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India to Appeal for Encashment of AgustaWestland Bank Guarantees in Italian Court

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Government of India will be filing an appeal against the order of the Italian Court in Milan in the case relating to encashment of bank guarantees in the contract for the procurement of 12 VVIP/VIP helicopters from AgustaWestland International Ltd. (AWIL). Simultaneously, the Government will vigorously pursue all options for encashment of the bank guarantees.

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Know India’s Nuclear Weapons Threat Perceptive

New Delhi (ABC Live): India perceives its nuclear weapons and missile programs as crucial components of its strategic doctrine. New Delhi rejects the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) on the grounds that it perpetuates—at least in the short-term—an unjust distinction between the five states that are permitted by the treaty to possess nuclear weapons, while requiring all …

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Russia’s Veto, Chinese Abstention Crashes US Sponsored UNSC Resolution on Crimea

New Delhi (ABC Live): Russia on March 15, 2014 vetoed, the United Nations Security Council drafted resolution failed to urge countries not to recognize the results of this weekend’s referendum in Crimea. Thirteen of the Council’s 15 members voted in favour of the draft text, Russia voted against, and China abstained. A veto by any of the Council’s five permanent …

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Nuclear Security Summit 2014 to Address Threat of Nuclear Terrorism to Global Security

New Delhi (ABC Live): On March 24-25, world leaders will gather to address the threat of nuclear terrorism at 2014 Nuclear Security Summit being organized by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). U.S. President President Obama has called “the most immediate and extreme threat to global security.” The 2014 Nuclear Security Summit is being held at a time of both progress and peril …

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China’s Property Investors Buy 12 percent of Australia’s New Built Homes

New Delhi (ABC Live): As per the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Chinese property investors have purchased 12 percent of Australia’s new homes with direct investment of nearly 6 billion AU dollars (5.42 billion U.S. dollars) in the last financial year. The Australian Federal Parliament’s House Economics Committee is reviewing the foreign investment laws amid fears that the local property market …

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Russia Accepts But United States Rejects Crimean Referendum’s Results

Crimea (ABC Live): A massive 97 percent of Crimean voters chose to join Russia in Sunday’s referendum on the status of Ukraine’s autonomous republic, according to the latest official results. The questions on the referendum were: 1.      To secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation 2.      To remain part of Ukraine and enjoy a greater degree of autonomy Next: The Russian …

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Finally Canada Forces Leave Afghanistan After 12 Years

KABUL (ABC Live): The Canadian forces on Wednesday ended their military operation in the post-Taliban Afghanistan, said the NATO-led coalition forces. “Canada marked the end of more than 12 years of major military operations in Afghanistan during a flag-lowering ceremony conducted at ISAF (International Security Assistance Forces) headquarters today,” the NATO-led ISAF said in a statement. “The Canadian Armed Forces …

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Ban Ki-moon Endorses Role of Independent Civil Society for Responsive Governance

New Delhi (ABC Live): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon while addressing the Human Rights Council panel on the protection of civil society space, in Geneva on March 11, 2014 endorsed the Role of Independent Civil Society for democratic, responsive governance. Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message to the Human Rights Council panel on the protection of …

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CBEC Refutes Allegation of Customs, Excise Duty, Service Tax Refund Held-up by Department

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has denied the report that the Customs, Excise Duty and Service Tax refunds/drawbacks are being held-up by the Department. This was mentioned in a certain section of media attributing to a statement by President, Federation of India Export Organisations (FIEO) to the effect that Customs, Excise Duty and Service Tax …

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India Aims to Achieve National Vision of Universal Civil Registration by 2020

New Delhi (ABC Live):A National Workshop of Chief Registrars of Births and Deaths was held New Delhi today. The workshop, which was organized by the Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India (ORGI), Ministry of Home Affairs, was addressed by Shri Anil Goswami, Union Home Secretary. In his address, the Home Secretary called upon all stake holders to achieve …

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