India launches first bullet train

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Mr. Abe who is on a two-day visit to India said,” My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India”. As a close ally to India, Japan has given a loan of $17 billion for the project.

The 750-seat train scheduled to run between Ahmedabad city and Mumbai will have 12 stations on the route. It is expected to cover the 500 km journey, in 3hrs as opposed to 8hrs taken by a normal train. It can run as fast as 350km/h which is more than twice the maximum speed offered by the fastest trains in India. Though most of the route is elevated, a part of it will run through a 7 km long undersea tunnel.

Linking major cities through high-speed trains is one of the main ambitions of the government and Mr. Modi has promised to make significant improvements in the network.

Sources

BBC, Hindustan Times

Bullet train to revolutionise Indian Rail Network

Railway minister Piyush Goyal announced plans for the construction of India’s most ambitious high-Speed Rail Project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.  also adding that said that train has not seen a single accident in Japan.

Goyal said, “The coming of bullet trains to India will not only boost employment but also will help India to export it.”, also adding that the train has not seen a single accident in Japan.

According to Mr. Goyal, the Indian Railways is set to undergo radical changes for the good under the directions of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe will also be visiting India for the foundation stone laying ceremony of the highspeed rail link between the two major cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The main aim of the visit being to promote Shinkansen technology for Indian railways., with China also aiming to win orders for the projects, the Japan Times had reported, earlier in August.

With services planned to commence in 2023, the 500-km railway will link Mumbai and Ahmedabad in Western India. Known for its safety and comfort, the train is based on Japanese high-speed technology called Shinkansen India has pledged to build high-speed railways.

News Source: ANI, Financial Express

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North Korea successfully tests intercontinental ballistic missile 

North Korea on July 4 claimed it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile which is capable of hitting the mainland United States.

According to a Reuters report, the launch was ordered and supervised by leader Kim Jong Un according to North Korea’s state media. The rocket covered a trajectory of 933 km (580 miles) reaching an altitude of 2,802 km over a flight time of 39 minutes.

The launch came days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations were due to discuss steps to rein in North Korea’s weapons program, which it has pursued in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

North Korea’s state media said,” The test launch was conducted at the sharpest angle possible and did not have any negative effect on neighboring countries.”

According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump, U.S. President, took to Twitter: “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan said he would ask the presidents of China and Russia to play more constructive roles in efforts to stop Pyongyang’s arms program.

The New York Times reported, North Korea has been trying to build a reliable intermediate-range ballistic missile, which would be able to reach American military bases in the Pacific.

Missile experts say North Korea may still be years away from mastering the technologies needed to build such a missile.

Source links : Reuters, The New York Times, Washington Post

 

 

Shinzo Abe appeals Vladimir Putin to work together to solve Island Row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a speech to collaborate in order to address the long-pending Island issue. The appeal was made at a Business Conference in the Russian port-city of Vladivostok. Shinzo Abe’s father, Shintaro Abe tried to settle the issue in the 1980s but in vain. This issue had soured the ties between the two superpowers for more than seven decades.

There is a cluster of islands that were controlled by Russia known as Southern Kuriles that is claimed by Japan as theirs. Such relations have precluded a former peace treaty between the two countries. “Vladimir, in order to carve out towards the future bilateral relations overflowing with unlimited potential, I am resolved to putting forth all my strength to advance the relationship between Japan and Russia, together with you,” Abe said.

This might help Japan to increase Japanese investment in Russia. Putin assured that he would take decisive steps after careful consideration. On Friday, both the leaders agreed to hold two more summits to expedite the peace treaty.

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PM Shinzo Abe appeals to Putin to solve island row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a speech to collaborate in order to address the long-pending Island issue. The appeal was made at a business conference in the Russian port-city of Vladivostok. Shinzo Abe’s father, Shintaro Abe tried to settle the issue in the 1980s but in vain. This issue had soured the ties between the two superpowers for more than seven decades.

There is a cluster of islands that were controlled by Russia known as Southern Kuriles that Japan has made claims to. Such relations have precluded a former peace treaty between the two countries. “Vladimir, in order to carve out towards the future bilateral relations overflowing with unlimited potential, I am resolved to putting forth all my strength to advance the relationship between Japan and Russia, together with you,” said PM Abe.

This might help Japan to increase investment in Russia. Putin assured that he would take decisive steps after careful consideration. On Friday, both the leaders agreed to hold two more summits to expedite the peace treaty.

Sources: NDTV , Daily Mail

Be cautious while dealing with North Korea: Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a business forum held at Vladivostok urged countries to show caution while dealing with North Korea. This forum was also attended by South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Putin also asked North Korea to agree with the arguments supported by the United Nations. He also pointed out that any action, which would lead to the escalation of tension, would be counter-productive. South Korean President Park Geun-hye also recommended that if we tend to stop the nuclear programs of North Korea, all the countries should come together.

Concerns about North Korea’s nuclear programs have also spread, as it conducted its fourth nuclear test in January. This has also resulted in the implementation of various sanctions on North Korea.  Park Geun-hye also said that if North Korea chooses to abandon its nuclear programs, South Korea will support it along with the global community.

Sources: TOI , Indian Express

Civil nuclear energy and bullet train deals inked between Indo-Japan

New Delhi: Taking the partnership to a new level, PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe signed several pacts including defence, civil nuclear energy and a deal regarding the construction of India’s first bullet train at Rs.98,000 crore.

Addressing the Business Leaders Forum, Modi said that India not only wants “high-speed bullet trains, but also high-speed growth.” Praising Japan’s support of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Modi also elucidated on the

India-Japan agrees on bullet train and sign nuclear deal Image Source: Economic Times
India-Japan agrees on bullet train and sign nuclear deal
Image Source: Economic Times

fact that an $11-12 billion dollar fund has been created in Japan to promote the intiative. He also added that Japan will be importing cars from Maruti Suzuki as a first in support of the initiative.

Following the meet, PM Modi and Abe met President Pranab Mukherjee at his residence at Rashtrapathi Bhavan. Post-visit they proceeded to Hyderabad House where delegation level talks were conducted between the two countries. Some of the topics discussed at the summit were international and regional issues of mutual importance including UN reforms.

Addressing a joint press meet with Abe after the summit, Modi said “No friend will matter more in realising India’s economic dreams than Japan” while describing Abe as “a personal friend and a great champion of India-Japan partnership“.

Some of the other pacts signed between the two countries include India ensuring ‘visa on arrival’ to all Japanese citizens from March 1st, 2016. As part of the Kyoto-Varanasi memorandum agreed upon earlier last year, PM Abe declared that Japan will build a convention centre in Varanasi.

PM Modi and Shizo Abe will visit Varanasi later in the day, where they will witness the Ganga-Aarti together in a show of solidarity.

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