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‘Saudi Arabia recognises India’s position on Kashmir, concerns on terror’



The joint statement issued during the visit of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was a very clear recognition of India’s position on Jammu and Kashmir and shows a great deal of sensitivity to India’s concerns on terrorism, sources said here on Thursday.

They said the two-day visit of the Crown Prince that concluded on Wednesday has given tremendous structure to the strategic partnership, built on the solid foundation of the relationship and considerably broadened the relations.

The visit also saw a strong thrust to the Saudi investment and $100 billion has been earmarked for investment opportunities reflecting a strong confidence in India’s growth story, according to the sources.
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On the joint statement issued late Wednesday referring to the need for creating necessary conditions for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan, they said Saudi Arabia acknowledged that conditions have to be created for resumption of dialogue with Pakistan and displayed understanding of India’s stand that terror and talks cannot go together.

They said there was recognition that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. There was also an acknowledgement of threats India is facing in terms of terror.

The joint statement issued also said that the Crown Prince appreciated consistent efforts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since May 2014, including his personal initiatives, to have friendly relations with Pakistan.

There was recognition that the Prime Minister had reached out to the western neighbour but acts of friendship were thwarted by acts of terror.

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The sources said that Strategic Partnership Council, to be chaired by Prime Minister and the Crown Prince, would have two to three ministerial groups looking at specific areas such as defence and security, and economy, trade and investment.

The proposed joint naval exercise could take place in 2019 and could be later extended to Army and Air Force.

On Saudi investments in India, they said it would cover a wide area including infrastructure, refining, petrochemicals, engineering, minerals, tourism and manufacturing.

In all, 11 MoUs were signed in the meeting of business council which was attended by nearly 50 Saudi entities.

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They said that security was identified as a major area of cooperation keeping in mind common threats faced by the two countries.

The statement said that the two sides agreed to constitute a “Comprehensive Security Dialogue” at the level of National Security Advisors and set up a Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism to enhance further cooperation in the counter-terrorism efforts and benefit mutually from real-time intelligence sharing.

It said that the two sides agreed to work together with other Indian Ocean Rim countries for enhancing maritime security.

The sources said that Saudi Arabia has also been sensitive to India’s request on prices of crude and has also agreed to requests for release of prisoners and increasing the quota of Haj pilgrims.

It has been sensitive to the predicament of Indians stranded due to closure of a foreign company, they added.


Big news regarding launch of Apple Watch Series 7: This is all we know



Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch market with its high-end Apple Watch series. The brand has stuck to the same design all this while with a few changes here and there. But that might change with the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7.

A fresh report says that the new model will be slightly thicker than the previous one. Apple is also exploring ways to reduce the screen bezels. Apart from this, the report also talks about a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover.

Renders of the Apple Watch Series 7 also surfaced online, showcasing a flat display. The other suggested changes were the addition of blood glucose monitoring, a body temperature sensor, new-swim tracking features and more.

While the upcoming Apple Watch may get a few other features this year. A recent report says that the blood glucose and body temperature tracking feature have been pushed to future Apple Watch iterations.

But that’s not it, we have a bunch of other details to share with you. Keeping that in mind, we decided to detail everything known so far about the Apple Watch Series 7.

Apple Watch Series 7 specs and features

–Like always, there’s a lot of hype around the upcoming Apple Watch. Courtesy of the frequent leaks, we have gathered a decent chunk of information to keep you updated with the latest news popping around the same.

–Bloomberg’s latest report has a lot to reveal about the Apple Watch Series 7. The report states that the upcoming Apple Watch will feature a faster processor, get better wireless connectivity and an updated display. It also mentions that the company has plans to update the Apple Watch, the lower-end Apple Watch SE and introduce a new version aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts.

Previous reports hinted that Apple Watch Series 7 might feature a body temperature sensor and a blood-oxygen sensor. But the latest article says that Apple Watch may take a few more iterations to bring the blood oxygen sensor, whereas the body temperature sensor is likely to make a way in 2022.

–As far as this year’s model is concerned, Apple has tested thinner display borders and a new lamination technique to bring the display closer to the front cover. The new Watch is also reported to be slightly thicker but in a barely noticeable way.

–The upcoming iteration will also get updated ultra-wideband functionality, similar to what we’ve seen in the Apple AirTag. WatchOS 8, previewed at WWDC 2021 with a software update, will bring the capability to unlock doors and hotel rooms. So, we are presuming that Apple Watch Series 7 will be equipped with this feature leveraging the updated ultrawideband support.

–There’s also an extreme sports model in works often referred to as “explorer” or “adventure” edition. It was said that this model would be available as early as this year, but the latest reports suggest that it is more likely to arrive in 2022.

–Apple Watch is expected to get a major design change this year. Some time back on his youtube channel FPT, Jon Prosser revealed the complete design of the Apple Watch Series 7. According to the renders, the upcoming smartwatch will feature a flat display, as seen on the latest Apple products. While the overall footprint will remain the same, bezels may get even smaller on the Apple Watch Series 7. Prosser also says that the new Watch will bring new colour options, including a green variant.

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