Is­rael to help In­dia con­serve wa­ter, clean up Ganga

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Jerusalem: PM Modi and his Is­raeli coun­ter­part Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu have “vi­su­alised” that the two coun­tries would be­come close part­ners in de­vel­op­ment, tech­nol­ogy, in­no­va­tion, en­trepreneur­ship, de­fence and se­cu­rity, for­eign sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar told re­porters here on Wed­nes­day.

“It is in this con­text that we felt it was im­por­tant to have a sep­a­rately des­ig­nated strate­gic part­ner­ship on agri­cul­ture and wa­ter,” Jais­hankar said. A joint state­ment said the co­op­er­a­tion would fo­cus on wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, waste wa­ter treat­ment and its re­use for agri­cul­ture, de­sali­na­tion, wa­ter util­ity re­forms and clean­ing of the Ganga. Sim­i­lar al­liance in post-har­vest tech­ni­cal knowhow and mar­ket link­ages will be seen in agri­cul­ture sec­tor. Jais­hankar said this part­ner­ship would feed into In­dia’s goal of dou­bling farm in­come.

“In­dia ad­mires the suc­cess of your peo­ple in over­com­ing ad­ver­sity to ad­vance, in­no­vate and flour­ish against all odds,” Modi said. De­fence and se­cu­rity found suf­fi­cient em­pha­sis — the state­ment re­flected a new par­a­digm in stat­ing the coun­tries “agreed that fu­ture de­vel­op­ments in this sphere should fo­cus on joint de­vel­op­ment of de­fence prod­ucts, in­clud­ing trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy from Is­rael” en­com­pass­ing not only “Make in In­dia” but a new con­cept of ‘Make with In­dia’.

The busi­ness and eco­nomic re­la­tion­ship will get fresh en­ergy on Thurs­day when both sides sit down for the first CEOs fo­rum, with 16 com­pa­nies on ei­ther side, where wa­ter, pharma and de­fence in­dus­tries will find pre-em­i­nence. There will also be a pre­sen­ta­tion on start-up op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Modi-Ne­tanyahu meet­ing fo­cused on de­fence and se­cu­rity, counter-ter­ror and global and re­gional se­cu­rity as­sess­ments. The In­dian side briefed the Is­raelis about the reg­u­la­tory changes in In­dia, as well as se­cu­rity chal­lenges . In­dia and Is­rael will also ex­plore co­op­er­at­ing in third coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly in Africa, Ne­tanyahu said. There is a plan to in­crease the num­ber of In­dian stu­dents in Is­rael — al­ready In­dia is the source of the largest num­ber of post-doc­toral stu­dents. Jais­hankar hinted at the pos­si­bil­ity of more civil­ian flights be­tween In­dia and Is­rael. Min­istry of Drink­ing Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion and Min­istry of Na­tional In­fra­struc­ture, En­ergy and Wa­ter Re­sources of Is­rael sign MoU on Na­tional Cam­paign for Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion in In­dia UP Jal Nigam, Gov­ern­ment of Ut­tar Pradesh and Min­istry of Na­tional In­fra­struc­ture, En­ergy and Wa­ter Re­sources of Is­rael sign pact on state wa­ter util­ity re­form in In­dia In­dia-Is­rael de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion — three­year work pro­gramme in agri­cul­ture (2018-2020) Plan of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Isro and Is­rael Space Agency (ISA) for co­op­er­a­tion in atomic clocks MoU be­tween Isro and Is­rael Space Agency re­gard­ing co­op­er­a­tion in GEO-LEO optical link Isro and ISA sign pact on co­op­er­a­tion in elec­tric propul­sion for small satel­lites

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