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FGN31 PAK-QURESHI-KASHMIR Pak calls PM Modi's meeting with J&K political leaders as 'PR exercise' Islamabad: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with top political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir as a 'drama' and a 'PR exercise'. By Sajjad Hussain FGN12 CHINA-TIBET-LD TRAIN China launches first fully-electrified bullet train in Tibet, close to Indian border Beijing: China on Friday operationalised its first fully electrified bullet train in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet, connecting the provincial capital Lhasa and Nyingchi, a strategically located Tibetan border town close to Arunachal Pradesh. By K J M Varma FGN29 VIRUS-BANGLA Bangladesh records 2nd highest single-day COVID-19 death toll Dhaka: Bangladesh is considering imposing a strict nationwide shutdown for 14 days as it reported 108 deaths from coronavirus on Friday, the second highest single-day toll since the pandemic’s outbreak in the country, according to health authorities. By Anisur Rahman FGN27 VIRUS-UK UK reports 35,204 more Delta variant cases, investigates new Lambda variant London: The number of Delta variant cases of COVID-19 in the UK have risen by 35,204 since last week to a total of 111,157, representing a 46 per cent increase, health officials said in the weekly report released on Friday. By Aditi Khanna FGN25 LANKA-INDIA-SHIP India dispatches state-of-the-art naval ship to support Sri Lanka's survey efforts around gutted cargo vessel Colombo: India has dispatched its naval ship, fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, to support Sri Lanka's survey efforts around the gutted cargo vessel sunk outside the port of Colombo to ensure the safety of navigation in the area.

FGN15 LANKA-SHIP-FIRE Singapore bound container ship catches fire in Indian Ocean: Lankan Navy Colombo: A fire broke out on a container ship sailing toward Singapore in the Indian Ocean, the Sri Lankan Navy said on Friday, a week after a cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals sank near the country's main port here nearly a month after catching fire.

FGN8 US-INDIAN-DREAMERS Facing deportation, Indian youngsters across America reach out to White House and lawmakers Washington: A group of Indian youngsters from across America, facing imminent prospects of deportation, has met senior Biden administration officials at the White House and influential lawmakers, appealing them to 'let us stay in the US'. By Lalit K Jha FGN16 VIRUS-JAPAN-INDIA-AID Japan to provide USD 9.3 million aid to India for building cold chain system to fight COVID-19 Tokyo: Japan on Friday announced that it will provide USD 9.3 million worth cold chain equipment and related assistance to India to help in the country's fight against COVID-19 pandemic. PTI TEAM IND IND

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