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Prime minister Narendra Modi addresses Heart of Asia conference

Prime minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the Heart of Asia conference on 4 December, talked about strengthening terms with Afghanistan and said that he "re-affirms the commitment of the international community to durable peace and lasting stability" with the country.

In his inaugural speech, he said,"our words and actions remain in focus on building, strengthening and securing Afghan's territory and its citizens from external threats."

He also suggested to unite in the fight against terrorism and adds that silence and inaction ill only strengthen terrorists and their leaders.

India assures all assistance to Kabul in achieving its vision of a united, prosperous nation

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while welcoming the delegates at the 'Heart of Asia' conference here, said India is happy to host this event in view of a very close, friendly, and millennia-old ties with Afghanistan.

"Today's conference represents the sixth edition of the ministerial meeting of the heart of Asia Istanbul process which began in Istanbul in 2016. It brings together all of us to assist Afghanistan through its multiple transitions. India is particularly happy to host this conference in view of a very close, friendly, and millennia-old ties from with our neighbour Afghanistan," Jaitley said.

Delhi: National level shooter accuses coach of raping her

In Delhi, a national level shooter, on 3 December, has alleged that she was raped by her coach, following which an FIR was lodged against the accused.

An FIR was registered against the coach on the basis of the complaint filed at the Chanakyapuri police station.

In her complaint, the woman said that she has known the accused for over two years as they used to practise together.

West Bengal: 45-year-old man dies of heart attack in ATM queue, Mamata slams Modi again

A 45-year-old man died in West Bengal on 3 December morning while he was standing in a queue at a State Bank of India ATM. According to media reports, the man collapsed suddenly and was declared dead when he was taken to the hospital.

But according to some reports, there was a delay in providing help despite several others being there at the queue to withdraw money.

However, according to the doctors at the hospital, Kallol Roy Chowdhury suffered a heart attack and was already dead before he was brought to the hospital. This incident comes just after a day where two more people died near Bandel station, Kolkata around 7:30am.

US-India defence relationship closest ever, working together by air, land, sea: Ashton Carter

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on 4 December said that the defence relationship between the world's two largest democracies has never been as close it is now.

"The US-India defence relationship is the closest it's ever been. Through our strategic handshake - with America reaching west in the rebalance, and India reaching east in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls his Act East policy - our two nations are exercising together by air, land, and sea like never before," Dr Carter said.

Dr Carter, who would be in India next week, said this in his address to the Regan National Defence Forum in Simi Valley, California.