1. Trade, IT and Clean Ganga on agenda for India-Germany talks next week

Trade, IT and Clean Ganga on agenda for India-Germany talks next week

Expanding of trade and bilateral relations will top the agenda of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will visit India on Sunday on a three-day visit for the Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations.

By: | Published: October 2, 2015 12:52 AM

Expanding of trade and bilateral relations will top the agenda of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will visit India on Sunday on a three-day visit for the Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations.

Apart from expanding bilateral trade cooperation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Merkel are expected to discuss the stalled India-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations and ways to take it forward, on Monday. A number of pacts are expected to be inked during her stay in the country.

Both countries are keen to enhance their bilateral commercial ties with a focus on ‘Make in India’ programme. Germany is India’s largest trading partner in Europe, with bilateral trade in 2014 valued at 15.96 billion euros.

Modi and Merkel would be meeting within six months after the two met during the joint inauguration of the Hannover Fair, where India was the partner country.

Listing some of the areas of possible cooperation,

Dr Martin Ney is Germany’s Ambassador to India, said that Germany’s vocal training system is world-renowned and it can help in the government’s ‘Skill India’ programme.

Germany can also help in the field of environmental technology, he said noting it has cleaned up heavily polluted rivers like the Rhine and Elbe and is ready to help India clean up the rivers Ganga and Yamuna.

Besides business, the third Indo-German inter-governmental consultations will focus on development of solar power and renewable energy on which Germany is betting big — having decided to phase out nuclear power. The ministry for development and co-operation has already sanctioned 1 billion Euros for the project with an emphasis on development of solar power on roof tops in cities in India, besides a scheme on energy transmission from renewable sources. The Clean Ganga project is also being seen as an opportunity and the government is working with Indian partners with German experts having already done a study on this last year

The two leaders will also share the dias in Bengaluru as part of the Nasscom programme on October 6. Besides addressing 44 German firms which have established research and development centres in India, Merkel will also address Indian IT firms.

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    Hemen Parekh
    Oct 2, 2015 at 10:55 am
    FROM GREED TO GREAT ? In my blog of 18th Sept , I had estimated BLACK MONEY disclosure of ( may be ) , Rs 40,000 crores , under Undisclosed Foreign Income and ets Act - 2015 That would have netted Government , Rs 24,000 Cr by way of tax / penalty I was way off the mark ! The 3 month opportunity window closed two days back , with a disclosure of Rs 3770 cr , by 638 persons , netting Govt Rs 2262 cr ! Quite like , " Digging the Mountain to find the Mouse " Now , some knowledgeable persons / organizations have estimated that the amount of BLACK MONEY stashed away domestically , could be close to, Rs 25 Lakh*Crores ! But then , man-on-the-street guesses that to be Rs 100 Lakh*Crores ! Time and again , that common man have proved the pundits wrong ! I suppose , the common man knew all along that half-hearted amnesty schemes are bound to fail , as in the past But pundits refuse to learn from their past mistakes ! They refuse to recognize that nowhere in the World , any Government has succeeded at any time to legislate the GREED away ! And fail to understand why NDA government is hesitating to harness the unlimited power of SUN - the almighty SUN OF GREED By : * Abolishing Personal Income Tax ( source of the DARKNESS of CORRUPTION ) * Stop asking any questions as to the " Source " for all cash deposits made into bank accounts opened under Jan Dhan Yojana * Levy a Bank Transaction Tax ( BTT ) of 2 % to yield revenue of Rs 15 lakh*crores , which would be 5 times the loss of revenue due to abolition of Personal Income Tax * Encourage deposits made into Jan Dhan bank accounts to be invested in SOLAR POWER SPV Farms , by direct depositing of income derived ( from of electricity to DISCOMs ) into those bank accounts - again free of Personal Income Tax ( setting in motion, a VIRTUOUS CIRCLE ! ) NDA is planning to harness 100 GW of Solar Power by 2020 If above-mentioned suggestion is implemented , India could harness 1000 GW of Solar Power by 2020 ! Just imagine what that could do to GDP / SELF-EMPLOYMENT / CLIMATE Let us harness GREED to make INDIA GREAT ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hemen parekh 02 Oct 2015 B2BmessageBlaster
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