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Union Cabinet approves decentralization of existing chartering arrangements

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New Delhi: The union cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to the proposal of the shipping ministry for decentralizing existing chartering arrangements to provide flexibility to state government departments and public sector undertakings (PSUs) to make their own shipping arrangements for ocean transportation of cargo.

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Official sources said the measure was aimed at helping various departments and PSUs in taking quick decisions to efficiently manage their cargo supply and logistic chain operations and add to their competitiveness.

The sources said the central government departments under them can make their own shipping arrangements of bulk cargo, both dry and liquid. This will be subject to their following the present government policy including right of first refusal to Indian ships.

The move of enabling direct chartering arrangements will not only give flexibility to government departments and PSUs to make tailor made solutions for cargo operations in a dynamic global shipping market but will also promote Indian tonnage, the sources said.

(IANS)

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)