Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

     FGN30: CHINA-LD INDIA
     Beijing: With India firmly conveying to China that the prolongation of the existing situation in eastern Ladakh was visibly impacting the bilateral ties in a “negative manner”, Beijing on Thursday said it is ready to seek a mutually acceptable solution to the issues that require “emergency response” through negotiation and consultation.

     FGN32: PAK-BUS-BLAST-TERRORISM
     Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said traces of explosives were “confirmed” in a preliminary probe into a bus blast that killed 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, and an act of terrorism cannot be ruled out.

     FGN33: NEPAL-LD PARLIAMENT
     Kathmandu: Nepal’s new government on Thursday recommended President Bidya Devi Bhandari to summon the new session of the House of Representatives on July 18, according to a Cabinet minister.
    
     FGN25: CHINA-PAK-BLAST-PROBE
     Beijing: China on Thursday said it is rushing a special team to Pakistan to probe a blast in a shuttle bus in which 13 people, including nine Chinese engineers, were killed, amid differing perceptions between the two close allies whether it was a terrorist attack or a gas explosion that hit the vehicle.

     FGN23: LANKA-INDIA-MARITIME
     Colombo: Top defence officials from India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives participated in a virtual trilateral table top exercise where they discussed best practices and procedures for countering common trans-national maritime crime like curbing narcotics and assistance in maritime search and rescue.

     FGN20: CHINA-LD ECONOMY
     Beijing: China’s post COVID-19 pandemic economic rebound showed signs of slowdown as the economy grew at 7.9 per cent in the second quarter compared to a record 18.3 per cent in Q1, while the GDP expanded 12.7 per cent year on year in the first half amid the continued global spread of the coronavirus and unbalanced domestic recovery.

     FGN17: EU-RELIGIOUS-SYMBOLS
     Berlin: The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that employers may forbid the wearing of visible symbols of religious or political belief, such as headscarves. (AP)
    
     FGN26: EUROPE-LD FLOOD
     Berlin: More than 30 people have died and dozens of people were missing Thursday in Germany and neighbouring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and causing buildings to collapse. (AP)

     FGN6: US-INDIANS LD VISA
     Washington: The much sought-after Indian talent is moving to Canada from the US due to the country’s outdated immigration policies, particularly on H-1B visas, experts have told American lawmakers.

     FGN16: SHRINGLA-LD JAIPUR FOOT
     New York: Jaipur Foot, affordable prosthetic limbs, has given a new hope to people everywhere and has changed lives of many around the world, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said. SCY
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