Yuva Sai Sagar

Online news channel!

Tag: png

Nepal denies rumours of expelling Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae

Kathmandu: Nepal has rubbished rumours of plans to expel Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae following the cancellation of President Bidhya Devi Bhandrai’s visit to New Delhi and the recall of its envoy from New Delhi.

File image of Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. AFP

File image of Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. AFP

Rumours were circulating in Kathmandu from Sunday that the government was preparing to declare Rae, who was said to have breached several diplomatic norms – including the Vienna Convention, as persona non-grata (PNG). This means his diplomatic immunity would be withdrawn.

The rumours gained ground after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli cancelled Bhandarai’s visit and recalled Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Uphadhya apparently in retaliation of India’s supposed hand in toppling his government.

After some media outlets reported that a closed door meeting at Oli’s residence discussed the possibility of declaring Rae PNG, this simultaneously created turmoil in New Delhi and Kathmandu prompting Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa to issue a statement on Sunday evening saying: “Some media speculation regarding Nepal government mulling over the expulsion of Indian Ambassador Rae is baseless and is aimed at damaging Nepal-India relations.”

President Mukherjee wraps six-day state visit to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday left for home from Auckland, wrapping up his six-day official visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and New Zealand where he met top leaders of the two countries and inked a few important deals as part of India’s ‘Act East’ policy.Concluding the three-day visit to New Zealand as part of the second leg of his two-nation tour, Mukherjee talked about co-operation in agriculture, dairy, food processing, education and skill development as well as high technology between the two countries. During the course of the visit, India and New Zealand also signed a deal that opens the door for direct flights between the two countries with an aim to boost tourism and trade sectors.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mukherjee’s trip is the first high-level visit from India in 20 years after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to the island nation.
ALSO READ Without dissent, parliamentary system is dysfunctional: President MukherjeeProminent amongst whom he met here include New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister John Key. Earlier, as part of his two-day maiden state visit to PNG, the President had sought for freedom of navigation saying sea lanes of communications should be devoid of tension and rivalry.The two nations, as part of measures to strengthen bilateral ties and ensuring energy security, signed a few agreements even as India offered a US $100 million line of credit for development of infrastructure in PNG and agreed to jointly develop new avenues of cooperation to explore and develop the Pacific nation’s vast oil and gas resources.India also offered the country, during the visit, its technology, financial wherewithal, skilled manpower and institutional support to harness the mineral-rich country’s abundant natural resources and establish mutually beneficial economic and commercial ventures. The President, while in PNG, met his counterpart Sir Michael Ogio.

President Pranab wraps up six-day state visit to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea

Auckland: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday left for home from Auckland, wrapping up his six-day official visit to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand where he met top leaders of the two countries and inked a few important deals as part of India’s ‘Act East’ policy.

President Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

President Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

Concluding the three-day visit to New Zealand as part of the second leg of his two-nation tour, Mukherjee talked about cooperation in agriculture, dairy, food processing, education and skill development as well as high technology between the two countries.

During the course of the visit, India and New Zealand also signed a deal that opens the door for direct flights between the two countries with an aim to boost tourism and trade sectors.

Mukherjee’s trip is the first high-level visit from India in 20 years after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to the island nation.

Prominent amongst whom he met here include New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister John Key.

Earlier, as part of his two-day maiden state visit to PNG, the President had sought for freedom of navigation saying sea lanes of communications should be devoid of tension and rivalry.

The two nations, as part of measures to strengthen bilateral ties and ensuring energy security, signed a few agreements even as India offered a USD 100 million line of credit for development of infrastructure in PNG and agreed to jointly develop new avenues of cooperation to explore and develop the Pacific nation’s vast oil and gas resources.

India also offered the country, during the visit, its technology, financial wherewithal, skilled manpower and institutional support to harness the mineral-rich country’s abundant natural resources and establish mutually beneficial economic and commercial ventures.

The President, while in PNG, met his counterpart Sir Michael Ogio.

India offers support to Papua New Guinea to establish mutually beneficial ventures

Port Moresby: India offered Papua New Guinea its technology, financial wherewithal, skilled manpower and institutional support to harness the mineral-rich country’s abundant natural resources and establish mutually beneficial economic and commercial ventures.

Addressing the business leaders of Papua New Guinea, President Pranab Mukherjee underlined that the Pacific country’s economic growth does not truly reflect the potential of a country blessed with abundant natural and mineral resources.

“The challenge for Papua New Guinea is how to best utilise these abundant natural resources for value addition, generating employment and economically empowering her people,” he told members of the Papua New Guinea Business Council here.

File photo. ReutersFile photo. Reuters

File photo. Reuters

The first Indian President to visit Papua New Guinea, he said the exclusive economic zone of PNG, spread 3.1 million square kilometer, is the guarantee of future growth of this region and would provide the opportunity to the island country to lead the Pacific Ocean.

“From our experiences we can suggest to the government and policy makers of Papua New Guinea, that if you want to achieve self sufficiency in food production, you can achieve it with the application of appropriate technologies, by increasing yield per hectare, by the use of varieties of new fertilisers and an effective use of fresh water,” he said.

The President said India’s policies have created an environment for indigenous commercial, industrial and manufacturing entities to grow and sustain themselves.

He noted that economic and commercial relations between the two countries have not grown in proportion to the actual capabilities and capacities, but both recognise that they stand at the cusp of a breakthrough.

The President said India fully supports the developmental aspiration of Papua New Guinea and that a country’s natural resources should be used to support its people.

Mukherjee said there are mutual complementaries in many fields between India and Papua New Guinea which both countries can work together to improve industry practices and productivity.

“India has the agricultural knowledge and technology to boost agricultural productivity, Papua New Guinea has an abundance of fertile lands and ideal conditions for agriculture along with the availability of fresh water,” he said.

The President said while India has one of the biggest jewellery industries in the world, Papua New Guinea has gold; India has a huge energy requirement, Papua New Guinea has huge resources of Natural Gas and petroleum.

“Rice is a staple food in Papua New Guinea, as it is in large parts of India; not only is India one of the largest producers of rice in the world, but we are also the world’s largest producer of fruits, vegetables and milk,” he said.

The President said close co-operation between the two countries could bring opportunities, growth and progress as well as prosperity to the peoples of both countries and a globalised world economy provides the two countries an opportunity that should be seized.

“Let us commit ourselves to realise the potential that exists between our two countries, which will not only bring both countries closer, but in doing so will also uplift the condition of our peoples,” he said.

Mahatma Gandhi’s message still relevant in today’s world: President Pranab Mukherjee

Port Moresby: The teachings of Mahatma Gandhi are still relevant in a world vexed with “intolerance and extremism”, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday as he reminded the international community of the true values of harmonious co-existence and mutual respect.

Addressing the students and faculty of the University of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in Port Moresby, Mukherjee said the vision and teachings of the father of the nation “remind humanity of the true values of harmonious co-existence and mutual respect and the need to work together for the equality and freedom of all individuals.”

Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

“Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation continues, to this day, to be revered all over the world as a beacon of peace and apostle of non-violence…in a world that is increasingly vexed by intolerance and extremism, the life and message of this great man remain an inspiring example of the power of truth and universal brotherhood,” he said.

Mukherjee, who is the first Indian President to visit PNG, called his trip “historic.”

The University campus also has a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, installed in 1997, to which the President paid his respects before making the speech.

“Gandhiji had viewed education as an integrated approach to all round personality development. He was emphatic about the difference between learning and true education, knowledge and actual wisdom and between literacy and the real lessons that we learn from life.

“We, in India, have tried to adhere to these principles as we pursue our goals in the education sector through our national planning and human resource development programmes,” he said.

Stating that India attaches “high value” to the close friendship that exists between it and the island countries of the Pacific ocean, he said PNG has a key role in India’s extended “Act East” policy and views it as a gateway to closer cooperation with the Pacific Island countries.

He recounted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the Summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation in Fiji in 2014, had announced a number of initiatives for assisting the Pacific Island countries.

“These were aimed at supporting their efforts towards their developmental goals and aspirations and addressing their specific concerns related to climate change and sustainable development.

“I am happy to note that my government has delivered on these through financial assistance, deputation of Indian experts to PNG, training of your citizens in India and simplifying the visa process which has been reciprocated by government of PNG yesterday at the banquet hosted in my honour,” he said.

The President extended invitation to students from PNG to take advantage of the scholarships announced by the country for scholars of these countries and attend institutions of higher education and centres of excellence in India.

Sea lanes should be free of tension and rivalry, says President Mukherjee

Amid concerns over China’s maritime assertiveness, India on Thursday called for freedom of navigation saying sea lanes of communications should be devoid of tension and rivalry.”India does not see itself as in competition with any country in this regard,” said President Pranab Mukherjee who is on a maiden two-day state visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG), the largest island in the Pacific region. He also said that India was not in competition with anyone in tying up on security cooperation with PNG.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All sea lanes of communications should be free of tension and rivalry, Mukherjee said in an interview to the ‘Post Courier’ newspaper. He was replying to a question about the future of security cooperation between PNG and India against the backdrop of strong Chinese military presence in the region.The waters and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of Pacific Island countries have seen a surge of illegal activities such as smuggling, illegal fishing, human trafficking, drug trafficking which impact on the economy and political security of the Pacific Island Countries, the President said.”We are ready to cooperate with Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Island Countries in helping them secure their EEZs and also helping in disaster warning and disaster mitigation. We are ready to share satellite images developed by Indian satellites for early warning system and to help map the natural resources of each country using our satellite system,” he said.”Maritime security, terrorism and piracy are major concerns to the whole world today and also for India and Papua New Guinea,” he said.During the FIPIC-2 (Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation) Summit in Jaipur, India offered a Coastal Surveillance Radar System to the Pacific Island countries, including Papua New Guinea. It has also offered to provide Coast Guard vessels, he said.The President, who arrived here this morning and was accorded a ceremonial reception which included a 21 gun salute, said the underlying narrative of India’s engagement with the developing world is “non-exploitative and developmental”.”Having endured colonial exploitation, India is acutely conscious of the fact that bilateral relationships have to be based on mutual benefit. India, therefore, believes in capacity building and assistance based on priorities determined by the recipient country,” he said.Mukherjee invoked “Vasudeva Kutumbakam” (The whole world is one family) as the guiding principle of India’s diplomacy.”We have an ancient saying Vasudeva Kutumbakam’…This is the philosophy that permeates our relations with all foreign countries,” he said.

© 2020 Yuva Sai Sagar. Theme by Anders Norén.