NEW DELHI: The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) of India and Pakistan held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact. According to a joint release, the two sides reviewed the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and all other sectors in a free, frank and cordial atmosphere. “In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGsMO agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have the propensity to disturb the peace and lead to violence,’’ the joint press statement said. Further, both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight of 24/25 Feb 2021. “Both sides reiterated that existing mechanisms of hotline contact and border flag meetings will be utilised to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding,’’ the joint statement said. The two sides ... » Learn More about India, Pakistan review LoC situation, agree to maintain hotline contact, border flag meetings during DGMO-level talks
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Islamabad: At a time when Pakistan’s progress on countering terror-financing and money laundering is being scrutinised at the Plenary meeting of the global watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a report has highlighted that Pakistan has suffered losses worth billions due to being placed in the FATF`s grey list thrice since 2008. The findings were shared in a research paper published by an independent think tank named Tabadlab, titled "Bearing the cost of global politics, the impact of FATF grey-listing on Pakistan’s economy". The research paper revealed that "grey-listing event spanned from 2008 to 2019, which may have been one of the reasons why Pakistan’s cumulative GDP losses towered up to at least USD 38 billion". "Data suggested that Pakistan’s removal from the grey list of the FATF has at times led to revival of the economy, as evident from an increase in the level of GDP for the years 2017 and 2018," argued the author of the research paper. "A ... » Learn More about FATF grey-listing: Do you know how badly it has impacted Pakistan’s economy?
The success of Balakot air strikes displayed India's strong will to act against terrorism, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday. "On the anniversary of Balakot Air Strikes, I salute the exceptional courage and diligence of the Indian Air Force. The success of Balakot strikes has shown India's strong will to act against terrorism. We are proud of our Armed Forces who keep India safe and secure," Mr. Singh tweeted. On February 26, 2019, Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed terror launch pads in Balakot in Pakistan. The strikes were undertaken days after 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. ... » Learn More about Balakot air strikes displayed India’s strong will to act against terror: Rajnath
Exercising self-defence is a nation's primary right when a situation demands "immediate and proportionate action" and applies also to attacks by non-state actors, India told a UN meeting, highlighting several proxy cross-border and state-supported terrorist attacks like the 26/11 Mumbai assault the country was subjected to from its neighbour. India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu said at an Arria Formula meeting organised by Mexico that a 1974 UN General Assembly declaration requires that a member state should not allow territory under its control to be used for terrorism against another state. The Arria Formula meetings are informal meetings on ‘Upholding the collective security system of the UN Charter: the use of force in international law, non-state actors and legitimate self-defence’. The Security Council also mandates all states to refrain from providing any form of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in ... » Learn More about Exercising self-defence is a nation’s primary right: India at U.N.
Seeking India’s “proactive” support at the UN Human Rights Council, where a resolution on Sri Lanka will be soon put to vote, the Secretary to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “India cannot abandon us”. “If the world is one family, as your Foreign Minister has said, then we are immediate family, isn’t it,” Admiral (Retd.) Jayanath Colombage said, citing External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s reference to ‘ vasudhaiva kutumbakam ’ in his recent address to the Council. The Foreign Secretary, a former Navy Commander, spoke to The Hindu on Sri Lanka’s prospects at the ongoing session in Geneva, Indo-Lanka relations, Colombo’s broader foreign policy choices, and strategy for reconciliation from “within”, and regional cooperation. Sri Lanka, Mr. Colombage said, would be “very uncomfortable” if countries in the region did not extend support in Geneva. He expressed hope that India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh — who are among members of the current Council — will ... » Learn More about India cannot abandon us: Sri Lanka
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Rajasthan , Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a FinTech City in the capital Jaipur. The CM stated in his budget speech that Rajasthan has been always the highest contributor of chartered accountants to the nation and a service delivery hub for multinational IT companies. Considering these facts, the proposed FinTech City is aimed to be rolled out from FY 21-22. The project cost of FinTech city proposed by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) is Rs 106 crore that includes developing basic infrastructure like road, parking, street lights, water, electricity, parks, community facilities, public utility area, etc. The FinTech Park will be an integrated development of IT and finance that will offer large workspaces for both sectors. Notably, India was ranked 15th in the FinTech Country rankings and among the world’s 100 leading FinTech cities, 6 are from India. The development of the IT industry in Rajasthan is long overdue. In some ... » Learn More about Rajasthan to develop Jaipur FinTech city as a global hub of fintech services
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India struck Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest camp in Pakistan early Tuesday in a major “non-military pre-emptive” action, killing a large number of terrorists and trainers of the Pakistan-based terror group which, a top official said, was preparing to carry out suicide attacks in this country. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said credible intelligence was received that the JeM was planning to carry out more suicide attacks in India after the Pulwama bombing on a CRPF convoy that killed 40 jawans. “In an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated,” Mr. Gokhale said. What will be the stand of both governments now? The Hindu ’s Diplomatic Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar explains. ... » Learn More about Watch | Indian Air Force strike in Balakot: what next?
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen and the two leaders discussed ways to deepen economic, defence and counterterrorism cooperation while agreeing to work together to address challenges in South Asia and the greater Indo-Pacific region. Mr. Blinken called Mr. Momen over the phone on Feb. 23. During their call, they discussed Myanmar, a durable solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the importance of respect for labour and human rights. Mr. Blinken and Mr. Momen discussed ways to deepen economic, counterterrorism, and defence cooperation, and work together to address common challenges such as climate change, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a readout of the call. “Blinken congratulated Foreign Minister Momen on Bangladesh’s fiftieth anniversary of independence in 2021, and both leaders expressed the desire for closer collaboration to address challenges in South Asia and the greater Indo-Pacific ... » Learn More about U.S., Bangladesh agree to address challenges in South Asia, greater Indo-Pacific region