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Warplanes from China and Russia patrol the Sea of Japan as Quad leaders meet in Tokyo

As the leaders of the Quad met in person in Tokyo on Tuesday, Chinese and Russian aeroplanes conducted coordinated air patrols over the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, and the West Pacific Ocean, in an apparent attempt to send a message of unity between Beijing and Moscow. The Chinese and Russian air forces conducted customary cooperative strategic air patrols over the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, and the West Pacific Ocean ...
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Sri Lanka’s inflation

Sri Lanka’s inflation has reached a new high

According to government figures released Monday, Sri Lanka's inflation hit a seven-year high in April as a petrol shortage intensified and food prices soared. In April, the National Consumer Price Index increased by 33.8 percent over the previous year, more than six times the 5.5 percent inflation rate. The Department of Census and Statistics recently released data showing that annual food inflation was 45.1 percent. The country's 22 million inhabitants have been suffering from extreme ...
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India and Japan will contribute to an Indo-Pacific that is open, free, and inclusive, with respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity: Prime Minister Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an op-ed published in a leading Japanese newspaper on Monday that India and Japan will contribute to the creation of an open, free, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, connected by secure seas, integrated by trade and investment, defined by respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, and anchored in international law. Prime Minister Modi, who is in Japan for a two-day visit at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, ...
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flood situation in Assam

Assam floods: Amit Shah promises full assistance, and the army joins rescue efforts

Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over the phone on Tuesday about the overall flood situation in Assam and promised him that the Centre will provide all feasible assistance. In separate English and Assamese tweets, the Home Minister stated: "Concerned about the situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of Assam. Spoke to CM Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the situation. NDRF teams are already ...
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global steel industry

With increased crude steel production, India and Southeast Asia’s emission profile would worsen

According to an industry analysis released on Tuesday, India and Southeast Asia would worsen their emission profile as crude steel production develops through the Blast Furnace (BF) and Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) routes. India has set a goal of producing 300 million tonnes by 2030-31, when local demand is likely to exceed 200 million tonnes. In 2021, Indian steel mills produced 118 million tonnes of crude steel. According to a new analysis, global steel industry carbon ...
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world's largest wheat importers

Egypt plans to purchase 500,000 tonnes of wheat from India

Egypt, one of the world's largest wheat importers, is seeking alternatives to Black Sea grain shipments, which are being disrupted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, two of Egypt's key wheat suppliers. "We have agreed to acquire half a million tonnes from India," Moselhy said during a press briefing on the sidelines. Amid a searing heatwave that has the restricted local output and driven up domestic prices, New Delhi slapped a restriction on wheat exports on ...
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Covid vaccination

For foreign flyers, the government allows a precautionary dose before the waiting period

On May 12, the Union government eased the requirements for the Covid vaccination precaution dose, allowing persons travelling abroad to acquire the vaccine before the nine-month waiting period mandated by the destination country. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya made an official declaration on Twitter. "Indian citizens & students travelling overseas can now take the precaution dose as required by the guidelines of the destination country. This new facility will be available soon on the Cowin portal," ...
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oil prices

Oil is easing after previously soaring due to Russian sanctions against EU companies

Early Asian trade on Thursday saw oil prices fall after surging more than 5% the previous session in response to new Russian sanctions on some European gas companies. Russia sanctioned 31 enterprises headquartered in countries that placed sanctions on Moscow following Russia's February invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine plummeted by a fifth, causing market unrest. It was the first time since the invasion that exports through ...
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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

Protesters in Sri Lanka demand a new government a day after riots killed eight people

On Tuesday, protesters and a leading trade group in Sri Lanka called for a new administration to take control of the country's crisis, while the president appealed for calm a day after rioting killed eight people and forced his brother to resign as prime minister. Sri Lanka is in the midst of its greatest economic crisis in history, with a severe lack of foreign cash preventing crucial imports such as drugs and fuel from reaching ...
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RailTel's public Wi-Fi

RailTel makes its public WiFi services available through the PM-WANI initiative at 100 stations

RailTel said in a statement on Monday that it has launched Prime Minister Wi-Fi Access Network Interface (PM-WANI) scheme-based access to its public WiFi services across 100 train stations. At a ceremony conducted here on Monday, Puneet Chawla, Chairman and Managing Director of RailTel, gave a soft launch of these public-friendly services. By the end of June 2022, PM-WANI-based access to RailTel's public Wi-Fi services would be expanded to all 6,102 railway stations (where Wi-Fi ...
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