NAVY TO GET 24 DASHING ROMEOS India will buy 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters (pic) for $2.6 bn and 6 AH-64E Apache helicopters for $800 mn The choppers are designed for hunting submarines and conducting search and rescue operations at sea The helicopters, built by Lockheed Martin, will replace India’s old fleet of Britishmade Sea King choppers CHENNAI l WEDNESDAY l FEBRUARY 26, 2020 l `4.00 l PAGES 14 l VELLORE EDITION ENERGY SECURITY Global energy major Exxon Mobil and IOC have signed a pact to help deliver LNG in containers to Indian cities outside the pipeline network. US firm Chart Industries will also be part of the deal THREE AGREEMENTS India and the US on Tuesday signed three memoranda of understanding in the areas of mental health, safety of medical products besides and energy security HIGH TARIFF REGULATION CUT TALIBAN DEAL QUAD FACTOR India’s tariffs are very high and, hence, Harley Davidson has to pay “huge amount of tariff”; the US has to be treated fairly, said Trump Interacting with CEOs, Trump offered to reduce regulations in his country to attract investment from India. He said some regulations have to go through statutory process, but his administration is committed to reducing a “lot more regulations” The US is pretty close to sealing the peace deal with Taliban, Trump said, adding that he has done better than any other US Presidents to confront radical Islamic terrorism Trump said he had revitalised the quad comprising the US, India, Australia and Japan to police the Indo-Pacific region as a counterweight to China CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Trump, Modi discuss religious freedom, not CAA H KHOGEN SINGH & PUSHKAR B A N A K A R @ New Delhi INDIA and the US deepened cooperation between the two countries on Tuesday, signing defence deals and deciding to open a permanent office of the US International Financial Development Corporation, while also discussing touchy issues like Kashmir, religious freedom and Pakistan. While the Indian side was not very forthcoming on the talks on these issues, with Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla only saying US President Donald Trump had already hailed India’s record as a plural society during his speech at Motera in Ahmedabad on Monday, Trump was more open in his Press conference in the evening. Trump said he spoke at length about religious freedom in India and the Muslim and Christian communities with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I asked this question in front of a large group of people today and we talked about it for a long time,” he said. “We discussed about Muslims and Christians and we talked about religious liberty. Prime Minister Modi told me that they are working very closely with the Muslim community he added. ,” While Trump was forthright, he also strongly supported India’s efforts on religious freedom, stressing that the Indian government was doing its best to improve communal relations. “The Prime Minister was incredible about religious freedom. He wants people to have religious freedom and they are working very hard on it.” However, he refused to be drawn into a debate on the Citizenship Amendment Act and the ongoing riots in Delhi, saying that was an internal matter of India. “It is for India to do and hopefully they will do the right thing,” he said. Trump’s balancing act can be attributed to his unwillingness to alienate Indian business interests by speaking out sharply against the issue. “People like Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella 13 dead as Delhi violence escalates Working productively with Pak to confront terrorists who operate on its soil I don’t want to blow the two days plus two days of travel on one answer, one little answer Both sides will give a legal shape to the understanding that our commerce ministers have reached President Donald Trump President Donald Trump Prime Minister Narendra Modi More sectors now in bilateral basket as ties get a comprehensive strategic global label P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi commented against the issue and were immediately targeted. After receiving such a grand reception and promises of investments, Trump could not have afforded to speak out blatantly,” according to an expert on Indo-American ties at the Indian Council of World Af- fairs in Delhi. Describing Kashmir as “thorn in a lot of people’s sides for a long time,” Trump yet again offered to mediate on the issue, something that India has repeatedly dismissed on the ground that it was a bilateral issue. INDIA and the US on Tuesday decide to enhance their ties to a comprehensive strategic global partnership, expanding the horizon to many more significant sectors. “In our discussion today, we have positively considered every important aspect of this partnership, be it defence and security energy strategic part, nership, technology cooperation, global connectivity, trade relations or people-to-people relations,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after holding talks with President Donald Trump on Tuesday . S O M R I TA G H O S H @ New Delhi and those who support the new citizenship law continued to clash on Tuesday Police said 56 . policemen including two DCPs have also been injured. Reports said ‘shoot at sight’ orders were issued in riot spots. Schools will remain closed while the CBSE has postponed the board exams for Class 10 and 12 scheduled on Wednesday in northeast Delhi. Earlier in the day, Home Minister Amit Shah called a high- Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs US President Donald Trump after their joint press statement, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Tuesday | SHEKHAR YADAV THE toll from the spurt in violence in northeast Delhi over the past two days shot up to 13 while it left over 150 people injured, as anti-CAA protesters The defence deals, which the US President announced on Monday were also signed. The , two sides also decided that the US International Financial Development Corporation would set up a permanent office in India to boost women entrepreneurship in the country . According to officials, a comprehensive strategic global partnership will ensure cooperation between the two countries in all sectors like trade, energy, defence and security, technology and people-to-people connect. “So far, the relations between India and the US hinged mainly on trade and defence. Now, by deciding that the level meeting, which was attended by Delhi’s LG Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal, Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and IB Director Arvind Kumar, among others. ties will be comprehensive, we can expect more people-to-people connect and cooperation in other sectors,” Harinder Sekhon of the Vivekananda International Foundation and an Indo-US relations expert said. The comprehensive partnership will also benefit both countries. “As the US is the largest producer of energy and India the largest consumer, the enhanced cooperation will lead to more pacts and agreements in the energy sector. This is mutually beneficial as it will help reduce the trade deficit, a US concern, and also help meet the energy demands in India,” an official said. According to professional assessment, the violence has been spontaneous and the forces have shown maximum restraint and will continue to do so Home Minister Amit Shah
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