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India makes it stand clear ahead of PM's China visit, says all must respect UNCLOS

Updated: Sep 02, 2016 14:46 IST

Hanoi [Vietnam], Sept 2 (ANI): Hinting that China needs to abide by the Hague tribunal's verdict on the South China Sea, Indian envoy to Vietnam P. Harish on Friday advocated that all parties must respect the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) while emphasizing that New Delhi has constantly advocated that freedom of passage in international waters is important for trade.

"Our position on the South China Sea is well-known, we have constantly advocated for the freedom of over flight and the freedom of passage in international waters is very important for our trade, significant component of our trade goes through these seas," Harish told ANI in an exclusive conversation.

"We have also given a clear statement on the arbitral award. We believe that the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) represents the foundational aspect of the international law on seas and ocean and as a state party we have called on all parties to respect UNCLOSE," he added.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had last month said that it is up to India to decide what its position will be on the South China Sea dispute.

When asked whether he would like to make any statement on China seeking support from India on the South China Sea dispute, Yi said, "It is up to India to decide what position to take."

Meanwhile, elaborating on the defence ties between India and Vietnam, the envoy said defence and security relationship is an important pillar of the strategic partnership between both sides.

"We have good relations between various wings of our armed forces and especially between our navies and between the coastguards. We have a very strong training component and human resource development component in our defence relationship," Harish said.

"We also have regular dialogue, our two Defence Ministers met last year and had announced a joint vision for our defence partnership. Our Defence Minister came here in June accompanied by large business delegation. So, over all you will see it is a very strong defence relationship," he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today said that the partnership between both sides will benefit Asia and the rest of the world.

Prime Minister Modi will first reach Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Friday night, where he will meet President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and hold wide-ranging talks with the top leadership to deepen ties in key areas of defence, security and trade, and oil exploration.

Briefing the media in New Delhi yesterday, Secretary (East), External Affairs Ministry, Preeti Saran, said: "Vietnam is India's important strategic partner and the visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties, including defence, security and trade. On September 3, the Prime Minister will leave for Hangzhou, China, from Vietnam to attend the G-20 summit on September 4 and 5. (ANI)

Kerala: Moral policing victim ends his life

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 08:54 IST

Palakkad [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): A 23-year-old man, who was harassed by a group of youth for allegedly indulging in immoral behaviour with his female friend, committed suicide on Thursday here.

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PM Modi greets nation on Maha Shivratri

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 08:29 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the nation on the holy occasion of Maha Shivratri.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): After meeting President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday, DMK working president M.K. Stalin will meet Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today in the national capital to discuss the current political turbulence in Tamil Nadu.

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New Delhi [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): Lashing out at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for her remark likening BJP Chief Amit Shah to Mumbai attack terrorist Ajmal Kasab, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday said that the former is resorting to such statements in clear desperation, as she could foresee her impending loss in the state Assembly Elections.

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New Delhi [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): After suffering a rout in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, the Congress party on Friday said it will introspect on the reasons for the loss and added that course correction will be undertaken by the grand old party.

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BJP claims BMC results prove boon for them

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 07:30 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that the results of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election turned out to be boon for the saffron party along with Shiv Sena.

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Kolkata[(West Bengal) [India], Feb. 24(ANI): Taking a swipe at 'Kasab' comment made by Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) supremo Mayawati, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Friday said that former has lost her mental stability.

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Nation celebrates Maha Shivaratri

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 06:48 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24(ANI): Maha Shivaratri which means the 'Great Night of Shiva' is being celebrated today as it is a festival celebrated annually in honour of lord Shiva.

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New Delhi [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): Hitting back at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for referring Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah as a terrorist, the saffron party on Friday said that those who give tickets to gangster-turned politician like Mukhtar Ansari should not talk about terrorism.

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Kampala (Uganda) Feb. 24 (ANI): Emphasizing the bond between India and Uganda, Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari, on Wednesday, said that the bond between the two countries is beyond commercial as it has risen to relationship of heart and mind.

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India- Uganda condemns all forms of terrorism

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 01:31 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb.24 (ANI): India and Uganda, in a joint statement on Friday, condemned terrorism in all its forms and stressed on the importance of international efforts to prevent and fight the menace.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Describing terrorism as a menace, Afghan Ambassador to India Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali on Thursday said that both India and Afghanistan is sincere towards fighting terrorism, adding that rather than blaming other countries Pakistan should focus on fighting terrorism the way it is required.

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Bhopal [Madhya Pradesh], Feb. 23 (ANI): After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious by securing 470 seats in the Maharashtra civic polls; Minister of Water Resources Uma Bharti on Thursday declared there is no rift between the BJP and Shiv Sena.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Thursday called Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and briefed her on the recent developments in India-Bangladesh relations.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): One person was on Thursday arrested from Uttar Pradesh' Pratapgarh district in connection with a fake Rs. 2000 currency note which was dispensed from an SBI ATM in Delhi.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday deferred the trial in the Sheena Bora murder case till March 16 after defense protested for the non-appearance of approver, Shyamvar Rai as first witness, who was Indrani Mukerjea's former driver.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): As the Congress Party lost the Maharashtra civic polls where it managed to get only 31 seats in Mumbai, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday took the opportunity to take a dig at the grand old party, stating it is losing its credibility by following obstructionist policies in the Parliament.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.23 (India): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will leave tomorrow for London on a five-day official visit.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Late Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul's first wife Dangwimsai Pul on Thursday withdrew her plea filed in the Supreme Court seeking Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) probe into the former's death case.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on Thursday issued an order of doing away with stamping hand bag tags with immediate effect at seven major airports- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin.

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