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Pakistani warship visits Philippines

Islamabad, Dec 14 (IANS) A Pakistani warship arrived in the Philippines on Thursday for a four-day goodwill visit. The Sword-class missile guided frigate, PNS Saif, is anchored off Manila Bay, Philippine Navy spokesman Captain Lued Lincuna said. President Rodrigo Duterte will board the visiting warship for an exclusive tour later in the day. The warship is designed for ai...

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Developing nations in Asia to grow at 6% in 2017: ADB

Manila, Dec 13 (IANS) The economies of developing countries of Asia are expected to record a six per cent growth in 2017, a decimal higher than the September-forecast, the Asian Development Bank said on Wednesday. The bank, headquartered here in the Philippines, kept the 2018 GDP growth forecast at 5.8 per cent and attributed the elevated forecast for 2017 to stronger exports and domesti...

3 days ago
Duterte urges martial law extension in south Philippines

Manila, Dec 11 (IANS) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress for a one-year extension of the martial law imposed in the southern region of Mindanao, where Islamic State (IS) militants laid partial siege to a city for five months. Duterte's proposal comes 20 days ahead of the end of the current period of martial law, and he has asked for its extension until December...

9 days ago
Philippines threatens to pull out of ICC

Manila, Dec 5 (IANS) The Philippines on Tuesday threatened to pull out of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if its war against drugs that has left thousands of people dead is investigated. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque previewed elements of a speech he is due to deliver at the ICC headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Efe news reported. My statement...

16 days ago
Exhumed body of Indian brought to Manila, DNA sent to Chennai

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The body of an Indian recovered after a merchant ship sank off the coast of Japan in October has been exhumed and brought to Manila. The DNA sample was sent to Chennai, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday. This is an update on my tweets dated 18th November, Sushma Swaraj said. All islands in the region are alerted by Philippine Coast G...

17 days ago
Congress comes out with 15 more candidates

Gandhinagar, Nov 27 (IANS) Amidst disgruntled ticket aspirants some of who have decided to fight as independents, the Congress on Monday declared 15 more candidates for the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections. Monday is the last day for filing nominations. For the Gandhinagar North seat they have once again fielded old loyalist C.J. Chavda. Chavda had won the constitue...

21 days ago
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...

22 days ago
Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels

Manila, Nov 22 (IANS) The Philippines government on Wednesday announced the end of the stalled peace talks with the New People's Army, a Communist rebel outfit considered a terrorist group by the US and the European Union. The Manila agency in charge of the peace talks attributed its decision to the Communists' lack of willingness to negotiate and their recent armed attacks on security f...

26 days ago
10 Indians missing since October in ship capsize declared 'not found'

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The government on Saturday finally declared that the 10 Indians who went missing after a merchant ship sank off the coast of Japan last month could not be found. MV Emerald Star with 26 Indians sank on October 13, 2017, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. While 16 Indians were rescued, remaining 10 could not be found. There was extensive sear...

26 days ago
'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...

27 days ago
India, France agree to cooperate on Indian Ocean Region security

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) After officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held the first-ever quadrilateral meeting in Manila last week on the security and development of the Indo-Pacific region, India and France on Friday agreed to cooperate on the security architecture of the Indian Ocean Region. In terms of maritime security, both sides discussed increasing cooperation in the Ind...

27 days ago
India, France agree to cooperate on Indian Ocean region security

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) After officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held the first-ever quadrilateral meeting in Manila last week on the security and development of the Indo-Pacific region, India and France on Friday agreed to cooperate on the security architecture of the Indian Ocean region. In terms of maritime security, both sides discussed increasing cooperation in the Ind...

29 days ago
France to join India for Indo-Pacific security architecture

New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) After officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held first-ever quadrilateral meeting in Manila on the security architecture and development of the Indo-Pacific region, French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said on Wednesday that his country is forging a security partnership with India over this region. We have got key cooperation with India on thing...

29 days ago
Tillerson to meet Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 15 (IANS) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi here on Wednesday to discuss the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. Tillerson will also meet other members of the Myanmar government and the head of the armed forces, Min Aung Hlaing, to propose actions and address the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state and to offer US support i...

1 month ago
India to invite Ramayana troupes from southeast Asian nations

Manila, Nov 14 (IANS) To highlight the shared culture between India and southeast Asia, India will invite Ramayana troupes from all Asean member states to perform in the country of the epic's origin, a senior official said on Tuesday. Briefing the media here after Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the 15th India-Asean Summit, Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of E...

1 month ago
In Manila, Modi stresses on safe, secure navigation in Indo-Pacific

Manila, Nov 14 (IANS) Amidst the buzz over the quadrilateral grouping with the US, Japan and Australia as a counter to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday came out strongly in support of a safe, secure and free navigation in the Indo-Pacific region and for adherence to rule of law and international arbitration. On the sidelines of the India-Asean and East Asia Summits, he also...

1 month ago
Trump promises major announcement on his return to Washington

Manila, Nov 14 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he will make a major statement upon his arrival at the White House after a two-week tour of Asia, during which he visited Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. I will be making a major statement from the White House upon my return to D.C. Time and date to be set, Trump wrote on Twitter, reports Efe new...

1 month ago
Time for Asean, India to fight terrorism together: Modi

Manila, Nov 14 (IANS) Backing a rules-based regional security architecture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday favoured India and the Asean grouping coming together for a joint fight against terrorism and violent extremism. He also said India's Act East Policy is shaped around the Asean and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is evident.

1 month ago
India for 'balanced' Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

Manila, Nov 14 (IANS) Reiterating Indian support for concluding a balanced Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday met leaders of the Asia-Pacific region proposing to conclude the RCEP negotiations following 20 earlier rounds of talks. RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement covering 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific regio...

1 month ago
Modi meets Chinese Premier

Manila, Nov 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had a pull-aside on the margins of the East Asia Summit here on Tuesday. Two neighbours in deep conversation. PM @narendramodi with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the margins of #EastAsiaSummit Summit in #Manila, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of the two le...

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