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Dharmendra Pradhan invites OPEC member countries to invest in India

New Delhi:6/11/20: petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has invited OPEC member countries to invest in India, especially in the efforts to transform the country into a manufacturing hub that will be at the heart of the global value chain. The minister co-chaired the 4th high-level meeting of the India-OPEC Energy Dialogue yesterday along with the Secretary-General of OPEC Secretariat Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo.

Talking to the virtual meeting, Mr. Pradhan urged OPEC countries to take a deep look at the rapidly changing global oil and gas sector due to COVID-19 and revisit the ongoing exchanges so that energy challenges, particularly in the oil sector, can be jointly addressed. He also reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal of not letting a purely economic agenda define globalisation and also stressed on the need for a consumption-led energy demand recovery, oil price affordability for the long-term sustainability of crude oil markets and enhancing energy access.

Mr. Pradhan said he also conveyed his deep appreciation to OPEC, particularly Mr. Barkindo, and to key producers of OPEC like Saudi Arabia and the UAE. They have stood by us during the turbulent CPVID-19 times by supplying additional quantities of LPG to support our domestic requirement, he added.

He expressed confidence that OPEC and India will continue working closely for mutual benefit and shared prosperity.

Mr. Barkindo appreciated the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister, the high bar set by India on addressing issues of climate change, and also conveyed OPEC’s keenness to become a partner in India’s energy transition.

The virtual meeting was also joined by OPEC Member countries, CMD and MDs of India’s oil and gas industry from both the public and the private sector.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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