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NATIONAL ISSUES:

PERSONALITIES:
Delhi-based poet Sudeep Sen has been invited to address the Nobel Laureate Week being held in Saint Lucia, a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea, in January. Mr. Sen is the first Indian, and the only one thus far from the Asian, Australasian-Pacific, African, South American region, to be chosen for the honour.  Dr. Roger Bilham-a U.S. geophysicist who has warned against underestimating seismic hazards at the Jaitapur nuclear plant site

INDIA & WORLD:
India, Ukraine ink defence cooperation pact
A broad defence cooperation agreement was among five pacts signed , During the Soviet times, Ukraine was home to 30 per cent of the country’s military industrial complex and it is now attempting to modernise its defence industry. In this scenario, India senses it will be able to duplicate its approach towards Russia of moving away from the buyer-seller relationship and going in for an R&D-joint production model such as the pacts with Moscow for Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, Military Transport Aircraft and BrahMos. Ukraine is already modernising India’s 100-plus fleet of military transport aircraft and has been active in providing engines for naval vessels and military spares. Ukraine is already modernising India’s 100-plus fleet of military transport aircraft and has been active in providing engines for naval vessels and military spares. The two sides also inked an agreement on exchanging nuclear safety-related information. India pressed hard on the visa issue which, it feels, is a major non-tariff barrier. India feels one reason for the huge trade deficit with Ukraine is visa issuance delays. It made progress with another approach to reduce the imbalance, currently 5:1 in Kiev’s favour, with Ukraine agreeing to Indian investments in the fertilizer sector. UAE Cabinet nod can benefit 1,200 Indian prisoners

They will return home to finish their sentences
India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have...
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