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BRAZIL LOOKS TO INDIA ....

Strengthening India-Brazil defence ties


New Delhi, Sun, 12 Feb 2012ANI



New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): Brazilian Defence Minister Celso Amorim met with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss strengthening of bilateral military ties.

India's National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon also attended the meeting, which took place at Dr. Singh's residence.

Both countries, which have large armies, are looking forward to reduce their technological dependence on Western nations.

Amorim and Manmohan Singh were expected to discuss scientific and technological cooperation in military hardware and software development.

The topic of naval cooperation with a focus on plans to build aircraft carriers and Scorpene-class submarines was also likely to be discussed.

Brazil and India are expected to increase exchanges between their respective military academies.

As major emerging economies, Brazil and India are both members of the BRICS group of nations, along with Russia,…

INSPITE OF VIOLENCE...TOURISTS CONTINUE TO FLOCK TO MEXICO ...

Mexico sets tourism record despite drug violence



February 13, 2012 | 12:58 pm










REPORTING FROM MEXICO CITY — Mexico attracted a record number of foreign visitors last year despite a frightening drug war that is prompting travel warnings for a number of areas around the country.


Mexico’s tourism agency released new figures (link in Spanish) showing that the number of foreign travelers arriving by air in 2011 rose to 22.7 million, the most since the Bank of Mexico began keeping track in 1980. There was growth in each of the last five months of the year, officials said.



Tourism also got a boost from Mexican travelers, who registered 167 million visits to tourist spots. The total of Mexican and foreign tourists was 2% higher than for 2008, which had been the best year on record.



The number of air travelers from the United States to Mexico fell by 3% last year, but tourists from other countries — especially Brazil, Russia, Peru and China — registered sizable increases over 2010.


The enduring carna…

MEXICO'S AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION DROPS ....

Drought Reduces Mexico’s Agricultural Production by 40%






MEXICO CITY – The severe drought affecting 22 of Mexico’s 32 states has caused a 40 percent drop in agricultural production, opening the way for food shortages over the next few months, the National Peasants Confederation, or CNC, said.

The assistance promised by President Felipe Calderon’s administration to those affected by the 9-month-old drought is insufficient, the CNC, Mexico’s main peasant organization and an ally of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, said in a statement.

President Felipe Calderon has vowed to do everything within the government’s power to help those suffering from the drought.

Calderon ordered the disbursement last month of 33.82 billion pesos (about $2.5 billion) to help states in central and northern Mexico affected by the drought.

The funds will be used to fix and improve the systems that supply water to residents of drought-stricken areas, as well as to provide food to communities af…

IMO BLOG HITS 250,000 PAGEVIEWS IN FIRST 11 MONTHS !!! ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director & Publisher International Mango Organization (IMO) Vista, California

www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com




February 13, 2012



The IMO BLOG ( Mango World Magazine) continues to enjoy global viewership on the verge of celebrating it's 11th month.
The Blog has exceeded the wildest dreams of it's founder, Will Cavan.
"It is an honor to report on events that are critical to the Global mango economy" said Cavan.
The IMO BLOG has smashed all records for viewership and has established itself as an information exchange platform for the Global Mango industry.
Thanks to google analytics and the Blogspot format, the site is able to track viewership and gage popularity of posts, making the site interactive.
The following countries are the most popular visitors to the site:









TOP 10 Pageviews by Countries
Since March 14, 2011 ...




United States
155,464


Philippines
11,365


India
8,441


United Kingdom
5,881


Germany
5,390


Pakistan
3,362


Netherlands
3,058


Canada
2,993


Mexico
2,…

TOP 5 QUESTIONS PEOPLE ARE ASKING BILL GATES & HIS FOUNDATION ....

TDAP "HELL BENT" ON VAPOR TREATMENT FOR MANGOES TO JAPAN ...

TDAP to ensure mango exports for Japan


Irfan SiddiquiTuesday, February 14, 2012







TOKYO: Tariq Iqbal Puri, chief executive of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, has said that the delay and re-tendering of a project to install vapour heat treatment (VHT) plant in the country was to ensure transparency.



In an interview with The News, Puri said that the country is committed to ensure exports of Pakistani mangoes to Japan in the coming season. 

He said that the last tender to install a VHT plant having two tons capacity was cancelled due to technical mistakes by companies who submitted the tender documents. 

He said that the TDAP has again advertised for the same project last week.




Puri said that in the last tender three companies from Japan and one local company submitted tender documents but all the four companies submitted the financial and technical documents in the same envelop that was against the condition of the tender. 

But now in the new tender it is hoped companies would repe…

BUDGET CUTS AFFECT CRITICAL DATA FOR WEATHER FORCASTING....

Permanent Address: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=noaa-halts-reconstruction-past-climate NOAA Halts Reconstruction of Past Climate Budget woes have stopped a project that has helped scientists better understand past events like the Dust Bowl By