India, US sign logistics exchange pact to cement defense ties

In a major boost to bilateral strategic ties, India and the US have signed a crucial logistics defence pact that will enable their militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies, making joint operations more efficient. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter signed the ‘Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement’ (LEMOA) and said it will facilitate opportunities for “practical engagement and exchange”. LEMOA facilitates the provision of logistical support, supplies and services between the US and Indian militaries on a reimbursable…

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Scope to do lot more in area of counter-terrorism: India to US

India and the US today discussed terrorism emanating from Pakistan and other issues of strategic importance as well as of commercial interest with New Delhi asserting that there was a “scope to do a lot more” in the area of counter-terrorism. During the 2nd Indo-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD), co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker here, the two sides also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in key areas…

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Trump’s rise part of worldwide rightwing advance: Clinton

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in her most forceful attack on rival Donald Trump said he has helped the “radical fringe” take over the Republican party and the tycoon’s rise was a broader story of advance of hardline, right-wing nationalism around the world. “He is taking hate-groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican party. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous,” she said at an election rally in Nevada. Clinton, 68, alleged Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and…

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China Leads Global Fintech Investments, Accenture Finds

Asia-Pacific nearly doubles 2015 fintech financing in first half of 2016 reaching almost $10 billion; growth driven by China Investments in Asia-Pacific financial technology (fintech) ventures, primarily in China, reached $9.62 billion as of July 31, more than twice the $4.26 billion invested in the region in all of 2015, according to Accenture ( (NYSE:ACN) analysis of CB Insights data. Investments in Asia-Pacific have eclipsed North America, which as of July 31 garnered $4.58 billion in fintech investments; and also tops Europe, which attracted $1.85 billion in the same period. However, deal…

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Clinton’s lead over Trump narrows to 4 points: poll

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump has narrowed to 4 points, according to a new nationwide poll. This is quite low given that in almost all major national polls after the two back-to-back conventions Clinton’s lead was around nine percentage points. “Forty one per cent of registered voters say if the election were held today they would support Clinton or lean toward Clinton, 37 per cent back Trump, 10 per cent favour (Libertarian candidate Jill) Johnson and four per cent back (Green Party nominee…

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Bollywood celebrates Sakshi Malik’s Rio Olympic win

Bollywood celebrities including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor and Karan Johar among others, congratulated Indian woman wrestler Sakshi Malik for ending India’s frustrating medal drought by winning bronze medal at Rio Olympic Games. Malik scripted history by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal and only fourth female athlete from the country to climb to the podium at the biggest sporting event in the world. The 23-year-old from Haryana defeated Kyrgysztan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova in the 58kg category to script…

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FBI submits Clintons email investigation report to Congress

The FBI has submitted to Congress documents related to its investigation into email scandal of Hillary Clinton when she was the Secretary of State and defended its decision not to criminally charge her. The report to the Congress, among others, includes notes from the interviews of Clinton, 68, and other witnesses in the investigation. “Ultimately, the FBI did not recommend prosecution based on an assessment of the facts and a review of how these statutes have been charged in the past,” said Jason V Herring from the FBI in his…

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Nations with facade of human rights are worst hypocrites:Akbar

The nations which use the “facade of human rights” to sponsor terror are “hypocrites of the worst kind”, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.   In the city to lead India’s 70th Independence Day celebrations, Akbar asserted that India is a nation which believes in “faith equality” and not faith “supremacy” as he called terrorism a major threat to human rights. “Terrorism is the biggest enemy of human rights. Those who use the facade of human rights in order to…

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Singapore – The Perfect Family Destination

Singapore which is often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia. It is the world’s only island city-state which enjoys tropical climate throughout the year. While Singapore is a young nation, it has a rich history that beautifully co-exists with modernity to give the destination its unique personality. Whether be its safe and convenient roads, or the variety of attractions that it has to offer to its travelers who are from different age groups, Singapore can be considered as one of the…

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Hillary makes history as first woman White House nominee

Hillary makes history as first woman White House nominee Scripting history, Hillary Clinton today became the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major US party as she secured the backing of the Democrats at the convention here to set up an epic clash with Republican rival Donald Trump in the November polls. Clinton, who has been secretary of state, first lady and a Senator from New York, secured her nomination at the Democratic National Convention here after a majority of the 4,764 party delegates formally backed her….

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