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India, U.S. sign agreements on counter-terrorism, clean energy, other matters

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of India, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of India, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the U.S. on Monday, a series of Memorandum of Understandings’ (MoU) and other agreements have been agreed upon by the two nations.

Here is a quick update of what’s been finalized to date:

  • Arrangement between the Multi-Agency Center and Intelligence Bureau of the Government of India and the Terrorist Screening Center of the Government of the United States of America for the exchange of Terrorist Screening Information.

Signed on June 2 in New Delhi, the arrangement primarily serves as an instrument for the two countries to share terrorist information. Shri Rajiv, India’s Union Home Secretary, and Richard Verma, India’s ambassador to the U.S., were the signees.

India and the U.S. shall provide each other access to terrorism screening information through the designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations.The arrangement would enhance the counter terrorism cooperation between India and the U.S.

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India and the Government of the United States of America to enhance cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy and Climate Change.

Signed on June 2 in New Delhi, this MoU seeks to enhance the energy security relationship between India and the U.S. Shri P.K. Pujari, India’s Secretary Ministry of Power, and Richard Verma were the signees.

The objective of the MoU is to enhance cooperation between India and the U.S. on energy security, clean energy and climate change through increased bilateral engagement and further joint initiatives for promoting sustainable growth.

  • Memorandum of Understanding between Government of India and Government of the United States of America to enhance cooperation on Wildlife Conservation and Combating Wildlife Trafficking.

Signed on June 2 in Washington D.C., the MoU serves primarily as a wildlife conservation tool. Shri Arun K. Singh, India’s ambassador to the U.S., and Catherine A. Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, were the signees.

The MoU seeks cooperation in areas such as Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Genetics; Natural World Heritage Conservation and Nature Interpretation; and Conservation Awareness, between India and the US for wildlife conservation and management and combating wildlife trafficking.

  • Memorandum of Understanding between Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security of the United States for the Development of an International Expedited Traveler Initiative.

Signed on June 3 in Washington D.C., seeks to provide expedited travel for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. Ambassador Singh and Kevin K. McAleenan, Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection were the signees.

The Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program, which allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. After joint scrutiny and clearance by both countries, the approved Indian travelers will be extended the facility of expedited entry into the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.

  • Technical Arrangement between the Indian Navy and the United States Navy concerning Unclassified Maritime Information Sharing.

Signed last month, this arrangement will allow the sharing of unclassified information between the two countries. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Admiral Ted N. Branch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, were the signees.

The Arrangement would allow sharing of unclassified information on White Shipping between India and the U.S. as permitted by respective national laws, regulations and policies, and provides a framework for mutually beneficial maritime information.

 

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Rev. Jesse Jackson pushes for India COVID relief

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Reverend Jesse Jackson is standing in solidarity with Indian Americans in California who are rallying the community to send more Covid-19 relief to India.  Reverend Jackson is also voicing solidarity for other communities of color as African Americans celebrate Juneteenth, the new Federal holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S.

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Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given away another massive chunk of her fortune. This time nearly 3  billion dollars to a variety of charities. Several Indian organizations like Goonj, Antara Foundation, and GiveIndia have also benefited from this generosity.

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US – India trade hits record $9 billion

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the U.S. Senate confirmed Radhika Fox as the first Indian American and woman of color to lead the office of water at the Environmental Protection Agency. Her supporters say she will focus on making sure everyone’s point of view is heard and taken into account.

And British Pakistani rapper Frenzo Harami is being criticized for his anti Hindu post on Instagram. Harami uses vulgar language to describe Hindu minorities living in Kashmir. He apparently went on this tirade after claiming youtube banned one of his videos.

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India’s COVID rate drops dramatically

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’ s Covid-19 infection rates are starting to consistently drop each day.  The ministry of health reported a little more than 60,000 cases in the past 24 hours. That’s a dramatic decrease from the peak of more than 400,000 cases in one day just a few months ago. 

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Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a dinner party for a bipartisan group of female senators at her official Washington, DC residence. 16 Democrats and eight Republicans. Vice President Harris is doing this against the backdrop of intense negotiations over President Biden’s agenda in Congress and a border crisis raging on her watch.

And one of the fiercest critics of Big Tech companies like Apple and Amazon is now leading the Federal Trade Commission.  Lina Khan will be tasked with voting on enforcement matters in areas of both competition and consumer protection. the 32 year old South Asian will be the youngest person to ever lead the agency.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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