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Beach bystanders criticised in Christmas Day drowning

Surfers who say they tried to help prevent a fatal drowning accuse others of “standing around watching”.

Over 30,000 Indians have died outside the country since 2014, Lok Sabha told

As many as 31,318 Indians have died in foreign countries since 2014 with more than half of the deaths being reported from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the Lok Sabha was informed today.Replying to a written question, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh also said that there are 15,405 Indians in foreign jails since 2015.Highest number of prisoners are lodged in Saudi Arabian jails (5,590), while 1,132 Indians are in jails in Pakistan.However, due to the strict provisions of privacy laws, the US, Canada, Australia and many countries in the Europe do not share full information about Indian prisoners in their jails, the minister said.Giving details of the deaths of Indians in 106 countries, Singh said over 10,000 nationals have died in Saudi Arabia while over 6,000 Indians have died in the UAE since 2014. Eight such deaths have been reported from Pakistan.Countries which have reported significant number of deaths, include Bahrain, Canada, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar and the US.

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We welcome India’s emergence as leading global power: Trump’s new National Security Strategy document

Describing India as a “leading global power” in its newly unveiled National Security Strategy, the Trump administration said it will deepen US’ strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in maintaining security in the Indo-Pacific region.The 68-page document said the US will seek to increase quadrilateral cooperation with Japan, Australia and India. “We welcome India’s emergence as a leading global power and stronger strategic and defence partner,” said the National Security Strategy unveiled by President Donald Trump yesterday. “We will expand our defence and security cooperation with India, a Major Defence Partner of the United States, and support India’s growing relationships throughout the region,” the NSS said, noting that its vision for Indo-Pacific excludes no nation.India-US defence relationship was mentioned in the context of Indo-Pacific region, whereas it gave a very prominent role to India in South and Central Asia. “We will deepen our strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region,” according to the NSS which the White House said sets a positive strategic direction for the US that will restore America’s advantages in the world and build upon its strengths.Also readAfter quad; India, Australia hold first meet on strategic, defence ties With an eye on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the US administration said it will help South Asian countries “maintain their sovereignty” as China increases its influence in the region. “We will help South Asian nations maintain their sovereignty as China increases its influence in the region,” it said.The recent Chinese move in Sri Lanka and Maldives is seen as an effort on their part to encroach eat on their sovereignty with similar fears in Pakistan. India has objected to CPEC as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The US, it said, continues to face threats from transnational terrorists and militants operating from within Pakistan.US interests in the region include countering terrorist threats that impact the security of the US homeland and its allies, preventing cross-border terrorism that raises the prospect of military and nuclear tensions, and preventing nuclear weapons, technology, and materials from falling into the hands of terrorists, it said.

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Ashes: ICC looks into claims Indian bookmakers are offering to fix third Test

Claims that Indian bookmakers offered to fix the third Ashes Test are being investigated by the International Cricket Council.

After quad; India, Australia hold first meet on strategic, defence ties

India and Australia today reviewed all aspects of bilateral ties with a focus on strategic and defence relations during their first ‘2+2 dialogue’ and agreed that a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific is in the long- term interests of all countries in the region.Significantly, the inaugural Indo-Aus dialogue comes barely a month after the two countries along with the US and Japan, discussed cooperation amid evolving security scenario in the Indo-Pacific region where China has been aggressively expanding its military presence. While India already has a ‘2+2 dialogue’ with Japan, it has also agreed to start a two-by-two ministerial dialogue to enhance “peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region”.The Indian side was led by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra while the Australian side was headed by Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson, and Secretary of Department of Defence Greg Moriarty.”All aspects of bilateral relations with a focus on strategic and defence relations between the two countries were reviewed… Both sides agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large,” a press release from the external affairs ministry said. It said India and Australia share warm bilateral relations based on shared democratic values and pluralism and there is a growing convergence of strategic perspectives between the two countries.Also readChina reacts cautiously over possible US quadrilateral with India, Japan, Australia Last month, officials from India, Japan, the US and Australia held consultations on the sidelines of the India- ASEAN meet and discussed issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region with a focus on cooperation based on converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in the area. After the quadrilateral, the MEA said, “they agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large. The officials also exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity.”Adamson is also meeting Secretary (East) and Secretary (ER) in the MEA, the release said. Apart from attending the dialogue, Moriarty also met Chief of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and visited Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre here.

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Russia bats for India’s participation in OBOR initiative

Russia today pitched for India joining China’s One Belt One Road initiative and hoped that New Delhi will find a way out to benefit from the mega connectivity project without sacrificing its position on the issues flagged by it.In an address at a think tank, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said a sustainable security architecture in the Asia Pacific region cannot be achieved through “bloc arrangement”, in a clear signal of Moscow’s opposition to the quadrilateral grouping comprising the US, Japan, India and Australia. Talking about regional issues, the Russian Foreign Minister said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj “suggested” improving not only India-China ties but also India’s relations with Pakistan.Lavrov, Swaraj and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today held the 15th Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting during which a range of regional and global issues were discussed. On OBOR, Lavrov said Russia feels the concept is very interesting and needed to be explored in the context of building harmonious relationship for deeper regional trade and investment. About India’s opposition to the project, he said, “the specific problem in this regard should not make everything else conditional for resolving political differences”. India has opposed the OBOR due to its sovereignty concerns over the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). CPEC is part of the OBOR.Lavrov said almost all the central Asian countries have already signed documents with China for cooperation in the OBOR while Russia and other members of the Eurasian Economic Union concluded economic cooperation agreement with it, indicating that the process is irreversible. “I am 100 per cent convinced that India has enough very smart diplomats and politicians to find a way which will allow it to benefit from this process and at the same time not to sacrifice your position,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.In a clear reference to the quadrilateral grouping among the US, India, Japan and Australia, he said, “We believe that sustainable security architecture in the Asia Pacific region cannot be achieved through bloc arrangement and is only possible through an open ended collective basis.” Officials of the four countries held their first meeting in Manila last month to give shape to the much talked about quadrilateral alliance to keep the Indo-Pacific region “free and open”.The formation of the bloc is seen as an effort to contain China’s growing assertiveness in the resource-rich area. The Russian Foreign Minister also talked about the need for peaceful settlement of the disputes saying use of force and threatening to use force will not resolve any issue. Calling India a key partner for Russia, he said further strengthening of ties between the two countries can address numerous problems in the Asia Pacific region.On tackling terrorism, he called for a “truly universal coalition” to act against the terror groups without “any double standards and hidden agenda”. Sounding critical of the role of the US in Afghanistan, Lavrov said every stakeholder including the Taliban and the war-ravaged country’s neighbours should be taken on board for brining lasting peace to it. The Russian Foreign Minister said his country was ready to ensure transfer of technology to manufacture critical military platforms in India in joint venture and co- development projects.

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Indians top list in Asia category in overseas education, claims study

More and more parents are sending their children overseas for higher education with around 62 per cent of the parents in a poll saying they sent their kids to foreign universities in 2017 as against 47 per cent in 2016, claims a study.The findings are based on the study of over 8,000 parents across 15 countries and territories which found that 42 per cent parents would consider sending their children to universities abroad, compared to 35 per cent in 2016.Ambitious parents in Asia are boosting the trend where India leads the tray with 62 per cent of the parents doing so, followed by Indonesia (61), China (59), Hong Kong (52), Malaysia (51) and Singapore (47), as per an HSBC report.”With the rise of the information economy and a challenging job market, education has never been more important than it’s today. Parents know this and they are willing to go to great lengths to secure the right education for their children,” HSBC group head for wealth management Charlie Nunn said in the report.Asian parents appear to be much more focused on the competitive advantage an overseas university can offer their child, it said.Parents see the main benefits of a university education abroad as being to help their child gain international work experience (49 per cent), develop foreign language skills (49 per cent) and to be exposed to new experiences, ideas and cultures (48 per cent).Overall, the US is the most considered international education destination (47 per cent), ahead of Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany and France.Nearly 73 per cent parents consider a foreign university education for their kids and are ready to make a significant financial contribution for the same.The overall average cost for an undergraduate and postgraduate degree abroad is around USD 1,57,782 (USD71,580 for an undergraduate and USD 86,202 for a postgraduate course), it said.Around 45 per cent of parents would go further and consider buying a property in the country where their child is studying, claim survey.

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Huge diplomatic triumph for India, gets entry in elite weapons group Wassenaar Arrangement

In a significant development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) has decided to admit India as its new member, which is expected to raise New Delhi’s stature in the field of non-proliferation besides helping it acquire critical technologies.The decision was taken at the two-day plenary meeting of the grouping in Vienna yesterday.”Wassenaar Arrangement participating states reviewed the progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the plenary meeting to admit India which will become the Arrangement’s 42nd participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed,” the grouping said in a statement.India’s entry into the export control regime would enhance its credentials in the field of non-proliferation despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The WA membership is also expected to build up a strong case for India’s entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).Significantly, China, which stonewalled India’s entry into the 48-nation NSG is not a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement.The Wassenaar Arrangement plays a significant role in promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies.Its member countries are required to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals. The aim is also to prevent the acquisition of these items by terrorists.In June last year, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), another key export control regime, as a full member.Since its civil nuclear deal with the US, India has been trying to get into export control regimes such as the NSG, the MTCR, the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement that regulate the conventional, nuclear, biological and chemicals weapons and technologies.French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler congratulated India on “joining” the Wassenaar Arrangement.”One more recognition, after MTCR, of the growing role India plays in today’s world,” he said.In the plenary session, the WA reaffirmed its strong support for robust export controls on a global basis as an important tool for ensuring international peace and stability.It also adopted new export controls in a number of areas, including military explosives and specific electronic components.”Existing controls were further clarified regarding ground stations for spacecraft, submarine diesel engines, technology related to intrusion software, software for testing gas turbine engines, analogue-to-digital converters, non- volatile memories and information security,” the grouping said in the statement at the end of the two-day meeting.The next regular plenary meeting of WA will be held in Vienna in Austria in December 2018, it was announced.

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In India, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says UK govt’s visa norms a ‘big mistake’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan today said he was “lobbying” with the British government to change its stringent visa norms, which he termed as a “big mistake”.Khan arrived in the country’s commercial capital as part of his first official tour to three Indian cities, others being Delhi and Amritsar, to strengthen the UK capital’s trade ties.”I am a big critic of the British government over the change in the Visa policy. I think they have made a big mistake, as on one hand the British government is asking Indian businesses to trade there and on the other hand they have made it more hard (to enter the country),” Khan said during his interaction with reporters.Recently, the Theresa May government changed its visa policy for non-EU (European Union) nationals to curb its soaring immigration figures. The policy which came into effect in November will affect a large number of Indians, especially IT professionals.”I want to assure you that I am lobbying with my government to change its immigration stance, because I want talented Indians to come to London and not go to Canada, Australia or the US. London is open to people, talent and partnership,” the London Mayor said.Also readUK visas set to get more expensive from today; Indians, nationals outside EU to be affectedIndia last month flagged its serious concerns to Britain over its stringent visa norms and hike in threshold limit of annual pay of working professionals to get the travel documents.Khan said the change in UK’s current position on immigration is needed in the interest of the UK capital.Also readNew UK visa norms to impact Indian IT professionals”One of the reasons why London is the greatest city in the world is its ability to catch talent. (A total of) 40 per cent of Londoners are from outside the UK. IT’s in the interest of London to change its stance on immigration and I’m optimistic that it will change in near future,” he said.The visiting Mayor also underlined the need to forge strong cultural ties with India, particularly with Mumbai.”I believe that culture is the DNA of any city. I’m meeting (Maharashtra) Chief Minister tomorrow and hoping to announce a lot of things in relation to culture as well as a joint venture on issues like ecology and climate change,” he said.Hailing Bollywood, Khan said they wanted to learn how the industry can churn out so many movies in a year.”One thing that we are doing in Mumbai is learning how you mange to make so many films in Bollywood..what is that you are doing? Indian films’ post-production work is excellent.Hollywood filmmakers come here to do their post production work. So, one of the announcements we are making tomorrow will be of the UK and India making films together, which will be a good example,” he said.Khan said students will benefit a lot as professionals after they get education in the top universities in London.”There are more international students in London than any other city in the world. Four of the world’s top 30 universities are in London. Due to the change in the visa policy, some Indian students chose to go to Canada or Australia.”However, I want to tell Indian students that our universities are brilliant. When you come to London, apart from fantastic quality of education you get, you also get the experience and the contacts you make…This will stand you in good head when you return to (your) country as executive, investor, teacher or entrepreneur,” he said.
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India v Sri Lanka Test match halted by smog in Delhi

Sri Lanka’s players take to wearing masks to combat the smog pollution disrupting the third Test against India in Delhi.

East Asia Summit adopts declaration on fighting terror, PM Modi welcomes move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The East Asia Summit today adopted separate declarations on countering terror financing and effectively dealing with the challenges of terrorism as well as terrorist narratives in the region, a move which was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.In the documents, the member countries of the influential grouping including India strongly resolved to work together in containing terrorism, extremism and radicalisation by taking a series of measures including choking funds to the groups involved in such activities. Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry, said PM Modi “welcomed the East Asia Summit adopting two very important statements on countering ideological narratives and propaganda as well as financing of terrorism.”She said the move has a special importance for India as the country has been victim of terrorism for the last three decades and now it has been recognised globally, adding that the move by the grouping is important for containing scourge of terrorism, particularly cross border terror. The grouping said it will counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and “suppress” the terror financing under the provisions of ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism and invoking relevant rules framed by the Financial Action Task Force, a global body tasked with checking money laundering for terror finances.The East Asia Summit (EAS) is the premier forum in the Asia-Pacific region. Since its inception in 2005, it has played a significant role in the strategic, geopolitical and economic evolution of East Asia. Apart from the 10 ASEAN Member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Russia. In the declaration on anti-money laundering and countering terror financing, the East Asia Summit said it will also implement the UN Security Council resolution dealing with threats to international peace and security caused by terrorism.In the declaration on countering ideological challenge of terrorism and terrorist narratives and propaganda, the leaders of the EAS resolved to take all possible measures to stop spread of terrorism and violent extremism in accordance with the international law and principles of UN Charter. It also decided to develop compendium of regional counter-narratives to deal with “violent extremist ideology”. The leaders also recognised the need for addressing the “conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and the drivers of violent extremism”.The EAS also issued a ‘Leaders’ Statement’ reaffirming commitment to take effective steps to contain chemical weapons including their destruction and protect states threatened by use of such weapons. It said those who use chemical weapons and toxic chemicals as weapons should be held accountable. Separately, the ASEAN issued a declaration to contain cyber crime. It said the member countries will take effective steps in containing cybercrime through various measures and by enhancing mutual cooperation through information sharing.The ASEAN said it will enhance cooperation with its dialogue partners like India and the US, as well as relevant agencies and organisations at regional and international levels, such as EUROPOL, and the Interpol among others, to enhance cyberspace security. The ASEAN also adopted a declaration to counter rise of radicalisation and violent extremism.In the document, the grouping resolved to check radicalisation through various measures such as the stopping finances to groups involved in such activities and checking andmobilization of individuals into terrorist groups.

Modi-Trump bilateral likely on Monday at sidelines of ASEAN summit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump are likely to have a bilateral meeting on Monday on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit here.Modi will arrive here on Sunday to attend the 15th ASEAN- India summit and 12th East Asia summit on November 14. Trump is also scheduled to arrive here tomorrow as part of his five-nation Asia tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Official sources said the meeting between Modi and Trump is likely to take place on Monday. It will be the first meeting between the two leaders following a proposal to have a quadrilateral alliance among India, the US, Japan, and Australia.Japan last month had indicated that it would propose a top-level dialogue with the US, India and Australia. Sources said officials of the four countries may meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit here. Reacting to the Japanese move, India had said that it was open to working with like-minded countries on issues that advance its interests. The US had said it was looking at a “working-level” quadrilateral meeting in the near term with India, Japan and Australia. Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono last month had said that Tokyo favours a dialogue between Japan, the US, India and Australia to further boost strategic partnership among the fo`ur countries.
ALSO READ PM Narendra Modi’s 3-day Philippines visit begins from Sunday, here’s the detailed programmeThe move to set up the quadrilateral comes in the backdrop of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea. The US has been favouring a larger role for India in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region.The use of the term “Indo-Pacific” by Trump has led to speculation that it may have something to do with Washington preparing the ground for a revival of the so-called Quadrilateral strategic alliance between the US, Japan, Australia and India to counter China’s rise.In their meeting, Modi and Trump are likely to discuss a host of key issues of mutual interest including the security scenario in the region. Trump yesterday praised India’s “astounding” growth after it opened up its economy and also lauded Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together. Speaking at a gathering of CEOs on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang, Trump cited India as one of the countries in the Indo-Pacific region making strides.He praised India as a sovereign democracy with a population of over 1 billion as well as the largest democracy in the world. Modi is expected to meet many other leaders attending the two summits. He will also participate in the ASEAN business and investment summit as well as a meeting of leaders of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The RCEP, comprising the 10-member ASEAN bloc and six other countries — India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is engaged in negotiations for a free trade pact. In his maiden visit to the Philippines as prime minister, Modi will also attend a reception by the Indian community and visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Mahavir Philippines Foundation.

Differently-abled artistes from 16 nations participate in ICCR fest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action (ALPANA) has come forward with another edition of Sambhav, an annual event by the NGO which provides an international platform for people with disabilities. Participating in the three-day event at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) are artists from 16 countries including Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan among others. They will connect with each other through a series of sessions including seminars and workshops, art and craft exhibition, inclusive yoga workshop and performing arts such as dance, music and mime.“Sambhav means possible and that’s what we believe. We have been training people, belonging to an age group as wide as 5-50 years, with mental or physical disabilities for the past 13-14 years and they can perform as well as anyone else,” said Alpana Nayak, founder, ALPANA.The event will also act as a forum for International Cooperation to advance the rights of women, the rights of children and of persons with disabilities. An MoU will be signed between organisations across countries. The three-day event was inaugurated on Friday by Riva Ganguli Das, Director General of ICCR, and Aindri Anurag, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Indian convict in Oz hit-and-run case will face extradition: Delhi High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has dismissed a petition which challenged the extradition awarded to a man who had killed a student and injured another in an inebriated state in 2008 in Australia.Justice Ashutosh Kumar said there is “no good reason” to interfere in the case when an inquiry against the man was already afoot.The proceedings to extradite Puneet was initiated by the Indian government in 2010 on the request placed by Australia after he had fled the country in 2009 on a friend’s passport after committing the crime and being held guilty for rash driving.The accused had challenged the extradition proceedings before a magisterial court, stating there was no extradition treaty between India and Australia, when the latter had made the request to extradite him.Dismissing the plea, the court said there was a 1971 notification which made the provisions of the Extradition Act of 1962 applicable to the Commonwealth of Australia and therefore, there was an extradition arrangement with that nation since then.The court also said that the arrangement was replaced by the extradition treaty entered between the two countries in 2011.Puneet was charged by the Victoria Police for causing the death of 19-year-old Dean Hofstee and seriously injuring 20-year-old Clancy Coker in a road accident that happened in 2008. The victims were students from Queensland.Police had said that the alcohol levels in his blood showed he was inebriated at the time of the accident. Under Australian law the offence committed by him entails a punishment of upto 20 years imprisonment.Puneet, who had gone to Australia to study hospitality, was arrested on November 29, 2013 from Punjab after a four-year long manhunt.

Sensors to monitor Tonk road traffic pattern

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Electronic sensors will be installed across a stretch of Tonk Road over the next month to monitor pattern of traffic commutation in the city. The data recorded by the sensors will be monitored by a joint team of Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) and Adelaide city of South Australia for designing a ‘smart’ traffic management solutions for Jaipur. These sensors to be installed between Rambagh and Gopalpura crossroad will register the blue-tooth devices, including mobile phones and car audio systems passing through the road to provide a real-time data of pedestrian and motorised vehicle movement.This will be the first of pilot project being implemented at Jaipur in association with the cooperation of Adelaide, which is among the top smart cities of the world and has recently entered an understanding with JDA to support smart city initiatives at Jaipur.A decision on the pilot project was taken at a meeting between JDA officials and representatives from the city of Adelaide held at Jaipur on Wednesday. At the meeting, it was decided that the work of sensor installation will be carried out by technicians from the Australian city in cooperation with local authorities.“City of Adelaide has to install blue tooth devices at various junctions that interact with blue-tooth device passing through the area. This data is processed through an analytical engine and is further useful in suggesting alternate routes,” a JDA official briefed on details of the project that has been in implementation at Adelaide for five years.It was during a recent visit to Adelaide that Jaipur development commissioner, Vaibhav Galariya has signed a MoU with Adelaide city administration for knowledge sharing for smart city projects. Blue-tooth habitsIn contrast with Adelaide, at Jaipur, only a fraction of vehicles have blue-tooth devices installed while many people keep the blue-tooth closed on mobile phones to save on battery. These devices will not be registered by the sensors and thus will impact the quality of data.

Chopper service at Ceramic Expo for foreign buyers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The much-awaited ceramic exhibition will be held from November 16 -19 at Mahatma Mandir Exhibition Centre on the sprawling helipad ground in Gandhinagar. What’s luring this year for the odd 2,000 foreign buyers, who are expected to arrive from across 30 countries, is the chopper service they will be able to avail to fly to the event.The people will also be able to visit the factories of ceramics producers in Morbi and half the expense will be borne by the local industry association. However, the move will shorten the time to finalise the deal, say some of the key industry players.”This is the first time that we have hired a chopper service. If a local player feels that by facilitating a factory visit to a buyer, the deal is likely to be expedited, he can choose a buyer,” said Nilesh Jetpariya, president of Morbi Ceramics Association.The event will be spread across 50,000 square metres, with more than 250 exhibitors, over 400 brands and ceramics in several sizes and designs under one roof.Local players from Morbi had visited 65 countries in the run up to the expo to invite the buyers. Special attention is being paid to potential markets of the USA, Europe and Australia, where the penetration from the players of Morbi is very less.India has the second largest tiles market in the world. While the global tiles production grew at an annualised rate of 6.3% for the period 2006-2013, tiles production in India grew almost double at 12.0% during the same period. Ceramic tiles that accounts for close to 60% of the total tiles demand in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.7% for the period 2014-2019.”Ceramics industry, in line with the key agenda of the Government of India of Make in India, Skill India, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan amongst others. It is our constant endeavour to keep innovating and contribute to the country’s economic growth and create further employment across states. The industry contributes close to $ 4 billion in revenues and employ more than 10 lakhs skilled and unskilled personnel,”said Jetparia, who is also the President of the expo.THE ATTRACTIONS2,000 buyers from over 30 countries will visit the exhibitionNov. 16 -19 are the dates when the expo will be held250 exhibitors will participate in the event

China reacts cautiously over possible US quadrilateral with India, Japan, Australia

China today reacted cautiously over a proposal by the Trump administration for a working-level quadrilateral meeting with India, Japan and Australia, saying Beijing hopes that it would not target or damage a “third party’s interest”. The US was looking at a “working-level” quadrilateral meeting in the near term with India, Japan and Australia and offer countries in the Indo-Pacific region an alternative to predatory financing or unsustainable debt, the State Department had said last month. The proposal was, however, seen by China as an attempt to counter its influence in the region. Reacting to it, the Chinese Foreign Ministry hoped that such an arrangement will promote mutual trust among countries in the region and not harm its interest.”China hopes the collaboration among relevant countries could comply with the trend of times, which refers to peace, development, and cooperation and shared benefits, and also conform to the prospects of the regions and nations for common security and development,” the ministry said in a written response to a query from PTI here. “We hope it would be beneficial for improving the mutual trust among countries and regions, at the same time safeguarding and promoting peace, tranquillity, and prosperity within the area, without targeting or damaging a third party’s interest,” it said.State Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells had said: “As we explore ways to deepen and try to inculcate some of the values -? freedom of navigation, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, transparency -? obviously, Australia would be a natural partner in that effort as well”. The freedom of navigation is mostly referred to unhindered movement of ships and flights in the disputed South China Sea as China claims most of the busy trade route through which goods worth over USD 5.3 trillion pass every year. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the resource-rich area.The US has been periodically sending naval ships and planes to assert the freedom of navigation, much to the chagrin of China.Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said earlier that Tokyo would propose a “top-level dialogue with the US, India and Australia” to promote free trade and defence cooperation across the Indian Ocean. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to bring up the same issue during his meeting with US President Donald Trump who is currently visiting Tokyo.The US President would arrive in Beijing on a three-day visit from November 8. Besides the proposed grouping, President Xi Jinping is expected to discuss with Trump, America’s new South Asia policy piling up pressure on China’s close ally Pakistan over terror safe heavens and Japan’s proposal to jointly work out an alternative Silk Road plan with the US and India to counter China’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which includes USD 50 billion CPEC.India has opposed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it traversed through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The quadrilateral idea has drawn criticism from sate-run Chinese media. Although Wells refuted reports that the move is aimed at containing China, statements by other senior US officials sound suspicious, an article in Global Times said recently. Wells said that the mechanism will offer countries in the Indo-Pacific region an alternative to predatory financing or unsustainable debt, while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently rebuked China for being an irresponsible international actor prone to predatory economic policies, the article said. “Investment and trade are an important means to promote world economy. If the US, Japan, Australia and India can coordinate and support infrastructure construction and economic development of Indo-Pacific countries, they are more than welcome. But if they try to incorporate values into economic issues and display prejudice and hostility toward other countries, they will not bring stability to the region,” it added.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Indian team won hearts, if not medals says PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian team may not have won medals but the youngsters have won the hearts of everyone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today about the FIFA Under- 17 World Cup which ended on Saturday in Kolkata.He congratulated England for winning the Cup while stating that all the teams had displayed their best talent during the tournament held in India for the first time.In his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi referred to some other recent sports events like the Asia Cup Hockey and Denmark Open Tennis tournament and hailed India’s victory in these.India won the Asia Cup after 10 years and while K Srikanth won the Denmark Open after Indonesia Open and Australia Open, he noted.Turning to FIFA Under-17, he said there was excitement among the players as well as spectators during such a big tournament.”The World Cup was hosted successfully and all the teams displayed their best talent. India may not have won the Cup but the Indian youngsters have won the hearts of everyone,” Modi said.Earlier, he tweeted, “Congratulations to the youngsters from England on winning the FIFA U-17 WC. I also congratulate Spain for a spirited game.”In another tweet, he said, “FIFA U-17 WC was a celebration of football, witnessing wonderful games. India was honoured & delighted to host the tournament.”

DNA Evening Read|PM Modi in Gujarat; INDvNZ, 1st ODI; Rahul Gandhi attacks Rajasthan CM; Kerala’s viral video and Rohingya crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Economy on right track after hardcore reforms, will continue to take ‘important decisions’: PM Modi in GujaratPM Narendra Modi on Sunday assertde the process of taking regarding the economic reforms will continue. The prime minister’s assertion came at a time when the Opposition parties have been attacking demonetization and GST rollout. To know more on demonetization and GST rollout click here 2. LIVE | INDvNZ, 1st ODI: Match evenly poised as Kiwis lose three wicketsRiding high on confidence following their recent 4-1 win over world champions Australia, India will look to continue their winning momentum at home turf when they take on New Zealand in the first ODI of the three-match series, beginning at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Read more 3. It’s 2017, not 1817: Rahul Gandhi attacks Rajasthan CM for controversial ordinanceIn tune with his new aggressive avatar on Twitter, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi attacked Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over a controversial ordinance, pointing out that the year was “2017, not 1817”. To Read more click here4. CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man attempts to molest woman in Kerala; flees when she fights backAn unidentified man was caught on camera attempting to molest a woman in a Kozhikode street. He was caught on CCTV camera to know more click here 5. Rohingya crisis: Refugees returning to Myanmar cannot reclaim land as it has been sold to governmentRohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters. To know more click here

South Africa displace India from top of ODI rankings after win against Bangladesh

Updated: Oct 19, 2017, 08:47 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India today lost their numero uno status in ICC ODI rankings to South Africa following the Proteas’ win over Bangladesh in the second ODI.According to the updated ICC ODI rankings, by virtue of South Africa’s 104-run win over Bangladesh in the second ODI in Paarl, the Proteas jumped to the top spot, leapfrogging India. While India and South Africa have identical 120 points against their name, India are placed second on the basis of decimal points.India had claimed the top spot in the ICC rankings following their 4-1 win over Australia at home recently. But India have a chance to reclaim their top spot as they host New Zealand in a three-match ODI series scheduled to begin in Mumbai on October 22.

Pink City to get smart-aid from Adelaide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>City of Adelaide in South Australia and Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate and share learning pertaining to smart city development.Jaipur, that is included in the list of smart cities by the government of India, is expected to gain from the smart parking and street lighting structures and designs of the Australian city.Adelaide is among the foremost cities of the world to implement information technology based solution for civic and health issues, and along with Jaipur it is included in the list of CISCO smart lighthouse cities.Authorities from both the cities have been in discussion over collaboration for nearly a year, however, a formal understanding was inked on Monday, the first day of Adelaide visit of a three member team of Jaipur Development Authority led by Jaipur development commissioner Vaibhav Galariya.Councillor of Adelaide, Natasha Malani expressed her excitement over the MoU and said, “This is the next step in building a prosperous relationship between the two cities that will deliver real benefits for our respective communities.”At Jaipur, the development officials are also looking forward to the partnership. “Despite being on priority, the parking and street lighting component of Smart City projects have not achieved expected progress in Jaipur,” said a JDA officer. “We expect to learn from the experiences of Adelaide in this direction,” he added.On a five-day foreign tour, the Jaipur Development Authority representative group will be visiting smart cities of Adelaide and Singapore as the teams have two days programmes scheduled at each of these cities. Their visit also aims to strengthen ties between the state governments of Rajasthan and South Australia, as sister states.Scope for Start-up The understanding between Adelaide and Jaipur also proposes opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and start-up ventures. Adelaide has developed IT solutions for functions ranging from waste management to traffic management. An adaptation of this in Jaipur will require such IT solutions to be developed in accordance to local requirement and will also have scope to invite collaboration with start-up projects. On a five-day foreign tour, the JDA representative group will be visiting smart cities of Adelaide and Singapore.

‘Next-generation crime will be from surrogacy’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking at an international conference on Forensic Sciences and Cyber Security held on Thursday at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU), GK Goswami, DIG, CBI, Lucknow said that the there is a huge possibility that next generation crime will be from surrogacy.”Court takes care of the right of parents but not the child, especially in surrogacy and such cases. There is a huge possibility that the next generation crime will be through a surrogate child. You will not know anyone. For example, had Osama Bin Laden opted for surrogacy, would you be able to identify the child? As the sperm collected from Nigeria, ovum from Nepal, mother from Anand in Gujarat. The next generation crime will be from surrogacy.”Touching upon ND Tiwari’s paternity case, Goswami also spoke about the jurisprudence of the forensic evidence. He further said, “A lot of issues related to surrogacy have arisen. We protect the anonymity of the father but what about the right to know about the parent. The tussle is still there. Forensic science struggles to answer the complexity of parenting. The reproductive right has gone beyond heterosexuality. Once you recognise LGBT rights, reproductive rights will follow.Even single parenting is picking up pace. Look at Tushar Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Sushmita Sen and others. If you don’t believe in marriage system, why is there a need for a child through surrogacy, why not opt for adoption, he added.He said, “We need to design techniques that can detect conviction which happens due to wrong reports to deliver justice.”The conference is organised in association with Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs.The conference also had speaker sessions by Jenifer Elliott, senior maanger at Thermo Fisher, USA, Krishnan Narayanan, Cyber security expert from Australia and Chetan Dalal from Mumbai who spoke on forensic audits.Speaking on facial recognition, Narayanan spoke about importance of CCTV cameras. He showed examples of how CCTV cameras have to be positioned in a way that can help recognise face s to detect cases. Elliot who has also worked with US military in Iraq and Afghanistan spoke about importance of DNA in helping solve cases.TOPIC OF DEBATEThe two-day conference will witness experts from various departments including security, investigating and forensic agencies, who will discuss contemporary forensic sciences, cybersecurity, digital forensics and homeland security

7 nabbed for betting during India-Australia ODI match

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For these seven men, India’s victory over Australia in Thursday’s one-day international was not a joyous event. Why? Because while the country was savouring the victory these men had arrested following a raid, as they were betting during the match in North West Delhi.According to the police, the gang came been on their radar after input was received regarding betting. Following this, a team raided an identified residence in northwest Delhi. The spot enquiry revealed that an amount of Rs 1,95,535 was on betting.”The amount won or lost by these bookies and punters was to be disbursed next day with the help of their associates. The house belongs to one Manoj Kumar Malhotra and Dinesh Kumar Malhotra both residing at the Lawrance road area regarding which investigation is in progress. It has been learnt that owner of this property had given this property on rent to one Aaditya or Nitin preparing for competitive examination and these facts remain to be verified,” said a senior police officer.Police said that the accused persons were accepting bets online as well as through mobile phones used to have recording facility for the betting participants and punters.It was also revealed during investigation that the accused Sumit Malhotra, Ashprit Singh, Satnam Singh had downloaded online betting software called as “betting assistance software” on their laptops which showcased rates, timings and preferences of persons participating in the online betting on a cricket match, the officer added.”In Thursday’s match a total amount of Rs. 1,95,575 was on betting till the time raid was conducted as found in the initial probe after examining laptop being used by accused. The amount won and lost used to be disbursed or collected after the match. However on the personal search of the arrested accused persons yielded an amount of Rs. 27,570 only,” the officer added.

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Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman flags off first ever all-women Navy crew attempting to circumnavigate globe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move that signals a new era of women’s empowerment for the armed forces, newly-appointment Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday flagged off an all-women Navy team in Panaji attempting to circumnavigate the globe.For the first time ever, an all-women crew ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ of the Indian Navy will embark on a global journey on an Indian sailing vessel INSV Tarini.The crew would sail over many oceans to complete the mission. The entire distance will be covered in five legs and the team will stop at four ports for replenishment of ration and repairs, as necessary, a naval spokesperson said. The crew will have stop overs at various ports like: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa), the spokesperson said.The circumnavigation is likely to be completed around March 2018.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished luck to the ladies for the historic journey.Nirmala Sitharaman took charge of the defence ministry on September 7, becoming the first full-time woman Defence Minister of the country.She took charge in the presence of her predecessor Arun Jaitley who was given the additional charge of the key ministry in March after Manohar Parrikar quit the union cabinet to become the chief minister of Goa.Sitharaman was elevated to the cabinet rank on Sunday and given the defence portfolio.A priest held prayers in the defence minister’s chamber before she assumed charge.Senior officials of the ministry were present and she briefly interacted with them after taking over as the minister.She became the first full-time woman defence minister and the second woman to take charge of the key portfolio. Indira Gandhi, as then Prime Minister, had also held the portfolio in the seventies.As the Defence Minister, Sitharaman will be a member of the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security whose members include the Prime Minister, the Home Minister, the External Affairs Minister and the Finance Minister.With inputs from PTI

Against the idea of parties issuing whip on every issue: BJP MP Varun Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Saturday said he was against the idea of issuing whip by parties on every issue and advocated that people’s representatives should have the right to express their views freely inside Parliament.Gandhi said whips are issued by parties on “90 per cent issues” restricting MPs from airing their own views.”I am against the idea of issuing whip on every issue as I want to express my view also… Parties should not issue whips on at least 50 per cent issues to let their members air their views,” he said while addressing ‘Parliament Conclave’ here.The BJP MP from Sultanpur also advocated for the e- petition system saying it is currently in place in countries like England, Australia and New Zealand.This system should also be adopted in India to give space to common people instead of restricting the doors of Parliament for its members only, he said.In this system, if 10,000 people sign an e-petition, the prime minister or the minister concerned will have to reply to it. When such a petition is signed by more than one lakh people, it has to be debated in the parliament, Gandhi said.He said the time has come when the people should also have a say in the scrutiny of policies and schemes.”It is my opinion that Parliament should be the centre for formulating policies. It should not become a place for politics alone,” Gandhi said.MPs have increased their salaries four times in the past five years, he said, adding, “I am not against hike in salaries of MPs but I am certainly opposed to the system of parliamentarians themselves getting their pay hiked.” Parliament had worked for 130 days a year during 1952- 1972, but its working days have declined to 60 days a year in the past 15 years, the BJP MP said.He said 51% bills were passed without any discussion in the past 10 years, while 61 per cents bills were passed even without sending those to the government’s advisory committees during the same period.Praising the Odisha government for mandating its Assembly to work for at least 110 days a year, Gandhi suggested that the Bihar should also follow it.He stressed on the need for infusing new blood in politics, especially from a place like Bihar, which, he said, has no dearth of talents.On personality driven politics getting prominence, Gandhi said there is nothing wrong in it as personality driven politics is getting prominence across the globe.

Nirmala Sitharaman joins elite club, becomes one of two women Defence Ministers of nuclear-armed nations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nirmala Sitharaman, like France’s Florence Parly, will head the defence forces of a nuclear- armed nation, but unlike the European country, India does not allow women in combat roles in the Army.Her appointment as the defence minister has put Sitharaman in a select group of female leaders, 16 to be precise, who lead the armed forces of their respective nations.But Sitharaman and Parly have the added distinction of leading the forces of nuclear-armed nations.France allows women in combat roles, except on submarines and in riot-control. The other countries in this club include Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Israel.Army chief General Bipin Rawat had told PTI in June that the Indian Army was all set to open up combat positions for women and that initially women would be recruited for positions in military police.The Indian Air Force had last year inducted three women as fighter pilots, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis.Bangladesh, India’s eastern neighbour, is a part of the exclusive club of nations having women defence ministers.Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina also holds the defence portfolio like former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who helmed the defence ministry in 1975 and again between 1980 and 1982. The other countries in this league include Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Australia, Spain, Nicaragua, South Africa, Norway, Kenya, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and the Republic of Macedonia.

Switzerland vows to help India fight black money and tax evasion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ways to effectively combat black money and tax evasion figured extensively during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swiss President Doris Leuthard, who expressed strong commitment to help India to deal with the problem.Modi thanked Switzerland for helping India become a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a multilateral export control regime, and consistently supporting New Delhi’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).A joint statement said both leaders urged all the countries to work towards disrupting terrorist networks and financing as well as preventing violent extremism and called for early finalisation of the CCIT.Describing their talks productive, Modi said transparency in financial transactions is a major global challenge and that cooperation between India and Switzerland over it will continue further.”Be it black money, dirty money, hawala transaction or money related to arms and drugs, our cooperation with Switzerland continues to deal with the global curse,” the prime minister said in a statement to the media.The Swiss president exuded confidence that a law on ensuring automatic exchange of information relating to tax would be cleared by the Swiss parliament by end of the year and her country will be able to exchange first set of information with India by 2019.”We hope by end of this year, this (law on automatic exchange of information) will be passed and be operational by 2019 when the first exchange can take place,” she said, adding India and Switzerland can go hand-in-hand to ensure financial transparency.The issue of black money has been a matter of major debate in India and Switzerland has been long perceived as one of the safest havens for the illicit wealth allegedly stashed abroad by some Indians.In his comments, Modi also referred to the joint declaration on exchange of information relating to tax signed by the two sides last year.”Last year we signed a joint declaration relating to automatic exchange of information relating to tax. As per its provision, after completion of the internal process in Switzerland, information will be shared with us on automatic basis,” he said.Leuthard said her country follows all international rules on financial transaction to ensure transparency, adding “we have probably today one of the strongest laws on money laundering”.On terror they further said Both leaders also urged that all member countries should demonstrate a collective political will to take concrete actions against terrorism and to implement the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Strategy.The two sides also deliberated on further boosting ties in key sectors like trade and investment, infrastructure and energy while agreeing on the need to continue dialogue on a bilateral investment pact. Two pacts providing for cooperation in railways were also inked.Giving broad contours of their discussions, Modi said the extensive and productive talks covered bilateral, regional and global issues and that Leuthard’s visit further strengthened the bilateral ties.Modi said there was deliberations on challenges of climate change and both sides agreed to work for implementing the Paris climate accord focusing on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.On trade cooperation, he said FDI has been a major pillar of economic ties and India particularly welcomes Swiss investors.”We agreed on the need to continue dialogue on bilateral investment pact. Swiss companies have avenues to be part of India’s growth and development,” he said.The prime minister said there was deliberation on the trade and economic partnership agreement between India and European Free Trade Association and both the countries expressed resolve to conclude the pact.On Switzerland support to India’s NSG bid, he said, “India will be benefited from membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to meet its growing demand of clean energy.” Leuthard said she was very happy over the outcome of her talks and that there was scope for further expansion of trade ties. In this regard, she underlined the need for having an investment protection pact.She said Switzerland can offer India “infrastructure of tomorrow” in many areas including in railways.”Negotiations for it are on. We hope it is important for our investment,” she said.The joint statement also said Australia welcomed India’s intensified engagement with the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement and expressed its support for India’s Accession to these regimes.India had joined the MTCR as a full member in June last year. The membership enables India to buy high-end missile technology.New Delhi has also been pressing for membership of the 48-nation NSG but China has been stonewalling its bid.Both leaders also reaffirmed the need for reform of the UN Security Council, including its expansion, to make it more representative, accountable, effective and responsive to the geo-political realities of the 21st century.”PM Modi encouraged the support of Switzerland to make a decisive push towards actual “text-based negotiations in the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN), as the IGN process needs to be guided to its logical conclusion culminating in a meaningful reform of the UNSC,” the statement said.Both leaders also urged that all member countries should demonstrate a collective political will to take concrete actions against terrorism and to implement the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Strategy, it said.

UK, Canada, Australia issue travel advisory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The massive scale of violence in Haryana following the arrest of the Dera chief has led many countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia and Indonesia to issue travel advisories on Saturday to its citizens traveling to India and those already here.”The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah,” said the foreign travel advice issued by the UK.”A number of deaths have been reported in violent clashes following the conviction of the head of the Dera Sacha Sauda spiritual organisation… Due to the possibility of further serious violence, you should avoid large gatherings, follow the advice of the local authorities, monitor local media and keep in touch with your travel company. Local road and rail travel may be significantly disrupted during this period,” it said.Australia too sounded an advisory on this issue late Friday night.”Avoid large gatherings as they could become violent. Follow the advice of local authorities. Local transport has been significantly disrupted with a number of roads closed and rail services cancelled. Mobile internet services in Chandigarh have been suspended. Monitor the media for developments that may affect your safety and security. The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in India overall,” the Australian advisory said.Canada also sounded a similar alert. “Following the conviction of a prominent sect leader on August 25, 2017, tensions remain high in the states of Punjab and Haryana, and various other areas. Tens of thousands of people have gathered in protest, some of which have become violent… If you are in one of the affected areas, limit your movements and monitor local media for the latest information,” the advisory says.The Embassy of Indonesia also issued a similar advisory and asked its citizens in India to be on alert.

Stonehenge: Australia’s forgotten farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stonehenge is dry and has been for too long – seven years too long. You can taste the dust well before you cross the cattle grids that cut the only road into town.More than 1,700 km (1,056 miles) northwest of Sydney, Australia’s Stonehenge could not be more different from its famous namesake, the World Heritage prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in England.Stonehenge in England averages 10 days a month of rainfall and a maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit). The town in Australia averages 325 sunny days a year and a summer temperature of about 45C (113F), and forget regular rain. Click here for photo essay: http://reut.rs/2xfwts2 How the town got its name is a mystery.”In the mid-1800s, dingo (wild dog) trappers built a stone fortress which they used as a shelter, but no one is really sure,” said resident Judy Baldry as she drove along a dusty road on the outskirts of town.Another possibility is the stony landscape, with rocks ranging in size from marbles to boulders scattered across the plains as far as the eye can see.The stones lure tourists to an area known as “The Address Book” on the outskirts of town, where people create their names or love messages using stones, such as “Jim loves Kerry” and “Dan 4 Jan”.PRAYING FOR CHRISTMAS RAINSStonehenge’s remaining 23 residents say they are struggling to survive one of the longest droughts in memory.”Certainly, this is the worst drought I’ve seen in the last 28 years because of its longevity. It’s just gone on for so long,” said cattle and sheep farmer Tony Jackson.Jackson’s Hill View Park Station property of more than 150,000 acres (60,000 hectares) is excellent wool country due to the stones. Less dirt means better quality wool. He manages some 800 cattle and about 6,000 sheep on the drought-hit property, but he fears he will have no feed or water if there is no rain by Christmas. Jackson and his neighbours have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on feed. Debt levels for broadacre farms, which includes cattle, sheep and crop, is estimated to have increased by 7 percent during 2015–16 to average A$560,500 per farm, the Australian government’s agricultural bureau said.Other parts of Australia have seen the drought break and farmers there are looking at a bright future. Cash incomes on cattle farms are estimated to be the highest in more than 20 years, at A$204,000 per farm, due to rising beef prices.But the drought has a stranglehold on Stonehenge.For the first time in more than 34 years the main water supply, the meandering Thomson River, has stopped flowing. Farmer Dick Smith says it has been seven years since the last decent rain filled the river.”This is drought country. No one forced me to live here. We have to expect a drought, but this one’s gone on too long,” he said on the veranda of his home on the Depot Glen property.Smith usually manages about 1,500 cattle but has destocked to survive and now has just 47 cows and calves. He said that due to droughts over the past decades, he had “completely destocked three times”, and the potential for a fourth was high. When the rains do come, the farmers of Stonehenge will struggle to pay for new stock at a time when cattle prices are at record levels due to demand for beef.’YOU REALLY HAVE TO LOVE YOUR HUSBAND’The drought has taken its toll on families, with the emotional and financial stress contributing to poor mental health, according to a study by the Australian National University. The study examined 8,000 people living in drought and found that the more severe the drought, the more severe the impact on the mental health of a farmer and his family.Sue Smith knows the burden. She runs Depot Glen alone for many months while her husband, Dick, is away driving a grader or fixing fences thousands of kilometres away in the Northern Territory.”You really have to love your husband to live out here,” said Sue, a champion equestrian when she was young.”We’re not isolated up here, we have bitumen roads, telephones, internet, but I do miss white sheets,” she said, referring to the bore water that stains her sheets. Stonehenge has suffered a huge loss of people due to the drought. The town many years ago boasted three hotels, and up until just a decade ago, a population of 106. Frank Irwin, who used to work on a farm, now runs the Stonehenge Hotel, a tin building with a bar crowned with empty beer bottles and rodeo memorabilia.Stonehenge, like its English namesake, will survive, he said. “We just batten down the hatches until it does rain”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WIDER IMAGE-Stonehenge: Australia’s forgotten farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stonehenge is dry and has been for too long – seven years too long. You can taste the dust well before you cross the cattle grids that cut the only road into town. More than 1,700 km (1,056 miles) northwest of Sydney, Australia’s Stonehenge could not be more different from its famous namesake, the World Heritage prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in England. Stonehenge in England averages 10 days a month of rainfall and a maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit). The town in Australia averages 325 sunny days a year and summer temperature of about 45C (113F), and forget regular rain. How the town got its name is a mystery. “In the mid-1800s, dingo (wild dog) trappers built a stone fortress which they used as a shelter, but no one is really sure,” said resident Judy Baldry as she drove along a dusty road on the outskirts of town. Another possibility is the stony landscape, with rocks ranging in size from marbles to boulders scattered across the plains as far as the eye can see. The stones lure tourists to an area known as “The Address Book” on the outskirts of town, where people create their names or love messages using stones, such as “Jim loves Kerry” and “Dan 4 Jan”. PRAYING FOR CHRISTMAS RAINS Stonehenge’s remaining 23 residents say they are struggling to survive one of the longest droughts in memory. “Certainly, this is the worst drought I’ve seen in the last 28 years because of its longevity. It’s just gone on for so long,” said cattle and sheep farmer Tony Jackson. Jackson’s Hill View Park Station property of more than 150,000 acres (60,000 hectares) is excellent wool country due to the stones. Less dirt means better quality wool. He manages some 800 cattle and about 6,000 sheep on the drought-hit property, but he fears he will have no feed or water if there is no rain by Christmas. Jackson and his neighbours have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on feed. Debt levels for broadacre farms, which includes cattle, sheep and crop, is estimated to have increased by 7 percent during 2015–16 to average A$560,500 per farm, the Australian government’s agricultural bureau said. Other parts of Australia have seen the drought break and farmers there are looking at a bright future. Cash incomes on cattle farms are estimated to be the highest in more than 20 years, at A$204,000 per farm, due to rising beef prices. But the drought has a stranglehold on Stonehenge. For the first time in more than 34 years the main water supply, the meandering Thomson River, has stopped flowing. Farmer Dick Smith says it has been seven years since the last decent rain filled the river. “This is drought country. No one forced me to live here. We have to expect a drought, but this one’s gone on too long,” he said on the veranda of his home on the Depot Glen property. Smith usually manages about 1,500 cattle but has destocked to survive and now has just 47 cows and calves. He said that due to droughts over the past decades, he had “completely destocked three times”, and the potential for a fourth was high. When the rains do come, the farmers of Stonehenge will struggle to pay for new stock at a time when cattle prices are at record levels due to demand for beef. ‘YOU REALLY HAVE TO LOVE YOUR HUSBAND’ The drought has taken its toll on families, with the emotional and financial stress contributing to poor mental health, according to a study by the Australian National University. The study examined 8,000 people living in drought and found that the more severe the drought, the more severe the impact on the mental health of a farmer and his family. Sue Smith knows the burden. She runs Depot Glen alone for many months while her husband, Dick, is away driving a grader or fixing fences thousands of kilometres away in the Northern Territory. “You really have to love your husband to live out here,” said Sue, a champion equestrian when she was young. “We’re not isolated up here, we have bitumen roads, telephones, internet, but I do miss white sheets,” she said, referring to the bore water that stains her sheets. Stonehenge has suffered a huge loss of people due to the drought. The town many years ago boasted three hotels, and up until just a decade ago, a population of 106. Frank Irwin, who used to work on a farm, now runs the Stonehenge Hotel, a tin building with a bar crowned with empty beer bottles and rodeo memorabilia. Stonehenge, like its English namesake, will survive, he said. “We just batten down the hatches until it does rain”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Campaign for the disabled launched

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Australian High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu launched ‘Development4All’, a disability-inclusive development campaign, which is part of the High Commission’s Direct Aid Programme, on Wednesday.The Census 2011 figures for India indicate that disability affects around 27 million Indians – more than the population of Australia. Out of these, nearly 70 per cent live in rural regions with fewer services and more barriers to social inclusion.Only 36 per cent of the disabled population across India are employed, and those unable to work become dependent on their families. According to the World Bank, including people with disabilities outside the economy could raise GDP by up to 7 per cent.”Adopting a disability-inclusive approach in society is critical to ensuring the promotion of human rights, realising the economic potential of society and, importantly, ensuring development for all,” said Sidhu.”In 2016-17 our Direct Aid Program supported 10 disability-inclusive projects across India.I hope this campaign will act as a catalyst for new partnerships and at all levels between government, business and civil society within and between Australia and India,” she added.The launch event, organised in partnership with the Samarthanam Trust for Disabled included a panel discussion moderated by Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner Chris Elstoft, on ways to include people with disabilities in India’s economic development.

From war zone to cinematic treat, Kargil showcases its soft power

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coming out of the shadows of war zone, the cold desert of Kargil is basking in the new arc-lights of cinema.Thanks to the second edition of Kargil International Film Festival (KIFF), the cold desert is on a high after the cinematic extravaganza became a runaway success with hundreds of film-lovers thronging the venue to be part of the new history of Kargil.Around 85 films from 29 countries were screened in the three-day festival, which concluded at Syed Mehdi Memorial Auditorium, Kargil on Wednesday. From Singapore to Spain to Iran to Israel, the filmmakers from across the globe had submitted their works for screening.Twenty one awards in four sections — ‘Best feature film’, ‘Best short film’, ‘Best documentary film’ and ‘Best animation film’ — both in national and international categories were given away.Golden Ibex award was also introduced this year to honour the film-makers who have done exceptionally well in their story telling with their limited resources.Three films which won Golden Ibex award this year include ‘There’s Always Tomorrow’ by Shilpa Krishnan Shukla of Singapore, ‘Sentience’ by SJ Van Breda of Canada and ‘Irony’ by Radheya Jegatheva of Australia.”The response was overwhelming,” said Meraj Siddiqui, Director KIFF adding “this will help befriend Kargil to the outside world and vice versa”.Interestingly, the festival was held in Kargil which has no cinema hall and remains cut off from the rest of the world for six months in a year. “This area is being seen as a war zone and conflict zone and we wanted to break this myth and change the perspective of the people towards Kargil,” said Sajjad Kargili, coordinator of the KIFF.Situated at an altitude of 2,676 metres, Kargil witnessed the bloodiest war between India and Pakistan in 1999. Around 527 Indians were killed and 1360 others injured in the war that was fought on one of the most difficult and inhospitable terrains in the summer of 1999.The festival was held in an auditorium because there is no cinema theatre in the region. The organisers used projector to show the films and it worked as hundreds of people turned up for three days to watch the movies.”We are trying to upgrade this auditorium. We have talked to the leaders who came for the festival and they have assured that they will develop this auditorium on modern lines. Cinema means a lot for Kargil as we are the people remains disconnected with the world. This cinema will bridge us with the outside world,” said Kargili.

All-women naval crew eyes record circumnavigation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-member all-women crew of the Indian Navy is set to embark on an eight-month voyage in September to circumnavigate the world, the first such feat to be attempted from Asia. The naval officers led by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi will set sail in the naval auxiliary vessel INSV Tarini from Goa, and they are expected to depart early September. “We will be passing through some of the roughest patches of sea during the voyage,” Joshi told reporters today. “This all-women circumnavigation attempt would be the first of its kind, not only from India but also Asia. They are well-trained and with their maritime odyssey, they will also set sail into the record books,” Naval Chief of Personnel Vice Admiral A K Chawla said. “They are going to set benchmarks not just for India but the entire world,” he said. Fellow crew member Pratibha Jamwal, who had joined the Naval Academy in 2011, said, the voyage is daunting but they are all trained and set for it. The expedition will be covered in five legs, with stopovers at 4 ports — Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa), it said. INSV Tarini is a 55-foot sailing vessel, which has been built indigenously, and inducted in the Indian Navy earlier this year. The crew had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Australia proposes stronger money laundering rules, includes bitcoin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Australia announced a bill on Thursday to strengthen its money laundering laws, including bringing bitcoin providers under the remit of AUSTRAC, the government’s financial intelligence unit. This would be the first stage of reforms to strengthen the country’s Anti-Money Laundering And Counter Terrorism Financing Act, Minister of Justice Michael Keenan said in a press release. The bill also aims at bolstering AUSTRAC’s investigation and enforcement powers, just days after the agency accused the Commonwealth Bank of Australia of “serious and systemic” breaches of money laundering laws. “The threat of serious financial crime is constantly evolving, as new technologies emerge and criminals seek to nefariously exploit them. These measures ensure there is nowhere for criminals to hide,” Keenan said. “Stopping the movement of money to criminals and terrorists is a vital part of our national security defences and we expect regulated businesses in Australia to comply with our comprehensive regime.” The digital currency exchange sector, which includes bitcoin, will be regulated for the first time, Keenan added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Don’t politicise Urdu; it’s the language of everyone in India: Former VP Hamid Ansari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Urdu was not only the language of Muslims but of the entire country, former Vice President Hamid Ansari said today while asserting that now it was being spoken across the world.He expressed disappointment that Urdu had become a politicised issue and said, “…an opinion was formed that Urdu belongs to Muslims.”He was speaking at the launch of the Urdu version of online news portal ‘The Wire’.The former Rajya Sabha chairman further said one can easily find Urdu speaking people in south India, in West Bengal and in other parts of the country.”It is the language of the entire country,” he said, adding that nowadays there were Urdu speaking people in Canada, the US, Australia and other parts of the world.When asked if Urdu could also be a means of livelihood, he said no but that did not mean one should not learn it.He said it was the biggest shortcoming of Urdu but what one can say and describe in the language cannot be done in any other language.

Confidential results help desk ineffective: students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As lakhs of students at the University of Mumbai still await their results, the university’s help desks set up for students to get their confidential results are of no use, allege students.On August 2, the university started a help desk for students whose higher education offers are at stake due to the delayed results at MU. The university had assured that such students would be given confidential results so that their admissions would not be cancelled. Despite this, students say the help desk is ineffective as officials often turn them away, asking them to come back after 15-20 days.”I have admission at a university in Australia. Despite having applied for confidential results a week ago, the university is yet to provide the results. Officials at MU say they can give the results only after a week,” said a student of final year BA on the condition of anonymity.Students have been queuing up at the help desk located in the university’s Kalina campus over the last few days. “It is really disappointing that we have to wait in a queue all day for no fault of our own,” said Hetvi Gandhi, a commerce student.Officials at the university said that a large number of students have applied for confidential results which is taking them some time to process. “We have to locate each and every paper for the student, prepare the result, and then send it to the university, which is taking some time. But we are taking up cases depending on the urgency” said an MU official.Meanwhile, a group of organisations including student groups and some ex-senate members in the university have organised a joint meeting on Thursday under the banner of Mumbai Vidyapeeth Shikshan Bachao Manch. “The delay in results is an unprecedented one and we are going to discuss our course of action to condemn it soon,” said Sanjay Vairal, ex-senate member at MU….& ANALYSISHelp desks were set up early this month in order to expedite the process for students whose admissions in other universities are in a limbo due to the delay in results
Although it gave the students temporary hope, they have so far been of no help as students have stood in long queues only to be turned away and told to return in a week

UK Foreign Office minister to visit India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Britain’s Foreign Office minister Lord Tariq Ahmad will be on a two-day visit to New Delhi from tomorrow to discuss bilateral and foreign policy issues, including the Commonwealth. During his visit, Ahmad will meet Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar and explore deeper India-UK ties. He will also meet British and Indian businesses and will launch the latest round of Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships and speak to Indian partners working on gender equality issues, the UK Foreign Office said today. “I am delighted to be returning to India for the first time in my role as a Foreign Office minister. The UK and India’s relationship is going from strength-to-strength. As well as being global strategic partners, we benefit from a unique living bridge where thousands of diaspora, family, education, cultural, trade, science and research ties enrich our day-to-day lives,” Ahmad said in a pre-visit statement. “I will be taking forward discussions with Indian partners on making a success of next year’s Commonwealth Summit in London. India has a crucial role to play in ensuring this family of democracies is fit to take advantage, and face the challenges posed by the 21st century,” he said. The Foreign Office said the minister’s visit is aimed at exploring how India and the UK can work together to “renew and revitalise” relationships within the Commonwealth, setting out a new vision and liberalising the global trading environment. The next Commonwealth Summit will be hosted during the week of April 16, 2018, immediately following the closing of the Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia, with venues including St James’s Palace, Lancaster House, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle in London.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: Sreesanth’s ban overturned, Haryana stalking case, 25% increased ITR filings and more…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demonetization effect: ITR filings for 2016-17 grow 25%The number of I-T returns filed for 2016-17 year grew by 25% to 2.82 crore, as increased number of individuals filed their tax returns post demonetization, the tax department said on Monday.The growth in ITRs filed by Individuals is 25.3% with over 2.79 crore returns having been received up to August 5 as against over 2.22 crore returns filed in the corresponding period last fiscal. “As a result of demonetization and Operation Clean Money, there is a substantial increase in the number of Income Tax Returns (ITRs) filed,” an official statement said. The total number of returns filed as on August 5 stands at over 2.82 crore as against over 2.26 crore filed during the corresponding period of 2016-17. This was an increase of 24.7% compared to growth rate of 9.9% in the previous year.Read more… BCCI to adopt ‘wait-and-watch’ policy after Kerala HC lifts S Sreeshanth’s life banThe BCCI said it will adopt a wait-and-watch policy on pacer S Sreesanth, whose life ban was lifted by the Kerala High Court, even as the cricketer’s state association welcomed the reprieve.Asked about the BCCI’s stand, acting president C K Khanna said: “The judgement has come today. The BCCI’s legal team will study the judgement and give its observations. Obviously, their feedback will be taken and placed at an appropriate forum (general body).”The Kerala Cricket Association said it’s happy with the development. Read more… Haryana stalking case: Chandigarh SSP denies ‘political pressure’ in investigationOn Tuesday, Eish Singhal, SSP Chandigarh denied that the police were under any political pressure in the investigation regarding a stalking case involving the Haryana BJP president’s son. Speaking at a press conference, he requested the press not to make it a ‘media trial’ and said that investigation was underway. However, he evaded questions about ‘non-functional CCTV cameras’.Read more… Auto companies lash out at govt for hiking cess on luxury cars and SUVsLuxury vehicle manufacturers on Monday hit out at the move to hike cess on large cars and SUVs to 25 per cent, saying it was against the spirit of liberal market dynamics and would affect future plans of expansion under ‘Make in India’ initiative.Read more… Australia finds crashed US military aircraftUS military aircraft that crashed off the Australian coast has been found, authorities said on Monday, with diverse preparing to try and locate three missing marines. The MV-22 Osprey – a hybrid helicopter-turboprop with a chequered safety record – went down on Monday, off Shoalwater Bay in Queensland state. Read more…

After impressive showing at WWC, Jhulan Goswami offered promotion by Air India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fast bowler Jhulan Goswami was today promoted by her employers, Air India following Indian women cricket team’s impressive runner-up finish in the ICC World Cup.”The Air India CMD had called me in Delhi and I was offered the promotion from (Deputy Manager),” Goswami told PTI after her arrival here this evening.For Jhulan, who claimed 3/23 to restrict England to 228/7 in the final, there will be a few months’ break now before India set its sight on next year’s Women’s World Twenty20 in the West Indies.”We’ve been playing non-stop cricket so at the moment there will be a break. Next year, we have World Twenty20 and we will prepare for that as a team,” she said.Women’s IPL may be a possibility after their World Cup show and Jhulan said: “Of course I will be available as a player. I’m still fit enough to play in IPL, if at all it happens.”Mithali Raj and Co’s dream World Cup run was halted by England with a shocking nine-run loss in the final.”The nine runs regret will remain forever. We dominated the match for 85 per cent but they snatched the match with their show in the death overs. This opportunity will never come again. We will have to start from zero again,” Jhulan said.”Many (senior players) may not be around next time. I will try my best but cannot say at the moment as four years’ is a long time,” she said.”But the World Cup has taught us how to be mentally tough. This will show women’s cricket a new direction, quite similar to what happened in Australia and England.” Jhulan was a member of the 2005 women’s World Cup team who had also finished runners-up losing to Australia by 98 runs. “We did not get that much coverage (that time). The Women’s Cricketers’ Association also did not have the money to get so much publicity,” she said.”But the way the ICC has promoted this time, it’s the best World Cup and the facilities were at par with men’s World Cup,” she concluded.

BCom students face uncertain future as DU admin ignores complains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly a month after hundreds of third-year BCom students failed their final year exams across various colleges of Delhi University (DU), most of them are staring at an uncertain future as the administration has not done anything to resolve the matter.This is even after they had constituted a committee to look into the students’ complaints.Among those who failed in the practical exam of Computer Applications paper, was Manjula Daboriya, a student of BCom (prog) at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College. “I had cleared two-rounds of my job selection process by the time our final results were declared on June 25. I was disqualified from the third round when I told the employers about my result,” she said.”We don’t know what will happen now. The college authority simply passed the blame on the University administration saying they were not aware of the fact that we had to pass the practical exam separately and the latter is not ready to listen to us,” she rued.The subject is studied during the fifth semester of both BCom (Honours) and BCom (Prog).There is 40 marks for practical, 45 for theory and 15 for internal assessment. Students have to pass in both practical and theory separately.”Neither the college authority nor the examination department had informed us about this during the entire semester,” said Shikha Verma, a third year student at Kamala Nehru College, who failed by just ‘one mark’.Despite multiple protests by students demanding re-examination, the administration is still mulling over it. “We have never conducted re-examination for a practical. The college authority should have informed the students about the mandatory rule of passing the practical exams beforehand,” a senior University official said, adding that they are looking into the matter.Meanwhile, those who had applied for post graduation courses in foreign universities are now in a fix. “I was in the middle of my admission process in MBA at a university in Australia when the results were declared. I could not proceed and am still waiting for the University authorities to take some decision at the earliest,” said a B Com (Hons) student at Aurobindo college, who did not want to be named.

Donald Trump administration urges NSG members to support India’s application

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Supporting India’s membership bid to the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Trump administration has urged all the members of the elite club to support New Delhi’s long-pending application.India has applied for the membership of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which controls the nuclear trade.”The United States welcomed India’s application to join the NSG and it continues to re-affirm that India is ready for the membership. The United States has called on NSG members to support India’s application,” the Department of Defence and Department of State said in a joint report.In the report submitted to Congress as required under National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2017, the Trump administration also re-affirmed its support for India’s membership in the Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement as soon as India meets each group’s membership criteria.The US and India share a commitment to preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, the report said.”Since 2010, the US has supported India’s membership in the four multilateral export control regimes — Wassenaar Arrangement, NSG, Australia Group, and the Missile Technology Control Regime — as India prepared to take the steps required for membership in each one,” it said.The US, the report said, welcomed India as a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime and its subscription to the Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation in June 2016.The report notes that the future leadership of Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) will consist of an individual with experience in defence acquisition and technology to reinforce and ensure the success of the US-India Defence Relationship. This individual will help resolve remaining issues impeding bilateral defence trade and other cooperation, it said.The NDAA for FY 2017 also directs the Department to reorganise the Office of the USD (AT&L) into two new Under Secretary positions — one for Research and Engineering (USD (R&E)) and one for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD (A&S)).”This change will take effect no later than February 2018. The organisational responsibility for DTTI will be determined as part of the reorganisation of AT&L; however, this determination will not affect DTTI’s ongoing work,” the report said.The US defence industry has provided India with proposals for F-16 Block 70 and F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft, the report said.”These proposals will help create and maintain jobs in both countries and demonstrate the depth of our commitment to defence cooperation,” it said.Since 2008, the US and India have concluded more than USD 15 billion in defence trade, including the transfer from the US to India of C-130J and C-17 transport aircraft, P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, Harpoon missiles, Apache and Chinook helicopters, and M777 light-weight Howitzers.India operates the second largest C-17 and P-8 fleets in the world, recently using its C-17s to deliver humanitarian assistance to Nepal and evacuate civilians from Yemen, the report added.While India has garnered the support of a majority of the group’s members, China has stuck to its stand that new members should sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), making India’s entry difficult as the group is guided by the consensus principle.India is not a signatory to the NPT.

Women’s World Cup: England beat India by nine runs in thrilling final at Lord’s

Anya Shrubsole takes 6-46 as England win the Women’s World Cup thanks to a nine-run win over India in a pulsating final at Lord’s.

Aus minister bats for peaceful solution to Sikkim standoff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop today called for a peaceful resolution of the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops at Dokalam in Sikkim sector, an issue which she discussed during her meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior cabinet ministers. “My understanding is this it is long-standing dispute …It was a subject of discussion today. Australia’s position is that border disputes, territorial disputes should be resolved peacefully between the claimant countries…We don’t want to see any escalation of tensions which could lead to a miscalculation or misjudgement,” Bishop told a group of reporters. The visitng minister also said, “In the case of maritime disputes we said it should be subjected to arbitration under the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea), if necessary. Land disputes should be resolved peacefully between the competing claimants and urge the countries to do that.” Earlier, during a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Bishop had condemned the Amarnath terror attack and conveyed her country’s resolve to fight all terrorism. The Australian minister also held talks with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. Bishop talked about cooperation between India and Australia in key areas of trade, energy and defence during the media interaction. “First shipment is on its way,” she said when asked about the status of supply of uranium to India. She also noted that all the necessary parliamentary clearances to activate the bilateral civil nuclear supply agreement had been accomplished. On India not allowing Australia to join the Malabar naval exercises, Bishop said she had not asked for an explanation from the Indian leadership. “It’s not upsetting, it is a question of priorities for each country…Australia conducts many exercises that India is not a part of. We said Australia would like to be part of Malabar exercises in the future. We are all working together to maintain relative peace and security and stability in our region,” she said. India recently completed the Malabar exercises with the US and Japan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All economies benefit from China’s growth- Australian Foreign Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Against the backdrop of allegedly strained India-China relations, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop asserted that all economies benefit from China’s growth, investment and economic partnership. Addressing the second Indo-Pacific Oration here, Bishop pointed out China?s cooperation in supporting the investments abroad, adding that it constitutes an important part of the ASEAN dialogue. ?All our economies benefit from China’s growth, investment and economic partnership. It’s in no one’s interest for Chinese economy to falter,? she said. Earlier, the Global Times, in an opinionated article, titled “India’s provocation will trigger all-out confrontation on LAC,” has asked the Chinese authorities to “get ready for the face-off becoming a long-term situation” and at the same time also suggested to “maintain a sense of rationality”. “Within China, there are voices calling for the Indian troops to be expelled immediately to safeguard the country’s sovereignty, while Indian public opinion is clamouring for war with China. However, the two sides need to exercise restraint and avoid the current conflict spiralling out of control,” the article said. The article in the tabloid daily, which is a part of the ruling Communist Party of China media group, said, “India’s concerns over China’s development in recent years have prompted them to trigger this border dispute.” “As two big developing countries, India and China both had a history of past colonization, and now both are enjoying fast economic growth. But China has risen quickly to be the world’s No. 2 economy. As time is on China’s side, New Delhi is deeply concerned with China’s rapid rise. Provocation at the border reflects India’s worry and attempt to sound out China,” it said. The article in the Chinese tabloid accused India of poisoning the atmosphere for bilateral border negotiations that are underway between the two sides. It further said that China tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but warned that Beijing doesn’t fear going to war to safeguard sovereignty either and will make itself ready for a long-term confrontation. It said that there are voices within China that call for the Indian troops to be “expelled immediately”, while Indian public opinion “is clamouring for war with China”. The present standoff between India and China emerged after New Delhi expressed its apprehension over Beijing’s road construction in the Sikkim sector of the border. Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle. It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim section of the Indo- China border.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aus FM arrives tomorrow; boosting def, trade ties to be focus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will arrive here tomorrow on a two-day visit with an aim to step up bilateral engagement in a range of key areas including defence, security and trade. She is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, according to the external affairs ministry. In a statement in Canberra, Bishop said ways to boost defence, security and trade ties will be explored during the visit. “We will discuss our shared interests in a stable Indo- Pacific, our deepening defence and security relationship, and how we can boost trade and economic ties,” she said. Swaraj and Bishop will have extensive deliberations covering entire range of bilateral cooperation during their talks under the foreign ministers’ framework dialogue. The issue of supply of uranium to India by Australia may also figure in the talks. “India is a significant economic partner and trading partner, and I will explore further opportunities for Australia in the education sector and in developing innovative partnerships in the business sector,” Bishop said. In a statement, Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu said her country was committed to explore ways to further expand bilateral engagement with India. “Our countries have a dynamic and growing knowledge partnership, flourishing people-to-people links and converging political, economic and strategic interests. And there is scope for us to do much more together,” the envoy said. Bishop will also deliver the second Indo-Pacific Oration here where she said she will outline how Australia and India can work together to build peace and prosperity, and to maintain a rules-based order in the region. India and Australia have been expanding their cooperation in the energy sector and New Delhi has been eyeing Australian uranium for its nuclear power plants. Australia has about 40 per cent of the world’s uranium reserves and exports nearly 7,000 tonnes of yellow cake annually.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mithali Raj’s cricket record delights Indians

The Indian captain has become the leading run-scorer in women’s one-day international cricket.

Conjugal visits to counter sexual assault in prisons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to counter cases of sexual assault in prisons and allow inmates to maintain sexual relations with their spouses, two city-based activists have written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (also home minister) contending that state prisons should permit conjugal visits.The activists cited examples of Australia, Brazil, Denmark and Germany, that allow conjugal visits and where sexual assaults in prisons have come down as a result. “Conjugal visits help improve functioning of a marriage by maintaining an inmate’s role as a husband or wife,” reads the letter written by Farooque Dhala.”Prisoners should be allowed to see their wives and have intimate relations with them by giving them a suitable place in the jails. When someone goes to prison, they are being punished for a crime, but their partner has not committed any crime,” the letter further reads.”I wrote to the authorities only after observing the same for several years. We need to understand the needs of every individual and if that helps in bringing down sexual assault, the government should think about it,” Dhala told DNA.However, a senior IPS officer, not wishing to be named, said, “Allowing it for inmates who are convicted for heinous crimes does not go down well.”

Shirdi: Saibaba temple gets Rs 5.52 crore donations on Guru Poornima

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Saibaba temple in Shirdi received donations worth Rs 5.52 crore during the recent three-day ‘Guru Poornima’ festival, an increase of Rs 1.40 crore as compared to 2016, an official has said.The devotees, from the country as well as abroad, donated Rs 2.94 crore cash in the donation boxes kept in the temple premises between July 7 and 10, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rubal Agrawal said on Tuesday.Besides, the donation counters in the temple received Rs 1.40 crore cash for which receipts were issued. In addition to this, the temple also received Rs 52.48 lakh through online donations, debit cards, cheques and demand drafts, the CEO added.During the three-day festival which concluded on Monday, the devotees also donated 2.233 grams of gold items and eight kgs of silver ornaments, worth Rs 61.4 lakh.Also, the devotees from places like Malaysia, USA, London, Japan, Dubai and Australia donated foreign currency worth Rs 9.30 lakh. Agrawal said that the total donation worth Rs 5.52 crore this year was nearly Rs 1.40 crore more than that received during the festival in 2016.Over three lakh devotees from different parts of the country and abroad visited the Saibaba temple during the Guru Poornima festival, he said.

New map records sites of Australia’s colonial massacres

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new map that tracks the massacres of indigenous Australians by European settlers over more than 80 years, dating from the 18th century, could prove to be the country’s most comprehensive guide to the strife when it is completed. The exact number of indigenous deaths since Australia’s settlement has long been debated, but the map is the first to detail evidence of more than 150 massacres involving almost every aboriginal clan between 1788 and 1872. That compares with six recorded massacres of colonists during the same period. “At present, it’s a preliminary list, as we expect to find more massacres, as people come forward with more evidence,” historian and project author Lyndall Ryan said at the launch of the map on Wednesday. The map, published by the University of Newcastle’s Centre for the 21st Century, drew on sources such as settler diaries, newspaper reports, evidence from Aboriginal groups and state and federal archives, Ryan told reporters. The map was an “incredible historical project that will have positive repercussions,” aboriginal leader Warren Mundine told Reuters. “Knowledge is so important because with it you can do things; we can add to the education of our nation and know how we got where we are today.” The project, which now covers only massacres on Australia’s eastern seaboard, took four years of painstaking research, with more expected over the next two years as incidents in the country’s west are mapped. The map showed there had been “very intense periods of violence in particular regions,” added Ryan, inviting those who had information on massacres to come forward.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Deepinder Hooda fears return of inspector raj under GST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Deepinder Singh Hooda today raised apprehensions over the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying the way ‘one nation, one tax’ regime is being introduced it will lead to flourishing of “inspector raj”. “There are three-four concerns on the GST, one is unleashing of Inspector Raj. To enforce compliance of the provisions, unrestricted powers have been given to inspectors under the garb of anti-profiteering clause. “The inspectors can go, scrutinise, search and make seizure. Not just the fines, but even imprisonment is permissible even for small shopkeepers, that is very concerning,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting called by his party’s Haryana unit in connection with the forthcoming organisational elections. Raising concerns of small shopkeepers, the Rohtak MP said that now they will also be required to file about 37 returns in a year. “They have to file compliance certificates thrice a month, first on the 10th, then on the 15th and the 20th of each month. Whether they have adequate workforce in terms of chartered accountants and IT professionals is an issue, they will feel a little harassed,” he added. Apart from this, he said that there were contradictions in the tax regime. “In some categories, for example on cloth, earlier there was no tax on it but it is unfortunate that for the first time five per cent tax has been imposed. Taxes on fabric were imposed during the British rule in the country,” he said. Expressing concern on high tax rate on ghee, Hooda said that vegetable oil has been kept in the five per cent tax rate slab while ghee in the 18 per cent bracket. “In Haryana and Punjab, people consume lot of ghee. Ghee will become costly. Similarly, cashew nuts be in the five per cent slab while almonds would attract a tax of 12 per cent. “Both in Haryana and Punjab, which are famous for producing the country’s top wrestlers, costly almonds and ghee would be an issue. The wrestlers consume milk with almonds, which is considered good for their health. So, there are lot of contradictions which the government has to explain,” the Congress MP from Rohtak said. Pointing to high tax rate of 18 per cent on computers and printers, he said that when we are looking to make India an IT superpower then the taxes on these should have been low. Hooda said that for farmers, fertiliser and pesticide prices would go up because of the GST as the tax rate has increased on these items. Replying to a question, Hooda said original concept of the GST was “one nation, one tax” but there are five tax slabs now. “In many countries there is flat tax rate, like in Australia, there is 10 per cent flat GST. The need was felt during Congress time that may be two or three slabs are required. Now, there are five slabs, but if you include cess and all, the slabs become nine,” he said. “We hope the government resolves and addresses these concerns and no harassment is caused to the small traders and shopkeepers and the consumers,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Australia announces online visa applications for Indians from July 1 @ 6/19/2017 2:13:19 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Australia has announced that Indian nationals can apply for a visitor visa online starting from first July. Australia’s Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, said the online application option would make applying for the country’s visitor visas easier and enhance the experience for Indians. ?Online lodgement for visitor visa applications is a significant enhancement that will benefit Indian applicants seeking to visit Australia as tourists or business visitors, or those wanting to reconnect with family and friends,” Hawke said. Australia will offer benefits like 24/7 accessibility, electronic payment of the visa application charge and the ability to check the status of applications lodged online, all through the department’s ImmiAccount portal. Being able to check the status of an application online, as soon as it is finalised, will allow Indian applicants to finalise their travel arrangements as soon as possible, Hawke said. An official statement said, there has been a significant increase in demand for Australian visas in India with the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination. In the first four months of 2017 alone, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection granted more than 65,000 visitor visas to Indian nationals. (ANI with inputs) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Australia announces online visa applications for Indians from July 1

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Australia has announced that Indian nationals can apply for a visitor visa online starting from first July. Australia’s Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, said the online application option would make applying for the country’s visitor visas easier and enhance the experience for Indians. ?Online lodgement for visitor visa applications is a significant enhancement that will benefit Indian applicants seeking to visit Australia as tourists or business visitors, or those wanting to reconnect with family and friends,” Hawke said. Australia will offer benefits like 24/7 accessibility, electronic payment of the visa application charge and the ability to check the status of applications lodged online, all through the department’s ImmiAccount portal. Being able to check the status of an application online, as soon as it is finalised, will allow Indian applicants to finalise their travel arrangements as soon as possible, Hawke said. An official statement said, there has been a significant increase in demand for Australian visas in India with the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination. In the first four months of 2017 alone, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection granted more than 65,000 visitor visas to Indian nationals. (ANI with inputs) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lanka Muslim party hints ‘external hand’ behind attacks on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party today alleged role of an “external hand” behind a series of attacks on Islamic religious centres in the country in recent weeks. “With all our political experience we can seen an external hand to disturb the peace in the country,” Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem said. Muslim civil society groups had claimed that there have been over 30 incidents of racial hatred attacks against the community in the last seven weeks. They have also accused the police of inaction to prevent the attacks. “Those responsible for maintaining the law and order are being directed by an invisible hand,” Hakeem, who is also a government minister, told a gathering in the central town of Kandy. Hakeem said the issue needs to be taken up with the highest levels of the government. “We will try to resolve the issue with talks internally,” he said. Several centres of Muslim minority have been facing arson attacks since mid April. The attacks were largely blamed on the Buddhist extremist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). BBS leader and monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara was seen publicly slamming Islam last month. Gnanasara is wanted for contempt of court and has been ordered by a court not to leave the country. Sri Lanka’s population practises a variety of religions. As of the 2011 census, 70 per cent of Sri Lankans were Theravada Buddhists, 12 per cent Hindus, 9.7 per cent Muslims and 7.4 per cent Christians. Galagodatte Gnanasara is wanted by the police in around 19 complaints of harassment filed by the Muslims. Police has launched a search for him, but have not arrested him. Envoys of many countries, including Australia and Canada, have visited a prominent mosque here to express their solidarity with minority Muslims.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Army will appoint women in military police first: Army Chief Bipin Rawat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said that women would first be inducted into the military police before considering other options in the armed force for them.”Firstly, we will start with women as military police jawans, will take next step after success,” General Rawat told media after attending a Passing out Parade (PoP) ceremony here.”Because many times, when people go to the operation, we have to face the people and many a times ladies come in front of us,” he said.Reportedly, General Rawat had announced a few days back that soon the Indian Army would be considering women for combat roles.General Rawat said that the process to allow women in combat roles is ongoing and they will be recruited for positions in the military police.Presently, women are only being recruited into selective areas of the army like medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings.According to reports, India will be joining countries like Germany, Australia, Canada, the United States, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and Israel that have already allowed women in combat roles in their army.Last year, in a major step forward, Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh became the first women fighter pilots to be formally commissioned by the Indian Air Force.Answering a question on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, General Rawat claimed youth in the valley are being instigated through a campaign of misinformation on social media.”Youth in Kashmir are being instigated by a misinformation campaign on social media,” he said.On June 8, General Rawat said the situation in Kashmir would be normal soon.Kashmir has remained in a volatile state since July 2016, following the elimination of poster-boy militant Burhan Wani in an encounter in Tral. Some of the protests have taken place in the middle of active security operations, leading to security forces adapting a tougher stance under duress.The army chief said social media is an important tool being used by Pakistan to create unrest in Kashmir.He said, “Pakistan is spreading disinformation among the youth of Kashmir with doctored videos and messages. This is further supported by some of the people in the valley who spread it and glamorise the young boys who have joined terrorist organisations.”Also on the government radar are social media networks like WhatsApp which aid in the spread of disinformation to stone-pelting protesters.

Monsoon to be better, says IMD in its revised forecast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The monsoon is likely to be better that earlier expected, according to the Met department which revised its initial forecast today, upgrading it marginally. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General, K J Ramesh, said the revision to 98 per cent precipitation of the Long Period Average (LPA), was done because of reduced chances of occurrence of an El-Nino, a phenomenon associated with the heating of the Pacific waters. In its initial forecast released in April, the IMD said the country could receive rainfall 96 per cent of the LPA. “We are expecting a good rainfall across the country this year. July is likely to receive 96 per cent of the LPA while August is expected to witness precipitation of 99 per cent of the LPA,” Ramesh said. Relief from the heat wave ————————– Swept by a heatwave, the north Indian plains and several parts of central India are expected to witness a drop in the temperature in the next two days due a western disturbance, which will bring thundershowers to this belt. The revised monsoon forecast —————————- Ramesh said rainfall in central India is likely to be 100 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) and 99 per cent in the southern peninsula, where several parts are reeling under drought. Northeast and northwest India, a region that has been receiving deficient monsoon for the three consecutive years, is likely to get 96 per cent of the rainfall of the LPA. Northwest India comprises major agricultural states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, apart from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. According to meteorological parlance, anything between 96-104 is considered as “normal” rainfall and below it is “deficient”. Rainfall in the range of 104 to 100 is “above normal” and anything that surpasses it is considered as “excess.” The IMD chief also allayed fears of occurrence of an El- Nino. “In February, all weather models indicated a possibility of an El-Nino. However, the model readings now indicate neutral ENSO conditions are likely till end of this year. “The US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology have also ruled out chances of an El-Nino,” Ramesh said. El-Nino is phenomena associated with heating up of the Pacific waters and is believed to have an adverse impact on the southwest monsoon. Monsoon supports more than half of the agriculture in the country and has a cascading effect on the economy. Progress of monsoon ——————– The southwest monsoon hit Kerala on May 30, two days ahead of scheduled onset date of June 1. Ramesh expressed satisfaction over the advancement of monsoon. “It is expected to reach Goa on June 8, Mumbai and parts of West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand on June 13-14,” IMD chief said. He, however, declined to comment on when the moon is expected to hit Delhi. The normal onset date for monsoon in the national capital is June 29. Ramesh said a circulation is expected to form over the Bay of Bengal and this will aid in further advancement of monsoon.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

China cautions India and other Asian countries against any informal alliance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> China today cautioned India and other Asian countries against forming informal alliances to counter its increasing assertiveness as they cannot rely on the US in Trump era.”I have seen the reports but I doubt the authenticity of these reports,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media briefing here. She was commenting on reports from Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that India, Japan, Australia and Vietnam were contemplating informal alliances in view of the uncertainties of US policies under President Donald Trump.If those reports are authentic, it demonstrate that Cold War mindset has not been eradicated and “some people approach and handle the country to country relations with zero sum opinion,” Hua said. Speaking at the forum two days ago, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “In this brave new world we cannot rely on great powers to safeguard our interests.” “We have to take responsibility for our own security and prosperity, while recognising we are stronger when sharing the burden of collective leadership with trusted partners and friends,” he said.Hua said China stands for common comprehensive and sustainable security idea for the building of cooperation of a new international relation with win cooperate at its core. “Any confrontation and containment will have no way out. Hope relevant people can put China’s development in perspective,” Hua said.

PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat creates waves in Africa, Australia; receives 541 emails from the US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio address Mann Ki Baat — a platform where he directly communicates with the masses — is not just heard in India, but has also got a listener base in other countries.Official data reveals the show receives more feedback from audiences in Australia, Bangladesh and east African countries as compared to other countries where it is relayed.The data reveals that Mann Ki Baat has received 753 email responses from Australia and 608 from Bangladesh since July last year. The show has also elicited 541 emails from the United States and 507 emails from Canada during this period.Similarly, the show has received 2,794 messages on messaging application WhatsApp from the east African countries clubbed together and 1,296 responses from Gulf countries including Libya, even as the latter has sent fewer emails, numbering 36.Listeners in Bangladesh have sent 811 messages over the show on WhatsApp, while 784 WhatsApp messages have been received from the United States audience during this timeline. Bangladesh has also sent the highest number of responses, numbering 276, on other social media platforms such as Facebook messages.There are no records of emails received from Pakistan and Afghanistan in this period, while the audience of the countries have sent 18 and 16 messages on WhatsApp as responses to the monthly programme.Sources from Prasar Bharati — the parent body of public service broadcasters All India Radio and Doordarshan — said that most responses to the show come from the widespread Indian diaspora in these countries. “Majority of responses come from Indians settled abroad where they speak of the PM’s efforts in getting India noticed,” an official said.Some of the responses also request and suggest stronger measures to ensure India’s cultural values are taken note by countries visited by Modi and easing of visa application processes for facilitating their easy travel in and out of the country. There are also letters from businessmen of Indian origin talking about easing doing business with India.Letters and messages from the audience of Pakistan’s Sindh area speak about part of their families settled in India and sought measures to ease out their travel processes when they visit the country and vice versa. Sources said there have also been letters from Pakistan’s Balochistan province thanking the PM for bringing the issue of the disputed territory to the forefront.There are an estimated 27.10 lakh Indians in Africa which includes Non Resident Indians (NRI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO). A majority of NRIs and PIOs are from the state of Gujarat who had settled in eastern Africa for businesses.While Indian communities in Africa constitute 12.37 per cent of the total strength of India Diaspora, there are an estimated 1.1 crore Indians settled in the Gulf countries. Indians comprise nearly 1 per cent of the Australia’s population.

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