Sun, Mar 26, 2017 | updated 10:26 PM IST

BRICS leaders to look at global economy, political situation in Goa today

Updated: Oct 16, 2016 08:22 IST

Panaji (Goa) [India], Oct. 16 (ANI): The Eighth BRICS Summit that kicked off with an informal dinner of leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in Goa yesterday; would resume on Sunday, where the leaders will look at global economy, political situation and the challenge posed by terror outfits.

As many as 115 events have been planned for the summit, the theme of which is 'BRICS - Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions'. The focus is on giving a fillip to people-to-people contact.

The events include two parliamentary meetings, 15 ministerial-level meetings, 56 senior officials' meeting of working groups and expert groups, 27 workshops, three track-two events and five events along business pillars.

Summit leaders will also look at BRICS cooperation with other emerging economies, issues of climate change, sustainable development goals (SDGs), financing for development and how to increase people-to-people contact. In this connection, India hosted the first ever tourism convention of all BRICS countries.

The summit will start with a restricted meeting of five BRICS leaders, followed by a plenary session, BIMSTEC Meeting, and BRICS and a BIMSTEC Outreach Meeting.

Also on the agenda is a group photo, a working luncheon, a meeting with the business council and acceptance of a report from them and a briefing by New Development Bank (NDB) President K.V. Kamath on completion of a year's functioning.

Prime Minister Modi will address the media in the presence of all leaders, and there will be a leaders' statement at the end.

In the evening, there will be a Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi, followed by a meeting of BRICS and BIMSTEC leaders. And the final event would be a BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach dinner.

"During the last two summits we have had a BRICS Outreach, in which regional countries are invited by the host. Because of our Look East policy we decided that the group that we will invite is BIMSTEC and we have confirmations from all the BIMSTEC partners," said Amar Sinha, Secretary, Economic Relations (ER), Ministry of External Affairs, while briefing the media on the upcoming BRICS Summit in New Delhi on October 7.

"Now we are looking at creating BRICS Agricultural Research platform. We are also negotiating a BRICS Railway Research network. We have actually agreed on creating a BRICS Sports Council. In this connection, I may point out that the first Under-17 BRICS Football Tournament was started on 5th October in Goa, it will finish on the 15th. The three other agreements that have already been agreed are, MoU on Environmental Cooperation, Regulation on Customs Cooperation and an MoU on Cooperation between Diplomatic Academies of BRICS. There are number of other ideas that are being discussed but since we have not reached an agreement, I am not listing them out here, perhaps next year you will hear about them," Sinha added. (ANI)

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Each case of dowry death pulls back a progressive India a century back, reminding us of the immense greed and exploiting bride's family deeply rooted in the minds of people.

Full Story >>

Patna (Bihar) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Putting forward his arguments in favour of building Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said a mosque can be demolished but a temple cannot because the God resides there.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) personnel on Sunday intercepted a passenger holding South African passport with 4.9 kg of methaqualone at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.

Full Story >>

Patna (Bihar) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Bluntly showing his opposition for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said all secular parties should unite against the saffron party which is trying to divide the nation.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Extending his greetings on Cheti Chand and Samvatsar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the Brahma Kumaris to spread the use of digital transactions.

Full Story >>

WB: DRI seizes Rs. 1.6 crore of gold biscuits

Updated: Mar 26, 2017 19:53 IST

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) personnel on Saturday night seized gold worth Rs. 1.6 crore at New Jalpaiguri railway station.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Hitting back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress on Sunday questioned as to why the young citizens of the country are arrested for executing freedom of speech online or on social media like Facebook.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called upon the nation to fight against the evil of terrorism, saying that it has posed a great challenge to humanity.

Full Story >>

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] Mar. 26 (ANI): Congress veteran and MLA Indira Hridayesh was on Sunday elected as the Leader of Opposition in Uttarakhand Assembly.

Full Story >>

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for addressing the problem raised by Gayatri in her phone message, the class 11 student said it was the fault of both people and the government for this ever-increasing problem of garbage.

Full Story >>

Farrukhabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): The Fatehgarh Jail Superintendent and many other officials were on Sunday injured after the prisoners protested demanding better amenities.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Coming out in defence of Ravindra Gaikwad, who manhandled an Air India staff, an air hostess of the national airlines who was an eye witness to the incident on Sunday said that the Shiv Sena MP was only trying to pull up the duty manager for his misdemeanour, adding that he had no intentions of throwing him down the ladder.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] Mar. 26 (ANI): Pranavananda Swami from Basaveshwara Mutt on Sunday filed a police complaint against actor Kamal Hassan, alleging the latter of insulting Mahabharata.

Full Story >>

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Mar. 26 (ANI): In a horrific incident in Uttar Pradesh, a government officer shot dead a dog for barking at him and at his dog at Moradabad's Kashiram Nagar.

Full Story >>

J-K: Two terrorists killed in Pulwama

Updated: Mar 26, 2017 16:33 IST

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): At least two terrorists were killed when they had attacked a police search party in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.

Full Story >>

Trivandrum (Kerala) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Kerala Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran on Sunday resigned following charges of sexual harassment.

Full Story >>

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): The third G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) Meeting under the G-20 German Presidency is being co-hosted by Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in Varanasi on March 28 and 29.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Aam Admi Party (AAP), Bharatiya Janata Party leader (BJP) Shazia Ilmi on Sunday advised Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to stop fooling public with his promises to abolish house tax while campaigning for the upcoming MCD elections.

Full Story >>

Mount Abu (Rajasthan) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leader L.K. Advani on Sunday said he was born in Karachi but learnt discipline and got education from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 26 (ANL): Asserting that he will not deter from condemning Pakistan sponsored terrorism, Maulana Syed Athar Dehlavi, a Delhi-based Muslim cleric whose Personal Security Officer (PSO) was attacked by terrorists late last night on Sunday, said that he will not succumb to such incidents.

Full Story >>