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Modi gets highest level reception in Xian

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China hold delegation level talks at Xi'an, China
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping of People’s Republic of China hold delegation level talks at Xi’an, China [Photo: Shiv Raj, Photo Division]
Xian ( People’s Republic of China): Prime Minister Narenda Modi was given the highest level reception on arrival here this morning.

Ahead of his 3-day China visit, Modi had tweeted: “I am confident my visit will lay the foundation for further enhancing economic co-operation with China in a wide range of sectors,” he tweeted last week.

On the opening day of his 3-day china visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping of People’s Republic of China held delegation level talks here – the hometown of President Xi Jinping.

Prime Minister visits Daxingshan temple in Xian, China Photo Courtesy : Shiv Raj / Photo Division
Prime Minister visits Daxingshan temple in Xian, China [Photo : Shiv Raj, Photo Division]
The Prime Minister also visited some places of cultural interest – some of them are very famous sites which are associated with Chinese history and civilisation.

He would travel from Xian to Beijing late in the evening on 14 May. On the 15th, he would be formally welcomed in Beijing by Premier Li Keqiang. He will be holding talks with the Premier and his delegation. We will also be signing a number of agreements at the conclusion of the talks.

Then the Prime Minister moves on to Shanghai. That is primarily a business stop. He would be having interaction with Chinese CEOs. He is addressing a business gathering.

China Today: New Plan to create more jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities

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Jobfair in China (representative photo)Beijing: Confronted with the challenge posed by the economy that has slowed down, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China on May 1 unveiled a Plan that focuses on steps and measures that would help in creating more jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities.

China has decided to go for macro-adjustments through Plans for national economy and social development due to the recent increase in jobs in urban areas and the rising unemployment rate across the country. China has decided to encourage those industries that can generate more jobs and is of the firm view that small and micro units can take a lead in this direction.

China is now going to enter a phase where complicated business registration procedures would be knocked down and entrepreneurs and their innovative projects will be provided with “incubation platforms” and financial subsidies. There will also be a national development fund for small- and medium-sized enterprises and the national venture capital fund for newly emerging industries. Business Parks also will be established to help migrant workers start their own business at their native places.

Small and micro enterprises employing new college graduates will receive one-year social insurance subsidies. As a strategy, this one initiative is likely to help china mitigate the problem young graduates face when they do not land a job and find it difficult to pay back their study loans.

The Governments at various levels, will also promote equal access to standardized and professional services, and also take steps to end discrimination against women, those living in villages and the disabled.

P5 nations for minimization of Radioactive Emissions from Fission-Based Medical Isotope production

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medical isotopesWashington DC: After the conclusion of the Sixth P5 Conference that took place February 4–5, 2015 in London, the People’s Republic of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States have issued a joint statement asserting all States should ensure minimization of radioactive emissions from fission-based medical isotope production.

The statement puts on record that the P5 recognise that while medical isotope production is a critically important activity and while the objective of ensuring the security of supply of medical radioisotopes is of utmost importance, they share a common interest in minimizing the interference of xenon radioisotope releases with global radioactive monitoring activity. The P5 believe that all States should engage with producers in their regions to assess the amount of emissions and to reduce where it is possible their negative impact on the environment through minimization of emissions from fission-based medical isotope production.

Further, the P5 advocate that the CTBTO Executive Secretary continue working actively with interested States, other relevant international organizations, and with radioisotope production facilities to minimize where it is possible the impact from the release of xenon radioisotopes.

Activities that the P5 support include the series of Workshops on the Signatures of Medical and Industrial Isotope Production (WOSMIP), and an IAEA Coordinated Research Project (CRP) “Sharing and Developing Protocols to Further Minimize Radioactive Gaseous Releases to the Environment in the Manufacture of Medical Radioisotopes, as Good Manufacture Practices.”

Friends of the Lower Mekong and the sustainabilty initiative

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Xe DonWashington DC, Feb. 3: Friends of the Lower Mekong, a donor coordination group, have come together with the countries of the Lower Mekong to discuss the connection between water resources, energy needs, and food security.

Carrying forward this objective, US Counselor Tom Shannon and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Ambassador David Thorne led a U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong in Pakse, Laos on Monday. Accompanying Mr. Shannon and Ambassador Thorne were representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy.

The health of the Mekong River is essential to the economic growth and sustainable development of the region. In Cambodia, the Mekong supports the rich biodiversity of a watershed that provides more than 60 percent of the protein intake for the entire country. The river irrigates the “rice bowl” in Vietnam, where more than half of the nation’s rice production is concentrated in the provinces that make up the Mekong delta. In Laos, Thailand, and Burma, the Mekong is an important artery for transportation, a water source for aquaculture and agriculture, and a generator of electricity.

Meeting participants discussed the challenges of ensuring a future in which economic growth does not come at the expense of clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. The meeting brought together senior officials from Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam alongside representatives from the United States, the Mekong River Commission, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the European Union, and the governments of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

At the meeting, the U.S. delegation announced several new initiatives, including the launch of USAID’s Sustainable Mekong Energy Initiative (SMEI). Through the SMEI, the United States will promote the use of alternative energy and low-emission technologies. The delegation also announced that the Department of State will organize and send a Sustainable Energy Business Delegation to the region later this year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will provide technical assistance on hydropower management and the Mississippi River Commission signed a five year extension to its agreement with the Mekong River Commission to exchange knowledge, information, and best practices. In conjunction, Counselor Shannon and Ambassador Thorne announced that the State Department will contribute $500,000 in support of a Mekong River Commission study on the impacts of hydropower on the community and environment.

In a joint statement, the United States agreed to collaborate with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and others to support development of a national energy grid inLaos. When completed, this national energy grid will help provide stable, reliable electricity to millions of people throughout the country. Counselor Shannon announced that the State Department is working with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Government of Laos to develop a “smart hydro” project that will increase the efficiency and environmental sustainability of its existing small hydropower assets and help build technical capacity in hydropower management.

The Friends of the Lower Mekong will also work together to strengthen the capacity of Lower Mekong countries to more effectively implement social and environmental safeguards such as environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental analyses. The U.S. Government, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and the Government of Australia plan to jointly develop a Regional Impact Assessment Training Center at the Asian Institute of Technology Center in Vietnam.

Under the auspices of the Lower Mekong Initiative, the United States is continuing successful projects like Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong (SIM) to provide technical assistance to the region on land and water use management, renewable energy, and infrastructure development. This year, $1.5 million will be spent on SIM projects in the Mekong region.

US secretary of State John Kerry even shared his personal vision for promoting sustainabilty of the Mekong in an op-ed on Foreign Policy


Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and the People’s Republic of China to the Northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the South, and Thailand to the West.

Pakxe is the capital and most populous city in the southern province of Champasak, making it the third most populous city in Laos. Located at the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers (wikipedia)