Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan will on Friday hand over the second Indian Fast Attack Craft (FAC) to the Seychelles that will strengthen its Coast Guard against piracy and other threats.
Dhowan, who reached Seychelles on Thursday on a four-day visit, will also hold talks with top officials besides calling on the President there.
India has provided a comprehensive maritime security solution including provisioning of military hardware, training, consultancy as well as hydrographic assistance to the Seychelles government.
The first craft, SCG Topaz (formerly INS Tarmugli) was gifted to the Seychelles islands by India in 2005 and has served the Seychelles Coast Guard well, having carried out several anti-piracy patrols and captured several pirates.
The handing over of the second attack craft will further bolster the strength of the island nation’s Coast Guard and serve as another visible, potent symbol of the friendship between the two countries, a statement by the Navy said.
INS Tarasa, which has been recently refitted at Naval Dockyard Mumbai, will join her sister ship SCG Topaz as part of the Indian Navy’s assistance to Seychelles Coast Guard in capacity building towards meeting her maritime security needs.
In addition, the Indian Navy would also position a maintenance and support team to assist the Seychelles Coast Guard.
“The Indian Navy remains committed to support Seychelles in its endeavours to ensure good order at sea and protection of its vast Exclusive Economic Zone,” it said.
The new vessel is a Car Nicobar Class and features a more efficient hull-form design than the earlier FAC version.
“Creation of SAEU would prove to be a milestone in regional cooperation efforts. Most regions in the world are moving towards greater economic integration, as South Asia lags behind,” Ansari said at 7th South Asia Economic Summit, organised by Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).The logic of a economic union lies in re-distribution of common and shared resources within the region in an efficient and effective manner, he said, adding that it would enhance manifold the bargaining power of member countries in global arena and help in realising full potential of trade complementarities.”There are definite advantages of moving towards an economic union but the road map has to be well thought out and a strategy has to be in place, which is ambitious but realistic,” Ansari said.
The 18th SAARC Summit would be held in Nepal later this month with focus on “Deeper Integration for Peace and Prosperity”.
The Vice President said the overall objective of SAEU was to ensure the transformation of South Asia into a peaceful, stable, and prosperous region.
“SAARC countries must consider the mutual benefits that could be derived from greater economic integration and thereby contribute to the furtherance of their common developmental agenda. They should, therefore, collectively address the challenges that confront them in the process of regional integration,” he said.
While SAEU would require greater regional economic policy co-ordination, priority should also be laid on to undertake investment in regional infrastructure, especially transport connectivity that would facilitate ease of travel and trade and support the realisation of SAEU. Regional trade facilitation projects such as coordinated border management, regional single window and regional transit might ease the way for an economic union, he said.
“Infrastructure development, capacity-building measures, removal of NTBs, and supportive policies and institutions that promote economic activities along identified transport corridors are essential to increase regional trade,” he said.
Intra-regional trade in South Asia has doubled since the region implemented the Agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA).
The intra-regional exports have increased to about USD 22 billion in 2013 from USD 10 billion in 2006.
The region is expected to achieve substantial tariff reduction by 2016 as SAFTA implementation makes further progress.
Rajnath Singh and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses evolving threats to global community from terror
Israeli industry delegation to visit India
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh met Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, on November 06, 2014 in an hour long meeting, during his official visit to Israel. The meeting was held in an extremely cordial atmosphere and fruitful discussions were held on a wide range of issues. The two leaders discussed the regional situation and the evolving threats to the global community from terror. The Union Home Minister said that terror was a threat not only to countries like India and Israel but to the whole world. They reviewed existing cooperation and future possibilities in this area.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu spoke about India and Israel as being two old civilizations, each with a capacity for science and innovation. He said that his uncle, who was a mathematician, always used to tell him that the best mathematicians came from India. The Union Home Minister commended the achievements of Israel and Israeli scientists in different fields and also referred to Indian achievements in science, including the concept of zero, decimals and algebra.
Mr. Netanyahu said that he was greatly impressed by his meeting with Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in New York and believed that relations between the two countries were poised for rapid development.
Shri Rajnath Singh has expressed satisfaction at the growth in bilateral ties in a range of areas, including defence and agriculture. He noted the signing of agreements in the area of homeland security that had opened another area of mutually beneficial cooperation. In this context, he emphasized the importance of capacity building and training. He said that the future emphasis should be to build a hi-tech partnership befitting two leading knowledge economies. Both leaders agreed that the Free Trade Agreement under discussion between the two sides should be signed early.
The Union Home Minister made a special reference to the ‘Make in India’ campaign launched by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and invited Israeli industry, including in the defence sector, to take advantage of the investment friendly policies adopted by the new government.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu briefed the Home Minister on technologies that had been developed by Israel in areas such as aviation security, border protection and water harvesting. He said Israel was ready and willing to discuss transfer and development of such technologies with India. He said that he agreed with the Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi that Israeli industry, including the defence industry, could ‘make in India’ and thereby reduce costs of manufacturing products and systems developed by Israel. He said that a delegation from Israeli industry would be happy to visit India to explore manufacturing opportunities in different sectors. In this context, the Home Minister also mentioned the possibility of together exploring third country markets in Africa and Latin America, where Indian industry has a strong presence.
OZ buzz with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia from 14-19 November 2014, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Prime Minister on telephone this morning to discuss the agenda for the G 20 Summit in Brisbane. Prime Minister Abbott also conveyed that he and the Australian people were keenly awaiting Prime Minister Modi’s four-city bilateral visit to Australia.Prime Minister Abbott invited Prime Minister Modi to share, in particular, his vision for accelerating global economic growth and employment generation, based on his personal experiences of reforms and growth at the state level and his plans for India. Prime Minister Abbott also sought PM’s support for Australia’s infrastructure initiatives in the G20.
Prime Minister Modi deeply appreciated Prime Minister Abbott’s personal attention to his visit to Australia. He especially thanked Prime Minister Abbott for his special gesture of hosting a reception for him at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Prime Minister Modi emphasised the importance he attached to his visit to Australia, as a step towards qualitatively transforming a relationship that he greatly values.
Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Abbott for his leadership in developing a meaningful agenda for the G 20 Summit and expressed confidence that the Brisbane Summit would be one of the most memorable G 20 Summits, which will impart new momentum in the global economy. Describing G 20 as the key forum for global economic coordination, Prime Minister Modi looked forward to attending his first G20 Summit. Prime Minister offered full support for Prime Minister Abbott’s priorities for the G20 Summit.
Prime Minister Modi shared his concerns on ‘jobless growth” prospects and felt that focusing on transforming the quality of life of people, not just on issues like the health of the financial markets, is necessary for creating employment-generating economic growth.
He also suggested that, in addition to facilitating financial flows for infrastructure financing, there was a need to look at innovative mechanisms for infrastructure development, including research on transforming waste into infrastructure inputs and creating a virtual centre for information exchange, guidance, identifying opportunities and facilitating flows, which would be beneficial to the poor countries as well.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made his debut among the world’s most powerful people, ranked 15th on the Forbes list topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin who pipped his US counterpart Barack Obama for a second year in a row.The list of 72 most powerful people in the world also included the names of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani at 36th, ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal at 57th and Microsoft’s Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella at 64th.On Modi, Forbes said “India’s newest rock star doesn’t hail from Bollywood.
He is the newly elected Prime Minister who sailed into office in May with a landslide victory, ushering the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power after decades of control by the Gandhi dynasty.”
“Modi is credited with massive reconstruction projects in his home state of Gujarat. His administration promises to bring economic rejuvenation to other beleaguered parts of India. The world is as impressed as the citizens of India: So far he’s toured the US and China and met with his Southeast Asian neighbours,” the magazine said.
This year there are 12 newcomers on the list, including Modi and Egypt President Abdel el-Sisi.
Alibiba founder and China’s richest man — Jack Ma also makes a first appearance on the list after his record-breaking USD 25 billion initial public offering in September, as does terror group Islamic State’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
A notable omission from the list is Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, who was the highest ranked Indian last year at 21.
The next Indian after Modi on the list is Ambani at 36th.
This is the second year in a row that Putin carries the crown.
Obama had previously been on the top of the list for every year with the exception of 2010, when Hu Jintao, the former political and military leader of China, was ranked 1.
The top five remain the same as 2013 – Chinese President Xi Jinping ranked third, Pope Francis at No. 4 and the world’s most powerful woman German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranked fifth.
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Chhattisgarh politicians terrorize Christians, pressurize police
EFI Religious Liberty Commission calls on Chief Minister to restore rule of law in villages
NEW DELHI / RAIPUR, 5 NOVEMBER 2014 : The EFI Religious Liberty Commission has called upon the Chief Minister of the State of Chhattisgarh to intervene urgently to restore the rule of law in various villages where cadres of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal have attacked Christians. Senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party, including members of the Legislative Assembly, instead of reassuring the minority community have led forcible conversions ceremonies.
In a letter to Dr. Raman Singh, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Reverend Vijayesh Lal, Secretary of the EFI Religious Liberties Commission said “the situation has suddenly deteriorated rapidly in the last four months, and today the tiny Christian community in the state lives in a state of terror and trepidation, fearing for their lives, their security an their homes. Above all they fear for their identity as Christians, their freedom of faith, and the safety of their places of worship.”
Rev Lal said Panchayati Raj structures had been perverted by violent and aggressive cadres of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal who have coerced officials and village heads. The police have not been able to assure safety and security. “In fact we see gross impunity, and sometimes connivance with the lawless elements.”
The EFIRLC specifically referred to violence in Madota village, Police Station Bhanpuri, District Bastar, Chhattisgarh (about 40 kilometres from Jagdalpur) which shows an unholy nexus between the hoodlums on the ground, political organisations and politicians in high office. In and its surrounding areas Christian families have had many visits from Hindu groups forcing them to convert to Hinduism or face the consequences. The village has already witnessed an order prohibiting the visit of any Christian pastor or leader who is not a local of Madota village. No such rule exists for leaders of the VHP who frequent the village.
The village saw anti Christian violence on 14th September when people at prayer in the Carmel Pentecostal Church were attacked by members of Bajrang Dal and VHP. Over 30 karyakartas [cadres] of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad entered the church, raising slogans of “Isaiyon ko maro, Ramrajya leke aao”, [Eliminate the Christians, Bring in the Kingdom of Lord Rama] and began beating up the persons present, including women and children. They threatened the members of Christian community present there that if they did not come back into their old religion i.e. the Hindu fold, they would not be allowed to drink water from the communal water sources, they would not be allowed to reap their harvests and would be dispossessed of their lands, and might even lose their lives. The Christian community tried to register a complaint at the local police station at Bhanpuri, however the Town Inspector (TI – Stationhouse Officer), he refused to register an FIR [First Information Report].
On 9th October the local BJP MLA Dinesh Kashyap led an event at Kunkuda village, in which he claimed to re-convert to Hinduism, 33 Christians from 10 families.
“All this is not acceptable in a democracy. It also goes counter to the promise of communal harmony made by the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation from the Red Fort on 15th August 2014, and later. We hope you will also intervene with the non-state actors, including the VHP and the Bajrang Dal, and call upon them to desist from such activities,” Rev Vijayesh Lal said.
Encl; Factsheet on Anti-Christian violence in Chhattisgarh:
CHHATTISGARH FACTSHEET OCTOBER 2014
Christians in Chhattisgarh especially in the Bastar area have been facing massive politically inspired opposition, which has manifested itself in the form of physical violence and social discrimination. The apathy, impunity and partisanship of the administration at various levels has compounded the human tragedy, and the gravity of the violation of Constitutional guarantees of Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Association and Movement, and most important, the Freedom of Relgion and Belief.
The current wave of incidents against Christians first came into light in May 2014 when Christian families were denied ration and ration cards after they refused to bow down to the demands set by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). The VHP had asked each Christian family to contribute 200 rupees per member towards Hindu festivities initiated by the VHP in Sirisguda village. The Christians who had always contributed money during village festivals by their free will could not comply as the money demanded was too much, and the Christians are poor. This resulted in their being denied food for more than 2 months. The village leadership kept silent.
When Christians reported this matter to the district authorities, activists of the VHP and the Bajrang Dal, which is also very active in the region, beat them up. The Gram Sabha, the village council, of Sirisguda passed a resolution outlawing non-Hindu faiths from the village. A section of the Panchayat Raj Act (129 G) was used to adopt a resolution proscribing all religious activity in the village areas which did not adhere to the Hindu faith. Even the Collector of the District, Mr. Ankit Anand, who is the highest civil servant and administration of the region, admitted was against the law.
Since then, according to media reports, more than 60 villages have passed similar resolutions in the area. There have been frequent reports between July 2014 and now of Christians being beaten up in Bastar District in various places including Sirisguda, Belar, Gadiya, Parapur etc.
In Madota village, Police Station Bhanpuri, District Bastar, Chhattisgarh (about 40 kilometres from Jagdalpur) and its surrounding areas Christian families have had many visits from Hindu groups forcing them to convert to Hinduism or face the consequences. The village has already witnessed an order prohibiting the visit of any Christian pastor or leader who is not a local of Madota village. No such rule exists for leaders of the VHP who frequent the village.
On 14th September, Christians gathered peacefully at the Carmel Pentecostal Church near Madota village were attacked by members of Bajrang Dal and VHP. As the Chhattisgarh Lok Swantrya Sangathan, the state unit of Peopleâ€™s Union for Civil Liberties, a prominent national Human Rights group noted, “When the Christian community was conducting worship in their Church, 30-35 karyakartas [cadres] of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad entered the church, gave slogans of “Isaiyon ko maro, Ramrajya leke aao”, [Eliminate the Christians, Bring in the Kingdom of Lord Rama] and began beating up the persons present, including women and children. They threatened the members of Christian community present there that if they did not come back into their old religion i.e. the Hindu fold, they would not be allowed to drink water from the communal water sources, they would not be allowed to reap their harvests and would be dispossessed of their lands, and might even lose their lives. The Christian community tried to register a complaint at the local police station at Bhanpuri, however the Town Inspector (TI – Stationhouse Officer), he refused to register an FIR [First Information Report].”
“On 16 September 2014, 40-50 members of the Christian community went to the District Head Quarters at Jagdalpur and informed the Superintendent of Police regarding the above incident. The SP Jagdalpur directed the Inspector of Police Station to go to the village and effect a compromise between the two communities. On 19 September 2014, the Inspector of the Bhanpuri police station summoned both parties to the dispute to come to the Police Station. The leaders of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad – Yogendra Kaushik and Surendra Yadav â€“ both residents of Jagdalpur, also went to the Police Station. They threateningly told the Police Officer that he should not get involved in this issue and that only their writ would run in Madhota village. They told the Christians that they must get re-converted to the Hindu fold otherwise they would face consequences. Slogans of “Bajrang Bali” were shouted in the Thana itself. The TI then advised the Christian pastors who had accompanied the villagers not to enter the village, and not to conduct any collective prayer meetings. The villagers and the Pastors had no choice but to obey.”
On 9th October the local BJP MLA Dinesh Kashyap led an event at Kunkuda village, in which he claimed to re-convert to Hinduism, 33 Christians from 10 families. The VHP Jagdalpur unit organized the program and Dinesh Kashyap not only presided over the event but also washed the feet of the people being reconverted. Christians in the area have reported that the re-conversion ceremony was a farce and that already Hindu members were paraded as Christians who are embracing Hinduism.
The event raises important questions as to the role of Mr. Kashyap who is the brother of Kedar Kashyap, the BJP Member of Parliament from the area and the law. As a local MLA does Mr. Kashyap represent the interests of Hindus alone? Was the procedure for conversion, which requires information and permission from the district administration, followed and were affidavits submitted? If not then Mr. Kashyap and the members of the VHP have a lot to answer for.
On 19th October another Church was targeted at Madota village. The PUCL report said: Once again while the Christians were conducting their prayers in the Church, the karyakartas [cadres] of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad surrounded the Church and 5-6 of them entered the Church premises. The people can recognize Daulat, Sadhu, Bhadu, Nauratan and Raju by name and face from amongst these. These people had come with a photo of Bajrang Bali and began to abuse and beat the Christians. They initially wanted to put up the photo of Bajrang Bali in the church, but later they hung it on the borewell and declared that no Christians would be allowed to drink water from the borewell. The people again went to the PS Bhanpuri, where the TI refused to register their complaint. The next day, i.e. on 20th October 2014, they went to meet the SP, district Bastar. The SP not being available, they met the Additional Superintendent of Police Mr. Vijay Pandey, who assured them that he would personally look into the matter. He said that he would come to the village on 25th October 2014 and bring the City Magistrate along with him so that the matter could be resolved.
On 25th October 2014, the Village Kotwar [official] announced by beating of drum that the district authorities would be visiting the village. The Christian community comprising 25-30 families gathered near their Church from 10 am, but none of the officers came to the village. At around 2.30 pm (afternoon), a crowd of about 250-300 people armed with lathis [canes, or staves] came in a procession to the village, and started beating up the Christians including women and children. Some were pursued right up to their houses and beaten there. Many ran away into the adjoining forest. Six Christians were severely injured including a woman whose hand had been fractured. Mr. Bhupendra Khora was informed by the villagers of this and he immediately contacted the SP, Bastar. Though the SP was not present, Mr. Khora appraised his Reader of the tense situation, and he sent the police force to the village. When the police arrived, the VHP people were still beating the Christians and they ran away after seeing the police. When the ambulance service (called 108 in Chhattisgarh) was called, the Village Kotwar, who is himself a member of the Bajrang Dal and 2-3 others also got into the ambulance along with the injured Christians claiming that they had been hurt by the Christians, though they had no visible injuries. These persons were also admitted into the hospital. Persons named Bhagirathi, Sadhu, Bhadu, Raju and others of the VHP were detained in bailable offences. The Christian pastors were also detained under Section 151 Criminal Procedure Code.
On 27th October 2014, about 2,000-2,500 persons surrounded the Bhanpuri police station to demand the release of the VHP members. They were however produced before the judicial magistrate and remanded to judicial custody. The Pastors were produced in the SDM’;s court, but since he was on leave and did not accept the bail bonds, they were also sent to jail.
Under the pressure of the VHP cadres, the injured Christians were discharged from the hospital, whereas the VHP persons with hardly any injuries continue to be admitted there.
The PUCL noted that “the Christian community in Village Madhota is in terror. They are not being allowed to access the communal sources of water nor to harvest their crops. No Christian is being allowed to leave the village since the two roads leading from the village, one towards Bhanpuri and the other towards Jagdalpur are being guarded by the VHP persons. Many Christians are outside the village and unable to enter the village for fear. The Pastors are facing death threats if they enter the village.”
The PUCL said the main source of the impunity of the VHP members is because they are being fully supported by Mr. Kedar Kashyap, Minister in the Chhattisgarh government who is carrying out a campaign of “Ghar Vapasi” in which Christians are being re-converted to Hinduism often forcibly. The District President of the VHP – Surendra Yadav – and the Janpad Panchayat Member of neighboring Village Usuri who is a BJP as well as VHP leader of the area and his close aide Mohan Mourya are inciting and mobilizing the villagers of Madhota and surrounding villages to attack the Christian community.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
Evangelical Fellowship of India,
New Delhi, India
Rev. Vijayesh Lal,
Religious Liberty Commission,
Evangelical Fellowship of India,
New Delhi, India.
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France shows the way at Urban Mobility India 2014
November 25th – 28th, 2014, Manekshaw Centre
UBIFRANCE – the French Trade Commission will be taking part in Urban Mobility 2014 7th edition – November 25 – 28 in Delhi (Manekshaw Centre), an event organised by the Ministry of Urban Development of India. This annual event will draw decision-makers in the urban transport sector from across the country and will welcome leading companies from France to showcase their expertise and state-of-the-art technologies in the field of urban mobility.
On this occasion, UBIFRANCE will bring together at the same stall several high-profile companies representing the urban development sector in France and looks forward to sharing with the Indian market some of the best technologies and practices in sustainable urban infrastructure. Some of the French companies present include: SYSTRA, LOGIROAD, PARKEON, POMAGALSKI, VOSSLOH COGIFER.
The French Development Agency (AFD) which has participated in the financing of various urban transport projects in India and over the world, will conduct technical seminars on topics covering different aspects of urban mobility such as alternative modes to foster a comprehensive urban mobility.
UBIFRANCE will organise a series of B2B meetings between French and Indian stakeholders of the sector to share ideas in order to steer urban development on to a sustainable path.
Improved urban transport strategies can bring a myriad of benefits to India, from reductions in CO2 emissions to a more mobile and inclusive society. Urban Mobility is ideally suited to furthering the Indo-French dialogue on these subjects. In Europe, the French railway industry, with 1500 companies and a combined turnover of 4 billion euros (25% from exports), is second only to Germany. Indian companies that are actively committed to sustainable architecture, energy efficiency, digital technologies, construction, urban management and mobility, will all have the opportunity to approach potential partners at the French Pavilion set up at the tradeshow.
7th in the series, Urban Mobility India (UMI) 2014, Conference and Exhibition will be held at Manekshaw Centre, with ‘Sustainable Transport for Sustainable Cities’ as the theme, and will bring together urban transport professionals and officials in the country as well as international experts in order to share views and experiences in urban transport. Current issues of national importance in the field of urban transport will be discussed through talks covering different aspects of the sector and presenting the latest developments in this field through case studies. Participants from France will come in on panel discussions on key urban transport issues in order to exchange innovative ideas with Indian companies and to foster industrial partnerships.
About UBIFRANCE- the French Trade Commission
UBIFRANCE is the French agency for international business development, a key public partner in export for French companies. Its complete range of services include providing information (on markets, legal, regulatory, international financing, calls to tender, sector watch), export consulting, sales activities (prospecting missions, partnership meetings, trade events abroad, communication in the international press, etc.)…. To support French companies of all sizes and all sectors in their development on foreign markets, UBIFRANCE mobilizes the expertise of 1,500 persons in France (Paris and Marseille) and in 60 other countries through the French Trade Commissions and a network of Press Services.
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