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Indian Embassy organises second Diaspora event in Berlin

The agenda of this event was to deliberate upon various common issues of the states of India and Germany by the Indian associations and arriving at the mechanism for the scope of progress

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Berlin, Feb 28, 2017:  Indian Embassy in Berlin organised second diaspora event in the weekend, which marked the presence of prominent figures of Indian diaspora as well as several Indian associations. Representatives of 16 student associations also participated.

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The agenda of this event was to deliberate upon various common issues of the states of India and Germany by the Indian associations and arriving at the mechanism for the scope of progress.

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Embassy’s senior officers and consul generals of Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt along with the ambassador Gurjit Singh also participated in this event.

Indian Embassy’s various initiatives were accentuated in the conference that also incorporated many programmes of MEA, particularly by Overseas India Division.

In order to leverage the talents of Indian professionals and involve them in promotional start ups, Indian embassy has come up with initiatives like IPF (Indian Professional Forum) and Make In IndiaMittelstand (MIIM) and ISG (Indian Students German) portal. The objective of Make In India Mittelstand (MIIM) programme is to bring German companies to invest in India. ISG portal’s aim is to promulgate awareness.

In every two months the e-book chronicling the Embassy’s initiatives and activities will be uploaded on the website of the embassy. The book is chronicled by the Indian ambassador for strengthening the relationship between India and Germany.

Dr. Joachim Oestarheld, a prominent Researcher and Humboldt scholar held a guest lecture in the conference on the contributions of Indians in Germany.

Dr. V. S. Saravanan, University of Bonn spoke about his proposed research study on Indian Diaspora in Germany

Indian National Day Celebration Committee, a prominent association in articulated about various events undertaken by them in cooperation with the Embassy. The gathering at the conference also witnessed two Indian classical dance programmes exhibited by Ms. Elina Mullick (Kathak) and Ms. Janani Suresh (Bharatanatyam).

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar of NewsGram. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

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US Threatens German Government Against Using Huawei 5G Tech

It is a market that will be worth billions, as 5G will require compatible new phones and communications equipment

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Attendees pass by a Huawei booth during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 9, 2019. VOA

US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has sent a letter to the German government threatening to curtail access to American intelligence if Berlin decides to issue contracts to Chinese tech giant Huawei to build their 5G communications networks, the media reported.

“The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has indeed received a letter; there is no comment on its content from their side. There will be a quick reply,” CNN quoted Matthias Wehler, spokesperson at the German embassy in Washington D.C., as saying on Monday.

Germany announced on March 7 that it wouldn’t ban any company from bidding on 5G contracts.

The State Department has not commented on Grenell’s letter, but Garrett Marquis, a National Security Council spokesperson, outlined how Huawei’s 5G networks could pose a constantly evolving and shifting threat.

“Because 5G networks are largely software-defined, updates pushed to the network by the manufacturer can radically change how they operate,” Marquis told CNN.

“The 5G networks our allies buy won’t be the networks that they eventually operate, as the software could be changed on a moment-to-moment basis by the manufacturer.”

The letter follows similar warnings by President Donald Trump’s administration urging allies to ban or restrict Huawei products from their 5G networks due to its ability to compromise national security by selling equipment with “backdoors” that could allow for unauthorised surveillance.

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A man lights a cigarette outside a Huawei retail shop in Beijing. VOA

China and Huawei have vigorously pushed back on the US charges and the telecom giant last week filed a suit against Washington over the 2019 National Defence Authorization Act, which bans American federal agencies from buying Huawei products.

The lawsuit is Huawei’s most aggressive move yet to fight back against US claims.

Germany’s March 7 announcement follows a similar decision by the UK. Both countries argue they can mitigate any risks and their decisions could make it harder for Washington to convince smaller countries to follow suit.

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Security concerns have led Australia to completely ban the company’s technology and New Zealand has moved to partially restrict it.

The 5G network is the next generation of wireless networks that promises to be 100 times faster and more reliable than current technology.

It is a market that will be worth billions, as 5G will require compatible new phones and communications equipment. (IANS)