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Delhi CM does not speak for India: External Affairs Minister on Kejriwal’s Singapore remark

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejrival, who a vast majority in India view as the champion of petty, divisive and communal politics, has come under severe criticism after he said the new form of corona virus in Singapore, which is said to be dangerous for children, may come as the third wave in India.

Kejrival appealed to the central government to immediately suspend flights to and from Singapore and prioritise vaccination options for children. 

After Singapore lodged a strong protest with the Government of India over Kejrival’s irresponsible remark, India’s Minister for External Affairs Dr Jaishankar issued a statement clarifying – “Delhi CM does not speak for India”.

The Minister further said:
“Singapore and India have been solid partners in the fight against Covid-19. India appreciates Singapore’s role as a logistics hub and oxygen supplier. Their gesture of deploying military aircraft to help us speaks of our exceptional relationship. 

However, irresponsible comments from those who should know better can damage long-standing partnerships.”

Stung by this strong retort from the Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Maneesh Sisodia, instead of accepting the folly, addressed media persons on Wednesday 19 May afternoon and said the Delhi government is worried about children while the ruling BJP and the Union Government are worried about Singapore.

Kejrival, who chases narrow political ends, has failed to appreciate that Singapore has a few dozen cases now most of them are in clusters having Indian connection.

The Indian community in Singapore is incensed over this tasteless remark by Kejriwal. There are ethnic colours added in Singapore and Indians are uncomfortable.

The problem is, when in politics, they have to turn out to be idiots and have to show it.

Kejriwal says it is the Singapore variant!! One fails to understand why this IIT passout can’t keep quiet on matters foreign to him.

Shankar Mahadevan Academy and Maharashtra Mandal Singapore join hands to promote Indian music

Special discount and digital music courses to be offered in Singapore

Ashish Kurl

 

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Marking the World Music Day Day (21 June) Shankar Mahadevan Academy (SMA), a world renowned music school founded by singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan, announced last fortnight, a dynamic partnership-with Maharashtra Mandal Singapore (MMS), to offer Indian music lessons to students in Singapore. This association will help in reaching out to Indians based out of Singapore and further enhance their music learning experience.

In a short span of eight years, SMA has built a presence with students from 76 countries with nearly 20, 000 students across online, schools, corporate sector and affiliate centres. The Academy operates its online classes 24/7 and has conducted over 95 000 virtual classes till date.

MMS is a platform connecting the Maharashtrian diaspora in Singapore where denizens of one of the most dynamic states in India meet, socialize, exchange notes and celebrate occasions – including festivals – all under one roof. A home away from home, MMS endeavours to connect Maharashtrians with one another while sharing the spirit of Maharashtra.

Shankar Mahadevan, Bollywood’s most loved singer composer of India, states: “At Shankar Mahadevan Academy, our vision is “to be the Harvard of Music worldwide” and our Mission is “Joy of Music”. We want to make learning Indian music rewarding by making our lovely Indian tradition more modern, more fun and present our valuable traditions in music in a more contemporary way, yet keep a structured way of learning music and reach out to students across the globe. At Shankar Mahadevan Academy, we provide courses that teach Hindustani & Carnatic Classical, Hindi Movie Songs & Devotional Songs, Grow with Music – a unique course designed for children, Voice Gym and even a Teacher Certification Course. The Academy brings high quality Indian music education online for the first time through it’s cloud based platform that allows students from anywhere in the world to have an online, interactive class with a live teacher. You have access to the OM Book which is a treasure chest of audio & video lessons and even an “OM Riyaaz” recorder which will help students learn on the go and get instant feedback. We aim to bring the same quality of music education in Singapore and thank MMS for their support in conserving India’s music genres.”

Ganesh Somwanshi, Founder, Krescendo Communications, Strategic Alliance Partner adds, “We are glad that we could bring two established organisations together on the same platform keeping in mind, a vision of reaching out to music lovers. Music has been close to our heart since inception and we noticed that there is a fair amount of innovation and the basis of Hindustani Music in Singapore remains strongly rooted. MMS and SMA with this association will keep Indian music alive in Singapore which in ASEAN region has one of the strongest traditions of Indian music lovers and learners.”

Nalini Thite, President of MMS talking about this association said,”MMS’ mission is to cultivate and propagate language and culture via various initiatives. Art forms an important medium to achieve the same. We have great musical and artistic talent in our youth and adult members here. It is a pleasure to bring SMA’s courses to our members to hone their talent. Our members will get a special discount from SMA for these digital learning courses. Non-members can sign up with us and avail the discount. We welcome SMA to Singapore and are excited to be associated with it. We would also like to thank Ganesh Somwanshi of Krescendo Communications for introducing us to SMA and helping us in formulating this alliance.”

Trump-Kim summit is a mission of peace: Mike Pompeo

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Singapore: President Trump’s summit with Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea is truly a mission of peace as President Donald Trump said on Saturday.

This is how the US Secreyart of State Mike Pompeo descrribed the summit in his opening statement during a press briefing at JW Mariott here on June 11

As a runup to the summit, on Monday (11 June 2016) afternoonm Trump called Prime Minister Abe of Japan and President Moon of South Korea. Earlier during the day the US Ambassador, Sung Kim, led a delegation to meet with Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui and her North Korean delegation. The talks were continuing the next afternoon as the briefing by the US Secretaru of State continued.

Before discussing the summit, the US Secretary of State went on to address a report in The New York Times that suggested that the U.S. team lacks the technical expertise on dismantling North Korea’s weapons program as part of these talks.

Addressing the report directly, Pompeo said:

“For over three months, an interagency working group of over 100 experts across government has met multiple times per week to address technical and logistical issues associated with dismantling North Korea’s weapons programs. They include experts from the military charged with dismantling nuclear weapons; the Department of Energy, including PhDs and experts from DOE labs; and officials from the intelligence community covering North Korea. Those same experts also cover North Korea’s nuclear, chemical, biological, and missile programs.

These experts include dozens of PhDs who have expertise in nuclear weapons, the fuel cycle, missiles, chemical and biological weapons. They have advanced degrees in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, aerospace, biology, and other relevant fields.

On the ground in Singapore, we have a team that includes the President’s senior most expert in weapons of mass destruction who can cover any technical needs that the meetings may present.

Any suggestion that the United States somehow lacks the technical expertise across government or lacks it on the ground here in Singapore is mistaken.”

Pompeo further said that North Korea has previously confirmed to the US its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those words prove sincere. The fact that the two leaders were sitting down face to face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something that will immensely benefit both of our peoples and the entire world.

Pompeo went on to add: “President Trump believes that Kim Jong Un has an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country. We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future productive talks. In light of how many flimsy agreements the United States has made in previous years, this President will ensure that no potential agreement will fail to adequately address the North Korean threat.

The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed. The complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the only outcome that the United States will accept. Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs. If diplomacy does not move in the right direction — and we are hopeful that it will continue to do so — those measures will increase.

President Trump recognizes Chairman Kim’s desire for security, and is prepared to ensure that a North Korea free of weapons of mass destruction is also a secure North Korea. The President has also expressed his openness to expanding access to foreign investment and other economic opportunities for North Korea if they take the right steps.

All the preparations for the summit have come together very nicely. The President met this afternoon with Minister Lee of Singapore. It was an important opportunity to thank the Prime Minister of Singapore for his partnership in helping make this summit a reality. Singapore is home to over 4,000 American companies and is a longstanding commercial partner, and we thank them for their help in making this summit what it is.

President Trump is going into this meeting with confidence, a positive attitude, and eagerness for real progress. He has made it clear that if Kim Jong Un denuclearizes, there is a brighter future for North Korea. Tomorrow, we will get our clearest indication to date of whether Chairman Kim Jong Un truly shares this vision.”

India Singapore sign agreement for naval cooperation

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India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Ssitharaman and Defence Minister of Singapore Dr Ng Eng Hen at Army Battle Honours Mess, New Delhi on 29 November 2017.

New Delhi:The 2nd Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore concluded today with the signing up of an agreement for naval cooperation.

Both countries had signed the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) in 2015 to further strengthen the longstanding defence relationship between the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Indian Armed Forces.

Of particular significance during 2nd Defence Ministers’ Dialogue was the conclusion of the India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement for Naval Cooperation, which will lead to increased cooperation in maritime security, joint exercises, temporary deployments from each other’s naval facilities and mutual logistics support.

During discussions, the Defence Ministers of the two countries, Ng Eng Hen and Nirmala Sitharaman looked forward to the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise next year.

Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen expressed his appreciation for India’s continued support for the SAF’s training in India, covered by the Air Force and Army Bilateral Agreements. Both Ministers welcomed the renewal of the Air Force Bilateral Agreement on the sidelines of the 11th Singapore-India Defence Policy Dialogue in January this year, and looked forward to the successful renewal of the Army Bilateral Agreement next year.

On regional security, both Ministers reaffirmed the importance of maintaining maritime freedom of navigation and trade consistent with international law. India plays a vital role in the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus. Both Ministers also discussed Singapore’s proposal to expand the Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea to all ADMM-Plus countries as well as to establish guidelines for air encounters between military aircraft, in order to reduce the risk of miscalculations.

Appreciating India’s leading role in the Indian Ocean Region, the Singapore Defence Minister agreed to India’s proposal for continuous and institutionalised naval engagements in their shared maritime space, including establishing maritime exercises with like-minded regional/ ASEAN partners.

Both Ministers emphasised the importance of international cooperation in tackling transnational security threats, and in particular measures to collectively tackle the threat of terrorism.

Both Ministers also commended the progress made since the India-Singapore Defence Technology Steering Committee was set up in October 2006 to launch joint research projects. Dr Ng expressed his appreciation for India’s offer of its test ranges and infrastructure to Singapore for the conduct of testing and evaluation for R&D projects.

Singapore and India have also made progress in defence industry cooperation, with the signing of the terms of reference for the Defence Industry Working Group (DIWG) in August this year. Both Ministers agreed that this would facilitate greater collaboration in aerospace, electronics and other areas of mutual interest between the defence industries of both countries.

Dr Ng expressed his appreciation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s acceptance as keynote speaker for the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue to articulate India’s vision for a stable Indo-Pacific region.