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Dec 16, 2019, 01.22 PM IST



Kaspersky appoints Dipesh Kaura general manager for South Asia

Kaura will develop and implement business plans to ensure brand penetration, recall and revenue growth by exploring potential business avenues in the region and will be based out of Mumbai. Prior to this, Kaura worked in senior leadership roles in companies like PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he was Director, Cybersecurity Services, India, and at Gartner Research India.

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  • "These are entry-level products in many cities, including the large cities. In many cities, autos and motorbikes are preferred medium of commuting, especially for middle class... Uber Moto and Uber Auto are high-growth categories," she added.

    "Human rights is not part of this 2+2 discussion that's taking place next week, although I'm confident that issues on Kashmir and the threat perceptions that India sees will obviously be a part of the agenda,” Alice G Wells, the acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, said on Wednesday at a programme.

    In India, 27.1 crore people were lifted out of poverty from 2005-06 to 2015-16, UNDP India resident representative Shoko Noda said. India ranked 130 last year. The steady progress was due to nearly three decades of rapid development, which had seen a dramatic reduction in absolute poverty, along with gains in life expectancy, education, and access to health care, she said.

    In a letter to the SAARC secretariat on the 35th anniversary of the grouping's founding, the prime minister Narendra Modi said that all countries in the region should take effective steps to defeat the scourge of terrorism and the forces which support it. Such efforts, he, said would generate greater trust and confidence to build a stronger SAARC.

    India’s voice will be particularly consequential in regional order building and along with Indonesia and Vietnam should have more say and a greater stake in institutions and norm-setting in the Indo-Pacific region suggested Rod Hilton. Australia was one of the first countries to come out in support of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.

    The beer company announced the appointment of Kartikeya Sharma as President-South Asia. Sharma has succeeded Ben Verhaert who will now be President-East Asia. According to the company statement, both Sharma and Verhaert will report to Jan Craps, CEO Budweiser APAC and President – APAC at AB InBev, with effect from January 1, 2020.

    Congressman Jim Banks stressed that there is a lack of awareness and action by the US against the activities of the JeI. It may be pointed out that JeI leaders in Bangladesh were opposed to independence movement in 1971 and were part of Pakistan Army’s crackdown against innocent civilians in erstwhile East Pakistan.

    President Donald Trump statement indicated progress, though spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid's statement suggested roadblocks remain. "It is way too early to talk about the resumption of talks for now," the insurgent spokesman told AFP in a WhatsApp message, adding that the Islamist group would give an official reaction later.

    The Track 1.5 format is a unique gathering of scholars, public policy experts, foreign policy analysts, business leaders and government officials, led by think tanks and supported by governments. The India-Canada Track 1.5 Dialogue was officially launched in February 2018 during the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to Mumbai.

    Pamela Graviet, the senior marketing director at the California Walnut Commission (CWC), said the appetite of Indians for walnuts shipped from California has grown significantly in the last few years. She, however, noted that the importation dropped after India changed its tariff rate policy for imported walnuts over a year ago.

    Renowned US expert on security issues in South Asia, Stephen P Cohen, died on Sunday. He had pioneered the study of security in the South Asian context for the western world, and was known for his deep insight into India and Pakistan.

    Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects in South Asia, like other continents, not only use Chinese capital but also Chinese labourers, raw material and finished products, thereby fuelling growth in the Chinese economy. Chinese construction companies are given contracts, which are funded by Chinese banks, for development of ports and railway networks.

    The first Singapore-India-Thailand maritime exercise was held in the Andaman Sea in September as part of the security and safety of Indo-Pacific sea lines. "The Indo-Pacific Region is vital for us and we want to further enhance our maritime participation and engagement in the region in accordance with our doctrine of SAGAR," Rajnath Singh said.

    Both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and emphasized the need for strengthening international cooperation to combat terrorism in a comprehensive and sustained manner without any double standards, officials said.

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