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First ever India-Australia Virtual Summit held between PM Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison

New Delhi:4/6/20: India and Australia have committed to elevate the bilateral Strategic Partnership concluded in 2009 to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, CSP. The joint statement on Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Australia stated that the CSP is based on mutual understanding, trust, common interests and the shared values of democracy and rule of law.

It reflects India and Australia’s strong commitment to practical global cooperation to address major challenges like COVID-19. It is in line with India’s increasing engagement in the Indo-Pacific region through her Indo-Pacific vision and Australia’s Indo-Pacific approach.

India and Australia also recognise the importance of global cooperation for saving lives and managing the economic impacts of COVID-19, and future global challenges. Both nations will share the benefits of scientific and medical research and development, strengthen healthcare systems to improve capacity for global pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.

India and Australia have resolved to boost collaboration on science, technology and research to support their national COVID-19 responses. Both countries have committed to a new phase of the Australia – India Strategic Research Fund to promote innovative solutions for responding to and treating COVID-19.

Both countries jointly decided to work together in the areas of digital economy, cybersecurity and critical and emerging technologies. They also agreed to boost cooperation in the maritime domain. They agreed to continue to deepen and broaden defense cooperation by enhancing the scope and complexity of their military exercises and engagement activities to develop new ways to address shared security challenges.

Recognising that terrorism remains a threat to peace and stability in the region, both sides strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stressed that there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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