UAE Introduces Hindi As Third Official Language, MEA Sushma Swaraj Hails Decision

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  • Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) on Sunday acknowledged Hindi language as its third official language after Arabic and English
  • External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, took to her official Twitter account and praised the UAE decision
  • Indians, reportedly form the largest immigrant community in the UAE, with more than three million living in Dubai

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) on Sunday acknowledged Hindi language as its third official language after Arabic and English.

While praising the decision of the UAE court, External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, took to her official Twitter account, as saying,

“We thank Abu Dhabi for declaring Hindi as one of the official languages in their judicial system. This will make the justice delivery system simpler and more accessible to our people.”

 

Indians, reportedly form the largest immigrant community in the UAE, with more than three million living in Dubai. The landmark decision undertaken by the judicial department will benefit a major chunk of workers, who mostly come from Hindi speaking regions of central and north India, Gulf News reported.

On a positive note, the Indian workforce in UAE can now file their complaints to the labour counts in the country in their own mother-tongue. The complaints can be over issues related to delayed wages, end of service entitlements, bonuses, compensations for arbitrary layoffs, notice periods and annual leaves, as well as claims for air tickets and the return of their passports.

While filling the complaint, the Indians emigrants will have to fill the name of the complainant and details regarding his job and salary in Hindi. The complainant is also required to upload the supporting documents. Hindi language forms can now be downloaded and additional details over the litigation procedures are available on the ADJD website.

Addressing on the court’s decision, Undersecretary of the ADJD, Yousuf Saeed Al Abri, said that the move was undertaken so that the judicial system of the country could play a major role in attracting foreign investments and enhancing Abu Dhabi to become an attractive business destination, especially for a skilled workforce.

“The adoption of multilingual interactive forms for claim sheets, grievances, and requests, aims to promote judicial services in line with the Plan Tomorrow 2021, and increase the transparency of litigation procedures through the provision of bilingual forms which allow foreigners to know the litigation procedures, their rights, and duties without a language barrier,” Al Abri added.

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First N-E Festival outside India, in Bangkok, to push trade and tourism

The Indian ambassador lighting the lamp to inaugurate the festival

“Northeast India, connected by a 22 km-corridor to mainland India, has always suffered due to its geographical isolation.

A mega “Northeast India Festival”, comprising of trade, tourism, culture, academics and fashion was held this weekend in Bangkok, the first of its kind outside India. Chief organiser Shyamkanu Mahanta, who has held similar festivals in Delhi, informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Act East” policy had prompted him to undertake this mega Northeast India Festival, outside India. More more than 500 officials from Northeast Indian governments had flown down to Bangkok for the mega event. These included bureaucrats, MPS, tourism heads, entrepreneurs, academics, chefs and artistes.

“Northeast India, connected by a 22 km-corridor to mainland India, has always suffered due to its geographical isolation. But opening up Southeast Asia through Northeast India, is full of promise”, he stated.

In fact the tagline of the festival was “Connecting Northeast India to Southeast Asia.”

With the Northeast region sharing a common border with Southeast Asian countries like Bhutan, Thailand and Burma, the festival was an important event, especially as Thailand is chairman of the Asean this year. The 1582 km-long Trilateral Highway, from Manipur to Burma and Maesot in Thailand, to be ready next year, was often referred to in the discussions, as it was expected to make Northeast India, “the hub of Southeast Asia”.

Thai deputy commerce minister Chutima Bunyapraphasara inaugurated the “Northeast India Festival,” speaking of her good impressions of Assam during a business trip, and informing that she would be taking a trade delegation there in May.

The highlight of the Northeast India Festival in Bangkok were two important and well-attended seminars, aimed at increasing bilateral trade and tourism.

The Trade and Investment Seminar attracted as many as 100 participants. The Northeast Indian representatives spoke of the abundant natural resources available in their states, for which they required developmental support as also investments — bamboo, limestone, rubber, textiles, medicinal plants, construction, pharmaceuticals, hydro power, food processing, flowers and fruits, oil and gas and hotels and spas.

Thai entrepreneur Prim Jitcharoongphorn, who is also the president of the Thai-India Business Council, informed the Thai participants that “the current environment is very good to do business with India.”

“The market is big, the price is competitive, the compensation is the volume”, she declared.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Seminar was attended by more than 100 tour operators from Thailand, and 40 from Northeast India. The latter’s delegation was made up of the top officials from the tourism sector, including tourism heads, bureaucrats, MPs and advisers to the government.

The high-level officials enumerated the specialties of each Northeastern Indian state — rich fauna and flora, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking and adventure trails, Unesco heritage sites, cultural festivals, ecstasy and rural tourism. With Spice Jet announcing a direct two-hour flight from Bangkok to Gauhati in March, the tourism potential of the region received a big boost. The GM of the airline, Ajaykumar Gupta was proud that the flight would accentuate bilateral trade and tourism with Thailand.

The People to People Exchange event of the festival was attended by a galaxy of top scholars, academics and researchers from both countries. There were excellent presentations about the huge “Thai” connection with the Northeast Indian region, through the large number of “Tai” tribes living there. These were descendants of Thai migrants to Assam, as far back as the 11th century. It was fascinating to learn that the “Tai’s” language, script, customs, beliefs, rituals, festivals, food and cuisine closely resembled that of the “Thai” people in Thailand.
In fact, the much-loved Thai Indophile Princess H.R.H. Mahachakri Sirindhorn had visited the Northeastern region to meet and interact with these Ahoum tribes. Among the well-known academics at the “People to People Exchange”, were Thai Ahoum scholar and Assam MP Lakhya Konwar, famed scholar who has written many books on the Tai Ahoum community, professor Chattip Nartsupha, ethnographer-researcher Dr Rajni Gogoi, who organised whole event, and the VC of Gauhati Varsity Dr Mridul Hazarika of the “dedicated Southeast Asian department” in his varsity which offered “credits” to students from the Southeast Asian countries. In fact, a group of Thai students from the India Studies Centre of Thammasat Varsity were currently doing a semester there!

Meanwhile, a vibrant array of cultural performances were the ultimate icing to the festival cake. There was a grand display of old and new forms by the best artistes of the Northeast Indian region — folk dances from Nagaland and Manipur, famed rock bands Featherheads, Girish and the Chronicles, riveting rapper Rahul Rajkhowa, well-known Bollywood singer Zubeen Garg, and even an international DJ, Teri Miko.
There were fashion shows by three top designers too, displaying a seamless amalgam of traditional textiles with modern designs.

All the shows were held on the outside grounds of the popular Central World Mall, and attracted a mixed variety of audiences. It was not easy to pack in so many high-quality artistes, with the best of acoustics in an open-air setting, but the artistes did their best to produce some vibrant shows.
No mention was made of the political insurgency in the Northeast region, nor the troublesome Citizenship Bill.
But mention was made by several Northeastern Indian delegates about their Mongloid features, which made them feel like “outsiders” in their homeland. As one speaker said, “We have an identity crisis in India, but we have a face-connect in Thailand!”

The newly-arrived Indian ambassador to Thailand, Suchitra Durai, orchestrated the mega festival in less than two months, and said she was proud it was a “resounding success”. Organiser Shyamkanu Mahanta admitted that he never expected to get such ‘‘astounding support’ and was now tempted to do Northeast Indian Festivals in neighbouring Southeast Asian countries like Singapore and Laos.
Considering that this was an amazingly holistic festival which covered almost every aspect of the seven rich and diverse states of the Northeastern region, one must admit that the “Northeast India Festival” in Thailand was huge trailblazer indeed.

Source : The writer is a critic and commentator on films and culture based in Bangkok.

First N-E Festival outside India, in Bangkok, to push trade and tourism

First N-E Festival outside India, in Bangkok, to push trade and tourism

“Northeast India, connected by a 22 km-corridor to mainland India, has always suffered due to its geographical isolation.

A mega “Northeast India Festival”, comprising of trade, tourism, culture, academics and fashion was held this weekend in Bangkok, the first of its kind outside India. Chief organiser Shyamkanu Mahanta, who has held similar festivals in Delhi, informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Act East” policy had prompted him to undertake this mega Northeast India Festival, outside India. More more than 500 officials from Northeast Indian governments had flown down to Bangkok for the mega event. These included bureaucrats, MPS, tourism heads, entrepreneurs, academics, chefs and artistes.

“Northeast India, connected by a 22 km-corridor to mainland India, has always suffered due to its geographical isolation. But opening up Southeast Asia through Northeast India, is full of promise”, he stated.

In fact the tagline of the festival was “Connecting Northeast India to Southeast Asia.”

With the Northeast region sharing a common border with Southeast Asian countries like Bhutan, Thailand and Burma, the festival was an important event, especially as Thailand is chairman of the Asean this year. The 1582 km-long Trilateral Highway, from Manipur to Burma and Maesot in Thailand, to be ready next year, was often referred to in the discussions, as it was expected to make Northeast India, “the hub of Southeast Asia”.

Thai deputy commerce minister Chutima Bunyapraphasara inaugurated the “Northeast India Festival,” speaking of her good impressions of Assam during a business trip, and informing that she would be taking a trade delegation there in May.

The highlight of the Northeast India Festival in Bangkok were two important and well-attended seminars, aimed at increasing bilateral trade and tourism.

The Trade and Investment Seminar attracted as many as 100 participants. The Northeast Indian representatives spoke of the abundant natural resources available in their states, for which they required developmental support as also investments — bamboo, limestone, rubber, textiles, medicinal plants, construction, pharmaceuticals, hydro power, food processing, flowers and fruits, oil and gas and hotels and spas.

Thai entrepreneur Prim Jitcharoongphorn, who is also the president of the Thai-India Business Council, informed the Thai participants that “the current environment is very good to do business with India.”

“The market is big, the price is competitive, the compensation is the volume”, she declared.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Seminar was attended by more than 100 tour operators from Thailand, and 40 from Northeast India. The latter’s delegation was made up of the top officials from the tourism sector, including tourism heads, bureaucrats, MPs and advisers to the government.

The high-level officials enumerated the specialties of each Northeastern Indian state — rich fauna and flora, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking and adventure trails, Unesco heritage sites, cultural festivals, ecstasy and rural tourism. With Spice Jet announcing a direct two-hour flight from Bangkok to Gauhati in March, the tourism potential of the region received a big boost. The GM of the airline, Ajaykumar Gupta was proud that the flight would accentuate bilateral trade and tourism with Thailand.

The People to People Exchange event of the festival was attended by a galaxy of top scholars, academics and researchers from both countries. There were excellent presentations about the huge “Thai” connection with the Northeast Indian region, through the large number of “Tai” tribes living there. These were descendants of Thai migrants to Assam, as far back as the 11th century. It was fascinating to learn that the “Tai’s” language, script, customs, beliefs, rituals, festivals, food and cuisine closely resembled that of the “Thai” people in Thailand.

In fact, the much-loved Thai Indophile Princess H.R.H. Mahachakri Sirindhorn had visited the Northeastern region to meet and interact with these Ahoum tribes. Among the well-known academics at the “People to People Exchange”, were Thai Ahoum scholar and Assam MP Lakhya Konwar, famed scholar who has written many books on the Tai Ahoum community, professor Chattip Nartsupha, ethnographer-researcher Dr Rajni Gogoi, who organised whole event, and the VC of Gauhati Varsity Dr Mridul Hazarika of the “dedicated Southeast Asian department” in his varsity which offered “credits” to students from the Southeast Asian countries. In fact, a group of Thai students from the India Studies Centre of Thammasat Varsity were currently doing a semester there!

Meanwhile, a vibrant array of cultural performances were the ultimate icing to the festival cake. There was a grand display of old and new forms by the best artistes of the Northeast Indian region — folk dances from Nagaland and Manipur, famed rock bands Featherheads, Girish and the Chronicles, riveting rapper Rahul Rajkhowa, well-known Bollywood singer Zubeen Garg, and even an international DJ, Teri Miko.

There were fashion shows by three top designers too, displaying a seamless amalgam of traditional textiles with modern designs.

All the shows were held on the outside grounds of the popular Central World Mall, and attracted a mixed variety of audiences. It was not easy to pack in so many high-quality artistes, with the best of acoustics in an open-air setting, but the artistes did their best to produce some vibrant shows.

No mention was made of the political insurgency in the Northeast region, nor the troublesome Citizenship Bill.

But mention was made by several Northeastern Indian delegates about their Mongloid features, which made them feel like “outsiders” in their homeland. As one speaker said, “We have an identity crisis in India, but we have a face-connect in Thailand!”

The newly-arrived Indian ambassador to Thailand, Suchitra Durai, orchestrated the mega festival in less than two months, and said she was proud it was a “resounding success”. Organiser Shyamkanu Mahanta admitted that he never expected to get such ‘‘astounding support’ and was now tempted to do Northeast Indian Festivals in neighbouring Southeast Asian countries like Singapore and Laos.

Considering that this was an amazingly holistic festival which covered almost every aspect of the seven rich and diverse states of the Northeastern region, one must admit that the “Northeast India Festival” in Thailand was huge trailblazer indeed.

Source : The writer is a critic and commentator on films and culture based in Bangkok.

First N-E Festival outside India, in Bangkok, to push trade and tourism

67 US lawmakers show up at Hill reception for new Indian ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla

In a ringing bipartisan and continued endorsement of ties with India, 67 US lawmakers, both senators and member of the House of Representatives, joined a reception on Capitol Hill Thursday to welcome the new Indian ambassador, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

The new Indian ambassador, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.(Photo: Facebook/ IndiaInUSA)

In a ringing bipartisan and continued endorsement of ties with India, 67 US lawmakers, both senators and member of the House of Representatives, joined a reception on Capitol Hill Thursday to welcome the new Indian ambassador, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

Among them were the leaders of the Senate and House India caucuses John Cornyn (Republican), Mark Warner (Democrat), Michael Holding (R) and Brad Sherman (D), Indian Americans Raja Krishnamurthy (D), Pramila Jayapal (D) and Ro Khanna (D), and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D), the first Hindu in US congress and now a presidential hopeful.

Numbers matter on the Hill. And 67 is a significant turnout, and one that drew comparison with the attendance at event about Israel, whose legendary clout in the United States and among lawmakers is general taken to be the gold standard. “We are on out way,” said an Indian diplomat with a sense of satisfaction.

Shringla took office earlier in January presented his credentials o President Donald Trump soon after, no mean feat as ambassadors are known to take while, some times months, to get to that stage. And now a grand reception on the Hill, which is home to US congress.

They arrived in groups or solo, sometimes accompanied by their Indian American constituents, spoke briefly, hung around posing for pictures and selfies and left. Senator Cornyn, who founded the senate India Caucus in 2004, roping in then Democratic senator Hillary Clinton as co-chair, recalled how he has had string of co-chairs since. Warner has been Cornyn’s co-hair for some years now..

“You need only look around this room to see the enthusiasm of your constituents who have flown in from all parts of the United States to be with us here today,” Ambassador Shringla said, in a nod to the buzz and excitement in the room. “It is no co-incidence that the bi-partisan India Caucus is the largest country specific Caucus on the Hill.”

The ambassador went on to detail, briefly, the growing trade, defense and diplomatic ties between the two countries and the unstinting support from the two caucuses and the role they have played — from the passage of the civil nuclear agreement to the codification of the designation of India as a Major Defense Partner.

“I am confident that with your continued support, we will realize the immense potential of this relationship which promises to be a defining one for the 21st century,” Shringla said in conclusion.

Source: Press Release: Congressional Reception to welcome Ambassador Harsh  V. Shringla

 

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FIRST-EVER ‘NORTH EAST INDIA FESTIVAL’ IN THAILAND

Dazzling range of activities, on 9-10 February, at Central World

The first-ever ‘North-East Festival of India’ will be held in Bangkok, on 9th and 10th of February, at Central World (Zones A and B).The North-East region of India consists of seven exotic and culturally rich states- Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura. Some of the ethnic tribes in the region speak the ‘Tai’ language (which closely resembles the Thai language), and infact, it was none other than HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn, who visited this region some years back.

These North-Eastern states which have close geographical proximity to Thailand, have become a great gateway to SE Asia, and infact, have come to the forefront of India’s ‘Act East’ policy.

To quote the newly-arrived Indian Ambassador to Thailand, HE Ms Suchitra Durai- ” I am delighted that the first-ever North East India Festival outside of India is being held at Bangkok on 9-10 February, 2019 at the Central World. North East India has much to offer – breathtaking landscapes, top class human resources, a rich and diverse cultural heritage. We invite Thais to savour this distinct region of Incredible India.

“In order to introduce the riches of this region to the Land of Smiles, the Embassy of India, in collaboration with various partners , has organised a mega ‘North-East India Festival’, on the coming week-end, which covers a large and exciting range of activities.They include seminars and discussions on bilateral trade and investment, education, tourism, with important participants from both countries.

They include academics, historians, entrepreneurs, tour operators, and hi-level officials from the Govt of India, State Govts of North-East India, and Govt of Thailand.

These ‘Business’ meetings will be held at the Lotus Suite, Centara Grand Hotel, on the mornings of 9 and 10 February.

The afternoons will be studded with Exhibitions, and a scintillating range of music and dance performances, in Zone A and Zone B, of Central World.

The seven North-East states or ‘Seven Sisters’ as they are called, have a rich and varied range of folk traditions, and these will be in full display at the Festival, through their colourful and charismatic folk-dance forms, like the Naga, Manipuri,Bodo, Bihu, Bagrumba, Assamese and other dances.

What’s unique about the North-East region of India, is that apart from ethnic tribes,they have a diverse range of communities, religions, thanks to which they boast of diverse and rapidly developing music forms. Thus, they have brilliant pop, rock, rap bands, and also some famed individual singers.

Many top rock bands of North-East India, like The Chronicles, The Featherheads, and others will be performing at the North East Indian Festival, as also well-knownindividual singers like Rahul Rajkhowa, Zubeen Garg, and international DJ Teri Miko.

What’s exciting to note is that there will be many Thai musical artistes also performing in conjunction with the North-East Indian performers.

The Fashion-scene is big in the North East Indian states, thanks to their rich textiles, ethnic traditions and individual styles. There have been some excellent fashion-shows from the region earlier, in Bangkok, and another scintillating one is coming up, at this Festival, by well-known designers Atsu Sekhose, Arita Kashyap and others.

There will also be many Exhibitions at Central World, with numerous stalls displaying the rich and varied textiles, arts and crafts of the region (handlooms, cane, bamboo), not to forget their horticultural products (fresh fruits, organic vegetables), as also the famed teas of Assam.

Last but not the least, will be the varied and vibrant cuisines of the seven North- East Indian states, which will be available on both evenings, at Central World – a rare opportunity to get a taste of the unique food of this region.

So, watch out for a dazzling blitzkrieg of activities, this weekend, at the North- East India Festival – everything, from culture and cuisine, to economics and academics, trade and tourism. And most important, people-to-people contacts and exchanges.

Infact, a special program of the Festival, involves a unique ‘People to People Exchange Programme’ on 10th February, among students, academicians, historiansfrom North East India and their South East Asian counterparts, in order to discuss their shared heritage.

It’s easily one of the largest and most holistic Indian Festivals to be held in the Land of Smiles, and not to be missed.

All the events at Central World, are Free and open to the public

All the events at Centara Grand Hotel, are on Invitation.For more details of the ‘North East India Festival’, please check:

http://northeastfestival.com/#schedule

https://www.facebook.com/IndianEmbassyThailand/

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Financial Resolutions That Make A Difference

A New Year is another opportunity to make a difference. It’s a time to start over again or do things differently. As we think of resolutions, it’s a time to evaluate how we did the past year; the rights and the wrongs and come up with fresh strategies on getting the most out the ensuing year.

The New Year’s resolutions are personal and customized because they come from an individual’s past experience, so are the financial resolutions.  As one is trying to save up more and acquire a new asset, the next person wants to pay all their debts and be free. Every person’s circumstances are different and so is the approach on resolutions. As much as our financial positions differ, the goals have something in common. We want to manage our finances better and thrive where we failed.

It is always challenging to keep up with New Year’s resolutions. In fact, statistics have shown that more than 80% of the resolutions Americans come up with for a new year fail by February. This does not mean that they give up. Here are some ideas and tips of the common objectives that can help you achieve your goals:

Start by Getting Organized

Financially, getting organized entails taking some time to examine your income and spending. How much money are you making and where or how are you spending it? This the perfect starting point. It also means figuring out what you really need to achieve financially and how long you suppose it would take you. For goals to be attained, you must recognize your current financial situation and the pathway to getting where you want to be by the end of the year.

Getting started is never easy but it’s possible. Begin by going through your statements, credits cards, and tax forms if you need to. If you think financial training will help you do better, take a bold step and get the training you need to get your finances in order. Know your liabilities and assets. Get a clear picture of your expenses and income; this will shape up the starting point.

Look for opportunities to save more money

No doubt that 48% of the American population put saving money as one of their top resolutions as they ushered in this year. Be it through retirement, emergency funds or stashing away money to buy an asset, most people wanted to save more. Saving is however easier said than done.

There are proven ways that can help you out such as an automatic deduction from your paycheck or systemized transfers to your savings account from your checking account. Once you form this habit, you can achieve your savings goal.

Paying off Debts

Reducing debts by paying them at the right time can sometimes be overwhelming, but it’s important, especially with high-interest loans. Different approaches are required for different types of debts you may have accrued. Strive to ensure that your installment debts are paid on time to put you on a good credit rating. This could be your mortgage or your student loan.

Set your priority on revolving debts. An example of this is your credit card debt. This is because the interests may spin out of control if it’s left unpaid for long.

Take Control of your spending Habits

Overspending is not only tempting but also very easy, especially when you are using credit cards. If you bought some of the things you buy on your credit card using cash you’d be surprised how much you tend to lose. Discipline is essential in an attempt to curb your spending. There are software applications that can keep a track of your spending.

To reduce your overall spending, start by knowing how much you are spending and cultivate a habit that puts your spending under control.

We are already a month into the year, but it is not late to rethink and upgrade your strategy. Do not accept to fall behind due to lack of clear ways to achieve your goals. If you feel swamped, it is time to get back to the drawing board, either through modification of your resolution or by drawing up fresh strategies. Your plans may not run smoothly all through but significant improvements and progress will have been made at the close of the year.

 

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Greetings from Thailand for ‘Davos of the East’

Participating at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 as a Partner Country for the first time, Thailand is looking forward to further explore the existing natural synergy between the two countries to realise the potential opportunities arising from India’s economic rise. H.E. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to India, expressses his thoughts on the current business and investment climate in India with special emphasis on contributions made by Gujarat.

H.E. Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi , Ambassador of Thailand to India

As representative of the Royal Thai Government, I eagerly look forward to being a part of the success of the 9th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019. Indeed, the initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to initiate the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is farsighted and its continued success has turned Gujarat into the “Davos of the East”.

All of us in Team Thailand are overjoyed that after persistent efforts, including those of our predecessors and Indian counterparts, Thailand is participating at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 as a Partner Country for the first time. Her Excellency Miss Chutima Bunyapraphasara, Deputy Minister of Commerce of Thailand, also known as “Miss India” for her advocacy of closer economic relations between our two countries, is most appropriately leading the Thai delegation. Indeed, this marks a milestone in the economic relations between us.

 

Gujarat and India on one hand, and Thailand and the ASEAN Community on the other hand, both recognize well each other’s potential and the shared stake in each other’s immediate, mid-term & long-term futures. As Ambassador, I have the distinct pleasure of seeing our economic relations grow-with Thailand currently having 29 businesses registered in India, 3 of which are successfully investing in Gujarat. Vee Rubber India Pvt. Ltd. and Srithai Superware Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd. started their businesses in Gujarat in 2015, while Tong Garden Food Marketing (I) Pvt. Ltd. expanded from Maharashtra to Gujarat only last year.

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foremost investment in IndiaFrom the Indian side, Indorama, Aditya Birla, Tata, Ranbaxy, Dabur, Lupin and NIIT are among the major Indian companies already doing business in Thailand, reflecting diverse sectors of interest. Though growth in bilateral investment values is satisfactory, there is much more potential to come from India’s economic rise, the ASEAN Economic Community’s further consolidation, and the closer integration of India and the ASEAN Community. In this context, I need to mention the Eastern Economic Corridor initiative (www.eeco.or.th) in Thailand.

I must single out the unmatched progress of India in Ease of Doing Business. This is a key turning point that makes India that much friendlier for foreign investors. In this context, the State of Gujarat has also become one of the foremost investment destinations in India. The excellent advocacy and support provided by iNDEXTb has played a key role in support of the investment relationship between Gujarat and Thailand.

Vibrant Gujarat Global SummitIn concluding, may I congratulate the Government of Gujarat on organizing the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. The Royal Thai Government stands ready to support all Thai businesses, ranging from multinationals to MSMEs, to make the right decision to come to India, and to support all Thai businesses in India towards their successful business ventures. The Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi has always stressed to all Thai stakeholders the nature and reality of the “New India”, that is, political stability, continuity of reforms and economic growth, as well as the rise in standards of living and purchasing power in India. My staff and I will continue to work to ensure growth of Thai Investment in Gujarat and India year-on-year. Of course, we warmly welcome Indian investors to Thailand and the ASEAN Community.

Indeed, a prosperous and inclusive future is within all our reaches. Thank you and it has been a real privilege to serve in India. Jai Hind. Jai Bharat.

 

 

 

Source: https://egov.eletsonline.com/2019/01/france-indias-trusted-partner-in-development/

Chiang Mai Zoo celebrates Chinese New Year

CHIANG MAI, 4th February 2019 (NNT) – Chiang Mai Zoo in the northern province of Chiang Mai has organized activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The Director of Chiang Mai Zoo, Wuthichai Muangman, said many areas of the zoo are now decorated with red lanterns on this occasion.

Mr. Wuthichai said visitors can observe tea-making demonstrations, write Chinese characters with traditional brush, and cut papers into auspicious animals in front of the Panda Zone.

He said Chinese pandas, Lin Hui and Chuang Chuang, have also been given traditional Chinese red packages. They were sent from China as goodwill ambassadors.

 

 

 

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