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Modi, Obama vow to take ties to next level

Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday called India and US natural global partners and vowed with President Barack Obama to take their ties to the next level by resolving outstanding issues like their stalled nuclear deal. After a summit meeting with Obama in his Oval office at the White House, Modi said they had also agreed to intensify their counter-terrorism and...

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New confidence, new excitement in India-US ties: Modi

Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said there is new confidence and new excitement in the India-US relationship and said that both sides need to work to bring down the difference in their energy systems -- 120 volts (US) and 220 volts (India) -- to bring them together. Speaking ahead of a luncheon hosted by Vice President Joe Biden, Modi said that India was rea...

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Britain conducts first airstrike against IS targets

London, Oct 1 (IANS) Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) military jets have conducted their first strikes on an Islamic State (IS) heavy weapon position in Iraq, the British ministry of defence said Tuesday. In the course of an armed reconnaissance mission, two Tornados were tasked to assist Kurdish troops in northwest Iraq who were under attack from IS, also known as ISIL, the ministry was ...

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India, US to work together to hit terror groups

Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) India and the US will work together on disrupting financial and tactical support for terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Mohammed. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that both sides have agreed on joint and concerted efforts, including dismantling of safe havens for terrorist and criminal networks. India-US to w...

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Rohit Bal ties up with NGO to help flood victims in Kashmir

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Ace designer Rohit Bal has tied up with an NGO in an attempt to help the homeless victims of the devastating Jammu and Kashmir floods. The floods have left many homeless, and Bal, who is himself from Kashmir, has decided to supply building materials to help them build new houses. We are already sending whatever we can in the best way possible, Bal told IAN...

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RBI holds key rates, policy to be inflation-data driven

Mumbai, Oct 1 (IANS) In its fourth bi-monthly monetary policy, India's central bank Tuesday kept key interest rates unchanged in a bid to maintain financial and price stability with Governor Raghuram Rajan saying further policy will be contingent on relevant data coming in. Saying the country is currently positioned to reach the Reserve Bank of India's inflation target of 6 percent by Ja...

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Modi promises to take nuclear deal forward, extends defence pact

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Describing India and US as natural partners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday assured the US of India's commitment to take their stalled landmark civil nuclear deal forward and invited US defence companies to invest in India. India and US are natural partners and America is an integral part of our Look East, Link West policy, he said addressing the media aft...

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Serious about taking forward civil nuclear deal: Modi

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that he has conveyed to US President Barack Obama that India is serious about taking forward the civil nuclear deal with the US and resolving issues. We are serious about resolution of issues on both sides to enable the civil nuclear energy cooperation to take off, he said at a joint press interaction with Obama after su...

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After India-US summit on Mars, we are meeting on earth: Modi

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday termed it a happy coincidence that his summit meeting with US President Barack Obama took place days after India-US summit between the two countries' orbiters over Mars. After the Indian and US missions held a summit in space after reaching Mars, we are holding a summit meeting here. This is a happy coincidence, Modi remarke...

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India, US to intensify cooperation on anti-terror fight: Modi

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama Tuesday discussed the issue of terrorism, including in West Asia, and agreed to cooperate in counter-terrorism measures and in intelligence sharing. Modi, addressing a joint press conference with Obama after their summit-level talks here, said that they had also discussed climate change and agreed to coo...

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Sought access for Indian companies to American markets: Modi

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that he has urged US President Barack Obama to take steps that would help Indian service companies get access to the US economy. I told Obama to open means of access for Indian companies in US markets, he said at a joint press interaction after their summit-level talks here. Both sides had had an open discussion ...

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US defence firms welcome to participate in India: Modi

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that US defence firms are welcome to participate in India and that both India and US have agreed to deepen their security and defence cooperation. Addressing a joint press conference with US President Barack Obama, he said that both sides discussed security and defence issues during their summit-level talks and agreed to...

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Invited Obama and family to visit India: Modi

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday he has invited US President Barack Obama and his family to visit India at an early date. Modi said this during a joint press interaction with Obama here at the end of summit level talks between the two sides. ...

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Modi, Obama conclude talks, to issue press statements

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama concluded over one and a half hour of talks at the White House and are expected to make press statements. Ahead of their meeting, the two leaders penned a joint op-ed piece in the Washington Post in which they said the true potential of our relationship has yet to be fully realized and pledged to correct...

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Global wildlife population declined by half since 1970: WWF

Geneva, Sep 30 (IANS) The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Tuesday that the global wildlife population has declined by more than half over the last four decades. The Living Planet Report 2014, the 10th edition of WWF's biennial publication, said the population of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have declined by 52 percent since 1970, Xinhua reported. Freshwater species...

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Spain's Catalonia suspends campaign for referendum

Barcelona, Sep 30 (IANS/EFE) The regional government of Spain's Catalonia autonomous community Tuesday suspended its campaign for the Nov 9 referendum on independence, after the country's Constitutional Court accepted an appeal filed by the Spanish government against the initiative. The move followed a decision Monday by the Constitutional Court to consider the appeal, thus automatically...

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US slaps sanctions on Pakistan-based terror groups

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) The US Tuesday targeted two terrorist groups based in Pakistan by slapping sanctions on their leader and financial supporters. The Department of Treasury branded Fazl-ur Rehman Khalil, the leader of Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM), and Muhammad Naeem Sheikh and Umair Naeem Sheikh, two alleged financial supporters of Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT), as specially designated glob...

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Starwood Hotels to move global office to India in March 2015

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) US-based hospitality major Starwood Hotels and Resorts Tuesday said it will relocate its global headquarters to India in March 2015 for expanding its operations across the country. Our chief executive and top leadership will conduct business out of India in March 2015 for 'month-long immersion', as they did in China in 2011 and Dubai in 2013, to be closer to gues...

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Hong Kong students threaten to occupy government offices

Hong Kong, Sep 30 (IANS/EFE) Student demonstrators have decided to step up their street protests and are planning to eventually take over and occupy government offices, leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students said Tuesday. We will increase the intensity of protests starting as of this Thursday, Oct 2, Chow Wing Hong, one of the general secretaries of the federation, and Chan Kin ...

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BEL, Thales form JV for making radars in India

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) State-run Bharat Electronics (BEL) and French technology giant Thales Tuesday announced that the government has approved incorporation of their joint venture (JV) company, BEL-Thales Systems Ltd. This JV company will primarily focus on the design, development, marketing, supply and support of civilian and select defence radars for India and the global markets, Th...

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