Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Public Lecture

2 09 2014


India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership

2 09 2014

Japan’s Interest in India ’s infrastructural development and enhanced investments to the tune of US$ 33.5 billion (ODA and FDI) in the next 5 years, would go a long way in improving infrastructural and industrial development of the country. Focus on next generation infrastructure, bullet trains, smart cities, rejuvenation of Ganges , manufacturing, agriculture projects, healthcare and women empowerment, is encouraging for the strong and sustainable growth. 

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe, pledged to realize the full potential of India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership for continuing progress, prosperity and stability in Asia and the world. 

The two Prime Minister’s have instructed respective relevant authorities to further enhance cooperation in the following cooperation programmes and projects. :- 

  • Foreign & defence secretaries dialogue – Importance of intensive bilateral engagements between the two nations was expressed with special emphasis on 2 plus 2 dialogue, involving Foreign and Defence Secretaries.


  • MOU in Defence exchanges – Both the PMs welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation and Exchanges in the Field of Defence during the visit with context of regularization of bilateral maritime exercises like US Malabar series of exercises.


  • Defence equipment & technology – Further intensification of dialogue between two countries was made, for transfer and collaborative projects in defence equipment and technology.


  • Maritime security – Shared commitment was made towards maritime security, freedom of navigation and overflight, civil aviation safety, unimpeded lawful commerce, and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law.


  • Peaceful dispute resolution – Both countries intend to engage with other countries in the region and beyond to address the region`s challenges, deepen regional cooperation and integration, strengthen regional economic and security forums and promote peaceful resolution of disputes. 


  • UN Security Council – The PMs affirmed the urgent need for comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council, especially its expansion in both permanent and non-permanent categories.


  • Export Control Regimes – Commitment was made by Japan for India to become a full member in the international export control regimes of Nuclear Suppliers Group, Missile Technology Control Regime, Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group.


  • Foreign End User List – Japan removed 6 of India’s space and defence-related entities from Japan`s Foreign End User List. They looked forward to enhanced trade and collaboration in high technology.


  • Nuclear Energy Cooperation – The two Prime Ministers welcomed the progress in negotiations on the Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.


  • Industrial Corridors – The two Prime Ministers expressed the importance of development in various ongoing Industrial and Infrastructure projects such as the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC) and committed to accelerate their implementation.


  • India–Japan Investment Promotion PartnershipUnder this partnership, both countries decided to set a target of doubling Japan ’s foreign direct investment and the number of Japanese companies in India within 5 years as an objective to be jointly achieved.


  • Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) – Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to realize ¥3.5 trillion of public and private investment and financing from Japan , including Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), to India in 5 years, to finance appropriate public and private projects of mutual interest like Smart cities, clean energy, skill development, agriculture cold chain, transport, infrastructure etc. In this connection, Prime Minister Abe pledged ODA loan of ¥50 billion to India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) for a public-private partnership infrastructure project in India .


  • Japan Industrial Townships – Both countries shared the intention to develop ” Japan Industrial Townships ” and other industrial townships.


  • India–Japan Energy Dialogue – Recognizing the critical dependence of their economies on imported energy sources, commitment was made to strengthen energy cooperation through the India–Japan Energy Dialogue.


  • Connecting NER – Emphasis on Japan ‘s cooperation in increasing connectivity of Northeast India by linking the region to other economic corridors in India and to Southeast Asia was made.


  • High speed railway system – The completion of the Joint Feasibility Study on High Speed Railway system on Ahmedabad – Mumbai route for the development of High Speed Railway system amongst other development was acknowledged.


  • RCEP Negotiations – Both countries agreed to actively engage in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations.


  • Support in scientific research – Both countries agreed on cooperation in field of life sciences like stem cell research, material science, cognitive science, applied mathematics, computing and information science, ocean technology and ocean observations, clean and renewable energy, water technology, climate change science and outer space. 


  • Educational & research partnership – Further growth in educational and research partnership was made, including in humanities and social sciences – from the revival of Nalanda University, establishment of Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad and the Indian Institute of Informational Technology, Design and Manufacturing in Jabalpur.


  • Women empowerment – Special stress was made in increasing cooperation in healthcare and women empowerment.

Hungarian Newsletter: Tibetan Buddhism Symposium, Poetry Evening, Film Shows

2 09 2014
Tibetan Buddhism Symposium, Poetry Evening, Film Shows…

Hungarian Newsletter

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Hungarian Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre!

As promised, we plan to begin with great surprises, this season. We bring you an Amalgamated Indo-Hungarian Art-show and an Exhibition of Indian artists.

In the first half of this month we also hold an International Symposium on the great Hungarian Scholar and Tibetologist, Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, in association with IGNCA.

A collaborative Poetry Evening accompanied by music will highlight the Hungarian Literature at IIC.

For those who are interested in learning a unique Hungarian language for free, registration is open.

For cinema lovers, we have the screening of some of the best-seller Hungarian films in Kolkata.
We will also be beginning with the first film show for this season’s Fábri Film Club.

ImageApart from this, have many more lined up. So, kindly keep yourself updated about the upcoming events by subscribing to our monthly e-Newsletter, by sending your details to us at For more information, kindly visit ourwebsite at

You can also connect with us through facebook facebook facebook

So don’t miss any of our magnificent programmes and stay awaited!

Tibor Kovács
Director and Cultural Counsellor
and HICC Team



Details of our upcoming events can be seen below by clicking on the date in the table.

Dates Type of programme Venue Event
Sept 1–26 Language course HICC Registration for the HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE course
Sept 1–5 Exhibition HICC “COLOURS OF NATURE” – 15 Indian Artists curated by Seema Kashyap, Artists Color Group
Sept 4–5
10 am – 5.30 pm
Symposium IGNCA, Conference Hall 7th International ALEXANDER CSOMA DE KÖRŐS Symposium – participation of eminent Hungarian scholars (Entry only by prior registration at IGNCA)
Sept 9–19
Opening: 9 Sept, Tues, 5 pm
Group Exhibition HICC “RANG SANGAM – AMALGAMATION OF COLORS” – Indo- Hungarian Exhibition by Ranjeet Singh
Sept 11 Thurs,
6 pm
Poetry Evening IIC,
Lecture Room II
“MUSINGS N MELODIES” – Poetry Evening with musical interludes
Sept 15–20 Film Session Kolkata Package of 4 HUNGARIAN FILMS will be screened
Sept 18
Thurs, 6 pm
Fábri Film Club HICC AGLAYA – Hungarian Film by Krisztina Deák


Programmes till 18th of September 2014

Language Course Registration

September 1–26



Registration for Hungarian language course

Those who are interested in learning this unique language – spoken only by 15 million people in the world, can register. Forms are available at the reception from 1st September on weekdays from 10 am – 4 pm.

The course for beginners is FREE OF CHARGE.


Group Exhibition

September 1–5



Curated by Seema Kashyap

The exhibition organized by Artists Color Group showcases paintings, sculptures and prints by 15 contemporary and professional Indian artists from various parts of country including Seema Kashyap, Harpal Singh, Rozy Goyal, Saru Sharma, Sahil Jain , Sangeeta Singh, Nirupama Singh, Manoj Pathak, and others. This time the show is themed around nature and its colours.

(On view till 5th September from 10 am – 4 pm)



at Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi

September 4 Thursday
10:30 am – 05:30 pm


September 5
10:00 am – 5:30 pm



On Buddhist Transcreations in Tibetan Literature and Art

The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is organizing a two-day symposium that focuses on the great Hungarian Scholar Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, presenting Buddhist Transcreations in Tibetan Literature and Art. Eminent Hungarian lecturers as Dr. Géza Bethlenfalvy, Dr. Margit Köves, Dr. József Gazda as well as Dr. János Terényi, Ambassador of Hungary will be the Hungarian participants, apart from renowned International scholars, at the symposium.

(Entry only by prior registration with IGNCA)




September 9–19

Inauguration on

September 9 Tuesday 5:00 pm

Amalgamation of Colors


Presented by Mr. Ranjeet Singh

An Indo-Hungarian Art show that aims to develop great bond between India and Hungary. The show is designed jointly by Incredible Art India, Fact India, and Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre. This collaborative Art show features Indian and Hungarian artists having a unique combination of art-works and pieces from both the countries on one platform. This will give a reflection on the cultural and philosophical similarities and diversities between the two countries.

There will be also a Band performance on the weekend, specially brought in by the curator.

(On view from 10 am – 4 pm)


Poetry Evening
at Lecture Room II, India International Centre, New Delhi

September 11 Thursday
6:00 pm



Poetry Evening with Musical Interludes

The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre in cooperation with India International Centre, Universal Poetry and Poetry Across Cultures is jointly organizing a poetry evening with musical interludes. It will be presented as a common platform for the exchange and awareness of cross-cultural poetic and music genres. The main themes of the evening will be Nationalism, Naturescape and Colours of Love. The highlight will be the staging of Hungarian and Indian poetry interspersed with the delightful music.

Hungarian and Indian poems will be read out in Hungarian, Hindi and English.


Film Session
at Kolkata

September 15–20


ImageOrganized by Federation of Film Societies of India – Eastern Region

A package of contemporary Hungarian films will be screened during the session.


Fábri Film Club

September 18 Thursday at 6:00 pm

AGLAYA (Aglaja) – Feature Film


Directed by Krisztina Deák (2012), Colour, 116 min

The story is about the members of a refugee family of circus artists, their enforced interdependence, their eventual break-up and the joy and curse of belonging together – all seen from the viewpoint of the young girl Aglaya. The story is about the escape of the Hungarian-Romanian family of the circus artists escapes from the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania to the West in the early 1980s and trying to figure out the exotic ways for survival. The daughter, however contradictory of the practice later, finds herself trapped into the similar critical position and just like her mother, becomes “The Woman with the Hair of Steel”.

Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre reserves the right to change the programs and the dates.

Samsung’s New Digital Learning Initiative

2 09 2014





Samsung Announces Smart Learning: India’s First Ever Digital Education Store

·         India’s first digital education store to inspire a new learning experience for students

·         ‘Smart Learning Store’ is available on all Samsung Tablets for easy access


New Delhi, September 2, 2014:  Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced the launch of Samsung Smart Learning, India’s first education store under its MSC (Media Solutions Center) division. Samsung Smart Learning is an innovative education solution designed to offer the best-in–class interactive study material to students. The solutions will supplement theeducational needs of over 70 million students studying in classes 1st to 12th for CBSE board and another 4.5 million students who are preparing for competitive examinations. The solutions will be augmented to include other school boards, higher education and skill building content in due course.


Speaking at the launch, Mr. Tarun Malik, Director, Media Solutions Center – South West Asia, Samsung Electronics, said, “Samsung Smart Learning Solutions is a first-of-its kind service innovation in India which has the potential of revolutionising the educational landscape in the country. Designed to supplement traditional classroom learning, the content is based on a problem solving and interactive approach for students, and stresses on concept understanding in students. At Samsung, we are committed to being the first in software services innovation and with Smart Learning; we are looking to establish our leadership in this space too.”

Samsung Smart Learning will be available on all Samsung tablets and will empower students to complement classroom learning. It is the only digital platform currently in the country that integrates high quality education content curated from leading education partners and academicians. Smart Learning is a part of software services leadership strategy of Samsung that aims to make best-in-class content easily accessible to all consumers in the country.


Transforming the way students learn, Samsung Smart Learning provides an in-depth subject-wise content with elaborate multimedia tutorials, interactive lesson based exercises, and practice tests. The solution is designed to ensure maximum impact based learning through proven techniques such as conceptual videos and collaborative learning methods.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Hussain, Principal, DPS, Mathura Road, said, “The launch of Samsung Smart Learning new age digital learning platform for school children is an innovative initiative by Samsung. Appreciations to them for trying to bring about the change in the way students in India learn. Our country needs to leverage the advancements in technology to address the issue of providing quality education to all.”

A cloud based service, Samsung Smart Learning can be accessed Anytime, Anywhere with online and offline access points. Approximately 7000 stores across India have been equipped to sell education content on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will be gradually extended to 10,000 stores.


Mr. Aakash Chaudhry, Director, Aakash Institute said, “This is a path breaking initiative from Samsung to take lead and democratise quality education beyond the boundaries of a classroom. Aakash Institute is glad to partner with Samsung to usher digital revolution in education through its flagship Aakash iTutor product, which will now be available at all Samsung retail stores across the country, offering high quality videos, e-books & assessment content for classes VIII, IX, X as well as for Medical & JEE Entrance Exams.”

Mr. Byju Raveendran, Founder, Byju’s Classes commented, Smart Learning is a terrific initiative by Samsung that will go a long way in defining the way students study in the times to come. Digital Learning is surely going to be the game changer. Kudos to Samsung for pioneering this!”

India to get USD 35 bn from Japan for infra projects

2 09 2014
India to get USD 35 bn from Japan for infra projects

India will get USD 35 bn from Japan over the next five years for developmental projects, including building of smart cities and next generation infrastructure as also cleaning of the Ganga, as Premier Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to partner PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious vision of inclusive development.

The two sides also signed five pacts covering defence exchanges, cooperation in clean energy, roads and highways, healthcare and women while vowing to take their relationship to newer level.

“Prime Minister Abe affirmed a broader and stronger Japanese partnership for Prime Minister Modi’s bold and ambitious vision for accelerating inclusive development in India, particularly by transforming the infrastructure and manufacturing sectors,” said the Tokyo Declaration for Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

Abe expressed his intention to realise 3.5 trillion Yen (Rs 2,10,000 crore, USD 35 billion) of public and private investment and financing from Japan, including Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), to India in five years, it said.

The fund will be used to finance appropriate public and private projects of mutual interest including in the areas of next generation infrastructure, connectivity, transport systems, Smart Cities, rejuvenation of the Ganga and other rivers, manufacturing, clean energy, skill development, water security, food processing and agro industry, agricultural cold chain, and rural development.

In this connection, Prime Minister Abe pledged ODA loan of 50 billion yen to India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) for a public-private partnership infrastructure project in India.

Modi expressed his deep appreciation for Japan’s continuous support for India’s economic development and stated that “no country” other than Japan has done more for modernising India’s infrastructure.

The USD 35 billion funding, at an average of USD 7 billion per year, would be the highest from any country and Modi expressed gratitude to Abe for this.

“There is no limit to our cooperation. There is nothing lacking in our will…There is new enthusiasm and expectation,” Modi said, adding he had decided to put Japan in the “fast-track” channel. Addressing the media jointly with Abe after their talks, Modi said the financial help from Japan is not limited to one or the other sector. “Prime Minister Abe understands my vision and agreed to help,” he said.

Referring to his fruitful meeting with Abe, he said as soon as he mentioned the Ganga cleanup project of his government, the Japanese Prime Minister told him to just spell out the expectations from him so that help could be provided.

“We have taken decisions which will strengthen our cooperation, These include youth exchanges and language training,” Modi said. “I am confident that we will move with new hope and confidence,” Modi said, adding closer cooperation between India and Japan will benefit not only the two countries but can be used in other Asian nations and elsewhere if the two countries have such “strategy and approach”.

Underlining that friendly ties between the two countries are age-old, he said Japan has a key role in India’s development.

The two Prime Ministers welcomed the public-private initiatives between the two countries to set up Electronics Industrial Parks in India. They also shared the intention to develop “Japan Industrial Townships” and other industrial townships with investment incentives for companies would not be lower than under the prevailing policy framework such as Special Economic Zone (SEZ), National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ).

The two leaders directed their officials to work out an appropriate mix of financing mechanisms, including public- private partnership, and terms for utilization of public funds, taking into account the nature of the projects, developmental priorities, procurement policies, level of industrial and technological capacities and skills available locally.

The two leaders decided to explore ways to enhance Japanese and Indian participation in appropriate infrastructure projects in India, the Tokyo Declaration said. Modi underlined his determination to further improve the business environment in India, including through tax, administrative and financial regulations, in order to boost investment.

The two Prime Ministers decided to further deepen bilateral economic and financial cooperation. Abe welcomed the approval to establish Mizuho Bank`s Ahmedabad branch.

They placed special emphasis on Japan’s cooperation for enhanced connectivity and development in Northeast India and linking the region to other economic corridors in India and to Southeast Asia, which would catalyse economic development and increase prosperity in the region.

Modi briefed Prime Minister Abe on his initiative for Smart Cities and renewal of heritage cities, including the city of Varanasi. Abe expressed Japan’s willingness to support this objective.

The two Prime Ministers welcomed the signing of the document to promote partnership city arrangement between the ancient cities of Varanasi and Kyoto.


India, Japan can forge eco cooperation in power, manufacturing

Expressing optimism over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing Japan visit, industry body Assocham has said the two countries can forge economic cooperation in areas like power generation, manufacturing, high speed trains, healthcare and tourism.

“The industry is evidently optimistic about the PM’s visit to Japan. As a global economic leader, Japan offers immense opportunities for cooperation and partnership,” Assocham President Rana Kapoor said.

The industry chamber identified key areas for enhancing economic cooperation between the India and Japan.

These include power generation using clean energy resources, capital goods manufacturing, automobiles, zero defect techniques, high speed trains like bullet trains for the Diamond Quadrilateral project, healthcare and Buddhist tourism.

Holding that the environment of disappointment was over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invited Japanese businesses to join India’s developmental efforts with a promise of non-discriminatory and speedy clearances.

He announced setting up of a Special Management Team under PMO to facilitate business from Japan.

Modi is presently in that country to strengthen ties between the two nations.

Addressing top business leaders of Japan and India in Tokyo, Modi referred to the recent decisions to liberalise FDI policy in Railways, Defence and Insurance and said rules and laws are being changed in India which would show results in the near future.

Modi, who has enjoyed immense goodwill in Japan as a Gujarat Chief Minister for taking forward the state’s progress, said India wants to emulate that country in terms of quality, zero defect and delivery systems while carrying out skill development.

Words cannot describe Abe’s hospitality, says PM

2 09 2014
Words cannot describe Abe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he could not describe in words the hospitality he received in Japan, saying it was an indication of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s special affection for India

“Words can’t describe PM @AbeShinzo’s great hospitality. It indicates his special affection for India & his strong faith in India-Japan ties,” Modi tweeted.

Modi also made a special mention of the tea ceremony hosted by Abe.

“Very kind of PM @AbeShinzo to have hosted a special tea ceremony in Tokyo,” he tweeted.

The prime minister also posted other tweets about his visit.

“The welcome at Akasaka Palace was overwhelming!”.

“Today, Tokyo’s Taimei elementary School had its oldest student! I went there to learn about Japan’s education system.”

“A successful India & successful Japan will benefit both nations & will be a force of peace, stability & prosperity in Asia & in the world.”

“Our partnership with Japan is a special strategic & global partnership. We will further strengthen our cooperation,” Modi posted.

Modi will return to India Wednesday at the end of his five-day visit to Japan.

Neither resign, nor go on leave: Nawaz Sharif

2 09 2014
I will neither resign, nor go on leave: Pakistan PM

A joint session of parliament is under way in Pakistan as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tries to rally support against the protesters calling for his resignation.

The session, which is expected to continue for a week, comes a day after supporters of opposition leaders, politician Imran Khan and religious leader Tahir-ul-Qadri,  did  occupy Pakistan broadcast building for while in the capital, Islamabad. Later broadcast was resumed after paramilitary soldiers cleared the building.

Khan and Qadri have been calling for the resignation of Sharif over allegations of vote rigging in the last year’s general elections won by Sharif’s party.

But Khawaja Asif, Pakistan’s minister of defence, has said that the prime minister “will never resign come what may”.

Sharif held meeting with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Monday to discuss the situation.

The military’s press department issued a statement on the same day, denying rumours reported on local media that the army chief had asked PM Sharif to resign. The statement described the army as an “apolitical institution” that did not take sides in the political stalemate.

Protesters have been attempting to storm the prime minister’s official residence since Saturday night, prompting an outbreak of violence which has resulted in three deaths and more than 595 people injured, including 115 police officers.

Embattled Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said he will neither resign nor go on leave, even as anti-government protesters led by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri continue to mount pressure on him to step down.

Addressing a meeting of leaders of political parties here, Nawaz said he would not allow to set a precedent under which a few people make hostage mandate of millions of people.

“We have rule of Constitution here and we will not allow any one to abrogate it,” Nawaz said.

Following the meeting a joint declaration pointed out that future of Pakistan is linked with democracy and any deviation can be dangerous for federation of Pakistan.

The leaders expressed their firm resolve that they stand by the Prime Minister in the struggle to defend the democracy.

All parliamentary parties decided to become party to the petition filed in the Supreme Court for supremacy of the Parliament.

The leaders strongly condemned attacks on the Parliament, Prime Minister’s House and PTV. “These attacks are attacks on democracy and state,” they said.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate declared that if someone tried to besiege the Prime Minister House then political leadership would stay with the Prime Minister in the PM House.

The meeting condemned irresponsible role played by a section of media trying to create misunderstanding between institutions.

The meeting was attended by Syed Khursheed Shah, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Ijazul Haq, Babar Khan Ghauri, Dr Farooq Sattar, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Haji Adeel, Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Abbas Khan Afridi and Ghazi Gulab Jamal.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan are agitating since August 14 against alleged rigging during the last year’s general elections.

The political crisis has triggered violent clashes in Islamabad, leaving three persons dead and over 550 injured. Media agencies 


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