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China trip has given Imran Khan a lot to be happy about

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On his first visit to China after taking oath as Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan has many reasons to be happy about.

In the joint statement issued Sunday, Pakistan got China’s backing on several key issues, reports The Indian Express. The statement also advocated the settlement of “outstanding disputes” between India and Pakistan through dialogue.

Quoting from the statement, The Hindu writes, “Pakistan supported active participation of China at the platform of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).”

It adds, “Though China is an observer at SAARC, New Delhi is unlikely to countenance Beijing’s more active role in the South Asian grouping.”

In what could be a setback for India, The Indian Express writes, “the joint statement also expressed support for Pakistan’s engagement with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), while Beijing continues to block India’s bid in becoming a member of the NSG — the 48-member elite club, which controls global nuclear trade”.

The Times of India starts the report thus: “Even on the third day of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s China visit on Sunday, Beijing remained silent about Islamabad’s need for immediate financial support to tide over its current difficulties.”

In the joint statement, Pakistan expressed its support to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC, a project Imran Khan had promised to review once in power.

When the decibel around the Ram Temple is no longer ignorable, you know elections are around the corner.

Reporting the Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti (ABSS) meeting that ended Sunday, The Indian Express writes, “After two days of deliberations dominated by the demand for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti Sunday asked the union government to bring an ordinance or a law to build the temple.”

Detailing the statement issued by the ABSS, The Hindu writes “The statement endorsed the work of the Narendra Modi government over the issues of dharma, culture, national security and self respect…”

The Telegraph reports, “The objective seems to be to keep the issue boiling ahead of the general election, force the opposition to take a stand, and deflect attention from the controversies buffeting the government.”

It has put the news on the front page with the headline 2018 BC.

Putting a related report on the front page, The Times of India quotes the statements of union ministers Giriraj Singh, P.P. Chaudhary and Uma Bharati on the need to push for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

The killing of tigress Avni in Maharashtra led to a war on Twitter between women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi and Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

The Hindu reports, “Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday severely criticised the Maharashtra government for permitting a hunter to kill ‘man-eating’ tigress Avni, calling it a ‘ghastly murder’.”

Reporting the rebuttal by the Maharashtra minister, The Indian Express writes “Mungantiwar responded by pointing out that the Supreme Court had allowed the tigress to be shot and that it was done only after it tried to attack forest officials who attempted to tranquilise it.”

The Times of India quotes the Maharashtra minister as saying, “Avni was shot dead as a last resort…”

The New York Times wrote a long story about the killing that started thus: “A man-eating tiger that stalked the hills of central India for more than two years and repeatedly eluded capture was shot and killed by hunters after one of the most intensive tiger hunts in recent memory, officials said.”

News it’s just kinda cool to know

It’s the era of technology, so it comes as no surprise that the headquarters of iconic tech companies are “now among America’s top tourist attractions”, CNBC reports. “Even company offices that aren’t architecturally gifted, have drawn wide interest for not only their high tech products and services but also their employee perks such as massages, volleyball courts, cafeterias stocked with free gourmet food, dry-cleaning and doctors on site. Both the state-of-the-art buildings and lifestyle are fascinating to outsiders,” the report adds.

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