India and UAE on Thursday discussed the threats posed by the Islamic State (IS), increasing radicalisation of young people, and the need for a joint effort to counter terrorism during wide-ranging talks focusing on deepening security cooperation and expanding bilateral trade. 

    New Delhi also made a strong case for action on pending extradition requests for certain individuals wanted in India. The discussions took place at a ministerial commission meeting, held barely a fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE, the first by an Indian PM in 34 years. 

    External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her visiting counterpart Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan co-chaired the meeting.

    The two sides signed MOUs on cooperation in several areas, including higher education and scientific research, tourism, cooperation between the respective telecom regulatory authorities, and also between the FICCI and the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

    A government statement said the two sides agreed to increase bilateral trade by 60% over the next five years and also to encourage the UAE’s investment institutions to raise their stake in India, with an aim of reaching a target of US$ 75 billion.

    The visiting UAE minister also called on Modi and held meetings with defence minister and railways minister before attending a dinner hosted by national security adviser Ajit Doval. PM Modi recalled his successful visit to the UAE and said it had “charted a new course” in bilateral relations that would not only be beneficial for the two countries but also contribute to peace and prosperity in Asia and beyond.

Blind minor raped, killed in Puri

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
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  • Updated: Jun 07, 2013 00:47 IST

The murder of a minor blind girl after she was allegedly raped on Thursday triggered widespread protests in Odisha’s Puri district, with people blocking the busy road from Puri to Konark, demanding strong action against the culprits.

“There have been allegations of rape before murder. Things will be clear after we obtain the post mortem report,” Puri superintendent of police Anup Sahu said.

No arrest has been made so far.

The 13-year-old girl, a class 5 student in a blind school in Bhubaneswar, had gone to her village, about 65 km east of the state capital, for her summer vacation. The girl’s father alleged that some people kidnapped her after midnight from the courtyard of their house where she was sleeping with her mother and grandmother.

Family members and neighbours discovered her absence after two hours and started a frantic search for her. They found her body without clothes in the morning in a bush on the outskirts of the village.

Molested and beaten, woman ends life
Molested and thrashed by goons, a widow allegedly committed suicide in Bundelkhand region's Damoh district, 250 km from Bhopal on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old woman and her two sons, aged nine and five, were the only ones at home in Hardwani village when the accused Gaurishankar Patel, Gattu Patel and Dharu Patel barged into the house and molested her.

When she raised an alarm the accused thrashed her and fled. She later consumed pesticide and died in hospital, where she was rushed by her brother-in-law.

She told him she decided to end her life because the goons frequently molested her.


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