Lucknow: New flight to Israel, OCI card rules eased: “I for I, India for Israel and Israel for India,” said PM Modi, on being greeted with a warm hug by President Rivlin. PM Modi said it is a “singular honour” for him to be the first Indian PM to undertake “this groundbreaking visit.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wednesday, announced a direct Delhi-Mumbai-Tel Aviv flight and also simplified rules for getting Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards. PM Modi announced that the Indian-origin people who have done compulsory military service for Israel would now be eligible for OCI cards. PM Modi also stated that thriving two-way trade along with investment flows were the foundation of a strong partnership.
Darjeeling flares up again, mamta banerjee’s offer talks: For the second time in a month, the Army had to be called for to keep peace in West Bengal’s Darjeeling after fresh violence broke out. as the police confirmed that two people had died, Ms Banerjee repeated her proposal for talks with the protesting Gorkha leaders, the offer was rejected as soon as it was made. The Chief Minister lashed out at the BJP as well, accusing it of conspiring with Gorkha leaders and “foreign forces” to keep the hill station on a boil.
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Army: China did not use bulldozers to destroy bunker: The Indian Army said that, Chinese troops did not use bulldozers to destroy Indian bunkers in Sikkim last month. They also denied reports of soldiers from the two sides being engaged in a scuffle at the border between a face-off. The Army has also denied the information that the current tension at the border is the longest standoff between the two countries since the 1962 war. The Indian Army spokesperson commenting on the relationship between the two nations said, “India-China relations as also the relationship between both the armies are extremely well managed by a host of mechanisms.”
France will be costlier for smokers: France has planned to raise the price of cigarettes to 10 Euros a pack within next three years, the health minister stated on Thursday, which will push tobacco costs to among the highest in Europe. At present, a packet of 20 cigarettes costs roughly 7 Euros. “France is one of the slowest learners in the world on smoking,” the minister, Agnes Buzyn, said, “Big price rises will be needed to have an impact on public health.”
World leaders assembled at The G20 Summit which began on Friday in Hamburg to discuss fight against terrorism and ways for improvement of open trade while Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his counterparts from the BRICS bloc. The summit’s host, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, welcomed the leaders from across the world to open the G20 Summit 2017. This was the 12th G20 summit and a separate meeting of BRICS leaders took place on the sidelines.
Reportedly, a violent protest was seen outside the summit venue by various rights groups, including anti-capitalist groupings. The security personnel had to resort to water cannons, tear gas and pepper spray.
PM Modi also had bilateral meetings lined up with leaders from countries like Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and others.