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Israeli mafia group threatening police representative in Thailand E-mail

A member of a crime organisation in southern Israel has recently been arrested on suspicion of threatening an Israel Police representative in Thailand.

According to Ynetnews, the Israel Police, aided by Interpol, conducted an investigation following a series of recent threats and slanderous comments on social media and other websites against the Israel Police’s representative in Thailand, Deputy Commissioner Yoni Hajaj.

The reason behind the threats and slander was reportedly the belief that Hajaj was involved in the arrest of a murder suspect in Thailand.

Among other things, the suspect wrote online posts with explicit threats against the officer and his children, uploaded photos of Hajaj with a superimposed gun shooting a bullet at his head, and published false and slanderous stories about him.

These online publications were also sent to Israel’s consulate in Thailand and the local Chabad rabbi, as well as to lawyers and businessmen.

In light of these threats, Hajaj was put under tight security.

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More agricultural centres for India E-mail

Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon met recently with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his official residence in Patna, Bihar state.

Ambassador Carmon said that his country was ready to help build more agricultural research centres across the country. Two research centres are currently being built in the Vaishali and Nalanda districts in Bihar.

The one in Vaishali will conduct modern scientific research on mangoes and lychees, while the one in Nalanda will provide study and research in the area of vegetables. They will also provide training to farmers so they are able to use the most modern equipment and technology to improve quality and production in fruits and vegetables, said Ambassador Carmon.

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More honey in Nepal E-mail

We recently celebrated the Jewish New Year, and the symbolic significance of eating honey is to ensure we all have a Sweet New Year.

By coincidence, the launch ceremony of a beekeeping project by Israeli INGO Tevel b’Tzedek was held in Ramechhap, Nepal, in September.

The project is being supported by MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for Development Cooperation) through the Embassy of Israel in Nepal. The proposal for the project was submitted by MASHAV alumnus Pradeep Neupane, who attended a MASHAV course on “Modern Apiculture Management: Honey, Byproducts and Pollination” in 2016. He succeeded in gaining MASHAV support to the tune of Rs one million.

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New offering for Indian tourists: “defence” tourism E-mail

Increasing the number of tourists from India to Israel is a major aim of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) in India, which has organised extended tourism road shows. In a new initiative, IMOT is in discussions with Indian travel agents regarding “anti-terrorism” or “defence” tourism, an Israeli official has said.

Hasan Madah, director of IMOT India, said: “It’s a niche concept. There are many tourists from the US and Europe who are interested to learn how people defend themselves and things about warfare... because the reputation of Israeli security is very high.”

Madah said some entrepreneurs were exploring the concept, after tourists displayed an interest in training in defensive tactics. He explained: “They want to know how to shoot, how to die, how to tackle. It’s similar to paintball. Some people like to relax and some people like to get things done, so why not? We are exploring all (tourism) angles with travel agents in India. We are interested in promoting anything that brings in tourists.”

Ministry officials were on a roadshow that started in Mumbai on 21 August, taking in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore, before finishing in Chennai on 30 August.

The Israeli delegation was led by Mahad, along with Judah Samuel, director of marketing at IMOT India, and included representative partners from the tourism industry of Israel.

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India approves MOU fund with Israel E-mail

On 30 August, India’s cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Israel to set up US$ 40 million fund for industrial research and technological innovation.

“The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on ‘India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)’. The MoU was concluded in July, 2017,” an official statement said.

India and Israel will make a contribution of US$4 million each for the fund annually for five years, which will be governed by a joint board comprising four members from each country.

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