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India, US will address together maritime security, counter-terrorism and work for peace, stability and prosperity for all countries in the Indo-Pacific region

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U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense, Michael R. Pompeo and Mark T. Esper, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar

New Delhi: On the conclusion of the 3rd India-US 2+2 Ministerial meeting on Tuesday 27 October 2020, India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar said the latest round of dialogue was not only to advance our own interests but to ensure that our bilateral cooperation makes a positive contribution in the world arena. We are also committed to addressing together global issues ranging from Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) situations to maritime security and counter-terrorism.

Besides Jaishankar, India-US 2+2 Ministerial meeting was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense, Michael R. Pompeo and Mark T. Esper.

The India-US 2+2 dialogue format is reflective of our Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, the Minister underscored.

Our national security convergences have obviously grown in a more multi-polar world, Dr Jaishankar said adding today’s dialogue was not only to advance our own interests but to ensure that our bilateral cooperation makes a positive contribution in the world arena. We are also committed to addressing together global issues ranging from HADR situations to maritime security and counter-terrorism.

The discussions also covered developments in India’s neighbouring countries and from the Indian side, it was made clear that cross-border terrorism is completely unacceptable. On Afghanistan, India’s stakes in its security and stability are evident, as is India’s willingness to contribute to international efforts to that end.

Jaishankar said that the Indo-Pacific region was a particular focus of talks. From the Indian side, the importance of peace, stability and prosperity for all countries in this region was reiterated. It was particularly pointed out by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh that this is possible only by upholding the rules based international order, ensuring the freedom of navigation in the international seas, promoting open connectivity and respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states. A multi-polar world must have a multi-polar Asia as its basis, it was emphasised.

The MEA also observed that the performance of bilateral relationship between India and the US in the last few years has been exceptionally positive. Political consultations and cooperation have grown, defence exchanges and trade too, economic interactions and commerce are up, the partnership in science, technology and innovation is stronger and our energy security clearly enhanced. The unique people-to-people contacts that defines this relationship remains vibrant, whether in the flow of talent, in education or in tourism.

U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense, Michael R. Pompeo and Mark T. Esper at National War Memorial

Today, Jaishankar said “our collaboration concentrates more on the domains of vaccine and testing that are so central to the return of normalcy. We are also committed to creating more trusted and resilient global supply chains. An India that is now focussed on recovery, resilience and reform welcomes an expanded partnership with the United States”.

Further, the Minister stated, India enters the UN Security Council on 1st of January 2021 as a non-permanent member. We look forward to working with the United States there, as in other multilateral platforms.

Jaishankar met Secretary Pompeo on Monday to discuss range of foreign policy issues.

Significantly India and the US have signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA). This agreement has been signed between the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Defense of United Sates of America. With the signing of this agreement, those in knowledgeable circles have pointed out that ISRO’s military satellite programme would now come to a screeching halt.

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Documents announced during the 3rd India – US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

October 27, 2020

Sl.No.Name of the documentSigned by
1.Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Defense of United Sates of America.Indian side:
Ministry of Defence of India
US side:
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Defense of USA
2.Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Cooperation in Earth Observations and Earth Sciences between the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) of the Republic of India and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States of AmericaIndian side:
Ministry of Earth Sciences of India
US side:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of USA
3.Arrangement extending the duration of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India and the Government of United States of America concerning cooperation with the Global Center for Nuclear Energy Partnership, India.India side:
Government of India
US side:
Government of USA
4.Agreement for the Electronic Exchange of Customs Data between the Postal Operators (India Post, Government of India and United States Postal Service, the United States of America)Indian side:
Department of Posts (India Post) of India
US side:
United States Postal Service of USA
5.Letter of Intent between the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, New Delhi, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, Government of the Republic of India and the Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Government of the United States of America for cooperation in the field of Ayurveda and Cancer ResearchIndian side:
Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy of India
US side:
Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health of USA

Candace Owens refuses to see George Floyd as a martyr; former US Presidents see racial discrimination as the big issue

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Candace Owens, public figure

Washington DC: When the US is in turmoil amid racial violence, loot, and plunder in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a black American, in Police custody, and the former US Presidents are crying from rooftops about racial discrimination and it’s aftermath, we have this young American lady Candace Owens, who went live on facebook the other day and took the world by storm by her brilliant analysis of what currently plagues the US.

Unlike former US President Barack Obama who joined a discussion and batted for planned reforms while addressing young people of “colour” and stating they are the ones who have witnessed too much violence and too much death, often at the hands of the cops who are supposed to protect them, Candice Owens, a public figure, has risen to the occasion and shown the mirror to the people, especially the Black Americans and also the former US Presidents. The ex-presidents obviously appear more interested in populism vis-a-vis those who are projecting themselves as victims of racial discrimination and hatred.

Candace shows them the light by speaking without caring a hoot about being politically correct during the election year.

Candace Owens on facebook:

Besides Obama, the other former US Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush also treat racial discrimination as the flash point. They were addressing the death of George Floyd amid widespread protests.

Rosalynn and I are pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks. Our hearts are with the victims’ families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty….. We all must shine a spotlight on the immorality of racial discrimination. But violence, whether spontaneous or consciously incited, is not a solution – statement by former US President Jimmy Carter

No one deserves to die the way George Floyd did……And the truth is, if you’re white in America, the chances are you won’t – Bill Clinton, former US President

A long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? – George Bush, former US President, over George Floyd’s death

Postscript: Candace Owens symbolises the solution. She would any day make a better US President than…… (the blank space in this sentence could be anybody’s guess).

US rocked by violent protests over the murder of George Floyd in Police custody

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Protesters outside White House

The looting and destruction of property was expansive – Peter Newsham, Washington, D.C., Police Chief

Washington DC: Monday morning, 1 June 2020, began in the US with citizens and business people taking stock of the damage caused to property by protesters who have indulged in violence and arson for six consecutive nights over the third-degree murder of black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis last Monday.

According to available reports, dozens of Secret Service agents were injured during ugly clashes outside the White House. The US President Donald Trump was even rushed to ‘terror attack’ bunker as violence raged near White House

What began with a peaceful protest last Monday has turned into a violent agitation when America was coming to terms with COVID-19 and the country was reopening after an extended lockdown.

As of Sunday, the US National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were activated in 24 states and the District of Columbia in response to civil disturbances, bringing the total number of Guard members on duty in support of their governors to nearly 62,000.

This number represents activations for civil unrest, COVID-19 response, as well as state-specific disasters such as wildfires, flooding and other natural disasters.

The civil unrest response mission is expected to grow as governors assess the fluid situations in their states and call on the National Guard to assist.

“The hardest mission we do is responding in times of civil unrest,” said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau.

The activation of Guard members in response to civil unrest has unfolded in multiple cities in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Guard personnel assigned to these missions are trained, equipped and prepared to assist law enforcement authorities and first responders, said Lengyel.

“We plan, train and prepare for emergency response missions with our local, state, and federal partners,” he said. “We’re part of the communities we serve. We know the police, fire departments and hospital workers. We know their capabilities because we live with their capabilities.”

Guard members are to perform a variety of mission sets including traffic control, support to law enforcement, transportation and communication support. They’ve also been called upon to assist with extinguishing fires burning as a result of the unrest.

“Aircrews were using forest fire equipment, including helicopter water buckets, to put out building fires at protests last night,” said Lengyel.

The overall mission of Guard members is to assist local authorities and ensure safety.

“We’re here to help and assist local authorities,” said Lengyel. “Our troops are here to protect life and property, and preserve peace, order and public safety.”

Those Guard members called up are in a state active duty status and remain under the command and control of their respective governors, said Lengyel, adding those responding will continue to adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures.

“Governors have used Guard members many times during response efforts to support local and state law enforcement in a wide range of capacities, to include assisting in upholding the rule of law.” said Lengyel. “While conditions may change, the National Guard’s ability to respond is constant.”

Its viral on social media: Tips for Indians to get Nobel Prize in Economics or Peace

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Who would deny that good teachers are essential to impact the outcome and improve performance of students across the board in schools. What we are seeing now is that a Noble Prize was needed to send across this message at the global level. The gist of the matter is that what’s axiomatic has taken 20 years for a global research Centre in the US to prove and establish, through a series of random tests funded by donors including Arnold Ventures, Co-Impact, Community Jameel, Echidna Giving, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google.org, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Douglas B. Marshall Jr. Family Foundation, Omidyar Network, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the UK Department for International Development.

In this backdrop, we came across a social-media post, which is nothing but satire and is doing the rounds on social media. It has gone viral on internet.

We are reproducing the satirical post. It is as follows:

  1. Take birth as an Indian in India
  2. Study in India
  3. Follow Leftist philosophy
  4. Need to work on either economics or on social justice/injustice or peace keeping in mind everything is bad in India.
  5. Migrate from India and settle in USA/West and start career with US/UK university
  6. Leave Indian citizenship and take US/ UK citizenship
  7. Divorce Indian wife and marry an US/UK woman
  8. Continue to Criticise India in global forum
  9. Write some books or publish papers showing India is in poor taste…. bad economy, caste based society; agrarian crisis and poverty at its peak.
  10. Catch hold of some elite individuals
  11. Be a blue eyed boy of anti-India lobby & western media with some anti-India rants
  12. Market yourself as anti-establishment think-tank.

You have all the possibilities to be a Nobel Laureate or may get Some International accolades.

Disclaimer: The opinion expressed in the post above that’s gone viral on social media does not reflect the opinions of Newsroom24x7.com or its Editors.