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     *EAM Jaishankar holds talks with Sri Lanka's top leadership, jointly commission Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre
     Colombo: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Thursday held talks with Sri Lanka's top leadership, including President Ranil Wickremesinghe, and jointly commissioned with him the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre built with a USD 6 million grant from India, as New Delhi stepped up bilateral cooperation with its time-tested neighbour.

NASA chief says US and India to expand collaboration in space; to train Indian astronaut for ISS
     Washington: NASA administrator Bill Nelson has said that the US space agency will expand collaboration with India and it will include a "joint effort" aboard the International Space Station with an Indian astronaut.

US lawmakers, corporate leaders pledge to strengthen India-US relationship
     Washington: Days after Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister of India for a third consecutive term, powerful US lawmakers, corporate leaders and senior White House officials pledged to further strengthen the relationship between New Delhi and Washington.

Biden campaign raises USD 40 million in two weeks
     Washington: US President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign has raised more than USD 40 million in the last two weeks, including USD 30 million from just two fundraisers across two coasts, the ruling Democratic party’s deputy national finance chair has said.

US court penalises California state govt department in caste discrimination lawsuit
     Washington: A US court has penalised a California state government wing in the caste discrimination case against Cisco that touched on broader issues of free speech and religious freedom.

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