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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

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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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European Union (EU) Takes Lead in Campaign to Prevent Gender-based Violence during Humanitarian Crises

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world

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A South Sudanese refugee and 32-year-old mother, who was raped for several days by a group of soldiers before she was allowed to leave, stands by a window at a women's center. VOA
  • Violence during times of war and natural disasters also affects men and boys
  • The EU says its mission is to strengthen awareness and encourage the humanitarian community to take stronger action to protect women, men, girls and boys in crisis zones
  • Monique Pariat, director-general for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, says more must be done to prevent gender-based violence from occurring in humanitarian emergencies

Geneva, June 21, 2017: The European Union is assuming the leadership of a global initiative to prevent gender-based violence during humanitarian crises.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. The United Nations and many human rights organizations have documented tens of thousands of cases of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina and other places of conflict.

Violence during times of war and natural disasters also affects men and boys. So, the European Union’s Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence is inclusive of both sexes and all ages.

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The EU says its mission is to strengthen awareness and encourage the humanitarian community to take stronger action to protect women, men, girls and boys in crisis zones.

Monique Pariat, director-general for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, says more must be done to prevent gender-based violence from occurring in humanitarian emergencies. She says many simple measures can be taken to mitigate violence.

“For instance, to have separate and properly illuminated toilets and washing facilities in camps. Safe access to water and food distribution points. Safe access to hospitals. That can have a very significant impact in preventing and reducing gender-based violence. We can do more also on the education to armed groups, to armies. There are a lot of activities we can promote that will reduce the risk and occurrence of these atrocities.”

Pariat says it is crucial to bring the Call to Action program to the field, adding it is there that these life-saving measures can have the biggest impact. Pariat also says preventive actions must be taken at the earliest onset of an emergency where victims and survivors are at greatest risk. (VOA)

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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