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Friday, September 08, 2017

PM caps Myanmar trip with visit to Bahadur Shah's grave, puja at temple
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wrapped up his Myanmar trip with visits to the 'mazar' of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon pagoda, besides performing puja at the Kalibari Temple here. Modi, on the last day of his three-day first bilateral visit to this Buddhist-majority country, visited the pagoda, considered to be the pinnacle of Myanmar's cultural heritage. He also planted a Bodhi tree sapling at the pagoda complex, signifying common cultural heritage.

Pak must change approach towards terror groups: US
The US has told Pakistan that it must change its approach towards terror groups operating from its soil and take a "decisive action" against them, days after the BRICS grouping for the first time named Pakistan-based terrorist groups like LeT and JeM in its declaration. The BRICS Summit in their joint declaration three days ago named Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) among the internationally banned outfits operating from within Pakistan and called for action against them. "As the administration has said, Pakistan must change its approach," a State Department spokesperson told PTI in response to a question on the BRICS statement.

Tillerson fell in with a ‘bad crowd’, Putin says
Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had "fallen in with a bad crowd" and was pressuring Moscow's diplomats, four years after the Kremlin gave him an honorary award. "We have given... Rex Tillerson an Order of Friendship some time ago. But it seems he has fallen in with the wrong crowd and is now steering in a different direction," Putin quipped while speaking at an economic forum in the far-eastern city of Vladivostok.

Singapore arrests two locals on IS-related terror activities
A Singaporean woman was among two persons arrested for Islamic State terror-related activities under the tough Internal Security Act, a media report said today. Imran Kassim, 34, was issued a detention order in July for intending to undertake armed violence overseas, while Shakirah Begam Abdul Wahab, 23, was issued a restriction order in the same month for initiating and maintaining contact with foreign terrorist fighters.

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