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US-India agree to boost military co-operation for disaster relief

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Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar

Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — The U.S. and India are partnering together to make it easier for the two countries’ militaries to coordinate during disasters and other emergencies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

During a joint news conference with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, Carter said the two countries have “agreed in principle” on a logistics agreement, and that it could be finalized in the coming weeks. U.S. Defense officials said the agreement would facilitate better coordination between the armed forces of both countries, including in exercises, and also allow the U.S. to more easily sell fuel or provide spare parts to the Indians.

Additionally, Carter said the U.S. and India expect to reach a second agreement to improve the sharing of information of commercial shipping, in an effort to beef up security in the seas.

Carter said that while these types of agreements sound as if they should be automatic, it doesn’t always work that way.

And while this agreement was touted as an important stepping in amping up international relations, there still remains less progress on other programs the U.S. would like to partner with India on.

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Those would include cooperation on the development of jet engines and aircraft carrier technologies.

Carter on Monday said that India is seeking to move to a flat-deck design for its aircraft carriers, and said that the U.S. is “more than willing” to share the technology they have which allows jet fighters to launch off the ships. Called “catapult technology,” U.S. defense officials said that if India begins using it, opportunities for India to purchase U.S.-made FA-18 fighter jets or other crafts using the technology could present itself.

During a visit to China last June, Carter and Parrikar signed a separate defense agreement in an effort to broaden the traditionally rocky relationship between the two nations.

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India sets tougher regulations on explicit content

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’s Information Technology Ministry set new regulations for social media companies and digital streaming websites, demanding compliance with government takedown requests of unlawful, violent, and explicit content within 36 hours. Upon request, social media companies would have to disclose where the content is originating from. But Facebook-owned WhatsApp says they cannot comply without compromising user privacy.

Indian Prime Minister Modi took the first dose of a Indian-made coronavirus vaccine. So far, his nation has vaccinated 12 million frontline workers since January. But the goal is to inoculate 300 million Indians by August.

The Pentagon said a U.S. airstrike last week in eastern Syria killed one member of an Iranian-backed militia and wounded two others. The bombing was carried out in retaliation for a deadly rocket attack on a U.S.-led coalition base in northern Iraq as well as two other rocket attacks.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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19 yr old Fremont teen dies in car accident

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Atharva Chinchwadkar Found Dead In Solo Car Accident | Diya TV News

FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Atharva Chinchwadkar, a 19 year old Fremont man reported missing last week, was found dead in what appears to be a tragic solo car accident just a few miles from his home. He was last seen on February 21st by his parents when he left his home to get dog food and didn’t return.

Chinchwadkar was a student at UC Santa Cruz.

Indian businessman Nirav Modi will be extradited from Britain back to India after a London judge dismissed Modi’s argument he would not be treated fairly in India. He’ll face a host of charges when he returns including corruption, money laundering, fraud and embezzlement stemming from the $2 billion fraud case of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries made its first investment in a venture fund, pumping $100 million into early-stage VC Kalaari Capital, led by Vani Kola. The investment is through Jio Platforms and an additional $100 million is also expected to be deployed into a future fund.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India minister Jaishankar Addresses human rights at UN

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Human rights can’t be protected without addressing the threat of terrorism. That’s the message India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar delivered the UN’s Human Rights Council, emphasizing human rights cannot be protected without addressing terrorism, which he called as “one of the gravest threats to humankind.” Last month, India proposed an 8-point plan at the UN to tackle terrorism.

Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has been nominated by President Biden to be Surgeon General for the second time, made in excess of $2 million on COVID-19 related consultations and speeches according to financial disclosures. Carnival cruise lines, Airbnb and the NBA were among the dozens of organizations who retained Murthy for his expertise.

Two Indian Americans are suing Subway, the sandwich chain, claiming there is no tuna in their tuna meals. Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin claim Subway falsely promotes its tuna salad sandwiches as composed of wild tuna, when it actually has no tuna or any other fish in it.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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