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In the symbolic nod to India, US changes the name of Pacific Command.
- The US military on Wednesday renamed its Pacific Command the US Indo-Pacific Command, in a largely symbolic move underscoring the growing importance of India to the Pentagon.
- US Pacific Command, which is responsible for all US military activity in the greater Pacific region, has about 375,000 civilian and military personnel.
- The United States is also keen to tap into India’s large defence market. It has emerged as India’s No. 2 weapons supplier.
India, Indonesia join hands to counter expansionist China.
- India and Indonesia will develop a naval port in Sabang, a strategic location on the tip of Sumatra island and at the entrance of the vital Malacca Straits.
- The two countries also agreed to step up the defence and maritime cooperation, with both countries agreeing to align their national maritime policies.
- Modi visited the grand Istiqlal Mosque, the largest in south-east Asia, accompanied by Jokowi.
Nirmala Sitharaman visits forward area posts along Indo-Myanmar border.
- Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who reached Dimapur in Nagaland on Tuesday, continued her visit to zones under the Spear Corps on Wednesday.
- She left Dimapur in the morning and undertook visits of forwarding posts of the Assam Rifles along the Indo-Myanmar Border.
- During her visit to forwarding areas, the minister also interacted with local state government functionaries and representatives of other security agencies.
India, Indonesia to organise interfaith dialogue in both nations.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joko Widodo on Wednesday agreed to organise an interfaith dialogue in Indonesia in early October 2018.
- It will be followed by a similar dialogue in India next year to promote pluralism and eradicate radicalism.
- Indonesia and India have pursued the ideals of pluralism, tolerance, rule of law and values of peaceful co-existence.
PM Modi announces 30-day free visa for Indonesian citizens.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a 30-day free visa for Indonesian citizens.
- He invited the diaspora to travel to their country of origin to experience the ‘New India’.
- We will grant free of cost visa for Indonesian citizens for travel of up to 30 days,” Modi said, amid applause.
- In the last two-and-a-half years, more than 9,000 start-ups have been registered in India.
The India-Nepal joint military exercise begins in Uttarakhand.
- A joint military exercise between India and Nepal began at Pithoragarh today with soldiers from both the countries sharing their experiences.
- The military exercise, which is set to conclude on June 12, is called ‘Surya Kiran’ and is conducted alternatively in India and Nepal every six months.
- Over 300 soldiers from both the countries are taking part in the exercise, the release added.
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Zimbabwe to elect the post-Mugabe president on July 30.
- Zimbabwe announced on Wednesday it would choose a new president and parliament on July 30.
- It is the country’s first electoral test since the removal of its autocratic former leader Robert Mugabe.
- His successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, unveiled the date in the official Zimbabwe Government Gazette.
France’s Emmanuel Macron to meet with Canada PM Justin Trudeau before G7.
- French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Ottawa before the G7 summit next week.
- Trudeau is hosting the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States at the June 8-9 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec.
- The pair also will review matters to be discussed at the summit: gender equality, combating climate change.
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Singapore Airlines to start world’s longest non-stop flight.
- Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight between Singapore and Newark from October 11, 2018.
- The airline will deploy the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) for covering the distance of 16,700km in up to 18 hours and 45 minutes.
- Daily operations will start a week later, from October 18, after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.
- The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 business and 94 premium economy seats.
Ramdev launches messaging app Kimbho that will rival WhatsApp.
- Yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday launched a new messaging application called Kimbho under his flagship company Patanjali.
- After launching sim cards, Baba Ramdev has launched a new messaging application called Kimbho.
- Kimbho application is touted to be a competitor of the messaging app WhatsApp. The tagline of Kimbho is kept as “Ab Bharat Bolega”.
Russia gives Apple 1 month to remove Telegram from App Store.
- Russia has written to Apple asking the company to remove the instant messaging service from the App Store for Russian users.
- It has given Apple one month to comply before they enforce punishment for violations, Wccftech reported.
- Citing the threat of criminals and terrorists using the app, a court ruling banned it from the country until the app provides the keys.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh appointed Northern Army Commander.
- Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, who was the Director-General of Military Operations has been appointed Northern Army commander.
- Gen Singh succeeds Lt Gen Anbu who will take charge as Vice Chief of the Indian Army on Friday.
- He was the DGMO when India had carried out surgical strikes across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 in 2016.
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Former England captain John Terry leaves Aston Villa.
- Former England captain John Terry has left Aston Villa after the club failed to gain promotion to the Premier League.
- Villa lost the Championship playoff final 1-0 to Fulham at Wembley on Sunday.
- 37-year-old Terry joined Villa from Chelsea in July 2017 on a one-year deal.
Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich.
- Bayern Munich’s star striker Robert Lewandowski wants to leave the Bundesliga club this summer.
- Lewandowski, 29, whose Bayern contract runs until 2021, has been linked with Real Madrid.
- He was the Bundesliga’s top scorer in the just-completed season with 29 goals, the third time he has won the trophy after success in 2015/16.
Real Kashmir’s promotion gives Jammu and Kashmir flavour to I-League.
- Real Kashmir becomes 1st club from Jammu and Kashmir to qualify for the I-League; 3-2 win over Hindustan FC paves way.
- The ‘fairytale’ unfolded in front of barely 50 people at the FSV Arena in Bangalore.
- The final match of the I-League Division 2 was a clash between a rookie team and second division veterans.