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Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the importance of a European solution to the refugee issue on Tuesday.

“When we think too small, when we only think about ourselves, then this will be a major threat to Europe,” she said on the day to mark German industry.

She called on the approximately 1,200 representatives in politics and business in Germany to promote a common response overseas to the challenges of the refugee movement.

“Those who today think in Europe that they were not affected, will be affected in some way tomorrow, even if the unity of Europe would be put into question,” Merkel added.

The Chancellor again pleaded for a more equitable distribution of refugees in Europe. It was necessary to a European approach, she said.

“We must insist that the burden within the European Union (EU) will be distributed fairly, otherwise the system will not work,” said Merkel.

Merkel also stressed that the abolition of internal borders in Europe and the relocation of border guards at the EU’s external borders would only be achievable with the help of Europe’s neighbors.

She insisted that an agreement between the EU and Turkey would be quickly closed.

(IANS)

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Ancient India Maritime History: Trade Links With Europe and Southeast Asian Nations

Excavations Provide Evidence About Ports that Played a Major Role in Overseas Trade in Past

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Ancient India maritime route
Ancient Indo-Oman maritime trade route. Wikimedia
  • The maritime history begins from the 3CE when the Indus Valley people initiated trading contact with Mesopotamia
  • Tamil Nadu being a coastal state had more than 16 ports across Chennai which had trade links with China, Egypt, parts of Europe
  • Presently in Tamil Nadu, a deep-sea port has been proposed in Enayam which would emerge as a major port for Indian cargo to be exported

June 27, 2017:

Before the incipience of air transport, mankind was dependent on sea links for transportation and trading of goods between continents. Sea was the major form of transportation in the past and even though people still use the sea for transport, most of the trading is now usually done through the air transport.

As we look back in time, the ports were the busiest place to be, because sailors were the only people who could get you and your goods across countries. In India too, we had ports down on the southern region so that we could access trade with all over Europe and Middle East countries.

The Ancient India maritime history begins from the 3CE when the Indus Valley people initiated trading contact with Mesopotamia. Indian Silk was one of the most traded product but later on, Indian spices took hold of most of the trading to the West surpassing Silk.

Tamil Nadu being the coastal state had more than 16 ports across Chennai and Tirunelveli which had trade links with China, Egypt, parts of Europe and South-east Asian countries. Archaeologists say ancient Tamil literature and excavations provide evidence about the existence of such ports that played a major role in overseas trade in the past.

C Santhalingam, the secretary of Pandya Nadu Centre for Historical Research told that these sea routes in Tamil Nadu can be traced to the Sangam Period which was from (3CE BC to 3CE AC) and said, “The historical coastal town of Kaveripoompattinam (Poompuhar in Nagapattinam district) recorded import of horses from Arab countries and finished goods from Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The port was also a major centre for the export of spices from South India.

Ancient port was built differently from the modern ports which are at the coastline as they were situated over the river mouths because the transporting ships in the past were not as big as the ones now, so the river mouths were the right places for safe docking of the ships.

Presently in Tamil Nadu, a deep-sea port has been proposed in Enayam in Kanyakumari district which would emerge as a major port for Indian cargo to be exported. The proposed budget for this port is 27,570 crore and the port would act as a hub for the global east-west trade route and also reduce the logistics cost for Indian traders dependent on transhipment in Colombo and Singapore giving rise to maritime link jobs.

prepared by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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Enduring Ideals: Norman Rockwell’s Traveling Exhibition features Rockwell’s ‘Four Freedoms’

The Norman Rockwell Museum says the works rallied the public behind the war effort and the exhibit "demonstrates the power of illustration to communicate ideas and inspire change

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American artist Norman Rockwell is shown in an undated photo. VOA

Norman Rockwell’s most celebrated series of paintings is embarking on a multi-year tour across the U.S. and to Europe.

The exhibit titled “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms” opens June 2018 at the New York Historical Society and ends with a five-month run starting June 2020 at the Memorial de Caen museum in France.

The exhibit features Rockwell’s works “Freedom of Speech,” “Freedom from Fear,” “Freedom from Want,” and “Freedom to Worship,” inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address.

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It will also appear in Dearborn, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; Stockbridge, Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Norman Rockwell Museum says the works rallied the public behind the war effort and the exhibit “demonstrates the power of illustration to communicate ideas and inspire change.”(VOA)

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To celebrate Indian culture, Luxembourg City in Europe to mark September 17 as ‘India day’

The Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg City hall) has played a crucial role in organizing the event along with the Indian Association Luxembourg to strengthen communal harmony

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Chicago: Association of Indians in America, Inc. Illinois Chapter (AIA) proudly organized ‘Group Dance Competition Youth Talent Show on August 27, 2016 at Harper College Auditorium, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL Asian Media USA

Sept 6, 2016: ‘India day’ is likely to be celebrated on September 17, this year in Luxembourg City. This event is an effort of The Indian Association Luxembourg (IAL) to celebrate Indian Culture as well as promote cultural acceptance through social interaction.

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The event will have stalls displaying Indian Culture and Tradition, which include Henna, Spices, traditional Indian outfits, Indian snacks, and Indian music. Live dance performances from various regions of India are one of the key attractions of the event, which will be commence at 9AM and conclude at around 6PM, in the place d’Armes. The event also aims to highlight ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives.

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Chicago: Association of Indians in America, Inc. Illinois Chapter (AIA) proudly organized ‘Group Dance Competition Youth Talent Show on August 27, 2016 at Harper College Auditorium, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL Asian Media USA
Chicago: Association of Indians in America, Inc. Illinois Chapter (AIA) proudly organized ‘Group Dance Competition Youth Talent Show on August 27, 2016 at Harper College Auditorium, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL, USA. Asian Media USA

The Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg City hall) has played a crucial role in organizing the event along with the Indian Association Luxembourg to strengthen communal harmony.

– by Usman Zafar of NewsGram team