Friday, January 20, 2023

India pushes for greater trade and energy links to boost Sri Lanka’s recovery

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said India is a reliable neighbour, a trustworthy partner and one who is prepared to go the extra mile when Sri Lanka feels the need India on Friday made a pitch for greater energy and trade links with Sri Lanka to drive the island country’s economic recovery, even as external affairs minister S Jaishankar emphasised the importance of fully implementing measures to protect the interests of the Indian-origin Tamil minority. During Jaishankar’s meeting with President Ranil Wickremasinghe in Colombo, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on Indian grant assistance for community projects focused on education and health. Jaishankar also participated in the virtual inauguration of a dance academy and handing over of some 350 houses built with Indian aid. Jaishankar travelled to Colombo shortly after India became the first of the Sri Lanka’s creditors to back the country’s debt restructuring programme by sending financial assurances to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). China, India and Japan are the crisis-hit island country’s three main creditors. As China and India are not members of the Paris Club, it is essential for Sri Lanka to secure their financial assurances to get a bailout package from the IMF. At a joint media interaction with Sri Lanka’s foreign minister MUM Ali Sabry, Jaishankar said India will stand by Sri Lanka in its hour of need. “I would like to underline that India is a reliable neighbour, a trustworthy partner, one who is prepared to go the extra mile when Sri Lanka feels the need,” he said. Jaishankar pointed to the need to enhance links between the two countries in energy, trade and investment to boost Sri Lanka’s recovery from an unprecedented economic crisis. He noted that India extended $4 billion in terms of credit and roll-overs to help Sri Lanka get through the crisis, saying this was “an issue of ‘Neighbourhood First’”. “India will encourage greater investments in the Sri Lankan economy, especially in the core areas like energy, tourism and infrastructure. We count on the government of Sri Lanka to provide a more business-friendly environment to create a powerful pull factor,” he said. The use of rupee settlement for trade would be in the mutual interest of both countries, he added. Sri Lanka’s quest for energy security must “encompass the larger region” and Trincomalee can emerge as an energy hub, Jaishankar said. India is ready to be a reliable partner for such initiatives and the two sides have agreed in-principle on a renewable energy framework, he added. Last year, Sri Lanka signed a deal with a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for a long-gestating project to develop the Trincomalee oil tank farm, an 850-acre storage facility with a capacity of nearly one million tonnes. Jaishankar said the two sides can take more steps to make Sri Lanka’s tourism industry sustainable, such as strengthening connectivity, encouraging Indian tourists to make RuPay payments and utilising UPI. India is currently the largest source of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka. He also brought up India’s long-standing demand for further measures to protect the interests of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority. “India has always supported both the political and economic stability of Sri Lanka. The president briefed me on the question of political devolution and his thinking,” he said without giving details. He said he had shared with Wickremasinghe India’s “considered view that the full implementation of the 13th amendment and early conduct of provincial elections are critical”. He added, “Durable efforts towards reconciliation are in the interests of all sections in Sri Lanka. I also spoke of the need to pay special attention to the requirements of the Indian-origin Tamil community.” Jaishankar’s visit is also being seen as an opportunity to reset the relationship with Sri Lanka, which took a hit last year after Colombo allowed the Yuan Wang 5, a surveillance vessel of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), to visit the Chinese-controlled Hambantota port for replenishment. Officials on both sides have acknowledged that the development created a trust deficit, especially at a time when India is locked in a border standoff with China. While China has dragged its feet on providing financial assurances for Sri Lanka’s debt restructuring programme, people familiar with the matter said India has been more forthcoming. Jaishankar said India believes Sri Lanka’s creditors “must take proactive steps to facilitate its recovery”. He added, “India decided not to wait on others but to do what we believe is right. We extended financing assurances to the IMF to clear the way for Sri Lanka to move forward. Our expectation is that this will not only strengthen Sri Lanka’s position but ensure that all bilateral creditors are dealt with equally.” Sabry emphasised India’s role in Sri Lanka’s recovery and said: “It is no exaggeration to say that it was for the most part due to the enormous support amounting to $4 billion worth of credit lines provided by India, for the import of essential goods as well as other in-kind humanitarian assistance, that we were able to regain some measure of economic and financial stability.”

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Nagaland Board class 10th and class 12th exam date sheet out at

Nagaland Board of School Education has released the HSLC and HSSLC examination date sheet. Nagaland Board of School Education has released the HSLCE (Class 10) and HSSLCE (Class 12) exam timetables. NBSE HSLC 2023 exam will be held from March 10 to March 22, and the Nagaland board HSSLC 2023 exam will be conducted between March 9 and March 31. Students can check the NBSE HSLC and HSSLC dates sheets on the official website at Along with the class 10th and class 12th date sheets, NBSE has released the class 11th date sheet. The HSLC or class 10th and HSSLC or class 12th examinations will be conducted from 9 am to 12 noon. The class 11th examination will be conducted from 1 pm to 4 pm. Nagaland Board class 10th and class 12th exam date sheet NBSE HSLC class 10th date sheet March 10, 2023 English March 13, 2023 Science March 15, 2023 Second Language March 17, 2023 Social Science March 20, 2023 Mathematics March 22, 2023 Sixth Subject Vocational Subjects NBSE HSSLC class 12th date sheet March 9, 2023 English March 11, 2023 Geography/ Entrepreneurship/ Music March 14, 2023 History/ Accountancy/ Physics March 16, 2023 Alternative English/ Hindi/ Bengali/ Tenyidie/ Sumi/ Ao/ Lotha March 18, 2023 Sociology/ Business Studies March 21, 2023 Political Science/Fundamentals of Business Mathematics/Chemistry March 23, 2023 Education/Psychology March 25, 2023 Economics/Biology March 27, 2023 Computer Science/ Informatics Practices March 29, 2023 Philosophy/ Financial Market Management/Mathematics March 31, 2023 Vocational Subjects ( 9 am to 1 pm) Information Technology Enabled Services/ Retail/Healthcare/ Beauty and Wellness/Electronics and Hardware/Tourism and Hospitality/Agriculture/Automotive)

SC protects filmmaker Leena Manimekalai from arrest over ‘Kaali’ poster

Leena Manimekalai recorded her statement in the court that she did not intend to hurt religious sentiments of anyone and that the depiction of Goddess Kaali was to show her in an inclusive sense The Supreme Court on Friday protected filmmaker Leena Manimekalai from arrest and other coercive processes in connection with multiple criminal cases lodged against her over a poster of her documentary film featuring a woman dressed as Goddess Kaali and smoking. The reprieve from a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud came even as Manimekalai recorded her statement in the court that she did not intend to hurt religious sentiments of anyone and that the depiction of the Goddess was to show her in an “inclusive sense”. The bench, which also included justice PS Narasimha, took the filmmaker’s statement on record and directed that she will not be subjected to any coercive process, including arrest in the wake of the first information reports (FIRs) registered against her over the poster. The court issued notices to the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh for clubbing of the FIRs pending there at one place. “List the petition on February 20, 2023. In the meantime no coercive steps shall be taken against petitioner either on basis of the FIRs as noted above or pursuant to any other FIR which may have been or will be lodged in relation to the same offence,” stated the court order. The bench further noted that there is a look out circular (LoC) issued by the Madhya Pradesh police against Manimekalai since she is a Canada-based filmmaker, and said that no action will be taken by the airport authorities regarding the LoC too. The order added: “Multiple FIRs in several states will be a matter of serious prejudice. We issue notice to have all FIRs consolidated at one place and then the petitioner will be at liberty to file a Section 482 CrPc plea.” Section 482 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc) enables a person move the high court concerned for quashing of the FIRs. Advocate Kamini Jaiswal appeared for the filmmaker. The Madurai-born filmmaker shared the poster of ‘Kaali’ on the microblogging website, Twitter, in July 2022, and said the documentary was part of the ‘Rhythms of Canada’ segment at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. It triggered widespread fury on social media and prompted the Indian High Commission in Toronto to ask the authorities in Canada for removal of the posters. While Twitter pulled down the post, a flurry of FIRs were filed against her invoking Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). ‘Kaali’ is a movie about Manimekalai in whose body goddess Kaali inhabits and roams around the city streets. In a scene, the goddess in her body shares a cigarette with a homeless man. “In rural Tamil Nadu, the state I come from, Kaali is believed to be a pagan goddess. She eats meat cooked in goat’s blood, drinks arrack, smokes beedi [cigarettes] and dances wild … that is the Kaali I had embodied for the film,” Manimekalai, who identifies herself as bisexual and atheist, said in an interview with the Guardian last year.

Ex-Sri Lanka cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya thanks Jaishankar. Find out why

Sri Lanka crisis: Jaishankar met President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Sri Lanka, after visiting Maldives as a part of his two-nation tour. Former Sri Lanka cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya thanked S Jaishankar, India's external affairs minister, who is on a two-day visit to the troubled island nation, after he encouraged Indians to visit in a bid to boost tourism and generate revenue to combat the economic crisis. "Many thanks to the visiting Indian foreign minister Dr S Jaishankar for encouraging Indian tourist(s) to come to Sri Lanka. Looking forward to working together in the future." Jaishankar, during his visit to Sri Lanka, met with the country's top leaders, including president Ranil Wickremesinghe. The minister was earlier in the Maldives. In his statement to the press in Colombo, Jaishankar said, "Tourism is the lifeblood of the Sri Lankan economy. I note Indian tourists are expressing positive sentiments for Sri Lanka in a very practical manner by coming here." "... but there are many more steps we can take to make this sustainable. Strengthening connectivity and promoting travel is therefore a very high priority for all of us." "Definitely, encouraging Indian tourists to make RuPay payments and utilise UPI would be most helpful in this regard," he added. Jaishankar also discussed bilateral relationships, people-to-people contacts, trade and investment ties with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Ali Sabry. "A good meeting with foreign minister Ali Sabry and other ministerial colleagues this evening in Colombo. Discussed India-Sri Lanka cooperation in infrastructure, connectivity, energy, industry and health," Jaishankar tweeted.

Recruitment process under our govt more streamlined, transparent: PM Modi

The prime minister had last year announced the 'Rozgar Mela' drive to give jobs to 10 lakh people and noted on Friday that several states where the BJP and its allies are in power have also been holding them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Friday that his government had effected broad changes in the recruitment process by making it more streamlined and time-bound while boosting transparency and speed. Distributing 71,426 appointment letters to recruits in different government departments, Modi said the ongoing 'Rozgar Mela' exercises have become an identity of his government. This shows that it fulfils what it resolves to do, he added. The prime minister had last year announced the 'Rozgar Mela' drive to give jobs to 10 lakh people and noted on Friday that several states where the BJP and its allies are in power have also been holding them. More states will organise them soon, he said. Addressing the recruits, he asked them to resolve to serve people and said the mantra in the administrative system should be that the citizen is always right like it is noted in business that the consumer is always right. That is why employment in the government sector is called "government service" and not jobs, he said. The prime minister noted that a large number of recruits are from families where no one was in government service. A transparent and clear recruitment process awards people's merit and competence, he said. Modi said massive investment in the infrastructure sector has boosted employment and self-employment opportunities. When development growth takes place at a fast pace, self-employment opportunities also rise quickly, he added. The PMO had earlier said the 'Rozgar Mela' is a step towards fulfilment of Modi's commitment to accord highest priority to employment generation. The 'Rozgar Mela' is expected to act as a catalyst in further employment generation and provide meaningful opportunities to the youth for their empowerment and participation in national development, it added. The new recruits, selected from across the country, will join various positions under the central government like junior engineers, loco pilots, technicians, inspector, sub inspectors, constable, stenographer, junior accountant, grameen dak sevak, Income Tax inspectors, teachers, nurses, doctors, social security officers among others. The experience of newly inducted officials in learning from the 'Karmayogi Prarambh' module was also shared during the programme as Modi interacted with some of them. The module is an online orientation course for all new appointees in various government departments.

Anne-Marie to headline Supersonic’s comeback edition

The edition of the festival in Pune will also host artists such as Prateek Kuhad, DIVINE, Anuv Jain, and Farhan Akhtar It’s India calling for Rockabye fame singer Anne-Marie as she gets set to plug in the music chord at the upcoming EDM fest, Vh1 Supersonic, which is returning after two years since the coronavirus pandemic. The gig will mark pop singer Anne-Marie’s first performance in India as a solo artist. She rose to fame after being featured as the main vocalist on Clean Bandit‘s single Rockabye in 2016. Since then, she has found stability through her solo career. In fact, it is the first time for Nigerian singer-songwriter Chukwuka Ekweani, who goes by the stage name as CKay, known for Love Nwantiti. The comeback edition, which will be held in Pune from February 24-26, has a mix of international as well as homegrown artists. The electronic music festival is curated by DJ Nikhil Chinapa. The other artists expected to perform at the event include names such as Prateek Kuhad, rapper French Montana, Farhan Akhtar, Oaff and Savera, and Bob Moses. The multi-genre festival was last held in 2020, with artists such as Illenium, Chon, DIVINE, Diplo and Machine Gun Kelly performing at the fest. Akhtar is ready to surprise with his new Indie-English set. Sharing his excitement about performing at teh fest, he said in a statement, “As a singer-songwriter, there’s nothing more that I love than performing live for my fans, and Supersonic is the perfect stage for it. I’m so looking forward to sharing my music with everyone at the festival!” Talking about the lineup, Chinapa shared his thoughs in a statement. He said, “Our lineup reflects our own passion for dynamism and progress and includes artists that many will find exhilarating and unique”.