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North Korea and South Korea

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Positive signs with talks after seven years

In a significant move, North and South Korea held their first high-level talks in seven years on their armed border, exploring ways to improve ties while the South and the United States geared up for large-scale military drills that have angered Pyongyang. Two rounds of meetings - requested by Pyongyang - took place at the border village of Panmunjom.

India and Mauritius: LOB clause

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India and Mauritius have agreed on the principle of including a Limitation of Benefit (LOB) or anti-treaty shopping law clause in the revised tax treaty to ring-fence its jurisdiction from any attempts of round-tripping and money laundering activities.Mauritius.eps

Bob Anderson

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Olympic fencer and movie sword master Bob Anderson appeared in some of film’s most famous dueling scenes – died at the age of 89; donned Darth Vader’s black helmet and fought light saber battles in two of the three original ‘Star Wars’ films, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ . As a competitive fencer, Mr Anderson also represented Great Britain in the 1952 Olympic Games and the World Championships in 1950 and 1953 in the sabre event.

West Asia and Gulf: New initiative

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India has always pursued a foreign policy that is purposeful, result-oriented and pro-active. This has been the hallmark of our sixty years as a democratic state. India today enjoys an inimitable profile in the international arena as a factor of steadiness, a model of plural and secular democracy, and an economic powerhouse that is destined to play a greater role in the international affairs. After successfully implementing a “Look East” policy to promote trade and investment with its Asian neighbors, India has adopted a similar policy toward West Asia. The UPA Government has launched the “Look West” policy, in recognition of the facts that “the Gulf region has become a major economic partner, “is a home to over 6 million Indians and “a major source of oil and gas.
This has resulted in increased interaction, enhanced trade and economic relations and launch of negotiations towards FTA with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The Government is keen to cooperate with the Gulf countries in the promotion of peace and stability in the region. It has appointed a Special Envoy for the Gulf and West Asia.

This region shares a long historical association with India. It is the source for India’s ever expanding needs of energy. It is also huge markets for Indian goods, services and skilled manpower.