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US finds remains of WW II soldiers in NE

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After years of concerted efforts, US government officials have found remains of soldiers who fought during the World War II in Arunachal Pradesh. A team of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) visited several locations in Arunachal Pradesh.In a statement, American Ambassador to India Richard Verma lauded the findings. “The United States is committed to making sure all the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who served our country come home. DPAA’s mission in India is a vital part of that commitment,” he said.Mission Commander Lt Col Pritz of the American Embassy, too, issued a statement thanking the Indian government.Efforts to locate the remains around Arunachal were going on since 2003. It was only in 2008 that India and the US entered into an understanding to let the American search crew inside the area.Between 2006 and 2010, the crash sites of several US aircraft have been discovered in the area. Some of these are the crash sites of C-87 transport (41-23696), B-24J bomber (42-73308) nicknamed as “Hot as Hell”, C-46A transport (41-24724), B-24D bomber (42-40069) nicknamed as “Pregnant Swan”, C-47DL transport (41-18518), C-87 transport (42-107259), C-46A transport #41-24739, C-87 transport (41-23791), 308th Bomb Group B-24J 42-100184, and, 08th Bomb Group B-24J 42-73242, nicknamed “Haley’s Comet”.In these crashes, the number of suspected casualties is over 50. In April this year, the crew found the remains of soldiers travelling in a C-109 that crashed on July 17, 1945, travelling from Jorhat in Assam to China’s Hsinching province.

By 2030, India will lead world in almost every category: Richard Verma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing confidence that by 2030 India would lead the world in “almost every category”, US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma on Tuesday said people are excited about the Indo-US partnership which is poised to strengthen further.”I look out into the future in India…just take 2030. By 2030, India will lead the world in almost every category… You will have the most people, largest middle class population, college graduates, patent holders, massive investment in infrastructure, urbanisation and discoveries,” he said while interacting with the students of IIT and IIM at the Government Engineering College in Raipur.”That’s why people are so excited about India’s rise and what’s happening here. That’s why I am excited about the partnership we have with you (India)…we can’t agree on every issue, but we can get really a lot of important things done,” he added.Verma termed the last two years as the best period in the relationship between the two countries. He said US President Barack Obama wants India to be a strong, prosperous and a successful global power.”We changed, India has changed…We were on two separate tracks for many a decade. Those tracks are now coming together. If you ask (US) president about how he feels about India, he would say he wants India to be strong and prosperous,” he said.Speaking about various fronts on which both the countries have collaborated and succeeded, he stressed that the two countries broke records in several categories last year.”We had the highest two-way trade between the two countries ever of USD 110 billion. US was the largest export market for India. About 1.1 million visitors from India travelled to the US and equally, one million Americans visited India last year which was an all-time high. Last year, 1.40 lakh Indian students were studying in America. The highest defence trade number last year was USD 15 billion,” he said.Verma, however, said the two countries can do a lot more on peace, prosperity, climate change, defence and strategic affairs which he feels will have big impact on people.Expressing hope that the ties between the two nations, would strengthen, he said, “If I look ahead to the future, I’m really optimistic and really excited. I don’t think our relationship (will be) on roller coaster. I don’t see it going down, I only see it’s going up.”He also noted that the visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have strengthened ties between the two countries. He quoted Modi’s speech at the US Congress earlier this year, where the PM had said they have overcome the hesitation of history and India is on course of making the US its indispensable partner. The US envoy also stressed the role India and the US can play in ensuring peace and harmony in the world. ON HIS ARUNACHAL VISIT:On Monday, China had objected to Richard Verma’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh and had said that any interference by Washington in the Sino-India boundary dispute will make it ‘more complicated’ and ‘disturb’ hard won peace at the border. Talking about his Arunachal visit, Verma said, “Visit to Arunachal was terrific, we went there for Tawang festival. We are looking to incerase our trade and eco oppurtunities.”

CSE Chief Sunita Narain hits out at Richard Verma for ‘leaving’ her out of Time’s Influential List congratulatory message

The CSE chief and environmentalist Sunita Narain, who was listed among six other Indians in the Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people, called out on the US Ambassador to India Richard Verma when he did not include her in the congratulatory message.Richard Verma on Friday posted a tweet congratulating six of the seven Indians on the Times list including RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, tennis player Sania Mirza, Microsoft CEO Sundar Pichai, actress Priyanka Chopra and Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal. However, the situation soon became uncomfortable when the seventh person named on the list, Sunita Narain asked Verma if he had left her out of the message due to her critical views against the US government on climate change.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Verma tweeted:Sunita Narain replied to Verma’s post with a tweet:The Center for Science and Environment (CSE) in a report titled ‘Captain America’ had taken a critical stance against the US government and its consumerist tendencies.Verma soon replied to Narain’s post saying that his post did not intend to contain the complete list. He tweeted:

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