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Jammu and Kashmir integral part of India, says Algeria during Hamid Ansari’s visit

Amidst escalating Indo-Pak tension over Pakistan’s continuing support to cross border terror, Algeria has unequivocally conveyed that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and terrorism in all forms have to be eradicated.

Algeria has conveyed this to Vice President Hamid Ansari during his two-day visit to the North African country.

File image of Hamid Ansari. Reuters

File image of Hamid Ansari. Reuters

During the bilateral talks, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told the Vice President that his country fully supports India’s position on Jammu and Kashmir, a senior official accompanying Ansari said.

However, Pakistan’s name was directly not taken by either side.

New Delhi has always been maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and blames Pakistan for sponsoring cross border terrorism in the border state.

In an on board briefing, the Vice President said that during his five-day two-nation tour, the issue of terrorism was discussed with the top leaderships of both Algeria and Hungary.

Asked whether the issue of a third country’s support to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was figured in the bilateral talks with the two countries, Ansari said, “Everyone knows which one is the third country. Obvious is obvious. No need to take any country’s name.”

The Vice President said that in his discussions with Hungary and Algerian leaderships, menace of terrorism was discussed and their view was that it is a disease for the entire world and it has to be eradicated in all forms and manifestations.

Ansari said that Algeria had faced terrorism in the past and it was ended after years of efforts and at a great cost of hundreds of thousands of lives.

“There was not a single family who did not lose any of its member due to terror in Algeria,” he said.

The Vice President’s visit to the two countries came after a long gap — the last political visit to Hungary was of the then President Shankar Dayal Sharma’s in 1993 while a senior political functionary had visited Algeria in 1985.

“Political visits to the two countries were lacking and the trip was undertaken to reconnect the old ties. There were substantive discussions on various issues. It was a very satisfactory visit,” he told reporters accompanying him.

Ansari said that two agreements, including one on water management, were signed with Hungary while there was a key meeting on the possibility of setting up a joint venture fertilisers plant by Algeria and India in the north African country.

The meeting was held between Minister of State for Fertilisers and Chemicals Mansukh L Mandaviya, who was accompanying Ansari, and Algerian Minister of Industry and Mining Abdessalem Bouchouareb.

If the discussions lead to setting up of a joint venture mega fertiliser company in Algeria, the price of fertiliser in India is expected to come down along with the subsidy burden of the government with regard to fertiliser.

“The fertiliser plant is linked to our efforts for food security,” Ansari said.

The Vice President said there was substantive discussions on future cooperation in the sectors like phosphate, fertilisers, defence and security, peaceful use of nuclear energy and space.

During his discussions with Hungary’s President Janos Ader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other top leadership, both the countries favoured elimination of the menace of terrorism and sought a strong global legal framework and sustained global action to deal with the threat.

The Hungarian Prime Minister had said his country has set up a working group on technology to explore the possibilities of bilateral cooperation in various issues, including defence production for mutual benefits.

During his two-day visit to Algeria, Ansari had wide ranging discussions with Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Prime Minister Sellal and Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra and stressed on taking the India-Algeria ties to a new level and how to “rejuvenate” the bilateral relations, officials said.

Ronaldo gets support from coach to continue taking penalties | Reuters

PARIS Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to take penalties for Portugal despite losing his touch from the spot for both club and country, coach Fernando Santos said on Sunday.

Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer, missed a penalty in the 0-0 draw with Austria in Group F on Saturday and has failed to hit the target in four of his last five penalties for Portugal and Real Madrid.

“If there is a penalty in the next game, Cristiano Ronaldo will take it and he will score,” Santos told reporters. “He is used to scoring goals, he is a winner and he also reacts well when he makes a mistake. That is what we expect from him.”

Ronaldo, who won a record 128th cap on Saturday, has had a disappointing Euro 2016 so far, failing to convert any of several good chances as Portugal have drawn both of their games.

Left-back Raphael Guerreiro has increased the pressure on Ronaldo’s place as the free kick specialist after scoring with a superbly-taken effort in a 3-0 friendly win over Norway before the tournament when Ronaldo was not playing.

“Cristiano always wants to take the free kicks and it has always been him who has taken them,” said Santos. “If Raphael had not scored that goal, nobody would be talking about this.”

“We played really well against Austria without scoring and we have to continue with this attitude. We made Austria, who are ranked 10th in the world, look like a small team.”

Santos said Portugal should not be ashamed of “being ugly” and that he had told his family that he would not be coming home until the day after the Euro 2016 final when he expected a party.

“Sometimes, I get the feeling that we are ashamed about being ugly, or not being pretty,” he said. “If we have to be ugly and that brings us efficiency, we have to be ugly. I’m ugly by nature and I don’t mind being even uglier.”

Portugal need to beat Hungary on Wednesday to make sure of qualifying for the knockout stages but Santos said he would be staying in France until the final on July 10.

“I am only going back to Portugal on July 11 and I am going to be welcomed with a party,” he said.

(Writing by Brian Homewood. Editing by Adrian Warner)

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India, Mauritius sign MoU for research in traditional medicine, homeopathy

New Delhi: India and Mauritius have signed an agreement for cooperation in the field of traditional medicine and homeopathy, a move which will help both the nations to conduct joint research and exchange experts in these fields.

The MoU, signed during the recent visit of Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik to Mauritius, will promote cooperation in the field of traditional system of health and medicine between the two countries which already share these traditions due to their “unique historical and cultural ties”.

AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik

AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik

The agreement envisages exchange of experts, supply of traditional medicinal substances, joint research and development and recognition of the traditional systems of health and medicine in both countries, the ministry said in a statement.

“It also aims at promotion and popularisation of the various Indian traditional systems which fall under AYUSH,” it said.

Terming the agreement to be of “immense importance” to both countries, the ministry said that as a part of its mandate to propagate Indian systems of medicine globally, AYUSH has also entered into MoUs with China, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Hungary, Bangladesh and Nepal.

“The financial resources necessary to conduct research, training courses, meetings and deputations of experts will be met from the existing allocated budget and existing plan schemes of AYUSH.

“Both India and Mauritius share several cultural, historical, linguistic and literary similarities, traditional medicine including medicinal plants are promising areas which need to be further explored and can prove to be mutually beneficial to the people of the two countries,” the statement said.

It said that Mauritius also has a long history of traditional medicine and both countries share a common culture with respect to the ayurvedic system of medicine.

“Moreover, there are a large number of medicinal plants, particularly those found in the tropical region and are common to the two countries given similar geo-climatic factors,” it added.

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