VIF Information Alerts - 26 July 2019
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Iran releases 9 out of 12 Indians held from detained ship
Published: Hindustan Times

26 Jul 2019

Iran has released nine out of 12 Indians who were on board the ship MT Riah that was detained in early July, official sources said Thursday. However, 21 Indians are still in detention in Iran -- three from MT Riah and 18 from British oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized last week by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz for alleged violation of international maritime rules.Click here to read...

US State Department worried by Beijing’s hints it could use troops to put down Hong Kong protests
Published: South China Morning Post

26 Jul 2019

The United States government has expressed concern about recent statements by a senior Chinese military official suggesting that mainland forces could be deployed in Hong Kong to quell dissent on the city’s streets.
“We note with concern the Chinese government’s statements,” a US State Department spokeswoman told the South China Morning Post on Thursday.Click here to read...

Malaysia resumes $10-bn China-backed rail project
Published: The Jakarta Post

25 Jul 2019

Malaysia on Thursday restarted a $10-billion, China-backed rail project that is part of Beijing's global infrastructure drive following its suspension last year when a corruption-plagued government was ejected from power. The 640-kilometer (400-mile) line will link northeast Malaysia, near the Thai border, to the country's main port on the busy Strait of Malacca in the west, forming part of a network it is hoped will eventually run from southern China right through Southeast Asia.Click here to read...

US warship sails through strategic Taiwan Strait amid China tension
Published: The Tribune

25 Jul 2019

The US military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing.Click here to read...

India provides Nepal clearance to operationalise suspension bridge at Darchula border
Published: Deccan Chronicle

25 Jul 2019

India on Wednesday provided clearance to the government of Nepal to operationalise suspension bridge at the Darchula border. Constructed over the Mahakali River at the Lekam Rural Municipality in Nepal's Darchula district, the bridge (commonly known as Lali Bridge) would provide connectivity with the Pithoragarh town on the Indian side.Click here to read...

MoU between India and Maldives for passenger and Cargo Services
Published: Press Information Bureau

25 Jul 2019

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, the Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemical & Fertilizers informed that India and Maldives had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Passenger and Cargo Services in Male last month. The objective of the MoU is to improve people to people contact between the two countries by providing an alternate, direct and less expensive means for transport for passengers and goods. It also aims to advance economic, social and cultural ties between the two countries.Click here to read...

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