'Space, 5G, supply chain': White House official told what big announcements the leaders of QUAD countries will make today

'Space, 5G, supply chain': White House official told what big announcements the leaders of QUAD countries will make today

QUAD Summit 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in a summit with the leaders of the Quad countries on Friday, the second day of his three-day US tour. Which is going to be hosted by US President Joe Biden. The White House has given important information before this meeting. An official said that the leaders of the Quad countries will discuss issues such as the Indo-Pacific region, the Kovid-19 pandemic and climate change, besides a new working group on space, supply chain initiatives, a 5G deployment and diversification. And will make many big announcements including scholarships of students.

For the first time, leaders of the Quad group will meet face-to-face at the White House. Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison have also reached America to attend. A senior Biden administration official said the quad leaders are also planning to announce new measures in the areas of vaccine supply and healthcare and infrastructure. Mutual interests and concerns will be discussed between them. On condition of anonymity, the official said that the Quad is a group engaged in advancing areas of mutual interest.

US expanding cooperation with all working groups

“We have several working groups and we are expanding our cooperation with all of them on a daily basis,” the official said. Quad is not a regional security organization. We are going to address specific issues related to the challenges facing the Indo-Pacific in the current environment. Let us tell you that India, America and many other world powers advocate a free and open area amid China's increasing military intervention in the Indo-Pacific. China lays claim to the disputed South China Sea. Apart from this, Taiwan, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam also claim parts of it. China has even built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.

Biden wanted to have one-on-one meeting

"President Biden believes that such discussions are often scripted," the White House official said. And he really wanted to sit down and have a deep discussion with all the leaders (QUAD Countries). He wanted to have a conversation in an environment where all the leaders could talk about what was important to each of them. He talked about doubling the effort to deal with the challenges. In 2007, India, Japan, the US and Australia shaped the long-pending proposal to establish the Quad to develop a new strategy to keep important sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence. A virtual meeting of all the leaders was also held this year.

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Heavy rains, floods and landslides cause havoc in Nepal, death toll reaches 88

Heavy rains, floods and landslides cause havoc in Nepal, death toll reaches 88

 11 more people have died in Nepal due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. The death toll has risen to 88 on Thursday. According to the latest data released by the Ministry of Disaster Management, 30 people are missing in these incidents so far.

Panchthar, a district in eastern Nepal, has recorded the highest number of deaths at 27. This was followed by 13 deaths each in Ilam and Doti districts. Deaths were also reported from 15 other districts including Kalikot, Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Bajang, Humla, Solukhumbu, Puthan, Dhankuta, Morang, Sunsari and Udaipur.

At least 88 people have lost their lives in recent incidents of floods, landslides and floods in different parts of the country following incessant rains in the last three days, Health Ministry officials said. The death of 11 people has been confirmed on Thursday morning. He told that 63 people died on Wednesday, while on Tuesday the death toll was 14.

Natural disaster has occurred in 20 districts of Nepal. 21 people have gone missing in Bajhang district. However, the weather conditions have started improving from Thursday. Meanwhile, Home Minister Balkrishna Khand has directed Nepal Police, Armed Police Forces, National Investigation Department and Nepal Army to immediately evacuate foreign tourists stranded in Humla district.

Twelve people, including four Slovenian tourists and three guides, are stranded in Nakhla in Humla district, 700 km west of Kathmandu. The road in Limi area was blocked due to heavy snowfall. Humla Chief District Officer Ganesh Acharya said they were on their way back to Simikot after completing their trekking expedition at Limi.

Snow had started in the area since Sunday and rescue operations could not be carried out on Wednesday due to bad weather. Officials said that the local administration has sought a helicopter from the Home Ministry to carry out the rescue operation.

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