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India, Australia sign mutual logistics support agreement to increase military interoperability

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India and Australia on Thursday signed an agreement concerning Mutual Logistics Support to increase military inter-operability through defence exercises between the two countries.

The agreement allows the two countries to access military bases for logistics support and was signed during the first virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison. During the summit, the two leaders elevated the bilateral Strategic Partnership concluded in 2009 to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).

The two countries agreed to continue to deepen and broaden defence cooperation by enhancing the scope and complexity of their military exercises and engagement activities to develop new ways to address shared security challenges, a joint statement issued after the virtual summit said.

“Both sides agreed to increase military inter-operability through defence exercises through their arrangement concerning Mutual Logistics Support (MLSA). It was agreed that the implementing arrangement concerning cooperation in defence science and technology to the MoU on defence cooperation provides a framework for growing collaboration between the defence science and technology research organisations of both countries,” it said.

In his remarks, Morisson also emphasised the need for a mutual logistic support arrangement.

“In a time like this, we want to do very much with friends and trusted partners. This is a partnership which has stood the test during the course of this current crisis. We share a vision for open and free rules by multilateral systems in our region whether that is in the health area or it is in the trade or other places,” he said further.

Besides MLSA, India and Australia signed six more agreements. The two sides also signed three MoUs on cooperation in public administration and governance reforms, cooperation in vocational education and training and water resources management.

The two sides also unveiled a “shared vision for maritime cooperation in the Indo- Pacific” and signed seven agreements focused on crucial areas such as defence and rare earth minerals

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Global Coronavirus Death Toll Crosses 400,000

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Maryland, June 7 — : More than 4,00,000 people have died globally due to coronavirus and 69,16,233 people have been infected with the virus till now.

As per the latest Johns Hopkins University’s tally, 4,00,135 people have succumbed to the disease so far.

Till now, the US has reported the maximum number of coronavirus cases and deaths. As many as 1,920,061 COVID-19 cases and 1,09,802 deaths have been reported in the US.

Brazil has confirmed that 6,72,846 people have tested positive and 35,930 people have died due to COVID-19.

Similarly, Russia and the UK have reported 4,67,073 and 2,86,295 cases until now. With 40,548, the United Kingdon has reported the second-highest deaths due to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, India has surpassed the COVID tally of Spain and Italy. With 2,47,678 cases, India has become the fifth country in the list of coronavirus affected countries.

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India, China Border Meeting Inconclusive; Military & Diplomatic Engagements To Continue: MEA

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After Lieutenant General-level border talks between India and China ended inconclusively, India on Sunday said that New Delhi and Beijing have decided to continue the military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas of Eastern Ladakh.

“A meeting was held between the Corps Commander based in Leh and the Chinese Commander on June 6 in the Chushul-Moldo region. It took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

India and China have agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements and keeping in view the agreement between the leaders that peace and tranquillity in the border regions are essential for the overall development of bilateral relations, it added.

According to the MEA, both sides have also noted that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and agreed that an early resolution would contribute to the further development of the relationship.

Saturday’s meeting between senior officials of the Indian Army and the Peoples Liberation Army, China lasted for almost six hours to resolve over a month-long stalemate along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

As per sources in the defence establishment, the Indian side had pressed for restoration of status quo ante as it was existing before May 5 and pull up of heavy build-up along the LAC and follow agreements, protocols and laid down drills relating to maintaining ‘peace and tranquillity’ along the LAC and for the conduct of soldiers.

The Indian side was led by Leh-based 14 Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh while the Chinese delegation was led by South Xinjiang Military Commander Maj Gen Lin Liu at Moldo BPM point on the Chinese side, some 200 km south-east of Leh.

The meeting started around 1130 hrs, it had a break for lunch around 1430 hrs and resumed afterwards. Officials in Delhi said the meeting was on till 1900 hrs.

The two countries had held around a dozen meetings between commanders at the level of Major General and Brigadier had not succeeded, before the top commanders level.

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Kashmir News: Massive CASO launched by security forces in Pulwama

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Security forces launched massive Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on Sunday at two places in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, where two Over Ground Workers (OGWs) were arrested and three youths were prevented from joining militancy on Saturday, official sources said.

They said following a tip-off about the presence of militants, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police, CRPF and Rashtriya Rifles (RR) launched a joint search operation at Gasoo and Wasu in Pulwama early this morning.

All exit points were sealed by the security forces, they said adding later house to house search was launched at both the places. However, so far no contact was established with the militants, they said adding the operation was going on when the reports last came in.

Security forces and police in a joint operation on Saturday arrested two OGWs in Pulwama. Three youths were arrested before they could join the militant group. Later, they were handed over to their family members after their proper counselling, they said.

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