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Ageing Germany welcomes Indians
Report dated 29/04/2013 @ 1:39 PM
"India has what Germany needs and Germany has what India needs", said German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner, while speaking at a launch of a road-show by the German House for Research and Innovation, in Delhi. The event showcases education opportunities for Indian students in Germany. In 2025, Germany will have a minus 6.3 million workforce because they are an older society than India that is a young society with millions of students and young people who need training, education and jobs.
Ambassador Steiner pointed out that Germany with top universities and institutions is equipped to meet the requirements of Indian students.
Addressing students at an Engineering and Technology College, Steiner said when PM Manmohan Singh recently visited Germany there was an understanding between the two countries that they should exploit the demographic advantages they have. He called it brain circulation, not a brain drain.
India 8th on list of world's 27 most powerful nations
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:27 PM
In a new study conducted by Delhi-based Foundation for National Security Research (FSNR) India is in eighth position among the world's 27 most powerful nations.
The 'national power' a group of strategic experts and scholars participated in the study and judged 'national power' by indices including energy, security, population, tech capability etc.
Though China was second on the list after the US, Chinese foreign affairs capability is comparable to India's. Introducing the study Professor Satish Kumar said the group evolved a criterion consisting of elements such as population over 50 million; GDP above US$ 500 billion; defence expenditure above US$ 5 billion.
The study also says India's military capability is at 7th position on the list, its technological capability at 17th position and its energy security at 20th position. Foreign affairs capability showed India at 11th position.
India raises Minister’s detention issue with US State Department
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:27 PM
An Indian embassy spokesman announced they have taken a serious view of the way UP minister Azam Khan was treated at Logan International Airport in Boston and raised the issue with the State Department in Washington.
Khan a leader of the ruling Samajwadi Party and Urban Development minister of the state was detained at Boston airport for questioning after he landed there on a British Airways flight from India.
As a result Khan decided to cancel his trip to Harvard University where he was invited to speak, and return home. He was accompanying chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on the trip.
The Samajwadi Party has sought an apology from the US for the 'insult'.
Malaysia NRI gunned down in Kuala Lumpur
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:25 PM
R Kaarikalan, a barber, was driving to his shop in the capital Kuala Lumpur, when two gunmen drew up alongside him and fired some 8 to 10 shots at him. The man slumped down in his seat after being hit twice and his mother who was with him sustained minor injuries.
Police rushed him to hospital where Kaarikalan succumbed to his injuries an hour later.
Police have not ruled out a case of mistaken identity.
UP CM Yadav also cancels India consulate reception
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:22 PM
The Indian consulate in New York has announced that due to unavoidable circumstances, a reception at the Consulate General of India in New York that was to be hosted in honour of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, has been cancelled.
CM Yadav also boycotted the Harvard lecture he was to deliver. This was a gesture to protest against his minister Azam Khan's humiliating detention at Boston Airport.