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.

Incident leaves students, their parents anxious about safety

  • Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 09, 2011 00:28 IST

For students of 2nd year BA Programme at Ram Lal Anand College, Tuesday is a day they are unlikely to forget anytime soon.

The murder of Radhika Tanwar, their classmate, saw students and their parents descend into a state of panic.

"I left for home immediately after I came to know about the attack on Radhika. My parents were getting worried and wanted me to come home. I knew Radhika fairly well, since she was in my class," said Kanika, who did not want to reveal her full name.

Within two hours of the murder, cars could be seen lining up outside the college, as parents arrived to take their wards, especially girls, back home.

"We know that the college is not to blame for the incident, as it happened outside the premises. But we don't want our daughter to stay in college today, as we feel it's not safe. She might get depressed," said Parmeet Mahajan, mother of a 1st year student, who had come to pick up her daughter at 11.30am.

By 1 pm, the college was almost empty, with just a handful of students present.

"We have heard about the murder but have not told our parents, so far. They will get worried unnecessarily. But most 2nd year students have left," said Shalini Kumari, a first year BA programme student.

Anxiousness in Ram Lal Anand evening college also increased because of the incident.

"By the time the students leave the college, it is dark, desolate and of course, people are scared. Earlier, would tell students that this is the University area and they don't need to be scared," said Harish Dhawan, principal of the college.

"We cannot do that anymore. Anxiousness about safety is certainly high among girls," Dhawan added.

After the incident, some students protested at Satya Niketan and blocked traffic on the Ring Road for close to an hour. 

 

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