Modi meets Xi; Expresses concern about China–Pakistan Economic Corridor

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping, President of China in Hangzhou during his visit to China
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping, President of China in Hangzhou during his visit to China

Hangzhou: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the G20 Summit raised serious concern over the USD 46 billion China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that runs through Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Modi also took up the issue of terrorism and told the Chinese President that both India and China should be “sensitive” to each other’s strategic interests.

The Indian Prime Minister was categorical in pointing out that terror should not be viewed with “political considerations”.

Mother Teresa canonised and proclaimed as a saint

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mother teresa 3Vatican City: Pope Francis today formally canonised and proclaimed the founder of the Missionaries of Charity Mother Teresa of Kolkata as a saint in front of St Peter’s Basilica.

More than 1,00,000 people, including 13 heads of state or government and hundreds of nuns from the Missionaries of Charity watched the mid-morning ceremony to honour the Roman Catholic nun on the eve of her 19th death anniversary.

Speaking at the huge mass, Pope Francis announced in Latin, ‘For the honour of the Blessed Trinity as he hailed Mother Teresa as the personification of maternal love and a powerful advocate for the poor.

We may have some difficulty in calling her ‘Saint’ Teresa, the pontiff said adding “Her holiness is so near to us, so tender and so fruitful that we continue to spontaneously call her Mother.”

Kashmir talks: Hurriyat leaders turn down CM’s invitation; snub Opposition leaders

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Opposition MPs were greeted by slogans
Opposition MPs were greeted by slogans

Srinagar: Opposition leaders, who landed here today as part of the All Party Delegation of MPs to hold talks with the stakeholders on the volatile situation in Kashmir valley, were snubbed by the Hurriyat leaders as they refused to hold a dialogue with them.

The All Party Delegation is in the State on a two-day visit to talk to the stakeholders and find a solution to the violent protests that have erupted in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

The Opposition leaders were all out for engaging the Hurriyat leaders and drawing them in a dialogue. The snub by the Hurriyat leaders is being seen as a huge loss of face for the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had written a letter yesterday inviting the separatist leaders for a dialogue with the All Party Delegation.

The separatists, according to available reports have described the J&K Chief Minister’s invitation as “deceitful” and said it cannot be an alternative to a “transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue”.

On the first day of their 2-day visit to J&K, the All Party Delegation, led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met more than 2-dozen delegations representing different sections of society to find a common solution to the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.


After the Hurriyat leaders were conspicuous by the absence, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and RJD’s Jay Prakash Narayan went to meet the separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, undergoing house arrest at his residence. Here the Opposition leaders were received by slogan shouting Geelani supporters. The gate to his residence also remained shut. When this group went to meet JKLF chief Yaseen Malik, now under detention at BSF camp in Humhama, he told the MPs that he would only talk to them in Delhi.


In the meanwhile, AIMIM leader Assadudin Owaisi, ended up exchanging greetings with moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Chashma Shahi sub-jail. After him, the other Opposition leaders, who who had earlier made a failed attempt to meet Geelani met the Mirwaiz, with whom they spent about quarter of an hour. The AIMIM leader also briefly met detained leader Shabir Shah and offered ‘namaz’ with him.

Former Hurriyat Chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat also refused to get drawn into talks with the Opposition MPs on the Kashmir issue.

BRICS Film Festival: Brazilian delegates discuss the challenges of Brazilian Cinema

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BRICS India 2016New Delhi: Cast and crew of the Brazilian films while addressing the press gathering described the idea behind the movies, along with their experience while shooting the films. They also talked about the importance of Brazil’s participation in the BRICS Film Festival.

Talking about the movie They’ll Come Back, Maria Luiza Tavares, Actress, said that, the movie was shot in the year 2011, when she was 13 year old. Since 2015, she has been travelling across the world in various film festivals for the screening of the film and she has learnt a lot since then.

“They’ll Come Back” film is about the story of Cris and Peu, her elder brother, who are left on the side of a road by their own parents, to punish them for fighting constantly during a trip to the beach. After a few hours, realizing that their parents will not return, Peu part in search of a gas station. Cris remains in place for a whole day and, without news of her parents or brother, decides to go by herself the way back home.

Isabel Martinez, Producer of Road 47 said that, Road 47 is a very important movie for the world as it portrays a never discussed chapter of military history of the World War 2. The world is not familiar with the participation of the troupes of 25,000 Brazilian Soldiers in the allied forces in Italy. Road 47 is not an action movie, but describes the participation of Brazil in the war and has been shot mostly in Italy.

Road 47“Road 47” movie follows the trajectory of the landmine clearance unit from the Brazilian Expeditionary Force who, after a panic attack, is trying to get tempers and defuse the mined road that separates them from a village monitored by the axis forces.

Cristiane De Stefano Feo, Assistant Director “Between valleys”, while sharing her experience, said that, Shooting the movie in one of the world’s biggest dumpsters was very challenging, while not disrupting the on-going work of dumping. Another task was learning the lifestyle of the people living in the dumpsters who had lost their identity in the struggle to live.

“Between Valleys” film is about an economist Vicente, who is the father of Caio and married to Marina, a dedicated dentist. He leads an ordinary life both at home and work. However, a loss followed by another ultimately leads him to a life completely miserable. He changes his name and starts living in a garbage dump.

It was quite a challenge to find a North Eastern Brazilian girl who was actually 18, but looked 14, as the movie required so. They travelled for several days, looking for a perfect locations and an isolated village was chosen to shoot the film, described Ana Stella De Almeida Quesado, Producer- History of Eternity. “History of Eternity” film takes place in a small village in the hinterland; three stories of love and desire and how they are changing the emotional landscape of its residents. Characters of a Romanesque world, in which their conceptions of life are limited on one side by human instincts, are blinded by the fatalist fate.

BRICS brings together five major emerging economies, comprising 43% of the world population, having 37% of the world GDP and 17% share in the world trade.

The acronym BRIC was first used in 2001 by Goldman Sachs in their Global Economics Paper, “The World Needs Better Economic BRICs” on the basis of econometric analyses projecting that the economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China would individually and collectively occupy far greater economic space and would be amongst the world’s largest economies in the next 50 years or so.

As a formal grouping, BRIC started after the meeting of the Leaders of Russia, India and China in St. Petersburg on the margins of G8 Outreach Summit in 2006. The grouping was formalized during the 1st meeting of BRIC Foreign Ministers on the margins of UNGA in New York in 2006. The 1st BRIC Summit was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on 16 June 2009.

Seven BRICS Summits have taken place so far. The 8th BRICS Summit is now being hosted by India under its Chairmanship

It was agreed to expand BRIC into BRICS with the inclusion of South Africa at the BRIC Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New York in September 2010. Accordingly, South Africa attended the 3rd BRICS Summit in Sanya, China on 14 April 2011.

Seven BRICS Summits have taken place so far. The 8th BRICS Summit will be hosted by India during its Chairmanship in 2016.