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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that he is “very optimistic” about his visit to Russia and for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Today I will commence my visit to Russia, my first bilateral visit after we formed the Government. I am very optimistic about the outcome of this visit,” Modi said in a Facebook post.

Today, Modi leaves for Moscow where he will attend the 16th India-Russia annual summit meeting during which a number of bilateral agreements are expected to be signed, with trade being a major focus area.

“My visit will deepen the cooperation between India and Russia in the economic, energy and security spheres. We also want to increase cooperation in science and technology, mining among other sectors. Trade ties between India and Russia can increase even further, to benefit not only our two nations but also the world,” the post said.

This will be the first meeting between Modi and Putin since their formal interaction at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit in Ufa in July, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said on Tuesday.

There will be an interaction between Modi and Russian businesspersons to invite them to invest in India. He will also attend a ‘Friends of India’ programme. (IANS)

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Russian Parliament Plans to Bring a Bill to Ship Devices With Pre-Installed Russian Apps

The government will also publish, per each device type, a list of Russian software that equipment vendors will need to include on devices sold in Russia

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The government will also publish, per each device type, a list of Russian software that equipment vendors will need to include on Devices sold in Russia. Pixabay

Aiming to protect Russian software firms from being “abused” by foreign technology companies, the Russian Parliament is now mulling to bring a bill that will force all Electronic Devices sold in the country, including smartphones, computers and smart TVs, to ship with apps from Russian tech firms pre installed in them.

If the bill is approved, the Russian government will publish a list of electronic devices that will need to comply with this new law. However, devices that don’t run a complex operating system OS or custom software will be exempted.

According to lawmakers, “the bill will protect the interests of Russian Internet companies and will reduce the abuse by large foreign companies, working in the field of information technology”, ZDNet reported recently.

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Aiming to protect Russian software firms from being “abused” by foreign technology companies, the Russian Parliament is now mulling to bring a bill that will force all Electronic Devices sold in the country, including Laptops, smartphones, computers and smart TVs, to ship with apps from Russian tech firms pre installed in them. Pixabay

The government will also publish, per each device type, a list of Russian software that equipment vendors will need to include on devices sold in Russia.

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The firms who fail to comply would be eligible for fines of up to 200,000 rubles or roughly $3,100, and an eventual ban, following repeated offences, the report added. (IANS)

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