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Evening News Digest: 21 Nov 2018

BKSP wins 59th Subroto cup International Football Tournament

Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan in the 59th edition of Subroto Cup International Football Tournament (Junior Boys Category) on 20 Nov.

A total of 95 teams participated in the tournament, including eight teams from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

India, World Bank sign $310 mn loan agreement for Jharkhand Power System

The Government of India, the Government of Jharkhand and the World Bank signed in New Delhi a $310 million Loan Agreement for Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project to provide reliable, quality, and affordable 24×7 electricity to the citizens of Jharkhand.

The Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project will help build new power transmission infrastructure, as well as put in place systems to improve the technical efficiency and commercial performance of the state power sector utilities. The $310 Million Loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 5-year grace period, and a final maturity of 25 years.

7th International Tourism Mart to be held in Agartala

Tripura will host three-day 7th International Tourism Mart from November 22 at Agartala with tour operator delegates from 18 countries participating in an effort to popularise tourist destinations in the northeastern states.

This event has been organised in Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur in the past. The previous edition of this event was organised in Guwahati in December 2017.

Book ‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’ released

Dr. Rajesh Bhatt’s book Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War, was released on 20 Nov.

The book explains the role played by Radio Kashmir in serving the people of Kashmir and strengthening democratic institutions in Kashmir, since the inception of Radio Kashmir in 1947.

Radio Kashmir

Radio Kashmir was established on 01 July 1948 by Sheikh Abdullah. He inaugurated Srinagar station of Radio Kashmir. 

Dr Rajesh Bhat serves in the Policy Division of Directorate General, All India Radio, New Delhi. 

US suspends USD 1.66 bn security assistance to Pakistan

The United States has suspended $1.66 billion in security assistance to Pakistan after President Donald Trump's directive.

President Trump said that Pakistan does not do "a damn thing" for the US, alleging that its government had helped al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city of Abbottabad.

The tension between the two nations started in August last year when Trump, while announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy, lashed out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to “agents of chaos” that kill American forces in Afghanistan and warned that it has “much to lose” by harbouring terrorists.

How much aid Pakistan received from USA?

Between 2002–2010, US Congress approved $18 billion in military and economic aid from the United States. However the Pakistan Treasury only received $8.647 billion in direct financial payments.

Australia joins US in rejecting UN migration pact

Australian PM Scott Morrison said his country will not join a United Nations-backed global pact on migration, citing concerns that the deal would be used to "undermine Australia's strong border protection laws and practices."

Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

The UN made the decision to come up with a global compact on migration in 2016, in the wake of the crisis in the Mediterranean, which has seen thousands of migrants die while attempting to cross into Europe.

The UN Global Compact for Migration was agreed in July after 18 months of negotiations and is due to be adopted next month.

The United States also left the global compact in 2017 saying that while it supported international cooperation on migration, "it is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal."

It lays out 23 objectives to open up legal migration and better manage migratory flows as the number of people on the move worldwide has increased to 250 million -- three percent of the world's population.

Poland, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic have also opted out from Global Compact.

Indian gymnasts win two bronze medals in Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup

Indian gymnasts won two bronze medals in the men's and women's group events of the FIG Acrobatic World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Prins Aris and Rejilesh Suribabu finished third after scoring 20.560 in the two-day event to bag the bronze medal at the National Gymnastics Arena. 

Russian gymnasts won both the gold and silver. Germany's Kudryashov, Aleksandr Sorokin, Valeriy Tukashvili and Kirill Zadorin were ranked first with a score of 28.336 while Pavel Gubskiy, Kirill Lukyanov, Vladimir Petrov and Denis Solun finished second after scoring 28.005.

India, Russia to build stealth frigates

Russia’s state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport and India’s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) will sign the contract to build the Grigorovich-class ‘Project 1135.6’ frigates with technology transfer from Russia.

It will be delivered in 2027.

India and Russia: Closing Defence Deals 2018

The frigate deal comes a month-and-a-half after India signed a Rs 39,000-crore deal with Russia for the supply of Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems to India, brushing aside Washington’s concerns about the purchase.

Both the S-400 and the frigate deal are likely to be affected by the US sanctions legislation if India is unable to secure a waiver.

India inked an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Russia for the four frigates in 2016.

The Indian Navy currently operates six such stealth frigates — 3 Talwar class and 3 Teg class — bought from Russia and inducted between 2003 and 2013.


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