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FGN23 PM-BANGLA-2NDLD ARRIVAL PM Modi arrives in Bangladesh on his first foreign trip since COVID-19 outbreak Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Friday on a two-day visit to Bangladesh during which he will attend the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the country's independence, the birth centenary of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and hold talks with his counterpart Sheikh Hasina. By Anisur Rahman FGN20 BANGLA-MODI-LD ARTICLE It's time to chart a bold ambition for partnership between India, Bangladesh: PM Modi Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 deprived the region of the destiny that could and should have been 'ours to share' as he asserted that it was time to once again chart a bold ambition for partnership between India and Bangladesh.

FGN37 BANGLA-MEMORIAL-2NDLD MODI Bangladesh Liberation War martyrs devoted their lives 'resisting injustice', says Modi paying homage Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid homage to the martyrs of the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence against Pakistan and said they devoted their life towards 'preserving righteousness and resisting injustice'. By Anisur Rahman FGN34 BANGLA-MODI-LEADERS PM Modi meets political and community leaders in Bangladesh Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met the political and the community leaders here, including representatives of minorities and 'Mukhtijoddhas' -- the fighters of the Bangladesh Liberation War.

FGN36 US-GUPTA-NOMINATION Senate panel split over nomination of Indian-American Vanita Gupta to a key Justice Dept position Washington: The Senate Judiciary Committee has ended in a tie vote over the nomination of Indian-American civil rights lawyer Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general of the United States, amid objections from the Republicans. By Lalit K Jha FGN33 US-MURTHY-SURGEON-GENERAL Indian-American Dr Vivek Murthy sworn-in as US Surgeon General Washington: Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy has been sworn in as the 21st Surgeon General of the US, a role in which his top priority would be to end the coronavirus pandemic that has severely hit the country and be a voice for science. By Lalit K Jha FGN35 VIRUS-UK-LOCKDOWN-MEASURES UK MPs vote to extend emergency Covid laws until September London: British lawmakers have voted unanimously to extend the emergency legislation for lockdown measures to control the spread of coronavirus for another six months, until September. By Aditi Khanna FGN32 LANKA-SIRISENA-EASTER-ATTACKS Former Lankan president Sirisena denies prior knowledge of Easter Sunday attacks Colombo: Former Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena on Friday denied charges that he had any prior knowledge of the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 258 people, including 11 Indians.

FGN31 UK-CHINA-LD SANCTIONS China bans UK politicians to retaliate human rights sanctions London: China has imposed sanctions on British politicians and organisations as a tit-for-tat retaliation over the UK government’s sanctions against Chinese officials for alleged human rights violations against its Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang province.

FGN29 MYANMAR-PROTESTS-TOLL Myanmar protest deaths top 300 as US, UK, impose sanctions Yangon: The death toll for protesters confirmed killed in Myanmar since last month's military takeover has surpassed 300, a group that verifies details of deaths and arrests announced Friday.

FGN27US-BIDEN-LD CHINA US going to hold China 'accountable' in the region; press Beijing to follow rules: Biden Washington: The United States, working with its partners and allies is going to hold China 'accountable' in the region and also press Beijing to follow the rules on a range of issues, including the South China Sea, President Joe Biden has said.

FGN22 VIRUS-PAK-IMRAN-CRITICISM Pak PM Imran Khan faces flak for holding in-person meeting despite being infected with coronavirus Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has come under severe criticism from both the opposition and the public for holding an in-person meeting with his media team despite being infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a media report on Friday.

FGN13 UN-INDIA-ISRAEL-PALESTINE India calls for direct peace talks between Israel, Palestine based on global consensus United Nations: With Israel in the process of forming a government and Palestine facing elections in the coming months, India has said the international community must use this phase to focus on how to encourage the parties back to 'meaningful negotiations' for achieving a peaceful solution to the dispute. By Yoshita Singh FGN7 VIRUS-UN-INDIA-VACCINES India’s gift of 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses will be sent to UN peacekeepers on March 27 New York: The 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, announced as a gift by India, will be sent to the UN peacekeepers on March 27 and then will be distributed to the peacekeeping missions.

FGN6 US-INDIA-TRADE India, US agree to work constructively to resolve key bilateral trade issues Washington, Mar 26 (PTI) India and the United States have agreed to work constructively to resolve key outstanding bilateral trade issues and to take a comprehensive look at ways to expand the trade relationship, the Biden administration has said. By Lalit K Jha. PTI TEAM NSA