India and Australia strengthened ties on Thursday with a comprehensive strategic partnership and signed seven agreements, including a historic agreement for reciprocal access to military bases for logistical support.
The agreements were signed at an online summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.
The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA), which will allow the armed forces of the two countries to use their respective bases for the repair and replacement of supplies, is particularly interesting.
India has already signed similar agreements with the United States, France and Singapore. The two sides have also stepped up their two-by-two dialogue with their foreign and defense secretaries at ministerial level.
They also committed to strengthening collaboration in the fields of science, technology and research in order to support their national responses to Covid-19 and promote innovative solutions to fight the pandemic.
Reuters reported that Amazon.com has started talking to buy at least $ 2 billion stake in Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel, this would mean Amazon acquires a stake of around 5% based on the current market value of Bharti Airtel, which is India’s third largest telecommunications company with more than 300 million subscribers. Disastrous, given that the lockdown spanned much of the economy, significant steps have been taken in the telecommunications sector, which is becoming a battleground for the world’s largest tech giants. In April, Facebook acquired a 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio, and Google was reported to be considering a minority stake in Vodafone India’s difficult operations.
Filmmaker and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee, the torch-bearer of middle-of-the-road Hindi cinema of the 1970s and 1980s, passed away in Mumbai on Thursday morning. He was 93 and died due to age-related health complications. He was a master of the light-hearted, middle class, family drama that had emerged as a parallel narrative to the more mainstream Angry Young Man movies. Some of his popular films, such as Piya Ka Ghar (1972) and Baaton Baaton Mein (1979), were all about the skein of relationships within families, seemingly complicated but simple at heart. They often dealt with intelligent women negotiating personal or relationship conundrums, like in Rajnigandha (1974), Chhoti Si Baat (1975) and Priyatama (1977).
On Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered the Center to meet with officials from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to develop a “common and uniform” pass system for interstate movements in the regions during the pandemic. Noting that the common man should not suffer, a bank led by Judge Ashok Bhushan said the Center and the three states should meet and decide within a week on a common pass system.
The number of coronavirus cases in India stood at 2,23,016 and the death toll was 6,250.
Bloomberg reports Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told staff at a company-wide meeting that he would not change his mind about the decision not to remove certain positions shared by the President American Donald Trump last week. Many Facebook employees believed that Trump’s publications violated company policies against violent rhetoric.