Saturday December 16, 2017
Home India India mulls f...

India mulls freight service links with ASEAN

0
37

asean

By NewsGram Staff Writer

India is keen to have freight services with ASEAN member countries after a fortnightly freighter service with Myanmar proved to be commercially feasible, said a top official on Friday.

Anil Wadhwa, secretary (east) in the ministry of external affairs, addressing the Fourth ASEAN-India Network of Think Tanks (AINTT) in Kuala Lumpur, said that work on the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway and the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport project is progressing apace.

“We have just concluded negotiations on a Trilateral Motor Vehicle Agreement, and are also negotiating a Maritime Transport Cooperation Agreement with ASEAN in order to strengthen maritime connectivity. Our experiment of a direct fortnightly freighter with Myanmar has proven to be commercially feasible and we are open to replicating this experiment with other ASEAN Member States,” he said.

He said that in order to boost trade and investment, connectivity and access to infrastructure, finance is needed and connectivity is receiving the highest priority on the ASEAN-India cooperation agenda.

“We are working to create a Special Facility for project financing and quick implementation of connectivity projects with ASEAN, whereby industry could receive government support for investments in connectivity projects with the ASEAN region,” Wadhwa added.

He said the think tank community could conduct feasibility studies to ascertain the viability of projects before venturing into a coastal shipping network linking India with ASEAN member states.

“Such studies could be undertaken in a phased manner and we could prioritise countries and ports to look at on the basis of desktop studies based on current trade volume, cargo profile and future potential”, Wadhwa said.

He said more in-depth research on trade, tourism and business spin-offs were needed including on liberalised air services arrangements covering passenger, cargo and technical services between India and ASEAN countries.

Referring to the close cultural and historical ties between the two sides, Wadhwa said: “Hundreds of thousands of Indians have emigrated to South East Asia in the last 200 years. Their descendants today constitute a vibrant community of Indian origin people, contributing actively to their respective countries of adoption. Malaysia alone has nearly 2 million persons of Indian origin, constituting the second largest Indian diaspora abroad.”

He said the ASEAN-India Plan of Action for 2016-2021 will aim to strengthen the socio-cultural pillar of ASEAN-India engagement.

Among other initiatives for integration, were the Mekong Ganga Cooperation, aimed at reviving cooperation between the peoples of the two river basins in the fields of tourism, education, culture and promoting people-to-people contacts, as well as the re-establishment of the Nalanda University at Rajgir as a world-renowned knowledge hub.

The initiatives celebrate and lend a contemporary dimension to the historical linkages that bind India and Southeast Asia, he said.

Next Story

Nalanda University to introduce Vedic Studies, may also start short-term programmes on subjects like Mindfulness and Yoga

0
69
Nalanda University. Source: Wikimedia

Patna, May 20, 2017: Nalanda University plans to introduce Vedic Studies and may also start short-term executive programmes on subjects like Mindfulness and Yoga.

“Within the existing schools, we will create new departments,” Vice Chancellor Sunaina Singh said in a statement.

“For instance, in the School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions we plan to introduce Vedic Studies, Indian Spiritual Tradition and Peace Studies,” Singh said.

Go to NewsGram and check out news related to political current issues.

Envisioning Nalanda University as an intellectual bridge between India, Asia and the Asia-Pacific countries, she said the West looks to India as a solution centre.

“Indian knowledge systems have to be explored,” Singh said.

“The University may also start some short-term executive programmes on subjects like Mindfulness and Yoga.”

According to her, the university needs to build more schools and departments for academic excellence.

Look for latest news from India in NewsGram.

“The School of Linguistics and Literature and The School of International Relations and Peace Studies will be the next schools that we will focus on.”

Located in the Buddhist pilgrim town of Rajgir in Bihar’s Nalanda district, the university began its first academic session in September 2014 on a makeshift campus. (IANS)

NewsGram is a Chicago-based non-profit media organization. We depend upon support from our readers to maintain our objective reporting. Show your support by Donating to NewsGram. Donations to NewsGram are tax-exempt. 

Next Story

Nalanda University signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kanazawa University in Japan for Academic Collaboration

0
68
FILE – In this July 5, 2006 file photo, tourists walk at the ruins of the Nalanda University at Nalanda, India. UNESCO has put four new sites on its World Heritage List, including the archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara, or Nalanda University, on Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Prashant Ravi, File) VOA

Patna, April 28, 2017: The Nalanda University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kanazawa University in Japan for academic collaboration, an official said on Friday.

According to the MoU, the two universities will make an effort to promote and develop cooperation in activities like exchange of faculty members, research fellows, students, academic material, publications, information, and undertake joint research projects and symposiums.

The MoU will be in effect for five years.

NewsGram brings to you latest new stories in India.

Kanazawa University is located in Kanazawa, capital of Ishikawa prefecture, and offers various undergraduate and graduate courses.

Nalanda University is coming up in Rajgir, 12 km from where the ancient Nalanda varsity stood till the 12th century when an invading Turkish army razed it. (IANS)

Next Story

India to work closely with Asean to build Regional Cooperation, says Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh

Asean has evolved into a role model for regional cooperation, India on Thursday said it was working closely with it for building regional cooperation.

0
63
Amb Rizali,& delegates of National Resilience Institute met Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (Retd) V.K Singh. Twitter

New Delhi, Jan 20, 2017: Observing that Asean has evolved into a role model for regional cooperation, India on Thursday said it was working closely with it for building regional cooperation.

Addressing the second edition of the international conference on ‘Asean-India Cultural and Civilisational Links’ in Jakarta, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh said that to mark the 25th anniversary of the Asean-India Dialogue Partnership, a host of events including a Commemorative Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and a Commemorative Summit will be held, an official release here said.

“Asean has evolved into a role model for regional cooperation. Today, it is appreciated for the stability it has brought to the region and its immediate neighbourhood. We look forward to working closely with Asean to weave a mutually beneficial legacy which would be cherished by future generations,” Singh added.

Other than Commemorative Summit and Commemorative Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Singh said a Youth Summit and a host of other events including Asean-India Cultural Festivals, business events, policy seminars, public competitions, a car rally and sailing expedition across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states will be held.

Singh said India’s Act East Policy lays significant focus on Asean-India relationship aimed at building a deeper engagement with South East Asia by expanding and comprehensively documenting India’s civilisational links with Asean countries.

Look for latest news from India in NewsGram.

Singh also hailed the Asean India Centre in New Delhi for contributing towards Asean-India Strategic Partnership through its studies in areas of mutual interest.

“Another major project underway is the re-establishment of the Nalanda University, once a world-renowned knowledge hub where scholars from around the world, including South East Asia and India, exchanged knowledge and ideas.

“India is working to recreate a similar world class university in the 21st century, with the support of its South East Asian partners, and has offered scholarships to students from CLMV countries to study there,” Singh said.

“Contemporary popular culture in the form of music, Bollywood movies and TV soap operas, is forging a new understanding between us. The human element is vital in contemporary discourse. Our youth, our future generation, must engage and bond in a more systematic way and at a deeper level,” Singh added. (IANS)