It will be an uphill task to accommodate all the visiting African heads of state or governments in the speaking slots on Ovtober 29 and arrangements are well under way to ensure a smooth run that favours every one of them.Most of these leaders will go ahead to hold separate bilateral talks with the Prime Minister on October 29th and 30.A declaration on the plan of action for increasing engagements will be issued at the end of the Summit negotiations which are expected to run very smoothly.Both the first and second India –Africa Summits in Delhi and Addis Ababa respectively had restricted formats of not more than 15 leaders.Experts on the African affairs point out that the Summit is also about the growing importance of the continent for India’s quest to establish herself as an emerging power. As many as 35 heads of state from the 54 African nations have so far confirmed their participation at the third edition of the India-Africa Summit on October 29 in what would be the biggest international summit meeting that Delhi would host since the 1983 NAM Summit and Commonwealth meeting.This would be the Modi government’s biggest international show of strength so far as the number of African heads of state or governments to participate at the Summit is expected to increase to above 40 as indicated by officials.The other heads of state could be represented by their country’s foreign ministers, other senior ministers or special envoys.Invites have already been delivered to almost all countries in the continent.Other than the usual diplomatic channels, several ministers were sent as special envoys to invite the African leaders as a rare gesture and to assert the significance of the Summit.Participants of the first India-Africa summit held in New Delhi in April 2008
EUNICE, N.M. – Four IMCA divisions are featured at Cardinal Speedway’s sixth annual Kelly Sheen Memorial Topless Shootout on Friday and Saturday, July 3-4.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $2,000 to win, Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds for $1,200, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center SportMods for $1,000 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $750.The Modified feature is a 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. Modified and Southern SportMod drivers must remove all body panels above the deck, including the roof, sail panels and pillar posts.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded to Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers; Southern SportMod drivers race for national and state points.Thirty laps is the feature distance for the Modifieds, Stock Cars and SportMods, 20 laps for the Hobby Stocks. Cash awards of $100 will be paid to the hard charger and to the driver making the longest tow in each division.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Mountain Time, the draw closes at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. both days. Spectator admission is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday; kids six and under get in free both days. Pit passes are $25.Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, July 2. General admission is free while pit passes are $20. Food and beverages following in the pit area are provided by Kendall’s Kountry Meat Market.Overnight accommodations are available in Eunice at the Oil Patch Motel (575 394-2501) and the Five Star Inn (575 394-0720) and in Hobbs at the Best Western Executive Inn (575 397-7171) and Baymont Inn & Suites (575 964-8400).Drivers should request Cardinal Speedway rates. Spots are also available at the Finish Line RV Park (806 392-3902), which is within walking distance from the track.More information is available by calling promoters Chris Meyers at 806 392-3902 or Toby Herring at 575 441-1941.