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Trilateral Conference Concludes in Delhi

The first structured and sixth trilateral conference between India, Russia, and China ended in New Delhi with an emphasis on cooperation rather than confrontation should govern approaches to regional and global affairs."

U.S. Says Natanz Plan has Khan Links

The U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that the Iranian nuclear facility at Natanz has "unexplained ties" with the disgraced Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan's proliferation network.
 

India, Saudi Youth Initiatives

Taking forward the cooperation agreement between India and Saudi Arabia signed during the visit of King Abdullah to India in January 2006, the two nations have agreed to hold bilateral exchange programs involving students, youth, and sportspersons.

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UN Peacekeepers for Chad
Oxfam and Human Rights Watch called on urgent action by the United Nations to consider dispatching peacekeepers to Chad to prevent a spillover of Darfur crisis and furthering the humanitarian tragedy.

Italian Training for Indian Archeologists
In a recent interview with The Times of India, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Culture and Tourism Francesco Rutelli said that Italy will be "training Indian archaeologists in the field of preservation and restoration."

Renovated Nalanda Memorial, Students at VIT
Estranged nations India and China trying to rebuild past friendship and trust coalesced to renovate Xuanzang (Hieun Tsang) Memorial Hall in Nalanda in hopes that the friendship they shared for centuries may also be rebuilt.

Pak Interested to Close Siachen
Pakistan Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting acknowledged the futility of fighting in "one of the highest battlefields" where neither side "has gained anything" and indicated willingness to find closure to stalled talks.

Nobel Laureate Yunus in Politics
Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and champion of poverty allieviation and sustainable development, announced plans to enter politics in Bangladesh to help the nation overcome the "terrible political leadership."

Indo-French Air Exercise
India and France kicked off the third air combat exercise with India field Sukhoi-30s, Mirage-2000s and MiG-27s and France its Mirage-2000D and Mirage-2000V for mutual exposure to "fighter tactics" and "build interoperability."

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Inscriptions

Ancient Indian dynasties documented their administration, significant
developments, grants, and milestones as inscriptions in temples. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has documented these inscriptions
from 1886. These pages contain inscriptions from Pallava, Chola,
Pandya, Western Chalukya, Eastern Chalukya, Rashtrakuta, Hoyasala,
Vijayanagara, Vishnukundin, Kakatiya, Reddi, Vaidumba, Chinda,
Eastern Ganga, Gajapathi, Kalchurya, Qutb-Shahi of Golkonda, and Moghul,  dynasties.

 

Vodafone Headsets in India
China's leading telecom gear maker the $7.3-billion ZTE Corp has reportedly met with Vodafone Group to set up a world-class GSM handset manufacturing hub in India to meet low-cost handset requirements for Indian, Brazil, and Russian markets.

Swiss Triumph to Expand 5000
Switzerland headquartered innerwear brand Triumph International revealed plans to employ 5000 workers at its new manufacturing facility near Chennai to produce 15-20 million lingerie units.

Low-Cost US Motels to India
US-based Patel Motels along with others such as Super8 Motels, Country Hearth, Best Inns, and Best Value Inn are to enter India through the franchisee route and develop at least 20 Greenfield properties in metros and secondary cities.

Tariff Cut Plans to ASEAN Levels
The government is reportedly planning to cut peak customs tariff from the present 12.5% to a possible 10% in the upcoming budget but senior functionaries are reportedly interested to drop the tariff to ASEAN levels of 6-7%.

Italian Haute Couture Line in India
Italian USD 833 million Sixty Group revealed plans to enter the Indian market through exclusive nine-year franchising and trading partnership with Delhi-based Indus Clothing.

Apollo Hospitals in Yemen
The Apollo group of hospitals has signed an agreement with Hayel Saeed Anam group (HSA) to jointly run a USD 25 million super-specialty hospital at Taiz in Yemen by September this year.

AP- Ras Al Khaimah Ceramic Tile Project
The Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has signed an agreement with the Government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) to invest Rs. 9,000 crore (USD 2 billion) to set up an alumina plant and aluminum smelter unit to be used to produce ceramic tiles.

Toyota's Small Car Plant
Japanese car major Toyota Motor Corporation is reportedly planning an investment of USD 330-420 million to set up a small car plant near its existing facility near Bangalore with an initial capacity to manufacture 100,000 cars a year.

Norwegian Orkla Buys MTR
The USD 8.8 billion branded consumer goods, speciality materials and financial investments Norwegian company Orkla has reportedly bought out MTR Foods at a price of USD 100 million.

ONGC-ENI Energy Swap Deal
The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Iralian ENI SpA signed an energy swap deal where ONGC will take a 20-25 per cent stake in a Congo block that ENI owns in return for a 30-35 per cent stake in Mahanadi basin block.

 

 

 
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