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Indonesia Gives Military Access Of Sabang Island Close To Malacca Strait

New Delhi:An importer partner of India, Indonesia has agreed to give the country economic and military access to the strategic island of Sabang at the northern tip of Sumatra and close to the Malacca Strait. Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs and a former military officer, said India will invest in the port and economic zone of Sabang and build a hospital.

He noted the port’s 40-metre depth is good for all types of vessels, “including submarines”. In time, he said, the coast guards of the two countries could also work together.

Sabang, also known as Weh island, is located 710 km southeast of the Andaman Islands and less than 500 km from the entrance of the Malacca Strait, through which almost 40% of India’s trade passes.

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A Central To Visit Varanasi To Do A Separate Probe In Flyover Collapse

New Delhi: Four teams are investigating the collapse of a portion of an under-construction flyover in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi killing 18 people on Tuesday. Officials said on Thursday and a central team was also likely to visit the site on Friday to conduct a separate probe.

“It will submit its report to the Prime Minister’s office (PMO),” a senior district administration official, who did not wish to be named, said.

The official said the PMO was keeping a close watch on all the investigations that are being carried out.

“The PMO will not only review the probe report of the central team but also of all others committees,” he added.

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Kejriwal Writes Letters to Haryana CM and Delhi LG for Appropriate Water Supply

New Delhi: In a threatening tone that inappropriate water supply may hinder water supply in President House and Embassies, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has written letters to lieutenant governor Anil Baijal as well as to his counterpart in Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, seeking the supply of the same amount of water as the neighbouring state has been doing for the past 22 years.

He also expressed worry that disruption in water supply by Haryana would affect the functioning of the Chandrawal water treatment plant, which supplies water to VIP areas of Delhi, including Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament and various embassies.

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Rajnath Sings Says, Security Forces Have Been Asked Not To Go Offensive During Ramazan

New Delhi:  Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that security forces have been asked not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzanafter state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti sought a ceasefire request a week ago.

“Decision [has been] taken to help the peace loving Muslims [sic] observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment,” Singh wrote on Twitter, saying he has informed Mufti about the decision.

Security forces will retaliate if attacked or “if it was essential to protect the lives of innocent people”, he said.

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6080 Indian Engineers, IT Professionals, Doctors And Teachers Denied Visas To The UK Since December 2017

New Delhi:  According to a data released on Wednesday, indicating that Indians are likely to be the hardest hit by the country’s annual visa cap. Indian engineers, IT professionals, doctors and teachers are among 6,080 skilled workers holding a UK job offer who were denied visas to the UK since December 2017.

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) acquired the figures via a Freedom of Information (FOI) to the UK Home Office to highlight the “scale of the problem” being created due to the British government’s annual immigration cap for skilled professionals hired by UK-based companies from outside the European Union (EU).