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India and the United States will step up cooperation significantly to ensure the defeat of terrorism, leaders of the two nations who held their first meeting on Monday said in remarks from the White House.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2017 08:28 IST
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US President Donald Trump (R) greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
US President Donald Trump (R) greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.(Reuters)

PM Modi’s US visit focus on terrorism and trade, China blames India for Sikkim standoff, Gorkha leaders threaten Telangana-style agitation, Hizbul’s chief Syed Salahuddin releases video calling for week-long shutdown, Donald Trump keen to meet Vladimir Putin.

Top stories to bring you up to date:

At White House meeting, Narendra Modi and Donald Trump vow to crack down on terrorist groups

India and the United States will step up cooperation significantly to ensure the defeat of terrorism, leaders of the two nations who held their first meeting on Monday said in remarks from the White House. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said terrorism was among the “top priorities” for both him and President Donald Trump, stressing their countries will increase cooperation in combating the menace. The two leaders discussed terrorism, defence and security cooperation and trade, first in a one-on-one conversation and then in a wider meeting joined by their aides, foreign secretary S Jaishankar, Indian ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, vice-president Mike Pence, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and members of the Trump cabinet. Read the story here.

Donald Trump says US-India ties have ‘never been stronger’, praises PM Modi

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that ties between Washington and New Delhi had “never been stronger” after holding his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders sought to develop a warm relationship despite differences over trade, immigration and the Paris climate accord. Trump, in Oval Office remarks as Modi sat beside him, said Modi “has been such a great prime minister” and noted that he had been reading about India’s economic success under his leadership. “Economically, India is doing very well,” he said.Later at a joint briefing, Trump paid tribute to the Indian leader for overseeing growth rates which are faster than any other major economy in the world. Read the story here.

Donald Trump calls for removal of barriers for US exports to India

US President Donald Trump said he is keen to work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on creating a “fair and reciprocal” trading relationship between the two nations and called for the removal of “barriers” for the export of US goods into Indian markets. “I look forward to working with you to create jobs in our countries, to grow our economies and to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal,” Trump said in his remarks at the White House Rose Garden following his meeting with Modi. Trump said it was “important” that barriers be removed to export US goods into Indian markets, “and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country.” Read the story here.

Modi invites Trump and his family to India, Ivanka to lead delegation to country

Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited US President Donald Trump to visit him in India with his family, and capped the offer with a hug on Monday. Modi and Trump spoke in the Rose Garden after a bilateral meeting with senior members of their administrations. Modi tells Trump, “I would like to invite you and your family” to India. As they concluded their remarks, Modi and Trump walked up to each other and embraced. Trump said his daughter, Ivanka Trump, had accepted an invitation to travel to India this fall for an entrepreneurship summit. Read the story here.

As Modi meets Trump, US designates Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin as global terrorist

The US designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist just hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with American President Donald Trump, and there was “strong focus” on counter-terrorism in the Indian leader’s engagements with Trump administration officials. “Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior HM (Hizbul Mujahideen) leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people,” the US state department said. Read the story here.

China blames Indian military for Sikkim trouble as face-off destroys bunkers

The Chinese army on Monday accused the Indian military of provoking tension along the Line of Actual Control in Sikkim, where the two sides were reportedly involved in a tense confrontation earlier this month. Indian and Chinese troops scuffled near the Doka La area in the first week of June, PTI reported earlier in the day quoting unnamed sources, before soldiers from Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) damaged bunkers on the Indian side. The stand-off in Sikkim comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Washington and is expected to negotiate a deal to buy American surveillance drones and reinvigorate strategic ties, moves that could rile Beijing. Read the story here.

Immolation, hunger strike: Gorkha youth leaders threaten Telangana-style stir

The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha (GJYM) leaders have threatened to launch a Telangana-style movement that will include self-immolation and indefinite hunger strike to mount pressure on the Centre and West Bengal government for statehood to the Darjeeling region. They said at least 15 people set themselves on fire between December 2009 and March 2012 to press for a separate state of Telangana. The new state was eventually born in June 2014. “When the state and the central governments are not listening to our peaceful agitation, we will be compelled to go for indefinite fast and self-immolation to demand statehood,” Prakash Gurung, the GJYM president, said on Monday. Read the story here.

Hizbul’s Syed Salahuddin seeks a 7-day stir for Burhan Wani’s death anniversary, security tightened

The United Jehad Council (UJC), a collective of militant organisations in Kashmir, called for on Monday a week-long agitation to mark the first death anniversary of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Protest ‘calendars’, a schedule of shutdowns and demonstrations in the region, are typically declared by the separatist outfit Hurriyat and its factions, making Monday’s announcement by UJC chief Syed Salahuddin unusual. In a first such video message, he said martyrs’ weekwould be observed beginning July 7 on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC). Officials have started bracing for the death anniversary, increasing security deployment in South Kashmir and along the region’s key highways. Read the story here.

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. But the idea is exposing deep divisions within the administration on the best way to approach Moscow in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the US elections. Many administration officials believe the US needs to maintain its distance from Russia at such a sensitive time — and interact only with great caution. Read the story here.

Hema Malini says she had a role during Emergency: People hid in theatres showing Sholay

Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini said she played a “small role” during the Emergency, as opposition leaders hid from the police in packed cinema halls where her film, Sholay, was being screened. Those were also the days when political leaders opposed to Indira Gandhi and the ruling regime were being arrested, she said. “So political leaders opposed to the Emergency used to take refuge in jam-packed theatres where Sholay was being screened,” she said. “So I too played a small role among those who opposed the Emergency,” the BJP MP from Mathura said. Read the story here.

Delhi: Now, pay more for parking for longer hours at Connaught Place

You will soon have to pay much more to park at Connaught Place, Delhi’s high street shopping destination, beyond a period of five hours. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to remove the current upper cap of R100 on parking charges -- effecting a steep hike in the rates. Presently, people pay R20 per hour for the first five hours and a flat rate of R100 for any period beyond that. According to the council’s new plan, residents will pay R20 for every extra hour even beyond the five-hour limit. Read the story here.