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Global investors' summit: Assam expects investments from Asean nations

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Assam expects investments in Tourism, Information Technology, Agriculture, Food Processing, Energy and Pharmaceutical sectors from across the globe, especially Asean member-nations, in the state's first global investors' summit on February 3-4, 2018. At a press conference here, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday also announced allocation of Rs 100 ...

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Australia ready to join Malabar naval exercise

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) In light of the increasing strategic importance of the Indo-Pacific region, Australia is willing to join the Malabar naval exercise if invited by the other three participating nations of India, the US and Japan, a senior Australian official said here on Wednesday. Australia, of course, stands very willing to join Malabar should we be invited to do so, Secretary o...

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India, Japan, Australia assert Asean's centrality in Indo-Pacific

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) India, Australia and Japan on Wednesday underscored their support for the Asean bloc's centrality in the political and security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region, amid China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea and rising influence in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. The three countries held their fourth Trilateral Dialogue here at the Foreign S...

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Why India is important for Asean

Title: The ASEAN Miracle: A Catalyst for Peace; Authors: Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 264; Price: Rs 750 As India prepares to host the leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations for a commemorative summit next month, a new book says that the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister has brought about a change to the relationship between India and t...

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India to connect with Asean via cruise tourism

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) India will connect with Asean countries through cruise tourism and a new cruise port is being built in Mumbai for this, Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday. Speaking at the India-Asean Connectivity Summit, which focuses on enhancing connectivity with Asean countries, the minister said the government was encouraging cruise tourism.

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Andaman, Nicobar islands to be developed as strategic hub

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) The Andaman and Nicobar group of islands will be developed as an economic and a strategic hub, Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh (retired) said on Monday. Speaking at the 'India-Asean Connectivity Summit' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Minister stressed on the need to focus on improving maritime connectivity w...

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India to host southeast Asia connectivity summit

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Keeping with Indias initiative of connectivity with southeast Asia under its Act East Policy, New Delhi will host an Asean-India Connectivity Summit (AICS) on December 11-12 on the theme Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century, the External Affairs Ministry said on Saturday. The event comes ahead of the visit of the leaders of the 10 me...

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US, Philippines to deepen collaboration in counter-terrorism

Washington, Dec 2 (IANS) The US and Philippines are set to intensify their collaboration in areas including counter-terrorism, countering transnational drug trafficking and maritime security, according to a statement. The joint statement, released by the US State Department on Friday, follows a bilateral strategic dialogue held in Washington on Thursday and Friday, during which the two s...

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India, Singapore join hands for enhanced maritime security

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Wednesday said he will encourage Indian naval ships to visit Changi Naval Base in Singapore, close to the South China Sea, more often, as the two countries vowed to strengthen defence ties and signed an agreement on naval cooperation. The Changi Naval base is located along the Singapore Strait, which through the Karimata S...

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ULFA is history, says Assam CM

Kolkata, Nov 27 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday said the strength of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), a separatist outfit, is no more and there is no law and order problem in the state. There is no law and order problem in the state and it is now a peaceful state... ULFA's strength is no more, he told reporters here. The Chief Minister was her...

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BJP hits back at Rahul for his 'hugplomacy' jibe at PM

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday hit back at Rahul Gandhi for his failed hugplomacy jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the release of LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, saying the Congress Vice President should stand with the country and not with the mastermind of the Mumbai massacre. Rahul baba, Aadte nahi badli (Habits have not changed). For once, stan...

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Asean connect: Sushma holds meet with Governors of northeastern states

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) As India boosts its trade, connectivity and people-to-people ties with southeast Asia under the Act East Policy, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday held an interactive meeting with the Governors of the northeastern states and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Stating that acting east through India's northeastern region, Exte...

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Australia sets up new group to counter terrorism financing

Canberra, Nov 22 (IANS) Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan on Wednesday announced the establishment of a new South East Asian group to counter the funding of terrorism in the region. Keenan, Australia's Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism, announced the new South East Asia Counter Terrorism Financing Working Group (SEA CTFWG) while...

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Nagaland CM bats for Tourist Circuit for Northeast

Kohima/Imphal, Nov 21 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang on Tuesday called for creating a Tourist Circuit for northeast India in order to connect all festivals of the eight states in the region. All it requires is the right policy, mixed with a blend of incentives for promoting investment and industrial growth in the northeastern states, he said, highlighting the importance of c...

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President underlines development of northeastern states

Imphal, Nov 21 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday underlined the need for the overall development of the northeastern states and said the region's connectivity with the outside world through air and waterways will be improved. The President said that as much as Rs 90,000 crore investment was earmarked to link Arunachal Pradesh and other northeastern states through railways. ...

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China ready to further boost cooperation with ASEAN

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 21 (IANS) China is ready to further boost cooperation with the ASEAN, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. Wang said on Monday that Beijing has appreciated positive response of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to China's proposal to formulate a vision for strategic partnership between China and the ASEAN by 2030, Xinhua news agency reported. ...

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51 countries to participate in Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers' Meeting

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 20 (IANS) A total of 51 countries will participate in the 13th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers' Meeting, opening on Monday in Myanmar's capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. The host country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi will inaugurate the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), in which the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the European Union (EU) will participate, repo...

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Hope Arunachal becomes driver of India's relations with Asean countries: Kovind

Itanagar, Nov 19 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said he hoped Arunachal Pradesh will become a driver of India's trade and economic relations with the Asean countries under the 'Act East Policy' of the central government. Being a border state, Arunachal Pradesh offers a unique opportunity for trade with neighbouring countries, he told legislators at a special session of the Ar...

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'Too early to say if there's Trump effect on tourism business'

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's travel ban and immigration policies might have not gone down well in some parts of the world but Caroline Beteta, the Visit California President and CEO, says it's too early to gauge the effect on travel business in the Golden State following such action. It's little too early to say that because we do our inbound international researc...

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Asean backs Myanmar's relief programme for Rohingyas

Bangkok, Nov 16 (IANS) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Thursday backed Myanmar's humanitarian relief programme in the Rakhine state. Around 615,000 members of the Muslim minority Rohingya community have fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine following a military offensive by the Myanmar Army since late August. A number of leaders expressed support to Myanmar's huma...

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