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Tourism Ministers of BRICS to Meet in Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh

The Tourism Ministers of BRICS countries will meet in Madhya Pradesh's temple city Khajuraho for a two-day long conference from September 1. 
•    During the conference, several presentations will be made and group discussions on Inter-Regional Tourism Promotion will be held. 
•    Further, a session on implementing technology and innovation in the sector will be held along with various cultural programmes.
•    On the first day of the meet a presentation will be made on the Indian Tourism Ministry's 'Atulya Bharat' campaign by Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar.
•    Later, BRICS nation's representatives and Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) delegation will make a presentation, it said.
•    On the second day, Indian Travel and Trade and its associated institutes will have a meeting with the BRICS representatives. 
•    Group discussions will also be held on the Inter-Regional Tourism Promotion.
•    Besides a session on implementing technology and innovation in tourism sector will also be held.
•    Various cultural programmes including light and sound show will also be organised for the participants during the event.

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The second BRICS Youth Summit was held in Guwahati, Assam from 1st July 2016 to 3rd July 2016.

The 2016 BRICS Youth Summit held in Guwahati, Assam concluded on 3 July 2016. The theme of the 2nd youth summit that started on 1 July 2016 was“Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges”.
The three day summit saw participation of officials and youth of the delegation from BRICS nations, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
•    Create and strengthen apprenticeship programmes in the existing BRICS institutions
•    Document and disseminate success stories among the BRICS nations
•    Facilitate transfer of skills between mentors and mentees among the BRICS nations 
•    Ensure access to decent jobs for youth across the BRICS nations
•    Promote and replicate the Know About Business (KAB) entrepreneurship programme within the BRICS nations
•    Provide  training  to  Small  and  Medium  Enterprises  (SMEs)  on  business  development services, business plans and website development
•    Create  and  promote  regular  expositions  of  young  people  and  youth  entrepreneurs  to facilitate exchange of best practices, new technologies and seek financial support
•    Social inclusion is a cross-cutting concern within the BRICS nations. Initiatives must, therefore, prioritise marginalised and vulnerable young people to ensure access to education, healthcare, including reproductive health and social protection services.
•    Initiate capacity building programmes for professionals who work with young people in the BRICS nations.
•    Create a BRICS Social Science Youth Research Network.
•    Facilitate cross-learning to access opportunities for leadership development. 
•    Accredit and recognise youth volunteer programmes for acceptance across the BRICS nations.
•    Establish online platforms to highlight best practices, opportunities and recognise good work. 
•    Design and facilitate volunteer exchange programmes with a unified set of standards.
•    Provide volunteers with opportunities to have mutually enriching learning experiences including internships with official institutions.
•    Develop capacities of professionals managing volunteer programmes.
•    In order to create and systematise a road map for youth exchange programmes between the BRICS nations, promote model of BRICS Summer School in respective countries and offer opportunities for youth to participate.
•    Coordinate existing and create new opportunities for youth participation in governance and decision making.
•    Facilitate the capacities and participation of youth in public policy, programme formulation and monitoring & evaluation. 
•    Advocate for incorporation of lessons on public policy, governance and civic engagement in school curricula.
•    Explore the possibility of creating a BRICS Youth Council (BYC) with a minimum of two thirds representation of youth. 
•    Appeal to the New Development Bank to provide financial support for youth initiatives as proposed by the BRICS nations.
•    Design and facilitate exchange programmes in the four thematic areas.
•    Establish the BRICS Youth Secretariat initially in virtual form, consisting of one government official and one youth representative from each nation to ensure the realisation of youth initiatives agreed upon at the BRICS Youth Summits.
•    Create an online platform to share best practices and opportunities.
•    Report on the progress made at the next BRICS Youth Sum.
•    The 1st BRICS Youth Summit was held in Kazan, Russia in 2015.

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Heart of Asia conference begins in New Delhi

The Heart of Asia (HoA) conference began in New Delhi with the objective of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan. 
The conference was attended by officials of a number of countries and is likely to deliberate on a host of issues like combating challenge of extremism and terrorism. 
•    HoA process have been to devise a sustained, incremental approach to implementation of the confidence building measures (CBM) in Afghanistan/ It will also seek to speed up reconstruction in Afghanistan with a focus on enhancing investment and connectivity to the country. 
•    Energy, infrastructure and investment deals to shore up economic growth of Afghanistan may figure in the talks. 
•    HoA conference is a part of the Istanbul Process established 2011 which provides a platform to discuss an agenda of regional cooperation with Afghanistan at its centre. 
•    The 14 member countries of HoA engage in result-oriented cooperation for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and, by extension, a secure and prosperous region as a whole. 
•    14 participating countries: Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Azerbaijan and Turkey. Supporting countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK and US. Supporting Organisations: UN, NATO, SAARC, SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).

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