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International Design Competition for National War Memorial likely to be conducted in 2 phases in New Delhi

The top nine entries shortlisted from Stage 1 submissions will be eligible for the prize of $2,000 each for the memorial and $3,000 each for the museum

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New Delhi, August 31, 2016: The International Design Competition for the national war memorial and museum announced on India’s 70th Independence Day on August 15 will be conducted in two stages, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

In Stage 1, the competitors are required to submit their online entries for the National War Memorial by October 2, 2016 and for the National War Museum by October 15, 2016, the ministry said in a statement here.

The top nine entries shortlisted from Stage 1 submissions will be eligible for the prize of $2,000 each for the memorial and $3,000 each for the museum.

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These top nine entries thereafter will be eligible to participate in the Stage 2 of the contest, for which they will have to submit detailed designs, including 3D models and present their design plan before an eminent panel of jury.

“The National War Memorial will honour the memory of all soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. It would combine architectural aesthetics and public sentiment, and serve as a place for people to show their respect for soldiers, for their extraordinary efforts to protect the nation,” the statement said.

The selected site is located in the heart of New Delhi, within the C-Hexagon, close to India Gate.

“The National War Museum will be an institution to collect, preserve, interpret and display military artefacts, portray significant events of our nation’s wars and conflicts and related objects of historical importance for education and promoting patriotism,” the statement added.

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The selected site for the museum is Princess Park near India Gate.

The first prize for the National War Memorial competition is $30,000 and for the National War Museum competition is $75,000.

The second prize for the National War Memorial competition is $25,000 and for the National War Museum competition is $50,000, and the third prize for the National War Memorial competition is $20,000 and for the National War Museum competition is $25,000.

The International Design Competition for the Memorial and Global Architectural Competition for the Museum was announced on 15 August 2016 on MyGov.in portal. (IANS)

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Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday accused Israel of looking for war and warned that its actions and those of the United States were increasing the chances of a clash in the region.

Addressing the Munich Security Conference, Mohammad Javad Zarif, also criticized the U.S. administration after Vice President Mike Pence this week called on European powers to pullout of the nuclear deal with Iran. Zarif urged France, Germany and Britain to do more to save that accord.

“Certainly, some people are looking for war… Israel,” Zarif said. “The risk [of war] is great. The risk will be even greater if you continue to turn a blind eye to severe violations of international law.”

Accusing Israel of violating international law after bombing campaigns in Syria, Zarif criticized European powers for not calling out Israel and the United States for their behavior in the region.

“Israeli behavior is putting international law on the shelf, U.S. behavior is putting international law on the shelf,” he said.

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Accusing Israel of violating international law after bombing campaigns in Syria, Zarif criticized European powers for not calling out Israel and the United States for their behavior in the region. VOA

Speaking to his Cabinet on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iranian belligerence was the main destabilising factor in the entire Middle East.

“We must deny Iran nuclear weaponry and block its military entrenchment in Syria. We will continue taking constant action to ensure Israel’s security,” he said in remarks broadcast on Israeli media.

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Vice President Pence on Friday accused Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism, maintaining his harsh rhetoric against Tehran just a day he attacked European powers for trying to undermine U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Zarif said the U.S. had an “unhealthy” and “pathological obsession” with Iran and accused Pence of trying to bully his allies.

“All in the name of containing Iran, the U.S. claims, and some blindly parrot, that it is Iran that is interfering in the region, but has it been asked whose region?” Zarif said.

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Zarif said the U.S. had an “unhealthy” and “pathological obsession” with Iran and accused Pence of trying to bully his allies. VOA

“Look at the map, the U.S. military has traveled 10,000 kilometers to dot all our borders with its bases. There is a joke that it is Iran that put itself in the middle of U.S. bases.”

Zarif, who said Iran was committed to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers for now, also accused France, Britain and Germany of not doing enough to ensure Tehran received the economic benefits of that accord.

These three countries this month set up the Instrument In Support Of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), a new channel for non-dollar trade with Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions. But diplomats say it is unlikely to allow the big transactions that Tehran says it needs to keep a nuclear deal afloat.

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Washington’s major European allies opposed last year’s decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to abandon the deal, which also includes China and Russia, under which international sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for Tehran accepting curbs on its nuclear program.

“INSTEX falls short of commitments by the E3 [France, Germany, Britain] to save the nuclear deal,” Zarif said. “Europe needs to be willing to get wet if it wants to swim against the dangerous tide of U.S. unilateralism.” (VOA)