Mr. Nawaz Sharif, PM of Pakistan, on his way to USA has given a statement in London about USA intervening to resolve Kashmir dispute. It was not known whether he pressed this issue when he met USA officials. But Indian External Affairs Minister Mr. Salman Khurshid outright rejected this proposal of USA playing “judge”.
- Kashmir dispute is a bilateral matter and should only be resolved by the two countries. (However Pakistani PM didn’t discuss this topic when he met Indian PM).
- Violence from across the border should be totally stopped before India & Pakistan sit down to talk effectively on Kashmir issue.
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Joint INDO-RUSSIAN military training exercise, “EXERCISE INDRA 2013”, is being held at the Mahajan Field Firing Range, Jaisalmer (under South Western Command of the Army). Mechanized combat groups of both the country are taking part in the exercise – very first time that India and Russia are holding joint exercise at combat group level (Battalion level exercises).
Objective : to improve interoperability, joint functionality and coordination between both the forces so as to be better prepared and act as a integrated army for any future UN PeaceKeeping Missions elsewhere Russian Military Training Exercise .
Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh was on a 3-day Official Visit to Beijing on 22-24 October 2013 at the invitation of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. During this visit India and China signed 9 agreements in total. The most important among them was the agreement on defence cooperation.
The Prime Ministers of India Manmohan Singh Visited China held discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues with a view to strengthening the partnership between the two countries. The two nations vowed to strengthen coordination and cooperation in multilateral forums including the BRICS, the BRICS and G20.
The lower house of Russian Parliament, Duma on 25 October 2013 approved a new legislation which makes punishment for terrorism more severe. The new legislation also requires terrorists’ relatives to pay for the damages caused in attacks.
The bill is expected to be approved in the upper house and be signed by President Vladimir Putin to become law. Parliament of Russia Passed The bill further adds that training for terrorist activities is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It also introduced a punishment of up to six years for those participating in a militant group on foreign soils.
Putin has taken a tough stance against the North Caucausus rebellion following two wars between the Russian army and Chechen separatists.