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India Signs A $5 Billion Deal With Russia For Its S-400 Triumf Missile Shield Systems

New Delhi: India has signed a $5 billion deal for the Russian S-400 Triumf missile shield systems in a key pact at the summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin. This will give a huge boost to its defence forces. The agreement was signed in the presence of both the leaders at the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit.

The S-400 missile defence system deal could attract American sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that seeks to punish countries buying weapons from Russia. Moscow has been India’s biggest arms supplier.

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Russian President Arrives In India To Have Annual Bilateral Meeting With The Country

New Delhi: For the 19th annual bilateral talks, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has arrived in New Delhi on a two-day visit. Putin will hold the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also meet President Ramnath Kovind and address a India-Russia business delegation. He was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and met PM Modi shortly after his arrival.

PM Modi and Putin will hold the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit scheduled to take place on Friday during which the two are expected to review bilateral defence cooperation in the wake of the US sanctions against Russian defence majors. The key focus of which will be the $5-billion deal for the S-400 air defence system.

India and Russia are likely to sign a $2.5 billion deal for four more Krivak/Talwar class stealth frigates for the navy on Friday during the summit, two senior officials familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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International Court to Start Hearing Appeal against Jadhav’s Execution From February 18

New Delhi: On an Indian citizen in the captivity of Pakistan Khulbhushan Jadhav who has even been denies counselor access, the International Court of Justice will start the final round of hearing to decide India’s appeal against Khulbhushan Jadhav’s execution from 18 February in The Hague, the seat of the Court.

Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on spying charges in April 2017. India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the verdict. The world court has halted Jadhav’s execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.

Both India and Pakistan have already submitted their detailed pleas and responses in the world court.

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After Day-Long Standoff With Police Agitating Farmers Vacate Delhi-UP Border Post-Midnight

New Delhi: The latest outpouring of anger of farmers that threatened to snowball into a major law and order problem has fortunately subsided for now. During the day-long standoff, Police fired water cannons and lobbed tear gas shells to halt a march by tens of thousands of farmers attempting to enter the national capital from Uttar Pradesh to seek better prices and concessions.

The farmers withdrew following the negotiations with the Centre and the UP government, which was led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the agitators being allowed a symbolic march to the Rajghat.

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Trump Says, New Delhi Wants To Have A Trade Deal To Keep the US President Happy

New Delhi: President of United States of India Donald Trump slammed India for allegedly imposing high tariffs on American products. He said that New Delhi wants to have a trade deal with America primarily to keep him happy.

Trump’s charges against the alleged high Indian tariffs, for the second time in a few days, came during his White House news conference where he announced a new trade deal with neighbouring Mexico and Canada.

As he announced the key elements of the US-Mexico and Canada Agreement or USMCA, Trump listed out at the trade deals that are under negotiations, including with Japan, European Union, China and India.