US Secretary of State John Kerry in India, pushes for bill investment treaty

Setting the tone for the 4th round of Indo-US strategic dialogue tomorrow (June 25), visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry today pushed for a bilateral investment treaty to "bolster" investor confidence in India and expressed concerns over trade barriers.   External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry before a meeting in New Delhi. (PTI)
Setting the tone for the 4th round of Indo-US strategic dialogue tomorrow (June 25), visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry today pushed for a bilateral investment treaty to "bolster" investor confidence in India and expressed concerns over trade barriers.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry before a meeting in New Delhi. (PTI)
Kerry will co-chair the India-US strategic dialogue with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid during which key issues like bilateral trade, defence and security cooperation besides energy and higher education would be discussed. (PTI)
Kerry will co-chair the India-US strategic dialogue with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid during which key issues like bilateral trade, defence and security cooperation besides energy and higher education would be discussed. (PTI)
Kerry, who arrived here this evening accompanied by a high-level delegation, clearly expressed American concerns on various issues including providing greater access to Indian markets, Intellectual propery rights and the need for "full" implementation of the Indi-US civil nuclear deal. (PTI) Ahead: 'Bigger and brighter supermoon' lights up world skies
Kerry, who arrived here this evening accompanied by a high-level delegation, clearly expressed American concerns on various issues including providing greater access to Indian markets, Intellectual propery rights and the need for "full" implementation of the Indi-US civil nuclear deal. (PTI)

Ahead: 'Bigger and brighter supermoon' lights up world skies
Supermoon - the largest and brightest full Moon of 2013 - lit up the world skies over the weekend as the Earth's natural satellite passed the closest point to our planet.A view of supermoon at Open Hand Monument in Chandigarh. (IE Photo: Sumit Malhotra)
Supermoon - the largest and brightest full Moon of 2013 - lit up the world skies over the weekend as the Earth's natural satellite passed the closest point to our planet.
A view of supermoon at Open Hand Monument in Chandigarh. (IE Photo: Sumit Malhotra)
'Supermoon' is a situation when the Moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full  Moon, NASA said. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
'Supermoon' is a situation when the Moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full Moon, NASA said. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
So, the Moon may seem bigger although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few per cent at such times. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
So, the Moon may seem bigger although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few per cent at such times. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
It is called a Supermoon because this is a very noticeable alignment that at first glance would seem to have an effect.The moon rises behind the Washington Monument. (AP)
It is called a Supermoon because this is a very noticeable alignment that at first glance would seem to have an effect.
The moon rises behind the Washington Monument. (AP)
The Moon's distance from Earth varies because it follows an elliptical orbit rather than a circular one.A full moon rises through clouds behind downtown buildings in Kansas City. (AP)
The Moon's distance from Earth varies because it follows an elliptical orbit rather than a circular one.
A full moon rises through clouds behind downtown buildings in Kansas City. (AP)
This year the Supermoon is up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than a typical Full Moon is. This is a result of the Moon reaching its perigree - the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit, NASA said.A supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon. (Reuters)
This year the Supermoon is up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than a typical Full Moon is. This is a result of the Moon reaching its perigree - the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit, NASA said.
A supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon. (Reuters)
During perigree, the Moon is about 356,992 km away, as compared to the 405,696 km away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee).A couple hugs at a Lisbon public garden as the biggest and brightest full moon of the year rises behind them. (AP)
During perigree, the Moon is about 356,992 km away, as compared to the 405,696 km away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee).
A couple hugs at a Lisbon public garden as the biggest and brightest full moon of the year rises behind them. (AP)
The effects on Earth from a supermoon are minor, and according to the most detailed studies by terrestrial seismologists and volcanologists, the combination of the Moon being at its closest to Earth in its orbit, and being in its 'full moon' configuration (relative to the Earth and Sun), should not affect the internal energy balance of the Earth.A supermoon sets behind the Statue of Liberty. (AP) --
The effects on Earth from a supermoon are minor, and according to the most detailed studies by terrestrial seismologists and volcanologists, the combination of the Moon being at its closest to Earth in its orbit, and being in its 'full moon' configuration (relative to the Earth and Sun), should not affect the internal energy balance of the Earth.
A supermoon sets behind the Statue of Liberty. (AP) --
Scientists have dismissed notions that the phenomenon could cause bizarre behaviour or natural disasters. Its most significant impact is likely to be on the tide. Experts say the next 'supermoon' is expected to appear in August 2014.A supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon. (Reuters)
Scientists have dismissed notions that the phenomenon could cause bizarre behaviour or natural disasters. Its most significant impact is likely to be on the tide. Experts say the next 'supermoon' is expected to appear in August 2014.
A supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon. (Reuters)

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