Terrorism is a major threat to humanity: PM Narendra Modi at the SCO Summit

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Astana (Kazakhstan): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Terrorism, is one of the biggest violators of human rights and human values and the struggle against terrorism and extremism requires full cooperation between members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Whether the issue is of radicalization, recruitment of terrorists, their training, or financing, until all the countries together do coordinated and strong efforts in this direction, it is impossible to solve these problems, Modi emphasised. In this context, the strong efforts by SCO are highly appreciated, he said adding that he was confident that India-SCO cooperation will provide a new direction and strength to the fight against terrorism.

In regional perspective, peace and stability in Afghanistan can also benefit from SCO’s efforts. SCO can also focus on the problem of environmental change in the global context. In this context, I congratulate I congratulate Kazakhstan and the President for selecting the theme “Future Energy” in Astana Expo 2017.

Full text of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech (translated from Hindi)

Your Excellency President Nursultan Nazarbayev,
Distinguished Leaders of the Members and Observers of the SCO,
Secretary General of the SCO,
UN Secretary General,
Heads of International Organizations,
Excellencies,

First of all, I congratulate President Nazarbayev for the successful leadership of the Shanghai Cooperative Organization. I also congratulate President Nazarbab for our hospitality and for the excellent organization of this conference.

Excellencies,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a group photograph of the SCO Member States’ HODs after inclusion of new Member States, at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 09, 2017.

In the regional and global context, Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a major pillar of peace and security. Today, India will become a member of SCO after maintating the observer status for 12 years. To support our membership, I express heartfelt gratitude to all countries of SCO.

After the expansion of membership, SCO will represent approximately 42% of the world’s population, 20% GDP and 22% of the land. Therefore, the progress of SCO is the advancement of a vast area of earth

Excellencies,

It is true that we are getting the membership of SCO today, but we have a historic relationship with all the countries represented here. Mutual trust and goodwill are the main pillars of our political and economic cooperation. There are many dimensions of our involvement with SCO countries. Energy, education, agriculture, security, minerals, capacity building, development partnership, trade and investment are its major drivers. India’s SCO membership will certainly take our cooperation to new heights.

Excellencies,

Connectivity with SCO countries is India’s priority and we strongly support it. We want connectivity to pave the way for cooperation and trust between future generations and societies of our countries. For this, connectivity initiatives or success of projects and for the sake of acceptance, it is necessary to respect soverignty and regional integrity and it is also essential to ensure inclusivity and sutainibility.

Our decision to join the International North-South Transport Corridor and the Ashkabad Agreement will bring India closer to this region.

Excellencies,

Terrorism is one of the biggest violators of human rights and human values. Therefore, the struggle against terrorism and extremism is an important part of SCO’s cooperation. Whether the issue is of radicalization, recruitment of terrorists, their training, or financing, until all the countries together do coordinated and strong efforts in this direction, it is impossible to solve these problems. In this context, the strong efforts by SCO are highly appreciated. I am confident that India-SCO cooperation will provide a new direction and strength to the fight against terrorism.

In regional perspective, peace and stability in Afghanistan can also benefit from SCO’s efforts. SCO can also focus on the problem of environmental change in the global context. In this context, I congratulate I congratulate Kazakhstan and the President for selecting the theme “Future Energy” in Astana Expo 2017.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today is a historical turning point in the journey of SCO. India is prepared and committed to creating an active and positive partnership with SCO. I once again convey my heartfelt congratulations to President Nazarbayev for the successful organization of this conference. At the same time, I wish all the best to President President Xi Jinping, who will be taking over as Chairman, for the success of upcoming SCO.

Shivraj to sit on fast and open talks with farmers at 11 am tomorrow

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Bhopal: While the farmers’ stir continued to spread to more areas of Madhya Pradesh and there was news of  death of one more farmer injured earlier in a clash with Police, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday went into the damage control mode and announced that he would be sitting on fast and wait for farmers to hold a discussion with them at BHEL’s Dussehra ground at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Chouhan made this announcement at his first briefing on farmers’ agitation. The chief Minister, who has accused Congress of hatching a conspiracy to incite the farmers, said there is evidence against unlawful elements who unleashed violence.

The Chief Minister said that every time the farmer has faced a crisis, he has stopped sitting in Vallabh Bhavan or the Chief Minister’s official residence. Come to Dassehra Maidan and have a discussion to find a solution through peaceful means, he added.

“I will wait for the farmers to hold a discussion with them. My fast will continue till there is a solution; till we attain peace”, the chief minister announced. He also said that the government will deal strictly with the anti-social elements. “Ensuring public safety and law and order is my responsibility”, he emphasised.

Instigators have put stones into the hands of the young people, the Chief Minister said adding we won’t compromise on security. He also appealed for peace.

In a related development, videos and audio messages have gone viral on social networking platforms showing some Congress leaders instigating crowds to burn police stations, destroy property and even kill.

Indian scientists isolate vitamin B12 in friendly bacteria

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The vitamin B12 producer bacteria isolated from human milk sample highlights the positive role of breastfeeding for healthy gut of infants. – Dr Bharat Bhushan

New Delhi: It is well known that human gut is home to hundreds of bacteria. Now a group of Indian scientists have isolated an edible bacterium that promises to help deal with vitamin-B12 deficiency.

Researchers from National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) at Karnal have isolated two novel strains of food-grade bacteria called Lactobacillus plantarum, which produces vitamin B 12, after screening close to 59 strains using a new screening method. The vitamin-producing strains have been isolated from mother’s milk and child’s fecal matter.

Dr Bharat Bhushan, a member of the research team told India Science Wire that both the strains are safe for human consumption in the form of any food formulation. “The vitamin B12 producer bacteria isolated from human milk sample highlights the positive role of breastfeeding for healthy gut of infants,” he added.

Team of researchers : Sudhir Kumar tomar, Surajit Mandal and Bharat Bhushan

B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that has a key role in normal functioning of brain and nervous system, and formation of red blood cells. It is involved as a cofactor in a variety of enzymatic reactions in humans and its deficiency causes hematological, neurological, psychiatric and cardiovascular manifestations. It is estimated that B12 deficiency is common in Indian population and its supplementation in the form of food or other product could help alleviate the situation.
Researchers said the use of vitamin-producing edible micro-organisms will be advantageous as it will offer a natural and economically sustainable alternative to elevate vitamin concentration in food. “Such novel vitamin B12 producing strains can be exploited in future for increasing B12 content of the deficient food bases using bio-fortification strategy,” researchers said.

Besides Dr Bhushan, the research team included Dr Sudhir Kumar Tomar and Dr Surajit Mandal. (India Science Wire)


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PM’s bilateral meetings on the sidelines of SCO Summit in Astana

 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.

Astana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, held bilateral meetings with the leaders of Kazakhstan, China and Uzbekistan, on the sidelines of the SCO meeting here.

Productive meeting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan

In his meeting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan on Thursday, the Prime Minister congratulated Kazakhstan for membership of the UN Security Council in 2017-18. President Nazarbayev received the Prime Minister warmly and recalled his earlier visit to Kazakhstan in 2015. Both leaders reviewed progress on decisions and agreements made during that visit. Kazakhstan is currently the largest supplier of uranium to India, and both sides agreed to maintain the partnership. Cooperation in this area of hydrocarbons was also discussed.

The Prime Minister invited Kazakhstan to become a member of the International Solar Alliance. Both leaders also discussed the importance of enhancing connectivity. In this context, connectivity through the Chabahar port in Iran was also discussed. Two flights connecting Delhi and Astana will be launched soon.

India-China relations and how to further improve ties

Prime Minister Modi had a cordial and positive meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping today. Prime Minister thanked him for his support to India’s accession to the SCO. Both leaders noted that in a multipolar world, and at a time of global uncertainty, India-China relations are a factor of stability, and it is important for both countries to work together. Themes such as trade, investment, connectivity, youth and cultural exchanges came up for discussion.

Discussions to boost India-Uzbekistan relations and economic cooperation

The Prime Minister had a warm and productive meeting with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Stronger linkages in the spheres of economy, trade and health came up for discussion.