In a statement, WHO’s CEO Stephane Bancel said, similar approvals for China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are expected in the coming days ...

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Phone call between Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and H.E. Mr. Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan

Newdelhi:25/4/21:Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had a phone call today with His Excellency Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan. The two leaders discussed the COVID-19 situation in the respective country and exchanged views on various regional and global challenges posed by the pandemic. They highlighted the importance of close India-Japan cooperation to overcome these challenges, such as by working together ...

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Indian, French Navy bilateral exercise VARUNA-2021

Newdelhi:25/4/21:The 19th edition of the Indian and French Navy bilateral exercise VARUNA-2021 is scheduled to be conducted in the Arabian Sea from today. The three-day exercise will see high tempo-naval operations at sea, including advanced air defence and anti-submarine exercises. The Units of both the navies will endeavour to enhance and hone their war-fighting skills to demonstrate their ability as ...

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DRI seizes more than 300 kg of cocaine valued at approx. Rs. 2,000 crore

Newdelhi:21/4/21; Based on specific intelligence that cocaine will be concealed in a consignment imported in container reaching V O C Port, Tuticorin, the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have intercepted the container declared to be containing wooden logs. The suspected container has originated from Panama, transited through the ports of Antwerp and Colombo. On examination, the suspected container ...

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Hong Kong authorities have announced the suspension of flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 14 days

China:19/4/21:The Hong Kong authorities have announced the suspension of flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 14 days starting from 20 April. The latest move comes after a local N501Y mutant Covid-19 strain case has been detected in the Asian financial hub. Passengers who have also stayed in these three countries for more than two hours even in transit ...

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