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Pak left out in new draft proposal for NSG membership

Pak left out in new draft proposal for NSG membership

Washington [USA], Dec. 29 : According to a US-based arms control organisation, a draft proposal for accepting new members into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) paves way for India's entry but leaves out Pakistan.

Last week, the U.S. media reported that former NSG chairman Rafael Mariano Grossi had prepared a two-page document, explaining how a non-NPT state, like India and Pakistan, could join the group.

The document prepared by Grossi, acting on behalf of the current chairman Song Young-wan of South Korea, enjoys a semi-official status, reports the Dawn.


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US group says draft formula for admitting new NSG members favours India and not Pakistan

US group says draft formula for admitting new NSG members favours India and not Pakistan

Washington [United States], Dec.28 : The Washington-based Arms Control Association (ACA) has cautioned the Obama administration not to give its approval to a draft proposal for accepting new members into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), as it will pave the way for India's entry but leave Pakistan out.

Warning that a relaxation of membership rules could undermine non-proliferation efforts the ACA further stated that the two-page smacked of a clear cut bias in favour of India.


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Obama, Abe make symbolic joint visit to Pearl Harbor

Obama, Abe make symbolic joint visit to Pearl Harbor

Washington [United States], Dec.28 : United States President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a symbolic joint visit to Pearl Harbor on Tuesday.

According to The News, the aim of the visit was to highlight the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Both Abe and Obama commemorated the dead at the USS Arizona Memorial, built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona. Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial.


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Indus water dispute: World Bank President calls Pak FM

Indus water dispute: World Bank President calls Pak FM

Washington [USA], Dec. 27 : World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has called Pakistan Finance Minster Ishaq Dar to discuss the latter's request to help settle the Indus water dispute, sources said.

The development comes after the Pakistani Minister wrote a letter to Kim on December 23 urging him to move ahead with the appointment of a chairman of the Court of Arbitration, reports the Dawn.

The letter written by Dar was in response to the World Bank President's letter of December 12 and their decision to pause the process of empanelment of the Court of Arbitration.


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Trump family ups measures to resolve potential controversies; to dissolve charitable foundation

Trump family ups measures to resolve potential controversies; to dissolve charitable foundation

Washington [USA], Dec. 25 (ANI): Donald Trump and his family are speeding up efforts to resolve potential controversies - as the U.S. President-elect announced that he will shut down his charitable foundation, a response to repeated controversies over how it collected and disbursed funds.

In a statement on Saturday, Trump offered no timeline as to when his foundation would close down, but said he had directed his attorney to take the needed steps, reports the Washington Post.


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U.S. approves sale of night vision equipment to Pakistan: Media report

U.S. approves sale of night vision equipment to Pakistan: Media report

Washington [USA], Dec. 24 : According to Pakistani media reports, the U. S. Department of Defence has awarded a USD 284.6 million contract to Lockheed Martin to produce infrared target sight systems for the U. S. Navy and Pakistan.

The Pentagon announced on Friday that the system will be used for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters, which has proved very effective in combat against militants, particularly in difficult terrain, reports the Dawn.

The AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter is used by US Marine Corps Expeditionary Force.


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Good news! Scientists identify new approach to recycle greenhouse gas

Good news! Scientists identify new approach to recycle greenhouse gas

Washington D. C. [USA], Dec. 24 : A team of researchers has discovered a key enzyme effective to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO) that can be adapted for commercial applications like biofuel synthesis.

The study was published online in journal of Nature Chemical Biology.

Researchers found that they could successfully express the reductase component of the nitrogenase enzyme alone in the bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii and directly use this bacterium to convert CO2 to CO.


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Trump names Kellyanne Conway as his Counsellor

Trump names Kellyanne Conway as his Counsellor

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 23 : President-elect Donald Trump has announced his selection of Kellyanne Conway to serve as Counselor to the President.

Conway has been serving as a senior member of the President-elect's transition team and previously served as the campaign manager of his successful run for the presidency.

In her position, Conway will continue her role as a close advisor to the president and will work with senior leadership to effectively message and execute the Administration's legislative priorities and actions.


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Cyber security firm claims finding evidence against Russian hack

Cyber security firm claims finding evidence against Russian hack

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 22 : Cyber security firm CrowdStrike has found a strong evidence of Russia's military intelligence arm links with the group that was behind the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hack.

DNC had hired CrowdStrike to investigate the hack and the firm linked malware used to hack and track an Android phone app used by the Ukrainian army in its battle against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine from late 2014 through 2016 with the malware used in the DNC intrusion.


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Doval meets Trump's NSA- designate to discuss Indo-US ties

Doval meets Trump's NSA- designate to discuss Indo-US ties

Washington,[US] Dec. 20 : National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met United States president-elect Donald Trump's NSA- designate General (Retd.) Michael Flynn recently and discussed about the India- US strategic ties, global and regional issues.

This comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had congratulated Trump on his victory in the US elections.


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U.S. condemns assassination of Russian envoy to Turkey, offers assistance

U.S. condemns assassination of Russian envoy to Turkey, offers assistance

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 201 : The United States has condemned the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, and offered all assistance to Moscow and Ankara as they investigate this despicable attack.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "We stand ready to offer assistance to Russia and Turkey as they investigate this despicable attack, which was also an assault on the right of all diplomats to safely and securely advance and represent their nations around the world."


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U.S. condemns terrorist attack in Jordan

U.S. condemns terrorist attack in Jordan

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 19 : The United States has condemned the terrorist attack in Jordan's Karak city that killed at least 10 people and said that it stands in solidarity with the Government of Jordan, its security forces, and the Jordanian people.

Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, John Kirby said, "We offer our deepest condolences to all the victims and their families, and recognize the bravery of the Jordanian security personnel who died protecting their fellow citizens. We extend our hope for a full and speedy recovery to all the wounded."


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U.S. condemns terrorist attack in Turkey, offers support for probe

U.S. condemns terrorist attack in Turkey, offers support for probe

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 18 : United States has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Turkey's central province of Kayseri that killed thirteen soldiers and said that it stands with the country in the fight against terrorism.

Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, John Kirby said, "We are saddened and outraged to see reports of another terrorist attack against Turkish security forces, this time in the city of Kayseri. We send our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of those killed and wounded in this horrible attack."


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Pakistan not to accept any changes to Indus Waters Treaty

Pakistan not to accept any changes to Indus Waters Treaty

Washington [United States], Dec. 17 : Pakistan has firmly stated that it will not accept any alterations or changes to the Indus Waters Treaty ( IWT) after India had said that it is ready to engage in further consultations with Islamabad on the matter of resolving current differences over the Kishenganga and Ralte projects under the Indus Water Treaty.


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Researchers discover planet-eating star, similar to Sun

Researchers discover planet-eating star, similar to Sun

WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 16 : In a recent research, a team of scientists from the University of Chicago has made the rare discovery of a planetary system with a host star similar to Earth's sun.

Published in the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal, what's most intriguing about the research is the star's unusual composition, which indicates it ingested some of its planets.


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