Istanbul: President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Monday reiterated Russia’s resolve to continue making the necessary efforts to completely normalise bilateral ties with Turkey and announced that the Russian Government has decided to give an entire group of Turkish goods access to the Russian market.
Putin was addressing the press after Putin meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a special session of the 23rd World Energy Congress.
Regarding the Turkish goods that Russia will open its markets, Putin said, these are agricultural products: stone fruit and citrus fruit.
This is a mutually beneficial decision, the Russian President said stating further that the Russian agricultural sector does not produce these kinds of fruit, and we expect a price decrease after the Turkish goods enter the market. For our Turkish partners this is, naturally, entry to the Russian market. Let me remind you that sales of these Turkish goods on the Russian market were at $500 million in 2015. Therefore, this is an important decision.
Putin underscored that both Russia and Turkey have agreed to continue working on the complete normalization of bilateral relations, and the intergovernmental commission will get started on this soon. He went on to confirm Russia’s interest in this adding both countries also spoke about cooperation in energy and further work on the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant project.
Putin pointed out that this is not simply about the construction of a power plant. This is about the creation of an entire new high-tech energy sector in Turkey with technology transfer and personnel training. Over 200 young future Turkish experts are currently studying in Russia.
Another large project – the Turkish Stream gas pipeline – is also going to take off with the just signing of an inter-governmental agreement and the decision to expand our cooperation on gas discounts.
Putin also announced that both countries are moving towards the implementation of the Turkish President’s plans to establish a large energy hub in the country.
Washington DC: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President of the United States of America Barack Obama met today in the White House during an official working visit of Prime Minister Modi to the United States.
Marking their third major bilateral summit, the leaders reviewed the deepening strategic partnership between the United States and India that is rooted in shared values of freedom, democracy, universal human rights, tolerance and pluralism, equal opportunities for all citizens, and rule of law.
Both leades pledged to pursue new opportunities to bolster economic growth and sustainable development, promote peace and security at home and around the world, strengthen inclusive, democratic governance and respect for universal human rights, and provide global leadership on issues of shared interest.
The leaders welcomed the significant progress made in bilateral relations between India and the United States during their tenure, in accordance with the roadmaps set out in the Joint Statements issued during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the United States in September 2014 and President Obama’s visit to India in January 2015.
The leaders affirmed the increasing convergence in their strategic perspectives and emphasized the need to remain closely invested in each other’s security and prosperity.
The joint statement released on Tudesday after the bilateral meeting between Modi and Obama, underscores the advancing U.S.-India Global Leadership on Climate and Clean Energy
Srinagar : Personnel of Indian Army began a high powered hunt for terrorists after the gunfire that took place in Tangdhar sector. Army began massive combing of the area and launched a massive operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tangdhar sector in search of terrorists after gunfire ringed out of the area in the early hours of Wednesday.
Reports revealed about a terrorist attack at an army post near the line of control. Earlier, a week ago, an encounter between the army and militants had resulted in gunning down and injuring few army men, out of which one personnel, a colonel had succumbed to the fire and died. Along with him, two soldiers had got severely injured but sustained serious injuries in an encounter with terrorists in Kupwara district — of which Tangdhar sector is a part.
Rise in infiltration attempts have been recorded continuously across the region of Jammu and Kashmir. Out of these 70 infiltration bids last year, many of the efforts had been failed by Indian forces and during all these infiltration attempts, around 65 terrorists managed to sneak in while 136 were pushed back. Similarly, in the calendar year of 2013, there were 91 bids by 280 terrorists, out of which a total of 97 militants were able to slip past the army’s three-tiered counter-infiltration grid.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing disturbance at the borders time and again. However, the recent increased number of violence and encounters are seen as a backlash after the sharp downturn in relations between India and Pakistan took place, following the cancellation of talks between the national security advisers in August.Although India had been insisting that Pakistan should address the issue of terrorism and facilitate resumption of bilateral talks.Pakistan on the other side has been making attempts to talk about India-Pak relations in every international platform possible, rather than trying to solve it directly with the neighbor country.
Ottawa, Ontario: Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, today witnessed the signing and finalization of six significant initiatives between Canada and India that will help to further advance bilateral relations between the two countries. They were joined by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade.
Harper and Modi Wednesday also attended a reception at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum to celebrate the special relationship that exists between Canada and India. The event was part of Modi’s two-day visit to Canada, which includes stops in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
Hosted by the National Alliance of Indo-Canadians and attended by parliamentarians, dignitaries and members of Canada’s vast and vibrant Indian diaspora, the event provided Prime Minister Harper with the opportunity to pay tribute to a community that contributes so much to Canada’s cultural richness and economic strength. In his remarks,Modi expressed his continued commitment to further cementing the already strong bonds that unite Canada and India.
The historic visit by Prime Minister Modi to Canada combined with the number and scope of agreements signed today between our governments clearly demonstrate the commitment of both countries to taking bilateral relations to new heights – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
The initiatives announced today will promote greater collaboration between the two countries in the areas of civil aviation, railway transportation, education and skills development, space, social security and maternal, newborn and child health.
Canada and India have longstanding bilateral relations built upon shared traditions of democracy and pluralism, and on strong interpersonal connections with the approximately 1.2 million Indian diaspora community in Canada.
With bilateral merchandise trade valued at $6.3 billion in 2014 and bilateral service trade at over $1.5 billion in 2013, a market of more than 1.2 billion people, and a predicted economic growth of 7.5 per cent in 2015, India represents exciting opportunities for Canadian businesses.
The stock of two-way foreign direct investment (FDI) between Canada and India totaled approximately $4.4 billion in 2013. Of this, the stock of FDI in Canada from India is nearly $3.8 billion and the stock of Canadian FDI in India stood at $613 million.
New initiatives between Canada and India
Transport Canada will finalize a memorandum of understanding with India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation that will promote collaboration and cooperation in areas such as airport development, planning and management; aircraft certification; regional and general aviation development; aviation safety and security; and skills development. It will also create a civil aviation working group, bringing together industry stakeholders from both countries.
Transport Canada signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Ministry of Railways that will foster communication, sharing of information and exchange of best practices in rail transportation, and help create potential opportunities for Canadian private sector investment in rail development projects in India.
Education and Skills Development
Thirteen memoranda of understanding were signed between India’s National Skill Development Council and Canadian colleges and institutes in the fields of agriculture, apparel and textiles, automotive, aviation, construction, green economy, healthcare, hydrocarbons, information technology, telecom and electronics, sports sector, and water.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) signed an updated memorandum of understanding with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) that will in part recognize Indian launch capabilities for Canadian satellites. A memorandum of understanding between ISRO and the CSA on cooperation regarding outer space was first signed in 1996.
Social Security Agreement
The entry-into-force of the Canada-India Social Security Agreement will help eligible individuals qualify for retirement, disability or survivor benefits, and enable employees from Canada who are sent to work temporarily in India to continue to contribute to the Canada Pension Plan and be exempt from contributing to the Employees’ Pension Scheme of India.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Grand Challenges Canada and India’s Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology announced an investment of $2.5 million toward five innovative projects on newborn and early childhood development in India.