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India-Australia 2+2 dialogue set to start today
The meeting also comes ahead of the visit of Australian PM Scott Morrison to India next week.

India-Australia 2+2 dialogue set to start today

09 Dec 2019 | 10:23 AM

NEW DELHI:With India and Australia scheduled to hold 2+2 official-level dialogue here tomorrow, New Delhi is on the verge of completing a full circle of engagements with the other three members of Quad before the end of the year.

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KV Prasad

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 8

With India and Australia scheduled to hold 2+2 official-level dialogue here tomorrow, New Delhi is on the verge of completing a full circle of engagements with the other three members of Quad before the end of the year.

The third India-Australia official-level talks will be held by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar with Australian Foreign Secretary Frances Adamson and her Defence counterpart Greg Moriarty to discuss a range of bilateral, strategic and security issues.

The meeting also comes ahead of the visit of Australian PM Scott Morrison to India next week. The visiting dignitary is the keynote speaker at the Raisin Dialogue, being organised jointly by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation.

Among other things, talks are expected to work towards finalising the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement — a bilateral pact to facilitate military of each country reciprocal access to food, water, fuel, spare parts and other components. India currently has Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement with the United States and is also negotiating Acquisition and Cross Service Agreement with Japan.

One aspect of military exchanges and deep deployment remains stretching of resources that may not match the trade dimension in the region. Australia and India, at least a section of policy makers and strategic community, are of the view that both countries should have increased and deeper trade engagement. Australia is also a votary of India being included in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, a forum of 21 Pacific Rim countries.

While India has bilateral exchanges and exercises with the Australian Defence Forces, New Delhi did not extend invitation to Canberra to join the 2018 Malabar naval exercise with Japan and the US. Australia pulled out from Malabar after taking part in 2007 Malabar.

The annual interaction also assumes significance since India took part in the first-ever ministerial-level meeting of the four Quadrilateral countries —Australia, India, Japan and the US — in New York this September with all countries subscribing to freedom of navigation and over flight in the South China Sea and centrality of ASEAN to the Indo-Pacific region.

Having upgraded its 2+2 dialogue with Japan, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh travelled to Tokyo for a meeting with their counterparts on November 30.

Ten days from now, the two ministers are scheduled to meet the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper for the second such Ministerial dialogue for which preparatory meeting was held in August. 

Citizenship Bill: Sena accuses Centre of ‘invisible Hindu-Muslim partition’

Citizenship Bill: Sena accuses Centre of ‘invisible Hindu-Muslim partition’

09 Dec 2019 | 10:24 AM

MUMBAI: Ahead of tabling of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday, the Shiv Sena has questioned whether “selective acceptance” of Hindu illegal immigrants will act as a trigger for a religious war in the country.

Telangana forms 8-member SIT to probe Hyderabad ‘encounter’

Telangana forms 8-member SIT to probe Hyderabad ‘encounter’

09 Dec 2019 | 1:24 PM

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the December 6 ‘encounter’ near Shadnagar town in which the police killed all four accused in a woman veterinarian’s gang-rape and murder.

India faces K-turbulence on Capitol Hill

India faces K-turbulence on Capitol Hill

09 Dec 2019 | 12:41 PM

NEW DELHI:The government has hired a Washington-based lobbying group to add muscle to its efforts to avert an unpleasant surprise on Capitol Hill where a bipartisan resolution criticising the situation in Kashmir has been introduced.

Mandate in K’taka stolen through back door; people taught Cong a lesson: Modi

Mandate in K’taka stolen through back door; people taught Cong a lesson: Modi

09 Dec 2019 | 1:17 PM

BARHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the Congress of stealing people’s mandate in Karnataka through back door, contending that the party has been taught a lesson in the just-concluded bypolls.

Air quality in national capital remains in “very poor” category

Air quality in national capital remains in “very poor” category

09 Dec 2019 | 11:13 AM

NEW DELHI: The air quality in the national capital remained in the “very poor” category for the sixth consecutive day on Monday as cold weather and calm winds allowed accumulation of pollutants.

SC to hear on Wednesday DMK’s plea alleging quota given in TN local body polls as per 1991 census

SC to hear on Wednesday DMK’s plea alleging quota given in TN local body polls as per 1991 census

09 Dec 2019 | 12:59 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Wednesday a fresh plea of the DMK alleging that the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission had decided to grant quota to women and SC/ST candidates in local bodies elections on the basis of 1991 census instead of 2011 census.

Tharoor submits notice in LS to oppose introduction of CAB

Tharoor submits notice in LS to oppose introduction of CAB

09 Dec 2019 | 11:12 AM

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday submitted a notice in the Lok Sabha to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at the introduction stage on the grounds that it “violates” the fundamental right to equality.

Citizenship Bill to be tabled today

Citizenship Bill to be tabled today

09 Dec 2019 | 12:30 PM

NEW DELHI:The stage is set for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan facing religious persecution there.

Sonia Gandhi turns 73, wishes pour in

Sonia Gandhi turns 73, wishes pour in

09 Dec 2019 | 9:37 AM

NEW DELHI: Top Congress leaders extended birthday wishes to party chief Sonia Gandhi, who turned 73 on Monday.

India in midst of ‘growth recession’: Rajan

India in midst of ‘growth recession’: Rajan

09 Dec 2019 | 10:15 AM

NEW DELHI:Reserve Bank of India’s former Governor Raghuram Rajan has said India is in the midst of a “growth recession” with signs of deep malaise in the economy that is being run through extreme centralisation of power in Prime Minister’s Office and powerless ministers.

Complete rape, POCSO case probes in 2 months: Prasad

Complete rape, POCSO case probes in 2 months: Prasad

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

PATNA/PANAJI: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said he would write to chief ministers and high court chief justices of all the states to complete investigation into cases of rape and those registered under the POCSO Act in two months.

When rule of law collapses, it is replaced by jungle rajOBITER DICTA BY Satya Prakash

When rule of law collapses, it is replaced by jungle raj

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

The killing of four men accused of rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad by Telangana Police has once again highlighted the fault lines in the rule of law regime in India.

Committed to changes in IPC, CrPC, says Shah

Committed to changes in IPC, CrPC, says Shah

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

DELHI/PUNE: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asserted the NDA government’s resolve to amend the IPC and the CrPC to make them more conducive for the country, amid the debate on delay in criminal justice delivery system, especially in heinous crimes like rape.

Unnao victim buried;  PM stresses on women’s safety

Unnao victim buried; PM stresses on women’s safety

09 Dec 2019 | 9:40 AM

LUCKNOW:Even as the PM at a police function in Pune today stressed on effective policing to ensure women’s safety, asking officials to improve the image of the force to inspire confidence among all sections, including women, a village in UP bade farewell to the Unnao rape victim.

Bringing new laws not sole solution: VP

Bringing new laws not sole solution: VP

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

PUNE: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said bringing laws to curb atrocities against women was not the only solution as “political will” and “administrative skills” were required to end the social evil.

43 die in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi blaze

43 die in Delhi’s Anaj Mandi blaze

09 Dec 2019 | 2:20 PM

NEW DELHI:At least 43 persons were killed when a massive fire ripped through a four-storey building housing illegal manufacturing units in north Delhi’s congested Anaj Mandi area on Sunday morning, in the second deadliest blaze in the national capital.

BJP, AAP in blame game over fire

BJP, AAP in blame game over fire

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

NEW DELHI: An intense political blame game erupted after the Anaj Mandi fire tragedy, with the BJP holding the Kejriwal government responsible for the incident and the AAP alleging that the saffron party was doing politics over dead bodies.

22 years since Uphaar cinema tragedy, its deja vu for Delhi

22 years since Uphaar cinema tragedy, its deja vu for Delhi

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

NEW DELHI:Twenty two years ago on Friday, June 13, 1997, Uphaar Cinema, in Green Park area of Delhi, became the spot for the national capital’s worst fire tragedy, killing 59 people.

Nine worst fire tragedies in 25 yrs

Nine worst fire tragedies in 25 yrs

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

As many as 442 persons, including 225 schoolchildren, lost their lives and 100 were injured in a fire and the stampede that followed at a school’s annual day function.

For many, search for loved ones ended  at hospital morgue

For many, search for loved ones ended at hospital morgue

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

NEW DELHI:Bihar native Wajid Ali sank down to the floor in front of the mortuary at a city hospital after seeing the body of his young cousin and learning that his two brothers are untraceable after the massive blaze on Sunday.

Blaze started in internal system: BSES

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

NEW DELHI:Power distribution company BYPL claimed that the factory fire appeared to have started in some “internal system” of the building.

Capital abuzz over next Army Chief, first CDS

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

NEW DELHI:With three weeks to go for the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to retire, the power corridors in the national capital are abuzz with various possibilities on who will be the new chief for the 1.

Fee cut for medical courses under study

Fee cut for medical courses under study

09 Dec 2019 | 7:17 AM

NEW DELHI:In what could prove to be a big relief for medical students, a panel tasked with drafting guidelines for fee structure in private colleges is mulling slashing fee for half of graduate and postgraduate seats by 70 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively.

Worst drought in century dries up Victoria Falls

Worst drought in century dries up Victoria Falls

09 Dec 2019 | 7:18 AM

VICTORIA FALLS (ZAMBIA):For decades Victoria Falls, where southern Africa’s Zambezi river cascades down 100 metres into a gash in the earth, have drawn millions of holidaymakers to Zimbabwe and Zambia for their stunning views.

Patna varsity poll results spring surprise

09 Dec 2019 | 7:18 AM

PATNA:A year after having made a splash in Patna University Students’ Union polls, the student wing of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) bit the dust on Sunday, failing to win any of the key posts, while RSS affiliated ABVP came up with a diminished performance, holding on to only the general secretary’s post.

‘Practical LAC definition can improve ties’

09 Dec 2019 | 7:18 AM

NEW DELHI:Former Foreign Secretary MK Rasgotra feels Sino-Indian ties can get a big fillip if China agrees to a practical definition of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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Man eats $120,000 piece of art at Miami fair

09 Dec 2019 | 7:18 AM

Miami: A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.

PM visits ailing Shourie

09 Dec 2019 | 7:18 AM

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NHRC team meets kin of killed H’bad rape accused

09 Dec 2019 | 7:18 AM

Hyderabad: A probe team of the National Human Rights Commission on Sunday met the families of the four Hyderabad vet rape-and-murder accused killed by the police.

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08 Dec 2019 | 10:58 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed on the role of effective policing in ensuring that women feel safe and secure.

PM Modi meets ex-Union minister Arun Shourie at Pune hospital

PM Modi meets ex-Union minister Arun Shourie at Pune hospital

08 Dec 2019 | 10:57 PM

PUNE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former Union minister Arun Shourie at a hospital in Pune on Sunday evening and spent nearly 15 minutes with the former BJP leader.

2 held for Vadodara gang-rape; hang them, demand victim’s kin

2 held for Vadodara gang-rape; hang them, demand victim’s kin

08 Dec 2019 | 9:08 PM

AHMEDABAD: Ahmedabad crime branch on Sunday arrested two persons for the gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl in Vadodara, police said.

Delhi fireman saves 11 people, hailed as hero

Delhi fireman saves 11 people, hailed as hero

08 Dec 2019 | 9:07 PM

NEW DELHI: Rajesh Shukla was hailed as a hero on Sunday after the firefighter pulled 11 people out of a multi-storey building in north Delhi amid a blaze on Sunday.

Rape, POCSO case probes should be completed in 2 months: Prasad to write to CMs, CJs

Rape, POCSO case probes should be completed in 2 months: Prasad to write to CMs, CJs

08 Dec 2019 | 8:50 PM

PATNA: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said he would write to chief ministers and high court chief justices of all the states to complete investigation into cases of rape and those registered under the POCSO Act in two months.

57% waste processed in country; big states lag behind: Ministry report

57% waste processed in country; big states lag behind: Ministry report

08 Dec 2019 | 8:31 PM

NEW DELHI: Waste is collected on a daily basis from households in 93 per cent of the country’s municipal councils under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan of which only 57 per cent is processed, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has said.

Rahul Gandhi must return as Congress chief soon: Chhattisgarh CM

Rahul Gandhi must return as Congress chief soon: Chhattisgarh CM

08 Dec 2019 | 8:13 PM

NEW DELHI: Ever since Rahul Gandhi resigned as Congress chief, people are missing him as an “outspoken” leader and therefore, he must return to lead the party forward, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Sunday.

NHRC team meets families of slain Hyderabad rape accused

NHRC team meets families of slain Hyderabad rape accused

08 Dec 2019 | 9:03 PM

HYDERABAD: The investigative team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) from Delhi on Sunday met the families of four persons killed in a police encounter as part of its ongoing probe into the incident.

Lata Mangeshkar returns home from hospital after 28 days, thanks well-wishers

Lata Mangeshkar returns home from hospital after 28 days, thanks well-wishers

08 Dec 2019 | 7:36 PM

MUMBAI: Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who was admitted to hospital three weeks ago after she was diagnosed with pneumonia, returned home on Sunday.

Wife helped 3 people rape 12-year-old daughter, man tells cops in Gujarat

Wife helped 3 people rape 12-year-old daughter, man tells cops in Gujarat

08 Dec 2019 | 7:24 PM

BHAVNAGAR: Three persons were arrested in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district for allegedly raping a minor girl repeatedly over a year, while the victim’s mother, who abetted the crime, is absconding, said police on Sunday.

Data national asset, digital nationalism need of the hour: RSS affiliate

Data national asset, digital nationalism need of the hour: RSS affiliate

08 Dec 2019 | 7:17 PM

NEW DELHI: RSS-affiliate the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) said on Sunday that Indian alternatives of payment gateways, social media platforms and service aggregators must be supported and promoted as data sovereignty and data nationalism are the need of the hour.

Amit Shah to move Citizenship Amendment Bill in LS on Monday

Amit Shah to move Citizenship Amendment Bill in LS on Monday

08 Dec 2019 | 7:00 PM

NEW DELHI: The stage is set for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan facing religious persecution there.

Retired army man trains soldiers for avalanches; says will serve army 'till grave'

Retired army man trains soldiers for avalanches; says will serve army 'till grave'

08 Dec 2019 | 4:12 PM

SRINAGAR: Describing himself as an army man "till grave", Honorary Captain Mohammed Ilyas Ahmed even after his retirement helps in training troops to face avalanches in the higher reaches of the Kashmir valley.

Rush at Sabarimala continues, income touches over Rs 69 crore

Rush at Sabarimala continues, income touches over Rs 69 crore

08 Dec 2019 | 3:49 PM

SABARIMALA: With the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala witnessing a heavy flow of devotees, the income of the shrine has touched over Rs 69 crore in the first 20 days of the ongoing two-month-long pilgrim season.

BJP, Congress try to corner AAP govt on Anaj Mandi fire

BJP, Congress try to corner AAP govt on Anaj Mandi fire

08 Dec 2019 | 9:02 PM

NEW DELHI: Congress and BJP leaders on Sunday blamed the Arvind Kejriwal government for the fire accident at Anaj Mandi here that claimed 43 lives.

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