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Rs 50,000 crore deal for supplying 126 Rafale combat aircraft and the security situation in the Af-Pak region are understood to have been discussed during the Defence Minister-level talks between India and France in New Delhi on Friday. During the around 90-minute meeting between Defence Minister A K Antony and his visiting French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, the two sides are believed to have flagged the ongoing military hardware cooperation including the Rafale combat aircraft deal. The one-on-one meeting with Antony, Le Drian briefed the Indian side on the French white paper on defence and national security released April last year, officials said. They said such a briefing had earlier been held by France only for two countries - the United Kingdom and the US.No contract will be signed by the two sides during this visit of the French Defence Minister, who had come to India with the French President in February …
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President Truong Tan Sang visit to US

President Truong Tan Sang statement at his meeting with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in Washington D. C on Wednesday, the first working day of his 3-day visit to the United States. The future Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) must take into account the differences in the development levels of member countries, the Vietnamese leader emphasized. Sang also asked the United States to remove any barriers preventing Vietnamese goods from entering the country, reported the newspaper. Cases of price dumping had negatively affected millions of Vietnamese farmers and the country's efforts in poverty reduction. The United States should soon recognize Vietnam's market economy status, state-run Vietnam News reported, quoting Sang's proposal at the meeting. Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States Nguyen Quoc Cuong who said ahead of the President's departure that a new framework on the Vietnam-U.S. partnership is expected to re…

 Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Thursday onto visit to Southeast Asia to deepen ties as marks the 40th anniversary of friendship and cooperation between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Abe's first overseas visits as newly elected prime minister to Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia in last December and Myanmar in May, Abe, currently visiting  Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines for a three-day tour. Abe will first arrive at Kuala Lumpur and is expected to meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak later Thursday. In Singapore on Friday, Abe will meet with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and he also plans to hold talks with U. S. Vice President Joe Biden, who will stop at the country after visiting India. Abe will pay a visit to the Philippines on Saturday and is expected to meet with the country's President Benigno Aquino III in Manila.

High speed train badly derailed took toll of 77 people killed and around 143 injured, a train derailed outside the city of Santiago de Compostela in the region of Galicia in northwestern Spain on Wednesday evening. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is due to visit the scene of the accident. A message , "In the face of a tragedy such as just happened in Santiago de Compostela on the eve of its big day, I can only express my deepest sympathy as a Spaniard and a Galician," Rajoy said. Rescue workers have found 73 bodies from the wreckage of the train while four other victims died in hospital, a spokesman for the Galicia regional high court told media, adding that the numbers were still provisional.Efe reported that the driver of the train had admitted to speeding when he hit the bend in the tracks, a ll 13 carriages were derailed, and four piled into each other and overturned on the ground. Black smoke was seen billowing from …
UN General Assembly’s “Sustainable sanitation: the drive to 2015”,
General Assembly have adopted a resolution on "‪#‎Sanitation‬ for All", officially designating 19 November as‪#‎WorldToiletDay‬. This new annual observance will go a long way toward raising awareness about the need for all human beings to have access to sanitation.

Despite progress toward the Millennium Development Goals, one in three people do not have a basic toilet. Almost 2,000 children die every day from preventable diarrhoeal diseases. Poor sanitation and water supply result in economic losses estimated at $260 billion annually in developing countries.

In ‪#‎India‬, 600 million people defecate in the open, contaminating their environments and water sources and spreading diseases like diarrhoea, which kills 1000 children under 5 every day.

Proper sanitation is also a question of basic dignity. It is unacceptable that women have to risk being the victims of rape and abuse, just to do something that most of us…

America has fought its way back

Hello everybody -- The basic bargain of this country says that if you work hard, you can get ahead -- you can build a secure life for your family, and know that your kids will do even better someday. But for more than a decade, that bargain has frayed, and a devastating recession made it worse. Over the past four and a half years, America has fought its way back, laying a new foundation for more durable economic growth. But many of the challenges that faced the middle class before the recession remain. And Washington has taken its eye off the ball. Too many people in this town are focused on scoring political points or fanning phony scandals instead of finding ways to help grow our economy, create jobs, or roll back a 30-year trend of rising inequality. It’s time for that to stop. It’s time for all of us to focus on our top priority as a country, and that’s reigniting the engine of our prosperity: a rising, thriving middle class. That’s what I just said while speaking at Knox College…
Bangladeshi lawmaker arrested24072013July 24, 2013 by  Investigation branch of Bangladesh Police Wednesday afternoon arrested a ruling party lawmaker for allegedly assaulting two journalists shortly after a court scraps his bail. The Member of Bangladesh Parliament Golam Maula Rony on Saturday beat up Journalist Imtiaz Momin and Video Journalist Mohsin Mukul. The two are members of a team that produces a crime- investigative show for local Independent TV channel. The journalists went to the lawmaker’s office on a tip-off that a bribe of more than 10 million taka (about 128,205 U.S. dollars) was to reach his office. The lawmaker received the ad-interim bail on Sunday from another court in connection with the case filed Saturday by the private television channel, owned by Salman F Rahman, an advisor of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Dhaka court Wednesday canceled his bail and issued an arrest warrant as complainant Yusuf Ali, an assistant manager of the Ind…
WHO warns against complacency in the fight against leprosy

24 July 2013, Bangkok: The fight against leprosy has made great progress in the past two decades but complacency may now be threatening the last push towards a world free of this debilitating disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on the opening day of the International Leprosy Summit.

The three-day summit (24-26 July), being organized by WHO and the Nippon Foundation, brought health ministers from eight countries and global experts to discuss the current leprosy situation and strategies for further reducing the disease burden and realizing a leprosy-free world.

The development of multidrug therapy in the 1980s effectively cured 16 million people in the past 20 years. But in many countries where the disease is endemic, new case-detection rates have been either static or showing increases. Globally, every 2 minutes, a new case of leprosy is detected and 7 out of every 10 cases is a child. Misinformation about leprosy …