Vice-President concluded three-day visit to Hungary
Vice-President Hamid Ansari concluded his three-day visit to Hungary and
flew to Algiers on the next leg of the two-nation trip.
He called on President Janos André at the presidential palace after a
meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Laszlo Kover, at
Parliament House in the forenoon.
Vice-President drove down from Budapest to the quaint resort town of
Balatonfured and paid homage to the memory of Rabindranath Tagore who in
1926 spent a few weeks there 90 years ago.
He was convalescing here for a few weeks after suffering a heart ailment
during a visit to Budapest, where he arrived on October 26. Tagore loved
Hungary and has written of it.
India declared its commitment to play role in energising the Bay of Bengal
India declared its commitment to play an “asymmetric” role in energising
the Bay of Bengal community that held its first global diplomatic outreach
during the weekend with the BRICS countries.
Diplomats said the response of BIMSTEC countries to India’s call for
greater engagement has rejuvenated the organisation, and diplomats are now
“duty-bound” to take the organisation to a cooperative future.
BIMSTEC-BRICS outreach eclipsed the SAARC event that was planned for
Islamabad in November but was postponed after several member countries
withdrew, citing cross-border terrorism and Pakistan’s interventionist
However issues of unsettled borders, refugee issues and ethnic tension
among BIMSTEC member countries would pose a challenge to the grouping,
especially the Rohingya issue between Bangladesh and Myanmar,
Nepalese refugees in Bhutan, and also the Myanmar-Thailand border problems
Mr. Modi, in his speech welcoming the BIMSTEC leaders, laid down an
entire array of tasks for the members, including greater coordination in law
enforcement, trade and commerce and digital symmetry.
“With 1.5 billion people and a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion, the
countries of BIMSTEC have shared aspirations for growth, development,
commerce, and technology.”
India offered to help in reconciliation of Myanmar
India has offered to help in Myanmar’s national reconciliation effort,
officials said here, shortly after State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi began
her first state visit to India, with a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
During the meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the
issue of reconciliation came up again.
The Myanmarese leader received a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati
Ms. Swaraj conveyed condolences on India’s behalf for the terror attack
of October 9 which led to a week of violence that claimed dozens of lives in
Rakhine province of Myanmar.
On October 16, Ms. Suu Kyi had expressed solidarity in the Goa
BRICS-BIMSTEC for India’s fight against terrorism.
India’s proposal for “assistance” came a day after the Ministry of
External Affairs announced that New Delhi is willing to play a more active
role in stabilising and unifying the Bay of Bengal community, including
India extended support to Myanmar
India extended support to Myanmar for a “better connected” future while
welcoming State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
Both countries agreed to cooperate in security and strategic issues and
signed three agreements.
Both sides signed three agreements following a meeting between Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and Ms. Suu Kyi, to assist insurance, power and
Reflecting on the agreements, Mr. Modi said the power agreement would
help create a framework for advancing linkages between India and Myanmar.
The meeting between the two delegations was held three days after Ms.
Suu Kyi attended the BRICS-BIMSTEC meet in Goa where she spoke about the
“common concern” of terrorism.
Myanmar’s western province of Rakhine has been facing unrest since
October 9 when a major terror strike killed several security personnel.
Subsequently a major military campaign has begun to deal with the militants.
Mr. Modi’s comment on security cooperation between two countries came
more than a year after India carried out military operation against
militants along the Myanmar border.
Sino-Indian military exercise in Ladakh
India and China for the first time conducted military exercises in the
state of Jammu and Kashmir in Eastern Ladakh amidst the growing uneasiness
in the bilateral relationship.
The exercise comes in the backdrop of stalemate over India's
multilateral disagreements with China over blacklisting of terrorists at the
United Nations and membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
In 2010, China had refused to issue a visa to the Northern Army
Commander Lt. Gen. B.S. Jaswal as part of a high-level exchange saying he
“controlled” a disputed area.
This is the second joint tactical exercise under the “China-India
Cooperation 2016” and was held in the Chushul area, where the two countries
fought a brief but intense war in 1962.
The first exercise was held on the Chinese side in February in the area
of Border Personnel Meeting Hut at Chushul Garrison of Eastern Ladakh, along
with Chinese troops of Moldo Garrison.
A support scheme for the Nitaqat to help Indian workers
A support scheme for the Nitaqat (’Saudi-sation’ of the workforce),
introduced by Saudi Arabia this week, is expected to benefit a large number
of Indian expatriates facing retrenchment.
Particularly relieved are many Keralites whose jobs in shops and
companies had been under threat.
According to the new support scheme, business establishments in yellow
and red categories can continue to employ the expatriates after paying a
special monthly fee.
As per the support scheme, an employer will have to pay a fee of 3,600
Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR) for avoiding the appointment of a Saudi citizen.
However, the higher the number of Saudis to be appointed, the more the
fee to be paid to the government. For every second Saudi national not
appointed, the company will have to pay SAR 4,200.
The support scheme has come at a time when there were fears among
Indians about a possible forced retirement at 60.