The partnership between India-Japan-Africa can usher in a new era of global development, experts concurred on Wednesday in early morning discussions at the Global Partnership Summit.“India-Japan-Africa Global partnership (IJAGP) promotes people to people partnership besides a sustainable and empowerment based social-economic global framework. One has to work towards a common objective of establishing an alternative development model framework,” said Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, founder, chairman, global partnership summit.Upadhyay added that India and Japan already have a strong and vibrant development framework based on non-bilateral cooperation. “Going forward, we look to the African nations to create a geo-political partnership for an equitable global order,” he said.Also readThe Asia-Africa Growth Corridor is the answer to OBOR Bilali Camara, Country Director, UNAIDS India said for the benefit of humanity, the partnership between the three has to continue. “Healthcare is very important and with our continued partnership, we can eliminate AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria from both Africa and India,” he saidWe have to go behind best medical care, it has to be sharing of best knowledge, best advise which has to be given to people so that they can protect themselves, Camara said.Africa is set for a leap in next decade with upward moving socio economic indicators and there is untapped potential for shared growth and peaceful development. Africa has a strong desire for assuring sustainable future for its people.“IJAGP’s growth model is based on the principles of alternative development model of empowerment and not on the existing model of exploitation,” Upadhyay added.There are many common factors between India-Africa relationship such as partners in freedom struggle, strong people to people contact, trade ties, traditional societies, young demography and close cultural ties.The way forward would be to respect sovereignty of each African state, building partnerships or joint ventures between Indian Japanese African governments or companies and empowering local inhabitants.Community development is the best model forward. Human rights are critical to this development and right to access healthcare is also very important, Camara said.Doga Makiura, a Japanese social entrepreneur, who has an online education firm with presence in Indonesia, Phillipines, Mexico, is looking to tap into African market to train youth there. “Currently, we are looking at Nigeria, Ghana and West Africa to offer our online education services. We need human capital, there is dearth of skilled young people in Japan,” he said.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A week after a proposal by Chinese envoy to India to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to address New Delhi’s concerns, Beijing has hinted that it mayn rename CPEC if India joins OBOR initiative.China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui during an interaction with experts on Chinese affairs and students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) last week offered to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as build an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir.However, On Lu’s reported remark about building an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir, the foreign ministry said, “China is ready to strengthen connectivity with all neighbouring countries and promote regional economic cooperation and common prosperity”.According to The Times of India, the Chinese ministry neither endorsed or denied Luo’s statement, indicating that it may be willing to discuss the issue with New Delhi while ensuring that the move does not affect its ties with Pakistan.The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said China s stand is that the CPEC is an economic cooperation initiative and has ‘nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes’. The CPEC “does not affect China and Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir issue,” it said.India skipped the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in May this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the nearly $ 60 billion CPEC, a flagship project of China’s prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR), which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).India has raised concerns over the project as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southern Pakistan, and the Gwadar Port, to China’s restive Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.In his address to the United Services Institution in New Delhi on May 5, Luo Zhaohui had echoed similar views.His remarks were, however, subsequently removed from the transcript of his address posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy amid reports that Pakistan sought a clarification on it.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposed Bullet Train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is an exercise in vanity, said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said while addressing small businessmen in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.Instead, projects like the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) started during UPA government will benefit the Indian economy in multiple ways, increase productivity and reduce transportation costs, he said.”The Bullet Train project is an exercise in vanity. The Rs 88,000-crore needs to be repaid to Japan. Gujaratis have a good business sense and you know if a project is too good to be true, it certainly is not,” said Singh.He blamed the NDA government for its lop-sided priorities, adding not many will benefit from the project and alternatively, more investment should be pumped in creating infrastructure to boost safety and speed of Indian railway system, referring to spurt in railway accidents in past one year.Condemning the policy of ruling establishment to term anyone who disagrees with the government as anti-national, anti-development and anti-government, Singh said this has damaged the democratic discourse in the country. “Ëvery issue is looked through the binaries of black and white, seeing everyone as thieves. The rhetoric has damaged the democratic discourse,” he said.On the human development front too, the BJP-ruled Gujarat government has failed to help the masses and its actions are against the interest of sections like Scheduled Tribes. He contrasted the actions of the Congress-led UPA government, which made provisions for transparent process during acquisition of land and providing fair compensation for farmers who part with land for industrial projects. While the all-India average of coverage of giving land rights and possession to tribals is 87%, the figure for Gujarat is 44%.’DEMOCRACY DAMAGE’Condemning policy to term anyone who disagrees with the government as anti-national and anti-development, Singh said this has damaged the democratic discourse in the country
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China on Thursday said India should shed its reservations over President Xi Jinping’s ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ and join the project as it will not change Beijing’s stand on the Kashmir issue.The BRI, which includes China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has been included in the Constitution of the ruling Communist Party of China in the just concluded once-in-a- five-year Congress.”We welcome other countries including India to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on the basis of voluntarism,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media briefing on Thursday.The BRI’s goal is to promote connectivity between regional countries and common prosperity of all countries, the spokesman said.”The initiative will not affect China’s position on relevant issues and our position on relevant initiatives will not be changed,” he said.China has been reiterating that the USD 50 billion CPEC which traverses though the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is a connectivity project and will not affect its stand that the Kashmir issue should be resolved between India and Pakistan through talks.India has objected to the CPEC as it is being laid through the disputed territory and boycotted a high-profile Belt and Road Forum organised by China in May.The BRI will bring tangible benefits to those who are participating in the project at an early date, Geng said.BRI has been included in the CPC Constitution as part of President Xi’s ideological thought putting more pressure on Chinese officials to work for early harvest from the massive amount of investment being poured by China in Pakistan and other countries.According to a senior CPC official, the Chinese firms so far have invested USD 560 billion overseas under the BRI since 2013 and paid over USD 100 billion in taxes and created millions of jobs.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Trump administration today threw its weight behind India’s opposition to the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying it passes through a disputed territory and no country should put itself into a position of dictating the Belt and Road initiative.India skipped the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in May this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the nearly $ 60 billion CPEC, a flagship project of China’s prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR), which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).Having returned from his maiden trip to India last week wherein he met his counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis appeared to be a strong opponent of China’s ambitious OBOR initiative.”In a globalised world, there are many belts and many roads, and no one nation should put itself into a position of dictating ‘one belt, one road’,” Mattis told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing.”That said, the One Belt One Road also goes through disputed territory, and I think, that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate,” Mattis said apparently referring to India’s position on CPEC.Mattis was responding to a question from Senator Charles Peters over OBOR and China’s policy in this regard.”The One Belt One Road strategy seeks to secure China’s control over both the continental and the maritime interest, in their eventual hope of dominating Eurasia and exploiting natural resources there, things that are certainly at odds with US policy. So what role do you see China playing in Afghanistan, and particularly related to their One Belt One Road,” Peter had asked.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concludes his second India trip, China has issued a message for both India and Japan.In a veiled comment at the visit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “We advocate that regional countries should stand for dialogue without confrontation and work for partnership instead of alliance.”The comment by Beijing came as New Delhi and Tokyo sought to firm up their close ties during Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe’s visit to India.India and Japan inked 15 agreements to further broad-base their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China is increasing its assertiveness.Hua, however, declined to comment on specific issue like Japan’s plans to sell US-2 amphibious aircraft to India, saying she would like to wait till a detailed readout from the two countries following a meeting between Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Japan’s plans to sell the amphibious aircraft to India raised eyebrows here as this is first such move by Tokyo to sell defence equipment to any country. China is also concerned about Japan getting the first bullet train project in India between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.China too is vying for high speed rail projects in India, specially the New Delhi-Chennai corridor.China and Japan also have a longstanding dispute over islands in the East China Sea. Chinese ties with Japan have also been strained by what Beijing see as Japanese leaders’ reluctance to atone for the country s wartime past.Hua said China will “stay open and welcome normal development of relations between the countries in the region”, as long as they are conducive to peace and stability in the region.”We hope that relations will be conducive to regional peace and stability and can play a constructive role in this regard,” she said.Commenting on Abe’s visit to India, Chinese think-tanks expressed concern over the “Freedom Corridor”, as well as several joint infrastructure projects being launched by India and Japan together in different countries as strategic move by the two countries to counterbalance China’s ambitious multi- billion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The Indo-Japanese initiative, called the ‘Freedom Corridor’, stretching from Asia-Pacific to Africa, aims at stabilising the region.”The Freedom Corridor, designed to serve as a counterbalance to China’s BRI is expected to figure prominently in talks between Abe and Modi,” Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences told state-run Global Times today.However, the Japanese-Indian initiative is just a beginning. It is unlikely to reach the same level as the BRI, Chu Yin, an associate professor at the University of International Relations said.The Chinese analysts also referred to report that India and Japan were embarking on multiple infrastructure projects across Africa, Iran, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia in what could be viewed as pushback against China’s unilateral infrastructure initiatives connecting it with Europe and Africa.India boycotted the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) held this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”Though India objects to CPEC, India’s real reason is that it doesn’t want to see China’s influence in South Asia and refuses to open its domestic market to China,” Ye Hailin, director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ National Institute of International Strategy, said.Also the Global Times tabloid, in an editorial titled ‘India-Japan intimacy no threat to China’ said “in a changing world, the India-Japan intimacy is more like a contrivance”.It said Japan is unlikely to challenge China as it has strong bilateral trade relations with Beijing.”Under the international relations logic of the 21st century, closer India-Japan ties won’t pose grave threats to China because many of their emotional moves to console each other won’t produce any real effects in challenging China,” it said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cycling enthusiasts of the city will soon be relieved of trouble to travel to city outskirts in pursuit of pollution free cycling track. On completion, the Dravyavati river front will have for them a nearly 40km corridor on either side of the water body. The corridor will be exclusive for pedestrians and cyclists assuring a pollution free ride and a scenic background. At a review meeting of the project held at Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) on Friday, the consultancy firm hired for development of the riverfront was instructed by development commissioner Vaibhav Galriya regarding development of the corridor. According to the authority officials, the pedestrian walkway and cycling track will be combined to provide a unique experience to the visitors. Dravyawati river front development project is among the projects which is a top priority for the chief minister and it’s on her directions that the review meetings are being held on regular basis to ensure that the project is completed by August 2018. Cycling has been a fast rising trend in the city. However, most of the cycling enthusiasts often have to travel out of the urban area in search of roads that are free of fast moving vehicles. The Dravyavati project spreading across a length of 47km will offer multiple entry and exit points to the cyclists to arrive and leave the cycling track as per their convenience. “The proposed track will be four-metre wide and will have long and uninterrupted stretch except for a few locations where there are dams and bridges,” said a JDA officer.The proposed track at Dravyavati river front will not only be free from motorised vehicles it will also be surrounded by more than 16,000 trees and a green area of nearly 65,000 square metres. A wall along the riverfront will also keep the stray animals and other hindrance away. However, the space constraint along the riverside has left little scope for development of other facilities.40km corridorThe Dravyavati river front will have a nearly 40km corridor on either side of the water body. The corridor will be exclusive for pedestrians and cyclists assuring a pollution free ride and a scenic background.The Dravyavati project spreading across a length of 47km will offer multiple entry and exit points to the cyclists.The project is among the projects which is a top priority for the CM and review meetings are being held on regular basis to ensure that the project is completed by August 2018.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soon after voting in the vice-presidential elections, transport minister Nitin Gadkari flew to Tehran on a special diplomatic mission to sort out irritants and placate Iran. He was chosen by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to represent India at the inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s second term.Gadkari had played a key role in drafting the Trilateral Transit and Transport Corridor Treaty between India, Iran and Afghanistan that was later signed during Modi’s visit to Tehran in 2016.The project involved developing Chabahar port (barely a thousand kilometres from Kandla in Gujarat) with road and rail connectivity linking it to Zaranj, on the Afghan-Iran border, 900 km to the north.But since then, there has been a dip in ties following delays in the timeline India was to follow for the development of the port.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s policy to isolate Pakistan globally has failed, as foreign countries are showing a keen interest to invest in the country, the Express Tribune said in a report.It alleged that the larger objective of New Delhi’s aggressive approach is to dissuade Pakistan from taking the potential benefits of China’s massive investment and discourage foreign investors from investing in projects in the country such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The report added that India’s policy has failed, as about a dozen companies from a single European country alone have recently decided to venture into Pakistan.Highlighting foreign investments in Pakistan, the report said, in April, a delegation of the Association of French Entrepreneurs, known as MEDEF, visited Pakistan to explore the possibilities of investment in sectors such as automobile, oil and gas, energy, water management, engineering and microfinance.The minutes of the meeting and discussions held between the French delegation and Pakistani interlocutors revealed that at least nine top companies decided to do business in the country, it added.Multinational automobile manufacturer Renault is now contemplating to build its own manufacturing facility at the Port Qasim, it said adding, Suez Group, a world leader in water and waste management, is keen to enter into an agreement with the government of Sindh for improved water supply to Karachi.The report also quoted a senior foreign ministry official as saying, “Even the allies of India are not toeing its line on Pakistan.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Airport Line of the Delhi Metro will be extended till Dwarka Sector 25, where a new underground station will be built near an upcoming international convention centre. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has invited bids for the construction of the 1.5-km-long extension and the station. Currently, the high-speed corridor runs between THE New Delhi station and Dwarka Sector 21. The metro floated the tender recently while the feasibility survey of the project was undertaken last year, after the Centre proposed that the convention centre be brought under the fold of the high-speed metro network. A DMRC spokesperson said bids for the project would be accepted till August 14 and the tender opened on August 16. Last December, the Centre had approved the project master plan for the proposed Rs 26,000-crore international exhibition -cum-convention centre which, when completed, will be one of the biggest in Asia. The phase-I of the convention centre project is expected to be commissioned by June 2019. The 23-km-long Airport Corridor (Orange Line), which struggled to attract commuters at one point, has six stations. Trains run every 10 minutes between 8 am and 8.30 pm and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the IGI Airport from the New Delhi station on this line. The DMRC took over the operations of the Airport link in July 2013 after Reliance Infrastructure’s subsidiary Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL) terminated its concessionaire agreement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid India’s concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump today underlined the need for bolstering regional economic connectivity while respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity. India has been severely critical of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of the BRI, passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Modi and Trump, who held wide-ranging talks during their maiden meeting, called for “support in bolstering regional economic connectivity through the transparent development of infrastructure and the use of responsible debt financing practices, while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, the rule of law, and the environment.” They also urged all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law, a joint statement issued after the talks said. The assertion comes, days after Prime Minister Modi cautioned against rolling out connectivity projects without respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity. In an address at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Astana, Modi, in presence of Xi, had said connectivity with countries of the region is a priority for India and that such projects should ensure inclusivity and sustainability. India has been protesting the CPEC vehemently and had abstained from the Beld and Road Forum held in Beijing last month to highlight its concerns over the project.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trial run began today on a stretch of the 59-km-long Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar section of the Delhi Metro, which on completion would become the longest corridor of the DMRC network. The trials were held on the 6.5-km-long elevated segment between Shakurpur and Mayapuri of the corridor that has been dubbed the ‘Pink Line’, part of the phase-III of the metro network. This is the first trial run on the Pink Line. “Delhi Metro’s new UTO-enabled (Unattended Train Operations-enabled) trains will operate on this corridor. The new trains, with extremely high level of automation, will now undergo rigorous trials between these stations to ensure that they are ready for smooth operations after the commissioning of the corridor. “Initially, train operators will run the trains, but gradually, driver-less operations (on the UTO mode) will be possible,” a senior DMRC official said. While conducting the trials, the interface of the metro train will be checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done. “The new signalling technology known as Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) will be implemented on this corridor. The response of trains at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the operations control centre (OCC) will also be monitored. The response of the track system and the over head electrification will be checked repeatedly,” he added. The section from Shakurpur-Mayapuri consists of five elevated stations, i.e., Shakurpur, Punjabi Bagh West, ESI Hospital, Rajouri Garden and Mayapuri. “This section has one interchange station at Rajouri Garden with Line 3/4 (Blue Line or Dwarka 21-Vaishal/Noida City Centre Line),” the official said. The project had faced delay due to issues of land acquisition. “This section passes above two major jhuggi clusters having 229 jhuggis. In 2012, the DMRC had requested Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement (DUSIB) to take necessary action for relocation/rehabilitation of these jhuggis,” the DMRC said. Four special spans–three steel spans and one cantilever construction span of length 60 metres each–were used in different sections. The metro alignment was crossing over the Delhi-Bhatinda railway line at Shakurbasti which is 19 m high and is the highest among all the special spans used, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an oblique reference to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today cautioned against rolling out connectivity projects without respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity. In an address at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Modi, in presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping, said connectivity with countries of the region is a priority for India and that such projects should ensure inclusivity and sustainability. “Connectivity with SCO member countries is a priority for India and we whole heartedly support it. We want connectivity to pave way for enhancing cooperation and confidence among the societies and young people. Respect to sovereignty and territorial integrity is necessary. It is also important to ensure inclusivity and sustainability,” the Prime Minister said. India has been severely critical of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the pet project of Xi, as the USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is part of the BRI, passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). India says it cannot accept a project that ignores its core concern on sovereignty and territorial integrity. In his address, Xi referred to the “successful summit” on the BRI, also known as the ‘One Belt One Road Initiative’, in Beijing last month and said the SCO may serve as an important platform for the successful implementation of the project. The Chinese President also put forth a proposal on the need for a “long term treaty of good neighbourhood for the next 5 years” among the SCO members. Russian President Vladimir Putin also talked about the project and said such connectivity initiatives would boost trade and investment in the region. Hailing the BRI, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said such mega projects will benefit the entire SCO community. “The SCO’s expansion takes place at an opportune time, as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) transforms global economic landscape. And, in Pakistan, we are diligently implementing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is the flagship of the BRI. What is more, these mega projects will benefit the entire SCO community,” he said. A number of other SCO leaders also complimented China on initiating the mega project. Reflecting its opposition, India had boycotted the BRI Forum in Beijing. Sharif, Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Ranil Wickremesinghe, Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were among the world leaders who attended the meeting. The US had sent a delegation led by Matt Pottinger, special assistant to the President and senior director for Asia at the National Security Council. Earlier in the day, Modi met Xi on the sidelines of the Summit and underscored the need to respect each other’s “core concerns” and appropriately handle the disputes. During the meeting, Modi said India and China should tap their potential in cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs, respect each other’s core concerns and appropriately handle their disputes. Asked if China brought up India’s boycott of the OBOR during the meeting, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar at a briefing said, “Again, I would repeat that the meeting was very cordial, meeting was very positive. There was discussion on connectivity, how we could work together. In fact, to my recollection, the AIIB i.e. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BCIM Corridor came up for discussion.” On being asked if Modi raised the issue of CPEC, Jaishankar said, “I will again give you a sense of the meeting. The sense of the meeting was that two countries have great benefit, great interest in working with each other and we will have differences but where we have differences, how do we work through those differences, find common ground where they are possible and also a sense that wherever we have concerns, each side would look at it with a degree of seriousness.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>UP Congress chief Raj Babbar today termed the depiction of Jammu and Kashmir as “Indian Occupied Kashmir” in a booklet released by the party as “deplorable”, and said those responsible for the blunder would face severe action. Speaking to reporters here, Babbar said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has already cleared the party’s position on the issue. “Kashmir is an integrated part of India, and this incident is deplorable,” Babbar said. To a question of a probe in this regard, Babbar said it is certain that those who are guilty will face stringent action. Page 12 of the 16-page booklet titled ‘Rashtriya Suraksha per Aanch’, which was distributed by the Congress yesterday, depicts the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir as “Indian Occupied Kashmir” in the context of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The booklet was released by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in Lucknow. Launching a scathing attack on the Congress, the BJP had said that the Congress must make its stand clear whether it is with India or Pakistan. “Congress which has created the Kashmir crisis must answer and make its stand clear on whether it is with India or Pakistan. “The question arises, as today the Congress came out with a booklet, which mentions Jammu and Kashmir as ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’. This is highly objectionable, and it goes on to prove that on one hand the Indian Army is eliminating the terrorists, while the Congress is refusing to believe that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” UP BJP spokesperson Shalabh Mani Tripathi said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi will return home later tonight after undertaking a hectic almost week-long visit to four European countries ? Germany, Spain, Russia and France. In terms of outcome, the visits to these four nations have been impactful not only for India and Europe bilaterally, but in the larger context, for the world as well. Out of these trips between May 31 and June 3, the visit to Russia on June 1 and 2 takes pride of place, given that Prime Minister Modi has shared a great political and personal chemistry and equation with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin since assuming office in May 2014. And, as was expected, bilateral ties between the two nations were given a fresh impetus not only through the signing of five key agreements, but also through messages to the international community that both were on the same page in terms of responses to issues like terrorism, climate change, the urgent need for reform of the United Nations, an assessment of the state of the world economy, concerns over global security and defence etc. Let?s have a look and what were the key takeaways from the visit to Russia: For starters, this was Prime Minister Modi?s second state and summit-level visit to Russia, having last visited Moscow in December 2015. When it was officially announced that he would be visiting St. Petersburg towards the end of last month, speculation in media was rife that Modi would primarily be focused on mending New Delhi?s drifting partnership with Moscow, seek to restore parity in a once robust bilateral economic relationship and aim to temper down tensions arising from both countries shifting alliances with other nations across the globe. It was not farfetched to say and feel last week at the start of the trip that a relationship of 70 years standing between the two countries was at the cross-roads, and in dire need of accelerated transformation. India?s veering over to the United States over the past three years, and Russia going forward with its relationships with Pakistan and China respectively, and Moscow?s open support to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project appeared to be creating a political spanner, and this could be seen in the drop in people-to-people exchanges, a decline in student exchanges and doubts over whether both nations could take their partnership forward in so far underdeveloped areas like energy and information technology. Two-way trade too had slumped to below USD eight billion in 2015, and the ambitious bilateral target of achieving USD 30 billion by 2030 appeared to very distant, if not unachievable. There was also a parting of ways on Afghanistan, with Russia favouring the brokering of a peace deal with the Taliban to which India has always viewed with skepticism. What eventually emerged from the Indian Prime Minister?s visit to St. Petersburg was a reiteration of bilateral reliability, a greater cementing of understanding on key regional and multilateral issues and significant economic takeaways. Backed by five significant agreements, the St. Petersburg Declaration announced on June 1, was in effect an action plan for deepening bilateral and multilateral relations in all areas, including political and economic, and also to ensure that existing ties contribute to the establishment of a more peaceful and just world order. The declaration said both countries will “advance the comprehensive development of the Indian-Russian relations?, with a special focus on working towards a higher level of military-to-military cooperation through the holding regular joint land and sea military exercises. From a security point of view, both Prime Minister Modi and President Putin strongly condemned terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations, and stressed that “there can be no justification whatsoever for any acts of terrorism, whether based upon ideological, religious, political, racial, ethnic or any other reasons.” The two leaders urged all countries and entities to “work sincerely to disrupt terrorist networks and their financing, and stop cross-border movement of terrorists”. They called for the “early conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) to strengthen the global counter-terrorism normative and legal framework to combat this scourge”. On the economic front, it was emphasized that both India and Russia complement each other in the energy sector, and a commitment was made to “strive to build an ‘Energy Bridge’ and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydel and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency.” Emphasis was placed on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which both Modi and Putting described as ?one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries?, and contributing to India’s energy security and ?energizing broader scientific and technological cooperation.? There was an acknowledgement from both sides of the steady and demonstrable achievements of the civil nuclear partnership, including the advancement of nuclear power projects in Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu, transforming the site into one of India’s largest energy hubs. Both sides welcomed the conclusion of the general framework agreement and credit protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. It was projected that the growing nuclear power partnership between India and Russia would offer opportunities for developing advanced nuclear manufacturing capabilities in India in line with its ‘Make in India’ initiative and joint projects, which would be launched on exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Arctic Shelf of Russia. Major economic objectives were announced, including expanding trade and investment; diversification of trade in goods and services; increasing the share of high-technology products, fostering industrial cooperation, improving the environment for entrepreneurship and investments and developing cooperation in banking and financial matters. A commitment was made to build an effective infrastructure for the International North-South Transport Corridor, as also for the implementation of the Green Corridor. In the maritime sector, Russia was approached and it agreed to offer its shipbuilding and river navigation prowess, and desalination technologies for developing joint projects through transfers of technology, as also to share its experiences with India on developing inland waterways, river embankments, ports and cargo containers. In the railway sector, it was agreed that negotiations would take place for the establishment of high speed railways, dedicated freight corridors and application of newer technologies for efficient rail transport. Both countries also agreed to upgrade and intensify defence cooperation through joint manufacture, co-production and co-development of military hardware and military spares, with increasing reliance on the adoption and sharing of future technologies, in compliance with existing obligations and agreements. The commitment was made by India to buy Russia’s advanced S-400 air defence systems. Talks on the exact volume of supplies and other details are being discussed by both countries. The S-400 uses four missiles to fill its performance envelope: the very-long-range 40N6 (400 km), the long-range 48N6 (250 km), the medium-range 9M96E2 (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km). The S-400 has been described as one of the world?s best air-defence systems. The two sides reiterated their call for the establishment of a multi-polar global order reflecting interstate relations as they should exist in the 21st century. In this regard, emphasis was placed on the need for a more democratized system of international relations, based on the principles of the rule of law and the central role of the United Nations. Russia also reaffirmed its support for India’s bid for a permanent membership in the UN Security Council (UNSC) and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). An announcement was made for the creation of a dedicated desk for handling Russian investments, and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) was quite emphatic in reiterating that India and Russia have a vital global role as world powers to cooperate and consult, and take collective initiatives, while at the same time remaining steadfast in their opposition to unilateralism. On the Paris Climate Accord, Prime Minister Narendra Modi categorically said that New Delhi remains committed to it so that the future generations are able to breathe fresh and live a harmonious life. “We cannot exploit nature. We should leave earth for our future generation so that they can live a harmonious life and be able to breathe fresh air,” he said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). On President Trump?s decision to move the U.S. out of the accord, Modi said, “Don’t think I will take sides on this subject, but would rather take the side of our future generation.” In saying this, the Indian Prime Minister appeared to reject Trump?s contention that New Delhi has been extracting “billions and billions and billions” of dollars in foreign aid from the developed world to sign up for the climate accord. The other significant highlights of Prime Minister Modi?s visit to St. Petersburg were cultural in nature, such as presenting 104 volumes of the Urga edition of the Tibetan Kanjur to the Datsan Gunzechoinei Buddhist Temple, a unique xylographed bibliographic rarity, and dropping in at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, which has some of India’s priceless historical and holy manuscripts. The Prime Minister also wrote a message in Gujarati, wherein he appreciated the work and achievements of the institute. “The progress of humanity is full of colour. In every era, the human race has remained committed to development. The simple meaning of life is progress and of death is stillness. This wonderful collection is a comprehensive view of the different identities of the human race and the philosophy of its continuous development. It is the effort of compiling the great heritage of India,” wrote Prime Minister Modi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Marking 70 years of diplomatic ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed the St Petersburg Declaration, envisaging an action plan for deepening relations in all areas, including political and economic development of the two countries and also to ensure that their ties contribute to the establishment of a more peaceful and just world order. The declaration stated that both the countries will “advance the comprehensive development of the Indian-Russian relations, which is a priority of the foreign policy of both the States”. It said, “Both the countries will work towards a higher level of military- to- military cooperation by holding regular joint land and sea military exercises and this year both the countries will conduct the first ever Tri-services exercise INDRA-2017.” Stating that the economies of India and Russia complement each other in the energy sector, it said that they would “strive to build an ‘Energy Bridge’ between our states and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydel and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency”. “Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries, contributing to India’s energy security and energizing broader scientific and technological cooperation,” said the declaration. “With concerted efforts on both sides, there has been a series of steady and demonstrable achievements in our civil nuclear partnership, including advancing nuclear power projects at the Kudankulam site and transforming it into one of India’s largest energy hubs. We welcome the conclusion of the General Framework Agreement and Credit Protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.” According to the Declaration, the growing nuclear power partnership between India and Russia has opened opportunities for developing advanced nuclear manufacturing capabilities in India in line with its ‘Make in India’ initiative and joint projects, which would be launched on exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Arctic shelf of Russia. The Declaration sets major economic objectives, including expanding trade and investment and diversification of trade in goods and services, in particular, increasing the share of high-technology products, fostering industrial cooperation, improving environment for entrepreneurship and investments and developing cooperation in banking and financial matters. It said that connectivity must be strengthened, based on dialogue and consent of all parties concerned with due respect to sovereignty, while reiterating their commitment to build effective infrastructure for the International North South Transport Corridor and implementation of the Green Corridor. It said, given Russia’s strength in shipbuilding, river navigation and desalination technologies, both countries would work together to develop joint projects through transfer of technology and experience sharing for developing inland waterways, river embankments, ports and cargo containers towards effective utilisation of India’s extensive river systems.Development of high speed railways, dedicated freight corridors, and application of newer technologies for efficient rail transport will also be included.. On defence cooperation, it said both countries upgrade and intensify this cooperation, “through joint manufacture, co-production and co-development of military hardware and military spares, with increasing reliance on the adoption and sharing of future technologies, in compliance with the obligations of the sides under the existing agreements on military-technical cooperation”. The Declaration said both India and Russia “regard the establishment of the multi-polar global order in international relations as a reflection of natural and inevitable process of evolution of interstate relations in the 21st century”. Thus, they would enhance collaboration to democratize the system of international relations, based on the principles of the rule of law and the central role of the United Nations. Russia reaffirmed its support for India’s bid for permanent membership in the UN Security Council and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Both countries strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed, “there can be no justification whatsoever for any acts of terrorism, whether based upon ideological, religious, political, racial, ethnic or any other reasons”. They urged all countries and entities to “work sincerely to disrupt terrorist networks and their financing, and stop cross-border movement of terrorists” and called for “early conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to strengthen the global counter-terrorism normative and legal framework to combat this scourge”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has said India should comprehensively review its present and proposed international trade agreements as “days of globalisation are over.” The Narendra Modi-led government has crossed its mid-term and now it is time for them to evaluate the current national and international economic situation, SJM co-convener Ashwani Mahajan said. Trump’s victory on the plank of ‘America first’ and Britain’s exit from the European Union point out that after 25 years of aggressive globalisation, de-globalisation has started, he said. “It is high time the Centre reviews the trade agreements of India with other countries and instead of relying on international trade growth, the government should focus on domestic demand-led growth,” he said. The RSS forum also appreciated the Centre’s stand on One Belt one Road (OBOR) issue, and demanded a ban on all Chinese companies from tender processes in government-related projects. India has expressed reservations over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of China’s prestigious One Belt and Road (OBOR, citing violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s refusal to join China’s Belt and Road Forum was “partly a show” for domestic politics and aimed at piling pressure to get Beijing’s “special attention”, a state-run Chinese daily said on Tuesday.”India hopes that it can shape bilateral relations more actively, and expects China to give special attention to the interests of India. But this is not how countries interact,” an editorial in Global Times said.”India’s objection to the B&R is partly a show for domestic politics, partly to pile pressure on China. However, the absence of New Delhi in the B&R has not affected the forum in Beijing, and it will exert even less effect on the progress the initiative will make in the world,” it said.
ALSO READ Role for India still available if changes mind on Belt and Road initiative: Chinese mediaIndia skipped the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) due to its sovereignty concerns over the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).The daily said if India sees itself as a big power, it should get accustomed to the many divergences with China, and try to manage these divergences with China.
ALSO READ ‘Beijing should take competition from India seriously, it’s becoming China 2.0′”It is almost impossible that two big countries can reach agreements on all things. This can be proved by the many differences between China and the US. But China and the US have maintained smooth bilateral relations, from which New Delhi can learn,” it said.It said both the countries should be vigilant about people with destructive power.Stating that the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation concluded here yesterday with “fruitful” results despite India’s absence, it said “as so many large delegations participated, including from the US, Japan and South Korea, the international community has shown a very positive response to the infrastructure-building initiative.” “However, India sent no official representatives. The country’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said Saturday that India cannot accept a project that violates its sovereignty and territorial integrity. India appears to be the only country that has expressed disapproval of the initiative in recent days,” it said.About the status of India-China relations, it said Sino-Indian relations have not seen a serious downturn. The border of the two countries has been peaceful in these years, the most important force for stable bilateral relations.” It said both the countries have prioritised economic and social development in their national strategies.”Maintaining friendly ties conforms to the two countries’ fundamental interests. The specific frictions between Beijing and New Delhi should not be regarded as a signal for intense geopolitical competition,” the daily said.Referring to India-China differences over Beijing s opposition to New Delhi’s admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and UN listing of JeM leader Masood Azhar as a terrorist, it said, “Overall, these new problems are caused by India’s requirements for China. However, China does not do as it wants.””India hopes that it can shape bilateral relations more actively, and expects China to give special attention to the interests of India. But this is not how countries interact,” it said.Another report in the daily quoted Observer Research Foundation Chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni, who attended the BRF, as saying that India should rethink its position on the Belt and Road initiative, and China, Pakistan and India should address disputes and find innovative cooperative solutions.”The main reason behind India staying out of the forum is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of which passes through the disputed territory of Kashmir,” Kukarni told the daily.He suggested that two major connectivity initiatives be built: an India-China Economic Corridor and an India-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and these corridors should be connected in a way that Kashmir becomes a “bridge”, rather than a barrier, between India and Pakistan.He said India will deprive itself of huge benefits if it stays out of the inter-continental, collaborative agenda mooted by China and endorsed by almost the entire world.”The initiative is going to be the most powerful economic growth engine in world history,” he said.Srikanth Kondapalli, chairman of the Centre for East Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, who attended the event told a session on think-tank exchanges at the forum that China and India can cooperate in the low-carbon industry and the construction of a smart city, and that the initiative can also contribute to education, public health and gender equality.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After India skipped the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) forum in Beijing, the Chinese media said that New Delhi?s move will not deter other neighbouring countries from joining the initiative. ?It is regrettable but not a problem that India still maintains its strong opposition to the B&R, even though China has repeatedly said its position on the Kashmir dispute would not change because of the CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Project),? the state run Global Times said in an article. India has been opposed to the inclusion of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the OBOR initiative as a part of the project passes through disputed Kashmir region. The article advocated that the OBOR is a ?grand economic cooperation and development plan open to everyone, and is aimed at improving infrastructure in countries along the B&R route, thus benefiting the local people.? The article added that India also cited the potential debt burden as one of its other concerns, saying, “Connectivity initiatives must follow the principles of financial responsibility to avoid projects that would create an unsustainable debt burden for communities.” Stating the deals inked by Pakistan with China and Nepal officially signing the initiative to join the OBOR, the article said that ?given the active responses from countries along the route, there is no way for India to impede its neighbouring countries from cooperating with China in infrastructure development.?(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is boycotting China’s Belt and Road Forum (BRF) beginning in Beijing tomorrow, a clear indication of that came from an official statement issued tonight which said India cannot accept a project that ignores its core concern on sovereignty and territorial integrity. India has strong reservation over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a flagship project of the connectivity initiative that is expected to figure prominently in the two- day meet. In a strongly-worded statement issued hours before the opening of the forum in the Chinese capital, India said the connectivity initiative must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity. “Guided by our principled position in the matter, we have been urging China to engage in a meaningful dialogue on its connectivity initiative, One Belt, One Road which was later renamed as Belt and Road Initiative . We are awaiting a positive response from the Chinese side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in a statement. “Regarding the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor , which is being projected as the flagship project of the BRI/OBOR, the international community is well aware of India s position. No country can accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. Noting that India has received a formal invitation to participate in the six separate forums that China is organising as part of the Belt and Road Forum being held in Beijing on May 14-16, he said India is of firm belief that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognized international norms, good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency and equality. “Connectivity initiatives must follow principles of financial responsibility to avoid projects that would create unsustainable debt burden for communities; balanced ecological and environmental protection and preservation standards; transparent assessment of project costs; and skill and technology transfer to help long term running and maintenance of the assets created by local communities,” he said. Indian officials maintain that New Delhi has objections related only to the CPEC traversing through Gilgit and Baltistan of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). India treats the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir as its integral part.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is likely to boycott China s Belt and Road Forum (BRF) beginning here tomorrow in view of sovereignty concerns related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the initiative that is expected to figure prominently in the two-day meet. While there is no official word with the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi declining to comment, informed sources told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the Chinese envoy’s attempts to convince Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the One-Belt, One Road (OBOR) summit in Beijing on May 14-15 by offering to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — a key component of OBOR — Beijing deleted this portion of his speech from the embassy website.The move is seen as a major diplomatic embarrassment for the Chinese envoy, Luo Zhaohui.Seeking to allay India’s concerns, Luo had offered to rename the CPEC, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, insisting it was an economic cooperation and connectivity enhancement project devoid of “sovereignty issues”. He said that China has no intention to get involved in the sovereignty and territorial disputes between India and Pakistan and that the project is for promoting economic cooperation and connectivity in the region.In Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang skirted questions on why the portions of the speech were removed. “According to my understanding, the Chinese embassy in India released information about the ambassador’s attendance and relevant activities. If you are interested, I suggest you use the Internet for more information,” he said….& ANALYSISIndia’s reluctance has made it difficult for China to extend the OBOR network to Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
Ahead of the OBOR summit, Chinese officials had increased their lobbying to get New Delhi to attend, before this move to delete the envoy’s remarks.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In an editorial, a state-run Chinese daily has cautioned India not to ?exaggerate? its concerns over the USD 51 billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or to ?overly interpret? or be anxious about China?s military development. An opinion piece appearing in the state-run Global Times said, “India is viewing Beijing and Islamabad as potential threats and is suspicious of Beijing’s One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).” The daily further goes on to say that Beijing respects New Delhi?s dominion-related concerns, and is willing to mediate in India-Pakistan disputes, but on the condition that the wishes of both India and Pakistan are addressed. According to the daily, China has no regional or military hegemonistic designs and only advocates peaceful development. The comments in the wake of India’s Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, recently airing the view of the need for New Delhi to enter into strategic and defence-related partnerships with countries in its vicinity such as Iran and Afghanistan to counter any threat from either China or Pakistan without naming these two countries. These comments also assume significance in view of the fact that later this month China will be hosting a key summit on OBOR in which at least 28 heads of state and government, including the prime ministers of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, have confirmed participation. The article says, “Instead of being overly concerned about China’s rise, New Delhi should consider taking or playing an early role in B and R initiative. China’s infrastructural initiative will not only bring economic benefits, but also fulfil India’s ambition to be an influential economic power in the region.” The OBOR initiative includes a maze of road, rail and port projects through a number of countries to connect mainland China to markets in Asia and Europe. While the CPEC is highlighted as the “flagship project” of the initiative, it also includes the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM), New Eurasian Land Bridge, China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor, China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. (ANI with inputs) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, May 4 (ANI-BusinessWireIndia): For decades, officially and unofficially, to locals and tourists, Bengaluru was and continues to be known as the Garden City of India. Bestowed with a dynamic multicultural landscape, flourishing industry, a conducive weather cycle and extensive green cover, the city is regarded as one of India?s most favorable living destinations. That said, with population density increasing each day and outpacing infrastructure, it is imperative to diversify the city?s development to nearby areas so that all residents in the state can enjoy an equally good quality of life. This kind of growth also offers the advantage of balanced growth, while curbing issues of pollution and decay, currently concentrated in certain regions of the city. New West Bengaluru, acting as a gateway to North Karnataka and situated at a distance of 70 km (43 mi) northwest of Bengaluru, holds that very potential of being developed as a satellite city that will decongest the state capital. Proper planning and collaboration between city councils, governing bodies, real estate developers and industry will offer New West Bengaluru residents a well-planned, peaceful, greener lifestyle while allowing them to stay connected to the bustling state capital. Major developments (around Tumkur region) like the proposed Mumbai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor is likely to leverage the residential, commercial and industrial infrastructure. With world-class facilities like Alur Cricket Stadium, Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre and Namma Metro, the region is poised to become an international engagement hub. This will steer the all-inclusive growth of New West Bengaluru, enhancing investment potential and viability. Other infrastructure initiatives like the Metro Rail Phase I and Phase II and Peripheral Ring Road (that will form a half circle around the city from Tumkur Road to Hosur Road), are expected to significantly transform the area in terms of connectivity and real estate development. It is an ideal opportunity for developers to explore smarter and greener housing formats, in keeping with the city?s famous and age-old sobriquet. With an increased demand for ecological and economical homes amongst a rapidly growing, working Bangalorean population, areas like New West Bengaluru are setup for growth and success. Area-based development campaigns such as these not only enhance the overall quality of living for residents, but they also contribute to the development of the region through a more evolved, technologically advanced and better-planned approach to infrastructure, industry, and society. (ANI-BusinessWireIndia) Ends KS NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s participation was very important for China’s silk road initiative because its attitude will affect the decision of some of the countries to join the multi-billion dollar project, a state-run newspaper said today. “India’s participation is very important to the Belt and Road initiative. It’s not only because of India’s population, labour resource and market size, but also India’s political influence on countries in South Asia and the Indian Ocean,” an article in the Global Times said. Written by Liu Zongyi, senior fellow of Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, the article said India’s attitude toward the Belt and Road initiative will affect these countries’ decisions on whether to participate in the initiative. China requires India’s cooperation on anti-terrorism, regional stability and security in building the Belt and Road venture, it said. “India’s attitude toward the initiative is clear: supporting some part of the Belt and Road, opposing and hedging the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Maritime Silk Route, and delaying and replacing the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor,” the article said. Three years have passed since the Belt and Road project was formally proposed by China and has improved the infrastructure construction and economic development in South Asia, while also stimulating the South Asian regional connectivity, it said. “Indian government’s stance on the initiative has changed slightly. India will hold the third BCIM working group meeting soon, which has been postponed for more than three years, and some Indian experts said they would like to see some concrete progress and put forward some concrete projects,” it said. China is set to hold the One Belt One Road summit next month in which leaders of 28 countries, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, will take part. The meeting will be held from May 14-15. India is yet to announce its participation in the meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today said it would like India to be part of the Belt and Road Initiative(BRI) that seeks to link Asia with Europe, adding if concerns of sovereignty over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was a hurdle, they would be “resolved.” “India is an important partner of the Belt and Road Initiative. It was, remains and will be so in the future,” Liu Jinsong, Minister at the Embassy of China in India, said. “Without hesitation, the Chinese side sincerely invites the Indian side to join many BRI forums, including the Forum to be held next month,” Liu said. “If this (concerns over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) is the only reason that affects Indian friends’ will to join the Belt and Road Initiative, this concern could be resolved,” he said. He was addressing a conference on “The Belt and Road Initiative: India’s perspectives on China’s ambitious plan for infrastructural connectivity in Asia, Africa and Europe,” organised by Observer Research Foundation here. “Transportation is the basis of CPEC, and connectivity between China and Pakistan will unavoidably pass through PoK area,” he said. “China has no intention to interfere in territorial and sovereignty disputes between India and its neighbours,” he said, adding that China’s position on the Kashmir issue has not changed either. “President Xi Jinping will host the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation from May 14 to 15 in Beijing. Leaders of 28 countries and the UN Secretary-General will attend the Forum,” he said. Referring to the debate on whether India should join the Belt and Road Initiative, he said, “India has always been on the Belt and Road”, and cited travels of explorers from both the countries. “The Belt and Road Initiative is an inheritance, revival and upgrade of the ancient Silk Route,” he said. The two countries should resume common efforts and work to revive the Silk Route, he said. “In 2013, President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative as well as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which aims to provide financial support for infrastructure construction in countries along the BRI routes,” he said. “India gave a positive response to China’s proposal and held the second round of negotiation working group meeting in Mumbai. India contributed 8 billion US dollars and became the second largest shareholder at the AIIB,” he said. “Over 40 countries have signed the BRI cooperation agreements with China. At the Forum next month, another over 40 countries and international organisations will discuss and sign cooperation agreements with China,” he said. “China and India, each with over 1.3 billion people, are still not connected by railways,” he said. There are only 40-plus direct flights between the two countries each week, considerably less than 1,000 direct flights per week between China and South Korea, he said. Liu also referred to reports of a 61-year-old postman journeying through the Nathula Pass to exchange mail bags every day for 25 years, calling him “a civil envoy” promoting China-India friendship and connectivity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The underwater tunnel of East-West Metro Corridor Project here, built below the Ganga river bed, is the first of its kind in the country, said Union Minister Babul Supriyo today after going into the tunnel. “This is the first such project in the country. Building a tunnel under the river had never taken place elsewhere in India. Further being built under Ganga, it has an emotional value as well,” Supriyo, who went inside the tunnel between slab numbers 820 and 840, said. He has been asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally supervise the work, said Supriyo while interacting with the officials of Afcons-Transtonnelstroy of South Africa, the agency to build the tunnel between Howrah Maidan and the proposed Mahakaran metro station near Writers Buildings here. Supriyo also collected soil from the place and kept it in two utensils – one for gifting to the prime minister and another for himself as a memento. The entire stretch of tunnel from Howrah Maidan to the Ganga bank in the city will be 1.7 km, of which a significant part will be on the surface. “Basically, we reached almost the bottom of the Ganga and spent a considerable time (there). It was an exhilarating experience. I salute the engineers and the workers for the heroic work,” Supriyo, the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said. Asked about the safety of the project, he said “Let me allay any apprehension about the safety. We did not feel uncomfortable inside though we were 32 m below the river water – that is the sea level.” He said the tunnel went under buildings like Howrah Station but there were no threat to them as the latest technology had been used. The tunnel boring machine (TBM), used in the excavation work, will now go beyond the slab number 840 to dig up earth under the river bed and finally reach the east bank – that is the city. Expressing hope that the Howrah Maidan-Esplanade part of Phase II of the project, which would connect Howrah Maidan to Sealdah) will not miss the deadline, Supriyo said “We expect to clear the logjam in the wake of the existing rule that infrastructure projects would not come up within 100 m of the heritage buildings.” “There are three heritage constructions – two synagogues and the Currency Building within 30 m of the proposed tunnel. But IIT-Kharagpur in a feasibility study said the tunnel work and metro movement would not cause any damage to the structures.” “We are not setting up a time-frame and the Union cabinet is preparing a note to exempt the Metro work. Let’s hope for the best,” he said. The entire second phase of the East West Project, with 100 per cent funding by the Centre, had been facilitated by the West Bengal government with intervention by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her cabinet colleagues to clear settlements. Phase 1 of the East-West Metro Corridor Project, he said, is expected to be completed on time and thanked Banerjee for removing encroachments along the route. “During my chance meeting with the West Bengal CM in 2015 which the media had christened as ‘Jhalmuri diplomacy,’ I had broached the topic of encroachment and with the intervention of TMC leaders it was resolved. “The encroachers will be relocated in a new building in the area,” he said. The overhead track on Phase 1 connecting Salt Lake to Sealdah is more or less complete. There will be eight stations, two of which are on underground. All the four stations in Phase II (Sealdah-Howrah) will be underground. The initial project cost for the Phase I – Phase II stretch had shot up substantially due to realignment of the tunnelling, covering an additional 2 km and cost for elevation. The costs had gone up from Rs 250 crore in 2011-12 under the UPA rule to Rs 328.81 crore in 2015-16 and now Rs 1937 crore, the union minister added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three policemen were injured after an angry crowd pelted stones at them while the survey work for the Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi corridor was in progress at Falegaon in Kalyan, police said today. The incident took place on Wednesday. The policemen, belonging to the Thane district rural police, were deployed at the site to avoid any untoward incident during the survey. “The survey work for the Samruddi Mahamarg (Corridor) between Nagpur-Mumbai was in progress at Falegaon. At about 1 PM an irate mob pelted stones and attacked the police party,” police sub-inspector BR Patil of the Kalyan taluka police station said. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident, the police officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nashik district Collector Radhakrishna B today tried to dispel farmers’ apprehensions about acquisition of their land for the proposed Nagpur-Mumbai Samrruddhi Corridor passing through the district. The farmers in Sinnar and Igatpuri tehsils are up in arms against the project, fearing forceful acquisition of their land by the government and the loss of livelihood. They have been protesting since last week by staging rasta rokos, taking out rallies, throwing burning tyres on roads to oppose the project. The Rs 46,000-crore Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Corridor is a proposed 702-km express highway that will pass through ten districts. Appealing to farmers to not to resort to protest, the Collector said their land will not be acquired without their consent. Meanwhile, Kisan Sabha leader Raju Desale told reporters today that a rally has been organised by farmers’ ‘Sangharsh Samiti’ and ‘Kisan Sabha’ at Shivade village on April 15 on the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has not signed or ratified over 200 conventions, protocols and agreements adopted by the United Nations, the government said today. This was stated by Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh while replying to a question in the Lok Sabha. “India has not signed or signed but not ratified more than 200 conventions, protocols and agreements adopted under the auspices of the United Nations,” he said. To a separate query, he said India has conveyed its concerns to China at the highest level about construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passing through PoK and asked Beijing to cease its activities there. Singh said some of the proposed projects under CPEC are in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and it has been pointed out to China that Pakistan has been in illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir since 1947. “Government has conveyed to the Chinese side, including at the highest level, its concerns about their activities in PoK and asked them to cease these activities,” he said. On terrorism, he said China has conveyed to India that it has ‘zero tolerance’ for terrorism and their desire to cooperate with India to contain it. “On several occasions, China has reiterated with us their resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations with ‘zero tolerance’, and has agreed that there is no justification for terrorism. “Given the convergence in our respective positions, government has conveyed to China that their stated position on terrorism should be demonstrated in concrete terms through practical steps in bilateral and multilateral fora,” said Singh. To another question on the Indus Waters Treaty, he said India’s consistent position has been to address all matters relating to it bilaterally in accordance with provisions of the pact. He said India has conveyed to the World Bank that it is in the interest of all parties to ensure workability of the treaty and its time-tested mechanisms. To a separate question, he said the validity of the agreement between India and Pakistan on reducing risk of accidents relating to nuclear weapons has been extended for a period of five years on February 20.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Iran has said it is willing to mediate between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue if requested as any conflict between the two nations will impact upon the economies of other countries in the region. Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost said his country was ready to use its special influence and relations with Pakistan and India to mediate on the Kashmir issue and help bring sustainable peace in the region, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported. “Iranian government has announced its readiness for any support, for any hope of peace and tranquility in the region,” Honardoost was quoted as saying by the APP. “We have not yet received any official request from both sides for Iran as a large country in the region to come and try to solve the matter,” the envoy said. He said any conflict, or tension between the two countries would hinder the way of progress and development of both countries but would also impact upon the economies of the other countries in the region. It is important to remove such tensions to ensure sustainable and durable peace in the region, he added. He said it may be true that some forces wanted such tensions to find excuses for its engagements in our region. “We hope that the wise leaders of the conflicting countries pay attention to this issue that a lot of problems that we face in this region have exogenous sources,” he added. Responding to a question, the ambassador said, right now terrorism is a global phenomenon. “It’s not located only in one area or in one country, and it is the consequence of the approach of the super powers towards terrorism,” he said. Commenting on Pak-Iran trade ties, Honardoost said that a Free Trade Agreement draft has been signed between the two sides and it will soon be operative to enhance two-way business and trade engagements. “Our future is bright after the removal of impediments. Hopefully, our trade relations would continue to grow.” Replying to a query on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said it is a giant project with full of opportunities, not only for Pakistan and China but for all countries of the region. He said the project was not only a game-changer for the region but would be a unifying force for the countries in it. When asked if Iran was interested in joining Saudi Arabia’s Islamic coalition, Honardoost said Iran has already announced its desire to join the alliance since it firmly believes that the problems being faced by the Muslim world should be resolved mutually.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India sees China’s Silk Road initiative as a geopolitical competition and is using the Kashmir issue as an “unfounded excuse” to oppose the ambitious project, Chinese state media today alleged and asked New Delhi to “abandon” its “cliche mentality”. “The official reason the Indian government rejected the offer to join the initiative (Silk Road) is that it is designed to pass through Kashmir. However, it is just an unfounded excuse as Beijing has been maintaining a consistent position on the Kashmir issue, which has never changed,” one of the two articles on India by state-run Global Times said. “India sees the Belt and Road initiative as a geopolitical competition,” the article said, criticising India for hindering Beijing’s push into South Asia and the world with multi-billion Silk Road project which is also known as the ‘Belt and Road’ (BR). “Whether to continue to boycott or join the Belt and Road remains a conundrum for New Delhi,” it said adding that, India is the only one which can help itself. The article said that India should give up its “biased” view on the BR initiative. “It is high time to abandon the cliche mentality of associating everything with geopolitics. India will surely see a different world if it does,” the article said. Referring to India’s reservations to attend the BR summit called by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the article said it may be an “embarrassing occasion” for India as the meeting is backed by “China’s peripheral countries, notably Russia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Pakistan”. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently said 20 heads of state will attend the summit, together with over 50 leaders from international organisations, over 100 ministerial officials and more than 1,200 guests from around the world. The article referred to a comment by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during his visit here last month to co-chair the upgraded India-China strategic dialogue, saying India is examining China’s invitation to attend the summit and “how a country whose sovereignty has been violated can come on an invitation”. In the meantime, however, state-run Chinese media stepped up campaign to pressurise India to join the summit. China apparently is keen about India’s participation in the summit as the project struggled to make headway in the region except the USD 46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) where both Beijing-Islamabad are putting all efforts to show early harvest. Media reports here said that Xi plans to invite his US counterpart Donald Trump to attend the meeting during their first summit early next month in Florida. BR consisted of maze of roads, including CPEC, Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic (BCIM) Corridor and 21st Maritime Silk Road besides road network to connect China with Eurasia. The article also said, “it seems that the mainstream opinion throughout India is that the connectivity brought about by BR initiative is geopolitically significant. Therefore, India cannot allow the initiative to expand further into South Asia”. “This could also explain why the BCIM has seen no progress since its proposed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in 2013, and also why New Delhi has been keen on Japan’s investment in the Iranian port of Chabahar,” it said. “New Delhi may also feel embarrassed as Moscow has actively responded to the Belt and Road initiative and will build an economic corridor with China and Mongolia,” it said, adding Russia and Iran seeking to join the CPEC putting “India in a more awkward position”. It said, “Beijing has expressed, on various occasions, its anticipation to see New Delhi join the grand project and to make concerted effort with India in building economic corridors involving China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar”. Another article in the same daily said a “benign” competition between India and China may help development in South Asia but they should avoid “cut-throat” rivalry. “The so-called dragon-elephant contention is perhaps a blow against strategic mutual trust between Beijing and New Delhi, but may be conducive to development in South Asia,” it said. Accusing India of not being “generous” to its neighbours, it said “a yawning infrastructure funding gap in South Asian countries creates space for China and those nations to strengthen economic cooperation”. “Bangladesh and China signed 27 deals worth billions of dollars during President Xi Jinping’s visit last year,” it said, adding China’s BR initiative has received an increasing amount of attention from Bangladesh. “Only by investing more resources in regional integration and extending the benefits from India’s rapid economic growth to other South Asian countries can New Delhi maintain its influence in the region,” it said. “Benign competition between China and India will be conducive to development in South Asia. The question remaining is how to avoid cut-throat competition as Beijing and New Delhi jostle for influence. India and China should seek common ground while strengthening cooperation with South Asian countries to promote regional integration,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China and India should be “more sensitive” to each other’s concerns to address contentious issues and they should not allow differences to stop their “pretty close” relations from moving forward, a top Chinese official said today. Being big developing countries facing multiple challenges China and India “need to be more sensitive to each other’s concerns so that we can better address them,” Fu Ying, spokesperson of the China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, said responding to questions on India-China ties. “For some issues that cannot be worked for the moment, we cannot allow them to stop us from moving forward. We must proceed with whatever we can and advance good cooperation,” she said at a crowded press conference here ahead of NPC’s annual session starting on Monday. China’s relations with India and the US were the only foreign policy related questions dealt by Fu in the nationally televised press conference which is otherwise dominated by the defence budget and pressing domestic issues like recurring pollution. When asked about differences over India’s admission into the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG), declaring JeM leader Masood Azhar as terrorist by the UN and India’s concerns over USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor going through PoK, she said the two sides are addressing them through dialogue. Fu, 63, praised the depth and extent of the February 22 upgraded strategic dialogue in Beijing co-chaired by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during which both sides discussed the whole gamut of their relations. “I have read the report of India-China strategic dialogue. From what I can see it is wide ranging and goes deep and positive. I feel that when we look at the India-China relations we need to see the tree and we also see the woods,” said Fu, who was former Vice Foreign Minister. “Of course there are also some differences, some have been around for years and you mentioned some of them. I also hear China’s concerns. Between our two foreign ministries they are covered in detail and plans have been made,” she said. China yesterday expressed concern over India granting permission to the Dalai Lama to visit the Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as part of South Tibet. Fu said that despite the differences, the relations are progressing well. “China-India relations have been advancing pretty rapidly,” she said. MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of growing unease in Sino-India ties, India today said it has been trying to convince the Chinese government that its ascent is not harmful to the rise of China and that both countries should be sensitive on matters relating to sovereignty.In an address at the Raisina Dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar took strong objection to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, saying there should have been some reflection on India’s unhappiness over it.”What we are trying to do is to convince China that our rise is not harmful to China’s rise just as China’s rise need not be to India’s rise,” he said at the gathering attended by representatives from across the world.Chill has set in Sino-India ties following China’s opposition to India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group as well as Beijing blocking India’s move at the UN to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.During the interactive session, during which he touched upon a vast array of subjects concerning international relations, Jaishankar said the SAARC has been made “ineffective due to the insecurity of one member”.Identifying terrorism as the most “pervasive and serious challenge” to international security, the Foreign Secretary said developing a serious global response to it is of the highest priority but rued that it is hard to do.On ties with China, Jaishankar said there has been overall broadening of ties, especially in areas of business and people-to-people contact, but they have been overshadowed by differences on certain political issues.”But it is important for the two countries not to lose sight of the strategic nature of their engagement, or falter in their conviction that their rise can be mutually supportive,” he said.Replying to a question on CPEC, he said both countries should show sensitivity to each other’s sovereignty.”China is a country which is very sensitive on matters concerning its sovereignty. So we would expect that they would have some understanding of other people’s sensitivity on their sovereignty,” he said.Jaishankar said the CPEC passes through a “piece of land that we call Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir which is territory belongs to India and which is illegally occupied by Pakistan”.He said the project has been undertaken without consultation with India and that its sensitivity and concerns towards it are natural.On India’s overall ties with China, he said both the countries have opened up significantly since 1945.”In a sense, both of us, if you step back and look at it, are opening up a very close international order. When people talk about change since 1945, I think two big changes are really India and China.”I would say if China had not opened up the international order the way it did, I think it would be much harder today for India also to exploit those phases. There is a high degree of shared interests,” he said.