USD 150M SEZ
India has offered US$ 150 million of credit for project exports for establishing a SEZ at Sittwe in Myanmar Buyer’s Credit Scheme under National Export Insurance Account (NEIA). The offer assumes that Myanmar Government will give a suitable land for the purpose. During his meeting with the Myanmar President U Thein Sein in June in Nay Pyi Taw, Union Minister of Commerce Industry and Textiles, Shri Anand Sharma covered a whole gamut of issues for deepening the economic ties between India and Myanmar.
President U Thein Sein conveyed Myanmar’s appreciation of India’s contribution to the country’s development. “Path breaking reform measures taken by the Government of Myanmar in economic, political and social field is a positive message that has resonated globally and India is committed to be a steadfast partner of Myanmar in this journey”, Shri Sharma told the President.
CONCERN FOR SL TAMILS
Prime Minister Singh
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that he was deeply concerned about the welfare and the wellbeing of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister conveyed to the visiting Tamil National AllIance (TNA) delegation that he was dismayed by reports suggesting that the Government of Sri Lanka planned to dilute certain key provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution ahead of elections to the Northern Provincial Council.
The visiting Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation called on the Prime Minister in June. It was noted that the proposed changes raised doubts about the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government to India and the international community, including the United Nations, on a political settlement in Sri Lanka that would go beyond the 13th Amendment. The changes would also be incompatible with the recommendation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), set up by the Government of Sri Lanka, calling for a political settlement based on the devolution of power to the provinces.
SHINE FOR INDIA
A group of 34 Probationers of Indian Foreign Service (2011 batch) called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in June at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The President asked the IFS probationers to train themselves in economic diplomacy and issues like energy security and food security. He called upon them to achieve specialized knowledge in these areas and enhance the prestige and honour of India in foreign countries through dedicated service to the motherland.
Mr Mukherjee said the world is undergoing major change. Global economy is still fragile and yet to recover from the financial crisis. There have been major political changes in West Asia, Africa and India’s neighbourhood. The job and responsibilities entrusted upon young Foreign Service officers is daunting but they would have an opportunity to show their mettle and initiative.
The Department of Space and the Indian Space Research Organisation has established an endowed fellowship at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology, California, USA. This fellowship is established in honor of Prof. Satish Dhawan, who was the former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation during its formative period 1972-1984.
Prof. Satish Dhawan was an alumnus of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and obtained his PhD in aerospace in 1951. Prof. Dhawan was not only a visionary leader of ISRO but also an internationally recognised researcher and a legendary teacher. He was bestowed with the Distinguished Alumni Award by Caltech in 1969, the highest alumnus honor.
The Government of India honoured Prof. Satish Dhawan by awarding him Padma Vibhushan in the year 1981.