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New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) A special rendition of ‘Vande Mataram’ by Austrian artists greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the hotel Ritz-Carlton in Vienna, where he arrived after a highly successful two-day visit to Russia.

PM Modi arrived in Austria on Tuesday for a historic visit and he is the first Indian PM to visit the country in over 41 years.

Upon his arrival, PM Modi was welcomed by Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer at the airport. The two leaders then proceeded to the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where he was welcomed with the special performance of ‘Vande Mataram’.

The members of the Indian community also greeted the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister will call on Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and later will hold talks with Chancellor Nehammer to discuss the bilateral ties between the two nations.

Earlier, Chancellor Nehammer hosted PM Modi for a private dinner engagement. Sharing a photo of the two leaders on X, the Chancellor wrote: “Welcome to Vienna, PM Narendra Modi! It is a pleasure and honour to welcome you to Austria. Austria and India are friends and partners. I look forward to our political and economic discussions during your visit!”

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Expressing his gratitude, PM Modi thanked the Austrian Chancellor “for the warm welcome” and added, “I look forward to our discussions tomorrow as well. Our nations will continue working together to further global good.”

Photos shared on social media showed a warm interaction between the two leaders, including a hug and a selfie taken by Nehammer with PM Modi.

In another post on X, PM Modi said: “Happy to meet you in Vienna, Chancellor Karl Nehammer. The India-Austria friendship is strong, and it will get even stronger in the times to come.”

During PM Modi’s visit, India and Austria are set to explore ways to deepen their bilateral relationship and enhance cooperation on various geopolitical challenges.

–IANS

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SCO members conduct joint counter-terrorism live exercise

Beijing, July 23 (IANS) Authorities from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states have conducted the “Interaction-2024” joint counter-terrorism exercise in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday.

The exercise marks the first time the relevant agencies from all SCO member states have participated in a joint counter-terrorism live drill, Xinhua news agency reported.

In response to significant terrorist threats, the exercise included specialised operations such as “the eradication of terrorist groups.”

Representatives from SCO member states, the SCO Secretariat, and the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure observed the exercise.

The SCO member states have a long history of effective cooperation in counter-terrorism. The latest exercise has established a new model for joint live drills by relevant agencies and enhanced the joint operational capabilities of the SCO member states’ authorities.

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Death toll in Ethiopia landslide rises to 55

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Death toll in Ethiopia landslide rises to 55

Addis Ababa, July 23 (IANS) The death toll from a landslide in Ethiopia has risen to 55, local media reported on Tuesday.

The deadly landslide occurred on Monday morning at around 10.00 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) in southern Ethiopia’s Geze Gofa district, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

Misikir Mitiku, the chief administrator of the district, said that more than 55 bodies, including women and children, have been found in the district, adding that the death toll could yet increase as rescue continues, Xinhua news agency reported.

Ethiopia is in the midst of a rainy season which started in July and is expected to last until mid-September.

Constant rains occasionally cause landslides in some parts of the East African country.

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ASEAN's role important in supporting regional peace, stability: New Zealand FM

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Wellington, July 23 (IANS) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plays an important role in supporting peace and stability in the region, New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday.

Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of ASEAN-led ministerial meetings in the capital Vientiane, as next year marks 50 years since New Zealand became an ASEAN dialogue partner, Xinhua news agency reported.

The region is central to New Zealand’s prosperity and security, said Peters, who is on his third visit to Southeast Asia and sixth visit to an ASEAN member state since the start of the year.

Peters will also take part in the yearly foreign ministers’ gatherings of the East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum, according to a government statement.

He mentioned that these meetings contribute to the advancement of practical cooperation in areas such as maritime security, counter-terrorism, transnational crime, and cybersecurity.

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Indonesia to extend online tracking system to copper, gold and bauxite

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Indonesia to extend online tracking system to copper, gold and bauxite

Jakarta, July 23 (IANS) Indonesia is planning to broaden its mineral and coal online tracking system, known as Simbara, to include several commodities, including copper, gold and bauxite, said the country’s Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif.

He mentioned the plan after the government officially broadened its Simbara to encompass nickel and tin commodities on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Next, we will finish several other commodities, including copper, gold, bauxite, manganese, and others,” said the minister.

According to the Finance Ministry, Simbara, which started its operation in 2022, has contributed up to 7.1 trillion Indonesian rupiahs ($ 437 million) in state revenues through the prevention of illegal mining, risk profiling, and an automatic blocking system.

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US: Two killed in plane crash near air show site in Wisconsin

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US: Two killed in plane crash near air show site in Wisconsin

US: Two killed in plane crash near air show site in Wisconsin

San Francisco, July 23 (IANS) Two people on board a plane were killed after their aircraft crashed in a farm field near the site of an air show in the US state of Wisconsin, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responded to the crash in the eastern Wisconsin town of Nekimi on Monday afternoon, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.

The names of the people who were killed were not released pending notification of relatives.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

The plane crashed about 2 miles (3 kilometres) south of the site of the EAA AirVenture air show at Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport.

Monday was the first day of the weeklong event, the Oshkosh Northwestern reported.

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