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From Today's Papers - 20 Jun 2015

India, Tanzania join hands to fight terror
KV Prasad

Tribune News Service

Seeking to strengthen its ties in Africa, India on Friday offered to develop the potentially rich natural gas sector in Tanzania while both countries decided to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism besides expanding in other areas.

According to reports, recent offshore findings have pushed Tanzania's current natural gas reserves to 55 trillion cubic feet. The findings over the years have increased and attracted the attention of a number of major energy companies, including from Europe and the US.

"Terrorism in our respective regions is a concern for both countries. We have agreed to establish a Joint Working Group to strengthen our cooperation in counter terrorism," Modi said during a joint media interaction with visiting Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was present during the talks.

The PM said ways to enhance cooperation in the maritime sector and ocean economy figured in the talks, noting that both countries have a common interest in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region. "We are ready to expand cooperation in counter-terrorism and maritime security," he said.

Both countries signed eight Memoranda of Understanding that seek to expand cooperation in various fields, including a loan between the Exim Bank and the Tanzanian Government to extend US $268 million line of credit for a pipeline project. The other areas included hydrology, tourism and agriculture.

On trade ties with the African country, the PM said the US $4 billion balance is heavily in favour of India. He urged the Tanzanian President to open more sectors for investments and exports. The PM also announced that India will soon extend e-tourist visa scheme to Tanzanian tourists.

The Tanzanian President said India deserved a permanent membership of the UN Security Council and Tanzania would continue to back New Delhi for it.
From Siachen to Kanyakumari: How defence forces are readying for Yoga Day
The Indian defence forces are putting up a consolidated effort to ensure that the International Yoga Day is a complete success. To achieve that, they have been putting up regular practice sessions no matter where they be.

Be it at the base camp at the world’s highest battlefield, Siachen to the southernmost part of the country at Kanyakumari or on sea. And its not just the Army, the Navy & the Air Force, even the NCC cadets can be seen practicing yoga at various places in the country.

These pictures have been tweeted by the PM Narenndra Modi and the Ministry of Defence spokesperson Sitanshu Kar.
The UN General Assembly had in December last year adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member states, declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognising that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being”.
One strike corps of Indian Army to join Yoga Day celebrations in Mathura

MATHURA: The Mathura-based One Strike Corps of Indian Army will also organise a special Yoga camp at its helipad ground here on Sunday to mark the International Yoga Day.

"Yoga, an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition, embodies unity of mind, body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment. It not only brings harmony between man and nature but also inculcates holistic approach to health and well being," Basant Kumar B Pande, Group captain and Public Relations Officer of Arm ..

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