The News Scroll 07 March 2017  Last Updated at 4:34 pm | Source: PTI

India offers to host information centre for maritime security

India offers to host information centre for maritime security
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From Ajay Kaul

Jakarta, Mar 7 (PTI) India today offered to host an Information Fusion Centre as part of efforts to ensure maritime safety and security in the Indian Ocean.

It was one of the proposals made by President Hamid Ansari at the first summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) here.

Ansari said maritime safety and security can be reinforced by institutionalising cooperative mechanisms such as White Shipping Agreements and by setting up an Information Fusion Centre for strengthening Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).

"My government would be happy to host such a centre in India, with our in-house expertise supplemented by support from IORA member countries," he said.

He also announced the intention of the Indian government to establish the 'IORA Centre of Excellence (ICE)' in an Indian coastal city.

"The objective would be to provide academics and researchers access to a collective source of data and resource material. We will shortly be circulating a concept note on the proposed Centre through the IORA Secretariat," he said.

He said India will also be happy to share its hydrographical capability with the member states for better navigation and understanding of marine topography.

He proposed a network of think tanks to enable the collation of available resources with member countries.

The Association comprises India, Australia, Bangladesh, Iran, Kenya, Comoros, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. It also has seven Dialogue Partners -- the US, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.

From Ajay Kaul

Jakarta, Mar 7 (PTI) India today offered to host an Information Fusion Centre as part of efforts to ensure maritime safety and security in the Indian Ocean.

It was one of the proposals made by Vice President Hamid Ansari at the first summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) here.

Ansari said maritime safety and security can be reinforced by institutionalising cooperative mechanisms such as White Shipping Agreements and by setting up an Information Fusion Centre for strengthening Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).

"My government would be happy to host such a centre in India, with our in-house expertise supplemented by support from IORA member countries," he said.

He also announced the intention of the Indian government to establish the 'IORA Centre of Excellence (ICE)' in an Indian coastal city.

"The objective would be to provide academics and researchers access to a collective source of data and resource material. We will shortly be circulating a concept note on the proposed Centre through the IORA Secretariat," he said.

He said India will also be happy to share its hydrographical capability with the member states for better navigation and understanding of marine topography.

He proposed a network of think tanks to enable the collation of available resources with member countries.

The Association comprises India, Australia, Bangladesh, Iran, Kenya, Comoros, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. It also has seven Dialogue Partners -- the US, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.

Kolkata, Mar 7 (PTI) West Bengal Finance and Industry Minister Amit Mitra today said nearly 38-40 per cent of the investment proposals received in 2015 and 2016 Bengal Global Business Summits have fructified and the rest are under process.

"We had received a total Rs 4.9 lakh crore investment proposals in 2015 and 2016 Bengal Global Business Summits. And out of this nearly 38-40 per cent proposal have already fructified. The rest are under consideration and process," he said.

On the state entering into a joint venture with Gas Authority of India Limited to supply natural gas to every household in greater Kolkata, Mitra said "We have entered into a joint venture through Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation Ltd (GCGSCL), which is a 100 per cent state-owned company. GCGSCL will have an equity of 26 per cent while GAIL will hold 74 per cent stake.

"Having 26 per cent stake gives veto power," he said.

Mitra also said West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBIIDC) is focusing on sustainable and eco-friendly industrialization in the four model growth centers developed by WBIIDC.


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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