Washington, Sept. 23 - External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that the discussions in the Indo-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue had been most 'productive and fruitful' and extended an invitation to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his other cabinet members to visit India next year for the second round of the dialogue.
"In my meeting with Secretary Kerry earlier this morning, we shared our strategic priorities, interests and concerns on issues of mutual interest including security and counter-terrorism, convergences in India's Act East policy and the U.S. rebalance in Asia. Secretary Kerry and I agreed to work towards ensuring India's membership of APEC," Swaraj addressed the press conference here.
Washington D.C, Sept 23 - Highlighting the shared vision of President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the US-India trade five-fold, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said on Tuesday that it cannot be achieved without input and perspective of the private sector of both the countries.
She said that to achieve the goal, 'laser-like focus' was needed across all levels of the two governments, to address the impediments faced in doing more business together.
Washington, Sept. 23 - Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry, on the occasion of the inaugural India-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue here on Tuesday, reaffirmed the commitment of both nations to combat terrorism in all its forms, which constitutes a profound threat to global peace and security and also recognized the serious threat posed by terror outfit ISIL.
Both nations also reiterated President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to transform the U.S.-India relationship into a defining counterterrorism partnership for the 21st century.
Foreign policy initiatives are now economic partnerships as well in the 21st century, says John KerrySubmitted by Jamie Williamson on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 14:29
Washington, Sept 22 : U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said foreign policy initiatives being taken in the 21st century were no longer restricted to diplomatic engagement, but have transcended and broadened to include economic partnerships as well.
In an opening statement made at the start of the India-United States Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S and CD), Kerry said, "In today's era, foreign policy is economic policy and economic policy is foreign policy."
He further stated, "Our (United States) economic partnership with India is growing stronger with each passing day. On the security side, our collaboration with India is also growing. It will benefit both countries and its people. The United States is one of India's largest defence suppliers."
Washington D. C., Sept. 22 - Apple has officially launched watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch.
According to the Verge, the new update comes with a number of new features including native third-party app support.
Apple initially planned to release watchOS 2 on September 16 alongside iOS 9.
But the company was forced to delay the release at the last minute due to an unexpected bug.
The update paves the way for developers to provide a better experience for Apple Watch owners. The app developers can now build native apps and take advantage of all the sensors with watchOS 2.
At present, third-party apps that run on the watch are beamed down from a paired iPhone, but apps that run directly on the Watch promise to be faster and much more capable.
Washington D.C., Sept 22 - Researchers have revealed that the current generation, which took birth between the 80s and the 90, needs to eat less and exercise more to avoid obesity.
If you are struggling with weight gain, you might be surprised to know that your parents had it easier - they could eat more and exercise less, and still avoid obesity, according to a recent study out of York University's Faculty of Health.
In the study, researchers of the York University analysed dietary data of nearly 36,400 American adults collected by the National Health and Nutrition Survey between 1971 and 2008. The available physical activity frequency data, of 14,419 adults in the 1988 to 2006 period was also used.
India-US collaboration in the energy sector offers great potential; ministers agree to identify various aspects of technical assistanceSubmitted by Jamie Williamson on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 06:49
Washington D.C., Sept.22 - Power and Energy Ministers of India and United States have in principle agreed that bilateral collaboration in the energy sector offers great potential, and therefore, have agreed to identify various aspects for technical assistance between the two countries, both in the short and long term.
The in principle understanding was reached during the India-US Ministerial Energy Dialogue, which was held here on September 21, at the US Department of Energy.
The Indian delegation was led by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, while the American delegation was led by U.S. Energy Secretary Dr Ernest Moniz.
Washington, Sept.22 - India and the United States have identified areas for collaboration in the coal mining sector.
Power and Energy Ministers of India and United States, who were taking part in a ministerial-level energy dialogue here, said through a media statement, that the Working Group on Coal has identified some areas of coal mining where both countries could collaborate, including on dry coal beneficiation; planning of large capacity opencast mines; rehabilitation and reclamation of mined out areas; pre-combustion moisture removal of raw lignite and mining of deep seated lignite deposits.
Both delegations also recognised that India had proven reserves of shale gas, while the United States had well developed expertise for shale gas extraction.
Washington D.C., Sept.22 - Union Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal has said that with sustainable long-term structural environment in India, the country may see two or three decades of double digit growth.
"The fact is that India is changing its structure. So, we are not looking for short-term solutions for the welfare of the people. We are looking for sustainable long-term structural environment and to bring a framework in which India continues to prosper for years to come. The way India is growing, I would not be surprised to see two and three decades of double digit growth going forward," Goyal told ANI here.
Goyal also reiterated that the Narendra Modi Government will introduce reforms to improve the 'ease of doing business'.
Washington D.C., Sept. 22 - Expressing his satisfaction with the way India and United States are working together to expand their bilateral relationship in the energy sector, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power Piyush Goyal said dialogue on energy cooperation between the two countries has been very engaging.
"The dialogue on the energy side was very engaging. We have been able to talk through a lot of technological and innovative solutions to our challenges to low cost energy access to the people of India. We have been able to look at great integration of grid for renewable energy, clean energy, clean coal technologies, what we need to do for energy efficiencies," Goyal told ANI.
Washington DC, Sept 22 : Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman has called upon American investors to invest in the development of infrastructure in India.
Speaking at the 40th leadership Summit of US-India Business Council ( USIBC), she said the Indian Government had taken several measures, both executive and legislative, to ease business environment. "Indian states have been ranked and we are emerging as one of the most favoured business destinations for the investors," she added.
Washington D.C., Sept.22 - United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal has said that Washington wants to see India rising and become a global economic engine, and that is why the ambitious target of increasing bilateral trade between the two nations five-fold to 500 billion dollars is apt.
Washington D.C., Sept. 22 - United States Vice-President Joe Biden has said their goal is to become India's best friend and both the nations should work together as strategic partners to bring about a safer and prosperous world.
"Our goal is to become India's best friend. The President and I, and the entire administration believe that the India-US relationship will be a relationship that will go a long way in defining the findings of the 21st century," said Biden, while speaking at the 40th leadership Summit of US-India Business Council (USIBC).
Washington D.C., Sept.22 - Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group and Indra Nooyi, CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo were felicitated here at the 40th leadership U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) Summit for their 'commitment towards building a more inclusive global economy'.
Meanwhile, Ajaypal Singh Banga (CEO, MasterCard) concluded his term as USIBC Chairman and is replaced by John Chambers (CISCO executive Chairman).
Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and other high-ranking officials from both governments, along with captains of industry from both countries, will be addressing the USIBC to kick off the first U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. (ANI)
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