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New Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin has appreciated the privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia while greeting President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the country’s 67th Republic Day.

In a letter addressed to President Mukherjee and Prime Minister Modi.

Accept my cordial greetings on the occasion of the Republic Day. India enjoys well-deserved authority in the world arena, plays an important role in solving pressing international and regional issues, possesses mighty economic potential and rich cultural heritage,

The Russian president also pitched for deeper bilateral cooperation with India.

We highly appreciate the relations of special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India.

 

I am sure that the further build-up of fruitful bilateral cooperation in different areas, constructive interaction in various international formats corresponds to our common interests and goes in line with ensuring stability and security in Asia and the entire world,

From the bottom of my heart I wish good health and success to you, well-being and prosperity – to the friendly people of India,” he added.

(Inputs from IANS)

(Picture Courtesy: www.nriachievers.in)

 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes development of Robotic Weapons in the country

"These systems could radically change the spectrum of weaponry for the general purpose forces," Putin advised

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Russia, Jan 27, 2017: Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed the development of robotic weapons by his country’s arms companies to radically change the entire arms system for the conventional armed forces.

During a meeting of the Russian military-industrial commission, Putin explained that the development of autonomous robotic systems is very important in the future, Efe news reported on Thursday.

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“These systems could radically change the spectrum of weaponry for the general purpose forces,” he advised.

The Russian leader pointed out that this development must take into consideration “the clear understanding of the potential conflicts’ nature and mainstream trends in the development of armed forces both globally and domestically.”

In the midst of what seems to be a return to the Cold War between Russia and the West, at least until US President Donald Trump came to power, Russia and NATO have strengthened their military presence on the borders between this country and Eastern Europe.

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Some European countries, especially Poland and the three Baltic republics, consider that their security is threatened by the Kremlin’s decision to annexe the Crimean peninsula and support pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. (IANS)

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Forbes ranks Prime Minister Narendra Modi Among World’s 10 most Powerful People

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The Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on October 30, 2014., Wikimedia

New York, December 15, 2016: Among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked with Russian President Vladimir Putin topping the list for a fourth straight year and US President-elect Donald Trump in the second place.

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On the Forbes list of 74 of the World’s Most Powerful People, Narendra Modi ranks 9th.
Forbes said, “Modi has raised his profile as a global leader in recent years during official visits with Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. He has also emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change, as planetary warming will deeply affect millions of his country’s rural and most vulnerable citizens.”

It also noted Modi’s sudden demonetization decision in order to reduce money laundering and corruption, leading to a nationwide frenzy.

“There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 74 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most,” it said.

Putin topped the list and retains the title of the ‘world’s most powerful person’ for four years. Whereas, US President Obama is on the 48th spot.

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Forbes said that Russia’s President has exerted his country’s influence in nearly every corner of the globe; from Syria to the US presidential elections, he continues to “get what he wants”.

On the second spot is US President-elect Donald Trump who had surprising election victory, after upsetting Hillary Clinton.

The list also includes Mukesh Ambani the Reliance Industries Chairman who is on the 38th spot.

The list also includes Satya Nadella, the Microsoft’s India-born CEO who is on the 51st spot.

According to the Forbes list, the third most powerful person in the world and the most powerful woman in the world is, Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany and the backbone of the European Union.

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The Forbes list also includes Xi on the 4th spot, Pope Francis (5), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (7), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (10), French President Francois Hollande (23), Apple CEO Tim Cook (32), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (43) and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (57).

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No Sikh Regiment in R-Day parade ‘sad and regrettable’: Badal to PM

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Chandigarh: The controversy over the exclusion of the Sikh Regiment from the Republic Day parade in Delhi refuses to settle down, with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday describing the episode as “sad and regrettable” in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and saying that the community was “hurt”.

In his letter, Badal said “the absence of the Sikh regiment from the Republic Day parade was sad and regrettable”.

Badal urged the central government to issue necessary instructions and guidelines “to ensure that the Sikh Regiment is never kept out of Republic Day parade in future”.

“A widespread feeling of hurt and resentment (has been) caused by the non-inclusion of the Sikh Regiment in the Republic Day parade where French President Francois Hollande was the chief guest,” Badal said in the letter.

According to reports, the Sikh Regiment, which had participated in the parade earlier, was excluded this time.

The Sikh community has been at loggerheads with the French government due to the latter’s ban on students wearing turbans in schools in France as it was seen as a religious symbol.

“The Republic Day parade is always regarded as a great occasion to showcase India’s multi-cultural and multi-religious identity, highlighting its secular ethos.

“As a vibrant and fiercely patriotic minority community in the country, the Sikhs are always seen as the most powerful symbol of this multi-dimensional identity and secular character of the country,” Badal said.

“The exclusion of the Sikh Regiment from the parade would be regrettable at any time but it was doubly so this year because of the presence of the French president as a special guest at the event.

“The Sikhs have been facing several practices in France which amount to the denial of freedom to observe the fundamental religious practices to the community, including a ban on the wearing of turbans one of the five symbols of their religion,” Badal said.

Incidentally, the French president started his India tour on January 24 from Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana which was designed by French architect Le Corbusier.

Hollande was received at the Chandigarh airport by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is also the acting Punjab governor, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher.

However, Punjab Chief Minister Badal was admitted to a hospital a day earlier and could not meet Hollande. But his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal did not step in to receive the French president.

Modi, breaking protocol, specially flew to Chandigarh to welcome the French president at the famous Rock Garden. (IANS)