World This Week: Eagerly waiting to visit B’desh soon: PM Modi
A letter which was handed over to his counterpart Sheikh Hasina by visiting Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has expressed the eagerness of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Bangladesh soon in, officials said.
“I am eagerly waiting to visit Bangladesh soon,” a
spokesman of Hasina's office quoted the letter as saying as Jaishankar called on the Bangladeshi premier and handed it over to her.
Hasina's press secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury said in response, asked Jaishankar about the possible time of Modi's visit, saying: “We are eagerly waiting to welcome him in Bangladesh as well.”
Jaishankar also discussed about signing the two agreements that India expects with Bangladesh for further boosting bilateral trade and commerce between the two neigbouring countries with Hasina. “We would sign two deals—The Protocol on Trade and the Agreement on Coastal Shipping—with Bangladesh soon,” Chowdhury quoted Jaishankar as saying during the call.
Second Hindu Temple Vandalised
Hindu American leaders forcefully condemned the vandalism of a Hindu temple in Kent, Washington. The incident, which occurred in the early hours of the morning on February 27, closely follows the vandalism of another Washington temple two weeks ago. The vandals spray painted the word “fear” on the walls of the Sanatan Dharma Temple, in addition to breaking 7-8 windows.
“The quick frequency of the two temple attacks is deeply troubling,” said Harsh Voruganti, Associate Director of Government Relations. The Sanatan Dharma Temple and Cultural Center has been targeted for attacks in the past. HAF has been in close contact with temple leaders, who estimate that temple property has been damaged at least twice a year since their location was changed to Kent in 2013.
A Sikh boy getting bullied: not anything new in the US, which has seen members of the community since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, more than 13 years ago.
The Sikh boy, identified as Harsukh Singh by Inquisitr, who broke the story, remains a mystery. A young white girl who taunts him mercilessly, sitting two rows behind on the school bus, is visible enough in the video to be recognised soon. Disciplinary action is likely to follow against her, and other students who indulged in the racially-fuelled bullying and discrimination.
Singh uploaded the video on YouTube under the name ‘Nagra Nagra’ with the message: ‘Kids being racist to me and calling me an Afghan terrorist. Please don’t act like this towards people like me. If you don’t know, I’m not Muslim I’m Sikh.’
India-born in race to be Warren Buffet’s successor
Giving a cue, Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway dropped one of the biggest hints about a possible successor to the billionaire investor, describing India-born Ajit Jain and Greg Abel as “world-leading” performers who are “better” business executives than the octogenarian.
In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders, Buffet praised Jain, who manages the Berkshire Reinsurance Group, for the way he has grown the business over the years.
While Buffet stopped short of naming his successor, company Vice Chairman Charles Munger named Jain and Abel, who heads Berkshire's energy business, while talking about possible successors to Buffett.
Buffett also lauded Jain's “unmatched” underwriting skills, saying he insures risks that no one else has the desire or the capital to take on.
Jain was born in Odisha and is an alumnus of IIT and Harvard. Long been the front runner to succeed Buffett, Jain has been associated with Buffett for nearly three decades. —Priyanka Taneja with inputs from agencies