WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to India is aimed at deepening strategic relationship with the largest democratic country of the world, the US said Tuesday. Noting that the United States and India are natural strategic partners, a State Department Fact Sheet said that President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are firmly committed to accelerating the upward trajectory of this partnership. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us “Prime Minister Modi’s sweeping mandate in the recent elections creates a unique opportunity to realize this vision,” it said hours after Pompeo landed in New Delhi on a three-day visit. The United States and India are moving quickly to achieve their shared vision for a free, open, and rules-based Indo-Pacific region by expanding cooperation in areas such as energy, aviation, and space, it added. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Pompeo’s visit marks the third visit to India by a Secretary of State during the Trump Administration. After his India visit from June 25-27, Pompeo will travel to Japan to attend the G-20 Summit with Trump. Modi would also be attending the summit of leaders from the top 20 economies of the world. The two leaders are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the summit. Advertise With Us Trump and Modi would be joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for their second trilateral summit. “We have elevated the level of strategic interaction between our two countries, most notably through the annual 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue that pairs the Secretaries of State and Defense with their Indian counterparts,” the State Department said. The first 2+2 was held in September 2018 and culminated in the announcement of a new tri-service exercise and the signing of a secure communications agreement that will enable India to operationalise its status as a Major Defense Partner. The next 2+2 is likely to be held in Washington later this year. The United States granted India Strategic Trade Authorization tier 1 status last year, allowing India to enjoy the same license-free access to certain defense articles as NATO allies Japan, South Korea, and Australia. This status also creates greater supply chain efficiency and supports US industry and investment, it said. “The reinvigorated quadrilateral dialogue between the United States, India, Japan, and Australia has met four times since President Trump took office to discuss ways to strengthen a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous,” the State Department said. Asserting that the support for US-India ties transcends political parties and presidential administrations, the State Department said as the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the United States and India share deep respect for one another’s values and traditions. “Our people and cultures are profoundly intertwined,” it said. “The Indian diaspora in the United States is nearly 4 million strong. Indian-Americans are thriving in the United States and helping to make our communities more secure and prosperous through their leadership in the industry, academia, and government,” the State Department said. Indian students enrich US campuses, contribute to its economy, and build lifelong bonds with Americans. The number of Indian students studying in the United States has increased for the fifth year in a row, more than doubling from 96,000 students in the 2012-13 academic year to 1,96,000 in 2018. “In 2018, Indians received 70 per cent of H-1B visas issued worldwide. The program allows talented Indian professionals to participate in the US economy and return to their country with new skills to contribute to India’s economic growth, to our mutual benefit,” the State Department said.
Kadapa: Farmers headed by AP Rythu Sangam has burnt the copies of union budget introduced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Seetharaman at agriculture market yard in the city in protest against the failure of centre allocating more funds to the farming sector here on Saturday. Farmers demanded the central government to increase investment support(Pettibadi Sahayam) from Rs 6,000 to Rs 25,000 following a hike of diesel and petrol tariff as it will directly influence the farming sectors. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us Speaking the occasion AP Rythu Sangam district secretary B.Dastagiri Reddy recalled that during the electioneering Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the farmers that he will take all steps for providing 50 per cent extra Minimum Support Price(MSP) to the farmers over the crop investment. Instead of full filling the promises central government put a heavy burden on the farming community by hiking prices of petrol and diesel. He demanded the government to implement to recommendations of Swamy Nathan Commission related to providing MSP to the product for the benefit of farmers. AP Rythu Sangam leaders K.Venkatesh, V.Gopalaiah Krishnaiah, M.Subba Rayudu and others were present.
Jeedimetla: The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) launched its shuttle buses from Durgam Cheruvu station for the commuters to improve last-mile connectivity to Gachibowli and financial district. The buses are said to be available every 15 minutes for the commuters. These services are operated from 8 am to 12 noon and from 4 pm to 9 pm on weekdays.The bus services provide a great relief for the employees who can now travel without having to hail shared autos or other transport. However, locals residing in areas like Kompally, Jeedimetla, Bolarum and Alwal find it difficult to go to Metro station and reach their respective workspaces without hassles. There is a demand to increase shuttle services across non-IT corridors like which can be helpful for those who travel by metro daily. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Sapan Mahajan, a regular commuter by metro who resides at Jeedimetla and works at Hi-Tec City, said, “There are many more IT professionals residing in the non-IT corridors and HMRL should consider them as well and start shuttle service, as it will also be beneficial for the local commuters. Usually, we have to take a share auto or bus till the respective metro station which costs around Rs 15-20. Having a free shuttle service or a paid shuttle service with a minimum amount of Rs 10 can save expenses and time simultaneously.” Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Jyoti Rao, a student of St Francis College who resides in Alwal, said, “The frequency of buses in the morning is enough. However, there aren’t any direct buses from one place to another and sometimes it becomes difficult to change buses in peak rush hours. Hence having a metro shuttle service anywhere from Kompally or Alwal to Paradise metro station and also from Jeedimetla to Balangar metro station will provide much relief to a lot of people and also it will provide better connectivity in areas where there is no metro service.”
Srinagar/Jammu: Low-speed (2G) mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu region and restrictions relaxed in 35 police stations in the Kashmir Valley, state police chief Dilbag Singh said on Saturday. However, he warned that any misuse of internet facilities will result in legal action. Now there are no restrictions in 10 districts of Jammu with ongoing relaxation at Poonch, Banihal, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah towns for the day, he said. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “Restrictions relaxed in the jurisdiction of 35 police stations in the Kashmir Valley. Shops opened in most of these areas. Landline numbers opened in some parts of each district in Kashmir. Communication opened Jammu region,” Singh said. The 2G mobile internet services have been restored in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi districts, officials said. They said the high-speed (3G and 4G) mobile internet services will be restored after a fresh assessment of the situation. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us However, the mobile internet services continued to remain suspended in Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts, the officials said. Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Jammu and Kashmir government said the administration is closely monitoring the whole situation and so far no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in the Valley. Plying of public transport normally on the roads is a good sign and there are reports that the same has been noticed in rural areas also, he said. Advertise With Us Schools beginning from primary level shall open and all government offices will start functioning normally from Monday, the spokesperson said. Kashmir was placed under a total clampdown on August 5, hours before the Centre’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Telephone line services, including mobile phones and landlines, were also suspended.By Sumir Kaul and Tariq Ahmed Sofi