For the first-time, troops of a foreign army are serving under command of an Indian Army battalion at a United Nation mission. A company comprising 120 soldiers of Kazakh army were inducted with the 11 Jat infantry battalion of the Indian Army in Lebanon. With a total strength of 850 troops, Indian and Kazakh army are co-deployed in a mountainous, tough terrain along the Blue Line that demarcates Lebanon and Israel. While 90 soldiers from the Kazakh army will be deployed in the area under control of the Indian Army battalion, 30 of them will be placed at the battalion headquarter. Last year, two teams of the Indian Army went to Kazakhstan to make an assessment of the training requirements of their troops for common operational needs. Thereafter 30 troops from the Kazakh Army were trained in Delhi alongside 11 Jat soldiers to prepare for the UN mission.
Foreign Office Consultations between India and Tajikistan took place in New Delhi. Both sides exchanged views on topical issues of regional and international agenda.
In an Article titled “Seven Facets of the Great Steppe”, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has written: ’Ancient India with its rich polyethnic culture and the modern Indian people are naturally considered as one unique civilization, continuing its development in an uninterrupted stream of history. And this is the right approach, allowing you to understand your origins, and indeed the entire national history in all its depth and complexity.’’
International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), one of India's leading chains of hospitality management institutes will open its ninth centre in Samarkand, Uzbekistan in collaboration with Samarkand Institute of Economics and Services. Faculty will be a mix of Indian and Uzbek professionals. Tourism is important for Uzbekistan and training students in hospitality will help promote tourism to the country.
The five Central Asian economies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, hold nearly 31.26 billion barrels and 415.4 trillion cubic feet of oil and gas reserves respectively. Given the enormous and ever-increasing energy demand of India and the significance of Central Asia in connecting India to Russia and Eastern Europe countries, the region is a natural geo-strategic partner for India.
India and Kazakhstan propose to take their bilateral trade to US$ 5 billion from the current US$ 1 billion. During a bilateral Investment Forum held in Delhi, the two sides discussed potential of Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran-India multi-modal connectivity corridor which can be further linked to Russia. More than 50 Indian companies attended the forum. Indian businessmen expressed interest in agricultural, ore-mining, engineering, telecommunications, healthcare and other projects.
Indian students in Kazakhstan appear to be shaken after some of them were subjected to muggings and assaults. Latest case in this was a 23-year-old medical student who was recently found dead under mysterious circumstances.
December 28, 2018