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New York: With External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj holding separate dialogues with leaders of the Caribbean and Latin American nations on Wednesday, India looks to have bolstered its relations  with the two major blocs of the region.

Sushma Swaraj attended the India-CELAC quartet ministerial meeting and hosted the India-CARICOM foreign ministers’ meeting here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is an organisation of 15 Caribbean nations and dependencies to promote economic integration and cooperation among the members.

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) is a regional bloc of 33 Latin American and Caribbean states.

Quite a few of the nations in both groups, including Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, have a substantial Indian-origin population, of Indians who migrated here in the 19th and early 20th century to work in the sugarcane fields.

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“India’s ties with the Caribbean region are historic,” Sushma Swaraj said in her address at the India-CARICOM ministerial meeting, according to tweets posted by external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

“India and Caricom share similar concerns & common aspirations for accelerated economic development and eradication of poverty,” she said at the meeting.

“India offers assistance to Caribbean countries in capacity building, IT, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, SMEs, and many other areas,” she said.

She also called for partnership with CARICOM on text-based negotiations for UN Security Council reform.

She then attended the India-CELAC Quartet Ministerial Meeting.

“Our two-way trade with CELAC is $46 billion. We should boost cooperation in energy, Science & Technology, health care, agro chemicals,” she said at the meeting.

She also called for India-CELAC coordination on global issues like international terrorism, climate change and UN Security Council reform.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999 and died of pneumonia in April 2014 in Mexico City at the age of 87

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Google celebrates the 91st birthday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Wikimedia Commons
Google celebrates the 91st birthday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Wikimedia Commons
  • Google celebrates the 91st birthday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Also known as Gabo, he was a Columbian novelist
  • He was also a Nobel Prize winner

Search engine Google on Tuesday celebrated the 91st birthday of Columbian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a doodle.

Affectionately known as Gabo throughout Latin America, Marquez is considered as one of the significant authors of the 20th century. He was also a famed short-story writer, screenwriter and a journalist.

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Google honoured Gabo with a doodle. Wikimedia Commons

He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for his literary contribution, especially for his short stories and novels.

The doodle highlights the magical city of Macondo which was brought to life by the author is his famous book “A Hundred Years of Solitude”. The book eventually became a bestseller, with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

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Some of his other acclaimed books are “The Autumn of the Patriarch”, “Love in the Time of Cholera”, and “Chronicles of a Death Foretold”. His last work “Memories of My Melancholy Whores” was published in 2004.

Born in the year 1927 in Aracataca, Colombia, he has penned over 25 books, transporting readers into a world of magical realism where they find themselves in the lush, humid tropics – mouldering into solitude or being slowly consumed by the throes of passion.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez  is also a Nobel Prize winner. Wikimedia Commons
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is also a Nobel Prize winner. Wikimedia Commons

Marquez’s keen sense of political activism and courage also allowed him to author a number of non-fictional works that eloquently document the times that he lived in, “News of a Kidnapping” is among the most famous of these.

During the Cuban Revolution, Marquez also shared a close friendship with Fidel Castro.

Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999 and died of pneumonia in April 2014 in Mexico City at the age of 87. IANS