a grant assistance totaling US$70,638 (approximately equivalent
to Rs.31 lacs) to the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New
Delhi, to support a project for the improvement of Language
Learning equipment undertaken by it, to install multi-media
Language Learning equipment in the Japanese language laboratory.
With this equipment, not only can teachers use a much
wider variety of teaching materials available on CDs and
DVDs, but can also provide higher level education including
simultaneous translation training, etc.
The Signing Ceremony to this effect took place on March
22, 2007, at the Embassy of Japan, between H.E. Mr. Yasukuni
Enoki, Ambassador of Japan, and the representative of the
Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Japan sets a new peak of Soft Loan Package to India for the
3rd Consecutive Year
The Government of Japan recently agreed to extend a
massive package of Official Development Assistance (ODA)
to India in the form of soft loans totaling 184,893 million yen
(approximately Rs.6916 crore). The Exchange of Notes to
formalize the agreement to this effect was concluded on
March 30, 2007, at a ceremony held in the Ministry of
Finance in New Delhi. The Notes were signed and exchanged
between H.E. Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador of Japan to
India, and Mr. Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, on behalf of their
With the yen loan commitment to India going up this year
by 18.9 per cent over the previous year’s commitment, the
Japanese assistance has attained a new peak with India again
the top recipient of Japanese ODA. The loan package covers
11 large-scale projects in the areas of power distribution,
transportation, irrigation, water supply, drainage and
environment. Among the projects, Delhi Metro Project and
Bangalore Power Distribution Project deserve special mention.
H.E. Ambassador Yasukuni Enoki and Mr. Kumar Sanjay Krishna signing the
JAPAN HONOURS DR. MANMOHAN SINGH
Ambassador Enoki felicitating Dr. Manmohan Singh
The Government of Japan officially announced recently
that it would honour Dr. Manmohan Singh, the founder,
former President, and a distinguished member of the JICA
Alumni Association of India (JAAI), with the Order of the
Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in recognition of his
outstanding contribution to the furtherance of friendly relations between Japan and India. The decoration is
conferred upon Dr. Singh by His Majesty Akihito,
the Emperor of Japan.
H.E. Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador of Japan,
hosted a ceremony at his residence in the Embassy
of Japan in New Delhi, on May 11, 2007, for the
presentation of the decoration, in the presence of
some distinguished invited guests.
Dr. Singh, after completing his M.B.B.S. from
the King George College, Lucknow, received training
in tuberculosis control for six months under a
programme run by OTCA, a former organization of
Dr. Singh has worked in various capacities in
Delhi hospitals and contributed a lot to the control of
tuberculosis. For his meritorious services, Dr. Singh
has also been conferred a Life Time Achievement
Award by Bihar State in 2001, by the Delhi Government in
2003, and by NAPCON in 2006.
As a founding member of the JAAI, Dr. Singh has made an
invaluable contribution to the activities of JICA and organized
many cultural programmes, which helped the people of the two
countries to understand each other better.