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Ebola-infected Spanish priest dies in hospital

The first European infected by a strain of Ebola, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, has died in hospital, Reuters reported, citing a spokeswoman for Madrid health authorities. Pajares, 75, was airlifted from Liberia on August 7 after contracting the disease. The priest worked for a non-governmental organization in the African country. Co-worker Juliana Bohi, a nun who was also repatriated, has tested negative for the disease.

Israel says no progress in talks on Gaza conflict

Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Islamist militants in Gaza have made no progress so far, Reuters quoted an Israeli official as saying on Tuesday. The negotiators were expected to reconvene later in the day in Cairo, as Hamas and its allies are seeking an end to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip. “The gaps between the sides are big and there is no progress in the negotiations,” the official said. Hamas has not commented on talks. A 72-hour ceasefire in the Palestinian enclave is being held for a second day.

Russian investigators open probe into journalist kidnapping in E. Ukraine

The Russian Investigative Committee (SKR) has launched a criminal case into the alleged kidnapping of Russian photographer Andrey Stenin, who has been missing for more than a week after reportedly being detained in eastern Ukraine. Stenin is a war photo-correspondent and employee of major news agency Rossiya Segodnya (RIA Novosti). Russian investigators also asked their Ukrainian colleagues for help, said SKR spokesman Vladimir Markin. He added that investigators are checking a theory of Ukrainian National Guard fighters or other law enforcement agencies’ involvement in the kidnapping. Stenin has been in Ukraine since May 13, and there has been no information from him since August 5.

US’s Kerry condemns Syria severed head image

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday condemned a photograph of a Sydney-born seven-year-old boy clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier. Kerry described the image as “one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed.” The image was taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa and posted on Twitter by the boy’s convicted terrorist father, Khaled Sharrouf, an Islamic State fighter, the Australian newspaper said.

More than 30,000 suffered from heat wave in Japan

The number of people suffering from summer heat has exceeded 30,000 people, NHK television reported. During the last week, eight people died, and more than 4,000 were hospitalized. This is 20 percent fewer than the previous week, ITAR-TASS said. At the weekend, temperatures reduced to 27-28 degrees Celsius, affected by Typhoon Halong.

US, Australia to take issue of Syria foreign jihadist fighters to UN

The US and Australia agreed Tuesday to take the issue of foreign jihadist fighters in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere to the UN, AFP reported. “We intend to… put it on the agenda in a way that will elicit support from the source countries as well as those countries of concern,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said. US and Australian officials earlier discussed the issue, spurred by images of a Sydney-raised boy holding the severed head of soldier in Syria.

NATO soldier, 3 police killed in Afghanistan attacks

Three policemen were killed by a roadside bombing in the southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said. Their patrol vehicle struck a bomb planted along the road in the district of Bahrami Shahid in southern Gazni province, according to the province’s deputy police chief, Asadullha Ensafi. A fourth policeman was wounded in the attack. Separately, NATO said one of its service members was killed in an attack in the east, AP reported.

N. Ireland launches coastguard rescue operation as 80 boats capsize in storm

Northern Ireland’s coastguard launched a rescue operation on Monday after around 80 small sailing boats capsized during a storm, Reuters said. Ninety-seven people ended up in Strangford Lough in strong winds during a world championship race for GP14 class dinghies, a spokeswoman for the coastguard said, adding that at least 10 people received injuries. Sixty-seven people were rescued.

Typhoon Halong kills 10 in Japan

At least 10 people died and dozens were injured as Typhoon Halong hurtled across the Japanese archipelago at the weekend, AFP reported. After sweeping across Japan’s largest and most populous island of Honshu, the storm moved over the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and lurched towards Russia’s far eastern coast. The Japan Meteorological Agency downgraded the typhoon at 9:00am on Monday as it was off the Russian coastline. The National Police Agency confirmed the storm and heavy rain last week killed at least two people and left two others missing.

Seoul proposes new talks with N. Korea on family reunions

South Korea on Monday proposed a fresh round of high-level talks with the North to discuss another possible reunion for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The first round held in February had marked the highest-level official contact between the two Koreas for seven years. It also led to a family reunion at a North Korean mountain resort on February 20-25. The South’s Unification Ministry proposed a meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom on August 19, AFP said. Millions of people were separated during the 1950-53 conflict that sealed the division between the two Koreas.

Israel, Palestinians begin talks over Gaza conflict

Israel and the Palestinians began talks in Cairo on Monday to try and end the conflict in Gaza, Reuters reported. Lifting the blockade on the coastal enclave, will also be discussed, Egypt’s state news agency MENA said. The indirect talks are being mediated by Egypt. They commenced a day after the two sides agreed to begin a new 72-hour truce.

Revival of Ancient Saraswati River says Uma Bharti

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said that the Centre is committed to the revival of the ancient Saraswati river. She was replying to a Calling Attention motion in the Lok Sabha today on the need to set up the Saraswati Research Institute. The Minister said, there are enough scientific evidences on the presence of the river Saraswati in some parts of the country through which it flowed about five to six thousand years ago. She said, her Ministry is taking up the issue very seriously to trace the route of the river, which is now extinct. The Minister said the Government is having the information collected from all relevant sources about the river Sarswati. She also informed the house that Central Ground Water Board of her Ministry has been directed to test the water of a well located inside Allahabad fort in this connection.

Way to tieups

India-Myanmar ties

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 Buddha, Business and Bollywood

August 10, 2014,By Manish Chand,
Raising the bar for India-Myanmar ties (External Affairs Minister at 4th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)
The “neighbours first” policy of the new government in India is again in focus with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on her maiden visit to Myanmar August 8-11 for bilateral talks, as well as to attend ministerial meetings connected with ASEAN, East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum. Myanmar will be the first Southeast Asian country Sushma Swaraj will be visiting after trips to three important neighbours in South Asia: Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The minister’s visit will take place soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s path-breaking trip to Nepal, and underlines the centrality of immediate and extended neighbourhood in India’s foreign policy matrix.
Why Myanmar matters: 5 Bs
 A bridge between South Asia and Southeast Asia, Myanmar has loomed large on India’s diplomatic horizon. Blending business, culture and diplomacy, there is a strong connect between the two countries. Buddhism, Business, Bollywood, Bharatnatyam and Burma teak — these are the five Bs that frame India-Myanmar relations in popular imagination. Moving beyond this rich configuration, the relations are now acquiring greater economic weight and strategic orientation.
The minister’s visit to Myanmar comes days after the foreign office consultations between the two countries in New Delhi that saw the two sides discussing an entire gamut of bilateral issues, including trade and investment, energy and development cooperation. The talks in Nay Pi Taw, the new capital of Myanmar, will set the stage for Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the Southeast Asian country in November for the India-ASEAN summit and East Asia Summit.
The importance of Myanmar for India is all-too-obvious: India and Myanmar share a long land border of over 1600 km and a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal. Nurturing all-round relations with Myanmar is crucial to the economic transformation of India’s north-eastern states. Myanmar is also critical to India’s national security. The two countries have sealed a pact to share real time intelligence to combat Indian insurgents operating out of the border region. The pact envisages the conduct of coordinated patrols on each side of the border and maritime boundary and entails exchange of information to jointly combat insurgency, arms smuggling and drug, human and wildlife trafficking.
The bilateral relations, underpinned by the 1951 Treaty of Friendship, have stood the test of time and shown a rare dynamism and resilience. The visit of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 laid the foundations for a robust relationship between India and Myanmar. The dawn of the third millennium has seen bilateral ties acquire a new force.
Two-way visits
The relations have experienced a visible upswing in the last four years since Myanmar’s embrace of political and economic reforms a few years ago. This was reflected in a spate of high-profile two-way visits: President U. Thein Sein came to India on October 12-15, 2011, the first state visit from Myanmar to India following the swearing-in of a new government in Myanmar in March 2011. This was followed by another transformational visit by India’s then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar from May 27-29, 2012, an important milestone that saw the two sides signing a dozen agreements and India extending a new line of credit (LOC) for US$500 million to Myanmar. President Thein Sein attended the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in December 2012 in Delhi and also visited Mumbai and Ratnagiri. Manmohan Singh visited Myanmar again for the BIMSTEC summit in March 2014.
Scaling up economic ties
Imparting a renewed momentum to economic relations will be a key focus area in the days to come. The energy-rich and resource-rich Myanmar has emerged as a land of opportunity, and with political and economic reforms it embarked on three years ago, the two countries look poised to galvanise its economic ties. Bilateral trade has gone up from barely 12 million dollars in the early 80s to nearly $2 billion.
A host of Indian companies have already pitched their tent in Myanmar and are thriving. These include, among others, the state-owned ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL), Jubilant Oil and Gas, Century Ply, Tata Motors, Essar Energy, RITES, Escorts, Ranbaxy, Cadila Healthcare Ltd, Dr. Reddy’s Lab., CIPLA, and Apollo. Top Indian companies are looking to invest $2.6 billion in a host of industries, including telecommunications, energy and aviation.
Energising Ties
 Energy cooperation is an important pillar of bilateral relations, with India’s state-owned and private companies acquiring gas blocs in that country. Seven Indian companies are among 59 companies shortlisted by the Myanmar government for submission of final bids for 18 onshore gas blocks on offer. OVL and GAIL have already announced $1.33 billion investment in China-Myanmar gas pipeline project.
Food Security
Home to sprawling stretches of virgin forests and fertile land, Myanmar is emerging as a food granary of the region. Not surprisingly, India’s imports from Myanmar are dominated by beans, pulses and forest-based products. With its prowess in agricultural technologies, India has been all too willing to share its expertise to transform agricultural sector in Myanmar. In 2012, during then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Yangon, India pledged support for setting up an Advanced Centre for Agriculture Research and Education in Yezin and a Rice Bio-park in the integrated Demonstration Park in Nay Pyi Taw.
Development Cooperation
Capacity building and development cooperation are twin prongs of the growing India-Myanmar partnership. India has provided $500 million line of credit to Myanmar for a host of infrastructure and capacity building projects, the largest LOC to any Southeast Asian country. India has been in the forefront of empowering the people of Myanmar through training programmes like the ITEC and setting up centres of excellence in Myanmar like the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), which is being set up at Mandalay. (Industrial Training Centres, Myanmar-India Centre for English Language (MICELT), Myanmar-India Entrepreneurship Development Centre (MIEDC), India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT Skills (IMCEITS), Language Laboratories and E-Resource Centre at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw are some other outstanding projects that have been set up with India’s assistance).
Given Myanmar’s geostrategic location, India is focusing on accelerating connectivity projects like the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project and building/upgrading 71 bridges on the Tamu-Kalewa-Kalemyo road. The trilateral highway that will provide seamless connectivity between India, Myanmar and Thailand by 2016 is poised to be a game-changer.
Democracy Connect
Myanmar’s ongoing journey towards democratic transformation promises to bring India and Myanmar closer as the Southeast Asian country taps India’s expertise in institution-building. In the past few years, scores of parliamentarians from Myanmar have been coming to India for training in parliamentary practices and procedures.
People Power
 (Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar)While diplomacy and business have their own logic, it’s people-to-people relations that impart a special character to the enduring friendship between India and Myanmar. Myanmar is home to 2.5 million-strong Indian diaspora, settled mostly in Yangon and Mandalay. Iconic Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a special connection with India. She studied in Delhi’s Lady Shriram College when her mother was posted as ambassador in India. Boddh Gaya, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is a must-visit place for Myanmar’s leaders and pilgrims. The Sarnath-style Buddha statue donated by the Indian government to people of Myanmar and installed at the Shwedagon Pagoda premises remains a shining symbol of cultural and civilizational connect between the two countries. Straddling the classical and the modern, Bollywood and Bharatnatyam are equally popular in Myanmar. And yoga is acquiring new devotees among the young and the old in the neighbouring country.
Seize the Day
Myanmar’s opening-up in recent years has made the country an arena of competition among established and new players. The democratisation, along with economic reforms, has unleashed new opportunities for India, which is determined to make up for lost time. With a creative blend of diplomacy, diplomacy and culture, the India-Myanmar relations can only scale new heights in days to come.
(Manish Chand is Editor-in-Chief of India Writes Network,www.indiawrites.org, a portal and e-journal focused on international affairs and the India Story)




PM to Jawans:Neighbour has lost strength to fight

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PM to Jawans:Neighbour has lost strength to fight conv war-continues to engage in proxy war  … 
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On PM’s maiden visit, Ladakh demands opening of new Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route. 
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Robin Williams no more

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President Obama said that Williams “was one of a kind… He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.”
The actor was also an avid gamer and named his daughter Zelda after the popular video game character. In his last post to Instagram, he paid tribute to his young daughter on her birthday. Zelda Williams is also an actress.
Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois and studied acting at the Juilliard School in New York City.
robin williams mrs doubtfire
Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
Robin Williams aged  63 was found dead on Monday, as reported by police  apparent cause of death was suicide, authorities said. Saluting the stunning character actor  and Oscar-winning actor, on relatively recent episodes of the American version of the improved comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway and being the loudest, farcical, most gleefully nutty his character in Good Morning, Vietnam, Williams was best. Medi agencies





Upcoming EBTC events in renewable energy and bio-pharmaceutical sectors

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24th September 2014, Online
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Enkay Sagar Holdings Pvt Ltd’s last chance to speak at Middle East Rail 2015.
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India-Myanmar ties

12082014

 Buddha, Business and Bollywood

August 10, 2014,By Manish Chand,
Raising the bar for India-Myanmar ties (External Affairs Minister at 4th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)
The “neighbours first” policy of the new government in India is again in focus with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on her maiden visit to Myanmar August 8-11 for bilateral talks, as well as to attend ministerial meetings connected with ASEAN, East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum. Myanmar will be the first Southeast Asian country Sushma Swaraj will be visiting after trips to three important neighbours in South Asia: Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The minister’s visit will take place soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s path-breaking trip to Nepal, and underlines the centrality of immediate and extended neighbourhood in India’s foreign policy matrix.
Why Myanmar matters: 5 Bs
 A bridge between South Asia and Southeast Asia, Myanmar has loomed large on India’s diplomatic horizon. Blending business, culture and diplomacy, there is a strong connect between the two countries. Buddhism, Business, Bollywood, Bharatnatyam and Burma teak — these are the five Bs that frame India-Myanmar relations in popular imagination. Moving beyond this rich configuration, the relations are now acquiring greater economic weight and strategic orientation.
The minister’s visit to Myanmar comes days after the foreign office consultations between the two countries in New Delhi that saw the two sides discussing an entire gamut of bilateral issues, including trade and investment, energy and development cooperation. The talks in Nay Pi Taw, the new capital of Myanmar, will set the stage for Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the Southeast Asian country in November for the India-ASEAN summit and East Asia Summit.
The importance of Myanmar for India is all-too-obvious: India and Myanmar share a long land border of over 1600 km and a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal. Nurturing all-round relations with Myanmar is crucial to the economic transformation of India’s north-eastern states. Myanmar is also critical to India’s national security. The two countries have sealed a pact to share real time intelligence to combat Indian insurgents operating out of the border region. The pact envisages the conduct of coordinated patrols on each side of the border and maritime boundary and entails exchange of information to jointly combat insurgency, arms smuggling and drug, human and wildlife trafficking.
The bilateral relations, underpinned by the 1951 Treaty of Friendship, have stood the test of time and shown a rare dynamism and resilience. The visit of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 laid the foundations for a robust relationship between India and Myanmar. The dawn of the third millennium has seen bilateral ties acquire a new force.
Two-way visits
The relations have experienced a visible upswing in the last four years since Myanmar’s embrace of political and economic reforms a few years ago. This was reflected in a spate of high-profile two-way visits: President U. Thein Sein came to India on October 12-15, 2011, the first state visit from Myanmar to India following the swearing-in of a new government in Myanmar in March 2011. This was followed by another transformational visit by India’s then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar from May 27-29, 2012, an important milestone that saw the two sides signing a dozen agreements and India extending a new line of credit (LOC) for US$500 million to Myanmar. President Thein Sein attended the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in December 2012 in Delhi and also visited Mumbai and Ratnagiri. Manmohan Singh visited Myanmar again for the BIMSTEC summit in March 2014.
Scaling up economic ties
Imparting a renewed momentum to economic relations will be a key focus area in the days to come. The energy-rich and resource-rich Myanmar has emerged as a land of opportunity, and with political and economic reforms it embarked on three years ago, the two countries look poised to galvanise its economic ties. Bilateral trade has gone up from barely 12 million dollars in the early 80s to nearly $2 billion.
A host of Indian companies have already pitched their tent in Myanmar and are thriving. These include, among others, the state-owned ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL), Jubilant Oil and Gas, Century Ply, Tata Motors, Essar Energy, RITES, Escorts, Ranbaxy, Cadila Healthcare Ltd, Dr. Reddy’s Lab., CIPLA, and Apollo. Top Indian companies are looking to invest $2.6 billion in a host of industries, including telecommunications, energy and aviation.
Energising Ties
 Energy cooperation is an important pillar of bilateral relations, with India’s state-owned and private companies acquiring gas blocs in that country. Seven Indian companies are among 59 companies shortlisted by the Myanmar government for submission of final bids for 18 onshore gas blocks on offer. OVL and GAIL have already announced $1.33 billion investment in China-Myanmar gas pipeline project.
Food Security
Home to sprawling stretches of virgin forests and fertile land, Myanmar is emerging as a food granary of the region. Not surprisingly, India’s imports from Myanmar are dominated by beans, pulses and forest-based products. With its prowess in agricultural technologies, India has been all too willing to share its expertise to transform agricultural sector in Myanmar. In 2012, during then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Yangon, India pledged support for setting up an Advanced Centre for Agriculture Research and Education in Yezin and a Rice Bio-park in the integrated Demonstration Park in Nay Pyi Taw.
Development Cooperation
Capacity building and development cooperation are twin prongs of the growing India-Myanmar partnership. India has provided $500 million line of credit to Myanmar for a host of infrastructure and capacity building projects, the largest LOC to any Southeast Asian country. India has been in the forefront of empowering the people of Myanmar through training programmes like the ITEC and setting up centres of excellence in Myanmar like the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), which is being set up at Mandalay. (Industrial Training Centres, Myanmar-India Centre for English Language (MICELT), Myanmar-India Entrepreneurship Development Centre (MIEDC), India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT Skills (IMCEITS), Language Laboratories and E-Resource Centre at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw are some other outstanding projects that have been set up with India’s assistance).
Given Myanmar’s geostrategic location, India is focusing on accelerating connectivity projects like the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project and building/upgrading 71 bridges on the Tamu-Kalewa-Kalemyo road. The trilateral highway that will provide seamless connectivity between India, Myanmar and Thailand by 2016 is poised to be a game-changer.
Democracy Connect
Myanmar’s ongoing journey towards democratic transformation promises to bring India and Myanmar closer as the Southeast Asian country taps India’s expertise in institution-building. In the past few years, scores of parliamentarians from Myanmar have been coming to India for training in parliamentary practices and procedures.
People Power
 (Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar)While diplomacy and business have their own logic, it’s people-to-people relations that impart a special character to the enduring friendship between India and Myanmar. Myanmar is home to 2.5 million-strong Indian diaspora, settled mostly in Yangon and Mandalay. Iconic Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a special connection with India. She studied in Delhi’s Lady Shriram College when her mother was posted as ambassador in India. Boddh Gaya, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is a must-visit place for Myanmar’s leaders and pilgrims. The Sarnath-style Buddha statue donated by the Indian government to people of Myanmar and installed at the Shwedagon Pagoda premises remains a shining symbol of cultural and civilizational connect between the two countries. Straddling the classical and the modern, Bollywood and Bharatnatyam are equally popular in Myanmar. And yoga is acquiring new devotees among the young and the old in the neighbouring country.
Seize the Day
Myanmar’s opening-up in recent years has made the country an arena of competition among established and new players. The democratisation, along with economic reforms, has unleashed new opportunities for India, which is determined to make up for lost time. With a creative blend of diplomacy, diplomacy and culture, the India-Myanmar relations can only scale new heights in days to come.
(Manish Chand is Editor-in-Chief of India Writes Network,www.indiawrites.org, a portal and e-journal focused on international affairs and the India Story)

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