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India Pakistan begin peace talks in Pathankot, serious allegations on both sides

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Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at a previous meeting. Credit: Reuters

Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at a previous meeting. Credit: Reuters

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — For the first time since their postponed January meeting, the Indian and Pakistan foreign secretaries sat down Tuesday to discuss a peace process between the two nations, talks that have been stalled after New Delhi awaited Pakistani action on the terror attack against an Indian Air Force base at Pathankot earlier this year.

Pakistan’s foreign secretary, Aizaz Chaudhury, ignored traditional protocol during the talks by releasing a statement while talks were still ongoing. India responded by saying they expect firm action against Masood Azhar, the chief of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which attacked the Pathankot air force base in January.

India’s foreign secretary, S. Jaishankar, said Chaudhury “clearly conveyed that Pakistan cannot be in denial on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relationship,” in a statement released Tuesday. Additionally, he stressed that India recently moved to have Azhar declared a terrorist by a United Nations sanctions committee. The move was blocked by China via the veto process, allegedly at the command of the Pakistan government.

Indian Foreign secretary S Jaishankar with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

Indian Foreign secretary S Jaishankar with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

India also focused its agenda on rebutting Pakistani claims that a former naval officer who was arrested in Balochistan was an agent of the country’s Research and Analysis Wing, the primary foreign intelligence agency of India. Islamabad has said that Kulbushan Jhadav, who was arrested by Pakistani officials on the allegations of being an Indian spy, has confessed to instigating the separatist movement in the province of Balochistan.

Jaishankar reportedly asked Pakistani officials why they believe an organized intelligence agency would disperse a spy into a nation without a valid passport or visa — when arrested, Jhadav was found with a valid Indian passport issued in a fake name and with a visa for Iran, according to Pakistani officials.

 

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — On the first day of the public Trump impeachment inquiry hearings over the President’s dealings in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, testified one of his aides heard from EU ambassador Gordon Sondland that the President was focused on triggering investigations into Joe Biden and his son. The aide, David Holmes, reportedly also overheard a conversation between Trump and Sondland, where they discussed ‘the investigations.’ Holmes will appear for a closed-door deposition with impeachment investigators Friday. Republican allies of Trump painted the testimony of Taylor and George Kent as hearsay.

More than 100 Indian CEOs, political leaders and even Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone will head Davos in January for the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting to discuss making ‘cohesive and sustainable world.’ President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also expected to be there.

The Food and Drug Administration granted Shreis Scalene Sciences (Shreis), an American company, a ‘Breakthrough Device Designation’ for the CYTOTRON, a cancer treatment, developed in India, by scientist Dr. Rajah Vijay Kumar in Bengaluru.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India, Pakistan trade quips at UNESCO

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PARIS (Diya TV)  — At UNESCO’s general conference in Paris, both Pakistan and India traded quips over Kashmir. Pakistan’s Minister of Education and newly elected President of UNESCO’s Education Commission Shafqat Mehmood efforted to convince UNESCO leadership to confront India over their recent constitutional change affecting Jammu and Kashmir, claiming 1.5 million Kashmiri students who have not been able to attend schools since August 5th. In response, India’s UNESCO delegate Ananya Agarwal countered that “Pakistan is the world’s largest producer and exporter” of terrorism, calling Pakistan’s charges “fabricated falsehoods.”

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Notable executives from the worlds of private investing, industry and nonprofits came together to talk about impact investing at Akshaya Patra’s TAP Forum in the Bay Area. The goal is to take the diasporas success to build a foundation for the next generation.

The Indian women’s hockey team will get the chance to go for the gold in Tokyo, qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after beating team USA in a qualifying match.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House holds hearing on human right violations in Jammu & Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, examined the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among those on hand hearing testimony from experts offering widely different narratives. The commission plans to take these perspectives into account before offering recommendations for action by Congress.

In a line of questioning during the impeachment inquiry lauded by many political analysts, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi focused on the timeline of the Ukraine affair, confirming through witness testimony that once Congress began investigating quid pro quo by the Trump administration, security funds were released to Ukraine two days later.

American tech firms are increasingly sponsoring green cards, or permanent US residency, for their employees from India and elsewhere in an effort to hold on to their skilled talent at a time when work visa extensions have become unpredictable.

India will fund at least 250 defense startups over the next five years as it seeks new technologies for their armed forces. The plan is obtain at least 50 ‘tangible innovations’ by the startups for military use.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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