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23 August 2019
NEPAL BANS SINGLE-USE PLASTICS IN EVEREST REGION 

Nepal will make the Everest region a plastic-free zone by 2020 by banning single-use plastics, a move that will curb excessive pollution on the highest point of the Earths surface. 

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23 August 2019
SECOND DAY OF ITALY CRISIS TALKS AFTER PM CONTE RESIGNS 

Italys President will hold a second day of talks aimed at solving the 
political crisis shaking the country on Thursday after the disintegration of the populist government. 

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23 August 2019
DON’T WORRY ABOUT DRINKING MICROPLASTICS IN WATER: UN 

The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water dont appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. 

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23 August 2019
RUSSIAN NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: MEDICS FEAR 'RADIOACTIVE PATIENTS'

Russian medics who treated radiation victims after a military explosion in the Arctic had no protection and now fear they were irradiated themselves. 

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23 August 2019
AMID TRADE DISPUTE, SOUTH KOREA TO END INTELLIGENCE-SHARING PACT WITH JAPAN 

South Korea said on Thursday it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a decision that could further escalate a dispute over history and trade and undercut security cooperation on North Korea. 

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23 August 2019
GERMAN, DUTCH GOVERNMENTS MEET TO DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and key Cabinet ministers are meeting their Dutch counterparts Thursday to discuss ways of tackling climate change together. 

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23 August 2019
AMID RISING TENSIONS WITH US, IRAN UNVEILS HOME-GROWN MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEM 

Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, mobile surface-to-air missile system on Thursday, Iranian state media reported. 

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23 August 2019
US TO ALLOW INDEFINITE DETENTION OF MIGRANT CHILDREN

President Donald Trump’s administration has announced that it would remove tough legal limits on how long migrant children can be detained as part of its broader crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

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23 August 2019
AS AMAZON BURNS, BRAZIL IS BOLSONARO TELLS REST OF WORLD NOT TO INTERFERE 


Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest alight but told foreign powers not to interfere.

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20th Aug 2019
BREXIT: EU MIGRATION RULES 'TO END STRAIGHT AFTER NO-DEAL' 
The UK government has said EU free movement rules will end immediately if  there is a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.  Theresa May had considered phasing out the rules if the UK leaves the EU  without an agreement, but those plans have now been dropped. 
World Newsletter
19th Aug 2019
IRAN TANKER ROW: DETAINED SHIP SETS SAIL FROM GIBRALTAR
An Iranian ship held by Gibraltar since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria has left port. Marine tracking shows the tanker moving east into the Mediterranean and lists Kalamata in Greece as the destination.
World Newsletter
18th Aug 2019
RIVAL RALLIES AS DIVISIONS DEEPEN IN HK
Thousands of school teachers joined an 11th weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Saturday, as shops pulled down their shutters and braced for another restive summer night.
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17th Aug 2019
TRUMP WANTS U.S. TO BUY GREENLAND, ISLAND SAYS IT IS 'NOT FOR SALE'
Aiming to put his mark on the world map, President Donald Trump has talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the U.S. A Trump ally told on Thursday that the Republican president had discussed the purchase but was not serious about it.
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16th Aug 2019
GIBRALTAR FREES IRAN TANKER
All 24 Indian crew aboard VLCC Grace 1, an Iranian oil tanker, have been released by Gibraltar authorities and are free to return to India, Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan said on Thursday. In a tweet, Muraleedharan said: "Spoke to our High Commission in London. They confirmed all 24 Indian crew aboard VLCC Grace 1 have been released by Gibraltar authorities and are free to return to India."
World Newsletter
15th Aug 2019
INDIA, CHINA NO LONGER 'DEVELOPING NATIONS', WON'T LET THEM TAKE WTO 'ADVANTAGE': TRUMP
Asserting that India and China have "already grown" and it was unfair of them to take advantage of the "developing countries" tag by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), US President Donald Trump said he would not let it happen anymore. He expressed hope that WTO will treat the US "fairly".
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14th Aug 2019
US TO DELAY SOME CHINA TARIFFS UNTIL STORES STOCK UP FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPERS
President Donald Trump onTuesdayunexpectedly put off new tariffs on many Chinese goods, including cellphones, laptop computers and toys, until after the start of the Christmas shopping season, acknowledging the effect that his protracted trade war with Beijing could have on Americans.
World Newsletter
13th Aug 2019
NORMS TIGHTENED FOR GETTING GREEN CARDS
Trump administration rules that could deny Green Cards to immigrants who use  Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance  are going into effect, potentially making it more difficult for some to  become US citizens. Federal law already requires those seeking Green Cards and legal status to  prove they will not be a burden to the US, or what's called a "public  charge", but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of  programmes that could disqualify them. 
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12th Aug 2019
AFGHAN PRESIDENT REJECTS FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN COUNTRY'S FATE

Afghanistan's president on Sunday rejected foreign interference as the  United States and the Taliban appear to be closing in on a peace deal  without the Afghan government at the table.  President Ashraf Ghani spoke during the Muslim holiday Eid-al-Adha and as  U.S. and Taliban negotiators continue their work in the Gulf nation of  Qatar, where the insurgents have a political office. 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
COLOMBO TEST, DAY 1 ALSO INTERRUPTED BY RAIN 

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne helped Sri Lanka to 85

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23 August 2019
ASHES: AUSTRALIA ALL OUT FOR 179 IN THIRD TEST, DAY 1 

Jofra Archer took six wickets as England dismissed an Australia side without star batsman Steve Smith for just 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley on Thursday. Fast bowler Archer, in only his second Test, took 6/45 in 17.1 overs - the first time he had taken five or more wickets in an innings at this level. 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
ANTIGUA TEST, DAY 1: INDIAN TOP ORDER CRUMBLES AGAINST PACE ATTACK; RAHANE STANDS TALL 


Ajinkya Rahane's 18th half-century anchored India's revival to 203 for six on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir 
Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday. 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
ITF POSTPONES DAVIS CUP TIE BETWEEN INDIA-PAKISTAN TO NOVEMBER 


In a big relief to the Indian tennis team, the International Tennis 
Federation (ITF) has postponed the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan to a later date in November. 

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23 August 2019
SENSEX SINKS 587 PTS; YES BANK NOSEDIVES 14 PC 


Sensex plummeted 587 points on Thursday, pressured by heavy selling in banking and energy stocks amid weak global cues. 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
SC LAWYERS PROTEST DENIAL OF URGENT HEARING FOR CHIDAMBARAM 

A group of Supreme Court advocates have protested against the Supreme 
Court's denial of urgent hearing on Wednesday for former Union home minister P Chidambaram's petition for interim bail in the INX Media case. 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
SIT IN PEHLU KHAN CASE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSTITUTED EARLIER: SACHIN PILOT 

Rajasthan Dy. CM Sachin Pilot has said that the Congress government should have constituted the SIT into the lynching of Pehlu Khan soon after forming the government in the state. 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
DEMONISING PM MODI ALL THE TIME WON'T HELP: CONGRESS'S JAIRAM RAMESH 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governance model is not a "complete negative story" and not recognising his work and demonising him all the time is not going to help, said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. 

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23 August 2019
IN VALLEY, GOVT STAFF GO TO WORK LOOKING OVER THE SHOULDER, ATTENDANCE THIN: AN IE REPORT 

Aijaz Ahmad, a resident of South Kashmir's Pulwama district, travels more than 30 km to reach his office in Srinagar. But the journey is not easy these days. He hitchhikes and walks, past paramilitary personnel and angry youths. 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
NITI AAYOG CHIEF RINGS THE ALARM BELL, CALLS FOR UNPRECEDENTED STEPS 

Taking cognizance of the bad liquidity situation in the financial sector and weak private investment in the economy, Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, Niti Aayog said that since the government is faced with an "unprecedented issue", it needs to take steps that are "out of the ordinary".

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
US TO ALLOW INDEFINITE DETENTION OF MIGRANT CHILDREN 


President Donald Trump's administration has announced that it would remove tough legal limits on how long migrant children can be detained as part of its broader crackdown on undocumented immigrants. 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
AMAZON FIRES: 'OUR HOUSE IS BURNING', MACRON WARNS AHEAD OF G7 


French President Emmanuel Macron has said the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest is an "international crisis" that needs to be on the top of the agenda at the G7 summit. 

India Newsletter
22 AUgust 2019
IMRAN KHAN: NO POINT IN TALKING TO THEM (INDIA). ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN 

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he does not want to 
pursue dialogue with India, and with the face-off between two "nuclear-armed countries", "anything can happen" - indicating conflict between the two countries. 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
OPPN SEEKS RELEASE OF DETAINED J&K LEADERS 

Opposition parties, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress and DMK, held a joint protest at Jantar Mantar here, demanding immediate release of leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been in detention for days since Article 370 was abrogated in the state and the state bifurcated and made a UT. 

India Newsletter
22 AUgust 2019
CBI GETS CHIDAMBARAM CUSTODY FOR FOUR DAYS, PLEA IN SC TODAY 


A Delhi special court Thursday remanded Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram in CBI custody till August 26, observing that the allegations against him in the INX Media case are "serious in nature" for which a "detailed and in-depth investigation is required". 

India Newsletter
23 August 2019
MODI AND I HAVE DISCUSSED KASHMIR, WILL TELL IMRAN TO SETTLE IT BILATERALLY:  FRENCH'S MACRO

Echoing the Indian line on Jammu and Kashmir, French President Emmanuel 
Macron Thursday said that India and Pakistan should resolve the issue 
bilaterally, and that no outside interference was needed. 

India Newsletter
20th Aug 2019
TRUMP DIALS PM MODI WHO CALLS OUT IMRAN: HIS ANTI-INDIA TALK DOESN'T HELP PEACE

In the first phone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump since the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked two weeks ago, Modi told Trump that "extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence" by certain leaders in the region was "not conducive to peace".

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20th Aug 2019
TRUMP DIALS PM MODI WHO CALLS OUT IMRAN: HIS ANTI-INDIA TALK DOESN'T HELP PEACE

InthefirstphoneconversationbetweenPrimeMinisterNarendraModiandUS PresidentDonaldTrumpsincethespecialstatusofJammuandKashmirwas revokedtwoweeksago,ModitoldTrumpthat"extremerhetoricandincitement toanti-Indiaviolence"bycertainleadersintheregionwas"notconducive topeace".

ThiswasclearlyaimedatPakistanPrimeMinisterImranKhanwho hasratcheteduptherhetoricagainstIndiainthelasttwoweeks.

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19th Aug 2019
TALKS WITH PAKISTAN ONLY ON POK, SAYS RAJNATH SINGH AT RALLY IN KALKA 
Asserting that dialogue with Pakistan is not possible till it stops aiding  and abetting terrorism, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday  that if talks are held with Pakistan, they will be only on Pakistan occupied  Kashmir (PoK). 
India Newsletter
18th Aug 2019
LANDLINES BACK IN PARTS OF KASHMIR VALLEY, SOME MOVEMENT CURBS RELAXED 
The Jammu and Kashmir government eased restrictions in parts of the Valley  Saturday and began restoring landline services in some areas.  Kashmir has been under an unprecedented communication blackout since August  5, the day the Centre moved to end the special status of the state. 
India Newsletter
17th Aug 2019
PAK, CHINA TRYING TO SPEAK FOR WORLD: INDIA AFTER UNSC MEET ON KASHMIR
India on Friday told Pakistan that it has to stop terrorism to start talks as the UN Security Council held a rare closed door meeting to discuss revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
India Newsletter
16th Aug 2019
I-DAY: PM PUSHES FOR POPULATION CONTROL MEASURES, 'ONE NATION, ONE ELECTION'
In his first Independence Day address after returning to power with a bigger mandate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff to spearhead the three services, called for measures to check 'population explosion' and gave a fresh push to the idea of 'one nation, one election'.
India Newsletter
15th Aug 2019
PEOPLE OF J-K AND LADAKH WILL BENEFIT FROM ABROGATION OF ARTICLE 370: PREZ
President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday expressed confidence that scrapping provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories will be of "immense benefit" to people of those regions. Delivering his Independence Day address to the nation, Kovind also said the changes made in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh recently will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country. 'INDIA PLANNING MILITARY ACTION IN POK': PAK PM IMRAN KHAN
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14th Aug 2019
RESTRICTIONS TO BE EASED IN PHASED MANNER: J&K ADMINISTRATION
As the security lockdown and communication blockade entered the ninth day Tuesday, senior officials at the Centre and in Jammu and Kashmir underlined that it was up to the local authorities to assess the situation and take a decision on lifting restrictions. "The choice is between inconvenience of restrictions and loss of lives.
India Newsletter
13th Aug 2019
PAKISTAN GOES TO UNSC; FIND BILATERAL SOLUTION TO J&K. SAYS ITS CHIEF POLAND
After Pakistan approached the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over Indias reorganisation of state of Jammu & Kashmir, Poland which currently holds the UNSC presidency has made it clear that Delhi and Islamabad should find a solution bilaterally. This puts a lid on Pakistans attempts to raise the issue at the UNSC for the time being.
India Newsletter
12th Aug 2019
VALLEY PREPARES FOR EID; USUAL HUSTLE AND BUSTLE MISSING
Ahead of Eid-ul Azha, banks, ATMs and quite a few markets remained open on  Sunday in Kashmir and restrictions were eased allowing people to come out to  shop, while the administration said it was taking steps to facilitate  availability of food and other items and offering of prayers in mosques on  Monday.  The usual hustle and bustle of the festival was missing in the Valley where  normal life has been paralysed following heavy security deployment,  restrictions on movement and curtailing of communication links after the  abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on  August 5.