Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Over 500 riot-related cases initiated in Belarus

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Minsk [Belarus], October 28 (ANI/Sputnik): Over 500 criminal cases have been opened in Belarus over riots and participation of Belarusian citizens in them, Andrey Serbun, deputy head of the Belarusian Prosecutor General's Office's department for overseeing the implementation of legislation by the Investigative Committee, said.

"In the past few months, we have seen an increase in the number of criminal cases related to the organization of mass riots and active participation in them. More than 500 such criminal cases have already been initiated," Serbun told the Belarus-1 TV channel.

According to him, the overwhelming majority of these criminal cases are related to the events in Minsk.

"Each offender will be identified, their actions will be given an appropriate legal assessment," Serbun said.

After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, 2020, won, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC), for the sixth time by Alexander Lukashenko with 80.1 percent of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country.

When dispersing the rallies, law enforcement officers used tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades and rubber bullets against protesters who disagreed with voting results.

Protests continue to this day, the largest - on weekends. In addition, events are held by supporters of President Lukashenko, whose inauguration took place on September 23. Law enforcement agencies say protests radicalised in Belarus. (ANI/Sputnik)

French authorities considering re-introducing self-isolation regime for month

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Paris [France], October 28 (ANI/Sputnik): The French authorities are considering re-introducing the self-isolation regime in the country for a month amid the deteriorating epidemiological situation, BFMTV reported citing its sources.

The decision is to be confirmed during Wednesday's second defense council meeting. Quarantine may be imposed as early as October 29. It may have a more flexible framework than the self-isolation regime introduced in March.

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to make a statement on Wednesday evening.

For the first time, the self-isolation regime in France was introduced in March and lasted almost two months.

The overall number of cases of the novel coronavirus disease since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country is almost 1.2 million people, with 35,500 deaths. A total of 33,000 new cases have been registered over the past 24 hours.

Another anti-record was registered on October 25; a total of 52,000 cases per day. (ANI/Sputnik)

Second wave of coronavirus has begun in Pakistan, strict restrictions inevitable: Govt

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Islamabad [Pakistan], October 28 (ANI): Pakistan government on Tuesday said that second wave of coronavirus has begun in the country, adding that the strict coronavirus restrictions are inevitable given the rise in COVID-19 deaths and the positivity ratio, Geo News reported.

Pakistan Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said that a few weeks ago, 400-500 cases were being reported across the country on a daily basis. The tally, he said, had shot up to 700-750 cases of the infection per day.

"The Coronavirus death rate has increased in the country," he said, adding that that the positivity ratio had surged to 2.5-2.75 percent.

Pakistan has recorded 329,375 coronavirus cases, 6,745 deaths, and 311,440 recoveries from the pandemic, according to official statistics.

Dr Faisal said that the masses were not adhering to coronavirus precautions as they should, given the pandemic was still far from over.

Now, Pakistan is entering a phase where we need to tighten coronavirus curbs, the PM's aide said, adding that an official plan would be formulated soon.

"Our focus -- tightening coronavirus restrictions -- will be more on the cities and areas where the positivity ratio of the virus is high," Dr Faisal said.

The premier's aide said that authorities were mulling over several plans and recommendations to impose restrictions to stem the spread of the virus.

"We urge local administrations to implement coronavirus SOPs," he said and warned that the government would impose a fine on people who did not follow coronavirus SOPs in public places.

"Restrictions are hard [on the people] and no government wishes to impose them," he said, adding that if people follow coronavirus safety measures, Pakistan could beat this wave as well.

"Further details will be disclosed after deliberations with all provinces," Dr Faisal added. (ANI)

3 people killed, 5 injured in bomb blast in Zabul province of Afghanistan

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Shinkai [Afghanistan], Oct 28: Three people were killed and five others injured after a roadside bomb attack in Shinkai area of Zabul region in Afghanistan on Tuesday. 

The common police boss Hekmatullah Kocha stated: "Three people were executed and five more were injured in a roadside bomb attack in Shinkai region, Zabul area". 

No terror group has so far taken the responsibility of the attack..

Indian army saved unarmed Kashmiris from attack by Pakistan tribals in 1947, says political activist Misfar Hassan

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Islamabad [Pakistan], October 28 (ANI): Political activist Misfar Hassan on Tuesday stated that Indian military had saved unarmed Kashmiris on October 27, 1947, and that historical facts cannot be distorted by paid touts of the country.

Hassan said the Indian military had saved unarmed Kashmiris from a cowardly brutal attack by Pakistani tribals over seven decades ago.

"October 27/47 was day when indian military saved unarmed Kashmiris from coward brutal attack by tribals of pakistan. Historical facts cannot be distorted by paid touts of Pakistan. @PakPMO @OfficialDGISPR @MirwaizKashmir @farooq_pm @azfar_dar," Hassan tweeted.

Pakistan raiders had invaded Kashmir in 1947 and brought in its wake horrifying stories of mass plunder and vandalism.

Thousands of men, women and children were killed while the raiders carried out a siege of the then bustling town of Baramulla. The Indian Army later drove the invaders out of the area.

European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), in a recent commentary, called October 22 as the "darkest day" in the history of Jammu and Kashmir when Operation Gulmarg was launched in a bid to seize the territory.

According to a European think tank, the tribal invasion had left between 35,000 and 40,000 residents dead, besides, a "grim mark" on the fate of J-K. (ANI)

2nd India-Central Asia Dialogue to be held virtually on October 28

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New Delhi [India], October 28 (ANI): The second meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue will be held in the digital video-conference format on October 28, informed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

According to an official release, Foreign Ministers of India, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, will participate in the meeting. The Acting Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will also attend the meeting as a special invitee.

"The Ministers will exchange views on a wide gamut of areas including political, security, economic and commercial, humanitarian and cultural spheres as well as on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The Ministers will specifically deliberate on promoting connectivity and development partnerships in the region," said the release.

The inaugural meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue was jointly organized by India and Uzbekistan on January 13, 2019, in Samarkand (Uzbekistan).

This was conceived as a platform for further strengthening cooperation between India and the Central Asian countries. (ANI)

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

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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)

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)

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)

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