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Thursday, July 13, 2017

US representatives condemn terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims
Various US Congressmen have strongly condemned the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir that killed seven people, including six women, criticising the despicable act of terrorism. Several Congressmen from Texas, Florida, Arkansas and California issued a statement criticising the attacks, and paid condolences to the families of the deceased and injured. Some of them took to twitter, openly criticising the act.

China to downsize army to under a million in biggest troop cut
China will downsize its 2.3 million-strong People's Liberation Army to under one million as the world's largest military effected its biggest troop reduction in history to bolster its navy and strategic missile forces, the official media reported. The massive troop reduction is part of the restructuring of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and evenly proportion the army and other services, the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military, reported. The PLA will increase the numbers of other services, including navy and missile forces, it said.

India's Arabic magazine in Egypt reaches 500th edition
Arabic magazine 'Sawtul-Hind', published by the Indian Embassy in Egypt for the past six decades, will reach a milestone next week with its 500th edition depicting the strong bond and vibrant cultural exchanges between the two countries. The Embassy of India will celebrate the launch of the 500th Commemorative issue of Sawtul-Hind Magazine at the Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation in Cairo on Monday. Sawtul-Hind, whose first edition was published in 1952, continues to be an interface between India and Egypt and the Arab world at large, by collating information on both countries political cooperation, economic engagement and cultural ties.

India is a great place for innovation: Microsoft
India is a great place for innovation and there is a lot of opportunity for Indian firms and start-ups to work with Microsoft and develop cloud-based tools and platforms for a global marketplace, according to a senior official of the software giant. Alyssa Fitzpatrick, general manager of Microsoft's worldwide channel sales, on the sidelines of the ongoing annual partnership meet of Microsoft 'Inspire', said that some of the great things have been happening in the Indian market from an innovation perspective.

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