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Modi govt throws battered telcos a Rs 42,000-cr lifeline

The deferred amounts to be paid by telcos will be without increase in the time period, the FM said.

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India, Singapore agree to hold trilateral maritime exercise annually

The first Singapore-India-Thailand maritime exercise was held in the Andaman Sea in September as part of the security and safety of Indo-Pacific sea lines. "The Indo-Pacific Region is vital for us and we want to further enhance our maritime participation and engagement in the region in accordance with our doctrine of SAGAR," Rajnath Singh said.

Modi's successful visits abroad, decision to keep out of RCEP highlighted at BJP meeting

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Rajnath holds talks with US Def Secretary with focus on Indo-Pacific

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  • Vijay Singh Thakur, Secretary (East) in the MEA said India attaches great importance to the grouping of South and Southeast Asian nations and it is a part of its neighbourhood first policy. "As we are providing and looking for unhindered sea lanes of communication and economic integration of the region, we have to be mindful of the security at sea."

    Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday assured ASEAN and RCEP members that its absence from the block in its present form in no way impacts India’s Indo-Pacific vision.

    The country's largest water purifier and vacuum cleaner maker has undertaken an exercise to clean its books and restructure operations.

    A proposal for including the mainland Asian elephant or Indian elephant in Appendix 1 of the Convention of Migratory Species has been submitted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

    Prime Minister Modi emphasised the value India attaches to Myanmar's cooperation in ensuring that insurgent groups do not find space to operate across the India-Myanmar border, the release said. Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

    If India gets firm indication that its core interests will be accommodated then it can rethink its decision.

    "Congratulate PM @narendramodi for his bold and courageous decision to not join RCEP, since it was against our economic interests and national priorities. Modi hai to mumkin hai!," Piyush Goyal said in a series of tweets. He further added that the prime minister has shown his concern for farmers, dairy sector, MSMEs and domestic manufacturing.

    Chinese Vice-Commerce Minister and top trade negotiator Wang Shouwen also expressed confidence that the differences would be resolved by the end of this year. Fifteen nations from the Asia-Pacific region – the 10 ASEAN nations plus Japan, China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand – agreed on the outline of the trade pact on Monday.

    India has been forcefully raising the issue of market access as well as protected lists of goods mainly to shield its domestic market as there have been fears that the country may be flooded with cheap Chinese agricultural and industrial products, once it signs the deal. The RCEP negotiations were launched by the ASEAN leaders and six other countries.

    To protect the domestic cashew industry, this council had requested the Government to ban import of all type of finished and semi - finished cashew kernels including de-shelled category and to limit the export incentives to products that has undergone transformation in India .

    "Our focus is to connect India's northeast with Thailand. northeast is being developed as a gateway to south-east Asia. This initiative will immensely strengthen India's act east policy and Thailand's Act West Policy," PM Modi said in his address at the 'Sawasdee PM Modi' event in Bangkok on day one of his visit for ASEAN, EAS and RCEP Summits.

    PM Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Vietnam's premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc and several other world leaders are in Bangkok to attend meetings related to the ASEAN summit, the East Asia summit and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit. Modi also conveyed best wishes to Phuc on Vietnam assuming the chair of ASEAN for next year.

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