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Russia gives S-400 systems to boost India’s air defence: Both sides signed important deals including one on S-400 missile systems, a game-changer in countering airborne threats. Pacts on stealth frigates, Kamov 226T helicopters also signed.
Can’t afford differences on terror-India to China: India raised the issue of Masood Azhar at the bilateral summit. It is a direct attempt by India to pin China to a commitment to designate the Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood as a terrorist at the U.N.
The End TB strategy: The Global TB Report 2016, recently released, has revised the estimates for the tuberculosis (TB) burden in India upwards.
Kigali makes history with HFC freeze: Countries came to an agreement in Kigali on Saturday to phase out a family of potent greenhouse gases by the late 2040s and move to prevent a potential 0.5 degree Celsius rise in global temperature by the end of the century.
India and Hungary set to sign two agreements: There is a business dimension to the visit, with India looking to leverage Hungary’s positive position, while exploring opportunities in fields including information technology in the larger Central European region.
Russia back with all guns blazing: With defense deals for $10 billion, the country is again in the reckoning in India’s arms market.
BIMSTEC a sunny prospect in Goa: Given all the stresses and strains on the structure of BRICS, the ‘sunny’ spot for India as a host may come from the BIMSTEC outreach.
India, Russia sign deal on information security: India and Russia on Saturday sealed a deal on ‘information security’ aimed at countering terrorism, drug trafficking and other illegal cross-border activities.
India, China discuss NSG membership issue: India and China discussed India’s hopes for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group at a bilateral summit ahead of the eighth BRICS summit.
Centre to set up Rs.2,000 crore credit guarantee fund for start-ups: The Centre will soon set up a Rs.2,000 crore credit guarantee fund with a view to provide funding facilities to startups. It will provide up to 80 per cent risk cover for collateral free credit given by banks to startups.
CPI inflation may ease below 5%: Retail inflation may slow to less than 5 per cent in fiscal 2017 due to a decline in the volatility of food prices and proactive steps taken on supply management by the Centre.
Centre to widen social security law dialogue: Labour ministry plans meetings with State governments in a bid to build GST-like consensus on reform proposal.
Science and Technology
Grow local species: In Nilgiris– the destructive role played by invasive species such as eucalyptus trees.
Out of my mind: A dangerous world: The world is much more unsafe than was the case during the Cold War. India will have to figure out who will come to fight beside it if and when serious conflict breaks out in the Himalayas.