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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 respective Governments.

    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.

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H.E. Ambassador Yasukuni Enoki and Mr. Kumar Sanjay Krishna signing the ODA documents


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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 JICA.

    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.