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Baloch Activist Bugti hails Sushma Swaraj for her speech against Pakistan Atrocities at UN General Assembly

This is a very good move and we expect that India will keep raising this issue because India is that democratic country and responsible country which undertakes its responsibility with sincerity

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Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

Sept 28 2016: The founder of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) Brahumdagh Bugti, hailed Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s, who raised the issue of Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on terrorism and human rights violations in Balochistan. Brahumdagh Bugti has said they expect India to keep raising the issue.

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“This is a very good move and we expect that India will keep raising this issue because India is that democratic country and responsible country which undertakes its responsibility with sincerity,” Bugti told ANI.
“The developments which are taking after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech, I feel this will help stop massacres of Baloch people and the sufferings we are facing for over 50-60 years will end. We are seeing a ray, because usually when such statements are raised, it only remains as a statement. But in this case, there is continuity.”

Brahumdagh Bugti,
Baloch Activist Brahamdagh Bugti, Photo posted by Hakeem Baloch (@HatimbalochHb) on Twitter

“The people of our community are watching Indian brothers, the support we are getting, and we always wanted that,” he added.
When asked about his brother who is in Pakistan he said, “Pakistanis do such stunts. He stays in Islamabad and isn’t able to go to Balochistan. So, if they five people supporting them, then they start saying that they will fight against India. When they can’t do anything for their country, then what will they do for Pakistan. Everyone is lying.”
Bugti is currently seeking political asylum in India, who has been living in Switzerland spoke about the current issue of Balochistan and said, he is hoping for something positive.

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On Monday Swaraj said, “Those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan. The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of state oppression.”
Swaraj advised Islamabad to give up its dream of separating any part of India, saying “Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”

prepared by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram with inputs from ANI. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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British Prime Minister Theresa May seeks to boost Business Ties with India

May’s visit to India is intended to start the process of building bilateral trade ties as Britain prepares to leave the European Union

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is greeted by her Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, at the India-U.K Tech Summit in New Delhi, Nov. 7, 2016. VOA

New Delhi, November 08, 2016: Calling Britain a committed and passionate champion of free trade, British Prime Minister Theresa May, is pitching for deeper business ties with India.

“It is why as Britain leaves the European Union, we are determined not to turn our backs on the world, but to forge a new outward looking role for ourselves,” the British leader said Monday in New Delhi as she began her first visit outside Europe.

May’s visit to India is intended to start the process of building bilateral trade ties as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed New Delhi’s concerns on tighter immigration laws that have adversely impacted Indian students and professionals in Britain, the British leader held out the possibility of a better visa deal for India.

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“The UK will consider further improvements to our visa offer if at the same time we can step up the speed and volume of returns of Indians with no right to remain in the UK,” May said after holding talks with Modi in New Delhi. She said, “The UK will continue to welcome the brightest and best of Indian students with latest figures showing that nine out of 10 applications are granted.”

She also announced a plan to grant easier access to business travelers from India.

Earlier, the Indian Prime Minister stressed that it would be important for Britain to allow for greater mobility of skilled professionals and students as the two countries seek to enhance trade in goods and services.

“Education is vital for our students and will define our engagement in a shared future. We must therefore encourage greater mobility and participation of young people in education and research opportunities,” said Modi.

Immigration and diminishing visa numbers have become a sticking point between the two countries. British universities are a popular stop for Indian students, but in the past five years there has been a dramatic drop in the numbers attending due to restrictions on allowing students to stay in Britain after completing their studies. Indian businesses also say that increasing investments have to be linked to allowing freer movement of professionals.

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Chef Atul Kochhar (L) slices tomatoes at his Benares restaurant in Mayfair, central London, Jan. 21, 2015. VOA
Chef Atul Kochhar (L) slices tomatoes at his Benares restaurant in Mayfair, central London, Jan. 21, 2015. VOA

But with the vote for Brexit mandating curbs on immigration, officials said there would be no relaxation in numbers or criteria, only in the process.

Much of the visit focused on May’s mission to improve business links with the world’s fastest growing economy. Both countries have decided to set up a working group to lower barriers to trade and investment as they eye a free trade deal post-Brexit.

The British leader said business deals worth more $1.24 billion are set to be signed during her visit, which concludes Tuesday. She will also visit the Information Technology hub of Bengaluru, commonly known as Bangalore. May also said India’s plans to build scores of smart cities will unlock business worth $2.5 billion for British businesses.

Calling the potential of a relationship with India “limitless,” May described India as a leading power, and said Britain would back its bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

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In a reference to India’s growing tensions with Pakistan, Modi said he had conveyed to May the need for the international community to take strong action against states that support and sponsor cross border terrorism. (VOA)

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British Prime Minister Theresa May Eyes Stronger Trade Ties with India Post Brexit

India wants to expand trade ties with Britain, it also wants easier access for its students and skilled workers

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FILE- Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing street in London, July 20, 2016. VOA

November 6, 2016: British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in India Sunday on her first bilateral visit outside the European Union to lay the groundwork for stronger trade ties post Brexit with the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

But India will press the British leader on tighter visa rules that have diminished the number of Indian students going to British universities and that could impact Indian professionals in the country.

Ahead of the visit, the British leader said the trip was about “expanding our horizons and forging stronger partnerships with countries around the world” following Britain’s exit from the European Union.

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In India, immigration concerns

In New Delhi, observers say the visit will test how stricter immigration policies will impact Britain’s efforts to build stronger business partnerships.

While India wants to expand trade ties with Britain, it also wants easier access for its students and skilled workers.

Ahead of the visit, India foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup underlined those concerns, saying, “Indian students and people-to-people relations are important pillars of India-UK ties … we expect mobility issues to be raised during this visit.”

He said restrictions have impacted Indian students staying in Britain after graduation.

“In the last year or so, the number of Indian students enrolling in U.K. universities has gone down by almost 50 percent from around 40,000 to around 20,000 now,” he said.

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Those restrictions were introduced into legislation by May when she was interior minister. Changes to visa rules announced last week also will impact Indian professionals in Britain.

“The impression Britain is giving to countries such as India is, we want your business but we don’t want your people,” said London-based political strategist Manoj Ladwa in the Hindu newspaper.

Both sides seek trade deals

However expanding trade ties with Britain is a priority for India, which is the third largest investor in Britain with about 800 Indian companies operating there. Britain is also a major investor in India.

There will be no trade deals on the table during the visit because Britain cannot formally negotiate these until it officially leaves the European Union, but the two countries will explore the possibility of a free trade deal post Brexit.

And while New Delhi has struggled to seal a free trade pact with the European Union for years, it might be easier to do it with Britain, which shares historical ties with India dating back to the colonial era.

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“This is a partnership about our shared security and shared prosperity. It is a partnership of potential. And on this visit I intend to harness that potential, rebooting an age-old relationship,” May said in a statement ahead of the visit.

The British leader is scheduled to address a trade-focused technology seminar in New Delhi, meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and visit India’s IT hub of Bengaluru on Tuesday.

May is accompanied by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Trade Minister Greg Hands, and business leaders from medium- and small-sized companies. (VOA)

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Pepsi gets healthier: Company to Cut Sugar, Sodium, Fat from Products

Modi suggested mixing at least 2 per cent fruit juice in aerated drinks which will help farmer to find new market

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New York, October 17, 2016: Global food and beverages giant PepsiCo on Monday announced a major initiative to cut calories across its product range to make them more nutritious and meet the present-day health and societal priorities.

Both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal have been asking global food giants to make their products healthier by using, among other ingredients, natural fruit juices and less sugar.

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“Informed by the latest dietary guidelines of the World Health Organization and other authorities, the company will continue to refine its food and beverage choices to meet changing consumer needs by reducing added sugars, saturated fat and sodium levels in its product portfolio,” a PepsiCo statement said.

“To succeed in today’s volatile and changing world, corporations must do three things exceedingly well: focus on delivering strong financial performance, do it in a way that is sustainable over time, and be responsive to the needs of society,” said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.

“PepsiCo’s journey is far from complete, and our new goals are designed to build on our progress and broaden our efforts,” she added.

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The company has chalked out various goals till 2025. These include: at least two-thirds of its global beverage portfolio volume will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugars per 12 ounce serving and at least three-quarters of its global foods portfolio volume will not exceed 1.1 grams of saturated fat per 100 calories.

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It also added at least three-quarters of its global foods portfolio volume will not exceed 1.3 milligrams of sodium per calorie and the rate of sales growth of what the company refers to as Everyday Nutrition products will outpace the rate of sales growth in the balance of PepsiCo’s portfolio.

Modi had for long been vocal about adding fruit juice to aerated drinks. In January this year he suggested mixing at least 2 per cent fruit juice in aerated drinks, which will in turn help distressed farmers to find a new market for their produce.

Among its various goals for 2025, the company also said it will provide access to at least three billion servings of nutritious foods and beverages to underserved communities and consumers.

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Building on its support for the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights, PepsiCo is significantly broadening its focus on respecting human rights across the company’s supply chain, the statement said.

The company plans to expand its Sustainable Farming Initiative (SFI) to approximately 7 million acres by 2025, covering crops that collectively comprise approximately three-quarters of its agricultural-based spend.

It also plans to invest $100 million in partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation to support initiatives to benefit 12.5 million women and girls around the world by 2025, the statement added.(IANS)