first_imgFluttering in the breeze in St. Tiernachs Park, Clones, the Donegal Flag in all it’s finery. Pic.: Gary FoyMembers of the Donegal panel line up for the team photograph prior to the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final in St. Tiernachs Park, Clones. Pic.: Gary FoyKeeping an eye on the clock as time ticks away for Donegal in the Ulster Senior Football Final in Clones. Pic.: Gary FoyDonegal fans in good spirits as they await the throw-in at St. Tiernachs Park on Sunday. Pic.: Gary FoyHeading into battle as the Donegal team take part in the pre-match parade. Pic.: Gary FoyHeading for the exit as disappointment fills the features of the faces of these Donegal suporters. Pic.: Gary FoyDonegal’s Leo Mc Loone breaks with the ball during the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final against Monaghan. Pic.: Gary FoyDeep in thought as Donegal relinquish their Ulster Senior Football crown to Monaghan in Clones. Pic.: Gary FoyMarty O’ Reilly in possession as he tries to shrug off the attention of Monaghan’s Dessie Mone. Pic.: Gary FoyNeil Gallagher outjumps Owen Lennon as he gets straight into the action after being introdued from the bench mid-way through the opening half against Monaghan. Pic.: Gary FoyAfter the joys of the past two seasons this young Donegal supporter seems to be wondering what went wrong. Pic.: Gary FoyTHE DAY DONEGAL WERE ‘OUT-DONEGALED’! – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMonaghanUlster Final. pic speciallast_img read more

Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March

first_imgGabrielle’s 10th Diary Charity Ball will take place in the Clanree Hotel on March 23 in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome at 7.30pm. The night will start with a drink’s reception followed by a five-course dinner in the Shellbridge Suite, while the David Craig band will provide entertainment after the dinner followed by DJ Tubsy.Gabrielle’s special guest this year will be Sinead McDevitt, who interviewed Gabrielle last year for World Down Syndrome Day and she decided to have her this year as her special guest. Compere for the night will be Highland Radio’s Lee Gooch.A group of Down Syndrome dancers will take to the floor along with their partners and put on a display of dancing for the guests.Gina Grant from Donegal Down Syndrome will say a few words as well as Martin McGettigan on behalf of the McGettigan family.They have kindly given the top prize of a trip for two to Dubai including flights and accommodation to their five-star Bonnington Jumeriah Lakes Hotel. To enter just put €20 into the envelope on your table to be in with a chance of winning.There are also nine other amazing prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses.Tickets (€60) are available from the Clanree Hotel. Phone: 074 9124369Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March was last modified: March 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gabrielle McMonagleGABRIELLE’S DIARYlast_img read more

Brewing up a global brand

first_imgThe South African Breweries factory inJohannesburg, South Africa, produces1.9-million litres of beer a day.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For more freephotos, visit the image library.) This article originally appeared on pagetwo of South Africa Now, a six-pagesupplement to the Washington Postproduced on behalf of Brand South Africa.(Click to enlarge.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nigel FairbrassHead of Media Relations, SABMiller+44 20 7 659 0105 or +44 77 9 989 [email protected]• SAB Limited Media Relations+27 11 881 8417Kevin DavieThere is nothing in SABMiller’s history to suggest that it would become one of the world’s largest brewers with operations on six continents in 60 countries, brewing over 200 different beers at 139 breweries.Established in 1895 as Castle Breweries, South African Breweries (SAB) had a largely southern African footprint until the 1990s. It then began an international buying spree which now sees it ranked as number-two brewer in the world by sales, second only to Belgium-headquartered Anheuser-Busch InBev.It owns four global beer brands – Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni and Pilsner Urquell – as well as numerous local beers prominent in their own markets. Twelve of its beers, including Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie, are number-one sellers locally, with Snow, China’s top-selling beer, out-selling its leading rival by two to one.While retaining its secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, where it all began, SAB set up its primary listing in London in 1999. This was the beginning of an ambitious US$17-billion (R116.5-billion) acquisition drive.Its success over the past 10 years has been breathtaking, with employee numbers rising from 34 000 to 76 000 and hectolitres brewed from 53-million in 1999 to 239-million today. It has expanded its range from 21 countries to 60 and increased its number of brands from 80 to over 200.SAB entered the FTSE with a market capitalisation of $5.3-billion (R36.3-billion), growing in recent times to $22.6-billion (R155-billion) – rising from number 88 in size to number 17 on the index.But the strategy of the company, which changed its name to SABMiller in 2002 after acquiring the Miller Brewing Group, has been much more than buying up whatever is available.SABMiller’s Bianca Shevlin says that since 1999 it has seen total shareholder return and share price “massively outperform its beverage peer group and the FTSE”. Profit in the same period rose from $746-million (R5.1-billion) to $4.4-billion (R30.2-billion).This growth is partly because people are drinking more beer: world consumption rose from 22 litres per person in 1999 to 28 litres in 2009, a 21% increase led by Chinese consumption, which is up by 48%.SABMiller has targeted this growth by acquiring interests in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, China and India. Its buying spree has coincided with the globalisation of beer, with four dominant companies acquiring 50% of total beer sales, up from just 23% 10 years ago.SABMiller’s shareholding base has changed as dramatically as the business has. In 1999 over 80% of its shareholders were South African. South Africans are still the dominant shareholders at 40% of the total, but UK residents now own 31% of the company and Americans 23%.Growth-orientated companies benefit from interests in emerging markets, but not at the expense of losing out on the world’s biggest market, the US. So, in October 2007, SABMiller announced MillerCoors, a joint venture with Molson Coors Brewing Company.Cost savings have been key to SABMiller’s successful acquisition strategy. The MillerCoors venture has delivered a total of $481-million (R3.3-billion) in savings since 2008, and is on track to achieve $750-million (R5.1-billion) in savings by 2012.Download South Africa Now in PDF format (2.2 MB), or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid MandelaThere is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.last_img read more

Which Building Energy Statistics Make the Most Sense?

first_imgLots of variablesLet’s return to the example of the two cups of water. Our first question was pretty easy, but now let us look at the question of which cup of water requires less energy to maintain a temperature of 90°F.At this point quite a few more variables come into play. First, how much water is in the cup? If one cup has more water, it will require much more energy to maintain its temperature.Second, what type of cup is the water held in: glass, plastic, ceramic, or maybe a covered, insulated coffee mug?Third, how are the cups being heated — maybe one is being heated efficiently in the microwave, while another is being held over an open campfire. The cup over the open campfire will require much more energy to be used to keep it at temperature because the heating source is extremely inefficient.Another consideration might be: Where are the cups sitting while not being actively heated? If one cup is sitting on a sunny window ledge while another sits in a dark closet, it would make a dramatic difference.These are simple examples of the types of questions that have to be dealt with when measuring buildings and their energy performance, though building variables are even more varied and complex. Making sense of the numbersNow let us look at the second challenge: How to make sense of the numbers.The best way to look at energy utilization is to have an actual measured number for the amount of energy used during a defined period of time. For a building, this would be the total BTU or kWh used by all energy sources for a year, though in our example of the two cups of water this would likely be in BTU per hour.As an example, let’s say that Cup #1 required 100 BTU/h to maintain its temperature, while Cup #2 used 150 BTU/h to maintain the same temperature. At first glance, you would say that Cup #1 was more energy-efficient.But here is where it gets complicated. What if Cup #1 contained only 10 ounces of water, while Cup #2 contained 30 ounces of water? In that case, Cup #1 requires 10 BTU/h/ounce, while Cup #2 requires 5 BTU/h/ounce.Looking at the numbers this way, it seems as if Cup #2 is more energy-efficient. So what really is the standard that we should be using?When looking at buildings, what really makes sense? Two glasses of liquidLet’s use two glasses of water as an example. Some comparisons seem black and white – such as the question of which of the two cups of water sitting in front of us is hotter. Obviously the one that burns your finger is hotter than the one with the ice cubes floating around the rim. A solution?I don’t have a definitive answer. The purpose of this discussion is not to decide on a unit of energy measurement that should always be used, but to outline the inherent challenges in comparing these metrics.Trying to understand how one building compares to anther in terms of energy usage is an enormous task, and different answers emerge based on how the numbers are manipulated and reported. Making it easier to make sense of building energy statistics is a challenge that needs to be addressed if we want to change the status quo and move toward increasing the stock of net-zero energy buildings.Do you have a suggestion? Please comment below. But the comparison becomes much more difficult when we start looking at which building performs better. Not only is there much more information required in making this decision, there is also the question of how you look at the numbers.center_img There are many measures used to evaluate building energy efficiency: total kBtu, kBtu/sq. ft./year, kWh/year, therms/year, kWh/sq. m./year, $/year, kBtu/person — and more. But determining when to use which metric, and even more importantly, how to make sense of a comparison of the energy efficiency of two different buildings, is no easy task. RELATED ARTICLES Understanding Energy UnitsWhat’s the Difference Between Energy and Power?Houses Versus CarsComparing Fuel CostsStrength in NumbersEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very Accurate Bill Maclay is the founder and president of Maclay Architects in Waitsfield, Vermont. His firm specializes in designing buildings and communities that are models for healthy, inspired living, advancing to a carbon neutral and ecologically sustainable future. Bill is the author of The New Net Zero: Leading Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future.last_img read more

Google doodle celebrates FIFA World Cup 2014 start

first_imgGoogle has dedicated an interactive doodle on its homepage to mark the start of the FIFA World Cup 2014. The FIFA World Cup 2014 begins today in Brazil with a Croatia facing off against the host country in the first match of the world’s greatest gaming spectacle.The interactive doodle begins by showing a yellow and blue coloured football bouncing towards the centre of the screen from the left.The ball halts in the centre of the screen, at which point the letters making up the word Google come alive and begin to jump up and down.With the letters dancing in the foreground, the vista of Rio de Janeiro spreads open behind them.Golden sands and palm trees are seen along with cable cars conveying passengers to and from the top of the city’s iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain.The statue of Christ the Redeemer watches the carnival scene impassively.The month long event will be held in 12 different cities of Brazil. The FIFA World Cup returns to the football crazy nation after 64 years. The last time Brazil hosted the show was in 1950.last_img read more

Rajnath Singh becomes first Def Minister to fly in Tejas fighter jet

first_imgBengaluru: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru, becoming the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft (LCA).After the 30-minute sortie, the defence minister said he chose the aircraft because it was built indigenously and described the flying experience as thrilling. “Flight very smooth, comfortable, I was thrilled. It was one of the most memorable events of my life,” said the 68-year-old Singh after alighting from the aircraft. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”This is an indigenous plane. So, it came naturally to me to fly in Tejas and experience the flying. It was also to check under what conditions do our fighter pilots fly these aircraft. This is why I flew in this aircraft,” the minister said. Wearing a G suit, holding his helmet under his arms and sporting aviator glasses, Singh looked every inch a fighter pilot. “I want to congratulate HAL, DRDO and several agencies concerned. We have reached a level where we can export fighter planes across the world…Countries in South East Asia have shown interest in purchasing Tejas aircraft,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAn official said the minister also “controlled” and flew the aircraft for around two minutes. However, the minister said he was following orders. “But those two minutes were memorable,” he said. In a tweet, Singh said: “The ‘G-Suite’ and ‘Tejas’: It was a memorable experience. Thank you @IAF_MCC @HALHQBLR & @DRDO_India for this proud moment.” “Special thanks to AVM, N.Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) for the sortie,” he said. The minister was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru. Talking about his experience of flying with the Defence Minister, Tiwari said, “Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) was flying the aircraft in the air (for 2 minutes), and he liked it. We went all the way up to 2 to 2.5g. But I was showing him more avionics and sophisticated systems that we have on board like laser designation pod, using which you can pick up targets even from 20-25 km away.” When a person is standing still on earth, the amount of force exerted by earth’s gravitational field is “one g”. Fighter pilots have to bear higher number of g’s as they fly at high speed and altitude. Tiwari said the minister was very happy with the flying quality, “the smoothness, the controls, and the way the aircraft was flying”. “We went close to Mach 1, the speed of sound, but he couldn’t make it out. I had to tell him that this is the speed now,” Tiwari added. Officials said the basic flying in the Indian Air Force currently starts by 20.5 years and a pilot is generally ready to fly fighter jets in IAF at around 22 years of age. He also said that there is no upper age limit for flying fighter jets. Till the time a pilot is medically fit – up to the standards set by the IAF – he or she can fly the fighter jet, the official said. The chief of the Indian Air Force is 62 years old. Singh also attended an exhibition of products of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Bengaluru. A Defence Ministry official had said on Wednesday that the minister would be “taking a sortie” in order to boost the morale of officers who have been involved in the development of the “indigenously-made Tejas”. “It will also boost the morale of IAF pilots who are flying these aircraft,” the official had said. The IAF has already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. The naval version of the LCA is in development stage. Last Friday in Goa, Tejas had successfully carried out an “arrested landing”, a key performance, demonstrating its ability to land on board an aircraft carrier, making it a major milestone in development of the naval variant of the fighter jet. Initially, the IAF had placed an order with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Tejas aircraft. Last year, the IAF issued the request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the procurement of another batch of 83 Tejas at a cost of over Rs 50,000 crore. The Tejas is an indigenous light weight, multi role supersonic aircraft developed in both fighter and trainer versions.last_img read more

Sathiyan becomes 2nd Indian to enter singles quarterfinals

first_imgYogyakarta (Indonesia): G Sathiyan on Friday became only the second Indian to reach the men’s singles quarterfinals at the Asian Table Tennis Championships when he defeated An-Ji Song of North Korea here. Sathiyan, currently the top-ranked Indian in the world, hardly broke a sweat as he notched up a 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 win against his North Korean opponent in the pre-quarterfinal match that lasted 22 minutes. The only other occasion when an Indian paddler had reached the singles quarterfinals was when Sudhir Phadke beat a Chinese in the pre-quarterfinals of the Asian Championships in Pyongyang way back in 1976. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe Indian, ranked 30 in the world, will take on world number 4 Chinese Lin Gaoyuan in the quarterfinals. “I am extremely happy to reach the quarterfinals for the first time and it has been a wonderful journey so far. I would really love to set the bar high for Indian table tennis and hungry to go even further in the tournament,” said an elated Saithyan. Asked what his plans would be against his opponent in the quarterfinals, Sathiyan said: “I will go with an aim to win and try to play my best. I am underdog and all the pressure is on Gaoyuan.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersReminded that he and Achanta Sharath Kamal had an impressive outing against Gao and his partner earlier in the day in men’s doubles, Sathiyan said, “Yes, we were almost in the medal round and that would have been historic. But in the decider they (Chinese) pulled it off.” In the men’s singles round of 64, Sathiyan had accounted for Singapore’s Koh Dominic Song Jun 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 before beating Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 in the round of 32. In the men’s doubles, the pair of Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal failed to reach the medal round in the men’s double as they lost to the Chinese duo of Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11. Except for Sharath and Harmeet Desai who could not go past the round of 64, the other three Indians — Sathiyan, Amalraj and Manav — made it to the round of 32 in the men’s singles. Only Sathiyan survived to move into the pre-quarterfinals and then to the quarterfinals while the other two exited. Amalraj lost to Chen Chien-An of Taipei 6-11, 8-11, 8-11, while Manav was beaten by another Taipei player Liao Cheng-Ting who won 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 in the round of 32. Like Sharath, who lost to Japanese Takuya Jin 11-4, 5-11, 11-7, 6-11, 12-14, Harmeet Desai too went down fighting to Jang Woojin of Korea 11-7, 2-11, 5-11, 5-11 in the round of 64. Among the women players, only Ayhika entered the pre-quarterfinals before losing to three-time world champion and reigning Olympic champion Ding Ning of China 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 9-11. Manika Batra lost to Hitomi Sato of Japan 9-11, 8-11, 4-11 in the round of 32 while Archana lost to Feng Tianwei of Singapore 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 4-11.last_img read more

You are not a star campaigner in US polls Cong on PMs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating Indian foreign policy’s “time honoured principle” of not interfering in the domestic elections of another country by “actively campaigning” for US President Donald Trump at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston.The opposition party said by taking a “partisan” position, the prime minister has done a “disservice” to long-term strategic Indo-US relations. It also took a swipe at Modi saying it would have been better if he would have “shed his aversion” to Jawaharlal Nehru and joined in endorsing what the US Senators were saying about the country’s first prime minister. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghCongress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said it should not be seen that India is taking sides and the Prime Minister using the Houston platform to exhort and raise the slogan of ‘Ab ki baar Trump sarkar’ was better avoided. “We have a strategic partnership between India and the United States of America which is bipartisan, which we fully endorse. “But, there is a time-honoured convention of India’s foreign policy that when we engage with the foreign governments or the President or Prime Minister when on foreign soil, we do not take part in the domestic electoral politics. Prime Minister should have honoured that,” Sharma told reporters. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”It should not be seen that India is taking positions or sides and Prime minister using that platform to exhort and raise that slogan on ‘Ab ki baar Trump sarkar’ was better avoided,” the Congress leader said. Sharma said India has engaged with both Republican administration and Democratic administration and it was a Republican administration under President George W Bush “when we successfully negotiated the Indo-US Nuclear deal during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tenure”. He said when the US elections came, the Indian leadership under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not take a partisan position to support or endorse the Republicans and when Barack Obama took over as the US President, “we carried on with the US engagement with the Democratic administration, as effectively as we had done with the previous Republican administration”. “As far as India’s strategic interests are concerned, we have to engage with all the parties concerned. We wish the prime minister for his visit. We hope that President Trump would appreciate the Indian diaspora greeting him when the prime minister was there,” he said. On President Trump attending the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston, he said, the Congress has no objections to it. “But, we hope the Prime Minister would get President Trump to agree to restore all the cuts on H1B Visas, reduce the fees and again restore the GSP so that Indian exports can get access to the US markets,” he said. Earlier, in a series of tweets, Sharma said Modi was in the US as India’s prime minister, and not a star campaigner in the US elections. “Mr Prime Minister, you have violated the time honoured principle of Indian foreign policy of not interfering in the domestic elections of another country. This is a singular disservice to the long-term strategic interests of India,” Sharma said on Twitter after the event in Texas on Sunday night where Modi and Trump shared the stage. “Our relationship with the United States of America have throughout been bipartisan, vis- -vis Republicans and Democrats. Your actively campaigning for Trump is a breach of both India and America as sovereign nations and democracies,” he added. Sharma’s party colleague P Chidambaram, who is in Tihar jail on charges of alleged corruption, also took a dig at the prime minister over his “Everything is fine in India” remark in Houston. “Bharat mai sab achha hai. Except for unemployment, loss of existing jobs, lower wages, mob violence, lockdown in Kashmir and throwing Opposition leaders in prison,” Chidambaram tweeted through his family. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh also hailed US House majority leader invoking Jawaharlal Nehru in his speech at the ‘Howdy Modi’ event, saying it would have been better if Prime Minister Modi would have shed his aversion to India’s first PM and joined in endorsing what the American leaders said.last_img read more

No terrorist attack is more or less good or bad PM Modi

first_imgNew York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that terrorist attacks anywhere in the world should be considered as an act of terrorism — “not more or less” or “good or bad”. During his address at the Leaders’ Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives, held on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly session on Monday, Modi called for institutionalisation of counterterrorism cooperation at the multilateral level and asserted that India will work towards enhancing ongoing cooperation and capacity building of friendly countries in this area. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “The prime minister said that terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms, for this objective to be realised,” Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs A Gitesh Sarma told reporters here after the meeting. Modi also asserted the need to avoid politicisation of mechanisms like UN sanction listings and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and said that these mechanisms need to be enforced. A terrorist attack anywhere in the world “should be considered terrorism — not good or bad terrorism. Not more or less”, the prime minister said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen He said there should be a “qualitative upgradation” in the ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing through bilateral and regional frameworks. Sharing India’s experience, Modi told the meeting that democratic values, diversity and inclusive development are the most important weapons against ideologies that promote terrorism, extremism and radicalism, Sarma said. Modi called for global solidarity and readiness against terrorism in the same way as the world has shown solidarity against challenges like climate change. The meeting also took stock of the Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate terrorists and violent extremist content online. India has supported the Christchurch Call to sanitize cyberspace from contents which promote and eulogise terrorism, hate and violence, Sarma said. India’s rising stature and strong democratic credentials increasingly resonate in multilateral fora and were very much exemplified by French President Emmanuel Macron’s opening statement where he expressed appreciation for India’s association to the Christchurch call, particularly as a democracy that represents over a billion people, he said. Macron said India’s support takes the entire initiative to new levels and gives it a greater sense of action towards dealing with, content and use of online techniques.last_img read more