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Kuwait City, March 11, 2017: Kuwait is aiming to revive the silk road trade route by pumping millions into ‘silk city’. Thus, Kuwait is building one of the world’s longest causeways to its remote north.

Kuwait aims at reinvigorating the ancient silk road route establishing a major free trade zone linking the Gulf to central Asia and Europe, to inject life in uninhabited Subbiya region. The region has been chosen as the location for Silk City.

The 36-kilometre bridge, will cut the driving time between Kuwait City and Subbiya to 20-25 minutes from 90 minutes now.

Investment in the Silk City project is anticipated to top USD 100 billion, and a 5,000-megawatt power plant has already been constructed in Subbiya.

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The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway, named after the emir who died in January 2006. At a cost of 904 million dinars (USD 3.0 billion), it is one of the largest infrastructure ventures in the region, mentioned PTI.

It is already nearly three-quarters completed. Inspite of the sharp drop in oil income which made up 95 percent of public revenues, the emirate has pledged to keep spending on capital projects almost intact.

“The causeway project is a strategic link connecting Kuwait City to the northern region,” stated Ahmad al-Hassan, assistant undersecretary for road engineering at the public
works ministry.

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Kuwait boasts a USD 600-billion sovereign wealth fund, and is in the middle of a five-year development plan stipulating investments worth USD 115 billion.

He also stated that in order to the fully integrate residential Silk City, other economic ventures are in the pipeline for Subbiya and its surroundings. A large container port is also under construction on nearby Kuwait’s largest island Bubiyan.

Finishing the causeway and harbour projects will pave the way for transforming the area into a commercial and investment hub with a free trade zone planned on five small
islands nearby.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)