Thursday, 23 June 2016
Political updates: NSG meet today to decide India’s membership; Swamy, Jaitley spar
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged China on Thursday to make a “fair and objective assessment” of India’s application to become a member of the exclusive Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG), and asked the Asian nation to contribute to what he called an “emerging consensus” on India. Modi’s statement, putting the onus of the success of India’s bid on Beijing, came during a meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Uzbek capital Tashkent on the sidelines of the ShanghaiCooperation Organisation meeting.Meanwhile, voting on the historic Brexit referendum began in Britain on Thursday as competing political ideologues from the two mutually opposed camps—“Leave” and “Remain”—appealed to the electorate to vote in consonance with their respective positions on the subject.Back home, the Congress party got a breather when in a volte-face, former Congress general secretary Gurudas Kamat withdrew his resignation from the party, tendered nearly two weeks ago.
NSG: No conclusion on India’s membership, discussions to continue
Thursday’s special session of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary in Seoul concluded without a decision on India’s membership application. It was decided to continue discussions on Friday, although reports indicated at least six countries, including China, opposed NSG membership to countries that are not signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). India is not a signatory to the NPT.