Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with the long-overdue S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, said a top official of a Russian defence conglomerate on Monday.Sergei Chemezov, chief executive of Russian state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec, said Russia had agreed to finally deliver the long-overdue missile systems it had in 2007 committed to supply under an $800-million deal, reported Press TV citing Russian state-run RIA news agency.Moscow refused to deliver the systems to Tehran in 2010 on the pretext that the agreement was covered by the fourth round of the United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. The resolution bars sale of hi-tech weapons to Tehran.Following Moscow’s refusal to deliver the systems, Iran filed a complaint against the relevant Russian arms firm with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva.In April this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a previous ban on the delivery of the S-300 to Iran.Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in mid-August “all changes” made to the S-300 system by the Russians over the years would be implemented on the equipment to be delivered to Iran.
Delhi High Court.IANS File PhotoThe Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Election Commission of India regarding a petition that mandates Aadhaar numbers to be linked with citizen’s election identity cards.The petition was filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who sought provisions for ‘Aadhaar-based election voting system’. The plea urges to “eliminate bogus voting and voters duplicity.””Authentication of voters, the security of the voting process and protecting the voted data” were identified as key challenges of the current voting system according to the petition, ANI news agency reported.The plea proposes to implement ‘e-voting system’ that will use finger and face biometric data saved in the Aadhaar database.”In this system, the database would be updated every time before an election. The main benefits are that voting process shall be speedy and most of the tasks shall be done automatically by the system,” the plea proposes.The petition is likely to be heard by the court on Tuesday.In May, a plea filed by Upadhyay was moved before the Delhi High Court which sought directions to implement two-child norm to control India’s population.
UK foreign minister Boris Johnson. Photo: ReutersThe government will inform the international community that Khaleda Zia was jailed for misappropriating money donated to the state for spending at an orphanage trust.A top government official told this to Prothom Alo on Thursday.Ruling Awami League (AL) took the stand after a Dhaka court had convicted and sentenced the former prime minister, also the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, to five years imprisonment.Foreign ministry officials think the issue will be raised during meetings with the visiting British foreign secretary Boris Johnson and the European Parliament delegation.Boris is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Friday on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues with a special focus on the Rohingya crisis.Johnson will call on Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali this evening (Friday). He will go to visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.Besides, four separate teams consisting 11 representatives of the European Parliament will arrive in Dhaka on Saturday. Three of the teams will directly go to Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka to visit the Rohingya camps.One of the teams of European Parliament, led by Jean Lambert, was scheduled to call on Khaleda Zia on 14 February.
India features very high on Belarus’ agenda. The country considers its ever expanding trade and economic cooperation with India as an important contribution to ensure long-standing traditionally friendly and constructive comprehensive ties.India is one of Belarus’ most important partners in Asia. Both the countries have considerably increased the volume of their bilateral trade. Belarus had previously contributed significantly both to the trade and economic component of the Soviet-Indian relations, supplying Belarus tractors, large capacity dump-trucks and other high-tech machinery to India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Today, the volume of bilateral trade in 2012 increased nearly 2.7 times compared to 2007 and totals $494.4 million. Export of Belarusian products to the Indian market increased over 2.6 times. Among Belarusian goods exported to India are potash fertilizers, large capacity mining vehicles, synthetic cord, acrylic fibers, tyres, bearings, transmitting and receiving equipment, leather, electronic integrated microcircuits and other products.The major Belarusian product supplied to the Indian market are potash fertilizers which are very important for increasing productivity of Indian agriculture and ensuring food security. There is also a dynamic increase of Indian import to Belarus. In 2012, the total volume of Indian goods delivered to the Belarusian market amounted over $ 230 million. India is the biggest supplier of medicine and pharmaceutical substances to Belarus. Among other imported goods are raw tobacco, tea, sea products, spices, nuts, vegetable oils, chemical products, cotton yarn, transformers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSince 1998, the Intergovernmental Belarus-India Commission for Cooperation in the Fields of Economy, Trade, Industry, Science, Technology and Culture has been functioning. The Commission plays a decisive role in working out the consolidated approach of both the parties to cooperation in the above mentioned fields.Another effective tool to expand bilateral mutually beneficial business ties is the Business Council “Belarus-India” which functions under the aegis of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Eight sessions of the Council have been organized so far. The visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus to India on November 13- 14, 2012 gave a new stimulus to the development of bilateral relations, including in trade, economic, investment and industrial fields. In November 2012, over 60 enterprises, organizations and institutions of Belarus took part in the National Exposition of the Republic of Belarus at the 32nd Indian International Trade Fair in New Delhi. It provided a good opportunity to establish new business contacts between Belarusian and Indian companies.However, there is still a lot of work to do in the sphere of development of trade, economic and industrial cooperation and increasing of turn-over between our two countries. A wide unexplored potential exists in the sphere of technical and industrial cooperation and creation of Belarus-India joint ventures for production of agricultural machinery, engines, cargo vehicles, including high capacity mining trucks.Both the countries have vast perspectives of cooperation in pharmaceutical sphere. Belarus is very much interested not only in buying Indian medicine and pharmaceutical products but also to attract Indian upgraded technology in this field for the expansion of production of pharmaceutical goods and to contribute to the strengthening of the national health security. Belarus is an attractive and safe destination for foreign investments. The country has adopted a well-elaborated investment legislation aimed to encourage investment activities and protect the investors’ rights in its territory. Six free economic zones (FEZs) function in Belarus providing preferential terms of activities to their residents.Among the advantages of doing business in Belarus are favourable economic and geographical location along the eastern boundary of the European Union provides Belarus with an opportunity to serve as a strategic platform for foreign investors to start their business in the promising CIS markets. With the entry into force of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia and the formation of the Unified Economic Space, foreign investors enjoy a smooth access to a huge common market of the three states; political, social, and economic stability, low crime and corruption rate, absence of conflicts; highly skilled manpower makes the country’s labour market particularly attractive. Highly developed industrial and scientific potential has made the Belarusian economy an export-oriented one.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Putting your office chair in its place is such hard work. You have to push the thing where you want it to go, which involves actually touching it and, well, actually thinking a little.Who has time for that?Nissan knows you don’t and feels your Dilbert-like pain. That’s why the carmaker created a creeping fleet of self-parking office chairs to help we lazy worker schlumps deal. Too bad they’re just a concept for now.Related: Spooked by Self-Driving Cars? Get a Load of Daimler’s Awesome Autonomous Big Rig.The gimmicky “smart chairs,” technically called “Intelligent Parking Chairs,” per an announcement this week from Nissan, slowly slink to and fro (without working stiffs in them) using the nerdy tech wizardry of embedded sensors. The sensors communicate with a network of four cameras positioned throughout the room the 360-degree-turning chairs are in. They “generate a bird’s-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chair’s position and its route to destination.” Fancy.To send the wheeled robo-chairs packing — and neatly under desks, where they darn well should be after meetings and such — users simply clap their hands once. Raw power, right in the palm of your delicate white-collar hand.Related: Meet the $25 Standing Desk Made of Collapsible CardboardPretty neat stuff, we think. Also a little goofy to watch in action. Take a seat in your dumb chair and have a look to see what we mean.The semi-autonomous chairs were inspired by Nissan’s forthcoming “Intelligent Parking Assist,” a vehicle self-parking feature that the Japanese company recently showed off using a mobile app prototype and a LEAF electric car, minus a driver. It’s not clear if these sweet seats will ever be available for purchase, though we wouldn’t mind shelling out a bit to park ourselves in one — and to park one.We reached out to Nissan for more details, but have yet to hear back. In the meantime, we’ll be daydreaming about commanding a pack of ergonomically correct conference room chairs, one bossy clap at a time.Related: Sick of Sitting? Tired of Standing? Take a Load Off With This ‘Leaning’ Desk. Register Now » February 17, 2016