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Padma Vibhushan for Shinzo Abe; Padma Bhushan for Sumitra Mahajan; No Scientist or Engineer from India figures in the list

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New Delhi: Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is being honoured with the Padma Vibhushan – the second highest civilian Award of India and former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is being conferred the Padma Vibhushan, on Republic Day.

This year the President has approved conferment of 119 Padma Awards including 1 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one).

No scientist from across India figures in the list of Padma Awardees

Only two persons (both posthumously) are being conferred the Padma Award in Science and Engineering category. Both of them from USA. Dr. NS Kapany is the father of optical fibre and Dr. Rattan Lal a soil scientist.
Government of India has not found a single Indian scientist or engineer from across the vast nation for the coveted Padma Awards this year.

In his address to the nation on Republic Day eve, President Ram Nath Kovind had praised Indian scientists by emphasising how they have strengthened national endeavours and worked day and night for decoding the Coronavirus and succeeded in developing the vaccine in record time.

From space to the farms, from educational institutions to hospitals, the community of scientists has enriched our life and work, the President said adding the Indian scientists have added a glorious chapter of contribution to the well-being of humanity.

 The list of those being honoured with the Padma Awards comprises 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 16 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender awardee.

Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

PM Modi and Japanese PM Abe lay foundation stone for India’s first Bullet train

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe visit the Exhibition, at Mahatma Mandir, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on September 14, 2017.

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today jointly laid the foundation stone for India’s first high speed rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

Speaking on the occasion, at a large public meeting in Ahmedabad, the Prime Minister spoke of the high ambition and willpower of “New India.” He congratulated the people of India on the occasion, and said that the bullet train project will provide speed and progress, and deliver results quickly. He said the Government’s focus is on increasing productivity through high speed connectivity. The Prime Minister thanked Japan for the technical and financial help given to India, for this project. He praised Prime Minister Abe for the fact that this project is being launched within such a short time.

The Prime Minister said that this high speed railway would not only bring two cities closer, but also bring the people living hundreds of kilometers away, closer to each other. He said a new economic system is being developed along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, and the entire area would become a single economic zone.

The Prime Minister said technology is useful only if it provides benefit to the common man. He said the technology transfer envisaged in this project will benefit Indian Railways, and boost the “Make in India” initiative. He said the project would be eco-friendly as well as human-friendly. He said “high-speed corridors” would be regions for rapid growth in the future.

The Prime Minister said that the Government is working to ensure that infrastructure is developed keeping in mind futuristic requirements. He expressed confidence that everyone would work together to complete this project in the shortest possible time.

Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the India-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global. He said that he hopes to see the beauty of India through the windows of the Bullet Train, a few years hence.

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Japan and Russia discuss North Korea, Syria and UN Security Council reform


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Moscow: The Japan-Russia UN Consultation was held in Moscow, Russia, on Monday 24 July on regional issues discussed at the UN Security Council such as North Korea and Syria, and also UN reform including the Security Council reform.

In this consultation, Satoshi Suzuki, the Japanese Deputy Minister for Foreign Policy, exchanged views with Gennadiy Mikhaylovich GATILOV, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Aleksandr Anatolievich PANKIN, Director of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.


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This consultation took place based on “2017 consultation plan between the Japanese and Russian Ministries of Foreign Affairs”, which was signed on the occasion of Japan-Russia Summit Meeting last December.

Earlier On April 27, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, during his visit to Moscow, had held his 17th Japan-Russia Summit Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President

Based on the outcomes of President Putin’s visit to Japan in December 2016, the two leaders had discussions covering a wide range of fields, including the issue of concluding a peace treaty, international affairs (including Syria and North Korea), economic relations, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges.


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Significantly, it was during Putin’s visit to Japan at the fag end of 2016 that Japan had agreed to allow relaxation of visa requirements for short-term stay for Russian nationals (ordinary passport holders).

Japan pledges $1.5 bn aid money for migrant crisis

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Shinzo Abe UNSCJapan : Every country is playing its role in the non-terminating migrant crisis and making financial contributions as per their own country budget. Japan has done its bit by anouncing aid money towards peace building.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a recent anouncement in this regard by pledging $810m (£534m) aid money to help Syrians and Iraqis displaced by conflicts. While addressing the UN General Assembly, Abe in his speech said that Japan would, besides taking Syria and Iraqi displacement into consideration, would also contribute $750m to peace-building efforts in the Middle East and Africa.

However, he remained firm that Japan would not take in any refugees from those conflict zones as yet. Japan accepted only 11 of 5,000 asylum seekers last year. Huge numbers of people have fled to Europe in recent months as Europe has been the shelter home for the stranded migrants in the past months.

In a news conference, Abe analysed that – before accepting immigrants or refugees, we need to have more activities by women, by elderly people and we must raise [the] birthrate.

Japan along with Brazil, Germany and India – is pushing for a seat on the Security Council. Japan is also in the process of changing the role of its military so that it can play a more active role in UN peacekeeping. Its post-war constitution bans the use of force to resolve international conflicts except in cases of self-defence.

Every day reports and updates on migrant crisis revealed that hoards of migrants have been heading north from the Mediterranean, and large numbers have gathered at border crossings and made a crossover to open destinations, while some have died trying to cross into Europe by sea.