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New Delhi: The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan said on Thursday that India and Africa should collaborate in the energy field for development and a brighter future for the people of India and Africa.

In his inaugural address during 2-day India-Africa Hydrocarbons Conference in Delhi, he said, “The global situation makes our collaboration more critical. The fourth India-Africa Hydrocarbons Conference looks to align and initiate future collaborations between India and Africa in hydrocarbons.”

25 African Nations have been invited for the Conference where 9 of them are represented by their ministers.

Pradhan expressed the hope that India would be a better partner for Africa as Africa plays an important part in India’s energy security, informing that India is importing around 18-20 percent of its oil needs from Africa, including 32 Million Metric Tons of crude oil last year.

The minister said “India is keen to diversify its energy sources,’’ adding that India is importing nearly 78 percent of its crude oil and 35 percent of natural gas requirements.

As a matter of policy, India imports two-thirds of crude oil from Africa while exports third of India’s exports to Africa.

“The compound annual growth rate of India’s hydrocarbons’ consumption has been at 7 per cent while the world average is on this count is only at 3 per cent,” Pradhan said.

He said that Indian state-run have invested in acquiring hydrocarbons in countries like Sudan, South Sudan, Mozambique, Goban and Egypt of Africa.

Petroleum Secretory KD Tripathi said earlier that it is an opportune time for global oil prices between importers and exporters from India and Africa. (IANS) (picture courtesy: orissadiary.com)

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North Kivu and Ituri, Congo To Welcome More Than 80,000 Children in This New School Year

According to the latest World Health Organization estimates, there have been 116 cases of Ebola, including 77 deaths, in the DRC.

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A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a boy who had contact with an Ebola sufferer in the village of Mangina in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. VOA

Government authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo say 250 schools in North Kivu and Ituri provinces will open their doors to more than 82,500 children when the new school year begins Monday.

These areas are the epicenter of the latest Ebola epidemic in DRC. The Ebola virus is extremely contagious. It can spread quickly through direct contact with blood and other bodily fluids of infected people.

UNICEF says it is scaling up operations in the region to promote prevention measures. It says school principals and teachers will receive training on Ebola prevention and protection and on how to educate children on good hygiene practices to avoid the spread of the virus.

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A World Health Organization (WHO) worker administers a vaccination during the launch of a campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 21, 2018. VOA

Spokesman Christophe Boulierac said UNICEF and its partners had reached more than 2 million people with Ebola prevention messages since the start of the outbreak on August 1.

“An increasing number of communities are now aware about Ebola and … they know better how to prevent its transmission,” Boulierac said. “The active involvement of concerned communities is key to stopping the spread of the disease. So, we are working closely with them to promote handwashing and good hygiene practices.”

According to the latest World Health Organization estimates, there have been 116 cases of Ebola, including 77 deaths, in the DRC. UNICEF said children make up an unusually high proportion of people affected by the disease. It noted that 24 percent of confirmed cases were in people under age 24.

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A family sits outside in a neighborhood where three people died of Ebola in Mbandaka, Congo,
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Boulierac said more than 150 psychosocial workers had been trained to help comfort children infected with the disease in treatment centers. He said they also would support children who were discharged as free of Ebola but were at risk of stigmatization upon returning to their communities. (VOA)

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