3000 troops from member States of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will stage a joint counter-terrorism military exercise in Chelyabinsk, in west-central region of Russia, on 22nd-29th August, 2018. Contingents from all eight SCO member countries including India and Pakistan will participate in the exercise. India has selected 200 soldiers mainly from the 5 Rajput Regiment of the Indian Army and airmen of the Indian Air Force to participate in these exercises. Indian troops will use equipment of Russian defence forces. This will be the first joint military exercises between Indian and Pakistani troops, although soldiers from the two countries have worked together in third countries for over 60 years in peacekeeping operations under the United Nations.
Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) of Uzbekistan visited India to participate in Annual meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). He also held several bilateral meetings. Entire gamut of bilateral relations was reviewed in his meeting with EAM Sushma Swaraj. Both sides underscored the untapped potential in strengthening bilateral cooperation in diverse fields including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, textiles, construction, Information and Communication Technologies, innovation, tourism, and agreed to further strengthen this partnership through regular consultations and organisation of business-to-business interactions on focused areas of mutual interest. DPM met with Ministers of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Science and Technology, MOS of Commerce and Industry, Chemicals and Fertilizers, and External Affairs.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation attended high-level Conference on Water in Dushanbe. He described Tajikistan as a strategic partner in India’s neighbourhood, having a leading role in pioneering global water related issues. During his visit, he met the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan and discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation. Gadkari briefed the Tajik FM on current status of development of Chabahar port project. Both countries agreed to enhance economic cooperation, particularly in sustainable water development. Gadkari inaugurated the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Embassy of India.
Mayor of Pune joined mayors from several cities across the world to attend a two-day international '’Global Silk Road’' forum in Astana to mark the fifth anniversary of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and 20th anniversary of establishment of Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.
Several Indian companies including Indian Space Research Organization (Antrix), BrahMos Aerospace, Zen Technologies Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd and ELCOM Innovations Pvt. Ltd participated in the 5th International Exhibition of Weapons Systems and Military Equipment in Astana, Kazakhstan. 318 enterprises from 28 countries showcased the latest advances in military-industrial sector and space industry in the 4-day exhibition.
A 14-member delegation consisting of two officers and 12 cadets of National Cadet Corps (NCC) of India visited Kazakhstan under the Youth Exchange Programme between NCC and Voenni Kafedra of Kazakhstan. Cadets interacted and shared their experience with cadets of Voenni Kafedra of South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy, Shymkent, and Taraz State University, Taraz.
Number of Indian tourists visiting Kazakhstan showed a sharp rise of 68% in the first three months of 2018 as compared to corresponding period last year.
CII organised an interaction in New Delhi between Ambassadors of India to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with the Indian business community. Discussions on expanding cooperation in trade and investment with a wide cross-section of Indian business were held. Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar chaired the meeting.
Embassy of Kazakhstan in India organized a Reception to mark the 20th anniversary of establishment of Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The contribution of Kazakh capital in strengthening international peace and security was highlighted.
July 18, 2018