international - 2016 AUGUST

August 1

Typhoon Nida makes landfall in China’s Dapeng Peninsula; lashes Hong Kong.
Typhoon Nida made its landfall near Dapeng Peninsula in China’s Guangdong province.
Nida that carried gale-force and heavy rain lashed the Chinese city Hong Kong that is located about 42 kilometers from the Dapeng Peninsula.
The Hong Kong Observatory reported that Nida generated winds up to 145 kilometers per hour as it moved toward Hong Kong but showed signs of weakening after it struck land.
Nida, also called Tropical Storm Carina, hit the Philippines, pouring up to 11 inches of rain over the northern parts.

August 2

Virgin Galactic gets its spaceship license.
Virgin Galactic is one step closer to making us all space tourists: it just received its operator license from the US Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST).
To get the paperwork that allows Virgin Galactic to use its ship for commercial operations. THE FAA looked into the vehicle's system design, safety features and flight trajectory analysis.
The license award comes as the new vehicle, VSS Unity, begins to stretch its legs with the first tests conducted out of the hangar.
Unity conducted the first taxi test to evaluate and calibrate the navigation and communications, telemetry systems.

August 3

Siemens receives Rs. 217 crore order for power project in Bangladesh.
German Engineering major Siemens Ltd. has received an order worth approximately Rs. 217 crore for Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) project from its parent company Siemens AG, Germany.
To supply 400 kV/230 kV switch yard equipment, reactors, power transformers, fire fighting systems, air-conditioning systems, auxiliary power system, building management systems, illumination systems, AC control and protections, engineering for civil and plant for 500 MW high voltage direct current (HVDC) station.

August 4

Japan approves new economic stimulus package.
Japan's Cabinet approved a fresh economic stimulus package of worth more than 28 trillion yen ($275 billion), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's latest effort to get the stalling recovery back on track.
Decision in this regard was Japanese Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. The Japanese government expects that this package will boost gross domestic product (GDP) by 1.3%.
The economic stimulus package of measures aims at tackling deflation and strengthening the national economy of Japan.
It includes increase expenditure for the national and local governments as well as significant investments in the country’s infrastructure.
The programme includes spending on infrastructure projects and the reconstruction of disaster zones, including parts of north-eastern Japan which were devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

August 5

Vietnam assures India support for UNSC high seat.
Vietnam has assured that it will support India’s candidature for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council (UNSC).
The assurance by Vu Hong Nam, Vice-Foreign Minister of Vietnam came during his meeting with Preeti Saran, Secretary, East, and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Both sides met for the 8th Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) and 5th Strategic Dialogue.
Both sides also discussed bilateral issues, including political and security related matters. And held talks on trade and investment, cooperation in health, energy and agriculture sector, connectivity, lines of credit and other capacity building projects in Vietnam and increasing people-to-people ties.
Both parties also discussed the progress in energy space.

August 6

Sushma Swaraj to address United Nations General Assembly.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the UNGA session for the first time in three years. Swaraj will address the annual high-level debate.
According to the provisional list, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Maithrapala Sirisena of Sri Lanka are also expected to address the world leaders.
As per tradition, Brazil’s president opens the General Debate every year and is followed by the US President.
The General Debate will open on the theme of The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world.

August 7

Bangladesh blocks over 30 news sites.
Bangladesh government has blocked over 30 online portals and news websites, including some pro-opposition media.
The list of blocked news portals included Sheershanews.com and amardeshonline, a news portal linked to a pro-opposition Bengali daily that the government shut down in 2013.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had publicly criticised Bangladeshi TV channels over live telecast of the government’s preparations during the country’s worst hostage crisis.

August 8

Japan marks 71st anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing.
Japan marked the 71st anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima as its Mayor urged world leaders to follow in US President Barack Obama's footsteps and visit, and ultimately rid the world of nuclear arms.
A peace bell tolled the time a US warplane dropped the bomb. About 50,000 participants including aging survivors and dignitaries held a moment of silence at a memorial ceremony in the western Japanese city.
The bomb was dropped three days after the first atomic bomb dropped by the US B-29 bomber Enola Gay was detonated over the western Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Representatives from 53 countries, in addition to the UN and EU, attended the ceremony at the city's Peace Park and paid tribute to victims of the attack.

First-ever ‘Pizza ATM’ opens in US.
First-ever pizza vending Machine has been installed on the campus of Xavier University (XU) in Ohio that can hold seventy 12-inch pizzas and dispense in just three minutes.
Machine customers opt for the types of Pizzas in 24-hour machine’s touchscreen.
The machine vents each pizza that cost around $10, with the ATM accepting credit and debit cards, as well as a student card.
Pizza ATM has been made by French-based Company Paline, which offers full remote communication also comes with several features like tracking, real-time email and text alerts, webcam monitoring, remote error and shutdown detection.

August 9

Japan records biggest current account surplus since 2007.
Japan recorded the largest current account surplus in the first half of this year since 2007 with reduced imports amid lower crude oil prices and rising revenue from tourism.
The current account balance which quantifies the international trade of goods, services and investments in and out of the country, marked a surplus of 10.63 trillion yen ($104 billion) in the period of January to June, up 31.3% from a year earlier.
Japan has been highly dependent on energy imports since Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, which led to shutdown of most commercial reactors in the country with heightened safety concerns from the public.

August 10

Russia, Turkey agree to restore ties after diplomatic rift.
Russia and Turkey agreed to work toward restoring full relations but rebuilding trade tied will be time consuming.
The agreement was reached at a meeting between the President Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Saint Petersburg.
The two countries will restore their yearly bilateral trade target of 100 billion dollars and will speed up the resumption of charter flights from Russia to Turkey.
The Turkish is ready to build a natural gas pipeline with Russia and negotiate a deal to construct Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.
The two agreed to meet later to seek common ground over how to resolve the crisis in Syria.

August 11

India, US push for $30 million energy storage research initiative.
India and the US have agreed on a $30 million public-private five-year research initiative for a joint research on smart grid and energy storage technology.
Under the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R), the US Energy Department (DOE) and the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) will each commit $1.5 million per year for five years to the expanded research effort, subject to congressional appropriations.
The US and Indian private sectors will match the respective government commitments, resulting in a combined $30 million public-private research investment over the next five years.
In 2009, the two countries launched Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) to support research and deployment of clean energy technologies.

August 12

UN to issue stamp to mark M.S. Subbulakshmi's birth centenary.
United Nations to honor the legacy of Indias carnatic music legend M.S. Subbulakshmi, the UN will issue a stamp to mark her birth centenary coinciding with the celebrations of Indias 70th independence day.
India’s Independence Day will be commemorated at the world body’s headquarters this year as Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman will enthral U.N. diplomats and international dignitaries at a special concert in the U.N. General Assembly hall on August 15.
Mr. Rahman will be the second Indian artist after Subbulakshmi to perform at the iconic U.N. hall, which is the usual platform for global leaders to address the world.

August 13

US declares state of emergency in Puerto Rico over Zika epidemic.
US government declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico as a result of a Zika epidemic.
The Caribbean island of about 3.5 million people has recorded 10,690 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika, including 1,035 pregnant women, but the actual number of infections with the mosquito-borne virus is likely higher.
The declaration allows the US Department of Health and Human Services to award grants, access emergency funds and temporarily appoint personnel where needed, among other things.
The public health emergency declaration is a tool for the federal government to provide fresh support to Puerto Rico's government to tackle the outbreak and grants access to certain federal funds.
Federal government had shifted $81 million in funds from other projects to continue work on developing vaccines to fight Zika.

Sri Lanka, China sign tripartite pact to construct mega port city.
Sri Lanka and China have finally signed a tripartite agreement to proceed with the construction of a Financial City Center in capital Colombo.
With the signing of the agreement, the Colombo Port City Development Project was newly renamed as the Colombo International Financial City
The USD 1.4 billion Port City project which initially began construction in 2014 under the former government was suspended in 2015 by President Maithripala Sirisena's government due to environmental concerns.
The project which has now been expanded to 269 hectares under the new tripartite agreement will include central parks and beaches for the public.

August 14

Chinese FM Wang Yi meets PM Modi amid strained ties over NSG bid.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held talks with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj during which India's bid for membership of the NSG is understood to have figured among other regional and bilateral issues.
Wang and Swaraj also discussed issues relating to annual BRICS summit which will be hosted by India in Goa.
China had stalled India's bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at the plenary meeting of the 48-nation grouping on the ground that it was not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
6.900 km gas pipelines to link B'desh, Myanmar, India.
The government has ambitious plan to lay 6,900 km of gas pipelines linking Bangladesh, Myanmar, most north-eastern states, and West Bengal.
Currently, large quantities of gas is flared (burned) in the north-eastern region because it can't be piped to the consumers.
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) signed an agreement in this year to jointly set up a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) terminal plant in Chittagong port city which will help pipe gas to the north-eastern states.

August 15

Barack Obama Declares Emergency For Flooded Louisiana.
US President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for flood-devastated Louisiana, where emergency workers have rescued more than 7,000 residents stranded in homes and cars.
The action makes emergency federal funding available to support rescue crews working nonstop as deadly flooding ravages the state, disastrous weather that has left at least three dead and one missing.
The flooding submerged large parts of the region, three days after water-swelled streams and rivers began rising. Local, state and national agencies have been working together to rescue residents.
Thousands were evacuated in Livingston Parish, near the capital Baton Rouge.

August 16

India extends $1 million grant to Zimbabwe.
India has provided $1 million US Dollars grant to Zimbabwe in the wake of El Nino induced drought disaster.
India also being worked out for donating 500 metric tonnes of rice as part of the second phase of assistance.
Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe handed over the assistance to Zimbabwe.
Accepting the grant, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr. Misheck Sibanda thanked for the quick response by India to an international appeal made by the country.
Zimbabwe and India in critical sectors of the economy such as SME, ICT, Energy, Education and Pharmaceuticals.

August 17

India and Bangladesh to jointly produce documentary on 1971 war of Independence of Bangladesh.
India and Bangladesh agreed to jointly produce a documentary on the 1971 war which led to independence for Bangladesh. The decision was taken after a meeting between Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu with his Bangladesh counterpart Hasanul Haq Inu.
India will also facilitate the production of a 'mega movie' by Bangladesh to mark the 100th birth anniversary of its Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020.
The AIR would begin an exclusive service for Bangladesh and the Bengali diaspora titled ''Akashvani Maitree''.
President of India Pranab Mukherjee would be launching the channel which would act as a 'bridge of amity between the two countries'.
During the discussions, India and Bangladesh agreed to work out a proposal for a joint audio-visual co-production agreement between the two countries.

August 18

Australia agrees to close controversial Papua New Guinea refugee detention centre.
Australia and Papua New Guinea had agreed to close a controversial Australian-funded asylum seeker detention center on Manus Island, although the ultimate fate of 800 refugees held in the camp remained unclear.
Under Australian law, anyone intercepted trying to reach the country by boat is sent for processing to camps on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru or to Manus Island off Papua New Guinea (PNG). They are never eligible to be resettled in Australia.
Some asylum seekers have spent years in the camps, which have been criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups, with numerous reports of abuse and self-harm amongst detainees, including children.
The announcement came after a newspaper published leaked documents detailing more than 2,000 incidents of sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm, reported over two years at the Nauru detention center.

August 19

Typhoon Dianmu hits southern China.
Typhoon Dianmu landed in Dongli Township, city of Leizhou, southern China's Guangdong province bringing torrential rain to much of the region
This year's eighth typhoon landed in Dongli Township in the city of Leizhou and is expected to bring heavy rainfall.
The typhoon is moving westward at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour. It is expected to sweep across the Leizhou Peninsula to the waters of the northern Beibu Gulf.
In the island province of Hainan, more than 40,000 people were evacuated to the provincial headquarters against droughts, floods and typhoons.
China has a four-tier color-coded warning system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

August 20

China set to open world's highest and longest glass bridge.
The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge was opened to visitors in central China.
The bridge connects two mountain cliffs known as the Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province.
The bridge concreted with 99 panes of three-layer transparent glasses, hangs between two steep cliffs 300 metres altitude is maintained from the ground.
The glass-bottomed bridge is 430 metres long and is 6 metres wide.
It stands 300 metre above a canyon in the Tianmenshan National Forest Park.
The bridge has set 10 world records spanning its design and construction.
Maximum 8,000 visitors will be allowed to cross the bridge every day.

August 21

Myanmar to support China’s OBOR, BCIM initiatives.
Myanmar has officially announced to support for China’s ambitious One Belt and One Road (OBOR) connectivity initiative along the ancient Silk Road.
It was announced in the joint statement released by both countries during official state visit of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to China.
Myanmar also Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor meant to industrialise a stretch spanning more than 2,000 km.
BCIM corridor links Kunming in China with Mandalay in Myanmar and passes through Bangladesh and ends at Kolkata in India.
Myanmar also asked for China’s support to realise peace and national reconciliation through political dialogue in case of militancy.
Myanmar has been a victim of militancy which for decades is fuelled by clandestine sale of drugs, jade and timber, mostly channelled through China.
Myanmar also discussed on issues for China’s support for it infrastructure projects including on Myitsone dam project.

August 22

PM Modi, President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurate renovated Stor Palace in Kabul.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani via video conferencing from New Delhi to inaugurate the renovated Stor Palace in Kabul.
During the video conference, Prime Minister Modi assured that India's 1.25 billion citizens would always be on Afghanistan's side in its quest to establish regional peace, security and stability.
The Stor Palace was built during the reign of Amir Abdul Rahman Khan in 1880. It underwent a series of renovations till 1965 when most of the functions were shifted to another building. The building is expected to regain its stature with the restoration process now completed.

New Nepal PM to visit India next month.
Nepal's new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' will embark on a three-day official visit to India.
This will be Prachanda's first foreign visit after assuming office earlier this month.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister BimalendraNidhi, who was on a visit to India as Prachanda's special envoy, had discussed with Indian officials regarding the visit, according to Indian embassy sources in Kathmandu.

August 23

India, Germany sign pact on vocational training.
India and Germany has signed an agreement that aims to foster conditions that will help create and improve workplace-based vocational training in India's industrial clusters.
Under the pact, German technical assistance will be used to enhance industry institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations.
Build capacity of local training institutions and foster industry linkages which will help adapt elements of the German dual system into the Indian context.

US announces 138 million dollar aid to South Sudan.
United States has announced 138 million dollar new aid to South Sudan, the aid is meant for food, water, and medicine for those in need.
4,000 troop Regional Protection Force in South Sudan as mandated by the UN Security Council.
The UN force is being deployed after clashes in South Sudan’s capital Juba last month. More than 300 people died in the clashes and forced the opposition leader Riek Machar to flee the country.
US will donate 29 million dollar to the UN refugee agency for the safe and voluntary return of Somali refugees in Kenya.

August 24

U.S. Postal Service to issue Diwali stamp.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced to commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with the launch of forever stamp.
The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony of the Forever Stamp will take place at the Consulate General of India, New York. The launch of this stamp is an important recognition for more than 3 million Indian-Americans who celebrate Diwali every year in US.
The Diwali stamp will be issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp will also be equal in value to the current First Class Mail 1-ounce price.
The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background.

Dubai set to open world’s largest indoor theme park.
The world’s largest indoor theme park is set to open its doors in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The park will feature Marvel-themed thrill rides and a dinosaur park that brings the pre-historic animals back to life in the Middle Eastern desert.
Covering an area that spans over 1.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure features four zones - Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard - and can accommodate up to 30,000 visitors a day. Developers claim that they anticipate seeing 4.5 million guests in its first year.
IMG Worlds of Adventure is located just 20 minutes from each of Dubai’s international airports. Tickets cost AED 300 for adults (about $81) and AED 250 ($69) for children.

August 25

Turkey Launches Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria.
The Turkish military launched a cross-border operation on named "Euphrates Shield" along with the U.S.-led coalition in Syria's northern border city of Jarablus to clear the area from the Daesh terror organization.
The main objective for the operation, however, was to counter recent advances of US-backed Syrian Kurds along the Turkish border.
Turkish special forces entered Jarablus by land along with aerial support from Turkish F-16 jets.
Turkish forces also used intense artillery fire as well as tanks in cross-border attacks against Daesh elements in Jarablus.
The operation is aimed at clearing the Turkish borders of terrorist groups, helping to enhance border security and supporting the territorial integrity of Syria.

August 26

India, US innovation forum to be launched.
In a bid to facilitate the movement of innovation from discovery to commercialisation, a forum to forge new partnerships between India and the US will be held in New Delhi
The Innovation Forum will be formally launched in New Delhi on the sidelines of the second annual Strategic and Commercial Dialogue between the two countries.
The Innovation Forum will facilitate the movement of innovation from discovery to commercialisation by focusing on the complex interplay of relationships between academic researchers, small businesses, the investor community, multinational companies, and governments that are central players in an innovation ecosystem.
The two countries agreed to facilitate an innovation forum in 2016, a platform for the US and Indian entrepreneurs to share best practices in promoting a culture of innovation and the creation of sister innovation hubs.

August 27

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore.
The world’s first self-driving taxi service was launched in Singapore. This launch is significant as it offer technology demonstration that could revolutionize the future transport industry.
The self-driving taxi service was launched Singapore based nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. With this nuTonomy became entity in the world first to offer self-driving taxi rides to the public.
The trial was given the approval of the Singapore government, which has long sought to turn the city-state into a hub for disruptive technology through firms like nuTonomy.
NuTonomy has started this service with small fleet of six cars. It includes modified versions of Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car.
Each car is fitted with six sets of Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging), a detection system that uses lasers to operate like radar that constantly spins on the roof.
During the trail phase, these vehicles have a computer engineer and backup human driver in case anything goes wrong.

August 28

British PM to trigger EU pull-out 'without parliament vote'.
British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to trigger Britain's withdrawal from the European Union without a vote in parliament beforehand.
The Daily Telegraph report was speculation but added that May was ''committed to delivering on the verdict the public gave'' in the June referendum, when 52 percent voted for Britain to leave the EU.
May’s government already faces a legal challenge to prevent it beginning the process of leaving the EU without an act of parliament.
Most members of parliament’s lower House of Commons, including May, campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU.
Once Article 50 is triggered, it would start a two-year countdown to Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Tunisia's new government wins parliamentary approval.
Tunisia's new government has won a confidence vote, almost a month after the last government was dismissed.
Prime Minister-designate Youssef Chahed's unity government was backed by parliament with 167 votes in favour, 22 against and five abstentions.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed warned in Parliament an austerity programme will be inevitable with thousands of public sector job cuts and new taxes if Tunisia does not overcome its economic difficulties.
Chahed's proposal of public-sector job cuts and tax rises was backed by 167 of the Parliament's 217 members. Interestingly, Chahed is Tunisia's youngest Prime Minister since the country became independent in 1956.

The 2016 Mountain Echoes literary festival.
''Mountain Echoes'', the seventh edition of Bhutan’s literary festival, will focus on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the first ruler to unite it as a single nation.
This year the festival will announce the inaugural edition of ''Bonfire Tales'': A cultural journey that travels via motorcycle to the Phobjikha valley in the black mountains of Bhutan and then onto the warm climes of Punakha.
According to the ECIU (Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit), Bhutan’s forests absorb three times more CO2 emissions than its society creates, making it carbon negative.

August 29

India, US targeting trade worth $500 billion.
Positioned as a major investment destination to the world, India is targeting to increase its bilateral trade with the US to $500 billion from current levels of over $100 billion.
According to a recent joint report by PwC and Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), bilateral relations between India and the US have been cemented further in the last two years with increased issuance of visas, visits by dignitaries, initiatives to combat terrorism, as well as trade.
10 sectors like aerospace and defence, banking, financial services and insurance, chemicals, dedicated freight corridors, energy and infrastructure have immense potential not just for domestic growth, but also for strengthening India's position as a global business hub.
US is the second largest trading partner of India with a growth potential of bilateral trade increasing to US $500 billion in the near future.
China launches state-owned aircraft engine maker.
China has set up a state-owned aircraft engine maker with registered capital of 50 billion yuan ($7.50 billion), in the latest bid to develop home-grown, high-tech capacities to compete in international markets.
The government has been overhauling its state-owned sector to push Chinese products and services up the value chain. Under that drive, it has prioritised aircraft engines, high-speed rail and nuclear power as areas it wants China to excel.
The new company called China Aero-Engine Group and with 96,000 employees, will focus on designing, manufacturing and testing of aircraft engines.
Earlier, Chinese aircraft used engines made by Rolls-Royce among others. This reportedly is aimed at developing competitive Chinese products and services for international markets.
Russia lifts ban on charter flights to Turkey.
Russia has signed a decree lifting restrictions on charter flights to Turkey after an eight-month ban introduced due to tensions between the two countries arising from the downing of a Russian warplane by Ankara in 2015.
Russian government has proposed that airlines should take additional steps to ensure the safety of charter flights between Russia and Turkey.
Russia has taken a series of restrictive measures against Turkey from 2016, including bans on the import of Turkish foodstuffs, charter flights in both directions, and the visa-free travel regime between them.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has since apologised for the incident and the leaders of the two countries have reportedly started restoring bilateral ties.

August 30

India-US sign military logistic agreement.
India and the US signed a historical agreement on sharing logistics, with both Defence Minister ManoharParrikar and US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter clarifying that it will not involve in setting up of military bases.
The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) was "in principal" agreed on during Carter's visit to India.
The two sides also discussed India's "Major Defence Partner" designation, which was announced during Prime Minister NarendraModi's visit to Washington and the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) between the two countries.
US has agreed to elevate defence trade and technology sharing with India to a level commensurate with its closest allies and partners.
Carter also welcomed India's membership in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and reaffirmed US support for India's membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

China starts cargo train service to Russia.
China launched a cargo train service from Guangzhou city to Russia to boost trade as part of its multi-billion dollar project to revive ancient silk routes.
A cargo train left south China's Guangzhou City for Vorsino, Kaluzhskaya Oblast, in Russia.
It is the latest freight train route China has launched to boost trade ties along the ancient Silk Road.
This will reportedly save 30 days in transport time compared to shipping services and will cost 20% of standard air transportation.

August 31

India and Myanmar sign four agreements.
India and Myanmar signed four agreements following bilateral talks between Prime Minister NarendraModi and visiting Myanmar President HtinKyaw.
The first agreement pertains to construction of 69 bridges on the Tamu-Kalewa section of the trilateral highway connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand.
The second agreement is on upgrading the Kalewa-Yargi section of the trilateral highway.
The third agreement is on cooperation in the field of renewable energy, while the fourth agreement is on cooperation in the field of traditional medicines.


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