Regional Security, Defence Trade on Agenda as Pompeo Arrives in 'Leading Power' India for 2+2 Talks
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper have arrived in India for the two-plus-two dialogue between the two countries to be held on October 27. The dialogue will entail a comprehensive discussion on bilateral issues as well as deliberations on regional and global developments, especially China's growing aggression.
Landmark defence pact: India and the US will ink a landmark defence pact that will provide for sharing of high-end military technology, logistics and geospatial maps between their militaries, officials said after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held wide-ranging talks with his US counterpart Mark T Esper.
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Election watch: A slipper was thrown at Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar by some protestors while he was going towards his helicopter after addressing a rally in Muzaffarpur district's Sakra. Meanwhile, Tejashwi Yadav hit out ut at the centre on the rising prices of vegetables. Yadav held up a garland of onions saying that the farmers are being destroyed in the country.
Covid-19 Vaccine: The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford produces an immune response in both elderly and young people and adverse reactions were lower among the elderly, British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said.
Stimulus 4.0: The government is likely to announce another round of stimulus measures for industries, which may include- a push for infrastructure with urban projects in focus, extension of the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme to more sectors, and sector-specific interventions in hospitality and tourism industries.
IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in the IPL match on Monday. Chasing a target of 150, KXIP achieved the target in 18.5 overs losing only two wickets as they have now won their fifth successive match to keep play-off hopes alive.
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Wooing voters? In his Dussehra address, Mohan Bhagwat praised the NDA's response to the dual challenges of coronavirus and China, but sought to wrong-foot the Opposition by investigating against 'divisive' forces masquerading as 'champions of secularism'. From the BJP's perspective, the underlying political current of the speech and the function itself were both unexceptionable. Only 50 persons attended and social distancing was visibly maintained. Bhavdeep Kang writes.
Court wrap: The central government will soon bring a new law to deal specifically with the issue of air pollution in Delhi-NCR. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Supreme Court that the legislation is being contemplated on the subject and that a draft of the proposed law should be ready in 4-5 days. On October 16, the bench had expressed its concerns over the deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR, and said that people have a right to breathe clean air. Utkarsh Anand writes.