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Page 1: Indo-U.S.statement focusses on fight againstterrorism A ioint statement issued after the deliberations: I. Underscored the fight against terrorism as a cornerstone of mutual cooperation between the countries 2.Went beyond the usual American position on Pakistan that usually pulls it up for harbouring terrorist groups and 3. Echoed Indian concerns regarding the Chinese-led Belt and Road initiative 4. Both sides reiterated their commitment to continuing the course on strategic convergence in Asia Pacific, increasing defence trade partnership and added energy as a new thrust area of cooperation. Defence sale means jobs for Detence sale means jobs for Americans . A fact sheet provided by the White House said, with the sale of Guardian drones,Apache attack helicopters, and C-17 aircraft, defence orders by India for American companies will be nearly $19 billion, supporting thousands of U.S. jobs. Addressing the media after the formal talks but before the reception and dinner, Mr. Trump and Mr. Modi spoke of shared democratic values, and their status of being leaders of two big democracies.
Page Il: Big gains, but joint statement gets a delicate balancing On some aspects of the bilateral relationship, this year's joint statement fell short of last year's, when Mr.Modi met Mr. Obama. Here's a comparison: Focus on trade: The Indo-U.S. Strategic Partnership is on course, but with the emphasis Indo-U.S. Strategic Partnership is on course, but with th shifting to trade and economic ties.This is reflected in the titles of the two statements "Enduring Global Partners in the 21st Century" in 2016, and the more modest Prosperity Through Partnership" this year. g Global Partners in the 2lst Century" in 2016, and the more modest While the 2016 statement focussed on "Bolstering Economic and Trade ties", this year's statement is more direct on how that will be done, with references to "balancing the trade deficit" (which, as it is in India's favour, is a sore point for the Trump administration) The joint statement of 2017 continues previous references to "a growing strategic convergence" bolstered by military, maritime and intelligence cooperation. The language of the joint statement this year is much tougher on terrorism, sp Pakistan-based terror groups.
e A few hours before the Trump-Modi meeting, the U.S. State Department moved to make Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a specially designated global terrorist, a move welcomed by India. On Pakistan: The language on Pakistan is clear, and a departure from last year's."The leaders called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist at- tacks on other countries. They further called on Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot, and other cross-border terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistan-based groups," the statement said, the most dir- ect message in an India-U.S. joint statement thus far. On China: India indicated it had brought the US. round to its position on the Chinese "Belt and Road initiative" with a reference to "respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity" on regional connectivity projects, which has been India's major concern.
However, the statement appears to have softened some of the language on China's actions in the South China Sea. For example, instead of saying the two countries would "ensure" freedom of navigation, overflight and commerce through the Indo-Pacific region (that refers to the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean), the language in 2017 only"reiterates the importance of respecting freedom of navigation," etc. In place of the 2016 language calling for India and the U.S. to secure the domains" of land, maritime, air, space, and cyber, in 2017, it speaks of being "responsible stewards" and" democratic stalwarts in the Indo-Pacific Region gion eak forerat North Korea new entrant North Korea is a new entrant into the joint statement, in keeping with Mr.Trump's sharp focus on curbing Kim Jong-Un's nuclear and ballistic belligerence, with the leaders calling his "destabilizing pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, a grave threat to regional security and global peace". Traditionally, India has maintained trade and low- profile relations with North Korea. Mr.Trump welcomed "further Indian contributions to promote Afghanistan's democracy, stability, prosperity, and security.
Page 1+ 12: No interim orders on Aadhaar:SC The Supreme Court refe a rder apint te Centres The Supreme Court refused to pass an interim order against the Centre's notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes, with the government assuring it that no one would be deprived of welfare for want of this identification
Page? WHO for use of dovices to test multiple diseases Page 9: WHO for use of devices to test multiple diseases A single device can diagnose Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis. The World Health Organization (WHO) released new advice to countries, recommending the use of multi-disease testing devices for Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis. A single device called the GeneXpert can be used to diagnose TB and HIV infections, and quantitatively measure HIV and hepatitis C viral loads. India recently procured 600 GeneXpert machines for the National Tuberculosis programme. The WHO is recommending use of these state-of-the- art portable machines the size of a microwave oven, which can run molecular tests. However, most countries do not use them for multi-disease testing.
Page 9: Uttarakhand challenges human status to rivers The Uttarakhand government has moved the Supreme Court challenging an Uttarakhand High Court order granting the rivers Ganga,Yamuna and their tributaries the status of living human entities. order granting the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and their tributaries the status of living human entities 'Questions of law, e Seeking a stay on the March 20 order of the High Court through a Special Leave Petition filed recently the State govt has urged the apex court to consider "substantial questions of law" arising from the verdict. Challenging the three-month-old verdict which bestows on these rivers, their tributaries and water bodies fed by them the same legal rights as enjoyed by a person and declares the State chief secretary as their local guardian (loco parentis), the State government contends that the order was legally untenable. Human casualties The petition questions whether in case of human casualties in a flood, the affected people can file suit for damages against the chief secretary of the State and whether the State gov- ernment would be liable to bear such financial burden.
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NEWS#2: Centre may tweak airport tariff rules. In a bid to make the upcoming greenfield airport projects attractive for global players, the Civil Aviation Ministry may amend its regulatory law to fix airport charges in advance, ensuring assured returns to investors at time of participating in the bidding process. We are examining how to amend the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) Act 2008 so that the aeronautical charges are determined upfront or disclosed in the bid document itself for upcoming greenfield airport projects Airport tariff In addition to land, service standards and airport design, the bidding document for greenfield airport projects will specify the airport tariff which will be indexed"appropriately" to factor in inflation, foreign exchange and interest rates. AERA is a statutory body established in 2009 to determine tariff in respect of airport services provided at major airports across the country.The charges allow operators to get adequate rate of return on the investments incurred on developing and providing services at major airports.
Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate Tribunal (AERAAT). Source Livemint: May 26, 2016: Airport charges have gone up by 346% in Delhi, 269% in Chennai, 385% in Kolkata and 164% in Mumbai over the past three years. In 2012, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India said that the ministry of civil aviation favoured private companies managing the New Delhi and Mumbai airports.