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China Expects SCO Playing Important Role In Resolving Differences Between India and Pakistan

New Delhi: With India and Pakistan joining Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), China expects that the SCO might play an important role in resolving the differences between India and Pakistan.

 “We know there are existing and historical unresolved conflicts between Pakistan and India,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said on Monday in an interview with CGTN, the country’s national broadcaster. “But I think after they joined the SCO, maybe we can provide a better platform and opportunities for the building of relations between them.”

The statement is significant because Prime Minister Narendra Modi had indicated on Sunday that Pakistan was a major stumbling block in the improvement of relations between India and China.

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Chandigarh Boy Pranav Goyal Tops JEE Advance 2018; Sahil Jain From Bundi Second

 

New Delhi: A lad from Chandigarh, Pranav Goyal, 17, has topped the JEE Advanced 2018, examination which is held for the admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology. The result was announced on Sunday. He secured All India Rank (AIR) 1, scoring 337 out of 360 in the examination.

Sahil Jain from Bundi in Rajasthan ranked second in the examination. He topped in the IIT-Delhi zone, scoring 326 marks out of 360. Kailash Gupta from Delhi ranked third. Meenal Parekh from Kota in Rajasthan is the topper among women. She ranked 6th, scoring 318 out of 360 in the examination.

An alumnus of Bhavan Vidyalaya in Panchkula, Pranav was on his way to Hyderabad with his family on Sunday after the results were declared. He had scored 97.2% in the CBSE Class 12 exams in non-medical and had All India Rank 4 in the JEE Mains, scoring 350 out of 360 marks. He did his coaching from Sri Chaitanya Institute in Chandigarh.

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India Refuses To Endorse China’s Ambitious CPEC Project In PoK.

New Delhi: The only discordant note in the 17-page joint document released at the end of the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, India was the only country not to endorse a high-profile Chinese project Belt and Road Initiative in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

All remaining seven members of the SCO bloc supported the project that is a part of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India supports connectivity projects that are inclusive, transparent and respect territorial sovereignty. India has long maintained that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — a key part of the BRI initiative that passes through PoK — violates its territorial integrity.

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Assassination Plot Against The Prime Minister A Ploy To Garner Sympathy: Pawar

New Delhi: Former chief minister of Maharashtra and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday doubted that the apparent assassination plot against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was devised to garner sympathy. "They (Pune Police) say there was a threatening letter. I spoke to a retired police officer who had worked for the CID. He said there is no substance in the letter. The letter is being used to garner people's sympathy," Pawar was quoted as saying to a news agency.

Condemning the arrest of five persons for having alleged Maoist links, Pawar said, "When like-minded people came together to organise Elgar Parishad, they were called naxals and arrested. Everyone knows who executed Bhima Koregaon Violence but those who have no link with it were arrested. This is the misuse of power."  The Pune police on Thursday claimed to have seized an email, from one of the five people arrested, which hinted at plans to assassinate Modi in "another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident" by "targeting his roadshows".

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Chine Agrees To Share Data On Brahmputra Floods

New Delhi:In a significant move, China on Saturday agreed to provide India hydrological data of the Brahmaputra River in flood season, months after Beijing stopped the practice, crucial to predict floods.

Last year, China had stopped sharing data soon after the 73-day long stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Dokalam over Chinese military's plans to build a road close to India's Chicken Neck corridor connecting North-Eastern states. The first MoU was inked between China's Ministry of Water Resources and India's Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation upon provision of hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river in flood season by China to India.