Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Experts from India and Myanmar discuss ways to strengthen pulses trade

The US Secretaries of State and Defense Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. (Photo/ANI)


Nay Pyi Taw [Myanmar], October 27 (ANI): Myanmar experts on pulses trade have suggested that India should declare in October of every year the quantity of pulses they plan to import the following year.

The suggestion was given on Monday during a webinar to further India-Myanmar relations through pulses trade.

India had introduced quantitative restrictions (QR) in August 2017, causing much disruption to the pulses trade that had been functioning smoothly since 1988.

Dr Myo Lwin felt that if the restrictions cannot be done away with, then the Indian authorities should declare in October of every year the quantity they plan to import the following year so that Myanmar farmers can sow accordingly.

Commodities specialist G Chandrashekar felt that the QR system was here to stay and had a purpose to serve. He suggested that Myanmar needed to make a case to the Indian government for a long-term partnership wherein it could grow a certain volume and in return buy back commodities like sugar to bridge the big trade deficit, which stood in its favour.

Vijay Sardana, a Delhi High Court advocate, opined that it was only reasonable to expect every government to do what's best in the interests of its people.

"The Indian requirement for pulses shall grow from 24 million tonnes (MT) to 40 million MT by 2040 and given the reduction in planting areas and depleting water table in India, the government shall need to cover its protein security through international partnerships that pass the scrutiny of various domestic stakeholder," he said.

Sardana felt that the relationship should be long-term and structured keeping the Indian sensitivities in mind rather than being transactional.

Vatsal Lilani, President of Overseas Agro Traders Association, highlighted the disruption caused by the short arrival window of just 35 days, recently given for the import of 400,000 MT toor whole. He felt that licences issued in June should ideally be valid till March 31 the following year so that buyers don't have to buy in a rush and pay more for services such as freight.

He also felt that total volumes imported during the Open General License regime were almost the same as now under the QR system, so perhaps there was a need to go back to the blackboard and review the QR.

Both the Indian panellists also felt the three new farm laws were path-breaking reforms and extremely positive for the Indian farmers.

The panellists also felt that Myanmar could perhaps look at planting oilseeds commercially as India imported almost 70 per cent of its need and had a long way to go before it turned self-sufficient. It would guarantee Myanmar farmers an alternative for the foreseeable future and add a dimension to the trade relationship. (ANI)

Pompeo, Esper, PM Modi discuss security, defence cooperation

The US Secretaries of State and Defense Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. (Photo/ANI)


Washington [US], October 27 (ANI): The US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed several issues of regional and global concern, including the COVID-19 response, security, and defence cooperation, and shared interests in a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

"Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Modi welcomed the warm and close relationship between our countries, which is rooted in our vibrant democratic traditions and fostered by strong ties between our citizens," said Cale Brown, the US's Principal Deputy Spokesperson.

He added, "Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Modi discussed several issues of regional and global concern on which the United States and India collaborate, including COVID-19 response, security and defense cooperation, and shared interests in a free and open Indo-Pacific."

The Secretary and the Prime Minister pledged to further strengthen the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership to ensure better security and prosperity of both the countries, the Indo-Pacific region, and the world, the spokesperson added.

After meeting with Prime Minister Modi, Pompeo said in a tweet, "Warm conversation today with Indian Prime Minister @narendramodi. Our close relationship, which is rooted in our vibrant democratic traditions and fostered by the free and open exchange between our peoples, is beneficial for the world."

PM Modi also expressed pleasure with the "tremendous progress made in India-US relations and the results of the third 2+2 dialogue".

"Pleasure meeting @SecPompeo and @EsperDoD. Happy to see tremendous progress made in India-US relations and the results of the third 2+2 dialogue. Our Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership stands on a firm foundation of shared principles and common strategic interests," he said.

Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Esper, who had arrived in India on Monday for the first leg of four nations' tour, left for Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia late on Tuesday.

The 2+2 India-US ministerial dialogue was held among Pompeo, Esper, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. (ANI)

Pakistan SC rejects NAB plea to place Shehbaz Sharif on Exit Control List

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif (File photo)


Islamabad [Pakistan], October 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday declined a plea by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seeking to place the name of Shehbaz Sharif, President of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) on the Exit Control List (ECL).

A two-member bench comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Munib Akhtar heard the plea challenging the Lahore High Court decision to remove Shahbaz's name from the list, reported The News.

"The suspect is under judicial custody," observed Justice Alam.

According to The News, when Justice Akhtar questioned NAB prosecutor Jahanzaib Bharwana if he had read the seven-bench decision in Justice Qazi Faez Isa's case four days ago, the latter responded in negative.

"If you had read it, you wouldn't file this appeal," noted the judge.

Justice Akhtar also noted that NAB's move to restrict Sharif's travels was unnecessary at the time when the case was being heard by the LHC, to which, the NAB prosecutor said the investigation has progressed since then.

Justice Alam also observed that the apex court was bound to review the circumstances when the high court removed the PML-N chief's name from the no-fly list.

The NAB counsel said the authority wanted to place Shehbaz on ECL in assets beyond means case.

"His name surfaced in suspicious transactions. He is also involved in money laundering," he alleged.

In September, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif was arrested in a money laundering case on Monday from the Lahore High Court, according to Gulf News.

According to Gulf News, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials took him into custody from the premises after his bail plea was rejected on account of alleged money-laundering and maintaining assets beyond known sources of income. (ANI)

Pakistan SC rejects NAB plea to place Shehbaz Sharif on Exit Control List

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif (File photo)


Islamabad [Pakistan], October 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday declined a plea by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seeking to place the name of Shehbaz Sharif, President of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) on the Exit Control List (ECL).

A two-member bench comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Munib Akhtar heard the plea challenging the Lahore High Court decision to remove Shahbaz's name from the list, reported The News.

"The suspect is under judicial custody," observed Justice Alam.

According to The News, when Justice Akhtar questioned NAB prosecutor Jahanzaib Bharwana if he had read the seven-bench decision in Justice Qazi Faez Isa's case four days ago, the latter responded in negative.

"If you had read it, you wouldn't file this appeal," noted the judge.

Justice Akhtar also noted that NAB's move to restrict Sharif's travels was unnecessary at the time when the case was being heard by the LHC, to which, the NAB prosecutor said the investigation has progressed since then.

Justice Alam also observed that the apex court was bound to review the circumstances when the high court removed the PML-N chief's name from the no-fly list.

The NAB counsel said the authority wanted to place Shehbaz on ECL in assets beyond means case.

"His name surfaced in suspicious transactions. He is also involved in money laundering," he alleged.

In September, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif was arrested in a money laundering case on Monday from the Lahore High Court, according to Gulf News.

According to Gulf News, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials took him into custody from the premises after his bail plea was rejected on account of alleged money-laundering and maintaining assets beyond known sources of income. (ANI)

India, US ask Pakistan to bring to justice perpetrators of 26/11, Uri, Pathankot terror attacks; condemn cross-border terrorism

New Delhi [India], October 27: Condemning cross-border terrorism in the entirety of its structures, India and US on Tuesday approached Pakistan to take "prompt, supported and irreversible activity" to guarantee that no domain under its influence is utilized for fear based oppressor assaults and to quickly deal with the culprits and organizers of all dread assaults including 26/11 Mumbai, Uri, and Pathankot. 

The joint articulation gave after India-US 2+2 clerical exchange accentuated the requirement for purposeful activity against all fear monger organizations, including al-Qaeda, ISIS/Daesh, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. 

Guard Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar examined different issues with visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T Esper during the third 2+2 India-US exchange. 

They invited the virtual gathering of the seventeenth gathering of the India-US Counter-Terrorism Joint Working Group and the third meeting of the India-U.S. Assignments Dialog on September 9-10, 2020. 

"They reviled the utilization of fear monger intermediaries and firmly censured cross-fringe psychological warfare in the entirety of its structures. They accentuated the requirement for purposeful activity against all psychological oppressor organizations, including al-Qaeda, ISIS/Daesh, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen," the joint proclamation said. 

"The clergymen approached Pakistan to take quick, continued and irreversible activity to guarantee that no domain under its influence is utilized for fear monger assaults, and to speedily deal with the culprits and organizers of every single such assault, including 26/11 Mumbai, Uri, and Pathankot," it included. 

The Ministers communicated their responsibility on proceeded with trade of data about approvals and assignments against fear gatherings and people, especially considering late administrative changes in India, just as countering the financing and activities of psychological militant associations, countering radicalism and psychological militant utilization of the web, cross-outskirt development of psychological oppressors, and arraigning, restoring, and reintegrating returning psychological oppressor warriors and relatives. 

During the discussions, the clergymen of two nations additionally reaffirmed their help for the early appropriation of an UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) that will progress and fortify the system for worldwide participation and strengthen the message that no reason or complaint legitimizes psychological oppression. 

India and the US consented to five key arrangements during the 2+2 India-US clerical level discourse including Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) permitting India continuous admittance to accuracy information and geological pictures from United States military satellites. 

The clergymen hailed critical advance of the marking of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), as indicated by the announcement. 

"They additionally invited upgraded oceanic data sharing and sea space mindfulness between their naval forces and certified their promise to expand after existing guard data sharing at the joint-administration and administration to-support levels and investigate possible new regions of commonly useful collaboration," it said. 

The priests invited the rise of the India-US relationship to a Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership during the visit of President Donald J Trump to India in February 2020. 

"They emphasized their promise to additional fortifying India-US organization, secured in common trust and fellowship, mutual responsibility to popular government, uniting vital interests, and hearty commitment of their residents," 

The clergymen communicated their goal to grow collaboration under the 2+2 system to understand the maximum capacity of the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, the announcement said. (ANI)

India, US sign five documents including BECA during 2+2 Ministerial meet

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New Delhi [India], October 27: India and the United States on Tuesday signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) and four additional archives during the third 2+2 Ministerial Dialog. 

As indicated by an official articulation gave by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the BECA was marked between the Ministry of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Defense of United States of America. 

BECA permits the militaries of the two nations to share geospatial data, top of the line military innovation and arranged satellite information on guard related issues. 

During the meet, the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US marked a Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Cooperation in Earth Observations and Earth Sciences. 

The Agreement for the Electronic Exchange of Customs Data between the India Post and United States Postal Service was additionally marked. 

"Letter of Intent was marked between the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy and the Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Government of the US for collaboration in the field of Ayurveda and Cancer Research," the MEA said. 

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper had shown up in India on Monday for the main leg of their four-country visit. They have now left for Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia. While in India he drove the US appointment including Defense Secretary Mark Esper for the 2+2 pastoral discourse. 

The 2+2 India-US clerical discourse was held between Pompeo, Esper and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

National security convergences have grown between India, US: Jaishankar

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New Delhi [India], October 27: EAM S Jaishankar on Tuesday said public security combinations have developed among India and US in a more multi-polar world and that the Indo-Pacific locale was a specific concentration during the 2+2 Ministerial Dialog held here. 

Talking at the joint question and answer session after the 2+2 meet, Jaishankar said that conversations likewise canvassed advancements in "our neighboring nations" and "we clarified that cross-outskirt psychological warfare is totally unsatisfactory". 

Jaishankar said that a multi-polar world must have a multi-polar Asia as its bases. 

Taking note of that India is currently centered around recuperation, strength and change, Jaishankar said the two nations were additionally dedicated to making "more believed tough worldwide flexibly chains". 

The priest said India invites the extended association with the United States. 

"Our public security combinations have clearly filled in a more multi-polar world. We meet today to propel our own advantages as well as to guarantee that our respective collaboration makes a positive commitment to the world field. We are additionally dedicated to tending to together worldwide issues going from the High accessibility fiasco recuperation (HADR) circumstance to oceanic security and counter-psychological oppression," he said. 

"Conversations likewise shrouded advancements in our neighboring nations. We clarified that cross-fringe psychological warfare is totally inadmissible. On Afghanistan, India's stakes in its security and strength are obvious just like our ability to add to global endeavors keeping that in mind," he included. 

The clergyman called for maintaining the guidelines based global request in the Indo-Pacific. 

"As you have gotten with my partners, the Indo-Pacific locale was a specific focal point of our discussions. We repeated the significance of harmony, security and flourishing for all nations in this locale. As Raksha Mantri expressed, this is conceivable simply by maintaining the guidelines based global request, guaranteeing the opportunity of route in the worldwide oceans, advancing open availability and regarding the regional trustworthiness and power, everything being equal. A multi-polar world must have a multi-polar Asia as its premise," he said. 

The pastor said the 2+2 configuration is intelligent of the exhaustive worldwide key association between the two nations. Jaishankar had met Pompeo on Monday to "examine a scope of international strategy issues". 

The 2+2 India-US pastoral discourse was held between US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. 

Jaishankar expressed gratitude toward the Pompeo and Esper for requiring the exertion of coming to India genuinely. 

"The exhibition of our connections over the most recent couple of years has been uncommonly certain. Political discussion and collaboration have developed, guard trades and exchange to monetary connections and business are up," he said 

"The organization in science, innovation and development are more grounded and our energy security has obviously upgraded. Not least the one of a kind people to individuals contacts that characterize this relationship stays lively whether in the progression of ability, training or in the travel industry," he included. 

The priest said the two nations talked about their encounters in reacting to COVID-19 test at some length. 

"The assistance of movement in any event, during the pandemic was entirely honorable. Today our cooperation focuses more on the areas of antibody and testing that are so key to the arrival of regularity. We are additionally dedicated to making more believed tough worldwide flexibly chains." 

Jaishankar said India anticipates working with the US and other multilateral stages. (ANI)

Afghanistan: 3 people Killed, 10 wounded in magnetic IED blast in Kabul

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Kabul [Afghanistan], October 27: At least three individuals were killed, and 10 others were injured in an IED blast in Char Qala in downtown Kabul on Tuesday, educated Kabul police. 

Police educated that the mine was put on a Toyota Corolla-model vehicle, detailed TOLO News. 

All the casualties of the impacts were regular citizens. 

This comes in the midst of an elevated level of savagery in the nation notwithstanding progressing harmony arrangements. 

As indicated by TOLO News, the UN mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) report delivered on Tuesday said the general regular citizen setback figure for the initial nine months of 2020 dropped by around 30% contrasted with a similar period in 2019. 

Despite the fact that the quantity of non military personnel losses is most reduced in the initial nine months of any year since 2012, "the mischief done to regular citizens stays unnecessary and stunning," said the report. 

"Elevated levels of brutality proceed with an overwhelming effect on regular folks, with Afghanistan staying among the deadliest spots on the planet to be a non military personnel," the report said. 

On Saturday, a self destruction assailant exploded a bomb close to the Kawsar e-Danish training place in the Pul-e-Khoshk zone of Kabul's western Dasht-e-Barchi area. 

The loss of life from the self destruction bomb assault close to training focus in the Afghan capital has gone up to 30, while in any event 70 others were harmed, a security source told Sputnik. (ANI)

Iraqi security official killed in IS attack in Northern Kirkuk - Reports

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Moscow [Russia], October 27: An Iraqi security official was killed on Tuesday because of an attack by the Islamic State fear monger gathering (IS, restricted in Russia) on a checkpoint at one of the oil fields in the northern area of Kirkuk, Iraq's Shafaq news office detailed, refering to a security source. 

The assault, which occurred at sunrise on Tuesday, directed a post, which has been set up to shield oil well No.10 in Kirkuk's locale of Al-Multaqa, the news office detailed, including that an individual from the safety crew was killed. 

Prior, the Iraqi insight administration on Tuesday reported the killing of a noticeable IS part, Abu al-Hassan al-Kurdi, who partook in different psychological militant activities in the nation's regions of Diyala, Al Anbar and Kirkuk, the news office said. 

The security powers figured out how to kill the psychological oppressor because of a 24-hour activity in the eastern area of Diyala. 

The aggressor's hardware, including a bike, a Kalashnikov rifle and ammo, was seized. 

The Iraqi government announced triumph over the Islamic State in 2017 following three years of battling against the gathering, despite the fact that pockets of aggressors stay in specific zones of the nation. 

US will stand with India as it confronts threats to sovereignty, recounts Galwan Valley clash with Chinese troops: Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Photo: ANI Twitter)


New Delhi [India], October 27: The United States will remain with India as it goes up against threats to its sway and freedom, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said on Monday in the midst of fringe pressures among India and China in eastern Ladakh. 

He additionally alluded to the penance of 20 Indian fighters who were murdered in conflict with Chinese soldiers in Galwan Valley in June this year. 

At a joint media communication after 2+2 pastoral gathering, Pompeo alluded to "dangers presented" by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and said India and US were finding a way to reinforce collaboration against all habits of dangers. 

Pummeling CCP, he said it is "no companion to vote based system, rule of law and straightforwardness". 

He additionally made a notice of India's function in Quad, a gathering of four majority rules systems that incorporates Japan and Australia separated from India and the US. 

"We visited the National War Memorial to respect fearless people of Indian military who relinquished for the world's biggest vote based system, including 20 slaughtered by PLA in Galwan Valley. The US will remain with India as they face dangers to their power, freedom," Pompeo said within the sight of US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. 

"US and India are finding a way to fortify our participation against all way of dangers and not simply those presented by the Chinese Communist Party. A year ago, we've extended our participation on digital issues, our naval forces have held joint activities in Indian sea," Pompeo included. 

He said that the US esteems India as a multilateral accomplice and keeps on supporting its candidature for a perpetual seat in the Security Council. 

"The US esteems India as a multilateral accomplice, regardless of whether it's through the Quad, making Afghan harmony exchange effective or cooperating during India's forthcoming term on UN Security Council, we keep on supporting India's perpetual enrollment of UNSC," Pompeo included. 

He said Indian pastors and the US Secretaries examined at a "incredible length" their joint endeavors to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and the two nations are focused on cooperating and extending association across numerous fronts. "The US wellbeing organizations are working intimately with government accomplices of India on the COVID-19 reaction," he said. 

India and the US consented to five key arrangements during the visit including the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which will permit India ongoing admittance to exactness information and geological pictures from the United States military satellites. (ANI)

Mike Pompeo, Asper meet PM Narendra Modi after 2+2 exchange

US Secretaries of State and Defense, Mike Pompeo and mark Esper met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. (Photo: ANI)


New Delhi [India], October 27: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday after the third 2+2 pastoral discourse between the two nations during which Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), a key central arrangement permitting sharing of geospatial data between their militaries, was agreed upon. 

Outside Affairs Ministry representative Anurag Srivastava said in a tweet that direction from the most significant levels of Indian and American administration has been instrumental in additional reinforcing and developing the multifaceted ties between the two nations 

"Approach PM Narendra Modi by US Secretaries of State and Defense, Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper. Direction from the most elevated levels of Indian and American administration has been instrumental in additional fortifying and developing the multifaceted ties between the two nations," he said. 

Safeguard service's Additional Secretary Jivesh Nandan consented to the arrangement for the benefit of the Indian government. BECA will permit the militaries of the two nations to share geospatial data, top of the line military innovation and grouped satellite information on protection related issues. 

After the finish of the understanding, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that military-to-military participation between the two nations is advancing admirably. 

"Our military-to-military collaboration is advancing well overall. In two days meeting, we additionally investigated the likely limit building and other joint participation exercises in third nations including our area and past," he said. (ANI)

Mark Esper says, signing of BECA is milestone between India US ties

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper


New Delhi [India], October 27: US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday called the signing of Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between India and the US "a significant milestone," saying that the accord will lead to greater geospatial information sharing between the armed forces of the two nations.

Defense Secretary Esper said the BECA, which is the last of the foundational defence agreement, will lead to expansion of secured communication capabilities between the militaries and defence leadership of the two countries.

"It is significant to note that we have achieved a significant milestone today, with the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, the last of the foundational defence agreement between our countries, which will enable greater geo-spatial information sharing between our armed forces," Esper said.

The Defense Secretary added that India-US has "also reached an agreement to expand secured communication capabilities between our militaries and our defence leadership. And our defence, trade and technological cooperation continue to grow as reflected in India's acquisition of Apache and Seahawk helicopters earlier this year."

Esper further said despite today's challenging security environment, the partnership between India and the US, the world's two largest democracies remained resilient, strong and growing.

The US has reaffirmed its commitment to a comprehensive and forward-looking defence partnership with India.

"During our meeting in the last two days, we have reaffirmed our United States commitment to a comprehensive and forward-looking defence partnership with India and discuss the opportunity to discuss our regional cooperation, military to military interaction and defence trade relations," Esper said.

He said 15 years after the conclusion of the US-India defence framework, the defence ties between the two nations remain as a key pillar of the overall bilateral relationship.

"Based on our shared values and common interest we stand shoulder to shoulder for a free and open India-Pacific for all," Esper added. (ANI)

Telangana: BJP spokesperson K Krishna Saagar alleges excessive force in arrest of Bandi Sanjay

Telangana BJP Spokesperson K Krishna Saagar Rao


Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], October 27: Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Spokesperson K Krishna Saagar Rao on Tuesday asserted overbearing by the police in the ongoing capture of BJP state president Bandi Sanjay. 

"MP Bandi Sanjay was not engaged with any wild dissent when he was pushed and pushed into a police vehicle in the affection of a preventive capture. In the event that the police had any justification for his capture, they might have done it without utilizing animal power," Rao said. 

He included that recordings that had surfaced in the media unmistakably indicated power being utilized by the police. 

"Recordings in the standard and web-based media obviously show outlandish and unsatisfactory over the top power being utilized by police. BJP additionally hates focused on police assaults on Dubbaka BJP competitor Raghunandan Rao. Has the State Election Commission become a manikin in the possession of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao's administration?" he inquired. 

He further addressed whether the Telangana police were acting autonomously or with the authorization of SEC, as commanded during the requirement of the political decision code. 

He included, "By what method can police attacks abrogate the privileges of applicant's relatives and control them from settling on even telephone decisions? Are the police working for the SEC or TRS party? Who are they attempting to mollify?" 

He further requested that the State Election Commission assume responsibility for the circumstance. 

"The BJP requests State Election Commission to awaken and assume responsibility for the circumstance which is disintegrating step by step in Dubbaka, with oppression and police provocation of our applicant by not permitting him to have a level battleground in this by-political race," he said. (ANI)

India-US sign defence agreement BECA at 2+2 ministerial dialogue

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New Delhi [India], October 27: India and the United States on Tuesday marked the much-anticipated Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), which is the remainder of four primary arrangements for reinforcing guard ties, permitting the militaries of the two nations to share geospatial data, very good quality military innovation and grouped satellite information on protection related issues. 

Safeguard service's Additional Secretary Jivesh Nandan consented to the arrangement for the benefit of the Indian government. 

"Our military-to-military collaboration is advancing quite well. In two days meeting, we likewise investigated plausible limit building and other joint collaboration exercises in third nations including our area and past," said Defense Minister Rajnath Singh after 2+2 India-US Ministerial Dialog. 

"We likewise concurred that maintaining rules-based global request regarding rule of law and opportunity of route in the worldwide ocean and maintaining regional trustworthiness and power of all states are fundamental," he included. 

US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper called the organization between the two nations "more significant than any other time in recent memory". 


"As the world goes up against a worldwide pandemic and developing security challenges, the India-US association is a higher priority than any time in recent memory to guarantee security, strength and thriving of the area and the world," Esper said at the instructions. 


He included, "In view of our mutual qualities and basic interests, we stand side by side on the side of a free and open India-Pacific for all, especially considering expanding hostility and destabilizing exercises by China." 


US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo today guaranteed that the United States would remain with India as it "defies dangers" to its sway and freedom. 


"The United States will remain by the individuals of India as they go up against dangers to their sway and freedom. Our countries are focused on cooperating into extending our associations across numerous fronts," Pompeo said. 


Pompeo who had shown up in India on Monday for the principal leg of his four countries' visit will later in the day leave for Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia. While in India he drove the US assignment including Defense Secretary Mark Esper for the 2+2 clerical discourse. 


"The US and India are finding a way to fortify our collaboration against all way of dangers and not simply those presented by the Chinese Communist Party. A year ago, we have extended our collaboration on digital issues, our naval forces have help joint activities in the Indian sea," Pompeo said in the media communication following the gathering. 


Outside Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during the discussions underlined the significance of dependability and tranquility of the India-Pacific area. 


"The India-Pacific district was the specific focal point of our discussions. We repeated the significance of soundness and harmony and flourishing for all nations in this locale," said Jaishankar. (ANI)

Raninder Singh looks for adjournment from ED in alleged foreign funds case: Lawyer Jaiveer Shergill

Lawyer Jaiveer Shergill 


New Delhi [India], October 27: Raninder Singh, the son of Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, on Tuesday looked for a suspension from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding a supposed illicit unfamiliar finances case. 

"My customer, Raninder Singh, has looked for deferment as he is needed to be available before Parliamentary Committee comparable to Olympic Games 2021 and furthermore looked for subtleties from ED of the case in which he was called, as the gather is dubious," advocate Jaiveer Shergill said. 

Raninder Singh was brought for recording his announcement on Tuesday regarding a case identified with the supposed infringement of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) by him. 

A case was recorded in the issue after the Income Tax office apparently got insight that Singh was supposedly holding a seaward record in the snow capped country. (ANI) 

India, US can collaborate on crushing Wuhan-originated virus, threats from Chinese Communist Party: Pompeo

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New Delhi [India], October 27: India and US can collaborate on overcoming the pandemic that began from Wuhan and go up against the danger presented by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the security and opportunity in the locale, said US Secretary Mike Pompeo here on Tuesday. 

Talking during the 2+2 Ministerial Dialog here, Pompeo stated, "Today is genuine open door for two extraordinary popular governments like our own to develop nearer, as I said on my excursion to India a year ago when I required another time of aspiration in our relationship. I think we've conveyed on that over this previous year. There is considerably more work to accomplish without a doubt." 

"We have a great deal to examine today, from coordinating on overcoming the pandemic that started in Wuhan, to facing the Chinese Communist Party's dangers to security and opportunity, to advancing harmony and steadiness all through the district," he included. 

Pompeo further said two nations are building a superior future dependent on a mutual arrangement of qualities and societies. 

In the interim, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the two nations must zero in on standardizing collaboration to address the difficulties of the day and maintain the standards of a free and open India-Pacific. 

"We have reinforced our safeguard and security association extensively from that point forward, particularly over the previous year, during which we progressed our territorial security, military-to-military, and data sharing participation. Our spotlight presently should be on standardizing and regularizing our participation to address the difficulties of the day and maintain the standards of a free and open Indo-Pacific well into the future," Esper said. 

The Indian Defense Ministry on Monday had reported that the different sides will sign the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA) that would upgrade the geospatial collaboration among them and it is probably going to help in improving the exactness of rocket frameworks of India. 

On Monday, the two US secretaries held separate talks with Indian partners - S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh. 

The Indian Defense Ministry reported after the gathering among Esper and Singh that "the two Ministers communicated fulfillment that understanding of BECA will be marked during the visit." (ANI)

PS5 launch title 'Destruction AllStars' postponed to Feb 2021

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Washington [US], October 27: Sony is delaying the release of 'Destruction AllStars'. Rather than dispatching close by the PlayStation 5, the 'Rocket League' - like the title is presently scheduled to turn out in February 2021. 

As per Engadget, to compensate for the delay, PlayStation Plus endorsers will get the opportunity to download 'Destruction AllStars' for nothing for a time of two months after its delivery. 

Sony stated, " 'Destruction AllStars' is a multiplayer game that is at its best when you're contending with gamers online from all around the globe. We need however many individuals as could reasonably be expected to encounter the commotion on PS5, and what preferable approach to do that over to give the game to our PlayStation Plus individuals?" 

On the off chance that the gamers have as of now pre-requested the game, Sony said that they will get a discount. The organization additionally vowed to share another trailer that will flaunt a greater amount of the title's ongoing interaction. 

Engadget reported, 'Destruction AllStars' is the work of by UK-based developer Lucid Games. The studio is comprised of individuals who dealt with Sony's WipEout arrangement.

BECA to open new avenues for information sharing, says Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during India-U.S. 2+2 Ministerial dialogue. (Photo: ANI)


New Delhi [India], October 27 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday stressed that the BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) would open new avenues in information sharing at the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.

While US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said that both the countries are meeting the "challenges of the day" and principles of a "free and open India-Pacific".

"Our economies have suffered losses. We're trying to revive industries & service sectors. Our partnership becomes more important in view of the current challenges we're facing. We both believe in rule-based order & democracy," Singh said during the ministerial meeting.

He added, "We are happy that we've completed the BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement), which will open new avenues in the information sharing. We are eager to discuss further issues with the US."

"We've strengthened our defence and security partnership especially over the past year during which we have advanced our regional security and information sharing. Our cooperation meets the challenges of the day and principles of a free and open Indo-Pacific," Esper said.

Singh and Esper held talks yesterday during which the defence ministers of the two countries reviewed bilateral defence cooperation spanning "military-to-military cooperation, secure communication systems and information sharing, defence trade and industrial issues" and also discussed ways to take bilateral cooperation forward.

The Indian Defence Ministry has announced that the two sides will sign the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA) that would enhance the geospatial cooperation between them and it is likely to help in improving the accuracy of missile systems of India.

On Monday, the two US secretaries held separate talks with Indian counterparts -- S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.

The Indian Defence Ministry announced following the meeting between Esper and Singh that "the two Ministers expressed satisfaction that agreement of BECA will be signed during the visit." (ANI)

Doval held constructive talks with Pompeo, Esper on global security environment: Sources

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, NSA Ajit Doval and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Photo: ANI)


New Delhi [India], October 27 (ANI): Ahead of the India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had a very constructive meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, at South Block, said sources.

"They discussed a number of issues and challenges of strategic importance. Both sides highlighted the need to take forward shared objectives and build capabilities across all domains so as to ensure a safe, stable and rule-based regional and global security environment," according to sources.

At present, the 2+2 ministerial dialogue is ongoing, which is attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Pompeo and Esper.

Later the two visiting Secretaries will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. The US officials then will leave for Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia.

Pompeo and Esper arrived in New Delhi on Monday for the 2+2 inter-ministerial talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The visit also comes at a time when India and China are locked in a serious military stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.

Singh and Esper held talks yesterday, during which the defence ministers of the two countries reviewed bilateral defence cooperation spanning "military-to-military cooperation, secure communication systems and information sharing, defence trade and industrial issues" and also discussed ways to take bilateral cooperation forward.

The Indian Defence Ministry announced following the meeting between Esper and Singh that "the two Ministers expressed satisfaction that agreement of BECA (basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) will be signed during the visit."

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, also had a meeting on Monday wherein they agreed that US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership is "critical to the security and prosperity" of both the countries, the Indo-Pacific region and the world. (ANI)

Taliban has not cut ties with Al-Qaeda: Afghan Army Chief Zia

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Kabul [Afghanistan], October 27 (ANI): Taliban is yet to cut ties with al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations, said the Afghan Chief of Army Staff Yasin Zia in reaction to the killing of the senior al-Qaeda leader Husam Abdul Rauf, known as Abu Mohsen al-Misri.

Tolo News reported that according to an analysis in the Long War Journal, the US has confirmed that al-Misri was killed in Ghazni province earlier in October.

"They (the Taliban) have not cut ties with al-Qaeda. They have relations with other terrorist groups in the region and with Pakistanis, they clearly are working shoulder-to-shoulder in Helmand," Zia said, as quoted by Tolo News.

The Taliban is committed in the deal -- which they signed with the US -- to have no relations with any terrorist groups in the country.

Al-Misri started his activities in al-Qaeda in the 1980s and was a trusted aide to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday that "the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is strongly committed to countering terrorism and will not let the country once again become a safe haven of terrorists. Our joint mission with our international allies will continue to root out the scourge of terrorism."

"Our proud national defense and security forces will never allow ten million of their countrymen to be displaced," Ghani added.

Tolo News further quoting the Long War Journal said that it is not clear that whether the Taliban-linked individuals had a role in recognising the hideout of al-Misri but mentioned that it was a clear violation of the US-Taliban deal.

The Taliban spokesperson said that the killing of the al-Qaeda member in a conflict zone requires investigation.

This comes on the back of Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that the continued presence of the US in Afghanistan is beneficial.

"Initially, we backed US forces' presence in Afghanistan and earlier voted in favor of a respective UN Security Council resolution. I still believe that US presence in Afghanistan does not run counter to our external interests," Putin said in an interview to Russian media quoted by Tolo News. (ANI)

At least 4 people killed, 26 injured in Pakistan's Peshawar blast

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Peshawar [Paksistan], October 27 (ANI): At least four people were killed and 26 children in a blast inside a seminary in Peshawar's Dir Colony, Geo News reported Tuesday quoting police officials.

According to Rescue 1122, the injured have been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital and another medical facility where the condition of several of them is stated to be critical.

The police and rescue teams have reached the crime scene and launched the rescue operation.

"It is premature to say anything about the nature of the blast," according to the police officials, as quoted by Geo News.

More details are awaited. (ANI)

Pompeo, Esper attend wreath laying ceremony at National War Memorial

US Secretaries of State and Defence Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper lay wreath at National War Memorial on Tuesday. (Photo: ANI)



New Delhi [India], October 27 (ANI):
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper on Tuesday attended the wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in the national capital.

The 2+2 ministerial dialogue is set to begin at the Hyderabad House at around 10 am. They 
are also scheduled to make a joint call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at around 1 pm at the PM's residence.

Pompeo and Esper arrived in New Delhi on Monday for 2+2 inter-ministerial talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to be held on Tuesday.

The visit also comes at a time when India and China are locked in a serious military stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.

The US officials will then proceed to Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia.

On Monday, the two US secretaries held separate talks with Indian counterparts ---- Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.

Singh and Esper held talks yesterday during which the defence ministers of the two countries reviewed bilateral defence cooperation spanning "military-to-military cooperation, securing communication systems and information sharing, defence trade and industrial issues" and also discussed ways to take bilateral cooperation forward.

The Indian Defence Ministry announced following the meeting between Esper and Singh that "the two Ministers expressed satisfaction that agreement of BECA will be signed during the visit."

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, also had a meeting wherein they agreed that US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership is "critical to the security and prosperity" of both the countries, the Indo-Pacific region and the world.

Pompeo and Jaishankar discussed a wide range of issues during the meeting ranging from addressing the shared challenges of COVID-19 and responding to regional security issues, to collaborating on vaccine development and economic prosperity, according to the US State Department. (ANI) 

Third US-India 2+2 dialogue holds significance as defence agreements would be signed says Jaishankar

Dhruva Jaishankar, Director of US initiative at ORF speaking to ANI


Washington [US], October 27 (ANI): Dhruva Jaishankar, Director of the U.S. Initiative at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) on Monday (local time) said that the significance of the third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue is significant as a number of defence agreements would be signed, most notably BECA.

"The timing (of India-US 2+2 dialogue) is significant as it's the last one before US Presidential election. The significance will be seen in a number of defence agreements signed, most notably BECA," Jaishankar said while exclusively speaking to ANI in Washington.

Jaishankar pointed out that the "greater alignment" of the two countries -- India and the United States -- has "to some extent" got to do with China and its aggression in the Indo-Pacific region but both countries share a vision of a peaceful Indo-Pacific region.

"There's a greater alignment of interest between the US and India, to some part of that has to do with China, it's behaviour that both India and the US are feeling directly. But its not only about China, but there is also a shared view about India-Pacific architecture and the inadequacy of regional institutions. ," he added.

With a focus on regional security cooperation, India and the United States are set to hold the third 2+2 ministerial dialogue on Tuesday during which both the sides will sign a military agreement to expand geospatial information sharing between armed forces of the two countries.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence secretary Mark Esper arrived in New Delhi on Monday for talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The timing of the secretaries' visit holds significance as the US is going into the presidential election next week.

The Indian Defence Ministry announced following the meeting between Esper and Singh that "the two Ministers expressed satisfaction that agreement of BECA will be signed during the visit."

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, also had a meeting on Monday wherein they agreed that US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership is "critical to the security and prosperity" of both the countries, the Indo-Pacific region and the world. (ANI)

Priyanka Chopra celebrates 20 years of being crowned Miss World

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California [US], October 27 (ANI): Celebrating what can be termed one of the most cherished moments of her life, superstar Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Tuesday reminisced the moment when she was crowned as Miss Universe 2000, and the first thing her mom told the actor post the crowning ceremony.

The 'Baywatch' star posted a clip on Instagram on that chronicled the moment and her conversation with mother and brother post she was crowned.

As the video starts, it shows the moment when the announcement for the then Miss India - Priyanka Chopra, being chosen as the Miss World 2000 is captured. Following her being crowned the voiceover says, "This is remarkable. This is the fifth time India has won, Miss World."

Priyanka is seen beaming with happiness as she waves off at the audience present in the hall.

Reliving the moment, the video then shows as a fast forward to the present day, a clip where the 'Bajirao Mastaani' star is seen seated next to her mother - Dr Madhu Chopra. In the video, Priyanka asks mom," Do you remember the crowning moment of when I won Miss World?"

Madhu replies, "First runner up was announced, and Miss World is Miss India, Priyanka Chopra. We were both like literally under the chairs. The entire hall erupted, all the Indians just stood up erupted."

The video then shows the 'Dostana' actor on a video call to brother Sidharth, who said, " I remember at the Millenium Dome, being on the stage when I was only 11, 12 years at the time. But mixed feelings for me were I was... that she won but the very next moment I learned that I would be going to the US for further studies instead of her."

The 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi' star then said, " Yeah, that was rough. Um, I never even thought that at that time, that you know, what my win did to my family."

Following which, Priyanka's mom says, " I have tears streaming down my eyes. I didn't know what's gonna happen. I just needed to hug her, that's all I knew, And when I hugged her, I spoke the stupidest thing that should have been...." As they both burst out in laughter.

Madhu then said, "Instead of telling her that I'm so glad, so happy that you're Miss World. I said babe, now what will happen to your studies?" and they both laugh hard while they remember the moment.

Priyanka captioned the clip on the photo-sharing platform as, "Miss World, 2000... Picture this... I just turned 18 and won Miss World!! When I finally reunited with my parents among all the chaos on stage, the first thing my mom said to me was "babe, what's going to happen with your studies?" #IndianMom #20in2020." (ANI)

Rajnath Singh to address four-day Army Commanders' Conference in Delhi

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (File Photo/ANI)


New Delhi [India], October 27 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be addressing the four-day Army Commanders' Conference being held in Delhi on Tuesday (today).

The Army Commanders' Conference, an apex level biannual event, which formulates important policy decisions through collegiate deliberations in the Indian Army, is being held in New Delhi from October 26 to 29, 2020.

The event is generally attended by senior officers of the Army including the VCOAS, all Army Commanders, Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) of the Army HQ and other senior officers.

On the first day, deliberations were held on matters related to Human Resource Management and the conference was addressed by the CDS and all the three Service Chiefs (COAS, CNS and CAS).

The third day will be spent on in-depth discussions on the various agenda points projected by the various Army Commanders, including an update by CINCAN. This will be followed by brief updates on various issues by the various Principal Staff Officers, Indian Army said in a release.

The last day of the conference will include an update by the Director-General of Border Roads (DGBR) on the various infrastructure development projects being undertaken by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and allied formations. Automation initiatives to optimise utilisation of manpower at various levels of the Army will also be discussed.

The conference will close with the presentation of the Sports Trophy and Flight Safety Trophy, followed by the closing address by the COAS. (ANI)

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