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ASEAN Business Club to convene leaders for ASEAN Economic Community

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ASEAN Business Club Forum 2014

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ASEAN Business Club to convene leaders for AEC

Trade, industry issues on agenda

 

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 AUG 2014 – More than 300 top business leaders from across the ASEAN regionwill converge at the ASEAN Business Club (ABC) Forum 2014 on September 8 and 9 to tackle trade and industry issues and support the implementation of one ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

 

The leaders will address concerns on the ASEAN region’s readiness for an integrated economic region under the AEC initiative, the corporate sector’s expectations and challenges to AEC, which is set to come into effect on December 31, 2015.  The forum will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore. 

 

ASEAN Business Club Advisory Council member and AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes will chair the forum.

 

Lim Hng Kiang, Minister of Trade and Industry of Singapore, will be the guest of honor at the forum.

 

The forum will focus primarily on six sectors: 1) Legal and Tax; 2) Automotive and Manufacturing; 3)Financial Services and Capital Markets; 4) Minerals, Oil and Gas; 5) Food and Agriculture; and 6)Retail.  Discussions in the forum will be included in the ASEAN Business Club’s “Lifting-the-Barriers” reports on each of the sectors, and the reports – which will highlight industry barriers and bottlenecksas well as propose solutions – will be delivered on a later date to ASEAN officials, all economic ministers in the region and the media

 

Independent research partners Frost & Sullivan, AT Kearney, ZicoLaw, Ernst & Young, Bain & Company and Accenture are spearheading research for the reports.

 

With the forum, the ASEAN Business Club aims to promote sector-based discussions to enhance the ASEAN agenda.  It seeks to help better prepare the ASEAN region’s business community for AEC, which will establish a single market and production base by 2015.  It also aims to help attract more investments in the region, initiate reforms, prepare the work force for market integration andimprove the region’s competitiveness alongside neighboring economic giants China, Japan and India.

 

The ASEAN Business Club is a fully private sector-driven initiative that serves as a forum for ASEAN’s top business leaders to network, collaborate and play a leading role in the process of ASEAN economic integration.  ABC members include some of the most prominent business leaders in the region, including council members Nazir Razak, Tony Fernandes, Patrick Walujo, Chairul Tanjung, Chartsiri Sophonpanich, Tos Chirathivat, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Cezar Consing, Chew Gek Khim, Goh Yew Lin and Thura K. Ko.

 

The forum is organized by the ASEAN Business Club and the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI), a public organization committed to the development of the ASEAN Economic Community and which serves as the secretariat of the ASEAN Business Club. This year’s forum is sponsored by Silverlake Axis, DBS Bank and CIMB.

 

 

(Attached are photos from the ASEAN Business Club’s forum last year. Caption for photos: Business leaders from across the region participate in the ASEAN Business Club’s Network ASEAN Forum in August 2013 in Singapore.)

 

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About the ASEAN Business Club

The ASEAN Business Club is a fully private sector driven initiative for ASEAN’s major home grown corporations to come together and fully engage in ASEAN’s integration efforts. Being the first regional business club with the aim of achieving regional integration, ABC will be the leading networking vehicle to form relationships across the region; thus serving as a platform to speak to each other across  the 10 ASEAN countries to identify challenges and areas of opportunity. It also aims to provide support and advocacy for governments to achieve an ASEAN Economic Community that will benefit its citizens.

 

For more information, please visit www.aseanbusinessclub.org

 

 

About CIMB ASEAN Research Institute

CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) is the first independent, transnational research institute dedicated solely to the advancement and acceleration of the ASEAN integration agenda. CARI pursues research and promotes thought leadership in support of an ASEAN Community. We seek pragmatic solutions and policy recommendations to address challenges in ASEAN integration and connectivity. CARI was established in 2011 as a member of CIMB Group. It is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and has a regional presence.

 

 

For media queries or interview requests, please contact:

Desiree Bandal

ASEAN Business Club

Email: media@aseanbusinessclub.org

Phone: +628 777 533 2288

Cory Cleveland, co-founder, Play It Interactive

Cory Cleveland, co-founder, Play It Interactive, a Canadian mobile gaming start up, with its image building in the Indian market.

Play It Interactive delivers a connected gaming experience to both users on Feature phones and Android devices, applying relatively new ‘gamification’ principles that have revolutionized the gaming industry in developed countries.

Cory, firm’s co-founder and president, has put together a team that includes Ray Newal as head of business development. Ray Newal has had experience of successfully launching a mobile video streaming start up, with funding from IAN, for the Indian feature phone users that he subsequently sold to Vuclip.

Just checking if you or your publication is working on (or considering writing on) Mobile gaming, Fantasy gaming or entrepreneurial firms focused on creating products and Apps for India. Both Cory and Ray will be happy to contribute to your pieces on mobile gaming or entrepreneurship through phone or email interactions.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Cordially

Sanjiv Kataria
Strategic Communications and PR Counsel

NBA NAMES CARLOS BARROCA SENIOR DIRECTOR,

BASKETBALL OPERATIONS IN INDIA

 

MUMBAI, August 18, 2014 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) has named Carlos Barroca Senior Director, Basketball Operations in India.  Barroca will spearhead the league’s basketball development initiatives in the country, which include training local coaches and players, executing grassroots programs and working with key basketball stakeholders across India to grow the sport.

Barroca has more than 35 years of experience in the industry, having worked as a basketball coach, general manager, television analyst, and ambassador, largely in his home nation of Portugal.  During the 2000-2001 season, Barroca served as the head coach of the Portuguese Basketball Federation and the national U-20 squad, and has joined the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program as a guest coach since 2006.

Following his time on the sidelines, Barroca was appointed as National Director of High School Sports Program and selected as a member of the Supreme Council for Sports as well as the Olympic Committee of Portugal.  Barroca also served as a consultant for Adecco, a Swiss HR company, S.A., where he promoted team building and motivation in corporate HR.

Troy Justice, who previously held the title of Senior Director, Basketball Operations in India, will join the league’s Basketball Operations department in New York at the end of September, working closely with each member of the Basketball Operations staff in the regional offices to support their efforts to grow the game of basketball at both the elite and grassroots level.  He will also focus on expanding the NBA’s global youth basketball programming through Jr. NBA/WNBA.

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ED questions WB Textile min, Aparna Sen on Saradha scam:

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Saradha scam: ED questions WB Textile min, Aparna Sen

West Bengal Textiles minister Shyamapada Mukherjee and actor Aparna Sen were on Monday questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here in connection with its money laundering probe in the multi-crore Saradha chit funds scam case.
The first to arrive at the Salt Lake office of the central probe agency here was the award winning actor and director Sen whose statement was recorded by ED which is probing her role as the Editor of a magazine brought out by the now defunct group.”Sen’s statement was recorded under section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

She replied to all the queries the sleuths had and has assured she would cooperate with them in future with regard to this case,” sources privy to the development said.

She is understood to have told the ED officials that she knew nothing of the business investments and other ponzi schemes run by the group.

Sources said Sen was associated with the magazine that was brought out by the Sudipta Sen-promoted group which is under the scanner of multiple-probe agencies after a large number of depositors last year alleged they have been duped of their hard-earned money through fraud ponzi schemes.

The second to be questioned during the day by the ED was Mukherjee about a property sale in 2009.

“An allegation was raised against Mr Mukherjee that he has raised some capital by way of transfer of some assets. All the allegations against him of illegal dealings are baseless and today he has come to give all relevant details and bank statements in this regard to the ED,” Joydeb Das, a lawyer accompanying the minister, said.

The Saradha chitfunds case involves lakhs of multi-layered transactions and the agency probe has found that “more than 90 per cent of companies existed only on paper and only 17 companies out of the 224 companies actually had carried out some business,” the sources said. The rest, investigators claimed, were floated as “dummies” to act as cover for unleashing the alleged ponzi scheme.

The latest ED probe report has ascertained that the laundering amount in this case amounts close to Rs 1983.02 crore and it has identified it as “proceeds of crime” as stipulated under the criminal provisions of the PMLA.

Investigative agencies probing the case including ED, CBI, state police departments of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam, have brought under their scanner four companies of the Saradha group which are Saradha Realty Private India Limited, Saradha Tours and Travels Pvt Ltd, Saradha Garden Resort and Hotel Pvt Ltd and Saradha Housing Pvt Ltd as they have been alleged to have mobilised money from the public.

The main accused and Chairman of the Saradha group Sudipta Sen and Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh and few others are already under arrest in this case.





Assange plans to leave embassy ‘soon’ yet no details given

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 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures during a press conference inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on August 18, 2014 where Assange has been holed up for two years. (AFP Photo / John Stillwell)

With globe diplomacy at low ebb due to surveillance at its peak with the advent of new technology at the stake of most powerful nations the fate of the Chief whistle blowers hangs in uncertainty,the latest media reports suggest.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures during a press conference inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on August 18, 2014 where Assange has been holed up for two years.Julian Assange plans to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in the near future, he told a press conference at the embassy’s London compound, where he’s been holed up for two years. The WikiLeaks founder gave no further details.“I am leaving the embassy soon, but perhaps not for the reasons [reported],” he told journalists, refusing to clarify what his reasons are.

Speaking at the conference, he recounted the ordeal of having to hide from prosecution in a case where for four years no charges have been leveled. This has led to a serious deterioration of his health, including heart problems. He listed a host of reasons he believes to be at the center of the injustice taking place in his situation.

“Throughout this entire time I have not been charged,” he spoke. “Europe is meant to be a place where the rule of law is respected, where basic rights are respected… but somehow a situation has developed where basic rights that we have previously universally accepted are no longer respected.”

Assange the  whistleblower continues to flatly deny any rape allegations, which have not been backed up by any formal charges.

Ecuador’s Foreign Minster Ricardo Patino was was also present at the conference to defend Assange. He spoke of the continuing efforts on the part of Assange’s legal team and the government of Ecuador to bring the situation to a close in a manner that satisfies both the Ecuadorian and the Swedish legal systems. Media agencies





India calls off Secretary level talks with Pakistan

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India calls off talks with Pakistan
A continuous ceasefire  violations on the India Pak border by Pakistan rangers every day from last ten day and their invitation to Hurriyat leaders just before the beginning of secretary level talks  has made PM Modi to act tough, India on Monday called off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan next week and conveyed a blunt message that it was interfering in India’s internal affairs by holding talks with Kashmiri separatists which was “unacceptable”.

Upset that despite being firmly told by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh that Pakistan has to choose between “India or separatists” for talks, its top envoy here went ahead with the meeting, India said, “Therefore, under the present circumstances,…no useful purpose will be served by the Indian Foreign Secretary going to Islamabad next week.””Indian Foreign Secretary had conveyed to the Pakistan High Commissioner (Abdul Basit)today, in clear and unambiguous terms, that Pakistan’s continued efforts to interfere in Indias internal affairs were unacceptable. “

It was underlined that the Pakistani High Commissioners meetings with these so called leaders of the Hurriyat undermines the constructive diplomatic engagement initiated by Prime Minister Modi in May on his very first day in office,” Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said.

Singh was to travel to Islamabad on 25th August to hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry, nearly two years after the Indo-Pak talks were stalled due to incidents along the LoC.





PM invites ideas from people on new plan body

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PM invites ideas from people on new plan body-

Taking a step further towards scrapping the Planning Commission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited ideas from the people on the new institution to replace the plan body.

The government also announced creation of a special open forum on the website mygov.nic.in for suggestions on the new institution.

In a statement, the Prime Minister said “We envision the proposed Institution as one that caters to the aspirations of 21st century India and strengthens participation of the States…. Let the ideas flow”.

It said, “The Prime Minister has invited ideas from people on what shape the new institution to replace the Planning Commission can take.” Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on Independence Day, Modi had said that the 64-year old Planning Commission, a vestige of socialist era, would be soon replaced with a new institution to address the current economic challenges and strengthen the federal structure.

“We need a new body with a new soul….We will have to think about giving a new shape to the Planning Commission…. Very soon this new institute will start working in place of Planning Commission,” Modi had said.

He had said that it was set up to cater to the needs of earlier times and has participated in its own way in the development of the country.

“The internal situation of the country has changed, global environment has changed. Government is no longer the centre of economic development. Economy is much more broadbased now. “State government is also a centre of development. I feel it is a good sign. If we have to take India forward, then states have to be taken forward,” the Prime Minister had said.

Justifying the need to replace the Commission, he had said, “Sometime it becomes necessary to repair a house. It costs a lot of money. But it does not give us satisfaction. Then we feel it is better to make a new house.”





WEC India members Energy News-18th August 2014

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WEC India Energy News

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WEC India Energy Portal

One Stop Energy Resource Center

Global Energy Mix comparison 2030

Global Energy Mix comparison of IEA, EIA, WEC Scenarios for 2030 has been added to Total Primary Energy Consumption (TPEC )  Section of Global Scenarios.

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    Queensland’s coordinator general has approved the 300km North Galilee Basin Rail that would link Carmichael coal mine with Abbot point coal terminal
  2. Jaya seeks Modi’s help for long-term access to TN’s power suppliers
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister today asked the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of Power and the Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) to consider the Long Term Access application of power suppliers to Tamil Nadu, without taking into account the …
  3. Rs 108 crore unpaid power charges due from Assam govt depts
    Various Assam government departments have not paid electricity bills running into Rs 108 crore even as the average tariff for common people is proposed to be hiked by 17% to Rs 7.45 per unit in 2014-15.
  4. Lanco Infra, Adani Power gain after Udupi power plant deal
    Lanco Infratech locked in upper circuit of 5% at Rs 8.95 and Adani Power gained 3% to Rs 53.60 on NSE.
  5. Top officials of power, oil ministries to meet PMO on gas price pooling
    The meeting is likely to decide the contours of the mechanism that will be placed before Union Cabinet for approval, a senior government official said.
  6. Adani Power buys Lanco Infratech’s Udupi thermal power plant
    Lanco Infratech, which has a market capitalisation of Rs 2,054 cr, said it will receive Rs 2k crore in cash and transfer debt of about Rs 4,000 crore to Adani.
  7. Adani buys Lanco’s Udupi power plant for Rs 6,000 cr
    Largest deal in thermal power space; Lanco to use proceeds to lower debt
  8. Scanty rainfall sends spot power prices soaring
    In July, spot price of power across the country was Rs 3.76 a unit, 64% more compared to a year earlier
  9. Power firms jostling for bigger market shares
    Analysts believe that the new govt and its policy initiatives have made established power companies optimistic
  10. Tata Power plans to sell non-core investments
    As of March 31, the company’s consolidated net debt stood at Rs 38,618 crore, compared to Rs 35,892 crore in FY13
  11. Tata Power plans to sell non-core investments to reduce debt
    With over Rs 38,000 cr net debt, power utility Tata Power is mulling diluting its non-core investments to reduce the debt burden.
  12. Adani buys Lanco’s Udupi power plant
    Deal for coal-fired plant valued at Rs6,000 crore will help Lanco manage cash flow issue and pare debt burden
  13. Tata Power to double electricity generation capacity 18,000 MW by 2022
    The company generates power from different fuel sources — thermal (coal, gas and oil), hydroelectric power, renewable energy (wind and solar Photo-Voltaic).
  14. Tata Power Solar commisions plant in Andhra Pradesh
    Tata Power Solar today said it has successfully commissioned a 3 MW solar power plant for Andhra Sugars Limited.
  15. Govt preparing arguments against US’ WTO solar case
    US has dragged India to WTO on the issue of domestic content requirement condition on procurement of solar cells and modules
  16. Power, oil secretaries to meet PMO on gas price pooling
    The meeting is likely to decide the contours of the mechanism that will be placed before the Union Cabinet for approval, a senior government official said.
  17. New natural gas pricing formula by September 30: Government
    The government on Wednesday said it will come out with a new natural gas pricing formula by September 30 keeping in mind the interest of investors and public.
  18. New natural gas pricing formula by Sept 30: govt
    Government today said it will come out with a new natural gas pricing formula by September 30 keeping in mind the interest of investors and public. Replying to questions in Rajya Sabha, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the NDA government …
  19. UGC schemes for empowerment of SCs, STs, minorities
    The University Grants Commission (UGC) is implementing a number of schemes for educational empowerment of SCs, STs and minorities that include setting up of equal opportunity cells and scholarships.
  20. Government has expanded massively, but so must its power to deliver the goods
    The history of independent India is replete with government programmes, ranging from state-owned enterprises to multiple poverty programmes.

For more information Contact – WEC India Secretariat, C/o NTPC Limited, 7th Floor, Core-6, SCOPE Complex, New Delhi-110 003, India
Email: info@wecindia.in, Phone: 011-2436 3719, Fax: 011-2436 9530, Website: http://www.wecindia.in





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Foreign Policy News Digest       Ananta Aspen Centre

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The emergence of India as a strong economic power is receiving widespread recognition in the region and beyond. Today, it has expanded its footprints and engagement in multiple fields across all continents. Accordingly, India’s foreign policy and international conducts should reflect upon its new global stature. In this backdrop, Ananta Aspen Centre is pleased to launch a new initiative — a bi-weekly digest of all the major news related to India’s Foreign Policy. Our sincere effort is to keep you informed and updated on all the major international developments that have implications on India’s foreign policy. Hope you will benefit from the initiative. We value your feedback, comments and recommendations. 

India and the World – an Update

A bi-weekly News Digest on India’s Foreign Policy
(Volume 1 – 15)August 1st – August 15th, 2014

Neighbourhood

South Asia

Pakistan

Skewed ties with India harming Pak, says Sharif
The Times of India | August 10th, 2014
“We don’t have good relations with any of our neighbours except China. For development, progress and economic growth, Pakistan needs to have friendly and cordial relations with all its neighbours, especially India and Afghanistan,” Nawaz Sharif said.

Pakistan targets LoC posts again in just 37 hours
PTI / India Today | August 10th, 2014
General Officer Commanding of Nagrota-based 16 Corps, Lieutenant General K H Singh had recently said that the Indian Army has been directed to give a befitting reply to Pakistani troops over ceasefire violations, firing and infiltration attempts from across the border.

PM Narendra Modi slams Pakistan for proxy war against India
PTI / The Economic Times | August 12th, 2014
“The neighbouring country has lost the strength to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in the proxy war of terrorism,” the Prime Minister said while addressing troops of Army and the Indian Air Force on his maiden trip to Leh and Ladakh.

 Afghanistan

Consortium led by SAIL undecided on size of Afghan iron ore investment
Reuters / The Economic Times | August 11th, 2014
The original proposal called for investment in three blocks at Hajigak in Afghanistan and in a 6 million-tonne-per-year (MTPA) steel plant. Under the new proposed terms, the size of the plant would fall to 1.2 MTPA, the steel ministry had said.

 Nepal

After winning hearts, Modi ends historic Nepal visit (Roundup)
IANS / Business Standard | August 4th, 2014
India and Nepal Monday agreed to “review, adjust and update” their 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship and other bilateral agreements, and not to let “unscrupulous elements” misuse their open border.

 Sri Lanka

Rajapaksa orders release of all Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody
The Hindu | August 13th, 2014
“On the occasion of India’s Independence Day, President Rajapaksa orders the release of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody,” said a tweet from his official account.


Asia – Pacific

China

China wants India to play key role in ‘Silk Road’ plan
The Hindu |August 10th, 2014
The plan is expected to emphasise infrastructure projects aimed at boosting regional connectivity, as well as a range of initiatives such as maritime connectivity and ecological cooperation.

 Singapore

Ties that bind
The Indian Express | August 9th, 2014
While we celebrate our past, we also look towards the future by considering how we can further elevate our already close relationship. For a start, we look forward to sharing with India our experiences in developing “smart cities”, skills training, port management and water management. These are among a few exciting opportunities that Singapore and India can consider for joint cooperation.

 Myanmar

Sushma on Myanmar mission
The Telegraph | August 7th, 2014
India invested over $300 million in Myanmar in the 2013-14 financial year while China invested less than $100 million.

Myanmar won’t allow anti-India activities from its soil: President
PTI / India TV News | August 11th, 2014
The Myanmar President said both sides would focus on operationalising an MOU which provides for intelligence sharing and cooperation between security forces of the two neighbours.

 Japan

Ahead of Modi’s visit, India pushes Japan for nuclear deal
Times of India | August 11th, 2014
Civil nuclear talks were hit badly by the Fukushima disaster in 2011 but Japan agreed to resume negotiations last year as it said it wanted to contribute to nuclear safety worldwide by sharing with the world its experience and lessons derived from the nuclear accident.

An Indo-Pacific anchor of stability
Business Standard | August 12th, 2014
The personal chemistry between Mr Abe and Mr Modi is a major asset, and may prove decisive on issues where outcomes hang in delicate balance. One such issue is the still-to-be-concluded civil nuclear agreement between the two countries on the lines negotiated successfully with the United States in 2008.

The United States

John Kerry Meets PM Narendra Modi in Prelude to Washington Summit
IANS / NDTV | August 1st, 2014
Mr Kerry, who in his speech on Thursday said the US was keen to partner the Modi government in its vision of “Sabka saath sabka vikas” or ‘cooperation of all, development for all’, met PM Modi at 11 a.m.

India, US decide to jointly produce defence equipment
The Financial Express | August 9th, 2014
Stressing on indigenisation of the defence industries, the Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said, “The development of our own indigenous capabilities is a major objective that guides our present policies. In this direction, we have taken steps to raise the FDI cap in the defence sector. We look forward to work closely with the US in this regard”.

Hagel Says U.S., India Should Jointly Develop, Produce Arms
The Wall Street Journal | August 9th, 2014
Mr. Hagel said the U.S. is proposing projects that would transfer production and technology know-how to India. Among the weapons involved is the Javelin antitank missile. Technology transfer and joint production of the Javelin “is an unprecedented offer that we have made only to India and no one else to ensure defense industrial cooperation receives the attention it demands,” he said.

PM Narendra Modi meets Chuck Hagel, voices Iraq concern
The Asian Age | August 9th, 2014
On the bilateral front, Mr Modi welcomed the sustained high-level engagement by the US with the new Indian government. He told Mr Hagel that he looked forward to his visit to the US “not just as an occasion to think in terms of what we can do for each other, but also as an opportunity to see how the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy can build a partnership for peace, stability and prosperity in the world”, the statement said.

It’s official: US overtakes all to become India’s largest defence supplier
India Today | August 12th, 2014
The statistics revealed by Jaitley, who holds dual charge of defence and finance ministries, show that almost 40 per cent of the money spent by India on defence imports in the past three years have gone to the Americans, followed by the Russians (30 per cent) and the French (14 per cent). Israel is a distant fourth with merely 4 per cent share.

Australia

India, Australia to expedite talks on civil nuclear deal
PTI / Business Today | August 9th, 2014
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held bilateral talks with her Australian counterpart Julie Bishop during which both the leaders stressed that the civil nuclear deal should be finalised as soon as possible.

White paper asks Australian government to engage with India on priority
PTI / DNA | August 12th, 2014
The white paper submitted to the Australian Government has sought inking of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) on “top priority” and called for fast engagement with the new Narendra Modi-led government.

 ASEAN

India keen to take ties with ASEAN to ‘new heights’
PTI / The Economic Times | August 9th, 2014
Swaraj also spoke about the South China Sea issue and noted that India supports freedom of navigation and access to resources in accordance with principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

India, ASEAN likely to sign FTA later this month
PTI / Hindustan Times | August 10th, 2014
Foreign ministers of all ASEAN countries as well external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj have hoped that the pact will be finally signed during the four-day-long meeting of economic trade ministers of India and ASEAN beginning August 25.

Europe

Russia

India looks to boost exports to Russia
Live Mint | August 6th, 2014
Items identified by the commerce ministry includes machinery, vehicles, aircraft and spacecraft, optics, electrical machinery, pharmaceuticals, plastics and meat. The ministry has written letters to various sector-specific export promotion councils to focus on these items in order to boost their exports to Russia.

Italy

Italian PM talks to Modi on Marines case
The Times of India | August 12th, 2014
Modi said in his response that a fair and early resolution was in mutual interest. He conveyed that the matter was sub-judice before the Supreme Court and encouraged the Italian side to allow the judicial process to take its own course. “In this context, he emphasized that Indian judiciary is free, fair and independent and we are convinced that it will take all aspects into consideration in adjudicating the case,” the PMO said in a statement.

World Trade Organisation (WTO)

India’s stand on WTO deal gets support from UN body
PTI / Live Mint | August 4th, 2014
India decided last week not to ratify the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) without any concrete movement towards finding a permanent solution to its public food stock-holding issue for food security purposes.

India opted for tough stand at WTO to protect poor: PM Narandra Modi
PTI / The Economic Times | August 9th, 2014
Last month, WTO talks in Geneva failed on account of the tough stand taken by India on its food security issue. New Delhi refused to ratify the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which aims at easing customs procedures and is dear to the developed world.

India wants final solution to food security issue in WTO
IANS / Business Standard | August 13th, 2014
“The stand taken by India is aimed at achieving a permanent solution on the issue of public stockholding for food security purposes so that the country’s efforts to ensure food security remain consistent with its international obligations,” Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

Miscellaneous

A Look East energy policy
The Hindu Business Line | August 13th, 2014
The prospects for energy cooperation across our western borders are bleak. Though agreement has been reached on the “TAPI Pipeline” to bring gas from Turkmenistan to India through Afghanistan and Pakistan, it is unlikely that the security of this pipeline can be guaranteed for years.

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FISME Factor, August 18, 2014

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The FISME Factor
President’s Message
” The first address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from rampart of Red Fort certainly marks points of departure from ‘business as usual’ in New Delhi. While disbanding of Planning Commission is more symbolic at present, the emphasis on ‘Make in India’ and ‘Made in India’ is unprecedented. The key question, however, is how foreigners will come to ‘Make in India’ when Indians themselves are shunning manufacturing because of hostile regulatory environment and absence of even basic infrastructure. The MSME community- often at the receiving end the regulatory excesses, awaits with bated breath the follow through of PM’s announcement. “

Dr. D. Gandhikumar, President, FISME
Vol IV, Issue 64: August 18, 2014
Activities

FISME holds Consultation Workshop on Companies Act ( New Delhi )
FLIPKART – FISME reach out to MSMEs in Jaipur

Business Banter: Lessons from Entrepreneurs

The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Macro Metre

Seychelles seeks India’s cooperation in MSME and tourism sectors
India’s steel consumption grows by 0.6% in April-July

Domestic Digest

Over Rs 24,000 crore allocation to boost MSME sector in 12th Plan Knowledge and News Network (KNN)
Govt proposes single labour law for MSME sector Knowledge and News Network (KNN)
Online shopping portal for MSMEs launched

State Scan

Gujarat govt plans 5-7% interest subsidy, priority in land allotment to start-ups Knowledge and News Network (KNN)
Odisha to develop 50,000 acres land bank for public, industrial purposes Knowledge and News Network (KNN)

World Watch

US industry experts commend India-US Strategic Dialogue
India extends export benefits to rupee trade with Iran

Knowledge Store

Delhi PVC traders allege harassment by authorities Knowledge and News Network (KNN)

…And A Lot More
Activities

FISME holds Consultation Workshop on Companies Act ( New Delhi )

After promulgation of the Companies Act, FISME organized the first consultation workshop for MSME associations on 4th Aug 2014 in New Delhi. A panel of experts headed by Pawan Kumar Vijay and his colleagues from Corporate Professionals- a leading law firm specializing in Corporate Law, gave a detailed presentation on the new provisions of Companies Act. The Companies Act has thrown open a number of issues for companies. The new provisions needing urgent attention of the companies include Loans to Directors & related entities; Inter Corporate Borrowings & Guarantees, Related Party Transactions; Fund raising through Private Placements; Disqualifications of Director & Vacation of office of Director; Provisions related to Private Companies; Board meeting through Video Conferencing and E-voting at General Meetings.

FLIPKART – FISME reach out to MSMEs in Jaipur

Taking forward the national campaign, FLIPKART-FISME reached out to the MSMEs on 8th August 2014 in Jaipur. The sector in focus was handicrafts, jewellery, fashion accessories, home furnishings & garments. The programme was supported by Federation of Rajasthan Exporters (FORE), Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), etc. The programme was attended by over 100MSMEs owners and had distinguished guest like Mr. Lekhraj Maheshwari, Chairman, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts.

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Business Banter: Lessons from Entrepreneurs

The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Enter “entrepreneurial traits” into Google, and the menu of frequent searches will complete the query with “… of Steve Jobs” and “… of Bill Gates,” among others. These are the forces of nature that spring to mind for most of us when we think of entrepreneurs–iconic figures who seemed to burst from the womb with enterprise in their DNA. They inspire, but they also intimidate. What if you weren’t born with Jobs’ creative genius or Gates’ iron will? There’s good news for the rest of us: Entrepreneurs can be guided to success by harnessing crucial attributes. Scholars, business experts and venture capitalists say entrepreneurs can emerge at any stage of life and from any realm, and they come in all personality types and with any grade point average.

Bring out the leader in you Follow these simple tips

The ability to deal with a sudden crisis and take hard decisions, the patience to take criticism and honest feedback head on, and maintaining transparency and honest communication… the journey to becoming a leader who embodies these and other traits is strewn with lessons learnt and unlearnt along the way. Six leaders share personal anecdotes and their learning which helped them hone their leadership abilities.

Writing on the Wall

Tentative recovery

“…Survey done by the central bank shows that there are higher expectations of an increase in employment and wages. These are all clearly positive signals, but for growth to get on the fast lane we need to await the return of the “animal spirits” in the corporate sector — which seems to be absent at this point in time.”
[Adapted from Editorial, The Hindu]
Media Monitor

Macro Metre

Seychelles seeks India’s cooperation in MSME and tourism sectors

Tourism and Culture Minister of Seychelles Alain St Ange today met the MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra and sought to strengthen cooperation in sectors like SME, Tourism, Civil Aviation etc. by exchanging expertise between the two nations. He further stated that Seychelles could be considered as the gateway to Africa and that there is tremendous scope improving bilateral trade between both the countries. Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen to strengthen relations with neighbouring countries and to work towards peace and prosperity in the region, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) Minister Mishra assured Seychelles of all help and cooperation in the development of MSME sector.

India’s steel consumption grows by 0.6% in April-July

India’s steel consumption in the first four months of the current financial year grew by just 0.6 per cent to 25.72 million tonnes. The country, where around 70 per cent of the steel demand comes from the construction sector, had consumed 25.57 MT steel during the April-July period of last year, data prepared by Joint Plant Committee showed. JPC, a unit under the Steel Ministry, said the domestic consumption of steel during July was at 69 MT, an increase of 0.3 per cent over the same month last year. Production of crude steel during the period rose by 0.9 per cent to 27.39 million tonnes compared to 27.15 million tonnes a year ago, JPC data showed.

Crony capitalism is one of the greatest dangers to growth of developing countries: Rajan

Ringing the warning bell against crony capitalism, the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said, “One of the greatest dangers to the growth of developing countries is the middle income trap, where crony capitalism creates oligarchies that slow down growth. If the debate during the elections is any pointer, this is a very real concern of the public in India today”. Addressing the Twentieth Lalit Doshi Memorial Lecture here yesterday, he said, “Even as our democracy and our economy have become more vibrant, an important issue in the recent election was whether we had substituted the crony socialism of the past with crony capitalism, where the rich and the influential are alleged to have received land, natural resources and spectrum in return for payoffs to venal politicians,” He pointed out that by killing transparency and competition, crony capitalism is harmful to free enterprise, opportunity, and economic growth.

Inflation in services more pronounced than merchandise, says industry body

The trouble with the Indian economy is that both in manufacturing and in services, it is becoming high cost which in a vicious cycle exerts wage pressure further complicating the issues, said an industry report. More than inflation on account of merchandise goods as reflected in the Wholesale Price Index and the Consumer Price Index, the costs of services such as education including coaching, health, transport, servicing of personal vehicles, personal care services are increasing at a much higher pace pinching the average middle class family more by at least 25 per cent year-on-year, according to ASSOCHAM paper.

Domestic Digest

Over Rs 24,000 crore allocation to boost MSME sector in 12th Plan

The government has allocated Rs 24,124 crore to boost the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises sector during the Twelfth Five-Year Plan period (2012-17), an increase of 133.53 per cent over the Eleventh Plan, Parliament was today informed. “In order to boost the growth of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector during the Twelfth Five Year Plan an outlay of Rs 24,124 crore has been allocated for Ministry of MSME. This XIIth Plan allocation represents an increase of 133.53 per cent over the XIth Five Year Plan allocation of Rs 10,330 crore,” Union MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Govt proposes single labour law for MSME sector

There is a proposal for a single labour law for the entire micro, small and medium (MSME) sector to enhance its competitiveness and improve work culture. The ministry of labour is preparing single law by merging all other existing labour laws regulating the sector in consultation with the MSME ministry. According to official sources, MSMEs contribute eight per cent of the country’s GDP, 45 per cent of the manufactured output and 40 per cent of its exports. However, the MSME sector is labour-intensive and highly disorganised, and different labour laws prevalent in different states have made the sector more scattered and difficult to regulate.

Online shopping portal for MSMEs launched

Business to Consumer (B2C) web portal –http://www.msmeshopping.com was launched here today by the Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Kalraj Mishra. The web portal dedicated to the MSME sector is a project of the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) which fosters the growth of small scale industries, through various schemes and services. Speaking at the event, Mishra appreciated the efforts of NSIC in launching the portal, which will enable MSMEs to sell retail products as well as industrial equipment/ machinery online. He said that marketing was an expensive aspect and MSMEs often find it very difficult to spend on advertisement, brand building, distribution, etc. As a result, many of them depend on middlemen who take a large chunk of their profit. The online shopping portal would go a long way to help the units market their products.

Govt mulling to enhance MSME limit

The government is considering enhancing the limit for firms and businesses to qualify for being categorised as MSMEs, it was stated in Parliament. “The issue of enhancement of investment limit for micro, small and medium manufacturing enterprises as well as of service enterprises is under consideration,” Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Kalraj Mishra said in the Rajya Sabha yesterday. The present investment limit for MSMEs under MSMED Act, 2006 for manufacturing enterprises is – Micro enterprise: investment in plant and machinery upto Rs 25 lakh; Small enterprise: investment in plant and machinery from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 5 crore; Medium enterprise: investment in plant and machinery from Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore.

Govt simplifies procedures, documentation for export & import

In the backdrop of the Economic survey 2013-14 which highlighted the need for trade facilitation by reducing the number of documents, transaction cost and time for export and import, the government has introduced a number of measures to simplify export and import related procedures and documentation and make these available online for the users. On trade facilitation measures adopted by the government, “Most of India’s export and import documents are processed at Customs through the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system,” said Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha today

KASSIA presents memo to state govt highlighting issues of policy, power, tax

President of Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA), C M Rajamane has presented a memorandum to state government officials, highlighting various challenges of the MSME sector pertaining to accessing finance, infrastructure, power, labour laws, etc. The memorandum was presented to Secretary to the Government, Commerce and Industries, Tushar Girinath; and Commissioner of Industrial Development and Director of Industries and Commerce, Government of Karnataka, Maheswar Rao, during an interaction meeting here yesterday. With regard to the industrial policy, although it is drafted well, based on their experience, Rajamane said that implementation of the same will take 2-3 years, owing to delay in issuing government notifications and publication in state gazette. He cited the example of the Aerospace Policy that was released in February 2013 and awarded stamp duty concession of 75 per cent value. “Even after 5 months, the Govt. order has not reached Jala Sub registration office from revenue department,” he said. He said that marketing was an expensive aspect and MSMEs often find it very difficult to spend on advertisement, brand building, distribution, etc. As a result, many of them depend on middlemen who take a large chunk of their profit. The online shopping portal would go a long way to help the units market their products.

State Scan

Gujarat

Gujarat govt plans 5-7% interest subsidy, priority in land allotment to start-ups

The Gujarat Government is planning to give the young entrepreneurs 5 to 7 per cent interest subsidy and priority in the land allotment in the new estates to be developed by the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) in several parts of the state. State industries commissioner Kamal Dayani said, “For the first time, the state government has decided to give financial and other incentives to the first time entrepreneurs who are beginning their medium or small scale industry. We are preparing the draft for the new incentive scheme for MSME sector under which special focus will be given to the first time entrepreneurs,” as quoted in a media report.

Odisha

Odisha to develop 50,000 acres land bank for public, industrial purposes

The Odisha Industry Department officials have been directed to develop a land bank of at least 50, 000 acres for public and industrial purposes, and also work out a strategy for land acquisition. The Industries department along with IDCO and IPICOL have been directed to carry forward the initiatives in a time bound manner. Reviewing the activities of the industry department at a high level meeting held here yesterday, Chief Secretary G C Pati directed the officials to develop a land bank of at least 50,000 acres for public and industrial purposes.

Telangana

Action to be taken if clearance delayed for industrial projects; Telangana govt for Right to Single Window Services Bill

The Telangana Government has plans to introduce the Right to Single Window Services Bill, under which, action would be taken if the projects are not given clearance in the specified time frame, according to the vice-chairman and managing director of Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) Jayesh Ranjan. While addressing a conference on manufacturing excellence here on Saturday, Ranjan said in the proposed industrial policy there would be provisions for projects to be cleared on self-certification. Ranjan also said that the MSMEs would be given higher incentives and packages, covering special technology development fund, panel of consultants for technical and managerial advices and sick units insurance fund, according to a media report.

J&K

J&K govt keen to enforce new industrial policy from 2015 to encourage SMEs

The Jammu and Kashmir government is keen for early formation and notification of industrial policy, and to implement it from 2015 in order to encourage investment in the state. J&K Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has said that the package for industrial backward areas should be incorporated as part of the new industrial policy and directed for early refund of VAT to the industrialists. He also emphasized the need for encouraging young local entrepreneurs to invest in the feasible industrial and handicrafts sectors to boost state economy and employment opportunities for the youth. Abdullah said this while addressing the 5th State Industrial Advisory Committee (SIAC) meeting here yesterday.

World Watch

US    

US industry experts commend India-US Strategic Dialogue

The recently concluded India-US Strategic Dialogue set the tone for improved strategic and economic ties at a pivotal point in bilateral partnership, representatives of American corporate sector and experts have said. “It is heartening to see that despite divergent views on certain issues, there is a sincere commitment towards the renewed bilateral strategic partnership,” said Diane Farrell, acting president of the US India Business Council (USIBC). “Industry is pleased by the positive momentum provided by these talks in the lead up to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s visit to the US in September,” she said in a statement on the successful conclusion of the fifth annual India-US Strategic Dialogue, for which Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to India.

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Iran    

India extends export benefits to rupee trade with Iran

Exports to Iran in Indian rupee will also be entitled for trade benefits as available to exporters realising proceeds in freely convertible currencies. “Export proceeds against exports to Iran realised in Indian rupees are permitted to avail exports benefits/ incentives under the Foreign Trade Policy, 2009-14, at par with export proceeds realised in freely convertible currency,” the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has said in a notification. Indian exporters mainly trade in freely convertible currencies including US dollar and euro. The government provides export incentives under different schemes, including Focus Market Scheme, to exporters realising their proceeds in such currencies.

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India, ASEAN likely to sign FTA later this month

India and the 10-nation ASEAN are likely to sign the long-delayed free trade agreement in services and investments later this month when their economic and trade ministers meet here. Foreign Ministers of all ASEAN countries as well External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj have hoped that the pact will be finally signed during the four-day-long meeting of Economic Trade Ministers of India and ASEAN beginning August 25. Seeking better ties with India, the grouping after the India-ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting, here said it was looking forward to signing of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement in services and investment later this month.

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Pakistan    

Indo-Pak trade has increased despite border tensions: Study

Trade between India and Pakistan has been continuously rising despite recurring border tensions but is yet to tap its estimated potential of $12 billion, according to a study compiled by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. According to the SAARC Chamber’s research report, the two nations have been trade partners since the beginning but the trade potential has remained under-utilised due to conflicts. The study shows that bilateral trade was just $132 million till 1995 but increased in the coming years after India granted the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan in 1996, immediately taking bilateral trade to $180.

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Waste & Recycling Product Alerts

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Waste & Recycling Product Alerts (August 18, 2014)

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AIRASIA DISMISS SPECULATION ON SKYMARK ACQUISITION

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SEPANG, 19 AUGUST 2014It has come to our attention that there have been speculations about AirAsia planning to acquire a stake in the Japanese airline, Skymark. We dismiss the speculation as just another industry rumour and continue to focus our efforts on growing the businesses of all existing airline affiliates within our Group.





Ooredoo 3G mobile services launched in Myanmar

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Ooredoo 3G mobile services launched in Myanmar

Ooredoo announced the launch of its 3G mobile services in Myanmar.

Nasser Marafih, group CEO, Ooredoo, Myat Hein, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Myanmar; and Htun Aung, director of Posts & Telecommunications Department, Myanmar, attended the event in the country’s capital city, Nay Pyi Taw.

Ooredoo rolled out a 3G new network using next generation UMTS900 technology, which offers a solid foundation for a future move into 4G services.

Ooredoo bagged one of two commercial telecom licenses in Myanmar in 2013.

Nasser Marafih, group CEO, Ooredoo, said: “A little over a year ago, we committed to breaking down all the barriers that limited the people of Myanmar’s access to high quality voice calls and a fast internet experience.”

Ooredoo has launched its 3G services in Myanmar’s three major cities and surrounding regions, initially covering 68 cities and towns and 7.8 million people. The network will rapidly extend beyond these three main cities to include 25 million people by the end of the year.

?????????????????????The telecom operator has priced Top-Up vouchers at $1. Its services are available in 30,000 outlets across the country in addition to the 6,500 dealers selling Ooredoo SIM cards.

It has also launched a series of introductory internet bundles and chat packs.

Samsung Galaxy V bundle, which offers the device and a package of minutes, SMS and data at an affordable price, is also available in the country.

Ooredoo will offer services to meet the demand for education, improve maternal healthcare, help unbanked and improve the productivity of agriculture sector.

IN PIX: U Myint Zaw, national sales director, Ooredoo Myanmar; Ross Cormack, CEO, Ooredoo Myanmar; David Abel, chief mentor, Ooredoo Myanmar; U Myat Hein, Union Minister for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar; Nasser Marafih, group CEO, Ooredoo at the launch of Ooredoo Myanmar.

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ISIS atrocities against Minorities in Iraq and Syria.

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PRESS INVITE

From: Bhavna Sharma  Tue, 19 Aug ’14 10:05a

To: undisclosed-recipients:;

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PRESS INVITE

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are organising a press Conference tomorrow August 19, 2014 at IWPC at 3pm to condemn the brutal atrocities by ISIS against Minorities in Iraq and Syria.

A statement signed by Muslims from across India will be released at the press conference.

Media briefing will be done by Navaid Hamid, Shabnam Hashmi, John Dayal& others.

Date: August 19, 2014

Venue: at IWPC, 5 Windsor Place, new Delhi

Time:  3pm

Kindly depute a reporter and a photographer to cover the press conference.

Yours sincerely

Shabnam Hashmi

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Wada Na Todo Abhiyan complete 500 days

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Media Release- i Move Campaign

From: Saswati Swetlena  Mon, 18 Aug ’14 7:33p

To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Dear friends,

Warm Greetings from Wada Na Todo Abhiyan!

Today, 18th August marks an important date. It marks the beginning of the final 500 days for fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Thousands of people from around the world are coming together to ask their Governments toend inequality, injustice and insecurity and fulfill the MDGs within time – as a part of the global#Act2015 campaign. They are also building pressure on the United Nations to renew the MDGs, make them more realistic and the Governments more accountable.

In India, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan along with several civil society organizations in India will engage with the general public and the United Nations to talk about and build a conversation around the 500 day period and the importance for the same. These organizations will participate in a 12 hour (9a.m. to 9 p.m.) tweet-a-thon (a twitter marathon) to tweet about the importance of the 500 days on 18th of August and engage in a deeper and more prolonged conversation around the Millennium Development Goals.

Please find attached a media release on the same. We request you to put this up in your respective media agency. Would highly appreciate your cooperation and involvement.

Best,

Saswati

Wada Na Todo Abhiyan

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Global roll

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Israel, Palestinians agree to extend Gaza truce by 24 hours

Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire by another 24 hours to allow time for the sides to continue truce negotiations, Reuters reports, citing sources in both delegations. The deal was confirmed in Cairo and then Jerusalem minutes before a five-day ceasefire was due to expire. A Palestinian official close to the talks in Cairo said the extension would give both sides time “to complete the negotiations,”the agency said. An Israeli official and security source were quoted as saying in Jerusalem that “on Egypt’s request the ceasefire shall be extended by 24 hours to allow further negotiations.” The Egyptian government has confirmed the extension of truce in an official statement.

Student nanosatellite launched during Russian ISS spacewalk

Russian cosmonauts Aleksander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev have performing a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, during which they launched student nanosatellite Chasqui-1 into space. The satellite is designed for testing the base platform and basic electronic devices of the nanoclass space vehicles as part of the Radioskaf space educational program. Chasqui-1 has the shape of a cube with sides of 10 centimeters and weighs 1.5 kilograms. It will transmit photographic images and telematics measurements to Earth via a 437.025 MHz amateur radio frequency.

US airstrikes hit ISIS vehicles near Mosul dam

US bomber, fighter and drone strikes have destroyed Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) vehicles near the Mosul dam in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said in a statement. The latest airstrikes destroyed three IS armed vehicles, an IS vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, an IS checkpoint and an improvised explosive device (IED) emplacement, according to the statement. In total, more than 24 airstrikes took place over the weekend. That brings the total number of US airstrikes since August 8 to 68.

US puts 2 Islamist militants in Iraq, Syria on ‘most wanted’ terrorist list

The US on Monday blacklisted two Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria, following similar actions by the UN Security Council last week. The State Department added the two men, Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani and Nusra Front member Said Arif, to its list of “Specially Designated Global Terrorists,” Reuters said. A travel ban was imposed on them, and any assets they may hold in the US will be frozen. The US Treasury Department, in its turn, prohibited US firms and people from dealing with the men.

250 injured after strong quake in west Iran

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the province of Ilam in western Iran on Monday, injuring at least 250 people, AFP reported. The quake occurred at 7:02am local time near the town of Mour-Mouri and caused extensive damage to buildings, according to Iranian media. The US Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the quake at 6.3, adding that it struck 36km southeast of the city of Abdanan, near the border with Iraq.

Moscow court passes guilty verdict on 4 defendants in Bolotnaya case

Zamoskvoretsky court in Moscow on Monday passed a guilty verdict on four defendants in the criminal case over riots on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012. Aleksey Gaskarov was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, Ilya Gushchin to 2.5 years and Aleksandr Margolin to 3.5 years, ITAR-TASS said. Elena Kokhtaryova was given a suspended sentence. They were found guilty of violence against police officers and mass disturbances. Lawyers will appeal the sentences.

Gaza death toll passes 2,000

The Gaza death toll rose to 2,016 Monday as a five-day ceasefire expires at 2100 GMT. Gaza’s health ministry said that another 10,196 were wounded. There was little sign of any workable consensus emerging from ongoing talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, AFP said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel would only accept an agreement which contained “a clear answer” to its security needs. Hamas has insisted there will be no deal without an end to Israel’s eight-year blockade of Gaza.

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Press Conference Snapshots

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Imran Khan calls for tax and bill boycott

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Supporters of Imran Khan, cricketer-turned-opposition politician and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, chant slogans while listening to their leader during the Freedom March in Islamabad August 17, 2014. (Reuters/Faisal Mahmood)

Imran Khan, has called for Pakistani residents to stop paying their taxes and utility bills in an anti-government protest aimed at bolstering his efforts to force Pakistan’s prime minister to resign.

“After two days … your time is up,” Khan told a thousands-strong rally in the capital, Islamabad, reported Reuters. “We will go for civil disobedience and will not pay taxes or utility bills till the time Nawaz Sharif resigns,” he announced.

Police estimates have said that some 55,000 people have occupied two central streets as part of two concurrent protests in the city. Both Khan, and the second protest leader, cleric Tahir ul-Qadri have said they will stay in their positions until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down.

Sharif has been given until Monday night, after which time Khan has suggested he may not be able to hold protesters back from marching on the top-level government buildings.

Several protesters have stated that they would be prepared to directly confront the lines of riot police protecting the buildings.





DERC law needs changes to make it accountable to the people

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The Aam Aadmi Party demands that the central law governing the functioning of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission should be amended to make it accountable to the people, given the DERC’s extreme reluctance to fix the accountability for power cuts in Delhi and to check its arbitrariness in hiking electricity tarrifs.

It has been more than two months that the DERC had itself announced its decision to probe within a week the reasons for long power cuts in the national capital during the scorching heat in the months of May and June, but strangely it is still silent over the issue.

The DERC’s kid gloves approach in dealing with the private power distribution companies (discoms), gives rise to reasonable apprehension that this regulator has failed to act impartially against them.

The AAP is of the firm view that the time has come for reviewing the provisions of the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act, under which the DERC was set-up, given the lack of transparency in its functioning.

There is no doubt that this regulator of the electricity sector should remain fully autonomous, but its decisions should be open to public scrutiny, and the best way of doing it is that the law be amended to make the DERC accountable to elected representatives – the MPs and MLAs.

Its decisions on dealing with discoms and fixing of electricity tariffs should include the views of elected representatives, and it should be made mandatory for the DERC to make public the reasons for accepting or rejecting these views.

The summer months this year, particularly the month of June, had witnessed worst power cuts in recent years, and the DERC and Delhi administration watched like helpless spectators as the situation worsened with each passing day.

Instead of fixing the responsibility immediately, the DERC followed it up in July by announcing a power tarrif hike, and the cushion it sought to provide by withdrawing the surcharge will soon come to an end, since that relief was provided for merely three months.

Such a situation cannot be allowed to continue any further and the central government must take immediate steps to ensure that the law is amended to make the DERC functioning transparent and accountable to the public, which is not getting the service it deserves despite paying higher for it.

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Avam satyagraha starts

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AVAM massive crowd :)

AVAM begins their dharna at Jantar Mantar New Delhi  17 Aug 2014 





गोपाल की गौ का सं

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indraprastha vishwa hindu parishad delhi

To Vinod BansalMe

Aug 17 at 8:09 PM

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति                                         

गोपाल की गौ का संरक्षण और गीता का ज्ञान घर घर पहुंचाना होगा:विहिप

अपने स्वर्ण जयन्ति वर्ष के उद्घाटन पर विहिप ने किया दिल्ली को झांकीमय, कोना कोना गुंजयमान

नई दिल्लीअगस्त 17, 2014। विश्व हिन्दू परिषद के जन्म को आज पचास वर्ष पूरे हो गए। पचास वर्षों की इस स्वर्णिम यात्रा में हिन्दू समाज के हर घटक का सहयोग, समर्थन आशीर्वाद व सक्रिय योगदान विहिप के कार्य विस्तार में अविस्मर्णीय रहा है। विहिप ने भारत माता की सेवा करते हुए धर्म, आध्यात्म, समाज व विज्ञान के क्षेत्रों में कार्य करने वाले हर महा पुरुष का सहयोग व आशीर्वाद प्राप्त किया है। अब गोपाल की गौ के संरक्षण और गीता का ज्ञान घर-घर पहुंचाने का सम्य आगया है। यह बात विहिप के प्रान्त महा मंत्री श्री राम कृष्ण श्री वास्तव ने स्वर्ण जयन्ति वर्ष के प्रारम्भ अवसर पर दिल्ली के विभिन्न स्थानों सेआज निकाली गई शोभा यात्राओं के शुभारम्भ पर कहीं। आज पूर्वी दिल्ली के त्रिलोक पुरी, पश्चिमी दिल्ली के रोहिणी, उत्तरी दिल्ली के किराडी तथा दक्षिणी दिल्ली के कालका जी, तिगडी, बदरपुर व मालवीय नगर इत्यादि अनेक स्थानों से भव्य शोभा यात्राएं निकाली गईं। इन शोभा यात्राओं में विहिप बजरंग दल दुर्गा वाहिनी, मातृ शक्ति सहित अनेक सामाजिक व धार्मिक संगठनों की सहभागिता रही। 

      विस्तृत जानकारी देते हुए विहिप की स्वर्ण जयंति महोत्सव समिति के प्रवक्ता श्री विनोद बंसल ने बताया कि आज रविवार की सुबह से ही प्रभात फ़ेरियों व शोभा यात्राओं से पूरी दिल्ली गुंजायमान थी। भगवान श्री कृष्ण के जन्म दिन पर स्थापित हुए इस सगठन ने आज जो झांकियां निकालीं, अधिकतर गोपाल को ही समर्पित थीं। कहीं गीता का ज्ञान था तो कहीं गौ माता थी, कहीं महा भारत के दृश्य थे तो कहीं विश्व शांति का संदेश, कहीं माताएं सत्संग में लीन थीं तो कही बच्चे संस्कार केन्द्रों संस्कार ग्रहण करने में व्यस्त दिख रहे थे। कुल मिला कर सभी ने गीता के ज्ञान को घर पहुंचा कर गौ माता के संरक्षण व संवर्धन पर बल दिया हुआ था। माताएं-बहिनें सैंकडों की संख्या में सिर पर कलश धारण किए हुए थीं।

      यात्राओं के समापन पर हुए उद्वोधन में वक्ताओं ने कहा कि वर्ष 1964 की कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी को स्थापित विश्व हिन्दू परिषद नामक बीज आज बट बृक्ष का रूप धारण कर चुका है। हिन्दू समाज के विविध मत पंथ संप्रदायों के बीज समन्वय, छूआ-छूत का उन्मूलन, हिन्दू स्वाभिमान के केन्द्रों की रक्षा व संरक्षण, राम सेतु व बाबा अमरनाथ जैसी अनेक धार्मिक यात्राओं को बचाए रखने इत्यादि अनेक कार्यों में विश्व हिन्दू परिषद का समाज के सभी वर्गों ने  अभूतपूर्व सहयोग किया है। आज पूर्वी दिल्ली के त्रिलोक पुरी, पश्चिमी दिल्ली के रोहिणी, उत्तरी दिल्ली के किराडी तथा दक्षिणी दिल्ली के कालका जी, तिगडी, बदरपुर व मालवीय नगर इत्यादि अनेक स्थानों से भव्य शोभा यात्राएं निकाली गईं। इन शोभा यात्राओं में विहिप बजरंग दल दुर्गा वाहिनी, मातृ शक्ति सहित अनेक सामाजिक व धार्मिक संगठनों की सहभागिता रही। शोभा यात्राओं के दृश्य बडे ही मन मोहक थे।

      शोभा यात्राओं में भगवान श्री कृष्ण, भगवान राम, भोले शंकर तथा भारत माता की विविध रूपों की मनमोहक झांकियां सामिल थीं। शोभा यात्राओं का नेतृत्व इन्द्रप्रस्थ विश्व हिन्दू परिषद के विभाग मंत्री श्री शांति स्वरूप, श्री पियूष चंद्र, श्री रवि दत्त व श्री मेवा राम, धर्म प्रसार के श्री मुरलीधर उपाध्याय, बजरंग दल के प्रान्त संयोजक श्री नीरज दोनेरिया, सुरक्षा प्रमुख श्री प्रेम गुप्ता जिला संयोजक श्री विकास गुप्ता व श्री ललित, जिला मंत्री श्री मंत्री श्री केदार नाथ व श्री राम गोपाल गुप्ता, जिला अध्यक्ष श्री महेश शर्मा, श्री सुरेन्द्र सिंह व श्री राम निवास कर रहे थे। इन यात्राओं में बजरंग दल के प्रान्त सह संयोजक श्री नीरज गुप्ता, अनेक क्षेत्रीय विधायक व निगम पार्षदों के अलावा श्री गगन, संजय गौतम, भोपाल सिंह नेगी, रण वीर, वेद राज, राजेश धनकड व श्री प्रभात सहित अनेक गणमान्य लोग सामिल थे। स्थानीय सनातन धर्म मंदिरों, आर्य समाज मंदिरों, गुरूद्वारा प्रबन्ध समितियों,हिन्दू पर्व आयोजन समिति तथा व्यापार संगठनों ने यात्रा मार्ग में जगह-जगह जल-पान व स्वागत की व्यवस्था की।

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Negative Politics of AAP Arvind Kejriwal

18082014

Ravinder Singh

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Negative Politics of AAP Arvind Kejriwal
August17, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.comArvind Kejriwal is the biggest National Disappointment today solely
engaged in Containing Uprising against his leadership and running away
from party workers and regional leaders for almost a month, had jumped
in to full time activism with definite political aim in March2011 and
rode wave of public discontent, at its peak deserted his mentors Anna
Hazare and colleague on the pretext of providing India with
Alternative To Then Prevailing Corrupt and Incompetent governments at
all levels across India.AAM ADMI PARTY or Party of Average Indian FAILED TO REPRESENT POOR

There were big Expectations, 10 million plus Volunteers Joined AAP at
its peak, and interestingly, unlike during Mahatma Gandhi time, almost
all were Much Better Qualified than average with Computer Skills
Yielding Smart Phones etc.

They were Betrayed and Not Engaged in CONSTRUCTIVE work, Arvind
Kejriwal persisted with NEGATIVE POLITICS – merely Directing CAG to
investigate Rs.20,000 Crores Discoms Loot in last 12 years is not
expected from AAP with backing 10 million volunteers. Policies and
Planning have to be inclusive With Poor Centric.

You can well imagine the Response Had Arvind Kejriwal engaged
Volunteers in POSITIVE POLITICS.

http://www.censusindia.gov.in/2011census/hlo/hlo_highlights.html
Just then Census 2011 work was on and it brought out starling results
which Genuine Activists may please download. AAP didn’t READ THE
CENSUS REPORT.

When PM raised the Issue of Separate Toilets for Girls in Schools I
was Disturbed – I knew the Pathetic Situation prevailing in India
which possibly Arvind Kejriwal didn’t see in last 46 years of life.
(Born 1968)

Summary of House Hold [HH] Stats

88% Indians HH don’t have Piped Sewer System, 49.8% HH Toilet in Open,
[34.9% Have Septic Tanks within home], 40% of Indian HH don’t have
Pacca home, 73%+ HH don’t use clean Fuel for Cooking, 38.7% don’t have
Kitchen, 91.5% HH don’t have and possibly 80% Indians don’t Use
Computers, 90% HH don’t have internet connection, 56% HH don’t have
Bicycles, 41.6% HH don’t have bath room, 56.5% HH Don’t have Tap
Water, 68% HH don’t have Treated Tap Water, 71% HH have no Two
Wheeler, 95.3% HH don’t Four Wheeler.

How many times AAP and Arvind Kejriwal raised AAM ADMI Concerns who in
centuries of hard work own practically nothing? Bhagwant Mann May
Write a Poem for Lok Sabha.

Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435
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 No quick fix for Ukraine crisis

Foreign ministers Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Laurent Fabius of France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and Sergei Lavrov of Russia (L-R) walk in a park ahead of their talks in Berlin, August 17, 2014. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)

Talks in Berlin over the Ukrainian crisis has brought no immediate results. However, the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France said “some progress” had been made on important issues.

The high-level meeting lasted over five hours with the ministers leaving the building late in the evening. The meeting of foreign ministers included Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov, Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Laurent Fabius from France.

The German FM made an immediate statement to the press following the talks, saying that the negotiations will continue next week, emphasizing that the ministers will use any possibility to ease the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and avoid further victims.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that “a certain progress was reached” in the negotiations and that the parties would “continue dialogue in the same format with the goal to reach concrete suggestions for consideration by the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine.”

Ahead of the meeting, the German FM said that a “road map” is needed “to achieve a long-term cease-fire, as well as the development of the basic principles of effective border control.”

“There are no guarantees that today’s meeting will have the desired success, but I also say with regard to the situation today and in the past few days it would be irresponsible not to use the willingness to talk signaled by all sides,” Steinmeier said, warning that otherwise “we risk the danger of setbacks and renewed escalation.”

He added that all parties to the conflict must be “very careful about sliding ever deeper into a direct confrontation between Ukrainian and Russian armed forces.” This must be avoided “at all cost,” said Steinmeier.

The German foreign minister also stated that he supports the sending of Russian humanitarian aid to the region and hoped that during the talks “the final difficulties could be cleared.”

UN nuclear talks held in Iran

Talks between the International Atomic Energy Agency’s director general, Yukiya Amano, President Hassan Rouhani, and top Iranian officials began in Tehran on Sunday to investigate into any potential military aspect of the country’s nuclear program. “Mr. Amano’s previous visit was too short to allow for a meeting with President Rouhani, so it has been arranged now in order to convey the Islamic Republic’s expectations to the IAEA at the highest levels,” IRNA reported Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA, Reza Najafi, as saying. Iran faces an August 25 deadline to provide information about the program to the IAEA. While Iran has rebuffed the West’s suspicions, Rouhani has agreed with the IAEA to provide details to alleviate any concerns.

5 Indonesians, 8 foreigners rescued 2 days after tourist boat sinks

Eight foreigners and five Indonesians were rescued Monday two days after their tourist boat sank in a storm near Sangeang, a small island in Indonesia’s east, AFP said. Those rescued were found some 100 kilometers off the coast of nearby Sumbawa Island, with some in a lifeboat and others in life jackets. This rescue brings the number of people saved since the vessel sank Saturday to 23, including 18 foreigners. The boat was headed from Lombok Island to Komodo Island. On Sunday, 10 foreigners were rescued, including tourists from New Zealand, Britain, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and France. Two foreigners remain missing.

NATO military aid to Kiev ‘not possible’ :  Finnish PM

The EU and NATO will not be able to provide military aid to Ukraine, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told Yle television. “Of course it’s not possible. Not from NATO because NATO only provides military assistance to its members, and that’s well known. And the EU doesn’t have the capacity to provide this kind of support,” he believes. Stubb was commenting on a request voiced Sunday by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin, who said Kiev would welcome military aid from NATO and the EU in an interview.

Death toll from Nepal floods rises to 101

The death toll from landslides and flooding in Nepal has risen to 101 after rescuers recovered four more bodies, AFP cited officials as saying on Monday. Torrential rain last week triggered multiple landslides and flooding, devastating entire villages. The government has deployed more than 3,400 workers and four helicopters to rescue stranded people and deliver emergency supplies. Rescuers were still searching for 126 people reported missing.

S. Korea, US start annual military maneuvers as North threats retaliation

South Korea and the US on Monday launched an annual military drill aimed at testing combat readiness for a North Korean invasion, AFP reported, citing Seoul’s Defense Ministry. The ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ exercise will last until August 29. The drill’s beginning came as Pope Francis led a mass for inter-reconciliation in Seoul at the end of the five-day trip to South Korea. Largely played out on computers, the drill still involves tens of thousands of South Korean and US soldiers. North Korea had condemned the maneuvers and threatened “a retaliatory strike.”

Unidentified war planes bomb Libyan capital’s militant positions

Unidentified war planes flew over the Libyan capital, Tripoli, early Monday, followed by sounds of explosions before the situation abruptly returned to peace, according to witnesses. Reuters reports a local TV channel’s story that the aircraft were targeting rebel positions in a highly volatile area fought over for over a month. Although government officials did not return requests for comment, it is known that there are no war planes in rebel possession. It has now been three years since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi, with chaos and multi-faction violence escalating in the oil-producing North African nation.

 





Thousands of Pakistanis march against Israel on Palestine Day

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Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters led by Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) marched on the Shara-e-Faisal district of Karachi, Sunday, media reports.

Protesters taking part in the “Gaza Million March” waved Palestine and Jamaat-e-Islami flags while chanting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans. JI recently announced August 17 as the Day of Solidarity with Palestine, an event given national recognition by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

JI chief Sirajul Haq addressed the rally saying that the time has come for the Pakistani army to “play a role against Israel.” He further said the party had collected 50 million rupees ($821,000) to donate to the people in Gaza.

A total of 1,975 Palestinians, including 1,417 civilians, have died since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8. A total of 67 Israelis, including 64 soldiers, have died. Some 365,000 Palestinians are being hosted at UNRWA schools while 218,367 are still seeking shelter.





मुख्य समाचार :- The official AIR News

18082014

 

* केन्द्र ने बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश के बाढ़ग्रस्त इलाकों में बचाव और राहत कार्यों के लिए राष्ट्रीय आपदा कार्रवाई बल के 16 दल तैनात किये। असम और हिमाचल प्रदेश में बाढ़ की स्थिति अब भी गंभीर।

* पाकिस्तानी सेना ने जम्मू जिले में अंतर्राष्ट्रीय सीमा पर फिर संघर्ष विराम का उल्लंघन किया। कल रात से आज सुबह तक अकारण गोलीबारी।

* प्रवर्तन निदेशालय ने शारदा चिटफंड घोटाला मामले में बंगाली फिल्म अभिनेत्री अपर्णा सेन से कोलकाता में पूछताछ की।

* पाकिस्तान सरकार राजनीतिक तनाव कम करने के लिए इमरान खान की पार्टी तहरीके इंसाफ और ताहिर उल कादरी की पाकिस्तान अवामी तहरीक के साथ बातचीत करेगी।

* भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम की लगातार पारी की दूसरी हार पर सुनील गावस्कर ने आलोचना करते हुए कड़े फैसले लेने को कहा।





National Guard troops called in Ferguson

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National Guard troops called in to help police restore order in

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon  orders for the National Guard to restore peace to the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, hours after police fired tear gas to disperse people protesting against the police shooting  of shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.

The hours before a second night of curfew that came into effect at midnight, police entered into the protest area in armoured vehicles and shot smoke canisters at a crowd of  three to four hundred  people, including  onlooker media  reporters. The protest then appeared to be peaceful.

St Louis city police reports that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown towards the police line. However, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Ferguson said that the incident had not been confirmed by eyewitnesses.

“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organised and growing number of individuals,” Nixon said in a statement on his website. As a result, Nixon said, he was directing the National Guard to help “in restoring peace and order to this community.” Media reports





Julian Assange will not be leaving

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Julian Assange’s lawyer Kristinn Hrafnsson has denied widespread rumors that the Wikileaks creator is planning to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been holed up for the past two years, despite a serious heart condition.

The initial information was circulated by Sky News, which suggested the fugitive leaker was to spell out his next move following a public exit, while being in dire need of hospital treatment for a number of medical reasons.

Hrafnsson has told RT that it’s no secret Assange would love a chance to see the outside world again, but strongly denied Sky’s reports, saying that despite his wishes, the leaker has not made plans for an official announcement of a departure from the embassy in the immediate future.

View from steps of Ecuadorean embassy. Julian will not be leaving today

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Apartheid India 2014 – Big Rural Urban Divide

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Ravinder Singh

Topresidentofindia@rb.nic.inmanmohan@sansad.nic.inspeakerloksabha@sansad.nic.in and 35 More…

Today at 9:46 AM

Apartheid India 2014 – Big Rural Urban Divide
Weird Jairam Ramesh, Sunita Narain & Bindeshwar Dubey Discuss Toilet
August18, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.comIt must have shocked the world, Foreign Missions were listening to PM
expressing pain at no toilet in many Schools and many others don’t
have separate toilets for Girls.But in this he didn’t tell firstly the kind of toilets are largely
SEPTIC TANKS without bottom floors that pass the waste in to soil that
in Rains and Water Logging spreads stink all around. Going by GOI own
states 53% have no toilet, only 12% have SEWER lines, 35% have SEPTIC
Tank types.

Jairam Ramesh the disaster of UPA was discussing Toilet with Weird
Sunita Narain and Bindeshwar Dubey. SEPTIC Tank is worst form of
Sewage Disposal. Septic Tank in a School Catering to just 80 children
would overflow in rains and stink spread diseases – what about schools
having 1000 children.

Apartheid India 2014 – Big Rural Urban Divide

India since Independence Neglected Rural India and let Moneylenders
and Traders exploit rural poor and farmers introduced New Style of
Apartheid.

Just 2% of Rural Households have SEWER system compared to 33% in Urban
India. 31% Rural India has toilets in their homes mostly SEPTIC TANKS,
Urban India has 82% homes with Toilet 49% HH have Septic Tanks.

55% Rural Households have no Bathroom but Urban India have 13% no bathroom.

5.5% Rural Household have Close Waste Water disposal, Urban India 44.5%.

55% HH in Rural have electricity, 92% Urban homes have electricity,.

1% if Rural HH have TV/Computer/Laptop – Urban India 12.2%.

51% Rural homes are permanent structures, Urban India 84%.

63% of Rural Homes have Mud Floor, Urban 12%.

18% Rural Household get Tap Water, 62% in Urban India.

11.4% Rural Households have LPG connection, 65% in India.

87% Rural Homes use Wood, Crop Residue & Dung Cake for Cooking, 2% in UI.

2% Cars, 14% Motorcycles in Rural HH, 10% and 35% in Urban India

Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435
Sabkabharatmission2019@gmail.com





Quake of M6.0 – IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION

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Globe with Earthquake Location

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.0
Date-Time
  • 18 Aug 2014 05:25:50 UTC
  • 18 Aug 2014 09:55:51 near epicenter
  • 18 Aug 2014 09:25:50 standard time in your timezone
Location 32.653N 47.753E
Depth 10 km
Distances
  • 45 km (27 mi) E of Dehloran, Iran
  • 48 km (29 mi) SE of Abdanan, Iran
  • 67 km (41 mi) WNW of Dezful, Iran
  • 68 km (42 mi) NW of Shush, Iran
  • 322 km (199 mi) ESE of Baghdad, Iraq
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