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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Indian-origin Nobel laureate calls for ‘sensible’ immigration system post-Brexit
India-born Nobel Prize winning biologist Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan has called for a "sensible" post-Brexit immigration system to ensure that mobility of scientists is maintained when Britain leaves the European Union (EU) next year. Prof Venki, who as president of the UK's Royal Society is the country's key advocate for science, warned that Britain is in danger of losing its position as a leading scientific hub in the event of a no-deal or bad-deal scenario in the ongoing negotiations on the country's future ties with the EU. In a referendum in June 2016, a majority of British voters supported leaving the 28-member EU.

UNSC fails to cripple Taliban's drug trade: India    
India has slammed the UN Security Council for failing to cripple the Taliban's roaring drug trade, saying the terror outfit gets significant support from criminal networks operating drug cartels and stealing Afghanistan's natural resources.  India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said at a Security Council debate on Afghanistan Monday that the Secretary General's current report also fails to address this very key issue in an adequate matter.

UK judge: Spy evidence on dead Russian should stay secret
Information about possible links between a Russian businessman who died in mysterious circumstances and UK intelligence services will remain secret for security reasons, a British judge said Tuesday. Judge Nicholas Hilliard is leading an inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy, who collapsed and died while jogging near his home south of London in November 2012. Police initially said the 44-year-old died of natural causes, but the inquest is considering whether he might have been murdered.

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