VIF Information Alerts - 30 September 2019
Saudi Arabia to invest Rs15,682 bn in India
Published: The News
30 Sep 2019

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, is looking at investing $100 billion (Rs15,682 billion) in India in areas of petrochemicals, infrastructure and mining among others, considering the country's growth potential. Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to India Dr Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati has said India is an attractive investment destination for the kingdom and it is eyeing long-term partnerships with New Delhi in key sectors such as oil, gas and mining, international media reported.Click here to read...

It’s no longer going to be hide and seek, if we have to go across LoC, we will: General Bipin Rawat
Published: The Times of India
30 Sep 2019

The strikes have delivered the message that the Line of Control (LoC) will remain sacrosanct as long as the other side remains quiet and does not vitiate the atmosphere. Pakistan controls the terrorists, who act as its proxies. It’s no longer going to be hide and seek. If we have to go across, we will, through the air or the ground route or both. The red line has been very clearly drawn as to what will be the future course of action.Click here to read...

Philippine official says China wanted to restrict foreign forces at sea
Published: Asia-Pacific Defence Forum
29 Sep 2019

The Philippine foreign secretary said in early September 2019 that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has sought to restrict the presence of foreign military powers in the South China Sea and foreign involvement in oil and gas projects in the disputed region under a pact it is negotiating with Southeast Asian nations.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., pictured, said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, however, that the PRC has eased up on those demands, removing potential obstacles in the conclusion of the so-called “code of conduct” the PRC is negotiating with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).Click here to read...

Afghanistan election: turnout may have been as low as 20% amid Taliban threats
Published: The Guardian
29 Sep 2019

Voter turnout in the first round of Afghanistan’s presidential election on Saturday may have been as low as 20%, according to preliminary counts, amid threats from the Taliban to attack polling stations. Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission said data from just over half the country’s polling stations showed around 1.1 million people had voted for one of the more than a dozen candidates vying to rule the war-torn country, including the incumbent president, Ashraf Ghani.Click here to read...

Shifting Assam Rifles' op control to HM will adversely impact vigil along China border: Army to Govt
Published: The Economic Times
30 Sep 2019

The Army has red flagged a proposal by the Home Ministry to bring the Assam Rifles under its operational control, saying such a move will seriously jeopardise surveillance over the country's sensitive border with China when it has been ramping up military infrastructure along the frontiers with India.Click here to read...

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