Dmitry Medvedev visited the Taj Mahal

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits the historic Taj Mahal in the northern Indian city of Agra December 22, 2010. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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December 22, 2010 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — As part of his official visit to India Dmitry Medvedev made a stop in Agra on his way from New Delhi to Mumbai to see the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

The President observed the mausoleum and mosque architectural ensemble and took some photos. Mr Medvedev wrote in the distinguished visitors’ book: “The Taj Mahal is a unique component of humanity’s legacy. Thank you to all who look after it.”

The Taj Mahal, built on the order of Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalise his late wife’s memory, is considered one of the gems of Mughal architecture, blending elements of Persian, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles.

The Taj Mahal is placed on UNESCO’s world heritage list and receives more than 5 million visitors annually.

Russian-Indian talks

Talks between Dmitry Medvedev and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were held in New Delhi.

The main issues on the agenda of the Russian-Indian talks were cooperation in the oil and gas sector, nuclear energy, and aircraft construction, as well as joint high-tech projects.

Speaking about trade and economic cooperation, the two leaders agreed to continue their efforts towards achieving the strategic target of bilateral trade volume of $20 billion by 2015.

Cooperation in the international arena was also discussed, including the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and the joint fight against terrorism.

A package of 30 bilateral documents was signed following the Russian-Indian talks, among them a Memorandum of Understanding on Research and Technology Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, a fifth-generation fighter design contract, and an agreement on easing visa requirements for certain categories of citizens.

Following the talks, Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made press statements and answered questions from journalists.

Earlier in the day Dmitry Medvedev met with Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna.

The Russian President also had bilateral meetings with President of India Pratibha Patil, Vice President of India Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj, and Indian National Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.

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PM David Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg press conference

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) gestures to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during their joint news conference at number 10 Downing Street in London December 21, 2010. REUTERS/Carl De Souza/Pool

December 21, 2010 (KATAKAMI / NUMBER10.GOV.UK) — The PM and Deputy PM have held a joint press conference in Number 10 ahead of the Christmas recess.Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg began by thanking troops serving in Afghanistan for everything they are doing and sending them and their families Christmas wishes.

The PM also gave an update on government action following the coldest December in over 100 years.

He said Cabinet had discussed the widespread travel chaos “extensively” on Tuesday and that the Ministerial Resilience Team, led by the Transport Secretary Phil Hammond, was meeting regularly.

He added:

“The people stuck here are having an incredibly difficult time, especially just a few days from Christmas, and everything must be done to either get them on holiday or get them home safely.”

Discussing the economy, they said the Coalition Government was on the right track and that next year would be “rigorously focused on growth and job creation”.

Mr Clegg said the Coalition had achieved a great deal this year tackling the deficit. He said he believed ”we’ll fix the economy and build a better future”.

The Deputy PM also said they had made a good start on their far-reaching programme to rebuild British society so that it is “open, liberal, socially mobile”.

“…from schools, to hospitals, to planning – we’re taking power away from Whitehall and handing it back to individuals, back to families, back to neighbourhoods.”

 

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) pats Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the back as they leave after their joint news conference at number 10 Downing street in London December 21, 2010. REUTERS/Carl De Souza/Pool

Nick Clegg’s speech from PM and Deputy PM press conference

 

Let me start by wishing you all a Merry Christmas. And can I add my voice to what David said about our brave troops. The sacrifice they and their families make is felt more sharply at this time of year than any other, and we thank them for everything they do.

The Coalition Government has achieved a huge amount in a short space of time. Clearly our greatest challenge is tackling the deficit and returning our economy to health, and we are taking the difficult steps needed to do that.

But, Labour didn’t just leave us a fiscal mess; they left us a social crisis as well: a country where your chances in life are still too determined by the circumstances of your birth.

Just as we did not flinch – and we will not flinch – from taking the action needed to fix the economy, we will not back down from doing what it takes to address the deep unfairness in our society either.

It is easy to say that all this Government is about is cuts. But it is wrong. We have begun a far-reaching programme to rebuild British society so that it is open, liberal, socially mobile. So that people who want to get ahead in life can get ahead, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. So that people who want the best for themselves and their children can be sure that Government is on their side.

That’s the ambition driving our changes. That’s why we’re providing a £2.5bn pupil premium, targeted at the most disadvantaged children, as well as funding the childcare needed to help give 2, 3 and 4 year olds the best possible start in life.

It’s why we’re overhauling our welfare system – to get people into work. And why we’re raising the income tax personal allowance – to make sure work pays. From April 880,000 people on low incomes will stop paying income tax altogether, with more to follow. And it’s why our changes to higher education, though controversial, will make it easier and cheaper, not more expensive, for bright people from poorer backgrounds to go to university.

But we also know that to make our plan work – to really help people get ahead – Government must stop constantly telling them what to do. So from schools, to hospitals, to planning – we’re taking power away from Whitehall and handing it back to individuals, back to families, back to neighbourhoods.

Self-confident Government that trusts people, instead of Labour’s insistence that “Government always knows best”. It’s a big project; it won’t happen overnight; and, we know the year ahead, and the years after that, won’t always be easy. But we believe that our decisions will stand the test of time, and that we are on course to fix the economy, while building a better country.

We’re also confounding the fears about coalition.  The idea that parties working together would cause paralysis and stagnation has quietly bitten the dust. In fact, now the complaint from some is that we’re doing too much, not too little.

When we talk about the New Politics, we’re actually talking about a very old idea: that people who disagree can have honest and frank discussions, and reach a conclusion they can both support. In most walks of life, that’s an unremarkable idea. I hope it won’t be too long before it catches on in Westminster too. Next year, during the referendum on voting reform, the Prime Minister and I will even show how you can politely disagree in public.

So, we have made a good start to an ambitious project, and we have a clear view of the stable, fair Britain we want to build. That’s our plan. And we will stick to it.  (*)

Happy Mother's Day To All Mothers in Indonesia

Mother’s Day is celebrated nationally on 22nd of December in INDONESIA


Mothers are as total as the sky;
Older than the earth, and more enduring.
They’re rooted in our hearts like ancient trees,
Halfway down to seething lava seas;
Emblazoned on our sail, and on our mooring.
Returning home, we dwell within their sigh:
So maddening, so rich, so reassuring.

Mothers are the gardeners
Of wind-blown wild flowers.
They water them with happy tears,
Happy with them many years,
Even as the hours
Ring with sweet, sad melodies
Sighing through their bowers.

Mothers are the place that we call home.
On them we rest our heads and close our eyes.
There’s no one else who grants the same soft peace,
Happiness, contentment, sweet release,
Erasing nighttime tears with lullabies,
Restoring the bright sun that makes us bloom. Mothers are the place where love
Emerges from the earth,
And happiness rings out like bells
In honor of our birth.

Mothers find their happiness in seeing
Others happy. Is this good or wise?
To hang one’s happiness upon a being,
However loved, who sees through other eyes?
Even as such love may be a burden,
Remember well what lies behind the curtain,
Singing down through angel-freighted skies.
We have, always, their love.

Mothers aren’t mothers right away,
Of course. They need some time to undergo
The long and well-wrought windings of the way,
However steep, that choice and fate bestow.
Even with the passion to endure,
Reminded of sweet memories to come,
‘Tis time’s brutal way to be unsure,
Severing the addends from the sum.
Do, then, make your way into the void
Afoot with expectation unalloyed,
Yearning yet to be what you’ve become.

Thank God or a mother who is so perfect in loving her children

Thank God for a mother who was so impressive in her life journey

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS IN INDONESIA !

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