20 June 2018 - 7 Tammuz 5778 - ז' תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ח
India and Israel ink MoU on water conservation E-mail

India and Israel recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance co-operation on water conservation in India.

India’s minister of state for drinking water and sanitation, SS Ahluwalia, told the Upper House of Parliament that the ministry had signed an MoU with the ministry of energy of the State of Israel on “National Campaign for Water Conservation in India”.

According to the MoU, both sides will work to enhance cooperation at the national, regional and international level to design, implement and monitor a professionally designed National Water Conservation Campaign in India to put water conservation on the national agenda.

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Chinese carrier Sichuan Airlines looking to fly to Israel Print E-mail

In another airline development, Sichuan Airlines has filed a request with the Israel Airports Authority to operate two weekly flights, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from August, Yediot Ahronot has reported.

China’s Sichuan Airlines plans to launch a new route between Tel Aviv and Chengdu, the country’s fifth-largest city. In 2015, China’s Hainan Airlines launched Tel AvivBeijing flights and recently added a Tel Aviv-Shanghai route. In August this year it will start flying between Tel Aviv and Guangzhou.

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Developing business ties between Israel and Goa, India E-mail

Bluben International Commerce, a Tel Aviv-based consultancy firm that is in the business of forging partnerships, recently set up a representative office in the city of Panjim in Goa, India.

Avraham Benabou, director general of the company, said it had achieved its first milestone in Goa through an agreement signed with Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL). In future, Bluben will be representing GSL in Israel. “The agreement will help GSL seek partners for its various projects,” said Benabou.

Most international companies prefer to set up offices in metro cities, but Benabou explained that Bluben selected Goa “not only due the reasonable cost in the location but mainly because of the quality of environment and the human dimension among the business people and the decision-makers in the state”.

He explained that in the current era of digital communication, a metro office is no longer necessary. In fact, out of its Goa office, the company is already servicing companies in Hyderabad and Maharashtra, he said.

Benabou is a regular traveller to Goa and has seen progress on each visit. He said his firm plans to focus on clean energy and agro-projects. “Goa’s location makes it ideal for ocean energy, and our company is trying its best to push the idea to local policy makers,” he said. The company plans to establish agreements with leading local industries and develop joint projects protecting the character of the state and open new and innovative areas of business.

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Japanese fashion design chain Miniso to open up in Israel E-mail

Following the announcement by Japanese retail chain Daiso that it was commencing activity in Israel, Japanese fashion design and accessories chain Miniso has also announced its entry into Israel.

Miniso’s first branch will open in Tel Aviv in the coming months, and the company is planning to open 50 outlets over the next five years, including 10 in the first year, at a total investment of NIS 15 million. Each store will measure 300400 square metres. The chain’s operations in Israel will be managed by former IKEA Israel CEO Shlomi Gabai.

In the first stage, the company’s range of 9,000 products in its stores in Israel will be in categories such as health and beauty, bags and fashion, textiles, jewellery, hair, toys, writing devices and gifts. The company also holds licences and rights to manufacture branded products based on characters from Disney, Hello Kitty and other well-known brands.

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Israel-Singapore collaboration to detect dengue fever E-mail

BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, has announced a collaboration with Singapore medical diagnostics firm Biosensorix to develop quantitative point-of-care diagnostics.

The technology is an electrochemical lateral flow immunosensor test that can quantitatively diagnose disease-related biomarkers and pathogens. The device will be similar to a USB drive.

The collaboration involves joint research by scientists at BGU and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore as part of the Singapore-Israel NRF CREATE programme.

The new technology will be used initially to detect dengue hemorrhagic fever, which is endemic in Southeast Asia and South America. “Most people with dengue fever can be released to home care, yet are kept at the hospital until results come in,” said Robert Marks, a professor in the Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren department of biotechnology engineering at BGU. “Our kit provides physicians with true triage power: with the new diagnostic kit, the physician can release the patient within half an hour, saving time and money.”

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