Chandigarh, Jan 8, 2017: The 21st National Youth Festival which is scheduled to begin on January 12 in Rohtak, will mostly be promoting digital economy. Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the function through video-conferencing.
The NYF will be organised from January 12 to 16 in the sports stadium complex of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. The theme of the event is – ‘Youth for Digital India’, an official spokesman mentioned today.
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would be present as the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the festival. Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Vijay Goel would be the guest of honour. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar would preside over the ceremony, mentioned PTI report.
The festival would experience active participation of youth from all over the country in various competitive and non-competitive events, the spokesman stated. A gala cultural event would take place during the opening ceremony, he said.
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Eminent scholars, youth icons, authors, and motivational speakers are expected to participate in the ‘Suvichar and Youth Convention of NYF-2017’.
State contingents would take part in competitive events such as folk dance, one act play in English and Hindi, classical vocal solo in Hindustani and Carnatic, various forms of folk music, classical instruments and classical dance, he said.
The festival would also project the policies and programs of the central government, including those being adopted to propagate digital economy, he said.
There will be Stalls for digital payment training to educate the masses about digital financial transactions and will provide necessary answers about the much-debated topic of a ‘Cashless Economy’.
The authorities have arranged to set up a number of ‘Selfie Spots’ with backdrops based on the ‘flagship’ program of the central government, the official informed.
Following the recent economic confusion the country has been subjected to, a convention like this is very much required to let the youth decide the pros and cons of the Government’s action on their own.
– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang
India and Canada pledged to fight terrorism in all its forms
Modi and Trudeau also agreed on the Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
Both the countries are looking forward to a cooperative future
India and Canada on Friday pledged to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations while declaring that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorist and violent extremist activities.
The assertion by the two countries came in a joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and assumes significance in the context of perceived softness on the part of Canada towards Khalistani separatists operating on its soil.
“Recognising that terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation to violence present acute challenges to global peace, stability and prosperity, the leaders resolved to combat terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations,” the joint statement said.
“They called for bringing terrorists to justice and holding accountable state sponsors of terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. They further emphasised that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorist and violent extremist activities.”
Modi and Trudeau also welcomed the agreement on a bilateral Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism that was signed between the two countries.
The Framework recognised the urgent imperative to disrupt recruitment, terrorist movements and the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, address the threat posed by cross-border and state-sponsored terrorism, stop sources of terrorist financing, dismantle terrorist infrastructure and prevent the supply of arms to terrorists and counter violent extremism and radicalisation to violence.
The two sides emphasised the need to deny operating space to terrorist and violent extremist groups.
Under the Framework, both sides committed to further develop exchanges and facilitate effective cooperation in the fields of security, finance, justice, and law enforcement, including, where appropriate, at the operational level.
It consists of institutionalised cooperation between the National Security Council Secretariat of India and the office of Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Advisor, and regular exchanges and coordination between India and Canada, which will be guided by the joint National Security Advisors’ Dialogue.
The joint statement further said that to reaffirm the importance of lawful commerce and the freedom of navigation and over-flight throughout the Indo-Pacific region, in accordance with international law, including the rights and jurisdiction of states under UN Convention for Law of the Sea (Unclos), the two leaders supported bolstering regional connectivity through transparent development of infrastructure and use of responsible debt financing practices, while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, the rule of law and environment.
Modi and Trudeau also expressed “strong concern” over the prevailing security situation in Afghanistan and the recent political developments in the Maldives and their implications for free society.
On the economic side, both leaders agreed to realise the full potential of bilateral trade and investment and both sides will renew efforts to expand and diversify bilateral economic and commercial relations.
“They will also intensify negotiations to finalise a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and a Bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement,” the statement said. Modi and Trudeau also agreed to strengthen bilateral and international cooperation to address climate change and secure a clean energy future and committed to promoting the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
“The leaders welcomed the initiative to establish the (India-initiated) International Solar Alliance to promote renewable energy for sustainable development,” the statement said. “They urged research institutions and industry in both countries to collaborate to promote greater use of solar technology.”
It stated that the two leaders “underscored the importance of accelerating the global transition to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy sources and acknowledged that renewable energy is a pathway to a low-carbon and more sustainable energy system”.
“Recognising the dynamic role of people-to-people ties in the India-Canada partnership, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to address consular issues of mutual concern through discussion between the concerned officials,” the statement said. “They welcomed the expansion of direct air connectivity between Indian and Canadian cities.” IANS