US no longer sees India through prism of Pak: Mulford
The US no longer looks at India through the "prism" of Pakistan, according to outgoing US Ambassador to India David Mulford, who describes "de-hyphenating of India-Pakistan obsession" as a major accomplishment of his four-year tenure.
"One of the accomplishments has been to de-hyphenate the India-Pak obsession that was present when I got here. We set out to do that," he told PTI in an interview, his last as the American envoy in New Delhi.
He sought to dispel apprehensions that the Barack Obama administration may not be as "warm" towards India as the previous Bush government, saying the new dispensation in Washington realises India's importance and would be "extending" the bilateral relationship that has seen tremendous growth over the last five years.
"The Obama administration shares the view that India is very important country to the US. There is very high regard for India and Indians living in the US. I think the Obama administration is fully aware of this and will seek to extend the relationship. I don't think there is any doubt about it," the outgoing envoy said.
While it looks like the Bharatiya Janata Party will come to power in Maharashtra, local BJP leaders are intent on changing the ward delimitation to their advantage in the coming municipal elections. The BJP has even staged several agitations for the purpose.
The state capital reported 158 fresh Covid cases on Wednesday, out of which 73 are male, and 85 are female. A maximum of 29 cases were found in Alambagh and Aliganj each, followed by Sarojininagar (19), Chinhat, Red Cross, Silver Jubilee (9), Indiranagar (8), Turiya Ganj (6), NK Road (4), Gosaiganj (3), Malihabad (2), Mall (2), Aishbagh (1), Kakori (1), and Mohanlalganj (1). Till now, 11,70,91,665 have been tested.
Two ailing Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs from Pune, Laxman Jagtap and Mukta Tilak, along with other MLAs will reach Mumbai to vote during the crucial floor test set to be held today (June 30). The two MLAs will travel to Mumbai despite facing serious health issues. On Wednesday, Tilak had left from Pune to Mumbai via road and Jagtap will reach Mumbai in an ambulance on Thursday.
Former Karnataka CM and Congress stalwart Siddaramaiah's supporters pegged him as the chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming 2023 assembly polls once again by planning a month-long programme in August for his 75th birthday, news agency PTI reported. This massive convention is being seen as an attempt to send a message to the party high command ahead of polls. Siddaramaiah served as Karnataka's CM from 2013 to 2018.
Mumbai A day after the four-storey building in Naik Nagar Society at Kurla (east) collapsed and claimed the lives of 19 people and injured 14 others, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that they will demolish three more buildings in the compound. The Naik Nagar Society has four buildings in its compound which are identified as A, B, C and D wings. Following this, the BMC resumed the utility connections.