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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished the best of luck to Indian athletes for the Commonwealth Games beginning in Glasgow on Wednesday. "My best wishes to our athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. Am sure they will do our nation very proud," tweeted Modi. "Apart from providing a wonderful opportunity for sportspersons to shine, events like CWG bring a spirit of unity & brotherhood among nations. "We will certainly witness a celebration of both sports and sportsmanship in the coming days during," added Modi. A 215-strong Indian contingent will take part in the Games.
India’s mars mission is progressing well. According to ISRO, Mars orbiter spacecraft has covered more than 540 mn kms, about 80% of its journey for its rendezvous with the planet scheduled for Sept 24.
Mars Orbiter mission and its payloads are in good health", ISRO said on its social networking site. In the last crucial milestone, ISRO performed the second Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre on the spacecraft on June 11 by firing the spacecraft's 22 Newton thrusters for 16 seconds. Mid-course corrections are done to keep the spacecraft on course.
Berlin: The issue of flying over conflict zones has come into sharp focus after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Governments should take the lead in reviewing how risk assessments for airspace are made, the head of the International Air Transport Association said.
Emirates and Lufthansa airlines have called for an international summit to discuss how the industry evaluates risk. "No effort should be spared in ensuring that this outrage is not repeated," IATA Director General Tony Tyler said in a statement on Tuesday.
China has planned to make its southeast Fujian province the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road, a strategic initiative to improve connectivity and trade among Asian nations through sea-route.
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli urged acceleration of the opening-up of southeast Fujian Province, the starting point of the historic Maritime Silk Road (MSR).
Beijing wants to revive the MSR through which its merchants traded silk, ceramics and tea to overseas markets about 2,000 years ago.
China has also invited India to join the initiative.
India, however, sought more details about the road. Fujian is located along the Taiwan straits.
Zhang said the local authorities should strengthen economic ties with countries and regions along the maritime trade route and boost two-way investment.
Four Indian tailors working in Gaza have been evacuated unharmed with the help of the Representative Office of India, ROI in Ramallah. A top UN official said, the four left the strip yesterday, one of the bloodiest day in the 13 days of conflict that saw 97 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers dead in one of the fiercest attack launched by the Israel Defence Forces, IDF in recent years. The ROI was in constant touch with them since the beginning of Israeli offensive and coordinated their evacuation efforts with UN Access Coordination office in Gaza. They were received at the Erez crossing by the staff of the ROI, who helped them escape to Jordan through the Allenby crossing. The tailors would be leaving for India from Amman today. UN chief Ban ki-Moon has condemned the killing of innocent Palestinians in Gaza.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has expressed confidence that tax collection during the current fiscal would exceed budget estimate target of 13.64 lakh crore rupees. Addressing officials of I-Tax dept, Mr Jaitley said that credibility of the department is its greatest asset and as such highest standards of ethics are expected from the officers. The conference is deliberating several issues including accountability of assessing officers, non-filers monitoring System, data warehousing ,business intelligence and search and seizure procedure. The heads of different wings of direct taxes in the country will discuss the strategies for revenue collection, revenue audit, transfer pricing issues in business restructuring involving multinational corporations, international taxation and arrears management.