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Nico Rosberg wins 2016 Russian Grand Prix

German Formula One Driver Nico Rosberg from Mercedes team has won 2016 Russian Grand Prix held at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia.

It was Rosberg’s fourth consecutive win in the 2016 season and overall eighteenth championship title of F1 in his career.

Russian Grand Prix was the fourth race of the 2016 season of Formula One in which total 11 teams had participated and was contested over fifty-three laps.

Result of 2016 Russian Grand Prix

  • First Position: Nico Rosberg (Germany) of Mercedes team.
  • Second Position: Lewis Hamilton (United Kingdom) of Mercedes team.
  • Third Position: Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) of Ferrari team.
  • Fourth Position: Valtteri Bottas (Finland) of Williams team.
  • Fifth Position: Felipe Massa (Brazil) of Williams team.
  • Ninth Position: Sergio Perez (Mexico) of Force India team.

Top 3 teams are: Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams.

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Russia launches first rocket from new Vostochny Cosmodrome

Russia has successfully launched the first rocket from its newly built Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur Oblast, in Russian Far East region bordering China.

The unmanned Soyuz-2.1a rocket is carrying three satellites as payloads namely Mikhailo Lomonosov (scientific satellite), SamSat-218 (an experimental nanosatellite) and Aist-2D (a civilian distance viewing satellite).

Vostochny Cosmodrome is a Russian spaceport for civilian launches under construction after it was launched in 2012. On completion in 2018, it will reduce Russia’s dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Presently, Russia has the large military launch facilities but it relies primarily on the Baikonur Cosmodrome for the civilian launches.

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RIC Forum pitches to deepen cooperation in combating terrorism

The 14th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russia, India and China (RIC) Forum have vowed to deepen cooperation in combating terrorism.

The meeting was held in Moscow, Russia and was attended Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Union Minister of Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi took.

Key highlights of 2016 RIC Forum

  • The Ministers discussed various aspects of trilateral cooperation on global and regional issues.
  • They pitched for progress in strengthening the international legal framework underlying the modern world order and neutralisation of common challenges.
  • They also have pitched for setting up of a broad counter-terrorist front with the UN playing a central role and stepping up efforts to combat global drug threat.
  • They also discussed on creating a new security and cooperation architecture in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • They also exchanged views to the situation in the North Africa, Middle East including Syria, and the situation in Afghanistan and Ukraine.

The Ministers have also decided to hold the next trilateral meeting in India.

RIC Forum: It is a trilateral grouping of Russia, India and China that has met annually since 2002. In recent years, the RIC has functioned as a complement to other frameworks involving three countries and including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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