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Indian, Nepalese security interests inter-linked: Modi

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India and Nepal have a “time tested” and unique friendship and their security interests are inter-linked.

“Our friendship is time-tested and unique. We share our burden during difficult times, just as we celebrate each other’s achievements. As immediate neighbours and close friendly nations, peace, stability and economic prosperity of Nepal is our shared objective,” Prime Minister Modi said, in his media statement after holding talks with visiting Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” here.

Modi also commended Prachanda’s role in “strengthening democratic institutions in Nepal”.

“Our security interests are inter-linked. We agreed that securing our societies is essential for achieving shared objectives of development and growth. India stands ready and prepared to strengthen development partnership with Nepal. We will do so as per the priorities of the people and government of Nepal,” he said.

Modi also said that continued cooperation between the defence and security agencies is important to guard the open borders between the two countries that provide opportunities for interaction to their people.

Prachanda meanwhile said Nepal is eager to learn from India’s “success story”, and his government is focused on the agenda of development.

The two leaders earlier held bilateral talks and signed a series of agreements at Hyderabad House.

Prachanda arrived here on Thursday on a four-day visit to India.

The new Maoist-led government in Nepal assumed power last month after the ouster of K.P. Sharma Oli as Prime Minister.

Earlier on Friday, Prachanda was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal are also slated to meet the Nepal Prime Minister later in the day.

Prachanda is to also meet President Pranab Mukherjee.

In the evening, he will attend a joint business event organised by Assocham.

In an interview with state broadcaster Doordarshan, Prachanda said that Nepal-India ties are unique and that his visit was aimed at building “trust and confidence” between the two sides.

Ties between both neighbours had soured during the 10-month rule of K.P. Sharma Oli, with Kathmandu showing a marked pro-Beijing tilt.

India is hoping to bring ties back on track with the visit of Prachanda, who has chosen New Delhi for his first foreign outing after taking over.

China’s President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Kathmandu in October, while Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is visiting in early November.

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Mehbooba Mufti said she would not raise any flag other than Kashmir

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Srinagar, 23 Oct. : Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, who was released after nearly 14 months of detention, has started political activities. Mehbooba, who came to address a press conference for the first time after so many months, has announced that her party will unite in bringing Jammu and Kashmir back to the same status (before Article 370 is removed).

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APPLE HOMEPOD MINI LAUNCHED AT $99, IPHONE 12 STARTING $699, IPHONE 12 PRO FROM $999

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Apple Event 2020 LIVE Updates: Apple has finally removed the curtain from its iPhone 12 series. The company launched the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max at the ‘Hi Speed’ event at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. At the event, the company has also launched Smart HomePod Speaker.

The company says that the iPhone 12 Mini is also the world’s thinnest and lightest 5G smartphone. Let us tell that this event was once again started by Team Cook, CEO of the company.

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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