US helping AfPak fight terror, boosting India strategic ties

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Feb 23 (PTI) Requesting USD 742 million in aid to Pakistan, Secretary of State John Kerry today told lawmakers that the Obama administration is helping Afghanistan and Pakistan fight terrorism and is deepening strategic dialogue with India.”We are helping Afghanistan and Pakistan to counter violent extremism, deepening our strategic dialogue with India, supporting democratic gains in Sri Lanka and Burma and encouraging the peaceful resolution of competing maritime claims in the South China Sea, a goal that is definitely not helped by the militarisation of facilities in that region,” Kerry told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on the annual budget of the Obama administration.In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said the State Department has requested USD 742 million in aid to Pakistan to support its citizens as they seek security, build democracy and sustain economic growth and development ? even as the country continues to suffer from terrorist attacks.”Last October, I travelled to every state in Central Asia to reaffirm Americas friendship with the people in that part of the world and to discuss shared concerns in such areas as security, energy policy, development, and human rights,” he said.”Also in 2015, we strongly endorsed democratic progress in Sri Lanka, while elevating our important strategic dialogue with India to include a commercial component, reflecting the five-fold increase in bilateral trade over the last decade,” Kerry said. PTI LKJ KUNlast_img read more

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Finally some upbeat news for family of Costa Ricas good Samaritan Gerardo

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica protesters march against street harassment Street harassment critic Gerardo Cruz dies Mourners pay last respects to Gerardo Cruz, 22-year-old who exposed street harassment Citizen groups want street harassment criminalized in Costa Rica Gerardo Cruz, the 22-year-old Costa Rican man whostood up to a sex aggressor harassing a woman on the street, finally opened his eyes while lying in a hospital bed more than three weeks after he was stabbed by two men in San José, local media reported this week.Cruz’s mother, Ana Patricia Barquero, told the daily La Nación on Wednesday that her son “opened his eyes and is very well.” The family is hopeful that he will continue to improve after being unresponsive for several weeks, she said.Karol Zúñiga, Cruz’s wife, told La Nación:It’s a great relief to know that he has opened his eyes, that he at least knows that someone’s there for him and sending him good energy from the people who have been thinking of his health.Cruz, who has been convalescing in San José’s Calderón Guardia Hospital, had several surgeries following an attack by at least two men in the San Sebastián neighborhood of the capital on Oct. 7. The stabbing occurred just days after he posted a video on his Facebook page of a man secretly filming with his cellphone up the skirt of an unsuspecting young woman.The video — and the stabbing — prompted a national dialogue about the harassment of women in public. Supporters of Cruz calling for a new law to criminalize catcalling and other sexual harassment marched in downtown San José on Oct. 18.The news website CRHoy.com reported that although Cruz opened his eyes, he has yet to move another part of his body, according to his aunt, Kattia Cordero. Results from the latest medical tests are expected on Friday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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