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New Zealand looks forward to signing FTA with India

Washington D. C., Apr. 1 : New Zealand has expressed hope of signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India in the near future.

Briefing the media post the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his New Zealand counterpart John Key on the sidelines of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson

Vikas Swarup said both sides discussed bilateral cooperation in trade, technology, tourism and education.

"Discussions than turned to trade issues, the New Zealand Prime Minister said that they had concluded successful Free Trade

Agreement with China few years back and he was very keen on New Zealand signing an FTA with India as well," said Swarup.

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PM expresses grief over Kolkata flyover collapse

Washington, March 31 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed grief over the collapse of a flyover in Kolkata, in which
14 people were killed.

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PM Modi arrives in U.S. for 4th Nuclear Security Summit

Washington, D. C., Mar. 31 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the United States early on Thursday morning to attend the fourth Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).

This is Prime Minister Modi's third visit to United States in nearly two years.

He was received at the Andrews Air Force Base by U. S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma and Indian Ambassador to the U. S. Arun Singh.

Earlier, the Prime Minister's Office tweeted, "All set for the trans-Atlantic voyage. PM leaves for USA where he will join Nuclear Security Summit."

Leaders of 53 nations and four international organisations will be attending the NSS in Washington.

In the evening, Prime Minister Modi will be attending a leaders-only thematic dinner to be hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House.

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India-US to sign MoU for building LIGO project

Washington D. C., Mar. 31 : India will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States on Thursday for building a state-of-the-art Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project in the country.

The MoU will be signed between the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the US and India's Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet scientists from the LIGO project.

DAE secretary Sekhar Basu will sign the agreement in the US today.

The MoU also states of forming a Joint Oversight Group (JOG) with the scientists from NSF, DAE and DST for better coordination of the project.

A meeting to decide the site for setting up the laboratory in India will take place by April 10.

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PM Modi to attend fourth Nuclear Security Summit today

Washington D. C., Mar. 31 : After concluding his first official visit to Belgium, Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for Washington D. C. late on Wednesday evening to attend the fourth Nuclear Security Summit from March
31st to April 1.

Briefing the media, along with Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup in New Delhi on Tuesday, over the Prime Minister's U. S. visit, Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security Affairs) Amandeep Singh Gill said the summit would begin with the leaders-only dinner at the White House on March 31, where leaders of 53 countries and four international organisations that participate at the summit would gather at this working dinner to share their assessments of the threat of nuclear terrorism.

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As PM Modi visits Europe, Italy raises marine issue in Int'l court

Washington D. C., Mar. 30 : As Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Europe, Italy raised the marine issue in the international court.

Italy's representative told an arbitration tribunal in The Hague on Wednesday that marine Salvatore Girone must be allowed to return to his homeland otherwise he risks four more years in India.

Girone is one of two Italian marines accused by India of killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in 2012.

He has been not been able to leave India, aside from a few brief permits, since the incident.

The other marine, Massimiliano Latorre, is back in Italy after having a stroke in 2014.

The Italian government has taken the marines case to international arbitration after repeated delays in its handling by India.

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Ajit Doval, Susan Rice discuss regional, bilateral issues in US

Washington: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has called on his US counterpart Susan Rice at the White House during which the two officials discussed bilateral and regional issues in addition to reviewing the counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries.

Doval is in the US to attend the Nuclear Security Summit this week which is being hosted by US President Barack Obama on March 31 and April 1.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who would lead the Indian delegation, is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow.

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Would see deeper cooperation with India on nuclear issues: US

Washington: The US would like to see "deeper bilateral cooperation" with India on nuclear issues, the White House has said, ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit here this week which would be attended by world leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"We are certainly looking forward to Prime Minister Modi's visit (to attend the summit)," Laura Holgate, Special Assistant to the US President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction, said.

"We are looking at this opportunity as a chance to highlight steps that India has taken in its own nuclear security to go beyond, perhaps, some of the activities that it has done before.

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Modi, Sania among Time probables for most influential people

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tennis star Sania Mirza and actor Priyanka Chopra are among the probable contenders named by Time magazine for its annual list of the most influential people in the world.

Time will announce its 'TIME 100', the annual list of the world's 100 most influential people next month.

While its editors will determine the ultimate honorees, the publication has asked readers to vote from among 127 "world leaders, great minds in science and technology, outstanding figures in the arts and other icons of the moment" on who they think deserve recognition.

Time said "Modi remains a powerful voice on the world stage," and while he saw his domestic agenda "sidetracked by political squabbles" in 2015, his country still leads the world in economic growth.

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Twitter helped PM Modi emerge as techno-savvy global leader: Study

Washington: Thoughtful construction of messages on Twitter has helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi build a powerful online brand and emerge as a techno-savvy global leader, a US university study conducted by an Indian-origin professor has said.

In a latest study based on analysis of more than 6,000 tweets by Modi over a five-year period, Joyojeet Pal, an assistant professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, said his social media image has become all the more important because he has virtually shunned traditional media.

"Thoughtful construction of messages on Twitter has helped Modi build a powerful online brand, allowing him to overcome a problematic past and emerge as a techno-savvy global leader who speaks directly to his electorate," said Pal.

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Narendra Modi govt's record "mixed" despite rolling out red carpet for investors, experts tell lawmakers

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government record after completion of over two years in power has been "mixed" as despite doing its best to roll out a red carpet for investors, it preferred caution over boldness, an American expert on India has told lawmakers.

"So far, the Modi government's record has been mixed. It has done its best to roll out a red carpet for investors, with the prime minister himself acting as India's chief pitchman," Sadanand Dhume, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing.

"However, in terms of deep structural reform, the government has either been stymied by the opposition or has itself preferred caution to boldness," Dhume said.

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PM Modi on TIME's most influential people on internet for 2nd year

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the most influential people on the Internet, TIME magazine said, describing the Indian leader as an "Internet star" who often uses social media to "conduct diplomacy".

The magazine cited Modi's unconventional announcement on Twitter of his visit to Pakistan last year while naming him among 'The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet' for the second year in a row in this year's unranked list.

The list includes US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband Kayne West, author J K Rowling, former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

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PM Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif may meet in Washington, says Sartaj Aziz

Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi here later this month on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, a top aide to Pakistan Premier said on Tuesday.

"There are chances of meeting between the two (prime ministers)," Sartaj Aziz, the Foreign Affairs Advisor to Sharif, told PTI.

"There are possibilities, when they are here (in Washington DC). They would interact with each other. Whether there would be a structured meeting I do not know. Depends on... Chances are there (for a meeting)," Aziz said.

The top Pakistani diplomat is in Washington to attend the sixth US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue which he co-chaired with Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday.

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US commends Pakistan for not differentiating between terrorist groups

Washington: The US commended Pakistan`s commitment not to differentiate between terrorist groups including those targeting India, as Pakistan assured it had reached out to India as part of its policy of peaceful neighbourhood.

"We commend Pakistan for its whole-of-government approach to implement the National Action Plan and eliminate the ability of militant groups to recruit, to finance, and to incite violence," Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.

"And we welcome Pakistan`s commitment not to differentiate between terrorist groups in the implementation of this strategy," he said at the inaugural session of the US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue here.

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US to raise H1B, L1 visa fee for Indian IT firms

Washington, Dec.17 - In a move which would have a big impact on Indian IT companies in United States, American lawmakers in an attempt to restrict visas for skilled foreign workers has imposed a special fee of up to USD 4,500 on the H1B and L1 visas popular among Indian IT companies.

Congress leaders, while agreeing on the USD 1.1 trillion spending bill, on Wednesday decided to impose a special fee of USD 4,000 on certain categories of H1B visas and USD 4,500 on L1 visas.

The US House of Representative will vote on Friday on the USD 1.1 trillion spending bill.

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