Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July, Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said on Wednesday that both countries have built a strong bilateral partnership over the past 25 years and “the best is yet to come”.Carmon, addressing a gala dinner on the occasion of the 69th National Day of Israel and 25 years of growing partnership between the two sides, said the bilateral relationship was a “winning partnership.”He said the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Israel last year and the return visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in November last year and the upcoming visit by Prime Minister Modi to his country, the first by an Indian Prime Minister, were “not less than historical”.Carmon said both nations are ancient civilisations and proud of their history and culture and are also modern and democratic societies.”Over the past 25 years both have solidified their strong bilateral relationship” with cooperation in the fields of agriculture, defence, water, technology and more.”We are proud to be India’s technological partner. Together in the next 25 years we will do wonders and the best is yet to come,” he said to applause.He also raised a toast to the friendship and growing partnership with Chief Guest, Sports Minister Vijay Goel.Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to go to Israel since full diplomotic relations were established in 1992.Also Read:Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons: Israel advertisement
Asian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman, who almost missed the quadrennial event due to a threatening knee injury, revealed she won’t have to undergo a surgery for the Grade 3 Meniscus tear.”I was worried that I might have to undergo a surgery on my knee. But thanks to god, doctors said my injury hasn’t become any worse. Good progress meant I don’t have to go for an operation and will be undergoing physiotherapy to deal with the pain,” Swapna told Mail Today.The 21-year-old track and field athlete sustained the meniscus tear two months before the Asian Games while sweating it out during training with her coach Subhash Sarkar in Jalpaiguri.The heptathlete still took the risk to participate in the Asiad despite the risk of the knee injury getting worse. At the time of the event, she was also nursing a prolonged back injury and a swollen jaw — due to teeth decay. Showing tremendous grit, Swapna went on to become the first Indian to win gold in the heptathlon.As per orthopaedic studies, Meniscus — a thin fibrous cartilage between the surfaces of some joints — can’t be regenerated after getting torn and the only way to deal with it is removing the cartilage through surgery.As per a relative of Swapna, the athlete and her coach decided not to undergo surgery fearing the outcome of it on her athletics career.”The duo met multiple renowned orthopaedic specialists in Mumbai between September 19-20 and all of them suggested a surgery could be avoided because the tear hasn’t got worse. They worry a surgery might ruin her career,” the relative told Mail Today on the condition of anonymity.advertisementMeanwhile, Swapna will now be focusing on upcoming season after missing out on the Arjuna Award. The 21-year-old Jalpaiguri girl said she is disappointed on not winning India’s second-biggest sporting laurel but said those who won were more deserving than her.”I would be lying if I tell you that I wasn’t disappointed not to see my name in the list but at the end of the day only three could have won it from track and field. Jinson (Johnson), Hima (Das) and (Muhammed) Anas were the more deserving candidate than me. I can always win it next year,” she said.Swapna’s coach revealed she wasn’t nominated at the beginning but Sports Authority of India (SAI) asked the heptathlete to apply for the laurel.”We didn’t apply at first because the limited number of entries AFI (Athletics Federation of India) could make but SAI asked us to apply few days before the award committee meeting and we responded dully. She couldn’t win it for the same reason again,”Sarkar said.Sarkar also revealed that he is also mulling over the idea of filling up the form for Dronacharya Awards next year.Swapna, who didn’t train at the national camp in Patiala prior to the Asian Games, said she hasn’t made up her mind whether she will be training with AFI but it is an option.”I haven’t decided yet if I will be training at Patiala or continue to train in Kolkata. AFI has asked me to come and I might consider it after I discuss it with my coach,” she concluded.
Minister Hutchinson, who was speaking with JIS News at the Women and Youth in Agriculture Consultation Forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday (January 19), said the project is providing returns for the participants. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says the pilot of the Agriculture Push-Start (APS) programme, launched in Guys Hill, St. Mary in October, is progressing well.Under the initiative, being undertaken in collaboration with the Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project, among other partners, approximately 20 farmers have been engaged in the production of Irish potato, onions and Scotch bonnet peppers.Minister Hutchinson, who was speaking with JIS News at the Women and Youth in Agriculture Consultation Forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday (January 19), said the project is providing returns for the participants.He noted that there has been an 89 per cent compliance rate in the repayment of loans provided to the farmers for planting.Minister Hutchinson said the Ministry will be looking to get more persons involved in the APS.He said the Ministry is working with the National Land Agency (NLA) in order to ensure that persons who are interested in farming can have access to idle State lands.“The aim of the programme is to engage anyone who wants to pursue agriculture as a business, to give them a good start, and, in so doing, we are creating employment. This is about providing opportunities to better provide for you and your family, your social empowerment and community development,” he noted.Minister Hutchinson informed that more crops will be added to the programme as part of measures to cut down on food imports.“We have the capacity to grow most of these crops ourselves. When we look at tomato, cantaloupe, gungo peas, carrot, and thyme, we should never be importing these crops, and so… once we find that this programme gets off, all of these crops will be coming into the programme to give those who want to get involved a push-start,” he said. Minister Hutchinson said the Ministry will be looking to get more persons involved in the APS. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says the pilot of the Agriculture Push-Start (APS) programme, launched in Guys Hill, St. Mary in October, is progressing well.