'Social peace interests investors: role of women, how minorities are treated'
In this Idea Exchange, moderated by Indian Express Associate Editor Sushant Singh, German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner and his wife Eliese talk about taking diplomacy ahead through steps such as a concert and music video, the German langauge row, the difference between UPA and NDA, and the challenges facing Europe.
Germany is to provide more support for the poorest countries of the world, to help them cope with the consequences of climate change, announced Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin.
Leipzig was first mentioned 1,000 years ago. Now a new exhibition at the Museum of Local History shows what historians and archaeologists know about the beginnings of the city.
Europe Day celebrations & EU Film Festival in Mumbai
On Friday, 8th May, Europe Day celebrations took place at the Taj Hotel, Mumbai jointly organized by Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai. The event was preceded by the opening of the 20th European Film Festival at the NCPA jointly co-hosted by the German Consulate General along with the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan.
FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named 2014 European Athlete of the Year and 2014 World Athlete of the Year. The 29-year-old received the awards on Wednesday, 20th May 2015.
German Ambassador to India, Michael Steiner, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Eliese Steiner, is visiting Kashmir this week.
IGSTC calls for pre-proposals
Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC), a joint initiative of Government of India (DST) and Government of Germany (BMBF) to promote research partnership of industrial relevance invites Pre-Proposals for joint R&D projects of industrial relevance in 2+2 mode of partnership. Deadline for Submitting Pre-Proposals is 03 July 2015.
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Young people from 19 countries have spoken out and advocated enhanced climate change mitigation, social justice and better access to education for girls. The young people were in Berlin for the J7 summit, and presented their ideas for a better future to Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Lebe jetzt - Kal Ho Naa Ho
Traditional diplomacy was about government-to-government relations. Modern diplomacy is more about people-to-people relations. And culture is central here.
This is why Michael Steiner, German Ambassador to India, and Salman Khurshid, former Foreign Minister of India, without taking themselves too seriously, plunged into uncharted waters. Together with Eliese Steiner and under the direction of Sumit Osmand Shaw, they pay homage to the Indian film by reenacting one of its most famous music videos - thus connecting people across borders.
The original video from 2003 - featuring Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and the “King of Bollywood” Shah Rukh Khan - was filmed in the USA. This remake, instead, has been shot in India. It is an Indo-German tribute to Bollywood movies, which have a huge fan base not only in India, but also in Germany.
The title says “LEBE JETZT” because, in German, it means exactly what the wonderful song “KAL HO NAA HO” asks us to do: Live right now to the fullest!
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Call for Entries
To encourage environmental journalism in India, GIZ India along with IFAT India, and under the patronage of the German Embassy, has been organising the All India Environmental Journalism Competition since 2013. The third All India Environmental Journalism Competition 2015 is being organised in association with IFAT India, ICLEI South Asia, The Third Pole, Asian College of Journalism and DW Akademie. Last date for submission of entries is August 15, 2015. For more details on how to participate, please click
Call for Applications: Green Talents 2015
Experience Research in Germany: take part in the Green Talents Competition, promote your research in Germany and gain exclusive access to its sustainable development hotspots. Deadline for submission is 2nd June 2015, 12 p.m. CET.
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