PM Modi inaugurates Japanese-assisted convention centre

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated ‘Rudraksh’, an international convention centre, in northern Varanasi city constructed with Japanese assistance. He said a new chapter has been written on ties between the two countries. Amid increased threats from terrorists, the Indian army has deployed hi-tech surveillance system near border areas in northern Jammu and Kashmir territory to thwart any attempts. India’s Foreign Minister S.Jaishankar on Wednesday told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that the prolongation of the existing situation along the border in Ladakh was visibly impacting the bilateral ties in a “negative manner”. As the Taliban continues a sweeping offensive across Afghanistan, the insurgent group has proposed a three-month ceasefire in return for the release of about 7,000 insurgent prisoners held in Afghanistan’s jails, a government negotiator involved in peace talks said on Thursday, according to local media reports. Amid rising inflation, the Pakistan government has increased CNG prices substantially this month. The captain of cargo ship MV X-Press Pearl that caught fire and sank off the west coast of Sri Lanka made a routine court appearance in Colombo on Thursday. The Russian captain along with 14 others is named as accused in a case over environmental damage done by the ship. When Pakistani poachers shot and killed his mother, the future looked bleak for bear cub Daboo.

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