Saturday, August 22, 2020

"India at advanced stage of negotiation with Uzbekistan for export, import of agri products"

Webinar titled 'The Way Forward for Developing India-Central Asia Air Corridor', was organised by FICCI. (Photo credit: India in Kazakhstan twitter)

New Delhi [India], Aug 22 (ANI): Though India's combined annual trade with Central Asia is less than USD 2 billion, the level of trade does not reflect the political will that the country enjoys with Central Asian countries, said Manish Prabhat, Joint Secretary (ERS), Ministry of External Affairs.

Speaking at a webinar titled 'The Way Forward for Developing India-Central Asia Air Corridor', organised by FICCI held on Friday, he said, "The combined annual trade with Central Asia is less than USD 2 billion. The level of trade does not reflect the political will that we enjoy with Central Asian countries."

Prabhat, who was recently appointed as Indian Ambassador to Uzbekistan, further said that India is at an advanced stage of negotiation with Uzbekistan for export and import of agricultural products.

Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Prabhat Kumar said that Central Asian countries are in the position to support air traffic from India. He further laid emphasis on the potential of markets between India and Kazakhstan.

Vandana Aggarwal, Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation, said that establishing an air corridor will be very useful in passenger growth and goods traffic. "Central Asian countries need to look at ways to ease regulation of our carriers in terms of landing rights, parking, etc.," she said.

She also said that India has been looking at the digitisation of documents for seamless connectivity with the region.

Karlygash Omurbayeva, Regional General Manager, Gulf and Indian Subcontinent, Air Astana, proposed air bubble agreements with Kazakhstan. She said that Air Astana has started flights to a few European countries during this pandemic and hoped India will be amongst those first group of countries to join them.

Speaking on the need for paperless transactions amid the COVID-19, Sanjiv Edward, Chief Commercial Officer, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), said, "Paperless transactions for business have become all the more relevant in these challenging times."

Vipin Vohra, Airfreight Convenor, Federation of Freight Forwarders Association in India (FFFAI); Chairman of Continental Carriers Group of Companies and Chairman, TNX Continental Pvt. Ltd., spoke on the need to inter align with airlines and establish bilateral agreements between Indian and Central Asian airlines to enhance air connectivity. (ANI)

Suspected ISIS operative arrested with IEDs after an encounter in Delhi

Visual from outside Delhi Police Special Cell office at Lodhi Colony, Delhi [Photo/ANI]

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): A suspected ISIS operative has been arrested with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) after an exchange of fire at Dhaula Kuan here on Saturday, informed Pramod Singh Kushwaha, Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Delhi Police Special Cell.

"One ISIS operative arrested with IEDs by our Special Cell after an exchange of fire at Dhaula Kuan," the DCP told ANI. After the arrest, he has been brought to the Special Cell office in Delhi's Lodhi Colony.

Further details in this regard are awaited. (ANI)

PM Modi, Shah greet nation on Ganesh Chaturthi, wish for everyone's joy, prosperity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and Union Home Minister Amit Shah (right) (File Photo)

New Delhi [India], Aug 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday extended their greetings to the countrymen on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi and prayed for the prosperity of all.

"Greetings on the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. May the blessings of Bhagwan Shri Ganesh always be upon us. May there be joy and prosperity all over," Prime Minister Modi's tweet read.

Similarly, Shah tweeted, "Heartfelt greetings to all countrymen on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi."

Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Rajnath Singh also wished people on the occasion and hoped that Lord Ganesha will give everyone more power and strength to serve the country and society.

"My best wishes to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. May Lord Shri Ganesha give everyone more power and strength to serve the country and society," Goyal's tweet in Hindi roughly read.

"Today the whole country needs the blessing of Mangalakarta-Vighnaharta. Best wishes to you on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi," he added.

"Wishing everyone a happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May Lord Ganesha bless you and your family with good health, wealth and prosperity," Singh tweeted.

Earlier in June, Prime Minister Modi had given a clarion call to citizens to use eco-friendly idols during the festival.

"Preparations would have begun for Ganesh Chaturthi. Can we try this time to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols and worship them? Can we forgo the worship of such idols, which, after being immersed in rivers or ponds, become a hazard for the water and the living organisms in it? I firmly believe that you will respond to my call," the Prime Minister had said in his monthly address to the nation on 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme.

The Prime Minister's call has likely been heeded by many as several NGOs, organisations and self-help groups (SHGs) across the country resorted to creating idols made out of soil, gobar (cow dung), and other eco-friendly materials along with such measuring as adding seeds in them to promote greenery.

The ten-day celebrations for the festival begin today, however, this year it will be celebrated in a much more restricted way due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI)

Ganesh Chaturthi: 'Arti' performed at Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai

Visual of Shri Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai. (Photo: ANI)

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): 'Arti' was performed at the Shri Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.

The ten-day celebrations for the festival will begin from today.

However, the festival this year will be celebrated in a much more restricted way due to COVID-19.

According to new guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs on July 29, cultural and religious functions and other large congregations will continue to remain prohibited. (ANI)

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