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India to Organise Cultural Festival in Egypt to mark Tagore’s 156th Birth Anniversary

India will organise Tagore cultural  Festival in Egypt to mark the 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore from May 8-12. Tagore Festival will be organised by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), which is the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo. The fest will be organised in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, Cairo Opera House, Cultural Production Sector, Dancers’ Guild and the Indian Community Association in Egypt. The festival will feature a dance show, film screening, a play and painting competition.  As a part of the festival, a dance drama based on Tagore’s work called ‘Chitrangada‘ will be performed by the Kolkata-based Dancers’ Guild. Chitrangada is the warrior princess in the epic, Mahabharata.

Egypt’s Connection

Tagore visited Egypt as a young adolescent in 1878 and later in 1926. Tagore was impressed by the strong literary trends of Egypt. On his visit, he met King Fouad and has interacted with many scholars in Alexandria and Cairo. He had an enduring friendship with Egyptian poet Ahmed Shawki and wrote a moving eulogy on his death in 1932. Tagore had also written about the beautiful relationship between the Nile River and the flourishing civilisation of Egyptians.

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a famous Indian poet (1861-1941). He was the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his collection of poems, ‘Gitanjali‘. His poetry, novels, plays, short stories and essays are world famous and are widely read across the world. He has contributed immensely to Bengali literature and India’s literary heritage. Rabindranath Tagore had renounced his knighthood protesting against the Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre. Rabindranath Tagore was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore who was associated with the Brahmo Samaj.

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India and Egypt sign agreement in the area of Maritime Transport

India and Egypt have signed an agreement in the area of Maritime Transport to step up co-operation on the seas.

The agreement was signed during the 3-day visit (from September 1 to 3, 2016) of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to India.

The Maritime Transport Agreement will strengthen cooperation between both countries. It will also provide sustained mutual assistance and advice on merchant shipping and other related maritime matters.

The agreement seeks to

  • Strengthen cooperation in the field of merchant shipping and other matters related maritime transport between both countries.
  • Encourage the development maritime relationship between both countries and mutually cooperate to enhance and stimulate steady growth of maritime traffic.
  • Facilitate training and exchange of staff and students between both countries from various maritime establishments.
  • Boost exchange of information necessary for facilitating and accelerating the flow of commercial goods in the sea and at the ports.
  • Facilitate establishment of joint ventures (JVs) in the fields of maritime transportation, maritime training, shipbuilding and repairs, IT including development of simulators, port facilities and related maritime activities, etc.

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Union Cabinet gives nod to agreement between India and Egypt on Maritime Transport

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of an agreement on Maritime Transport between India and Egypt.

Decision in this regard was taken at Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The agreement seeks to

  • Strengthen cooperation in the field of merchant shipping and other matters related maritime transport between both countries.
  • Encourage the development maritime relationship between both countries and mutually cooperate to enhance and stimulate steady growth of maritime traffic.
  • Facilitate training and exchange of staff and students between both countries from various maritime establishments.
  • Boost exchange of information necessary for facilitating and accelerating the flow of commercial goods in the sea and at the ports.
  • Facilitate establishment of joint ventures (JVs) in the fields of maritime transportation, maritime training, shipbuilding and repairs, IT including development of simulators, port facilities and related maritime activities, etc.

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