Important conferences and summits 2012-13
1.Taliban and the Kabul government meet
Persistent efforts by multiple western players finally paid off. The Taliban and the Kabul government met officially in Chantilly, a suburb a Paris, on December 20 and 21 under the aegis of a French think tank called the Foundation pour la Recherche Strategique. The Taliban was represented by senior leaders Shahabuddin Dilawar, former Taliban ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Naeem Wardak – both based in Doha.
2.100th Indian Science Congress
Speaking at the 100th annual session of the Indian Science Congress, which opened in Kolkata in January 2013, the PM said there was need to enhance scientific tempter in the country greater investment in popularizing science, not only in schools and colleges, but also homes, workplaces and the community at large.
Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) is a premier scientific organization of India, started in the year 1914 in Kolkata, with Headquarters at Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It meets annually in the first week of January every year. Today, it has a membership strength of more than 30,000 scientists.
The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) owes it origin to the foresight and initiative of two British Chemists, namely, Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P.S. MacMohan. The Association formed with the following objectives:
- To advance and promote the cause of science in India:
- To hold an annual congress at a suitable place in India
- To publish such proceedings, journals, transactions and other publications as may be considered desirable;
- To secure and manage, funds and endowments for the promotion of Science including the rights of disposing of or selling all or any portion of the properties of the Association.
- To do and perform any or all other acts, matters and things as are conductive to, or incidental to, or necessary for, the above objects.
- Chiranjeevi invites UNWTO Secretary for meeting
3.Union Minister for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi, currently on a visit to Spain, has invited the Secretary General of the United Nations World Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, of the 25th Joint Meeting of UNWTO scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on April 12 and 13.
4.We would rather be called re-emerging powers, says NSA
- In February 2013, National Security Adviser Shivashankar Menon caused a bit of consternation at the Munich Security Conference when he pointed out that the Western construct of labeling India, China and other developing countries as “emerging nations” did not do justice to their history.
- Speaking at the first-ever special session on “rising powers and global governance,” an accommodation to the economic rise of India, China, Brazil and other countries at the Security Conference, Mr. Menon felt he was not sure if this label fitted the description.
- Contrary to western discourse of calling these nations emerging powers, he pointed out that several others felt these countries were in the process of restoring the historical norm in the international hierarchy and distribution of power. “Re-emerging powers would be less condescending,” he suggested.
5.Israel to partner Gujarat in mega agriculture meet
- Israel is all set to join hands with Gujarat in an agricultural meet that Mr. Modi plans on the lines of his much-touted Vibrant Gujarat industrial summit.
- Mr. Modi sent out an invite to Israel to be a country partner in his 2014 event Gujarat Agro Tech Global Fair, similar to the biennial Vibrant Gujarat meet, and Israel’s Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz, accepted the other during his visit to the Statein February 2013.
6.Afghan peace meet in U.K.
In February 2013, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai are to hold talks called by Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the peace with the focus on preventing a Taliban resurgence after the withdrawal of western troops from Afghanistan next year.
7.Afghan peace deal ‘in six months’
- The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan said they would work to reach a peace deal within six months, while throwing their weight behind moves for the Taliban to open an office in Doha.
- In February 2013, following talks hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari also urged the Islamists to join the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.