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Warangal, 15th February, 2017: A young man belonging to Warangal district of Telangana was murdered from close range in San Fransico, California on Saturday evening. This is the first perilous homicide since Donald Trump became president and assumed office.
The suspect is said to be a caucasian. Vamsi Reddy Mamidala was driving back to his apartment after completing his shift in a part time job. His car was stopped by the gunman, who shot him at close range and took away Vamsi’s wallet, as told by Vamsi’s relatives in Warangal.
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Vamsi Reddy Mamidala completed his postgraduate studies from a university in Silicon valley. He studied MS course in computer science and was looking for software jobs in the area while working part-time in a store.
Dejected over son’s death, Vamsi Reddy’s father Mamidala Mohan Reddy, a farmer, told New Indian Express, “He spoke to me two days ago. He was very worried about his future as the new government in the US is imposing restrictions on the hiring of foreign nationals in the IT sector. I asked him not to worry about getting a job and asked him to come back to India. But he was gone within two days.”
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Vamsi Reddy Mamidala’s parents reside in the Vangapahad in Hasanparthy mandal of Warangal district. He had gone to the US in 2014 after completing a BTech degree in Vathsalya Institute of Science & Technology (VIST) located at Bhongir in Nalgonda district.
– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar of NewsGram. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse
Washington: Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar had a series of interactions with interlocutors in the US government on issues ranging from ease of doing business to cooperation on terrorism and climate change.
On a short visit to Washington, Jaishankar met, among others, US National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman Monday.
At his meeting with Rice in the White House, they reviewed the implementation of initiatives taken during the two summits between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama in the past one year, the Indian Embassy said.
They also discussed India’s role in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region, including for promotion of connectivity and economic integration and relief and reconstruction in Nepal after the earthquake of April 2015.
Blinken, who hosted a luncheon in honour of the Foreign Secretary, discussed with him a range of bilateral, regional and global issues of topical relevance.
They also explored deeper collaboration and engagement to address emerging global challenges like terrorism, climate change and cyber issues and policy coordination on internet governance and other matters.
Jaishankar’s meeting with Froman covered the ground of India-US economic and commercial engagement.
They agreed to work together to promote and reinvigorate economic partnership, and to create infrastructure and policy framework to make it attractive for businesses of the two sides to engage with each other, the embassy said.
Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Dana J. Hyde, also called on Jaishankar and briefed him on the MCC’s planned engagement with India. (IANS)
Washington: Expressing support for “pro-business reforms” undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his commitment to fighting corruption, the US has said it encouraged all governments, including India, to address the issue of corruption.
“Speaking generally, we’re supportive,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on Monday when asked if Washington thought if US investments will be safe in India in view of recent action taken against NGOs in India.
“I can say Prime Minister Modi’s pro-business reforms, including his commitment to fighting corruption and – as well as his public remarks, I think, recently and regarding improving India’s position in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report – these are initiatives that clearly take time to implement.”
“But certainly private companies, whether they’re US or other nationalities, look at the investment climate when they’re thinking about investing somewhere, and obviously, corruption plays into that evaluation and assessment,” he said.
“So certainly corruption’s never a good thing, and we encourage all governments, including India, to address it,” Toner added.
Asked how can be assured of a crackdown on corruption in India in view of New Delhi’s silence in the case of Lalit Modi, the spokesman said:
“Well, again, I would just say we’ve been encouraged by some of the reforms that he’s pledged to undertake, Prime Minister Modi.”
“We’ll see how they’re implemented. This obviously is not something that can be done overnight. But more broadly speaking, corruption’s always a concern. So any government should address it,” he said.
As for NGOs, Toner said: “We remain concerned about difficulties caused to civil society organizations, NGOs, by the manner in which the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act has been applied.”
“Obviously, more broadly, we support civil society throughout the world, and we believe ardently that a vibrant civil society actually strengthens democratic institutions and culture, and it certainly gives voice to all – or for all to express their views,” he said.
“So we support a strong civil society, and certainly non-governmental organizations, NGOs, are part of that process,” Toner said. (IANS)
Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has effectively laid the foundation for India’s rapid transformation and purposeful diplomacy leading to new terms of India’s engagement with the US, according to Indian Ambassador Arun K. Singh.
“As we celebrate one year of India’s current government, it is difficult not to see the changes in the way of doing business, and not to see in them cause for optimism,” he said Tuesday in a keynote address at the Asia Society in New York.
“Of course there is more to come in each of these, and I am confident that each passing year, we will make new progress,” Singh said speaking on the topic of “India under Modi: One Year In.”
Turning to what India’s transformative goals at home and creative diplomacy abroad mean for its relations with the US, Singh said: “In the past year, our relation with the US has been transformed.”
“The US was quick to offer to partner with India in realising the goals that our new Government set for India’s transformation, and as a result, the narrative in our relations has begun to reflect new found energy and optimism,” he said
“The excellent personal friendship” enjoyed by Modi and President Barack Obama has “provided a solid political foundation for our overall relationship,” Singh said.
While Obama became the first US President to visit India twice in his tenure, Modi’s “visit to the US last September allowed high-level engagement with the many stakeholders of our relations” in the US, he said.
Modi “further expanded the canvas of our interaction with the US by giving full play to the role of the enterprising and high-achieving Indian-American community,” Singh said.
“In two summits with the US in four months, the Government addressed lingering differences with the US on nuclear liability, injected new energy into defence and economic cooperation, and explored pragmatic ways forward on IPR issues and climate change,” Singh said.
“Bold new initiatives were taken” and the two summits “created new milestones, new expectations and new excitement, Singh said asserting, “Sound progress has been made to implement the vision of our leaders.”
“I would argue that we are at a qualitatively different phase in India’s domestic transformation, in India’s foreign policy approaches and in India’s engagement with the US than we were a year ago,” the ambassador said.
“The last year has been used effectively to lay the foundation for India’s rapid transformation and for robust and purposeful diplomacy, which have also led to new terms of India’s engagement with the US,” Singh said.
Turning to India’s broader external engagement, the envoy said, “In the last one year, foreign policy has seen emphasis as a dynamic tool for the government’s quest to accelerate India’s transformation and leverage India’s strengths to promote development in our region, under the motto of ‘diplomacy for development’.”
“Enhanced engagement with neighbours in South Asia and in the Indian Ocean Region has been a hallmark of the government’s diplomacy,” he said. (IANS)