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India’s role critical in building open, inclusive, prosperous Indo-Pacific: Australian PM

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Australian PM Scott Morrison on Thursday said that Australia is committed to building an open, inclusive as well as a prosperous Indo-Pacific region and India’s role in that region will be critical in years ahead.

“In the Indo-Pacific, we are committed to an open, inclusive and prosperous region and India’s role in that region will be critical in years ahead. The cultural links that we enjoy between our countries are well known. And what I am excited about is it’s time for our relationship to go broader and to go deeper,” Morrison said during a virtual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He expressed regret that his engagement with Prime Minister Modi is not being held in person due to the coronavirus travel restrictions. Morrison’s trip to India was also cancelled earlier this year due to the bushfires in Australia.

“Together with friends such as Mr. Abe (Shinzo Abe, Japan Prime Minister), this has been important in our region (Indo-Pacific) and to provide that steady and stabilising during these challenging times,” he said.

“I thank you (PM Modi) for your leadership not just within India but broadly throughout G20, Indo-Pacific and the stabilising, constructive and very positive role that you have played in these very difficult times,” he added.

Morrison once again conveyed his condolences to all of those deeply impacted by tropical Cyclone Ampham that hit the Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha, killing over 70 people last month.

“Our relationship is exactly that as you said; very comfortable and very natural, so much in common and shared, if not in language always, certainly the things that matter such as values that we hold. And we obviously like to champion those values together in our region and as sovereign nations,” he stressed.

He also thanked Prime Minister Modi for extending an invitation to visit India soon and said he looked forward to meeting him at the G7 summit which is scheduled to take place in the United States later this year.

In his talks, Morrison also reflected on the joint declaration between Australia and India on a shared vision for maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific which looks forward to bring together scientists from the two countries.

“We share an ocean. We share responsibilities for that ocean as well. It’s health. It’s well-being. It’s security. And the relationship we are forming around those issues on our maritime domain,” the Australian Prime Minister stressed in the summit.

He focused on the need for a mutual logistic support arrangement as well as a defence, science and technology management for many commercial opportunities between the two countries.

“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.

The trade and investment relations between India and Australia is growing a lot faster, Morrison pointed, but also noted that the comprehensive strategic partnership that has been formed today over the virtual meet will take the bilateral relationship to a new level.

Concludingly, Morrison also congratulated India for taking over the leadership at the World Health Organisation’s executive board.

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Vikas Dubey Encounter: Vikas Dubey Reportedly Killed In Encounter With Police

Vikas Dubey Encounter: Vikas Dubey, on the run since he organized the massacre of eight policemen in Kanpur last Friday, was arrested yesterday at a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

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Has Vikas Dubey been killed in an encounter with UP police? The twitter is trending and the news is flashing that one of the three police cars taking criminal Vikas Dubey to Uttar Pradesh, overturned early this morning on the highway.

According to India Today: Vikas Dubey has been killed in an encounter in Kanpur. The encounter broke out between Dubey and the Uttar Pradesh STF (Special Task Force) when the gangster tried to escape. Vikas suffered a few bullets shots and he later dies of his injuries. His death is yet to be confirmed by the officials.

Earlier Reports on Vikas Dubey

Unconfirmed reports suggest the car that overturned had Vikas Dubey in it. Vikas Dubey, on the run since he organized the slaughter of eight cops in Kanpur last Friday, was arrested yesterday at a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

A per Times of India – One of the vehicles of the convoy of Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) that was bringing back gangster Vikas Dubey to Kanpur overturned on Friday morning. The accident happened at around 7 am. There are reports that Vikas has been injured along with an STF sub-inspector and two constables. However, an official confirmation is awaited.

Questions were raised on the manner in which he was caught and whether it was an arrest or the gangster turned himself in at a time and place of his choosing. Senior UP police officer Mohit Agarwal said: “We had caught many of his associates and a few were killed. So definitely he was trying to save his life and on the run.”

 

 

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BJP Leader, Father, Brother Shot Dead in Kashmir; All Guards Were Missing

The killing of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed Ajay Pandita Bharti, a sarpanch in LukBhawan Larkipora area of Anantnag in Southern Kashmir. Bharti, a Kashmiri Pandit had returned to the valley only a few years ago. 

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The safety of political workers has once again come under the scanner after the killing of BJP leader Sheikh Wasim and his family. The death of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed another political worker from the Indian National Congress in Anantnag.

A ruling BJP leader, his father and brother were shot dead in Kashmir on Wednesday. The murder took place in Bandipora district yesterday evening after suspected militants gunned down the trio at their shop. The latest killings depict a grim picture of Kashmir and raise concern over the safety of political workers.

The deceased included Sheikh Wasim, a BJP leader, his father Basheer Ahmad and brother Umar. According to police reports, the family was attacked as they stood outside their shop, just metres away from a local police station.

A media report states that Wasim and his family were shot in the head and the succumbed to their injuries en route to the hospital. The culprits were armed with a revolver (fitted with a silencer) and rode motorcycles.

Although Wasim had been granted security detail, none of the eight guards deployed were present when the terrorists attacked. Sources say the guards have been arrested for dereliction of duty and an investigation has been started.

“We are taking a tough (stand) against them for dereliction of duty and failure to protect the life,” Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police Kashmir, said.

The killing of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed Ajay Pandita Bharti, a sarpanch in LukBhawan Larkipora area of Anantnag in Southern Kashmir. Bharti, a Kashmiri Pandit had returned to the valley only a few years ago.

The killing of political workers has exposed the grim reality of the current situation in Kashmir. The Narendra Modi led BJP government had made it a priority to wipe out militancy from the region and restore peace and tranquillity. However, the killings indicate that the government has a difficult at hand.

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The cold-blooded murder of Wasim and his family led to politicians and ministers offering their condolences. Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally sought details and extended his condolences to Mr Wasim’s family in a telephonic conversation with Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to express his grief and extended condolence to the family of the victims.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav and BJP President JP Nadda also expressed their shock anger of the killing. Both extended condolences to the family and notes that Wasim’s death was a big loss to the party

Kashmir has seen an uptick in militancy in recent months. However, Indian armed forces have enjoyed the upper hand so far thanks to their alertness and combat superiority. According to data collected by South Asian Terrorism Portal, 138 militants have been killed in 2020 so far. Meanwhile, 14 civilians and 33 members of the armed forces have also lost their lives during the same period.

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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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