Following are the top foreign stories at 1725 hours

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FGN36: PM-BANGLA-RAHMAN-3RDLD MAUSOLEUM Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the mausoleum of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and paid floral tributes to him, becoming the first-ever foreign Head of State or Head of Government to pay homage at the grave of 'Bangabandhu' at Tungipara in southwestern Bangladesh.

FGN24: PM-BANGLA-2NDLD TEMPLE Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at the centuries-old Jeshoreshwari Kali temple in Ishwaripur village in southwestern Bangladesh and announced that India would construct a community hall-cum cyclone shelter attached to the temple.

FGN35: PM-BANGLA-2NDLD MATUA Dhaka: India and Bangladesh want stability, love and peace instead of instability, terror and unrest in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday as he underlined that the two friendly neighbours want to see the world progressing through their own development.

FGN32: SINGAPORE-INDIANS-CRYPTOCURRENCY Singapore: Two Indian-origin Singaporean blockchain entrepreneurs, who spent a whopping USD 69.3 million in cryptocurrency for purchasing a digital artwork recently, have urged the Indian government to not ban the virtual currencies, arguing that these can be an 'equalising power' between the West and the rest of the world.

FGN31: BIDEN-CLIMATE-LD LEADERS Washington: President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to a US-hosted virtual summit on climate next month to underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action, the White House said.

FGN30: SINGAPORE-INDIAN-ASEAN Singapore: A senior Singaporean civil servant of Indian origin has been appointed as the ASEAN Secretariat's next deputy secretary-general for its economic community, according to a media report.

FGN19: PM-BANGLA-MATUA-TEMPLE Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at a Matua temple in Bangladesh's Orakandi, the birthplace of Hindu mystic figure and Matua community's spiritual guru Harichand Thakur.

FGN16: LANKA-INDIAN-FISHERMEN Colombo: Sri Lanka has released all 54 Indian fishermen arrested this week for allegedly poaching in the country's territorial waters, Indian officials confirmed on Saturday.

FGN6: VIRUS-UN-INDIA-VACCINE-SUPPLY United Nations: India has supplied more COVID-19 vaccines globally than vaccinated its own people, the country has told the UN General Assembly and cautioned that vaccine inequity will defeat the collective global resolve to contain the coronavirus as the disparity in the accessibility of vaccines will affect the poorest nations the most.

FGN5: UN-INDIA-VACCINE-PEACEKEEPERS United Nations: Top United Nations officials, including the UN peacekeeping chief, have expressed gratitude to India for its gift of 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for peacekeepers, saying the donation will enable the Blue Helmets to continue their life-saving work in a safe manner. PTI SCY