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Asean-India Car Rally To Kick Off In Indonesia On Nov 26 Upendra Rai Editor & News Director,Sahara News Network Last Updated : 21 Nov 2012 12:45:12 PM IST Asean-India Car Rally To Kick Off In Indonesia On Nov 26
The second edition of the Asean-India Car Rally to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Asean-India relations will start in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Nov 26.
The expedition will conclude on Dec 20 in New Delhi, India in the presence of India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leaders of the eight participating Asean countries
India's Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia, Aseem R. Mahajan said 124 government officials from eight Asean countries and India will be involved in the expedition covering a distance of 7,816 kilometres in 23 days.
The eight Asean countries involved are Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.
This car rally is held to highlight the long-standing link between India and Asean countries, the road connectivity, people-to-people contact and also tourism as approximately a total of 700,000 Indian nationals came to Malaysia last year," he told
India ia a big part of Obama's plans
Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, who came face-to-face with US president Barack Obama on three occasions for the first time after he was re-elected President in the November 6 polls in the US, told him:"Congratulations on your re-election."
"India is a big part of my plans," US President Barack Obama said as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated him in person on his re-election.
The two leaders, who attended the East Asia Summit and the retreat in the Cambodian capital, shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.
51-year-old Democrat Obama had defeated his Republican rival Mitt Romney in the Presidential polls to secure a second four-year term.
In his congratulatory message to Obama, Singh had referred to the association between the two leaders over the past four years and recalled that cooperation between the two countries had not only been advanced across the full spectrum of ties but engagement had been deepened.
"Dear Mr President, it gives me great pleasure to convey to you my warmest congratulations on your re-election as the President of the United States," Singh's letter had said.
Japan to provide loan to India
Japan will give a fresh loan of about USD 22.6 billion for the second phase of Dedicated Freight Corridor and an infrastructure project in South India,Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda today told his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh as they met here, making up for an opportunity lost a few days ago.
Singh, while welcoming the announcement of loan,emphasised to Noda that India's priority was investments by Japanese companies in infrastructure projects like Delhi Metro Rail, which was a "fine example" other cities want to emulate.
The two leaders were to meet in Tokyo on November 16 during Singh?s scheduled three-day visit beginning November 15 for annual Summit. However, the visit was cancelled just a day ahead in view of sudden political developments in Japan with
Noda deciding to announce elections.
During the meeting on the sidelines of East Asia Summit, Noda expressed happiness at being able to meet Singh to underline the close Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries.
PM advocates "cooperative mechanisms"
During his address to the East Asia Summit of 18 countries , Singh advocated establishing of a "common set of principles" and "cooperative mechanisms" to deepen economic integration and ensure "open, inclusive and rule-based architecture" in the Asia Pacific region.
His remarks came against the backdrop of a row between china and other East Asian countries the over South China Sea. At the India-ASEAN Summit yesterday, Singh announced that India was ready to conclude the much-delayed Free Trade Agreement in Services and Investment with the 10-nation grouping by next month that will provide a "springboard" for rapid expansion in ties, as he invited investments from the region citing "enormous opportunities".
Contending that enhanced cooperation between India and ASEAN was crucial for promotion of peace, security and stability in the region and addressing shared challenges, he said the agreement in Services and Investment with ASEAN will send a strong signal of deepening economic engagement.
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