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14 AFRICA/WORLD Tuesday, January 9 2018 | NEW ERA Senegal vows to hunt down gunmen after 13 massacred ZIGUINCHOR The Senegalese government vowed this week to be “relentless” in tracking down and bringing to justice those responsible for the execution of 13 people in the southern region of Casamance. Gunmen ordered a group of men and youths, out looking for wood, to lie on the ground deep in upsurge in violence in the isolated Senegalese region in years. President Macky Sall, condemning an “armed attack of rare barbarity”, summoned his national security council and ordered a ministerial delegation to the scene. “A hard and relentless hunt will be of this despicable act,” interior minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye told Senegalese press agency APS during a visit to survivors at the hospital in Ziguinchor, the region’s capital. The attack happened over the weekend in Borofaye forest in the commune of Boutoupa-Camaracounda. According to the government, ten of the 13 killed were shot dead, two were stabbed to death and one was burned. Half a dozen more were wounded, with the most seriously hurt being transferred to Dakar for treatment. The as yet unidentified group stopped the young men and rounded them up before shooting them coldly, survivors told AFP. “They made us lie face down father of two with two wives said Sunday at Ziguinchor Ayib Ly hospital as he received treatment for injuries to his back and foot. “Injured people trying to escape were another survivor, Amadou Diallo. Escaped death… Lucky One survivor of the massacre in a hospital bed. Ibrahima Daffe, described being hit by men “in military uniforms”, wearing “rangers” type boots and speaking the local language. A source in Ziguinchor said 13 youths were killed, while army spokesman Abdou Ndiaye told AFP seven others were injured. The Senegalese Press Agency said the assailants would have passed a buffer zone between the Senegalese army and separatist rebels of the Movement for Democratic Forces in Casamance (MFDC). Abdoulaye Balde, a former armed forces minister and deputy mayor of Ziguinchor, told AFP those responsible were likely “not fully associated with the peace process” ing in December 1982 – though they have long ceased attacks on soldiers. “When you negotiate with the main (MFDC) leaders, dissidents are often not involved,” said Balde, who called the attack a surprise while noting that “we knew peace was precarious” in the tense region. Sall has “ordered that the perpetrators of this criminal act be found and brought to justice,” the government statement said, adding that the ministerial delegation would “evaluate the security situation and offer the nation’s condolences to the families”. the attackers, and a resident of the nearby village of Bourafaye Bainuk said shots were heard as the army undertook a “deep search”. Casamance, separated from the rest of Senegal by The Gambia, has been calm for several years though peace talks have failed Ziguinchor governor Guedj Diouf said he thought the attack would not derail the peace process. “There’s an irreversible dynamic in the direction of peace,” Diouf said in remarks carried by the news website PressAfrik. Former colonial power France, whose tourists visit other areas of Senegal in droves, removed Casamance from its list The attack came a day after the army lowing negotiations spearheaded by Rome’s Community of Sant’Egidio, a charity with ties to the Vatican specialising in peace mediation. The Casamance separatist movement left thousands of civilians and military personnel dead and forced well as hurting the economy dependent on agriculture and tourism. In a new year’s message last Sunday, Sall appealed to the Casamance rebels to continue talks to create a Macron calls for Europe-China alliance on climate, Silk Road XIAN French President Emmanuel Macron on a three day state visit to China urged Europe yesterday to take part in China’s Silk Road revival plan, despite some European misgivings about the massive project. He also called on Europe and China to team up on curbing climate change, in the face of US plans to withdraw from the Paris accord. “Our destinies are linked,” he said in a keynote speech on the future of Sino-French relations during a visit to the northern city of Xian, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. “The future needs France, Europe and China,” Macron said, adding he would travel to China “at least once a year”. Macron began his three-day visit in Xian as a gesture to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s huge New Silk Road project, an initiative to connect Asia and Europe by road, rail and sea. The N, 2 trillion programme is billed as a modern revival of the French President Emmanuel Macron ancient Silk Road that once carried fabrics, spices and a wealth of other goods in both directions. Known in China as “One Belt, One Road”, the plan will see gleaming new road and rail networks built through Central Asia and beyond, and new maritime routes stretching through the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. The project has attracted both interest and anxiety, with some in Europe seeing it as Chinese expansionism. While France had been cautious about the plan, Macron heartily endorsed the initiative. “It represents a real opportunity to create bridges, through exchange, between countries and civilisations, just as the ancient silk routes once did,” he said in an interview with the Chinese website “I think it’s very important that Europe and China strengthen their collaboration on the initiative. France is ready to play a leading role in this.” But Macron warned that it should be carried out “within the framework of a balanced partnership” – a reference to concerns about China’s trade surplus- lion trade deficit with China. Macron’s first official visit to Asia marks a new stage for his diplomacy, which has so far been concentrated on Europe and Africa. He plans to seek a “strategic partnership” with Beijing on issues including terrorism. On climate change, Macron said he would talk to Xi about “relaunching the climate battle” by preparing an increase in their engagements to combat global warming at the COP He praised China, the world’s top polluter, for committing to the Paris accord after US Presi- America would pull out of the pact. “China kept its word,” he said. “You demonstrate your immense sense of responsibility.” Cooperation will “show the world that the French and Chinese are capable of making our planet great and beautiful again”, he said in Chinese. After Xian, Macron will head to Beijing along with his delegation which includes some representatives of institutions. Macron and his wife Brigitte met Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan last night. Today [Tuesday] he will visit the Forbidden City, meet the signing of business deals. Along with Brigitte, Macron visited the famous terracotta warriors in Xian, as well as a centuries-old Big Wild Goose Pagoda – a Buddhist site – and the city’s mosque. - is a symbol of ancient artistic and military sophistication in a country old civilisation. – Nampa/AFP

Tuesday, January 9 2018 | NEW ERA 15 Maria Amakalis C Maria Amakalis ICCR SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME 2018-19 High Commission of India, Windhoek in cooperation with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations announces the Africa Scholarship Scheme 2018-19 for Namibian Nationals. Last date of application: 31 January 2018. Twenty Two scholarships within the framework of the Africa Scholarship Scheme to Namibian nationals wishing to study at graduate, post graduate or research levels in various prestigious universities and educational institutions in India during the academic year 2018-19. full duration of the course and return economy class airfares to the nearest international airport and 3rd AC train fare to the place of study in India. Applicants are requested to log onto “Admissions to Alumni” (A2A), the Scholarship Portal developed by ICCR at This portal contains all the relevant information for the applicants including details of all State Universities, Central Universities and Institutes, colleges and other relevant information for helping the applicants in decision-making while applying for the academic courses of their preference. Please * carefully note the following: Applications should be submitted latest by 31 January 2018 through the online application mechanism. Applications will only be accepted through the portal. * Applications should be complete in every detail. Kindly read the guidelines on the portal. Applicants should clearly mention the course to which they are seeking admission while mentioning * choices. submitting the application form. List of Universities where ICCR students are currently studying is * available at ICCR Website at ICCR does not award scholarship for Medical / Paramedical (Nursing / Physiotherapy / anesthesia * etc.) / fashion courses and Casual Research/Diplomas/Short-term courses. format available with the online application form. * Students applying for M.Phil/Doctoral/Post-Doctoral courses should submit a synopsis along * with the application. will be borne by the students themselves. * Students wishing to pursue performing arts should upload Video/Audio/YouTube link. An applicant should have studied mathematics, physics and chemistry at Higher Secondary level Only students who reach 18 years of age by July 2018 will be recommended for admission. * ICCR Scholarship Application Portal For any further queries, interested students should contact the High Commission of India, Windhoek, by e-mail / or call: 061-226037/228433 *****

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