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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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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)