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Silicon Valley is considered the global capital for start-ups, and Hindi and Hebrew are heard more than English

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Gurgaon, Aug 13: Guess what are the most spoken languages in Silicon Valley? It is not English but Hindi and Hebrew. Therefore, any India-Israel collaboration can create a vibrant ecosystem that will help start-ups to mushroom and thrive the world over, Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said.

“Start-ups constitute one of the pillars in further strengthening India-Israel relations,” Carmon told IANS, while announcing the Indian winners who will participate at this year’s Start Tel Aviv- a global event that brings to one platform entrepreneurs from across the world.

Benjamin Netanyahu. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Benjamin Netanyahu. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Quoting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the ambassador said that in the Silicon Valley, considered the global capital for start-ups, Hindi and Hebrew are heard more than English.

On the USA’s East Coast, Indians and Israelis already dominate the diamond business.

“If the people from India and Israel dominate the start-up space in Silicon Valley, why can’t they meet more often in New Delhi or Tel Aviv? I think start-ups provide great opportunities for people of both the countries who share common goals and aspirations,” he added.

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“Proud of their history and tradition, India and Israel are two countries with a large population of young people, eager and curious to grasp the future,” the ambassador said.

“Let’s do it together.”

Ambassador Carmon said the initiative in start-ups was just one of the pillars identified to push India-Israel relations. He identified the others as agriculture, water ecosystem, defence, homeland security, education and academia.

XLPAT Lab co-founder Komal Talwar and Advenio’s Mausumi Acharyya were picked as the winners of the “Start Tel Aviv – India Finals” competition. They will join founders from 22 other countries for an intense, five-day start-up experience in Tel Aviv from September 25 to 29 this year.

“It is for the first time that the competition is focusing on women. We want to bring the women entrepreneurs to the front of the stage to take their rightful place in the start-up world,” said Ditza Froim, Minister-Counsellor for Public Diplomacy at the Israeli Embassy.

Talwar’s XLPAT boasts of patent and technology coverage of over 120 countries which allows users thorough and exhaustive patent searches within minutes and also generate claim charts.

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Focussing in the field of computer aided diagnosis, Acharyya’s Advenio is developing a software to analyse hundreds of medical images to help doctors arrive at quick decisions about a medical problems.

Start Tel Aviv is organised to help promising early-stage start-ups to meet and establish relationships with potential customers, partners and high-profile industry leaders. (IANS)


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Iran invites Pakistan to join Chabahar project with India

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
  • Iran has invited Pakistan to join Chabahar port project
  • It is a very crucial port of great importance
  • India, Iran and Afghanistan have already signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has invited Pakistan to participate in the Chabahar Port project that connects India to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Tuesday.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The move may be seen as Zarif’s bid to allay concerns here over the Indian involvement in the Iranian port, Dawn online reported. The Iranian minister also, meanwhile, extended the invitation to China.

“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Monday, according to the daily.

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations, bypassing Pakistan. In November 2017, India delievered the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port.

Also Read: All You Need To Know About India’s Strategic Chabahar Port

Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference. The visiting Foreign Minister is being accompanied by a large trade delegation from Iran.

He also said that Gwadar Port and Chabahar Port needed to be linked through sea and land routes for development of deprived Eastern and South-eastern Iran and South Western Pakistan. “We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to Pakistan to participate in that,” Zarif said.

Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons

He also said that the Chabahar port project was not meant to “encircle Pakistan … strangulate anybody”, adding that Iran would not allow anybody to hurt Pakistan from its territory, much like Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against Iran.

Zarif likened Iran’s relations with India to Pakistan’s ties with Saudi Arabia. “Our relations with India, just like Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia, are not against Islamabad as we understand Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia are not against Iran.” IANS