Following are the top foreign stories at 2030 hours

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FGN62 PM-BANGLA-LD CELEBRATIONS PM Modi hails Bangabandhu's leadership, Indian Army's contribution in Bangladesh's independence war Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hailed 'Bangabandhu' Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's leadership and the contributions of the Indian Army in Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War as he joined his counterpart Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid in celebrating the golden jubilee of the country's independence and the birth centenary of its founder.

FGN65 BANGLA-HASINA-INDIA B'desh PM Hasina seeks India's pioneering role for South Asia's development Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged India to take the lead role for South Asia's political stability and economic upliftment as her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi joined the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's 50th Independence Day and the birth centenary of its founder 'Bangabandu' Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 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 FGN58 PM-BANGLA-GANDHI-2NDPRIZE PM Modi hands over Gandhi Peace Prize for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to his daughters Dhaka, Mar 26 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday presented the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020, being conferred by India upon Bangladesh's 'Father of the Nation' Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to his daughters - Premier Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana.

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.

BANGLA-MODI-JACKET PM Modi dons 'Mujib jacket' as he pays tribute to Bangladesh's Father of the Nation Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday donned a black 'Mujib jacket' made of handcrafted Khadi fabric as he paid tribute to 'Bangabandu' Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the main event here to mark the country’s 50 years of independence.

FGN66 PM-BANGLA-WATER-TREATY Modi assures Bangladesh Opposition party of 'doing best' on water-sharing deal Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured Bangladesh's main parliamentary Opposition Jatiya Party of doing his best to ink the long-awaited deal over the Teesta and other common rivers. By Anisur Rahman FGN51 PAK-MISSILE Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable Shaheen-1A Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 900 kilometres, the Army said.

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 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.

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.

CHINA-BIDEN-REAX China slams Biden claims 'exemplary' record in observing international rules Beijing: China on Friday hit back at US President Joe Biden for his assertion that he would make Beijing accountable to follow international rules, saying that it has an “exemplary” record in observing the UN-based international system, while Washington “lagged far behind”.

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 PTI TEAM NSA