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- India’s External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj attended a two-day 15th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting
- BIMSTEC is a regional organization with seven states as its member
- The collective organization aims to harness shared and accelerated growth through mutual cooperation
Nepal, August 11, 2017: On a two-day visit to Nepal for the 15th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that the first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise scheduled for October this year will be hosted in India.
Keeping in view that the region is susceptible to a variety of disasters due to its geo-climatic conditions; a disaster management exercise can prove to be extremely helpful.The first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise will be held in India in October 2017, announced Swaraj, further adding “This will help us develop quicker, coordinated and comprehensive responses to disasters and provide timely relief and rehabilitation,” mentioned ANI report.
The first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise will be held in India in October 2017, announced Swaraj. She further adds, “this will help us develop quicker, coordinated and comprehensive responses to disasters and provide timely relief and rehabilitation,” mentioned ANI report.
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a regional organization with seven states as its member. The collective organization aims to harness shared and accelerated growth through mutual cooperation. Its seven members are-
- Sri Lanka
BIMSTEC objectives are to create an enabling environment for rapid economic development, accelerate economic growth and social progress, promote active collaboration and cooperation, and provide assistance in the form training and research facilities in education, professional and technical spheres.
Swaraj believes BIMSTEC is a natural choice for India to fulfill foreign policy priority of ‘Neighborhood First’ and ‘Act East’.
Currently, BIMSTEC is observing its 20th anniversary and Swaraj believes it is one of the fastest growing regions of the world. “BIMSTEC enjoys the unique strengths of connecting South and South-East Asia”. Viewing it as the natural platform to build our common future, she added “BIMSTEC represents our common desire for peace and development”, mentioned ANI report.
At the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit held in Goa last year, all attending leaders had pledged to make BIMSTEC stronger and result oriented thus, increasing its effectiveness to achieve greater connectivity, trade, people-to-people contacts, and sustainable use of resources.
Talking about the first meeting of BIMSTEC National Security Chiefs held in New Delhi this year, Swaraj explained that an all-inclusive approach has been adopted to tackle traditional and non-traditional security challenges that plague the region. Strategies are also in place to “counter scourge of terrorism, violent extremism, and transnational crimes, as also to strengthen our maritime and cyber security cooperation,” she said at the meeting.
The External Affairs minister talked about three major initiatives-
- Intra-Region Tourism
India’s external affairs minister also took the occasion to announce that intra-region tourism in New Delhi has witnessed a boost with the launch of BIMSTEC first-of-its kind Network of Tour Operators which has brought the industry and stakeholders across the region together. She believes the right promotion of intra-BIMSTEC tourist circuits and specific tourism products like the Buddhist circuit would allow tourists to be a part of a shared civilization’s culture of the BIMSTEC countries.
Swaraj also recognized at the meeting that softer infrastructural facilities like a Framework Agreement on Transit, Trans-shipment and movement of Vehicular traffic, and the Agreement on Coastal Shipping need to be in place at the earliest to enable smoother cross-border flow of people and trade activity.
- India’s Energy Resources
Commenting upon India’s abundant energy resources and caking energy a major driving force of this economic development, Swaraj also acknowledged the rapid cross-border exchange between India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. “The BIMSTEC MoU on grid interconnection which has been finalized would further facilitate regional energy trade”, she said.
The minister also took the opportunity to appreciate the magnanimous projects in place to harness renewable energy in India, adding that BIMSTEC countries should build a strong partnership in this regard “to tackle climate change” and “for a greener world tomorrow”, as reported by ANI.
- BIMSTEC Tele-medicine Network
It has been recently launched by one of India’s premier medical institutes JIPMER which was also talked about at the meeting in Kathmandu.
According to the ANI report, Swaraj shared that the network brings together ten best hospitals and medical institutes in a specific region to provide the best of tele-medicine services.
To discuss and reinforce the role of traditional medicine for holistic healthcare, the BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Meeting is set to meet in India in October 2017.
To mark the 20th Anniversary of BIMSTEC, India has plans to undertake a wide range of activities and initiatives that will involve several different institutions, associations and think tanks as the BIMSTEC stakeholders. Some of the initiatives include,
- Multi-sectoral conferences
- A trade and tourism expo
- A start-up summit to bring startups from different regions together and supplement innovation
- A business conclave to discuss ready-to-invest projects
- Festivals on Buddhist heritage, among other things
Sushma Swaraj further added, “these initiatives would not only promote trade, investments, innovations, and people-to-people contacts but would also enhance the visibility of ‘brand BIMSTEC.'”
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When it comes to our day-to-day life, there are several things which help us enhance our day with every step. One such thing is music. It enhances, motivates and boosts certain aspects of our personality in ways that may not come into notice. There have been several researches on how music affects human brain. Studies show it helps us in recovery and healing, and also, encouraging us to be better if exposed to the right kind and fit.
From kids to elderly, music as a commodity, can be consumed by all. It is the universal language that is spoken by each and every being, from animals to humans to plants, each respond to it in their own ways. Suffice to say, we are united by music and the effect it has over us. Plants, for example, grow better when exposed to good music. Many songs are being composed specifically to enhance and boost their growth. Same is the case for humans. For humans, the right kind of music can boost good health, physically as well as mentally. You might have noticed how in gyms, upbeat music is played. That is to channel energy into everyone present. It adds to the workout. Several researches around the world have shown better physical output when exposed to appropriate music. Fast paced songs with upbeat nature channeled speed and the slower ones slowed downs the listeners, without them noticing. The sub-conscious effects of music are continuously being studied.
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Our heart starts beating according to the music we are listening to.Unsplash
Listening to upbeat or happy music also reduces stress and pressure from our minds. Many people become relaxed while listening to calming music. This is why calming sounds are used during a yoga session. Classical music seems to have the same calming and soothing effect. Furthermore, classical music has much more advantages over metal or techno music, it has proven to enhance learning and improve sleep in its listeners. A study was conducted in which participants were divided in groups where one group was exposed to classical music, another to metal and last one was supervised without any music. The group exposed to classical music showed healthier sleeping pattern than the rest.
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Several brands and outlets encash on different characteristics of music. Calm and soothing music is used in spas to help customer relax. It is a known fact that our heart starts beating according to the music we are listening to. So, music with faster beats will have our heart beating faster and the slow one will have calmer effect. This is why slow music channels calm. And the same fact has led to faster and upbeat music being played in food outlets. A study conducted in a farm, where people were invited to have food, where one half was exposed to slower music and for other fast-paced music was played. Not only did the group exposed to fast-music ate faster but also ate more than the group who ate in slower one. Next time you are in a food outlet or a restaurant observe the kind of music they are playing and the eating pattern.
Music can even be a facilitator of communication. We can sometimes convey our thoughts through the medium of a song. Sometimes someone’s words justify our inner feelings better than us. Or sometimes a song brings back certain memory or a place, and takes us to that certain moment. To say music is a time-machine would not be wrong. It is a dynamic blessing that can be used throughout our lives.
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As more and more people are acknowledging the importance of their mental well-being, the wave of awareness the acknowledgment has brought is unprecedented. It may not have paved a clear path towards complete healing but it certainly has shown the way. The awareness is the key to heal. Healing begins only after the problem is identified. Similar to physical illness, the identification of the problem area is the first step. Even in case of a minor wound, when we go to the hospital the nurse first locates the wound. They, then, ask how we got hurt and identify the nature of the wound. Only then, they clean, put ointment and wrap it up if it needs wrapping and protection from air and dust. Sometimes, that protection is not needed. The wound heals out in the open. Same goes when it comes to healing of a mental trauma or illness. Sometimes, we confine in professionals or our loved ones, in order to let it out and process it openly. Sometimes, the trauma reduces with time. In any way, being aware and vigilant is the way to go.
Being knowledgeable about life in general, opens many channels for you. Being knowledgeable about yourself, opens gates inside you that lead to spiritual and general awareness about the concept of self. And the inner awareness is not necessarily internal, it can be seen from the outside as well. When we have positive energy from within it radiates physically as well. Have you encountered someone who’s spiritually awakened and aware? Do they stand out in the crowd? There are prominent examples of people who have made their mark in history, there is Swami Vivekanada, his awakening has revolutionised generations, one live example we can witness is The Dalai Lama.
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Healing is part of the spiritual journey.Unsplash
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Awareness is the first step towards the staircase of spirituality. Healing is part of that journey. In our world, we go by our lives without paying much attention to causes of our actions. Every little thing we do, we do it for a reason. We might be suffering without being aware of it. There might be certain actions which are screaming those are trauma-response and not really us. But we go by our days, without paying heed to the fact that it really is the small actions that carry weightage in our lives. When we become attentive and thoughtful with what we do, we introspect, and then act. Thoughtless actions do not bear much fruit anyway. Thoughtfulness not only benefits us personally, but makes world a better place to live in. It really is the need of the hour to introspect every little doing and if it does not fit with the idea of self, then, it is time to find the root cause of what has us where we are.
Being self-aware is crucial as a human quality as well. When we face our problems, we gain experience, that experience leads us to understand and empathise with others’ sufferings too. It is a wholesome development.
Key Words: Self-awareness, Spirituality, Thoughtfulness, Mental Health
Honestly, who hasn’t watched one of the epic series of HBO– Game of Thrones?
There’s no question that when the first episode of Game of Thrones was released on April 11, 2011, the youth population of the world became exuberant. The main reasons behind this reaction was, first, the theme of the show, and second, the hidden lessons which it put forward.
Some of the valuable lessons which the Game of Thrones taught us are:
1. The pack always survives. This aptly meant that whether your pack consists of your family or your friends, you are the strongest when you are surrounded by a support system. This is what Ned Stark taught his children, to be together when “the winter comes”.
2. Never forget who you truly are. One of the most important lessons was given by Tyrion Lannister. He taught us that we should never forget who we really are. This means that we must not forget our bad habits and where we lack. So, once we know who we are, no one could ever use our lagging points against us.
3. Reading is necessary. Tyrion Lannister said, “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.” There is absolutely no denying that reading is not a habit now-a-days, but a necessity. If you want to be sharp and smart, then you must devote sometime to books, for they would teach you a lot!
4. Always pay your debts. Well, one of the most philosophical and learned houses if Game of Thrones is House Lannister. And so, one of the sayings of their house is, “A Lannister always pays his debts.” From here we get another life lesson that we must always pay off what we owe from people.
5. Always believe, “You know nothing.” Ygritte said this to Jon Snow in a teasing manner. But, this is actually for all those who believe that they know each and everything. Well, never believe that you know everything. Always learn from new experiences and never hesitate to take advice from others.
So, these were five most significant lessons which the series Game of Thrones offered us. In reality, we all are aware of these lessons, but we never really work upon them. But now, let’s try to understand each lesson and become the heir someday!
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