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New Delhi, Oct 4 : Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in New Delhi on Thursday on a two-day visit during which major defence deals including procurement of S-400 missile system will be signed.

Russia and India plan to sign more than 20 documents at the end of the talks that Putin is going to have with Modi during his visit.

President Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss the issue of security challenges in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and the threat of terrorism that emanates from Pakistan.

On the agenda for the annual summit will be trade and eco cooperation, international regional forums, cultural and people to people contact, counter-terrorism, Iran, energy security, Syria, AfPak, security concerns emanating from Pakistan, science and technology, civil nuke cooperation: discussion on site for next nuclear power plant and space.

 President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were expected to sign a joint statement on October 5.

Russia is one of only two countries with which India holds annual bilateral summits, the other being Japan.

The India-Russia bilateral relationship was elevated to Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership in 2010.

Earlier this month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Moscow for the 23rd India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Technical and Economic Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) meeting which also prepared the groundwork for Putin’s upcoming visit.

During that meeting, India and Russia decided to increase the target of two-way investments to $50 billion by 2025 since the earlier target of $30 billion has already been crossed.

Speculation is also rife about whether a missile deal that New Delhi has been negotiating with Moscow will be finalised during Putin’s visit.

With US President Donald Trump’s administration’s law — Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) — coming into effect in January, India’s defence deals with other countries have come under the scanner.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared two proposed agreements on bilateral cooperation with Russia to be signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to India.

The memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the two countries would seek cooperation in the fields of road transport and the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sectors.

The government said that both countries would benefit by mutual cooperation in the two fields.

It said the MoU on road transport sector would lead to increased co-operation, exchange and collaboration with Russia and contribute towards establishing a long-term and effective bilateral relationship of communication and cooperation in the sector.

“This will also help in planning and administration of road infrastructure and road network management, transport policy, technologies and standards for the construction and operation of highways in the country and will further go a long way in strengthening ties and bilateral relations between India and Russia,” an official statement said.

A separate government statement added that the MoU on MSMEs would provide a structured framework and enabling environment to the sector of the two countries to understand each other’s strengths, markets, technologies and policies.

“It aims to enhance enterprise to enterprise cooperation and help initiate sustainable business alliances in terms of technology transfers, joint ventures and business partnerships in MSME sector.

 

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Swara Bhasker reacts to question on whether right-wingers are ‘allowed’ to have a crush on her

On being asked about the possibility of entering politics, Swara said, “I am still considering my Bollywood career! (laughs) so I would like to spend many years here before I do anything else in life.”

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Swara Bhasker, a self-proclaimed right-wing baiter with strong political opinions, reacted to a man asking if right-wingers were allowed to have a crush on her. “Kya RW hokar bhi @ReallySwara par crush allowed h (Are you allowed to be a right-winger and still have a crush on Swara Bhasker)?” a Twitter user asked.

Retweeting the tweet, Swara wrote, “Question of the day!!,” followed by a number of laughing, thinking face and heart-eyes emojis.

Swara has campaigned for political candidates belonging to different parties, including Kanhaiya Kumar of the Communist Party of India, Digvijaya Singh of the Congress and Atishi Marlena of the Aam Aadmi Party. She has also been a part of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and even joined protesting farmers at the Singhu border last month.

In an interview with Hindustan Times in 2018, Swara said, “[The majority of] things that I have commented on, I have not said [or commented on them] unthinkingly. I think that I normally say something when I believe in it, and that’s why I don’t take my statements back. I will always stand by what I say, because it’s not coming from a place of ill intention or impulsiveness. It comes from a belief in something [ideologies, principles, etc.].”

On being asked about the possibility of entering politics, Swara said, “I am still considering my Bollywood career! (laughs) so I would like to spend many years here before I do anything else in life.”

Last year, Swara appeared in a number of digital projects. She started with the Amazon Prime Video series Rasbhari, followed by Flesh on Eros Now. Most recently, she was seen in the Netflix show Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, in which she plays a woman who gives up a cushy life to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

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Anna Hazare to stage fast in Delhi for farmers; first meeting of SC-appointed panel on laws likely on Jan 19

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Supre Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to be held on January 19, according to one of the members Anil Ghanwat.

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With protests against three agri-marketing legislations completing 50 days, Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday wrote a letter to to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reiterated his decision to launch a hunger strike for protesting farmers in the national capital by the end of January. In his letter, 83-year-old Hazare, who was the face of the India Against Corruption movement in 2011, said that he has written to the concerned authorities for permission to the Ramlila Maidan on four occasion, though received no response in the matter.

“On the issue of the farmers, I have corresponded (with the Central government) five times, however, no response has come,” Hazare wrote in his letter. “As a result, I have decided to go on a hunger strike of my life.”

Hazare’s letter to the Prime Minister has come a day before farmers are scheduled to hold the ninth round of talks with the Central government in a bid to end the deadlock. The two sides have failed to reach consensus on two of the main demands of the protesters: Government’s guarantee to the MSP and the repeal of the three agri laws.

Late last month, Hazare had written a letter to Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, threatening of the hunger strike if his demands, including the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee’s recommendations on agriculture, were not fulfilled.

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Supre Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to be held on January 19, according to one of the members Anil Ghanwat. The committee had been appointed on January 11 after the government and agitators failed to reach on consensus on two main issues.

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Who is Jasleen Bhalla? Voice behind corona vaccine caller tune; check details

Amitabh Bachchan who has given his voice for coronavirus caller tune in India is now getting replaced by Jasleen Bhalla, who has even lent her voice for Delhi metro, Spice Jet, Indigo

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Amitabh Bachchan who has given his voice for coronavirus caller tune in India is now getting replaced by Jasleen Bhalla, who has even lent her voice for Delhi metro, Spice Jet, Indigo and used to be a sports generalist at the channel before she became a full-time voice-over artist and has been an artist for over 10 years now.

Amitabh Bachchan’s caller tune has been in place for about 4-5 months and now it will be Jasleen Bhalla, who would be updating people with vaccine information which will be available from today onwards.

On lending her voice for caller tune, Jasleen Bhalla said that one day she had recorded this message, but didn’t know that it is being recorded for this purpose. And one day out of nowhere when my relatives and friends called they told me that my voice is being heard all over the nation and I couldn’t believe it.

The new caller tune will be active from Friday, January 15, 2021, and will be heard by people all across the nation who would be calling each other and have to hear the message about the covid-19 vaccination and it uses. As per Jasleen, it is a dream come true as everyone will hear her voice now.

Prior o this, a PIL was filed by an advocate over Amitabh Bachchan’s voice as teh caller tune, as he said that the caller tune should be removed as Government is paying Amitabh Bachchan’s crores of rupees for lending his voice, so a better person, a covid-19 warrior should rather be the voice behind giving the message.

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