Houston: India has close strategic partnership with the US and the bilateral ties have made an “unparalleled progress” in the last few years with collaboration in areas like counter terrorism, defence and energy, India’s envoy to Washington has said.Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla recently visited Texas, one of the largest American states with a GDP of USD 1.6 trillion. The state has a significant concentration of Indian-Americans. Texas is an important state as 10 per cent of the total India US trade is from oil-rich Texas. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe said that India is set to emerge as a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years and USD 10 trillion economy in the next 10 years. India’s success relies in ensuring that there is a greater interest and involvement of American industries and businesses in the country, he said. “We have close strategic partnership, close synergy on issues of security, counter terrorism, defence, but the underpinnings of the relationship are based on business and that’s where you come in,” he said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAddressing representatives from major Indian companies and the local media in Texas, Shringla said that the progress made by India and the US in the last few years has been unparalleled. “The energy sector is an important area where we have increased our collaboration and also increased our off take from the US,” he said. “We have placed orders for nearly 300 civilian aircraft amounting to USD 39 billion,” he said. “Also, India has introduced new items such as poultry to the list of imports from the US. Defence is a new equation. Fifteen years ago, India had no defence ties (with the US) and today we are importing defence equipments worth USD 18 billion.” “What amazes me is that in the last few years, the amount of progress that our relationship has made is unparalleled in many senses,” Shringla said. He said that the United States is India’s largest trading partner. “We are looking at technology at different levels that will help us leapfrog the processes in India like NITI Aayog. India’s USD 1.5 trillion infrastructure development would need foreign direct investments. The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is getting support from Japan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore,” Shringla said. He said India is set to emerge as a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years and USD 10 trillion economy in the next 10 years. Knowing it to be an ambitious target, Shringla said India needs investment. “Our success really lies in ensuring that there is a greater interest and involvement of US industries and businesses in India in line with our own priorities in terms of development of India,” Shringla said. Bilateral trade between India and the US has reached USD 142 billion last year. PTI
Five judges of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled that its Trial Chamber was correct in August 2001 to convict Radislav Krstic of genocide. But they reduced his jail sentence to 35 years from 46 years. Between 7,000 and 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered in Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the town and its immediate surrounds being designated by the UN as a “safe area” for civilians. At the time of the massacre General Krstic was deputy commander of the Drina Corps, one section of the army of Republika Srpska, which was known as the VRS. Releasing its verdict today, the five judges rejected the argument of General Krstic’s lawyers that the events at Srebrenica did not meet the legal definition of genocide. The judges said the scale of the killings, as well as the inclusion of boys and elderly men outside military recruitment age in the group of victims, indicated that the VRS wanted to ensure the demise of the local Muslim community. “By seeking to eliminate a part of the Bosnian Muslims, the Bosnian Serb forces committed genocide,” the court said in a summary of its judgment. “They targeted for extinction the 40,000 Bosnian Muslims living in Srebrenica, a group which was emblematic of the Bosnian Muslims in general. “They stripped all the male Muslim prisoners, military and civilian, elderly and young, of their personal belongings and identification, and deliberately and methodically killed them solely on the basis of their identity.” But the judges reduced General Krstic’s sentence, saying he could not be found to have had genocidal intent. While he was aware that others intended to commit genocide, and did nothing to prevent the use of Drina Corps personnel and resources to achieve this aim, the judges said his “responsibility is accurately characterized as aiding and abetting genocide,” rather than complicity in genocide.