FGN46 CHINA-LD VISA China to permit Indians and people from 19 countries to return only if they take Chinese vaccines Beijing/New Delhi: China has made it mandatory for people coming from India and 19 other nations to get Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines if they want to travel to this country. By K J M Varma FGN44 US-YELLEN-LD SITHARAMAN Yellen and FM Sitharaman discuss global economic outlook during maiden phone conversation Washington: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has spoken to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the first time and conveyed her intention to collaborate closely with India to support a strong global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and enhance cooperation to address shared priorities. By Lalit K Jha FGN30 UK-INDIA-PEERS UK peers debate freedoms in India, minister points to close India-UK ties London: Peers in Britain's House of Lords held a debate on the issue of 'freedoms of non-governmental organisations, academics and other groups in India' and called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take up the issues directly with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during his visit to New Delhi next month. By Aditi Khanna FGN37 UK-INDOPACIFIC UK to shift foreign policy focus to Indo-Pacific in post-Brexit review London: The UK must shift its foreign policy focus to the Indo-Pacific region, with countries such as India, Japan and Australia at the heart of this move, a year-long Integrated Review of the country's post-Brexit “Global Britain” vision concluded on Tuesday. By Aditi Khanna FGN5 UK-JOHNSON-INDIA Boris Johnson to visit India in April-end to ‘unlock’ Indo-Pacific opportunities London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India at the end of April on his first major international tour following the UK’s exit from the European Union, Downing Street has announced, as Britain seeks to 'unlock' the opportunities in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. By Aditi Khanna FGN11 BANGLA-INDIA India, Bangladesh likely to sign three MoUs during PM Modi's visit Dhaka: India and Bangladesh are likely to sign three MoUs during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka next week to attend the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the country's independence and the birth centenary of its founder ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. By Anisur Rahman FGN47 NEPAL-LD POLITICS Nepal's 3 former premiers boycott President's all-party meeting amid political crisis Kathmandu, Mar 16 (PTI) Nepal's three former prime ministers on Tuesday boycotted an all-party meeting called by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to discuss contemporary issues amid the political crisis that has gripped the country.
FGN33 UK-LD PHILIP Britain's Prince Philip leaves hospital after heart procedure London: Britain Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, on Tuesday left King Edward VII's Hospital in central London after a month since he had been admitted there and went on to have a 'successful heart procedure'. By Aditi Khanna FGN49 UK-FUGITIVE-INDIA-EXTRADITION British fugitive wins appeal against extradition to India due to high suicide risk London, Mar 16 (PTI) A British fugitive wanted in India to serve a 10-year sentence after his conviction for possession of 10 kilograms of cannabis in April 2002 won a High Court appeal in London on Tuesday, as a judge ruled that it would be oppressive to extradite him to India because he posed a “very high risk of completed suicide”. By Aditi Khanna FGN45 VIRUS-UK-VACCINE-JOHNSON UK's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and works extremely well, says Boris Johnson London: The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and bio-pharmaceutical major AstraZeneca is safe and works extremely well, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday, amid reports that the doses were causing blood clot-related complications.