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UK and Switzerland confirm participation in revised government procurement pact

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Geneva: Switzerland and the United Kingdom have completed the final step for making their respective participation in the revised Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) effective. As of 1 January 2021, the revised GPA will be in force for Switzerland, and the UK will be a party to the accord in its own right.  

Switzerland submitted the so-called “instrument of acceptance” to the WTO on 2 December. This means that, as of 1 January 2021, the revised GPA will be in force for all GPA parties. The Government Procurement Agreement opens government procurement markets among its parties. The revised GPA, in force since 2014, expands the number of governmental entities, such as ministries and agencies, that are covered by the Agreement, and adds new services. The text of the revised agreement can be found here.

The same day, the UK submitted the so-called “instrument of accession” to the WTO. This means that the UK will take part in the GPA in its own right from 1 January 2021. The UK continues to be covered by the agreement during the European Union-UK transition period, which ends on 31 December 2020. It is treated as a member state of the European Union during the transition period.

Saviour of Kashmir: The gripping story of valour and accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India

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New Delhi: “Saviour of Kashmir” is the story of the gallant Officer who fought to the “Last man-Last Bullet” thus saving Kashmir from the unscruplus British and dishonest Pakistanis.

It is the untold story of the British planned invasion of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan Army personnel disguised as civilians assisting the Tribals called Kabailis and Raiders in 1947, says Kunwar Kanveshwar Pratap Singh Jamwal, who is known among his friends as Bobbie Jamwal. He is a proud Dogra from Jammu, who can boast of a rich legacy of bravery and valour that runs in his family.

It was one of its kind of battles fought on uneven grounds and how the combine of British and Pakistani attack of over 6000 trained and well armed troops was foiled by a Die-Hard 100 Dogras of the Jammu and Kashmir State Forces under the Brave Brig Rajinder Singh Jamwal, which enabled the then ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, to accede the State of Jammu and Kashmir to India, Bobbie points out opening a much forgotten chapter of modern Indian History.

Bobbie said: “the great martyr, Brig Rajinder Singh, who led his troops from the front and gave the supreme sacrifice for the nation was the first recipient of Maha Vir Chakra in independent India. He was awarded the honor posthumously by the then Army Chief Field Marshall K.M. Carriappa.”

Lalit Shastri, the Editor-in-Chief of Newsroom24x7.com , is of the view that the Dogras of the Jammu and Kashmir forces and especially the valour demonstrated by Brig Rajinder Singh should be scripted in letters of gold. Their contribution to the accession of J&K to India should be included as a full chapter in the prescribed text books for schools across the nation, he went on to assert adding modern Indian History writers cannot be allowed to ignore this crucial narrative.

Australian PM reiterates commitment to work with Britain in the fight against terrorism

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London: Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull said here on Tuesday that the focus of the visit with the British government has been continuing our work in the fight against terrorism.

Turnbull was addressing a press conference. he said it was very moving to visit, with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the London Bridge and the Borough Market to see where those brave young Australian women were killed and to see the men, the police officers that sought to revive them.

The Australian Prime Minister said that he admires the resilience of that community and the determination of the British people and of course all the Australians that are part of this community, not to be cowed by terrorism; to stand up, defy them and defeat them as we are doing in the field and as the Metropolitan Police did in the Borough Market where we stood.

Briefing the media on his meeting with Queen Elizabeth; the republic; innovation; trade; emissions; Liberal Party, Turnbull especially spoke about his “successful visit” to the G20, to France and to the United Kingdom.

The G20 Summit was able to secure unanimous support for a strong statement on counter-terrorism and in particular on ensuring that there will not be ungoverned spaces online. The rule of law will prevail online and offline, Turnbull said and asserted that this is a very strong commitment.

Turnbull talked of his meeting with President Jokowi of Indonesia. He gave his commitment to concluding an Australia-Indonesia trade agreement by the end of the year.

We are working to get a free trade agreement with the European Union, Turnbull said adding he had a meeting with the President of the Commission and the European Council, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker. They made a commitment too, supported by other European leaders like Chancellor Merkel, President Macron and others, to get that agreement settled before Britain leaves the EU sometime in 2019.

Earlier in his remarks at a business roundtable breakfast on Tuesday, Turnbull underscored the mutual trust, shared values and historic ties between the UK and Australia and said both nations are committed to driving strong economic growth.

Turnbull said there is no more trusted relationship at every level than we have with the UK. Whether it is at the level of family – most Australians have some ancestors in the UK and about five per cent of Australians were born in the UK – and of course our security ties.

The Prime Minister recalled spending part of Monday with the former head of MI5 in the Cobra Briefing Room underneath Whitehall with the Joint Intelligence Committee. Once there, Turnbull said, it did occur to him that 30 years ago, if he had found his way into a basement under Whitehall, he might not have been let out.

Turnbull also said: “I’m sitting next to the former head of MI5. There were days when your predecessors wouldn’t have liked to have been with me.”

Emphasisng the importance of trust, shared values, shared interest, the Australian PM said “our growth, our economy, is much more diverse than it’s ever been. It is very much driven by our access to the big Asian markets, not just in exporting commodities, but services, agricultural products, food products. The economic growth in Tasmania for example, which has had tough economic times for a long time, is entirely driven by the export opportunities we’ve created.”

Focusing on his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, the Australian leader said that he had expressed great optimism for what she was going to achieve in the post-Brexit environment because of her commitment to Britain being an open trading economy, open to the world, recognizing just as the Australians do that the more opportunities there are for businesses to get out there and grow, the more opportunities for other businesses to come and invest with us and partner with us, and the stronger we’ll be.




Britain heading for hung Parliament?

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Britian General electionLondon: Britain is going through polling today for the 2015 general election. According to the preliminary results of the final Guardian/ICM campaign poll announced on Monday, Britain is heading for a second successive hung Parliament after a fierce and the most intense election campaign since World War II.

Campaign linked pre-poll assessment indicates that the Labour and the Conservatives are tied at 35% each. While the Conservatives were holding fort, Ed Miliband’s Labour party has ben pushed back three points as per ICM’s campaign poll in comnparison with what was projected 10 days ago.

Ukip and the Greens have also slipped two points, to 11% and 3%.