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PM Modi arrives in Astana to attend SCO summit

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New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrives in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital for a two-day visit where he will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit meeting.

Modi is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev later on Thursday.

“I will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan for two days on 8-9 June for the Summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO),” PM Modi wrote on the Facebook post.

At this meeting, on completion of the process, India will become a full Member of the SCO upon which SCO will represent over 40% of humanity and nearly 20% of global GDP, he added.

PM Modi is also scheduled to attend the inauguration of the Astana Expo on June 9 which is themed on’Future Energy’ this year.

There is also a possibility of a bilateral meeting between PM Modi and Chinese President, at SCO Astana, but nothing is confirmed as of now, said MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet amid growing differences between India and China over a host of issues including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and NSG.

On India’s SCO membership, MEA said, “Trade, connectivity, energy, banking and fight against terrorism are the main areas of cooperation.”

While talking about the possibility of meeting between Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the summit, Baglay said, “Like External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj said, there is no meet scheduled as of now between PM Modi and PM Sharif.”

The 17th Meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council (HoSC) would take place on June 8-9 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Read More: PM Modi may meet Xi Jinping at SCO summit: MEA

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Everything you need to know about ‘Plastic Ban’ in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, June 23: From June 23 onwards, Maharashtra will start imposing fines on all those caught using plastic products. 

The development followed the state government’s March 23 dated notification prohibiting the manufacturing, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic and thermocol materials.

According to the notification, products manufactured from plastic and thermocol have been banned. Usage of disposable dishes, cups, plates, glasses, forks, bowls, containers, plastic packaging to wrap or store products, and packaging of food items food grain material, containers is prohibited.

However, the plastic packaging for medical purpose is permitted in the state.

Other materials that are excluded from the ban include food grade virgin plastic used for packaging milk, compostable packaging bags used for horticulture and agriculture purposes, plastic bags used for exporting goods, the plastic used at the manufacturing stage, the plastic used for handling of solid waste.

As per the rule, violators will be fined Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 for the first and second-time offense. A third-time offender will have to shell out Rs 25,000 and may also get a jail term of three months.

To check the violations, Maharashtra government has constituted several teams. As Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and district and local administration officials have been authorised to implement it.

While at tourist locations, tourism police, or Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation will regulate this law.

Besides, it has also formed an association comprising of plastic manufacturers, ministry officials and environmental experts to chalk out the implementation of the ban.

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Seychelles President in India after cancelling Assumption island deal with New Delhi

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Ahmedabad, June 23 :Seychelles President Danny Faure landed in Gujarat for a six-day visit to India, a day after the country’s Parliament has cancelled New Delhi’s planned project to build a naval base in the western Indian Ocean region. India’s strategic interests in the Indian Ocean Region got a big jolt amidst Beijing’s growing economic and strategic footprints in the region.

While debating on the issue in the Parliament, the Opposition lawmakers argued that permitting India to build a naval base on the strategically located island of Assumption would infringe on the country’s sovereignty.

Faure will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He will then meet President Ram Nath Kovind and hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also address the India-Seychelles Business Forum.

 

 

On June 4, Faure had stated that there will be no discussion on the military base project with Modi on his state visit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced India’s plan to set up and develop its first overseas military base at Assumption Island in the Seychelles in March 2015 to boost India’s regional diplomacy and capabilities.

The island nation of the Seychelles, strategically located in the context of sea lanes of communication (SLOCs), has long been an Indian ally.

Since 2003, India has maintained a military cooperation agreement with the Seychelles.

Modi government  has set up a Coastal Radar Surveillance (CRS) system in 2016, and donated three fast-track patrol vessels and one Dornier aircraft to the Seychelles Defense Forces.

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Army releases hit list of Kashmir’s 21 top most wanted terrorists

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Srinagar, June 23 :The Army has finalised a new hit- list of 21 most wanted terrorists as a part of offensive strategy against the terrorists operating in the valley after Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) chief Dawood Ahmed Salafi and three of his aides were gunned down in a shootout at Nowshera village in south Kashmir on Friday.

Security establishment sources said major operations were now underway to eliminate 21 “most wanted terrorists” from various terror outfits :11 from Hizbul Mujahideen, seven from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), two from Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and one from Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind (AGH).

Dawood Sofi, the alleged head of the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) was among the four terrorists killed in a joint operation in Anantnag by the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police.Dawood Ahmad Sofi was involved in several terror attacks on policemen, snatching of weapons, stone-pelting cases.

Governor’s rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Army has further fine-tuned its offensive strategy against the terrorists operating in the valley.

The Army is determined to eliminate all the terrorists who are part of the list to ensure peace in Kashmir.

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