NEWS ON AIR Website cell, IT Unit, NSD, All India Radio, New Broadcasting House, New Delhi, India ? 2006 All rights reserved. All India Radio AIR International News Chinese President defends Belt and Road INT Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to ease growing concerns about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, vowing to prevent debt risks and saying that his global infrastructure project is not an exclusive club. Around 140 suspects believed to be linked to IS in Sri Lanka: President INT Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirsena on Friday said there are around 140 suspects believed to be linked to IS in the country. ABU Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness underway in Nepal INT 5th Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness began in Kathmandu on Thursday. US-led 2017 blitz on Syria's Raqa killed 1,600 civilians: report INT Amnesty International and the Airwars monitoring group on Thursday reported that Intensive US-led coalition bombardment on the Syrian city of Raqa has killed more than 1,600 civilians over four months in 2017. Sri Lankan defence secy resigns over Easter blasts INT Sri Lankan defence secretary resigned on Thursday taking responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks on Sunday as the country remains tense in the aftermath. Former US Vice President launches 2020 presidential campaign INT Former US Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest today, betting on his working-class appeal and ties to Barack Obama's Presidency. Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un hold first-ever talks INT Russia's Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday and vowed to seek closer ties. UNSC reform most important, yet stagnating process: India INT India has called for action towards early reform of the UN Security Council that rightfully accords a central and leading role to Africa to ensure the body reflects the world of today and not of 1945. Syria negotiators arrive in Kazakhstan for talks INT Delegations from Iran, Russia and Turkey arrived in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan today seeking an end to the conflict in Syria. 11 killed as elevator cable snaps at work Site in China INT In China, eleven workers were killed and two seriously injured when an elevator at a construction site in the city of Hengshui, in Hebei province fell due to snapped cable today. According to Chinese media the accident occurred around 8 a.m. UN Security Council calls urgent meet to address situation in Eastern Ukraine INT The UN Security Council has called an urgent meeting this afternoon to address the situation in Eastern Ukraine. UN, EU sign joint framework to strengthen partnership in counter-terrorism efforts INT The United Nations and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint framework aimed at strengthening partnership in counter-terrorism efforts. Sudan army rulers say 'agreement on most demands' of protest leaders INT In Sudan, Army rulers have said, they had reached an agreement on most demands made by protest leaders after the two sides held a meeting in Khartoum. Four people killed in Burkina Faso bus attack INT In Burkina Faso, four people were killed when armed gunmen stopped a bus travelling in northern Burkina, with jihadists suspected of staging the attack. US renews call on Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists INT The United States has renewed its call on Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists jailed after reporting on the Rohingya crisis, voicing dismay at a fresh rejection of their appeal. Donald Trump vows to fight possible impeachment effort INT President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed to fight a possible impeachment effort by Congressional Democrats in the US Supreme Court. UNHRC Chief calls Saudi Arabia's mass execution as shocking and abhorrent INT The UNHRC Chief Michelle Bachelet has called Saudi Arabia's mass execution of 37 men including three minors as shocking and abhorrent. Nepal's President Bidya Devi Bhandari leaves for 9-day China visit INT Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari has left on a 9-day state visit to China. Iran supreme leader Khamenei says US oil sanctions won't go without response INT Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today called the end of oil sanction waivers by the United States, a hostile measure that won't be left without a response. Nobel Prize announcements for 2019 to take place in October INT Nobel Prize announcements for 2019 will take place in the month of October. Archaeologists uncover an ancient tomb with mummies in Egypt INT In Egypt, archaeologists have uncovered an ancient tomb with mummies believed to date back about 2,000 years in the southern city of Aswan. Kim Jong Un arrives in Russia for Putin summit INT North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Russia's Pacific port city of Vladivostok for a summit with President Vladimir Putin. Rescuers battle to find bodies in Myanmar INT Recovery teams in Myanmar are fighting against a huge lake of sludge in their search for bodies after a landslide engulfed more than 50 jade miners in Hpakant township in northern Kachin state. Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stands against polio vaccination due to side-effect rumours INT In Pakistan, the polio vaccination campaign in many areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area was halted as mass hysteria persisted following rumours of reactions in some children to the vaccines. Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and India Pavilion inaugurated by UAE’s Deputy PM INT The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and the India Pavilion was inaugurated by UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister Saif bin Zayed Al Nahayan. Venezuelan Defense Minister to skip Moscow Security Conference INT Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez will not attend the ongoing annual Moscow Conference on International Security instead country's delegation will be led by a military attache. Sri Lanka blasts: Nine suicide bombers involved in attacks; death toll mounts to 359 INT In Sri Lanka, a total of nine suicide bombers were involved in the Sunday attacks which have killed 359 people so far including 39 foreigners. SL President Sirisena assures action against terrorism INT Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has assured the nation that he would take steps to curtail terrorism and bring back normalcy swiftly. More than 50 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine INT More than 50 people are feared killed in a landslide near a jade mine in Kachin province of Northern Myanmar. Indonesia releases special stamp on theme of Ramayana INT Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India. Chabahar port project won't be impacted by sanctions on Iran: US INT The US says Chabahar port project won't be impacted by sanctions on Iran. 29th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair: India nominated as Guest of Honour INT India has been nominated as the “Guest of Honour” country at the 29th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) which begins today 6.3-magnitude quake hits Tibet INT A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted Tibet's Medog County in Nyingchi City today, said China Earthquake Networks Center. Direct flight between Delhi and Dhaka to start from 13th of next month INT A direct flight between Delhi and Dhaka will start from the 13th of next month. 10 killed, two women abducted in Nigeria INT Bike-borne gunmen killed ten people and abducted two women in Katsina state of Nigeria. US not to extend exemptions to any country buying Iranian oil beyond May 2 INT The US has decided to end exemptions from sanctions for countries still buying oil from Iran. Emergency imposed in Sri Lanka; 8 Indians killed in blasts INT Sri Lankan Government imposed emergency in the country last night following bomb attacks on churches and hotels. Sri Lanka: Situation remained tense in wake of 21st April attacks INT In Sri Lanka, the situation remained tense in the wake of Sunday’s attacks which killed 310 people including 10 Indian nationals so far. 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits southern Philippines INT A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the southern Philippines today, just a day after a deadly tremor rocked the country's north. Secretary General of OIC condemns Sri Lanka blasts INT The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has strongly condemned multiple cowardly attacks carried out in churches and hotels in Colombo and neighbouring towns targeting innocent worshipers and civilians, which killed hundreds and wound Saudi Arabia arrests 13 People suspected of plotting terrorist attacks INT Saudi Arabia has said that they have arrested 13 people in connection with the terrorist attack which was foiled by the security Forces on Sunday. UAE President sends condolences to Maithripala Sirisena INT UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to Maithripala Sirisena, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, on the victims of the horrible terrorist explosions that hit churches and hotels in the capital Colombo. Alliance of Religions for Community Security expresses regret over Sri lanka attacks INT The Alliance of Religions for Community Security expressed its regret over the terrorist attacks that targeted churches and hotels in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Death toll rises to 20 in Colombia mudslide INT In Colombia, rescue authorities have said that the number of dead from Sunday's mudslide in southwestern part of the country has risen to 20. Russian PM sees 'chance' for better ties with new Ukraine leader INT Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev today said, Moscow has a chance of improving ties with Ukraine under the leadership of President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky. Interpol offers Sri Lanka assistance to investigate Easter Sunday blasts INT The Interpol has said it is ready to offer full support to the Sri Lankan authorities in investigating the country's deadliest terror attack. Bangladesh: All local government elections to be held through EVMs INT In Bangladesh, all local government elections will be held through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from now on. Mudslide kills 19 in Colombia INT In Colombia, at least 19 people were killed and 14 missing after a mudslide buried eight houses. Authorities said a search is underway for any others who might be trapped under rubble yesterday.