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Indian embassy celebrates as the Indian Arabic magazine 'Sawtul Hind' reaches 500th edition

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  • The Arabic magazine ‘Sawtul Hind’ published by the Indian embassy reaches a milestone next week as it publishes its 500th edition
  • The launch of the 500th commemorative issue of the magazine will be celebrated in Cairo
  • A photo exhibition will be featured as the celebration of Sawtul Hind’s 500th issue from July 17 to 20 at The Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation

New Delhi, July 12, 2017: The Indian Arabic magazine ‘Sawtul Hind’ published by the Indian embassy in Egypt for the past six decades is going to witness a milestone next week as it publishes it 500th edition depicting the strong bond and vibrant cultural exchanges between India and Egypt.

The launch of the 500th commemorative issue of the magazine will be celebrated by the Indian embassy at the Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation in Cairo on Monday, mentioned PTI report.

The first edition of ‘Sawtful Hind’ was published in 1952 and continues to be an interface between India and Egypt by collating information on the political, economical and cultural relationship between the two countries.

Sanjay Bhattacharya, India’s Ambassador to Egypt, wrote an editorial in the commemorative issue saying when a journal reaches its 500th edition, in a journey over six momentous decades, it becomes a “chronicle of history”.

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“Sawtul-Hind came to light as our nations emerged out of the shackles of colonialism as independent countries. India and Egypt were actively engaged in promoting South-South cooperation, growth of Non-Aligned Movement and encouraging regional and multilateral cooperation,” added Bhattacharya in the latest edition that will be released during the celebration on Monday.

The magazine is committed to continue its efforts to “feature the rich diversity of India, a nation with the confidence of a rich heritage and the optimism of a dynamic future,” said the ambassador.

A photo exhibition will be featured as a part of the celebration of Sawtul Hind’s 500th issue, displaying Sawtul Hind’s journey over the past six decades, through various covers of the magazine. The exhibition will be open for the visitors from July 17 to 20 at the hall of the Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation.

The launch ceremony will witness the performance of an Oriental Music group from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Egyptian Minister of Culture Helmy El Namnam is going to be the Chief Guest of the event.

Being one of India’s most important trading partner in the African continent; having mutual political understanding based on cooperation on bilateral, regional and global issues; India and Egypt, two of the world’s oldest civilizations have shared a history of close relationship from ancient times.

Three streets in Cairo are named after Indian leaders namely, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and Dr. Zakir Hussein.

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Iraq's individual provinces have been fighting for water, amid a general shortage.

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A girl drinks water in the street outside her tent at a camp for internally displaced people in western Baghdad, Iraq. VOA

Iraqi health officials say that a health crisis stemming from water pollution and a shortage of clean drinking water has worsened in recent days, as hospitals in the southern port city of Basra treat more than 1,000 cases of intestinal infections on a daily basis. The problem was exacerbated several months ago when Turkey cut back on water distributed to the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

A crowd of young men took to the streets on in the southern port city of Basra Tuesday, demanding the central government and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi increase the quantity of clean drinking water allotted to their province, otherwise it’ll lead to a health crisis. Abadi vowed to increase spending on infrastructure for the province during a visit to Basra in July.

A young man, whose friend was killed during a rally several weeks ago, broke down and sobbed over the protesters’ inability to force Iraqi leaders to improve the condition of public services in Basra, especially the region’s worn-out water infrastructure and insufficient quantities of drinking water allotted by the central government.

Some health officials in Basra warn that a cholera outbreak is possible due to water pollution and water-borne parasites that have made thousands of people sick in recent days. The director general of the Basra Health department, Riad Abdul Amir, told Al Hurra TV the situation continues to worsen.

He says more than 17,500 cases of intestinal ailments, resulting from contaminated drinking water, have been treated by Basra hospitals during the past two weeks, alone.

 

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The water network in Basra hasn’t been updated in at least 30 years. Pixabay

 

Abdul Amir says the problem stems from insufficient fresh water supplies coming into the city via canals and water pipes from the north.

“Salty water [which has infiltrated the water network],” he asserts, “is known to reduce the efficacy of chlorine used to treat and kill bacteria in drinking water,” he said.

Safaa Kazem, a docotor who has been treating dozens of cases of intestinal problems and diarrhea in Basra’s Sadr Teaching Hospital each day, says water from the city’s supply is not safe to drink.

She says the degree of water sterilization is minimal and that Basra’s water is very salty and has an extremely high level of microbes in it, along with a high degree of chemical pollution.

Basra Governor Assad al Edani told Al Hurra TV that his province has been suffering from numerous infrastructure problems for a long time.

He says the water network in Basra hasn’t been updated in at least 30 years and the old pipes often break, mixing drinking water with sewage.

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The degree of water sterilization is minimal. VOA

Edani says “not enough fresh water is arriving via the region’s only canal from Thi Qar province to the north.” He thinks a “strong current of fresh water will flush out salty water seeping into the water network from the sea.”

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Edani adds that the population of Basra has “more than doubled since the water network was last updated in the early 1990s.”

Iraq’s individual provinces have been fighting for water, amid a general shortage, since Turkey in early June severely curtailed the number of cubic meters of water it funnels into both the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. (VOA)