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India and Bahrain : Anti-terrorism pact

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In a significant move towards augmenting bilateral ties, India and Bahrain have entered three agreements and have also decided to launch an annual security dialogue to strengthen information and intelligence sharing apart from working closely to combat terrorism. The agreements were signed during the state visit of Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Kingdom of Bahrain to India. The agreements signed included a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Cooperation in the fields of youth and sports. The MoU aims at promoting and strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of sports and youth through institutional exchanges particularly through exchange of youth and sports teams in various disciplines. The two nations signed a MoU on the Establishment of a ‘High Joint Commission’ for bilateral cooperation between India and Bahrain. The MoU will replace the existing Joint Committee for the Technical and Economic Cooperation (established in 1981) by “High Joint Commission”, to be chaired by the two Foreign Ministers, and will serve as an umbrella framework for all bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Another MoU was signed between the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain. The MoU aims at promoting cooperation between the FSI and the Diplomatic Institute, including exchange of information on structure and content of training programmes, exchange of trainees, students, faculty members, experts and researchers.

Both sides to boost economic cooperation: On economic cooperation, the two sides noted with satisfaction the growth and progression of the bilateral trade ties with two-way non-oil trade reaching USD 1.268 billion in 2012-13. Both the sides recognised the potential for greater trade and commercial exchanges and agreed to take necessary steps to provide an impetus to the bilateral trade turnover. The two countries agreed to provide favourable environment for investors.

Golf

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US PGA at Torrey Pines: Tiger Woods captures his 75th career title winning the US PGA event at Torrey Pines. Woods won the title at the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines and has also won the PGA event staged at Torrey Pines seven times. No other PGA player has won so many times on a single course.  His victory at Torrey Pines has brought him closer to the all-time record of 82 set by Sam Snead.

FOOTBALL 2011: Ballon D’Or

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Lionel Messi of Argentina has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) prize for the best player of 2011, becoming only the fourth player in history to win the trophy three times. It was the third-straight year, the Argentina and Barcelona star has won the award, putting him in select company alongside some of the game’s all-time greats. It should be noted that Messi had previously won the Ballon D’Or in 2009 and 2010 and was named the man of the match in Barca’s 2011 Champions League final victory over Manchester United

SQUASH: WISPA Squash Championship

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World No.16 Donna Urquhart of Australia lived up to her billing as she defeated Indian champion Joshna Chinappa 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 in 37 minutes in the final of the WISPA Squash Championship at the Indian Squash Academy Courts in Chennai. Joshna, ranked 36, raised hopes of an upset win when she took the first game, but thereafter, the Aussie took charge to win in a canter.

RACING: Chinese Grand Prix

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McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in the Chinese Grand Prix. His victory prevented Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel achieving his fifth win in a row. Germany’s Vettel finished runner-up and 5.1 seconds behind Britain’s Lewis Hamilton. Vettel’s Australian Red Bull team mate Mark Webber took third after starting 18th.

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