16 August 2018 - 5 Elul 5778 - ה' אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Israel and India sign film collaboration agreements E-mail

India’s Union cabinet of ministers has approved a film co-production agreement with Israel that was signed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January, during Netanyahu’s visit to India.

Films co-produced under the treaty will qualify as national productions and be eligible for production and post-production incentives in both countries.

In 2017, the Bollywood film Drive, produced by Dharma Productions with funding from the Israel Prime Minister’s Office and the Tourism Ministry, was shot in Israel. Directed by Tarun Mansukhani, and starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez, the film will be released later this year.

According to a statement from India’s press information bureau, “The signing of the pact will lead to mutual exchange of art and culture, and create goodwill and better understanding among the people of both the countries as well as various aspects of film-making. It will also help in the generation of employment among artistic, technical as well as non-technical personnel.”

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Suspected gang violence attack in Thailand leaves one man dead E-mail

Police in Thailand recently arrested two Israeli men suspected of killing a fellow Israeli on a Thai resort island after running him down with a car. Police Capt. Silchach Kamunee said the suspects were being held on suspicion of premeditated murder.

The two men, Dolez Zuarez and Eyal Bokal, were arrested in January at a Bangkok airport, police said. They were accused of slamming their vehicle into a motorcycle driven by the victim, Maor Malul, and then stabbing and killing him. Deputy police chief Chalermkiat Sriworakan said three others were injured in the attack.

The arrests came after Thai media published security video of the attack, which took place on Koh Samui island. The video shows an SUV crashing into a motorcycle, knocking off its two riders. The SUV then accelerates in reverse gear, colliding with the motorcycle again. A man then jumps out of the car and chases down the motorcycle driver, stabs him and flees.

Police Maj. Gen. Apichart Boonsriroj, chief of Surat Thani police station, said the suspects and victim had a personal dispute before entering Thailand.

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Sri Lanka participates in tourism market show E-mail

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tel Aviv, organised and co-ordinated the participation of Sri Lanka at the 24th International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) 2018. The event was held on 6-7 February at the Tel Aviv Convention Center in Israel.

IMTM is the largest annual professional official exhibition for the tourism market in Israel. It promotes and focuses on both domestic and foreign tourism, and aims to strengthen co-operation between tourism bodies in Israel and elsewhere in the world.

Sri Lanka has been participating in the event regularly. Its pavilion this year was jointly declared open with the cutting of a ribbon by Ambassador Periyasamy Pillai Selvaraj and the Yariv Levin, Minister of Tourism of Israel in the presence of Ajantha Rathnayake, Assistant Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, embassy officials, Sri Lankan tour companies and Israeli visitors.

The main objective of the participation of Sri Lanka was to create awareness and portray the beauty of the paradise island amongst Israeli tourists.

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More Philippine tourists travelling to Holy Land E-mail

With Israel-Asia tourism booming, Israel’s embassy in the Philippines welcomed the increase in the number of Filipinos who discovered the holy land and startup nation of Israel in 2017.

Data from Israel’s Ministry of Tourism showed that around 23,500 Filipinos travelled to Israel in 2017, up 61% from 14,600 in 2016.

Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau expressed optimism that more Filipinos will travel to Israel this year. “Israel is the promised land and the land of many promises which create the foundation for a steady growth in tourism. This year, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the friendship treaty between our two countries, and tourism stands as a strong pillar of our growing ties and people-to-people exchanges.”

Hassan Madah, tourism director for India and Philippines, said the 2017 tourism record exceeded their full-year target of 20,000 Filipino tourists travelling to Israel. “We surpassed our target of 20,000 Filipinos travelling to Israel and towards the end the year and we reached 23,500 – a 61% increase from 2016. More Israeli players entered the market, and the added good connectivity flying from Manila to Israel via Turkish Airlines and Cathay Pacific helped us in the growth of tourist arrivals.”

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Israel to open food-processing centre in India E-mail

Israel will soon open the first-of-its-kind Food Processing Centre in Jitendra, northeast India.

An Israeli delegation, led by Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon, met with Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, in February, and confirmed that the first-ever such Centre for the Northeast will be inaugurated in Mizoram on 7 March, and became functional from the same day.

The project has been set up with the tripartite collaboration of the Government of Israel, the State Government of Mizoram, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare and the Government of India. The Ministry of Northeast (DoNER) will perform the role of co-ordinator and facilitator.

Although located in Mizoram, the centre will cater to the entire North Eastern region. To begin with, it will concentrate exclusively on the processing of citrus fruits, and Israel will provide the bulk of the necessary expertise, knowledge and professional support.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Dr Singh commented that the Centre would be the beginning of a wider and a larger collaboration between India and Israel. With the passage of time, he said, the various activities of the Food Processing Centre will be extended and widened, and based on the experience of this experiment, there could be possibilities for collaboration with Israel for setting up similar ventures in other States of the North Eastern region.

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