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New Delhi, In a bid to boost cyber security and promote digital economy, India and the US have committed themselves to robust cooperation on cyber issues, an official said on Friday.
This was decided at the 2015 US-India Cyber Dialogue held at the US State Department in Washington on August 11-12, according to a joint statement issued after the meeting.

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“The whole-of-government Cyber Dialogue, fourth in the series, was led by the US Cyber security Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President Michael Daniel and by India’s Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta,” the statement said.
“Department of State Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter and Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary for Policy Planning, Counter-terrorism and Global Cyber Issues Santosh Jha co-hosted the dialogue.”
It stated that the US side was represented by the departments of state, justice, homeland security, treasury and commerce while India was represented by the national cyber security coordinator at the National Security Council Secretariat and ministries of external affairs, home and communications and information technology.
“The delegations discussed a range of cyber issues including cyber threats, enhanced cyber security information sharing, cyber incident management, cyber security cooperation in the context of ‘Make in India’, efforts to combat cyber crime, internet governance issues, and norms of state behavior in cyber space,” the joint statement, issued by the external affairs ministry said.
The two sides also “identified a variety of opportunities for increased collaboration on cyber security capacity-building, cyber security research and development, combating cyber crime, international security, and internet governance, and intend to pursue an array of follow-on activities to bolster their cyber security partnership and achieve concrete outcomes”.
“In addition to the formal dialogue, the delegations met with representatives from the private sector to discuss issues related to cyber security and the digital economy,” it stated.
The Indian delegation also met US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counter-terrorism.The next round of Cyber Dialogue will be held in Delhi in 2016.

(IANS)

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He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits

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"The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.", says Jaitley. Pixabay

India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the Pulwama terror attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday termed as “preposterous” the demand for an investigation, saying there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The spokesperson said India has not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on bilateral relations and it has been sheltering terrorists and terror organisations such as JeM. He said Islamabad has not taken any action against such groups despite international demands.

India also demanded that Pakistan take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control to create a conducive atmosphere in the region free of terror.

The spokesperson’s response came over Pakistan Foreign Secretary’s briefing rejecting Pakistan’s involvement in the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 45 troopers. Janjua met envoys of P-5 countries late on Friday.

The spokesperson said JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”. Pixabay

“The organisation and its leadership are located in Pakistan. LeT and other terror groups have welcomed the news of the attack. These groups are also based in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot claim that it is unaware of their presence and their activities.

“They have not taken any action against these groups despite international demands, especially against groups and individuals proscribed by the UN and other countries. The links to Pakistan are clear and evident for all to see. Its own Ministers have shared the same podium with UN proscribed terrorists,” the spokesperson said.

He said there was audio-visual material linking JeM to the terror attack.

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“The demand for an investigation is preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM. There are also other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack. We have therefore no doubt that the claim is firmly established,” the spokesperson said.

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits.

“We have not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on relations with India. What we have noticed however, are claims to offer dialogue on the one hand, while sponsoring and sheltering terrorists and terrorist organisations such as JeM on the other,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)