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India, Japan to ramp up defence, bilateral cooperation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the dream of a high speed bullet train at a packed Athletics Stadium in Ahmedabad, saying it would go from “my Gujarat to my Mumbai”. India’s first bullet train will connect Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat, to Mumbai, cutting travel time from seven hours to less than three. The project, which was launched here together by Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe is expected to bring in employment, revenue and even international trade to both the cities.

Amarnath attack mastermind shot dead

Amarnath Yatra attack mastermind Abu Ismail was  shot dead in a crisp operation lasting only around half an hour on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday.

LeT commander Ismail now joins the list of top terrorists, who have been killed by the security forces in the last one year, which has been the bloodiest in recent past. Jammu and Kashmir police hailed the encounter as a major achievement of the security forces as Ismail, a Pakistani, was one of the most prominent foreign terrorists  operating in the valley.

North Korea Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapon to ‘Sink’ Japan

North Korea threatened to use a nuclear weapon against Japan and turn the US into “ashes and darkness” for passing fresh United Nations sanctions earlier this week – fiery rhetoric that is likely to exacerbate tensions in North Asia.

“Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Thursday, citing a statement by the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee. “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche,” it said, a reference to the regime’s ideology of self-reliance.

With China in mind, Japan, India agree to deepen defence

The leaders of India and Japan agreed on Thursday to deepen defence ties and push for more cooperation with Australia and the United States, as they seek to counter growing Chinese influence across Asia.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived this week in his counterpart Narendra Modi’s home state, skipping the tradition of visiting the capital of New Delhi, for the tenth meeting between two leaders since Modi came to power in 2014.

30% of Bank Jobs may disappear in five years

Vikram Pandit, who ran Citigroup Inc. during the financial crisis, said developments in technology could see some 30 per cent of banking jobs disappearing in the next five years.

Trump says tougher steps needed

North Korea showed trademark defiance on Wednesday over new UN sanctions imposed after its sixth and largest nuclear test, vowing to redouble efforts to fight off what it said was the threat of a US invasion.

US President Donald Trump said Monday’s sanctions, unanimously agreed on Monday by the 15-member UN Security Council, were just a small step towards what is ultimately needed to rein in Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes.

NSUI makes comeback in DUSU polls, bags president, VP posts

Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) today made a comeback in the Delhi University Students Union, bagging two of the four crucial DUSU posts including that of the president.

RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which has a stronghold in DUSU, bagged two seats, that of the joint secretary and the general secretary.

NSUI's Rocky Tusheed won the president's post by a margin of 1,590 votes defeating Rajat Chaudhary, while the party's Kunal Sehrawat defeated ABVP candidate Paarth Rana by 175 votes.

30 cr families get Jan Dhan accounts in 3 yrs: FM

As many as 30 crore families have got bank accounts since the launch of India's biggest ever bank account opening drive, Jan Dhan Yojana, three years back, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.