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India-Israel Relations: Something different from politics!

India- Israel Relations is one of those ancient and fecund relations. A most friendly relation between two powerful countries can be termed as the relation made in heaven.

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A most friendly relation between two powerful countries can be termed as the relation made in heaven. India- Israel Relations is one of those ancient and fecund relations.

Israel is a small country in the middle east with a population of nearly 9 million while India is one of the largest countries in the world with a population of about 1.38 billion.

But what brings them together? Well, it all started in 1950 where India officially recognized Israel as a free country.

India and Israel both got independence together in the year 1947 and also share long Ancient History. But both the countries followed a different path. India went unaligned whereas Israel got banned by the USA.

There are more than 85,000 Jews of Indian origin living in Israel. And Israel is happy that Jews never felt persecution in India.

At the initial state i.e. in 1948, when Israel, after loads of warfare and bloodshed, was trying to get the status of a free nation, India didn’t support Israel.

But soon in 1950, India gave its consent and recognized Israel as a free country. And also, India established a consulate in Mumbai so that Jews can easily travel to and from Israel. But for almost 4 decades and till the present, Israel has proved itself to be India’s good friend.

ISRAEL’S FIRST STEP TO FRIENDSHIP

India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was somehow biased towards Palestine maybe that was the reason that there were so many ups and downs in India and Israel’s relation.

Palestine had always been a hurdle in India- Israel relations. But in 1960, Israel put forth their helping hand towards India.

“A friend in need is a friend indeed”- this statement is proven by Israel in every challenging situation of India.

In the 1962 Indo-China war, the then Prime Minister Mr Jawaharlal Nehru asked for help from Israel. Israel obliterating the old issues helped India in all possible ways. From giant army trucks to weapons, Israel sent every possible help through sea routes.

Not only in 1962, but Israel helped and supported India in all hard conditions like the 1971 Indo- Pakistan war, the 1999 Kargil war, Israel came to the front line by helping India by providing ammunitions and humanitarian aid.

After the 1971 Indo- Pak war, Israel was the first country to recognize Bangladesh as a free nation.

Israel’s commendations didn’t end till here when Indira Gandhi established RAW Agency, Israel’s agency MOSSAD helped India a lot.

Again in 26/11, attack on Taj Hotel, Israel was ready to send 40 special forces.

 

INDIA’S STAND TO GROW THE FRIENDSHIP-

In 1992, India set up the official allies between both countries by tying the bilateral ties with Israel.

In 2000, when the BJP was the ruling party, the BJP minister Lal Krishna Advani was the first Indian minister to visit Israel. In that year, An ‘India-Israel joint working group’ was composed to deal with terrorism. From these steps, now India and Israel’s friendly relations propelled up.

For the very first time, In 2019, India voted in favour of Israel against terrorism (Palestinian Shaheed)

In 2017, India’s Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi visited Israel. They signed different MoUs, degrees, and agreements. And soon after, Israel’s Prime Minister Mr Benjamin Netanyahu visited India. This showed the strong bond between India and Israel.

Now Israel is also a part of Make in India.

There are major areas of co-operation between both countries- Defense, Agriculture, Trade and Space.

DEFENSE:

Israel helped India in modernizing the defence by providing ammunition and weapons.

In 2011, Israel provide RTX  to India along with UAVs i.e. unmanned aerial.

India and Israel, both by collaborating with each other, provide the missile system which was a huge milestone between both countries.

AGRICULTURE:

There is a lot of Indo-Israelian agriculture Centre developed in India. And the drip irrigation we are using is from Israel. India also sends many agricultural students to Israel in order to learn new techniques which in return help the farmers of our country.

Click Here to read more about Indo-Israeli Agriculture Project.

SPACE: 

Many satellites have been developed by a collaboration of both countries. In December 2003, Israel’s Minister of Science and Technology Eliezer Sandberg visited India and signed an MoU with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the launch of the Israeli TAUVEX UV telescope on an Indian demonstrator Satellite GSAT-4.

TRADE: 

Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour, Hon. Mr. Eliyahu Yishai, with a high-level business delegation, paid an official visit in the month of December 2006.

During the visit, both countries have embarked upon negotiating a Preferential Trade Agreement eventually leading to a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). Israel is the third-largest trading partner of India which sums up around $5.2 billion.

DEJECTED COUNTRIES FROM INDIA-ISRAEL RELATION:

India and Israel being good friends on an International level do affect other countries. There are rivals of both the countries which in some ways don’t want this friendship to grow more.

Israel helps India in Defense and technical fields while India, on the other side, having a good image in the UN and other international organizations, supports Israel.

This is going on advancing. But there are few rival countries on both sides who try to break it. For Instance, Israel is grappling with Palestine, America, China, and more.

In India, it is not all rosy here. Pakistan, China, and few other nations also feel unprotected from this relation. Although America is also a friend of India, there comes a trading competition.

India is the biggest market of American products and if India starts large production from Israel, America might lose its great market.

This is all about the India- Israel relation. And there is a lot more coming through this flourishing relation.

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5 Tips to Motivate Students For Ongoing Board Exams

Exams are one of the important milestones in a student’s life. Students need motivation for board exams to pump their confidence and vanish exam fear.

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Lakhs of students are appearing for class X and XII Board exams in India every year. These exams are one of the most important milestones in a student’s academic life. Along with this students needs motivation for board exams to pump their confidence and vanish the exam fear. This is why the stress caused during these exams is best addressed than avoided.

The urge to pass these exams with a good percentage can sometimes impact the mental health of the students. They might end up worrying about the exam when they should be focusing all their efforts on revisions.

Exam stress can reduce their self-confidence levels, leading to poor performance and outcomes. Hence, it is very crucial for teachers to boost the morale of the students.

Here is what a teacher has come up with some key tips to motivate the  students right before exams:

Understand Students’ Interests

It is a good practice for teachers to know the strengths and weaknesses of the students. Teachers can know their students better by conducting unique sessions centred around “get to know you” discussions. These kinds of sessions can be held on a monthly basis. Activities like clubbing students with similar interests into groups, and assigning writing or speaking tasks can help in increasing students’ enthusiasm for the subject.

Important To Give Feedback

One-to-one mentoring can be of great help for students to gear up before the exams. This can be an opportunity for the students to clarify all their individual doubts and understand the concepts better. They could also open up about the challenges in studies during these interactions. By providing personalised feedback, teachers can better understand each student’s capability. However, the onus remains on the teachers to encourage the young learners to speak during personal mentoring sessions.

Encourage Collaboration and Competition

Be in touch with students. Teachers should encourage the idea of collaboration and competition by pairing up students. They should be encouraged to justify their ideas or articulate an answer while working in pairs. This fosters peer correction and effective analysis of their own progression. Teachers can promote teamwork and this will help the students to learn from each other. Such activities will also expose them to a diverse set of ideas.

Schedule Regular Breaks

Exhaustion remains one of the biggest reasons for students’ demotivation right before any exam. The ability to think rationally is impaired on a greater scale when a person is tired and studies for long hours without taking timely breaks. It is advisable to have regular breaks during study sessions to strike the right balance between studies and recreation. Hence, teachers should help students prepare study timetables which have regular intervals in between.

Exercise a Little

Stress can be a major contributor to underperformance during exams. It is a proven fact that regular exercise keeps both the mind and body healthy. Practising simpler exercises like meditation or yoga can make the students’ mind feel more relaxed. This will help them to stay composed and concentrate better.

Keeping students’ motivation for board exam peaked during Board exams is of utmost paramount. It is easy to motivate them if they have achievable goals, take regular breaks, revise concepts in advance and perform exercises.

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6 indoor plants and their upkeep

While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others. Here best indoor plants for home in India.

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While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others which can be cumbersome if you have a busy schedule. But that doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with greenery. Let’s look at some best indoor plants for a home in India.

Rubber tree plant

It is fairly easy to maintain but is fussy when it comes to the amount of water it needs. Here is what you need to know if you have this plant. Rubber plants are rainforest specimens. While they need consistent moistness, they don’t want it to be soggy. Ensure that the pot the plant is in has adequate draining holes.

Use a dish under the pot lined with pebbles to catch extra water. This will keep the roots from sitting in water but provide the humidity as the water evaporates.

Croton plant

Its beautifully patterned leaves can brighten any space. Now that the rains are here in full force, it is important to ensure that you take care of all your plants. Overwatering can lead to root rot. An important thing to keep in mind is that the pot is well-drained. There is moisture in the air, overwatering will harm the plant. Croton also needs at least six to seven hours of sunshine but excess heat will damage its leaves. Try and keep the plant either East or West facing to make sure that the leaves don’t lose their colour.

English Ivy

It looks pretty and while it may look like it is an easy plant to look after, it is not the case. Like any other plant, this plant too will rot and its leaves will turn brown if you overwater them. Before you water it, check the soil. If it is moist, don’t water it. Make sure that the soil is loose and is kept in a well-drained pot. The plant grows in bright light but it is away from direct sunlight. It is a beautiful plan that can be kept inside the home; potting it in a hanging basket is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of this plant.

Fern

The delicate curled leaves that unfurl into long, lacy fronds look pretty. Go into the forest and you will find ferns carpeting the floor. They also make a great houseplant. They can grow in any kind of pot — clay to hanging baskets to ceramic and don’t require full sun to thrive.

But Indian weather is different. A plant that may live happily in any other environment needs a lot of care here. They love moisture. During the rainy season make sure you don’t overwater the plant or the roots will rot. You can even spray water on the leaves to lock the moisture in. You can keep this plant in the bathroom or even the kitchen.

Green Aralia

One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives. It needs a feed once every other month during the spring. During the summer months, the plant needs liquid fertiliser. However, be careful if you buy this plant; it is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

They are best as landscape plants. While watering aralia which is indoors, deep water is only when the soil is nearly dry. One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives.

Pitcher plant

It is not always possible to ensure that the plant that you bring is going to live. Hence, it is important to take care of it properly. Let’s take the pitcher plant. So how does one take care of it if one wants to keep it indoors even if it is a carnivorous plant?

Depending on the species, some require full sunlight and those that originate in the floor of the rainforest may need filtered light. It requires moist soil, and keeps the potting soil moist, but not soggy. Allow the pot to drain thoroughly after watering and never let the pot stand in water or the roots will rot.

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Mother’s Day 2022: Significance, history, and importance

Being a mother is a full-time job and gets no appreciation-one day where their worth is truly appreciated. Here’swhy we celebrate mothers day.

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Most of us know that Mother’s Day is celebrated every second Sunday in May. But did you know why we celebrate mothers day? The whole idea behind Mother’s Day is to honour the mother of the family, to celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds, and the important role that they play in shaping society.

Why we celebrate mothers day?

It is said that the need to celebrate this day arose in the 1900s. Back then a daughter – Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis – to honour the sacrifices made by the mothers made for their children started this holiday.

It is said that Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day service of worship and celebration at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the US which serves as the International Mother’s Day Shrine today.

Did you also know that different countries celebrate this day in different months? Some countries celebrate this day in March. Mother’s Day in Egypt is celebrated on March 21, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. In Georgia Mother’s Day is celebrated on March 3.

In some countries, the date is adopted to signify religion, like Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries. Other countries selected a date with historical significance. For example, Bolivia’s Mother’s Day is a fixed date, commemorating a battle in which women participated to defend their children. Or in Russia where it is celebrated as International Women’s Day instead of Mother’s Day.

In India, the concept of celebrating Mother’s Day is new. This could be because we have traditionally been respectful of our mothers and have been revering them for generations.

We didn’t need to set a single day aside for them. But then, we (Indians) tend to ape the West and what the West does needs to be done back home.

Irrespective of how and when Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide, children go out of their way to make this a special day for their mother. Lunches, treats and gifts are part and parcel of this day’s celebration.

What can you do? Here are some mothers day 2022 gift ideas

For the foodie mom

If your mother is a foodie a last-minute gift can be a meal subscription box that speaks to your mom’s interests. The subscription boxes are becoming popular across India as they select the finest and latest products every month and ship them across to their clients.

As a gift, you can opt for ingredients, or complete meals, including gourmet food and global cuisine. Innovative subscription boxes share recipes and exquisitely packaged boxes that can be used as a collector’s item.

If your mother is all about fitness

If your mom has been looking to shed some weight, a gym membership is a great gift! There are several gyms in each city that offer membership. This would help your mother work.

If your mother is all about looking good

A woman’s body goes through many changes, and protein is quintessential to cope with it. One can gift herbal products to the mother for that perfect skin that will keep her young at heart forever!

 

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