Tuesday October 15, 2019
Home Lead Story World is More...

World is More Divided than Ever

Vyacheslav Nikonov, member of Russia's State Duma who was in Germany when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, said there was a growing gap

0
//
World, Divided, Berlin Wall
Martin Schulz, former President of the European Parliament, expressed his disappointment that bipolarity was still present, and voiced his concern about the "unpredictable way the US President is acting" that does not facilitate dialogue. Pixabay

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world is more divided than ever, thus dialogue was urgently needed to build a more inclusive and peaceful future, experts said at the opening of the two-day Rhodes Forum.

The 17th Rhodes Forum, titled “Global (dis)order: Towards dialogue-based worldviews”, on Friday brought together over 300 attendees from 50 countries and regions, including political leaders, business people and scholars, to discuss pressing issues facing the world today, reports Xinhua news agency.

Martin Schulz, former President of the European Parliament, expressed his disappointment that bipolarity was still present, and voiced his concern about the “unpredictable way the US President is acting” that does not facilitate dialogue.

Vyacheslav Nikonov, member of Russia’s State Duma who was in Germany when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, said there was a growing gap between the “two new poles, the West and greater Eurasia”.

World, Divided, Berlin Wall
The 17th Rhodes Forum, titled “Global (dis)order: Towards dialogue-based worldviews”, on Friday brought together over 300 attendees from 50 countries and regions, including political leaders, business people. Pixabay

The role of the European Union (EU) in the world facing growing uncertainties is also a hot topic here.

Schulz said that he was confident that the EU would not fall apart and could play a significant part in building bridges of communication.

“Support for the EU is growing after the start of the Brexit discourse, but the continent’s Achilles’ heel is the fact that what we are seeing is a more geopolitical Europe,” said Shada Islam, policy director of Friends of Europe, a leading Brussels-based think tank.

For his part, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert suggested keeping calm. “Despite strong rhetoric, the reality is different and no one is ready to pay a heavy cost with a confrontation,” he said.

Also Read- Teenage Boys Use Humour, Irony and Banter to Navigate Social Media Content

The Rhodes Forum is organised annually by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, an independent think tank headquartered in Berlin, whose goal is to forge shared world views through dialogue. (IANS)

Next Story

Air India becomes First Airline in World to Use “TaxiBot” on Airbus A320 Aircraft Operating Commercial Flight

Using this device, it is possible to tow the aircraft from parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off

0
Air India, Airline, World
Accordingly, the airline used the "TaxiBot" on its flight AI665 from Delhi to Mumbai at Terminal 3, IGI Airport. Pixabay

National passenger carrier Air India on Tuesday became the first airline in the world to use “TaxiBot” on an Airbus A320 aircraft operating a commercial flight.

As per aviation parlance, a “TaxiBot” or “Taxiing Robot”, is a pilot controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as an alternate taxiing equipment.

Accordingly, the airline used the “TaxiBot” on its flight AI665 from Delhi to Mumbai at Terminal 3, IGI Airport.

“Using this device, it is possible to tow the aircraft from parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off. Thus saving precious fuel and reduce Engine wear and tear,” the airline said in a statement.

Air India, Airline, World
As per aviation parlance, a “TaxiBot” or “Taxiing Robot”, is a pilot controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as an alternate taxiing equipment. Pixabay

“The ignition will be turned only when the aircraft reaches the runway. These TaxiBots will be used for departing flights only. This way, Air India will take a giant step towards curbing carbon emission, which will result in improving air quality and accelerate a greener aviation eco-system.”

Also Read- Physical and Psychological Stress during Pregnancy may Affect Baby’s Sex

According to the statement, usage of “TaxiBots” will significantly bring down fuel consumption by as much as 85 per cent used during taxiing of aircraft. (IANS)