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INDIA & CYPRUS SIGN WORK PLAN FOR COOPERATION IN AGRICULTUREPosted on April 27, 2017 India and Cyprus today signed Work Plan for 2017-18 for cooperation in the agriculture sector. The work plan was signed after a meeting of Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh with his Cyprus counterpart Nicos Kouyialis in New Delhi. An official release said, it covers areas such as joint research projects, training and exchange programme for scientists ,technology and promotion of private sector participation.During the meeting, Mr Singh said, the government is working not only to accelerate agricultural production to meet the rising demand for food, but also to increase the income of those dependent on agriculture. He said, the government has set a target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 and briefly highlighted the initiatives taken in this regard. Mr Singh thanked the Cyprus minister for his visit to India saying that it has provided an opportunity to further enhance the bilateral relation…
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DIRECTOR-GENERAL CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF BLOGGER YAMEEN RASHEED IN THE MALDIVESPosted on April 26, 2017 Paris, 26 April—The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called on the authorities of the Maldives to investigate the killing of prominent blogger and social media activist, Yameen Rasheed on 23 April. “I condemn the murder of Yameen Rasheed,” said the Director-General. “Journalists need to be able to work without fear and contribute to informed democratic debate. I call on the Maldivian authorities to ensure that the rule of law is respected and that those responsible for this killing are brought to justice.” Rasheed maintained a blog, The Daily Panic, on political and social issues. He is reported to have received numerous death threats over the past year. Rasheed died from injuries sustained when he was attacked inside his apartment building in the capital, MalĂ©. The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adop…