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Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 27th 2020

  • Relation with US
  1. India-US 2+2 dialogue: US stands with India, says Pompeo; mentions killing of Army soldiers in Galwan

(Live Mint, 27 October 2020) News Link

  • India-US 2+2 dialogue: BECA signed – Details of the pact

(Times Now News, 27 October 2020) News Link

  • India-US 2+2 dialogue: BECA signed – Details of the pact

(Times Now News, 27 October 2020) News Link

  • India, US engaging intensively on matters of national security: Jaishankar in opening remarks at 2+2 ministerial dialogue

(Hindustan Times, 27 October 2020) News Link

  • Third India-US 2+2 dialogue: Bilateral ties must focus on maximising convergences on strategic interests

(First Post, 27 October 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. Macron Faces Heat for ‘Attacking’ Islam, ‘I Stand With France’ Trends in India

 (News 18, 27 October 2020) News Link

  1. India, Russia To Develop Advance Version Of BrahMos Missiles Especially For Targeting AWACS – Reports

(Eurasian Times, 27 October 2020) News Link

  1. India Urges Concerned Parties In Middle East To Stop Support To Terrorist Groups Like ISIL

(Business World, 27 October 2020) News Link

  1. NRIs in New Zealand Protest Against Hathras Brutality, Farm Laws and Decline of Rights in India

(The Wire, 27 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with African countries
    • India Goes Roaring Into Africa; Looks To Ink Defence & Other Key Pacts With Morocco

(Euraisan Times, 27 October 2020) News Link

  • India sends aid to four African countries to deal with COVID-19 crisis

(Zee News, 27 October 2020) News Link

  1. EXCLUSIVE: HCL Tech is expanding operations in Canada as H-1B visa issues persist

(Business Insider, 27 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 3rd 2020

  1. कोरोना महामारी से बिगड़े हालात सामान्य होने के बाद फिर खुलेगा करतारपुर कॉरिडोर: पाकिस्तानी मीडिया

Key points:

  1. गुरु नानक देव से जुड़े ऐतिहासिक गुरुद्वारे के लिए गलियारे का भारत में 26 नवंबर 2018 को और पाकिस्तान में 28 नवंबर को शिलान्यास किया गया था
  2. 9 नवंबर 2019 को गुरुनानक देव जी के प्रकाशोत्सव पर गलियारे को जनता को समर्पित कर दिया गया था, 15 मार्च से है बंद
  3. महाराजा रणजीत सिंह की पुण्यतिथि पर पाकिस्तान ने गलियारा खोलने की बात की तो भारत सरकार ने कर दिया था खारिज

(Dainik Bhaskar, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Burma
  • Foreign secretary, Army chief to visit Myanmar tomorrow amid India-China standoff

Key points:

  1. Foreign Secretary Harsh V. Shringla and Indian Army Chief M.M. Naravane will visit Myanmar on 4-5 October. The two-day visit comes amid ongoing border tensions between India and China in Ladakh.
  2. Shringla had held a virtual meeting with Myanmar Permanent Secretary U Soe Han last week, even as China tries to increase influence over India’s neighbourhood, diplomatic sources told ThePrint.
  3. Sources also said that the focus of this impending visit will be on the border area development. An MoU on India-Myanmar Border Area Development was signed in 2012, according to which New Delhi will provide $5 million each year over a period of five years to Nay Pyi Taw. This MoU was later extended till 2022.
  4. “These projects, undertaken in the Chin State and Naga Self-Administered Zone, have been known to deliver enormous benefits to the people and been empowering the local communities,” said an official requesting anonymity.

(The Print, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. German envoy’s Wind of Change redux, with a little help from India

Key points:

  1. As diplomats grappled with Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns, German ambassador Walter Lindner was busy with a secret project to mark the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification on October 3 – a new version of the Scorpions song Wind Of Change recorded with Indian musicians.
  2. Lindner, an accomplished musician who plays instruments such as the guitar, piano and flute and has released several albums, said he opted to record an Indian version of Wind Of Change, an “unofficial anthem of freedom, hope and change”, to mark German Unity Day instead of organising a webinar or digital workshop. “On this historic day, German
  3. Technology played a key part in the venture – singer Chetan Dominic Awasthi recorded his vocals at home in Noida, sarod, tabla and sitar players Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Prabhash Maharaj and Abhishek Maharaj recorded their parts in Varanasi while drummer Peter Retzlaff sent in his part from New York – and the envoy put everything together in his well-equipped home studio. Besides the drums and the Indian instruments featured in the song, Lindner played all other instruments. The song also features on Lindner’s new CD , A Journey’s Songbook, which has several Indian musicians and is a mix of rock, soul, jazz and Indian music.
  4. The envoy spoke to Klaus Meine, whom he has since befriended, to get the rights for the song. Lindner said Meine told him an Indian version would be a “wonderful idea because the song is about building bridges across cultures”. The video for the track features footage of the Scorpions, and has an endorsement from Meine, who says: “Today, we’re building bridges across borders and cultures for a better and more peaceful world.”

(Hindustan Times, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with African countries
    • India, South Africa ask WTO to waive off patents, IPs for faster Covid-19 care

Key points:

  1. India and South Africa have asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive certain conditions of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement that could impede timely access to affordable medical products to combat Covid-19.

(Indian Express, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  1. New Zealand-India Education Week from Oct 5 to 9

Key points:

  1. A Virtual Education Conclave – New Zealand-India Education Week – with universities and executives from New Zealand will be held from October 5 to 9 between 10.30 am and 11.30 am. The online series will bring together researchers, experts and academia from across New Zealand and Indian education and business landscape.
  2. It is a first such event organised by Education New Zealand (ENZ). The event will be inaugurated by David Pine, New Zealand High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh, and Ambassador-Designate to Nepal, and John Laxon, Regional Director-Asia, Education New Zealand on October 5.

(Times of India, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Hongkong
  • Because India Is Fighting China. So India Is My friend!’: Hong Kong pro-democracy protester who wrapped himself in Tricolour

Key points:

  1. Pro-democracy protesters of Hong Kong seem to have found inspiration in India’s strong resistance to China’s unprovoked aggression as they wrapped themselves in the tricolour and marched on China’s National Day in Causeway Bay on Thursday.
  2. Reporting from the spot, the journalist further said, “He is now holding the flag above his head, shouting STAND WITH INDIA… The crowd is applauding him.”
  3. Undeterred by the heavy police presence, the man walked on the street wearing the Indian flag as tens of thousands of Hong Kong nationals marched, chanting slogans like “Disband the police” and “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our Times”, said media reports
  4. “HongKong and India shared a long history. Tens of thousands of  Hong Kongers of South Asian heritage were born here. This gentleman feels a tribute to the Indian nation is long overdue, so he honors the tricolour on China’s national day. #October1stProtest #HongKongProtests,” he wrote.
  5. Its response is also being seen as an attempt to intimidate countries like India where several companies have announced to shift their units, taking a cue from the current pandemic and previous episodes of deadly outbreaks emanating from China.

(India Blooms,3 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan’s top negotiator Abdullah Abdullah to visit India on October 6

Key points:

  1. Afghanistan’s top negotiator for intra-Afghan talks Abdullah Abdullah will visit India and start his four-day trip from October 6. He as the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation represents the Afghan govt in talks with Taliban which started in September in Doha.
  2. Joint Secretary, PAI or Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran division of Ministry of External Affairs, JP Singh had met him on the sidelines of the beginning of the intra-Afghan ceremony on September 12 in Doha.At the ceremony, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said, “Interests of minorities, women and vulnerable sections of society must be preserved and the issue of violence across the country and its neighbourhood has to be effectively addressed.”
  3. New Delhi is Afghanistan’s major development partner and has built number infrastructure projects in the country like India-Afghanistan friendship dam in the western province of Herat and the Afghan Parliament in capital Kabul.

(Zee News, 26 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 2nd 2020

  • Relation with US
  1. अमेरिका से राष्ट्रपति और प्रधानमंत्री के लिए आया विशेष विमान, स्पेशल कम्युनिकेशन और एडवांस डिफेंस सिस्टम से लैस है

Key points:

  1. भारत ने अमेरिका से दो बोइंग-777 की डील की थी, इनमें से एक आज दिल्ली एयरपोर्ट पर पहुंचा
  2. विमान में VIPs के लिए केबिन और मेडिकल सेंटर की व्यवस्था, मीडिया के लिए भी जगह दी गई
  3. एयरक्राफ्ट एडवांस डिफेंस सिस्टम से लैस है और मिसाइल अटैक को नाकाम करके पलटवार भी कर सकता है।
  4. इस विमान में हवा में ईंधन भरा जा सकता है। ईंधन भरने के बाद यह लगातार 17 घंटे तक उड़ान भर सकता है।
  5. विमान भारत से अमेरिका तक करीब साढ़े 12 हजार किमी की दूरी एक बार में तय कर सकता है।
  6. इस विमान में वीआईपी के लिए बड़े केबिन हैं और इसके अलावा एक मेडिकल सेंटर भी है।
  7. एयरक्राफ्ट में मीडिया के लिए भी जगह दी गई है। पीछे की सीटें इकोनॉमी क्लास हैं और बाकी सीटें बिजनेस क्लास हैं।
  8. दोनों विमान की कीमत करीब 8,458 करोड़ रुपए है। विमान के उड़ान के दौरान हर घंटे करीब 1 करोड़ 30 लाख रु. की लागत आती है।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  • अमेरिकी कोर्ट ने एच-1बी वीजा पर बैन के फैसले पर रोक लगाई, कहाराष्ट्रपति ने संवैधानिक अधिकारों को पार किया

Key points:

  1. कैलिफोर्निया की कोर्ट ने वीजा प्रतिबंधों पर तुरंत रोक लगाई
  2. एच-1बी वीजाधारकों में भारतीय की संख्या करीब 70 फीसदी
  3. अमेरिका हर साल 85 हजार एच-1बी वीजा जारी करता है
  4. एच-1बी वीजा पर लगे बैन को हटाने के लिए व्यापारिक संगठनों ने डिपार्टमेंट ऑफ कॉमर्स और डिपार्टमेंट ऑफ होमलैंड सिक्युरिटी के खिलाफ याचिका दाखिल की थी। यह याचिका कंपनियों के राष्ट्रीय संगठन नेशनल एसोसिएशन ऑफ मैन्युफैक्चरर्स, यूएस चैंबर ऑफ कॉमर्स, नेशनल रिटेल फेडरेशन और टेकनेट ने दाखिल की थी। नेशनल एसोसिएशन ऑफ मैन्युफैक्चरर्स ने कहा कि कोर्ट के फैसले के बाद वीजा प्रतिबंधों पर तुरंत रोक लग गई है।
  5. इसी साल जून में ट्रम्प प्रशासन ने एच-1बी वीजा समेत अन्य विदेश वीजा पर अस्थायी रोक लगा दी थी। इस रोक का असर एच-2बी, जे और एल वीजा पर पड़ा था। यह रोक इस साल के अंत तक के लिए लगाई गई थी। ट्रम्प ने कहा था कि इस कदम से अमेरिकियों को रोजगार के ज्यादा मौके मिलेंगे। अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति ने कहा था कि फरवरी से मई के बीच अमेरिका में बेरोजगारी चार गुना तक बढ़ गई है। लिहाजा, उन्हें सख्त कदम उठाने पड़ रहे हैं।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  1. इमरान बोलेभारत की शह पर फौज को कमजोर कर रहे हैं नवाज शरीफ; नवाज का जवाबमुल्क में दो सरकारें चल रही हैं

Key points:

  1. नवाज शरीफ और विपक्ष का आरोप है कि इमरान खान सिर्फ फौज के समर्थन की वजह से कुर्सी पर काबिज हुए
  2. इमरान ने कहा- नवाज शरीफ जिस खेल में उलझ गए हैं, वो मुल्क के लिए बेहद खतरनाक साबित हो सकता है
  3. इमरान ने गुरुवार को एक इंटरव्यू में कहा- हमारी सरकार और फौज के बीच मजबूत और बहुत अच्छे रिश्ते हैं। लेकिन, नवाज खतरनाक खेल में फंस गए हैं। वे भारत की मदद और शह लेकर पाकिस्तानी फौज को कमजोर करने की साजिश रच रहे हैं। पहले यही साजिश एमक्यूएम के लीडर अल्ताफ हुसैन ने भी रची थी। फौज से मेरी सरकार के जितने बेहतर रिश्ते हैं, उतने मुल्क के इतिहास में किसी सरकार के नहीं रहे। मैं 100 फीसदी भरोसे और दावे के साथ कह सकता हूं कि नवाज को भारत की मदद मिल रही है।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  1. India-China Standoff | India deployed supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, Nirbhay and Akash along LAC

Key points:

  1. As stand-off continues, focus is on logistical support as the two militaries prepare for harsh conditions in the remote Himalayan region
  2. Neither side has shown a willingness to withdraw soldiers, even though they realise it will become a ‘war of attrition’, observer says

(Money Control, 2 October 2020) News Link

  1. Putin, Modi agree to meet in India when COVID-19 situation improves

Key points:

  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to meet in India for a summit when the epidemic situation permits, Indian Ambassador to Russia Bala Venkatesh Varma told journalists on Friday.”Our leaders have spoken on the telephone, including President Putin had spoken to Prime Minister Modi on his birthday (September 17 – TASS),” the diplomat said. “And both leaders agreed that they will have the bilateral summit in India as soon as the sanitary situation permits. There is no confirmed date as yet,” he added.

(TASS, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with African countries
    • Top Indian Pharma Firms To Strengthen India-Africa Trade Relationship: Cadila Pharma

Key points:

  1. “Cadila, being a global pharma company from India, is really proud of being one of the earliest players in the African market. Our journey has been an exciting one, thanks to the visionary leadership of our founder Chairman Shri Indravadan Modi, and the current Chairman and Managing Director Dr Rajiv Modi. As an organization, we have always been very appreciative of local cultural sensitivities and the norms which prevails there. We have always believed, the way to grow in any region is to develop the local skills.
  2. “We have been a staunch supporter of developing the capabilities of the African population to make Africa a global standard for pharmaceuticals. Africa is key destination for export of pharmaceuticals from India as almost 20% of our exports go to Africa.”
  3. “Africa has been a supporting partner for the pharma organizations of India since years. A mutually benefiting relationship, Africa provides a conducive environment for the industry while the top pharma companies in India support the healthcare community of Africa. The secret to flourishing India-Africa relationship is a common global outlook and shared aspiration for growth.

(Medical Dialogues, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Maldives
  • India To Build Cancer Hospital, 22,000 Capacity Cricket Stadium In Maldives

Key points:

  1. Exim Bank, owned by the Government of India to facilitate foreign trade had pledged $ 800 million to Maldives for developmental projects in March 2019. In September, the Narendra Modi-led government had extended another $250 million loan to the island nation to attenuate the impact of COVID-19.
  2. India will build a 22,000 seater cricket stadium and 100-bedded cancer hospital in Hulhumale in accordance with the fund pledged to the country in 2019. To discuss these projects, Sanjay Sudhir (High Commissioner of India to Maldives) met Mohamed Jaish Ibrahim (Chariman of Maldives’ Housing Development Corporation Ltd) on Tuesday.
  3. The Indian Embassy briefed the masses in the wake of these recent developments too. “A 100-bed state-of-the-art Cancer Hospital will be set up in Hulhumale under the USD 800 million Line of Credit extended to the Maldives.
    (Swarajya, 2 October 2020) News Link