Following are the top foreign stories at 2015 hours

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FGN33: BANGLA-LD NARAVANE Dhaka: Indian Army chief Gen M M Naravane on Monday attended the closing ceremony of the 10-day-long multilateral UN-mandated counterterrorism exercise held in Bangladesh and praised the members of the Army contingent from India who participated in the drills.

FGN30: LANKA-CHINA-LOAN Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday inked an agreement with the state-run China Development Bank for a loan of USD 500 million, less than a month after it signed a currency swap deal worth USD 1.5 billion with Beijing, to ensure fiscal stability in the country amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic.

FGN22: PAK-ACTIVIST-LD DEATH Lahore: Eminent Pakistani human rights activist and Magsaysay award winner I A Rehman, a strong voice for the country's minorities including Christians and Hindus and an advocate of peace between India and Pakistan, died here on Monday at the age of 90, according to his family.

FGN36: UK-WILLIAM-HARRY-LD PHILIP London: Princes William and Harry on Monday issued their respective tribute statements to their “extraordinary” grandpa, Prince Philip - the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away aged 99 on Friday.

FGN6: US-INDIA-CARTER Washington: A deepening partnership between the US and India in the military and security sphere is 'destined to occur' as there is too much in common between the two large democracies that share really good values, according to former American defence secretary Ash Carter.

FGN5: VIRUS-SAFRICA-INDIAN-DOCTOR Johannesburg: World-renowned South African Indian-origin academic Prof Hoosen Mahomed ‘Jerry’ Coovadia has described the COVID-19 pandemic as something he has never seen in a career of over six decades.

FGN8: US-INDIA-IMF Washington: India is on the right track and is innovating on the policy side, including on digital identity and payments, but it also needs to capture all the segments of the financial market and institutions to make sure that every piece fits together like a puzzle to fuel growth in the country, according to a top IMF official.

FGN9: US-INDIA-EDUCATION Washington: India, which sends the largest number of STEM students to the United States, is making a sustained outreach with American universities to build knowledge partnerships.

FGN14: VIRUS-UK-JOHNSON London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to continue to 'behave responsibly' as shops, hairdressers, restaurants, pubs and gyms reopen their doors on Monday in the latest stage of the coronavirus lockdown easing in England. PTI SCY