U.S. set to approve India’s purchase of drones before Modi visit

Posted Posted by Admin in News     Comments Comments Off on U.S. set to approve India’s purchase of drones before Modi visit
Jun
23


NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON The United States is expected to approve India’s purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, a source familiar with the situation said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalise relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time.

Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing’s help to contain North Korea’s nuclear programme.

The deal would still require approval by Congress. California-based General Atomics, the maker of the Guardian drone sought by India, declined to comment.

Modi’s two-day visit to Washington begins on Sunday. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face time with the leaders of nations including Japan, Britain and Vietnam since taking office in January, prompting anxiety in New Delhi that India is no longer a priority in Washington.

The Indian navy wants the unarmed surveillance drones to keep watch over the Indian Ocean. The deal would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the NATO alliance.

“We are trying to move it to the top of the agenda as a deliverable, this is something that can happen before all the other items,” said one official tracking the progress of the drone discussions in the run-up to the visit.

India, a big buyer of U.S. arms that was recently named by Washington as a major defence ally, wants to protect its 7,500- km (4,700-mile) coastline as Beijing expands its maritime trade routes and Chinese submarines increasingly lurk in regional waters.

But sources tracking the discussions say the U.S. State Department has been concerned about the potential destabilising impact of introducing high-tech drones into South Asia, where tensions are simmering between India and Pakistan, particularly over Kashmir, which is divided between them.

Other strains have emerged, with the United States vexed by a growing bilateral trade deficit and Trump accusing New Delhi of negotiating unscrupulously at the Paris climate talks to walk away with billions in aid.

U.S. officials expect a relatively low-key visit by Modi, without the fanfare of some of his previous trips to the United States, and one geared to giving the Indian leader the chance to get to know Trump personally and to show that he is doing so.

Modi is also not expected to press hard on a U.S. visa programme the Trump administration is reviewing to reduce the flow of skilled foreign workers and save jobs for Americans, seeing limited gains from raising a sensitive issue, they said.

FALLING OFF THE RADAR

“There is a palpable fear in New Delhi that the new U.S. president’s lack of focus on India, and limited appointment of South Asia focused advisors, has resulted in India falling off the radar in Washington,” Eurasia Group’s Shailesh Kumar and Sasha Riser-Kositsky said in a note.

Defence deals are one area where the two countries could make progress because of bipartisan support, an Indian official involved in the preparations for the visit said.

The two sides have stepped up efforts in recent weeks to get inter-agency clearance for the sale of the Guardian drone.

India has raised the issue of the drones with the Pentagon three times since June 2016, officials said.

U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Mark Warner wrote in March to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying the Guardian deal, estimated at more than $2 billion, would advance U.S. national security interests and protect U.S. jobs.

An industry official involved in promoting India-U.S. business ties said the drone sale enjoyed support from the White House and Congress, and was awaiting clearance from the State Department.

While the Guardian drones that India is pushing for are unarmed, the Indian military originally asked for missile-firing Predator Avenger aircraft, a request turned down by the Obama administration.

Sources say there is some concern in the State Department that if India were to get the surveillance drones, New Delhi would renew its push to acquire armed drones, which its military has eyed ever since they were deployed by U.S. forces against militants in Pakistan.

U.S. export laws typically prohibit the transfer of such arms to a country unless it is fighting alongside U.S. forces.

FIGHTER JETS

India and the United States will also discuss the sale of U.S. fighter jets during Modi’s trip, in what could be the biggest deal since they began deepening defence ties more than a decade ago.

On Monday, Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) announced an agreement with India’s Tata Advanced Systems to produce F-16 planes in India, provided it won a contract to equip the Indian Air Force with hundreds of new aircraft.

Lockheed has offered to shift its ageing F-16 production line from Fort Worth, Texas, as part of Modi’s “Make-in-India” drive while it ramps up production of the high-end F-35 aircraft at home.

Since Trump’s election on an “American First” platform, U.S. and Indian officials have sought to play down any contradiction between his stated desire to protect American jobs and Modi’s “Make in India” policy, arguing, for example, that deals in which components made in the United States are shipped to India for assembly benefit workers in both countries.

(Additional reporting by Mike Stone, Douglas Busvine and Manoj Kumar; Editing by Alex Richardson and Peter Cooney)

Article source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/6pvrhBJOEmo/india-usa-idINKBN19D1ZX All Images and Article Content Copyright own by Same Source Owner.

Exclusive: Uber hires law firm to probe how it handled India rape case

Posted Posted by Admin in News     Comments Comments Off on Exclusive: Uber hires law firm to probe how it handled India rape case
Jun
23


SAN FRANCISCO/NEW DELHI Uber Technologies Inc has hired a law firm to investigate how it obtained the medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014. The review will focus in part on accusations from some current and former employees that bribes were involved, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The law firm O’Melveny Myers LLP, which is in the early stages of the probe, was hired by the ride service after employees gave contradictory accounts of how Uber obtained the medical records, one of the people said.

The firm is also exploring whether former Chief Executive Travis Kalanick knew how Uber came into possession of the records, the person added.

Kalanick through a spokesman declined to comment. Uber also declined to comment, and O’Melveny Myers did not respond to a request for comment. Members of Uber’s board were briefed about the investigation in recent days, shortly before five major Uber investors sent a letter to Kalanick to demand his resignation, said the person. The probe was likely one reason the board turned against Kalanick, who stepped down on Tuesday, the first person said.

The investigation is ongoing and has not reached any conclusions on whether Uber improperly obtained the records. Reuters has no evidence that bribery occurred.

The rape victim sued Uber last week, accusing the ride service operator of improperly obtaining and sharing her medical records. The suit said that shortly after the rape occurred, former Uber Asia chief Eric Alexander “met with Delhi police and intentionally obtained plaintiff’s confidential medical records.”

Alexander, through spokeswoman Heather Wilson, denied paying any bribes and said that the files containing the victim’s records had been obtained through appropriate, legal methods.

A Delhi police spokesman did not answer multiple phone calls from Reuters to seek comment. The rapist was convicted in 2015.

According to a person familiar with conversations between Kalanick and Alexander, the two executives had discussed obtaining the victim’s records because they suspected the rape might have been fabricated by an Uber rival to damage the company.

Another person said Alexander showed the medical files to colleagues in New Delhi more than once.

Wilson denied that Alexander had discussed or shared the records with colleagues. She said that Alexander believed the victim was raped and never expressed the view that it was a set up. Uber fired Alexander earlier this month.

Kalanick, 40, announced late on Tuesday that he was resigning as chief executive, though he would remain on the board of Uber. He said he had accepted “the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight.”

Privately held Uber has grown from startup to a global ride service valued at $68 billion in less than a decade, driven by Kalanick, who set the tone of a company that challenged laws and norms to succeed.

Confidence in Kalanick had been strained this year by claims of sexual harassment in the company and a lawsuit accusing Uber of benefiting from trade secrets stolen from self-driving car technology from Alphabet Inc’s Waymo.

(Reporting by Joseph Menn and Heather Somerville in San Francisco, and Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Additional reporting by Dan Levine; Writing by Peter Henderson; Editing by Tiffany Wu and Edward Tobin)

Article source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/3de32WUKJ_0/uber-india-idINKBN19D2AS All Images and Article Content Copyright own by Same Source Owner.

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Mire, Ervine help Zimbabwe clinch series

Posted Posted by Admin in News     Comments Comments Off on Mire, Ervine help Zimbabwe clinch series
Jun
23

Zimbabwe 231 for 4 (Mire 82, Ervine 77) beat Netherlands 291 for 6 (Myburgh 77, Baressi 67, Raza 3-40) by six wickets

Scorecard and ball-by-ball details


Craig Ervine hit five fours and two sixes in his 86-ball 77 © AFP

Solomon Mire and Craig Ervine struck half-centuries as Zimbabwe clinched the three-match series by chasing down a revised target of 229 with six balls to spare and seven wickets in hand. Victory was sealed when Sean Williams, who struck an unbeaten 19-ball 29, hit Paul van Meekeren for successive boundaries in the 36th over.

The Netherlands, who were bowled out for 142 in the series opener, gave a better account of themselves after electing to bat by posting 291. Wesley Barresi (67) and Stephan Myburgh (77) put together a 143-run opening stand in 23 overs to lay a strong platform before Zimbabwe’s spinners slowed things down and picked up all the six wickets to fall – Sikandar Raza was the most-successful with figure of 3 for 40 with his offspin.

In reply, Zimbabwe were cautious after the loss of Hamilton Masakadza in the sixth over, but Mire and Ervine helped drive the chase. At one stage, Zimbabwe were handily placed at 101 for 1 when play was stopped because of rain in the 20th over. They added 59 in the eight overs eight overs that followed the interval to lead the cruise before Williams saw them home.

The third and final one-dayer will be played at The Hague on Saturday.

‘I think this sets a terrific example’

Posted Posted by Admin in News     Comments Comments Off on ‘I think this sets a terrific example’
Jun
23

Play

02:22

‘An amazing day for Irish cricket’ – Deutrom

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom has praised his now-fellow Test member administrators for their long-term vision in approving governance changes that resulted in Ireland and Afghanistan becoming the 11th and 12th Full Members of the ICC on Thursday. Deutrom and Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai said on a conference call following the decision that it was a day of celebration and proof there is a definite pathway for Associates to move forward.

“I think it sets a terrific example,” Deutrom said. “What happened today for Full Membership for Ireland and Afghanistan is part of a much broader series of governance changes that the game has had the courage to embrace today.

“If you are able to put together and show the sport in your country embraces a robust status, strong governance, strong administration, quality performance over a period of years, not just your men but your women, not just your seniors but your juniors, not just on the pitch but off the pitch, the quality of your financial rigour and can show you are sustainable as a business with your commercial revenue generation… the game has quite rightly said if you’re going to take a step up to the highest levels of the sport, you need to be able to be strong in all of those areas so you’re not going to fall over in any one.

“It’s a real measure of faith today. There are 21 criteria. They are very clearly laid out by the ICC now so that option should now be available to [Associate] members to embrace that future if they have the ability.”

In terms of scheduling their respective maiden Test matches, Deutrom said he had been more focused on making a case to voters to gain a favorable vote for Test status, making negotiations “inappropriate” until a successful vote had been taken while Stanikzai said his board was still basking in the euphoria of receiving their newfound elevated status.

“The next 24 hours is kind of a celebratory time for Afghanistan and the entire nation,” Stanikzai said. “Something huge has happened in our cricketing history.

“Indeed there will be talk with some of the Full Members within our region and I’m quite hopeful that we will be playing a Test nation in what will be another remarkable day for Afghanistan.”

Both countries had been vying for the last two years to win the Intercontinental Cup, with the winner due to play the lowest ranked Full Member in a four-match Test Challenge that had been scheduled for 2018. A date at Lord’s for 2019 had been promised by the ECB’s Giles Clarke to the winner, though ICC chief executive David Richardson said the planned Test Challenge playoff has now been scrapped following the pair’s elevation to Test status.

However, Deutrom said he would not hesitate to bring up the open date at Lord’s in discussions with Tom Harrison, his counterpart at the ECB. Deutrom also said the gate-attendance figures Ireland helped generate from May’s ODI at Lord’s made a compelling case to ECB administrators to lock in a future Test date with Ireland.

“In terms of the schedule itself, that’s still subject to discussion in terms of the Full Members talking about the international cricket structure but that isn’t likely to be decided until October,” Deutrom said. “Even though it’s not 100%, when I sit down with Tom Harrison I will be reminding him of Giles [Clarke] referring to the ‘glittering prize’ of Ireland playing against England at Lord’s.

“As we saw from Ireland’s inaugural match at Lord’s on May 7, it was fantastic with Ireland able to put 25,000 in the seats during a month of the year when it’s probably not the easiest sell when it’s the end of the Premiership season and of course European rugby and European [Champions League] football.

“For that to be the case we need to have discussions to see how it can pan out. We do have a busy season ahead for both of us next year. We do have our own bilateral cricket and also probably what’s going to be a very lengthy World Cup Qualifier so at this stage we don’t know.”

Richardson urged administrators and fans to be patient in expecting immediate success from both countries, saying that unless their schedule their maiden Test against each other, it could be years before either scores their first win and noted the early struggles experienced by Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and most recently Bangladesh after gaining Test status. But Richardson said both should expect a “significant increase” from their current ICC funding levels to allow structures to keep them competitive.

Under the current funding package, both had been receiving equated to roughly $20 million over eight years but Richardson said he expected that may double at a minimum now that they have access to Full Member levels of revenue shares.

Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo’s USA correspondent. @PeterDellaPenna

Article source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/1105382.html?CMP=OTC-RSS All Images and Article Content Copyright own by Same Source Owner.

Late collapse undermines Markram, Kuhn stand

Posted Posted by Admin in News     Comments Comments Off on Late collapse undermines Markram, Kuhn stand
Jun
23

South Africa A 227 for 7 (Kuhn 105, Markram 71, Porter 3-41) trail England Lions 386 (Foakes 127*) by 159 runs
Scorecard


Ben Foakes celebrates reaching his hundred for England Lions © Getty Images

England Lions stunned South Africa A with a late burst of six wickets in 16 overs to capitalise on a superb unbeaten century by Ben Foakes on a fluctuating second day of the first-class match in Canterbury.

Foakes, who was on 77 overnight, ended unbeaten on 127 in a total of 386, his first Lions century and his seventh in first-class cricket.

The tourists responded with an aggressive opening partnership of 164 inside 41 overs between their young captain Aiden Markram and Heino Kuhn, a 33-year-old who has made seven T20 international appearances.

But Jamie Overton dragged the Lions back into the game with a superb spell from the Pavilion End in the evening session.

Then Jamie Porter followed up with a burst of three wickets in three overs – his first for the Lions.

Tom Helm chipped in with the prize scalp of Temba Bavuma, and when Sam Curran trapped Dane Piedt lbw, the tourists had lost six wickets for 31. They will resume on Friday on 227 for 7 – still 159 behind.

Overton’s first wicket was a gift from Markram, who top-edged a pull to long leg where Helm took a cool catch.
But Overton then stunned Kuhn with a rapid yorker which won an lbw decision, shortly after he had reached a 114-ball century.

The Somerset bowler could easily have had at least one more wicket but it was Porter who claimed the third breakthrough as Theunis de Bruyn, another of the six members of this South African team with senior international experience, pulled a short ball to Haseeb Hameed at midwicket.

The 23-year-old Essex seamer then dismissed Khaya Zondo and Heinrich Klaasen in the space of four balls, both snapped up at second slip by Lions captain Keaton Jennings.

Earlier Foakes had continued to play with positive intent, punching the first two balls of the morning from Beuran Hendricks through the covers for four.

He reached his century from 151 balls with 13 fours and added four more, helped by lower-order support from Helm and Jack Leach in stands of 44 and 53 respectively – although the morning session was interrupted by a violent electrical storm.

Porter fell quickly to leave Foakes 14 short of his career best, and after 284 minutes at the crease he trotted back to the pavilion to change into his wicketkeeping gear – meaning he has now been on the field for every ball of well over four sessions.

Article source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-south-africa-2017/content/story/1105385.html?CMP=OTC-RSS All Images and Article Content Copyright own by Same Source Owner.

ICC approves new constitution

Posted Posted by Admin in News     Comments Comments Off on ICC approves new constitution
Jun
23


Chairman Shashank Manohar feels the new constitution is a significant milestone for the ICC © Getty Images

Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, has fulfilled his promise of the governing body adopting a new constitution. The ICC revealed on Thursday that it had “unanimously” adopted an “extensively revised” constitution at the annual conference in London. A radical new governance structure is set to change the way cricket is run and administered.

During the April round of meetings, the ICC Board had already voted 8-2 (Full Members) in favour of carrying out various changes to the governance structure. These included: having just two levels of memberships – Full and Associate – having an independent female director on the ICC Board, increasing the votes on the ICC Board to 17 (12 Full Members + three Associates + independent female director and chairman), creating a new position of deputy chairman – who would chair board meetings in the absence of a chairman – and creating a membership committee that will monitor the status of all members.

The BCCI and Sri Lanka Cricket were the only two boards that opposed the governance structure in April. However, negotiations between the boards and the ICC in in the intervening months seems to have resolved the knotty issues.

“The decision [to grant Full Member status to Afghanistan and Ireland] followed the unanimous adoption of an extensively revised constitution for the ICC which, in addition to transforming the membership process through the adoption of new membership criteria, introduced a female Independent Director and a Deputy Chairman and equalised Board voting,” the ICC said in a media release at the conclusion of its annual general meeting in London this week.

“Other changes to the constitution include the appointment of a Deputy Chairman, who shall assume the duties of Chairman, Shashank Manohar, when he is unable to fulfil his duties. In addition, a female Independent Director with full voting rights will be recruited to the ICC Board.

“The voting composition of the ICC Board will also change so that every Board Member – including Full Member and Associate Member Directors, as well as the Independent Chairman and Independent Director – will each have equal votes, with a two-thirds majority necessary for a resolution to be approved. In future, the Chairman of the Associate Members (who comprises one of the three Associate Member Directors) will also be required to be independent of any Member Board.”

Manohar felt the new constitution was significant because the members had accepted to “improve governance” to benefit them all. “Throughout this process we have shown the strength of a collective and unified approach, and I would like to pay tribute to my Board colleagues who have been so determined to reach consensus,” he said. “They have not focused solely on their own country but have ensured cricket around the world benefits.”

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Article source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/1105387.html?CMP=OTC-RSS All Images and Article Content Copyright own by Same Source Owner.

Posted Posted by in News     Comments Comments Off on
Jun
23

Unlock Any iPhones including iPhone 6S Plus,6S,6,5S,5C 5 4s 4 3gs 3g 2g

Permanent unlock any iphone with any IOS very Fast and Cheap Visit HERE
Share |

eXTReMe Tracker