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US and Afghan forces have freed former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son from kidnappers, the Independent reported. Armed men opened fire in a skirmish at Farrukhabad and dragged Ali Haider Gilani into a car on May 9, 2013. PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari confirmed the recovery, saying ex-PM Gilani received a call from the ambassador of Afghanistan after a “successful operation.”

The EU and Turkey have cancelled a high-level meeting planned for May 13, TASS quoted Maja Kocijancic, a spokesperson for the EU Foreign Affairs & Security Policy chief, as saying on Tuesday. The dialogue had been scheduled for Friday, but was postponed after a mutual decision, Kocijancic said. The meeting agenda contained several issues, including the EU’s visa liberalization for Turkish citizens.

The ceasefire regime in the Syrian city of Aleppo has been extended for 48 hours as of 00:01 am, May 10. the decision has been made by agreement with Syria’s leadership and the moderate opposition, as well as Russia and the US, TASS quoted the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria, Lieutenant General Sergey Kuralenko, as saying on Tuesday. Syria’s SANA news agency earlier reported the ceasefire regime extension in Aleppo, citing the Syrian Armed Forces’ Command. Hostilities were ended in Aleppo last Thursday, and the ceasefire had previously been extended for 72 hours.

A US navy warship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea on Tuesday, prompting Beijing to denounce the patrol as illegal, Reuters reports. Guided missile destroyer the USS William P. Lawrence traveled within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-held Fiery Cross Reef. The freedom of navigation operation was undertaken to“challenge excessive maritime claims” by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, which were seeking to restrict navigation rights in the sea, US Department of Defense spokesman Bill Urban said. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the US ship illegally entered Chinese waters and was tracked and warned. The move “threatened China’s sovereignty and security interests, endangered the staff and facilities on the reef, and damaged regional peace and stability,” he said.

Impeachment process against Brazil’s Rousseff to continue

An impeachment process against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff appears to be continuing after the acting speaker of the lower house revoked his decision to suspend a crucial vote, the BBC said. Waldir Maranhao’s U-turn came less than 24 hours after he had called for a new impeachment vote. Maranhao said there had been irregularities during the lower house session, and the earlier decision to annul the lower house vote held on April 17 had thrown the impeachment proceedings into disarray. The Senate may now vote on Wednesday on an impeachment trial, and Rousseff will be suspended for the trial’s duration if the president loses. Her government has been accused of violating fiscal rules.

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Issue 85
Welcome to the May Edition of the UK Science and Innovation Network in India’s Newsletter. In this month’s newsletter you can read about the AMR Infection Control and Prevention workshop held in Mumbai. Learn more about the the Tech Rocketship Awardswhich were launched by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We also cover the challenges faced in  bridging the barriers between researchers and policy makers in the area of climate research.
SIN Spotlight
Dr Teresa Inkster,  Lead Infection Control Doctor with Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, in Glasgow, recently visited Mumbai to explore UK-India collaborations in the importance of design in hospitals to improve infection control and prevention.
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Linking Climate Research to Policy: A Regional Dialogue
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) brought together a group of over 70 climate experts from South Asia and beyond in early April under the  CRISSA Programme (Climate Research and Information Services in South Asia) to discuss the barriers existing between researchers and policy makers in this critical area and how to bridge them – bringing science just a little bit closer to all the action! Read more…
Tech Rocketship Awards 2016-2017
The Tech Rocketship Awards 2016-2017 were launched by the Royal couple during their visit to Mumbai in April. The UK Trade and Investment Team in India (UKTI) are on the lookout for entrepreneurs under-40 who are looking to go global via the UK.  TEN winners with the best ideas will win a trip to London and pitch to investors for funding and explore what the UK has to offer. There will be regional events before the selection of the winner. For all the latest deadlines, events, follow @ukti_India on twitter , LinkedIn updates and look out for hashtag#Tech Rocketships.
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The Science and Innovation Network along with the University of Johannesburg and Royal Society of Chemistry organised a conference (late-2015) in Johannesburg bringing together scientists, directors of research institutes, industry, government officials and research funders from UK, India and Africa.  The objective of this conference was to gain and share insights into issues related to water (landscape level, quality and supply), innovations around monitoring, treating drinking water and waste water treatment approaches in UK, India, South Africa and other countries in Africa. Read the full report here…
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The call for Researcher Link Workshop Grants under Newton Bhabha Fund for 2016 is now open  The workshops are jointly funded by British Council and Royal Society of Chemistry. For more details and eligibility criteria, please visit  here…
Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund from the British Council, Dr David Jenkins (Plymouth University, UK)  and Dr Vasanthakumari (BS Abdur Rahman University, Chennai, India) will be holding a workshop on Water for Life in Chennai, India on 8-10 August 2016.  Early Career Researchers from the UK or India are now invited to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme.
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Crony wealth in India 3% of GDP, from 18% in 2008: The Economist – Times of India – It’s one ranking where the government won’t complain about scoring less. The Economist’s latest index of crony capitalism estimates crony wealth in India at 3% of GDP, against 18% in 2008, when cro…

New era of reforms: The Bankruptcy & Insolvency Code 2016

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LPG connections at nominal rates for 25 Lakh Chhattisgarh families – Raipur, May 8: As many as 25 lakh poor families in Chhattisgarh will be provided domestic LPG connections in next two years at nominal charges under the ambitious ‘Ujjwala scheme’ launched by Prime…

Key has more questions to answer on trusts

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Zee Media Exclusive: Air India officials given kickbacks by Canadian company to bag tender

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All you need to know about negative gearing

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Why I am convinced Modi degrees appear to be fake

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Delhi Universtiy clarifies Modi was awarded BA degree in 1979

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Gujarat government to kick-start solar rooftop project for citizens – Times of India – AHMEDABAD: In an attempt to scale up the present solar power generation in Gujarat, the state government is now all set to launch its much awaited project of grid-connected rooftop solar power unit…

Storm conditions ease after wild night across SA

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“The Global Energy Scenario and Challenges for India’s Energy Security”

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Pakistan News Digest is being brought out by the Pakistan Project team at IDSA. The digest seeks to keep its focus on all round strategic developments taking place in Pakistan on a monthly basis. It culls out information and analyses from the Pakistani media— both English and vernacular— and provide…


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