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Theresa May joins Narendra Modi in Seeking Action Against those Backing Terror

The Prime Minister flagged security in the cyber space, especially involving critical infrastructure, as an area of shared interest

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Flickr

New Delhi, November 8, 2016: Without naming Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he has discussed with visiting British Premier Theresa May the challenges of cross-border terrorism and the need to take action against its sponsors.

In a joint address to the media following delegation-level talks here, Modi said he discussed with May “ways to purposefully work together to combat the growing forces of radicalisation and terrorism”.

“We agreed that it is not a limited security challenge. Its arc of threat spreads across nations and regions. Terrorists move across borders with ease, and endanger the entire humanity,” he said.

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“I conveyed our deep concerns to Prime Minister May regarding cross-border terrorism and the need for the international community to take strong action against states that support and sponsor terrorism.”

Stating that India-Britain ties were “truly special”, Modi said that the enduring partnership was “nurtured by our shared values; extensive people to people linkages — lets not forget cricket here — widespread economic engagement for the prosperity of our societies; common efforts aimed at the security of our people; and a common vision for a peaceful and prosperous world”.

He said that growing business partnerships and expanding trade and capital flows between the two economies were crucial to the economic partnership.

“Indian companies have been successfully raising finance from the City of London,” he said.

“We are encouraged by the London Stock Exchange presently hosting several rupee-denominated Masala bonds. It reflects the strong investor confidence in the fast growing Indian economy.”

Modi said he also discussed defence and security partnership with May.

“I encourage British companies to look at the multiple opportunities in the Indian defence sector,” he stated.

“Looking beyond trade in defence equipment, I invite them to build partnerships with Indian enterprises that focus on manufacturing, technology transfer and co-development.”

The Prime Minister also flagged security in the cyber space, especially involving critical infrastructure, as an area of shared interest.

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On her part, Prime Minister May said that Britain and India faced the shared threat of terrorism and the two countries have agreed to strengthen cooperation in tackling use of internet by extremists.

“We both face the shared threat of terrorism as individual countries, as partners, and as global powers,” she said.

“We have agreed to strengthen our cooperation, in particular, by sharing best practice to tackle use of internet by violent extremists,” she said.

“Prime Minister Modi and I have agreed to step up our cooperation by negotiating a cyber framework between our countries.”

Stating that India is a leading power of the world, May reiterated that Britain would like to see India take a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.

She called for breaking down barriers in trade and investment while voicing support for free trade between India and Britain.

In this connection, she said that India has been made the first visa-holding country to avail of Britain’s registered travel scheme.

As for student visas, she said that Britain would continue to welcome the “best and brightest” of Indian students.

Earlier on Monday, Modi and May addressed the India-UK Tech Summit here.

This is May’s first bilateral visit 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.

May, who arrived here late on Sunday night on a three-day official visit to India, will also visit Bengaluru on Tuesday. (IANS)

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Equal Distribution of Tools is the Ultimate Measure of Success in COVID Battle: WHO Director-General

Fight against COVID-19 depends on equal distribution among everyone

World Health Organisation believes in equal distribution of resources in the fight against Novel Coronavirus. Wikimedia Commons

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the ultimate measure of success in fighting COVID-19 will not be how fast the tools are developed but how equally they can be distributed.

Speaking at the opening of the European Union (EU) COVID-19 online pledging conference Monday afternoon, the WHO chief said it will be unacceptable that some people in the world are protected while others remain exposed to the virus, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General believes that the tools shall be evenly distributed among people to fight the battle against the ongoing pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

“This is an opportunity not only to defeat a common enemy, but to forge a common future, a future in which all people enjoy the right to the highest attainable standard of health,” he noted.

Ten days ago, the WHO and the European Commission co-hosted the launch of a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, and Monday’s pledging event is a follow-up to this effort.

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Noting that the world is facing an unprecedented public health crisis, Tedros told the conference that “we are better positioned than any humans in history to confront it”.

The EU and its partners hosted an international pledging conference Monday afternoon, aiming to raise 7.5 billion euros in initial funding to kick-start global cooperation on coronavirus. (IANS)

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COVID-19: UNO Remains as Cosmetic Body

Today, the world does not understand why  virus developed in Wuhan and why it spread rapidly across the world

On the insistence of some members of UN Security Council, a meeting was organized  to discuss the COVID 19, that produced no results. Pixabay

By N.S.Venkataraman

While the world community is shaken  by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and most governments are struggling to prevent spread of virus, one organization that appears to be conspicuous by near silence on COVID-19 issue is United Nations Organisaion (UNO).

Criticism against  WHO:

World Health Organisation (WHO), a wing of UNO, has been widely accused of not fulfilling it’s responsibility in forewarning the world about the COVID 19 crisis.   W H O is criticized and ridiculed and some countries  have even blamed it for “patronizing” China, by not finding fault with China for not sharing the information with the world , with regard to the virus spread in China in November / December,2019.

Now, China claims that it is almost free of the virus but has not cared to inform the world as to what strategy it adopted. Further, China has not allowed any country in the world  as well as WHO to visit Wuhan and inspect the conditions there.

In the event of such serious crisis, WHO is entitled to demand that it’s team should be allowed to visit the infected area,  so that it can evolve it’s recommendation for the benefit of the world community.

Neither China has permitted WHO to visit  Wuhan, nor WHO has demanded such visits.

On the other hand, when China recently opened the wet market , which could be a source of Wuhan virus that spread around the world and several countries expressed concern about China’s decision to open the wet market, surprisingly WHO supported China’s decision  to open it’s wet market.

Suspicion about the role and competence of WHO are now very much evident across the world and President Trump has no alternative other than withdrawing the fund support to W H O for it’s suspected dubious role.    

World Health Organisation (WHO), a wing of UNO, has been widely accused of not fulfilling it’s responsibility in forewarning the world about the COVID 19 crisis. Wikimedia Commons

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What is worse is that Secretary General of UNO has supported WHO, inspite of WHO ‘s  failure to forewarn the world  about the Wuhan crisis.

UN Secretary General has not cared to offer any reasons or explanations for his stand supporting WHO.

The statement of UN Secretary General is viewed with contempt by  many countries,as nothing but a scrap of paper.

Need for world wide investigation on Wuhan virus :

Today, the world does not understand why  virus developed in Wuhan and why it spread rapidly across the world.

There is certainly a strong case for ordering an international enquiry about the Wuhan virus crisis,  due to which several countries have  been  forced to declare lockdown , world economy has suffered a big beating, billions of people in different countries have lost jobs and the world is threatened with negative economic growth in the coming  period.

What responsibility for UNO?

On the insistence of some members of UN Security Council, a meeting was organized  to discuss the COVID 19, that produced no results. In such circumstances, many people wonder as to whether  UN Security council / UNO has become  a mere debating forum that can provide no decisive results for the benefit of the world community.

Security Council in UNO has become an anachronism,  since five countries have membership in UN Security Council with veto power  for each member , whereas advanced countries like Japan, Germany, South Korea and populous country like India are not members of the UN Security Council.

While the five  permanent  members of Security Council were chosen after the end of World War II, these five members themselves have been the source of conflicts  and war in the world on several occasions in the past, after the end of World War II.

Germany and Japan, which were branded as villains after the World War II , are now more committed to peace than the five permanent members of the Security Council. For conducting the much needed worldwide enquiry on Wuhan crisis, UNO has to take  the initiative.

Will UNO act on these lines ? It is extremely doubtful in the present  structure of UNO.

The time has now come to reform  UN Security council /UNO and reinvent the organization to make it play a useful role.

Today, the world does not understand why  virus developed in Wuhan and why it spread rapidly across the world. Pixabay

Need for U N Secretary General commanding credibility

Who will carry out  such reinventing exercise for UNO?

Obviously, the UN Secretary General has to play a proactive role  and by voicing his concern and develop his image as the conscience keeper of the world The demand for reinventing UNO should start from the office of the UN Secretary General.

If this were to happen, the choice of person for UN Secretary  General post must be done with much more care,  based on ethical and moral credibility and global standing  of the person.

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As of today, there is no indication that such development would take place in UNO. In any case, all said and done, it  is clear that after COVID 19, at best,  UNO, in present form and structure, can remain only as a cosmetic club and a meeting forum, giving no hope for emergence of a  world of  peace and harmony.

It is high time that the world community should understand that UNO has become a failed body and COVID 19 crisis highlights this failure, more than ever before. 

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Sanitization to Fight Coronavius Begins in UP

Massive sanitization drive begins in UP

A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (Representation Image). Pixabay

A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. This is the latest news in India.

Rajkumar Vishwakarma, DG, fire services, told reporters that sanitization was being done with sodium hypochlorite and fire personnel had been instructed to take care and not to spray the disinfectant on human beings and animals.

The sanitization will be done using sodium hypochlorite. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Spraying will also not be done inside any building due to electrical connections.

Fire personnel have been asked to take photographs and post it on WhatsApp media groups. They have been asked to avoid calling the media personnel to the sanitisation sites to avoid risks.

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Earlier this week, about 50 migrant workers who were at a bus station in Bareilly, were sprayed with sodium hypochlorite by the sanitisation staff. Those who were sprayed, including children, complained of itching in the eyes and rashes on the body.

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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed his concern over the incident and assured action against the guilty.

District magistrate Bareilly, Nitish Kumar said that the incident happened due to ‘over-zealous’ workers. (IANS)