- Empire State Building, Burj Khalifa and Niagara Falls illuminated in tri-colours
To celebrate 74th Independence Day, the Empire State Building in New York, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and Niagara Falls in Canada were lit up in the colours of the Indian national flag. In the U.S. a husband-wife duo Manish Sood and Deepa Shahani organized a drive-thru festival to celebrate the day keeping in mind the pandemic. However, for the first time, Indian flag was hoisted in the U.S. besides its own flag by Consul General of India in New York, Randhir Jaiswal.
- Biden’s promise of friendship to India, even against China and Pakistan
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has plans and provisions to strengthen the friendship between India and America. His agenda include no tolerance for terrorism in South Asia, ensure defense to India from China by working with the nation in the Indo-Pacific, improve immigration facilities between the two nations, reforming temporary VISA systems, among a few others.
- PM Modi’s expression of gratitude sharpens the contrast with Pakistan
PM Narendra Modi has thanked Gulf countries for letting Indians stay for an extended period amid the coronavirus pandemic, in his speech on Independence Day. The improving and strengthening relationship with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar has been a key priority of the PM, also to meet Delhi’s energy requirements. However, the expression of gratitude along with India’s unequivocal acceptance of the UAE and Israel’s accord mark a sharp contrast to Pakistan’s doubtful response.
- India in need of strong cybersecurity policy
With increasing digitization, PM Modi reveals in his Independence Day speech that they are alert and are taking decisions to counter cyber threats, while constantly developing new systems. The draft of National Cyber Security Strategy 2020, which involves creating secure cyberspace in India, is ready and likely to be finalized soon.
- India and Nepal Prime Ministers talk for the first time after map mishap
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli converse for the first time after the Kathmandu map controversy. Oli congratulated India on Independence Day and for securing a temporary seat in the UN Security Council. The meeting is said to be a regular one, to discuss the bilateral economic and development projects.