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India accords high priority to its relations with Iran: Modi

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New Delhi: India accords high priority to its relations with Iran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif when the latter called on him on Friday.

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“The prime minister recalled his meeting with President (Hassan) Rouhani of Iran and reiterated that India attached high priority to its relations with Iran,” an official statement from the prime minister’s office said.

Modi also congratulated Iran for reaching an agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program with the P5+1 group of world powers – the US, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany – and expressed confidence that it would contribute to greater peace and stability in the region.

The prime minister also conveyed India’s commitment to work with Iran for the development of the Chahabahar port that would have far reaching benefits, not only for the people of India and Iran but also for Afghanistan and the entire Central Asia region.

Both the leaders also exchanged views on regional developments, including in Afghanistan, West Asia, and South Asia.

Foreign Minister Zarif stated that Iran considered India its strategic partner and could not forget the support India extended to Tehran during its difficult times.

Iran looked forward to working closely in all areas, including connectivity, oil and gas, investments, fertilizers, infrastructure development, among others, he said.

Zarif also extended an invitation on behalf of the president of Iran for Modi to visit that country.

The prime minister agreed to visit Iran at mutually convenient dates to be decided through diplomatic channels, according to the statement.

(IANS)

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84% Indians Hope to Retain Their Jobs Despite Automation: WEF

Indians see automation, but hopeful of keeping jobs

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Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs. (Representational Image) Pixabay

Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs, supported by their skills, according to a report by World Economic Forum (WEF) and Ipsos.

India tops the list in terms of expectation of jobs automation, as around 71 per cent respondents expect their jobs to be automated. Saudi Arabia comes second with 56 per cent respondents expecting jobs getting automated, and in China 55 per cent respondents feel the same.

“Interestingly, 84 per cent of urban Indians polled are confident of keeping their jobs, using the skills they possess. The survey also shows across all markets, Indians are most confident, followed by the Netherlands (83 per cent) and the US (82 per cent),” the report said.

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Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability. Pixabay

The markets least confident of holding onto their jobs in the face of automation, include Japan (23 per cent), South Korea (33 per cent) and Russia (50 per cent).

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Commenting on the survey, Parijat Chakraborty of Ipsos India said, “Indian job market is hierarchy driven, promotions are skills and performance-led. Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability; human intellect, skill-sets and capital will still be needed to get the job done.” (IANS)