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President Pranab Mukherjee calls for Cooperation between India and United Kingdom on Counter-Terrorism Operations

Mukherjee said that India sees the UK as a key partner in its growth and economy, and would encourage more UK companies

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President of India Pranab Mukherjee with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Twitter

New Delhi, November 8, 2016: President Pranab Mukherjee has called for cooperation between India and the United Kingdom on counter-terrorism operations, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said on Tuesday.

“Terrorism is the biggest menace to world peace and tranquility. It is a scourge that knows no territorial or ideological boundaries. India and the UK need to cooperate more on counter-terrorism,” the statement quoted the President as saying.

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Mukherjee’s remarks came during a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is on her maiden, three-day official visit to the country, at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.

Mukherjee said that India sees the UK as a key partner in its growth and economy, and would encourage more UK companies to partner with its national programmes like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India, among others.

“Bilateral trade between India and the UK in goods stood at US $14 billion in 2015-16. There is immense scope to further enhance our trade exchanges both in goods and services,” the statement said.

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The British Prime Minister said that her visit to India reflects the strength of the relationship.

“The UK is looking to forge a key bilateral partnership with India, which would be to the advantage of both sides,” the statement quoted May as saying.

This is the first bilateral visit of May outside of Europe since she assumed the Prime Minister’s office in July this year.

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She took over the prime ministership after David Cameron resigned following the historic referendum in June in which Britain voted to exit from the European Union. Cameron rooted for Britain to stay in the EU.

May’s visit comes a little less than a year after Modi’s visit to Britain in November last year. (IANS)

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“Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Discussed on Data Sovereignty, Digital India”, Says Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Data sovereignty and localisation have been a matter of concern and major technology companies which are mostly based out of India and store data outside the country

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"We talked on issue of data sovereignty which is a work in progress," Prasad said, adding that Digital India was also discussed among several issues in the IT segment. Wikimedia Commons

 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday discussed on a range of issues including data sovereignty and Digital India with Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Speaking to reporters here after his meeting with Nadella, IT Minister Prasad said that it was a courtesy meeting which went “very good”.

“We talked on issue of data sovereignty which is a work in progress,” he said, adding that Digital India was also discussed among several issues in the IT segment.

Data sovereignty and data localisation have been major subjects of debate with the government having introduced the Personal Data Protection Bill in the Parliament last year.

Although the bill allows the transfer of personal data outside India, while transferring “sensitive” personal data outside the country a copy will have to be kept in the country. Data processing or collecting entities will, however, be barred from transferring “critical” personal data outside the country.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday discussed on a range of issues including data sovereignty and Digital India with Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Wikimedia Commons

Data sovereignty and localisation have been a matter of concern and major technology companies which are mostly based out of India and store data outside the country.

The minister also told the media that he has offered the Microsoft Corporation CEO to adopt few villages in the country and transform them into digital villages in line with the government’s target of establishing one lakh digital villages.

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“We discussed a whole range of issues on IT, particularly i have offered to him… We have to establish one lakh digital villages. He can consider adopting some of these digital villages and mentoring it to become a beacon for others to follow,” he said. (IANS)