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Catalan Former Leader Faces Extradition Threat Again

Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday faced fresh threats of extradition from Germany, where a regional prosecutor's office has requested that he be sent to Spain to face charges of rebellion.

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Activists protest with a giant Catalan flag during a mass rally against Catalonia's declaration of independence, in Barcelona, Spain. VOA

Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday faced fresh threats of extradition from Germany, where a regional prosecutor’s office has requested that he be sent to Spain to face charges of rebellion.

The Spanish judiciary had sent new documents to German authorities regarding the charges being issued against Puigdemont, meaning the Schleswig-Holstein regional prosecution has requested that an extradition request issued by Spain be considered again by courts, sources from the prosecutor’s office told Efe news.

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The regional court had previously refused to extradite Puigdemont on rebellion charges and was studying whether to hand him over to Spain to face trial over alleged misuse of public funds.

Puigdemont is wanted in Spain for an investigation into possible rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for his alleged role in Catalonia’s separatist referendum and subsequent declaration of independence, deemed unconstitutional by the Spanish judiciary.

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He fled to Belgium before he could be arrested but was later detained in Germany. (IANS)

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India And Germany Collaborate For Research in Biological Applications

"The topics of this research training group are highly relevant for developing the biotechnology industry in both countries," Michael J. Winckler, Programme Coordinator at Heidelberg, said in a statement. 

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The six institutes -- Indian Institutes of Technology at Guwahati, Kanpur and Madras, University of Allahabad, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University -- will partner with Germany's Heidelberg University, and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Pixabay

In a bid to promote the use of big data methods in biological applications, six Indian institutes of higher education on Wednesday established the first joint Indo-German research training group (RTG).

The six institutes — Indian Institutes of Technology at Guwahati, Kanpur and Madras, University of Allahabad, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University — will partner with Germany’s Heidelberg University, and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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The first funding of the programme will be between 2019 and 2025 with an investment of three million euros each from Heidelberg and DBT, the statement said. Pixabay

The programme aims at setting up as many as 50 Ph.D. projects, on “Bio Big Data Science”, which will be supervised by research teams consisting of leading Indian and German scientists.

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“The topics of this research training group are highly relevant for developing the biotechnology industry in both countries,” Michael J. Winckler, Programme Coordinator at Heidelberg, said in a statement.

The first funding of the programme will be between 2019 and 2025 with an investment of three million euros each from Heidelberg and DBT, the statement said. (IANS)