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What will Indian foreign secretary bring?

INDIA'S Foreign Secretary Subrahmaniam Jaishankar will visit Bangladesh from today on his tour of Saarc members aimed at “getting to know Saarc countries” as part of active Indian diplomacy. He started his trip on March 1 with Bhutan. From Bangladesh, he is expected to travel to Pakistan on March 3 and Afghanistan on March 4 Visits by India's foreign secretary to Bangladesh have always been important as the neighbours ordinarily have many unresolved issues which need to be settled peacefully....

India budget to boost investment

India budget to boost investment

Indian PM Narendra Modi's government has unveiled a business-friendly budget aimed at attracting greater investment for the economy. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced an unprecedented corporate tax cut, in the government's first full budget. But he also proposed major benefits for the poor, introducing a universal social security scheme. India will grow at a rate of...

BSF guns down Bangladeshi in Kurigram

BSF guns down Bangladeshi in Kurigram

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi near the Khalisha Kotal border at Phulbari upazila of Kurigram early today. The deceased was identified as Shyamal Chandra, 32, a local cattle trader, reports our Kurigram correspondent quoting Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) 45th battalion Commander Lt Col Zakir Hossain. “Shyamal and his associates were fired...

Indian railways to get $137bn boost

Indian railways to get $137bn boost

India's government has announced plans to invest $137bn (£88bn) in its ageing railway network over the next five years. Unveiling the annual railway budget, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the cash boost will help modernise existing tracks and introduce faster trains. Prabhu left the heavily subsidised passenger fares unchanged. The state-run railways operate more than 12,000...

How does Bangladesh figure in India's Look East Policy?

How does Bangladesh figure in India's Look East Policy?

INDIA is looking for new economic frontiers in the East. In the face of continuing stalemate of WTO negotiations, countries are looking for alternative or parallel arrangements. The past decade has seen the flourishing of many such initiatives. As an emerging global economic powerhouse, India would obviously not like to be left behind. There...

Indian foreign secy to visit Bangladesh Mar 2

Indian foreign secy to visit Bangladesh Mar 2

India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will visit Bangladesh on March 2, as part of his Saarc tour aimed at restarting New Delhi’s neighbourhood outreach diplomacy. The travel plans were announced by Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of Indian external affairs ministry, who said the foreign secretary would make the trip to Bangladesh, which will be his...

AAP govt announces 50% cut in power tariff

AAP govt announces 50% cut in power tariff

Acting on its poll promises, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government today announced a reduction in power tariff. “Families using power till 400 units per month will get it on half the price,” Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced in a press conference. “Those families using more than 400 units per month will have to...

No link between JMB, Saradha scam money or Trinamool: Report

No link between JMB, Saradha scam money or Trinamool: Report

India’s National Investigation Agency in its charge sheet to be submitted to a court may not mention the alleged involvement of Saradha chit fund scam money in Burdwan blasts, The Times of India reported today. "There is no money trail between Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which carried out the blasts, and Saradha scam money or...

UN climate head Rajendra Pachauri resigns

UN climate head Rajendra Pachauri resigns

The head of the United Nations climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations. A spokesman for Pachauri told the IPCC that he had resigned from his position with immediate effect. Indian police are investigating a complaint from a 29-year-old woman working in Pachauri's office in Delhi. Pachauri has denied the...

Maldives ex-president's detention extended; India, US concerned

Maldives ex-president's detention extended; India, US concerned

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed will stay in police custody until his trial in a terrorism case is completed, a court ruled on Monday, prompting expressions of concern from neighbour India and the United States. Nasheed was arrested on Sunday after a criminal court said he might flee the country to avoid hearings on...

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