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FGN30 CHINA-INDIA-UNSC China harps on 'package solution' for India’s bid to become UNSC permanent member Beijing: China, which has been blocking India's efforts to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, on Wednesday reiterated its stand on New Delhi's bid, and called for evolving a 'package solution' that is acceptable to all to reform the top organ of the global body.

FGN1 US-JAISHANKAR-BLINKEN Jaishankar and Blinken talk over phone, discuss Myanmar situation and issues of mutual concern Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday during which they discussed the situation in Myanmar and issues of mutual concern, according to a State Department spokesperson.

FGN29 BANGLA-COURT-ISLAMISTS Bangladeshi court sentences to death eight Islamists for killing publisher of secular books Dhaka: A special anti-terrorism tribunal in Bangladesh on Wednesday sentenced to death eight Islamic militants, including a sacked military officer, for killing a publisher of books on secularism and atheism at his office in 2015.

FGN15 US-LD QUAD Quad key example of US, partners pulling together for free and open Indo-Pacific: US Washington: The Quad is a key example of the US and its closest partners, including India, pulling together for the good of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the Biden administration has said.

FGN31 UK-PRINCE-VACCINE Prince Charles, wife Camilla get first dose of COVID-19 vaccine London: Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have received their first of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, the royal couple’s Clarence House office said on Wednesday.

FGN16 US-INDIANS-ATTITUDES-SURVEY Indian-Americans are more liberal towards issues in US, conservative in India: Survey Washington: Indian-Americans have relatively more conservative views of policies in India while on issues affecting the US, the diaspora has a more liberal take, according to a survey of the political attitudes of the influential community in this country.

FGN27 TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-HASTINGS Former British Governor-General of India finds mention during Trump's impeachment proceedings Washington: Prosecutors seeking to impeach Donald Trump for a historic second time on Tuesday invoked the trial of Warren Hastings, the first British Governor-General of India, by the House of Lords in the 18th century after he had left office, to rebut the former US president's stand that the trial by the Senate was unconstitutional as he was no longer in power.

FGN13 UN-INDIA-SYRIA Reports of radicalisation, incitement of external ops in ISIL facilities in Syria concerning: India United Nations: India has said that reports of radicalisation, new methods of fundraising, training and incitement of external operations in facilities housing terror group ISIL in conflict-ridden Syria are of serious concern, underlining that political developments cannot be isolated from violations of Syrian sovereignty by outside factors.

FGN5 US-INDIA-CHINA US closely monitoring situation along India-China border: Official Washington: The United States is closely monitoring the situation along the India-China border, a senior official said on Tuesday and expressed concerns over Beijing's pattern of ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbours.

FGN4 US-INDIA Biden Admin welcomes India's emergence as a leading global power, its role in Indo-Pacific region Washington: Describing India as one of the most important partners of the US in the Indo-Pacific region, the Biden Administration on Tuesday said that it welcomes India's emergence as a leading global power and its role as a net security provider in the region.

FGN3 US-TRUMP-LD IMPEACHMENT Six Republican Senators join Democrats to determine Trump's impeachment trial is constitutional Washington: Six Republican Senators joined their Democratic colleagues in the United States Senate on Tuesday to vote that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is constitutional. PTI PMS PMS