24 May 2017 - 28 Iyyar 5777 - כ"ח אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Thailand ranked world’s happiest nation by Bloomberg E-mail

Thailand has been ranked “the least miserable country” in the world on Bloomberg’s latest annual Misery Index, published in March.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, Lt Gen Sansern Keawkamnerd, said the country’s Prime Minister, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, was pleased with the news and thanked the relevant government agencies for their hard work to make Thailand “the happiest country in the world”. Their contributions have enabled Thailand’s unemployment and inflation rates to remain relatively stable over the past three years.

The spokesperson added that the Thai government will continue to improve the overall economic well-being of the nation by attracting more investments, improving the management of migrant labour, promoting Thai exports and boosting domestic tourism.

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Scholarship programmes to be offered to Indian nationals E-mail

Celebrating 25 years of its multi-faceted relationship with India, Israeli Government is offering partial scholarships and training to Indian nationals in its academic programmes, according to a media release published in March by the Embassy of Israel in India.

“Through academic and governmental programmes, Indian students and professionals are offered unique scholarships and training programmes in Israel, ranging from Cyber Technology to Agriculture, Education, Women Empowerment and Startups,” said the release.

Elaborating on the programmes, Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said: “Higher education is one of the up-and-coming fields of cooperation between India and Israel. Education is the foundation for every other field India and Israel have identified as of mutual interest and benefit.”

“Programmes such as these bring together the brilliant minds of India and Israel, create more bridges between our peoples and provide a golden opportunity to create joint solutions to the challenges shared by India, Israel and the entire world,” he added.

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Jewish community of the Philippines visits typhoon-struck community E-mail

When Super Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) struck the Philippines in November 2013, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) arrived in the country within a few days and headed straight to the headquarters of the Jewish Association of the Philippines (JAP).

A partnership thus began to supply both immediate and long-term relief. The partnership began with the construction of preschools in the Roxas City area.

This started a relationship with the schools that has evolved into a partnership and the twinning of the Mambusao Elementary School (MES) in Roxas City and Gan Etz Ha Haim, the JAP preschool in Manila.

In February 2017, in the first of what will be annual trips to MES, representatives of the Jewish community, the JDC and the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines made a trip to Roxas City to further strengthen the relationship. When the Jewish community arrived, they were greeted by a band and drum majorettes. The programme continued with songs, dances and music by the students at MES.

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Philippine agri-training institute receives development grant E-mail

Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau presented Wilfredo Tiu with a MASHAV development grant of around US$10,000 for the upgrading of the Sogbohan AgriTraining Institute (SATI) in the Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte province, the Philippines.

The development grant is a special project of MASHAV, Israel’s agency for international development co-operation, with the main objective of helping MASHAV course graduates to further develop their existing ideas to a level of sustainability and maturity on an economic basis.

Tiu is a graduate of a MASHAV course on intensive vegetable production that took place in Israel in 2011. Upon his return to the Philippines, he envisioned a special project catering to the farmers and fishermen in the Dinagat Islands and other nearby areas.

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Heads of Israeli embassies in Asia-Pacific region meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu E-mail

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Heads of Israeli Missions in the Asia-Pacific region at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on 6 March.

“The largest markets are in Asia. I want this to find expression in the expansion of Israel’s ties with India and China. I have agreed with Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem to set up two new divisions in the ministry: The China Division and the India Division. This shows the continuing importance that we place on these two major powers,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu in his address to the delegation.

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