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India, World Roundup June 27

India, World Roundup June 27
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1.  No discussion on H-1B visa issue during Modi-Trump meeting :  The H-1B visa issue that was looming on the India-US relationship in the run up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden meeting with President Donald Trump did not figure in the talks between the two leaders.
2.  All is well: Trump-Modi skirt trade wrinkles to enhance geo-strategic ties :  All is well; full speed ahead. Laying to rest any doubts about US-India ties slackening, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday committed to advancing a strong strategic relationship between the two countries centering on defense and security, despite continuing differences on trade issues.
3.  All who have blood of Kashmiri brothers on their hands are our targets: Al-Qaida document :  Shifting its focus to the Indian subcontinent, global terror outfit al-Qaida has said it will target Indian security installations and leaders of Hindu "separatist" organisations.
4.  SC refuses to stay govt's Aadhaar notification :  The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to pass any "order or interim order" on the plea challenging the Centre's notification making Aadhaarmandatory for availing various government schemes.
5.  Support Kashmiris against ‘tyrants’: Iran’s Khamenei :    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khameneiraised eyebrows on Monday as he tweeted, "Muslim world should openly support people of Bahrain,Kashmir , Yemen etc and repudiate oppressors and tyrants who attacked people in Ramadan ".
6.  India's opposition can affect CPEC in short run: Chinese media :  The construction of the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has been affected in the short run due to India's objections, a report in the state-run Chinese media said.
7.  Centre reaches out to Manmohan for special GST meet :  The NDA has reached out to former PM Manmohan Singh for the special midnight launch of goods and services tax (GST) on June 30 with the government providing him a seat on the podium along with another former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.
8.  100 days of Yogi: 'After the formation of anti-romeo squads, women in the state feel much safer' :        "After the formation of anti-romeo squads, women in the state feel much safer," Adityanath said while speaking about the crime against women in the state.
9.  India stands vindicated as US names Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin 'global terrorist' :  "It vindicates India's longstanding position that cross-border terrorism is behind the crisis created in Kashmir, especially since last year. It underlines strongly the fact that both India and the US face the threat of terrorism and are working together to counter this threat. Terrorism knows no boundaries," said external affairs ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay minutes after news of the state department's notification broke.
10.  Failure to launch GST will affect state, Jaitley warns J&K :  The Centre on Monday made a last-ditch effort to get Jammu & Kashmir on board to launch goods and services tax (GST) from July 1 with financeminister Arun Jaitley suggesting that the state government had elbow room to convey its concurrence to join the new regime.

1.  Secret documents signed by Churchill up for auction :  Secret documents signed by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, including one which discusses plans to build a tunnel between England and France in 1914, is set to be auctioned in the UK.
2.  Mongolia to hold first presidential runoff on July 9 :   its first ever presidential runoff vote on July 9 after none of the three candidates secured an absolute majority in an election marred by a "sabotage" attempt, electoral authorities said on Tuesday.
3.  Bashar al-Assad may be preparing chemical attack: US :  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing a chemical weapons attack that would result in the "mass murder" of civilians, the White House said on Monday, warning the regime would pay a "heavy price" if it goes ahead.
4.  Hong Kong in Beijing's shadow 20 years after handover :  When Xi Jinping lands in Hong Kong on Thursday for the first time since becoming China's president, he will step into a deeply divided city uncertain of its future. The visit marks 20 years since Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain and comes at a time when many fear the semi-autonomous city's freedoms are being lost to an ever more assertive Beijing.
5.  Trump pushes 'energy week' and goal of exporting resources :  With US exports of oil and natural gas surging, President Donald Trump says the US is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas and other resources. The White House is launching its "energy week" with a series of events focused on jobs and boosting US global influence. 
6.  44 people detained during Istanbul's banned LGBT pride event :  Turkey's official news agency says 44 people were detained during a march for LGBT rights that the governor of Istanbul had banned.
7.  China asks Pakistan to rein in terrorists in Afghanistan :  China is stepping into the United States' shoes in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over the weekend, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi travelled between Kabul and Islamabad in an attempt to mend fences between the two warring neighbours.
8.  I hate to call Pakistan an ally: Former US diplomat :  A former American diplomat said on Monday she "hates" calling Pakistan a US ally.
9.  China accuses Indian border guards of crossing into its territory :  China has accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India's northeastern border with Tibet, the Chinese foreign and defence ministries have said, complicating an already difficult relationship.
10.  Second landslide hits southwest China :  A second landslide has struck the village in southwest Chinawhere rescue workers have been looking for nearly 100 people buried over the weekend by a massive wave of rocks and debris.

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