Media Invite – Samsung’s New Digital Learning Initiative

Media Invite – Samsung’s New Digital Learning Initiative

Media Invite – Samsung’s New Digital Learning Initiative
 
 
 

Krishna, Divij (NDH-WSW)

 
 
 

Today at 1:01 PM

Hi,

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Mr. Tarun Malik

Director of Media Solutions Center – South West Asia,

Samsung Electronics

 

   Cordially invites you to the launch of its

New Digital Learning Initiative

at

Venue: Durbar Hall, Taj Palace Hotel, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Time: 11:30 am

 

RSVP:

 

Purnima Sahni Mohanty

Samsung Electronics

Email: purnima.sm@samsung.com

 

 

Regards,

 

Divij Krishna

MUMBAI CITY FOOTBALL CLUB: A DREAM COME TRUE FOR RANBIR KAPOOR

 

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Formidable outfit to comprise exceptional talent from India and abroad

Team owners Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh share philosophy, launch team logo

Mumbai, 30 August 2014: Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh, owners of the Mumbai franchise of the Indian Super League, today announced that the metropolitan city’s very own team will be called Mumbai City Football Club (Mumbai City FC). The franchise also made known player names and launched the team logo and philosophy during a press conference held at the city’s Palladium Hotel.

Present at the launch were several Mumbai City FC players such as Subrata Pal, Ishan Debnath, Manuel Friedrich, Peter Costa, Syed Rahim Nabi, Asif Kottayil, Lalrin Fela, Rohit Mirza, Abhishek Yadav, Sushil Kumar Singh, Singam Subash Singh and Nadong Bhutia along with owners Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh, Techincal Director Nishant Mehra and Team COO Arunava Chaudhuri.

Ranbir Kapoor, co-owner, Mumbai City Football Club said, “A dream has come true for our city today. As the Mumbai City Football Club comes to life on this day, I would like to share one thought you should always remember: the fact that this team belongs to not just me but 20 million Mumbaikars whose hearts beat here and who call the city home. This is our team Mumbai. It is one which will celebrate our unwavering spirit, and like the city, fulfill the dreams of players and football fans.”

“I could never have asked to get more than the Mumbai franchise. It is the city I’ve grown up in and a city I love. We have many plans for the future and I hope we can make all of them come true,” added Kapoor.

The team’s colours will be a combination of blue with red and white. Unveiling the Mumbai City FC logo, Ranbir shared details about the thought behind the striking blue and white design, which will be a symbol associated with every effort of the team and embody the eternal spirit of the vibrant, pulsating city.

“A resilient fortress stands proudly, surrounding the logo that signifies the unrelenting, determined spirit of the city. The seven stars, bold and regal, symbolize the islands that form Mumbai. Trains that are the very lifeline of the city, pulsing, beating a staccato rhythm as they ply millions of Mumbaikars across its vast expanse, every single day tirelessly, connect these islands. Each passenger, each citizen of the city bound together by their love for the place they call home,” Ranbir said. “20 million citizens, 20 million hearts that pulse to a single beat – the heartbeat of Mumbai”, he added.

Elaborating on the Football Philosophy of the team, Bimal Parekh said, “Our team will play a possession based free flowing brand of football, while being technically sound, fast and tactically aware.” This is the Mumbai City FC football philosophy and one it desires to remain true to at all times.

Talking about the squad, Nishant Mehra, Director Football said, “Mumbai City FC is composed of an exciting lineup of players that boast of varied international experience blended with rich domestic talent from across the country. We are looking forward to building a strong team by bringing together the best talent available.”

The following players will make up the Mumbai City FC squad: Subrata Paul, Ishan Debnath, Deepak Kumar Mondal, Raju Eknath Gaikwad, Syed Rahim Nabi, Peter Costa, Lalrindike Ralte, Asif Kottayil, Ram Malik, Rohit Mirza, Lalrin Fela, Abhishek Yadav, Singam Subash Singh, Sushil Kumar Singh and Nadong Bhutia who are domestic players.

André Matos Dias Pereira (Portugal), Manuel Friedrich (Germany), Pavel Čmovš (Czech Republic), Johan Letzelter (France), Ilias Pollalis (Greece), Tiago Manuel Fernandes Ribeiro (Portugal), Francisco Javier Fernández Luque (Spain), Jan Štohanzl (Czech Republic) and Diego Nadaya (Argentina) are the foreign sign-ups.

Mumbai City FC boasts of top international talent such as Germany’s Manuel Friedrich who is a quality centre back and the first German footballer to play professionally in India. He is the only team member in the ISL to have played in the last season of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League.

Meanwhile Portugal’s André Matos Dias Pereira will fight for a place under the bar with India’s No.1 goalkeeper Subrata Paul and talented Ishan Debnath. Mumbai’s D.Y Patil Stadium will serve as the team’s home stadium during the ISL while Colaba’s Cooperage Stadium will be the Training base during the season. Pre-season, Mumbai City FC will train at the Father Agnel Ground in Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

About Mumbai City Football Club

Mumbai City Football Club or Mumbai City FC, is Mumbai’s franchise in the inaugural Hero Indian Super League. Bollywood actor and football enthusiast Ranbir Kapoor and chartered accountant Bimal Parekh together own the team. Mumbai’s D.Y Patil Stadium is the team’s home stadium.

The team’s logo is a reflection of a resilient fortress that stands proudly, surrounding the logo that signifies the unrelenting, determined spirit of the city. The seven stars symbolize the islands that form Mumbai. Trains that are the very lifeline of the city ply millions of Mumbaikars across its vast expanse and connect these islands. Each passenger, each citizen of the city is bound together by their love for the place they call home. 20 million citizens, 20 million hearts pulse to a single beat – the heartbeat of Mumbai.

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Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Sahara desert

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A Ukrainian cargo plane crashed in the Sahara desert early on Sunday, killing all seven people on board. Algeria’s transport ministry said in Algiers that cargo plane Antonov 12, bound for Equatorial Guinea from Glasgow in Scotland was came down near Tamanrasset airport in the early hours on Saturday. Officials at Algeria’s transport ministry say the plane crashed about 15 kilometers from the airport in the southern city of Tamanrasset early on Saturday.
It says the plane went down shortly after leaving the airport.The officials say the plane had stopped at another airport in central Algeria for technical checks before landing at Tamanrasset.

Authorities suspect mechanical problems in the Antonov-12, which was developed in the former Soviet Union in the 1950s. Local authorities reported recovering the burned bodies of three crew members from the debris of the aircraft. The search for the rest of the crew is continuing.

Transport Minister Amar Ghoul said the rescue teams did not find any survivors at the crash site and an inquiry into the crash has begun.





EU sets ‘deadline’ onto Russian sanctions

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 EU sets ‘deadline’ onto Russian sanctions if Ukraine crisis worsens over next week

 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (L) and European commission president Jose Manuel Barroso give a press conference following their meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels, on August 30, 2014.(AFP Photo / Thierry Charlier)

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (L) and European commission president Jose Manuel Barroso give a press conference following their meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels, on August 30, 2014

At the EU summit in Brussels European leaders have agreed to finalize within a week the new set of sanctions against Russia and undertake other “preparatory work”, promising to impose them if the situation in Ukraine remains the same or worsens.

The Brussels summit has decided to ask the EU’s executive Commission and its diplomatic service to “urgently undertake preparatory work,” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel meanwhile told reporters that the EU would impose new sanctions if there was no change in the situation in Ukraine or if the situation worsened.

The further steps will depend on the situation in Ukraine, which is getting worse every day, according to Van Rompuy. After Kiev over a week ago began losing ground tomilitia protecting the population of east Ukraine, authorities blamed Russia’s alleged“military invasion” for the failures, although even Ukrainians themselves admit to extremely poor handling of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation.”

Although van Rompuy expressed concerns over the alleged presence of Russian military in Ukraine, European politicians are not planning to supply Ukraine with weapons, German Chancellor Merkel has confirmed.

In the meantime, Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico following the meeting slammed the idea of new sanctions as “meaningless and counterproductive” – as the impact of the previous round of tit-for-tat sanctions is still unknown – and reserved the right “to veto sanctions harming national interests of Slovakia.”

RT news





Polish PM Donald Tusk elected next European Council President

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The European Union leaders during a summit elected Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as President of the European Council,  appointed Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the EU’s foreign policy chief. Donald Tusk, the center right Polish Prime Minister will be the second president of the European council.

His election reflected a strong desire by EU’s eastern countries to finally hold a senior position in the Union. Herman Van Rompuy’s current mandate as European Council president will expire on 1st December this year.

European Union leaders  met in Brussels on Saturday to choose the successor to incumbent Herman Van Rompuy.

Tusk will take up the post in December. He told reporters the EU needs to take bold steps to deal with the situation in Ukraine and achieve peace.

Tusk is known for his hard-line stance toward Russia.
He has invigorated Poland’s economy since becoming prime minister in 2007.

EU leaders also chose Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to succeed Catherine Ashton as the bloc’s new foreign policy chief in November.

In June they named former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claud Juncker as successor to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso .





Myanmar population is 51 million

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Myanmar’s first census in more than 30 years shows the country’s population is about 51 million, nearly 10 million fewer than previously estimated.

The government announced on Saturday the preliminary results of the census conducted from March to April.

It shows there are 51,410,000 people in the country. The largest city, Yangon, has the population of 7 million, or about 13 percent of the national total.

The government could not count ethnic minorities in the northern state of Kachin. The survey also excluded Muslims in the west.

Myanmar plans to announce the final results early next year.
International agencies including the International Monetary Fund had estimated the population at about 60 million people. The figure was based on a 1983 survey.

Some analysts say the smaller-than-expected population might make Myanmar a less attractive market.

But government officials say the census should help improve the investment environment as it reveals specific figures, such as the number of people in different areas and in each generation.





Pakistan Islamabad crisis

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Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has  said the government had positive talks with Imran Kahn and government next round of  talk will take place today on Sunday.Imran did not trusted the government and has provoked his followers, Minister forther said Talks to continue in the interest of the nation as reported in pak media.

Rally of tens of thousands of people initiated on 15 Aug 2014 nearly have now  spent two weeks rallying in the capital, Islamabad. They’re demanding the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down.

The 2nd largest opposition party and a Muslim group are leading the demonstrations. They’ve accused the government of rigging last year’s parliamentary election.Security forces on Saturday night fired tear gas at protesters as they began marching to the prime minister’s official residence.

Staff at hospitals say they treated more than 200 people for injuries. They say some people had wounds from rubber bullets.Pakistan’s Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan defended the actions of security forces. He said they responded lawfully when a group of protesters tried to occupy government buildings.But the opposition leader said security forces broke the law. He vowed to launch nationwide protests on Sunday.

Government and opposition leaders had earlier held talks in a bid to end the political standoff, but they failed to reach an agreement.Two persons were killed and about 450 others injured overnight when police baton- charged hundreds of anti-government protesters led by Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri who marched towards Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s residence demanding his resignation.

The clashes started after Tehrik-e-Insaf chairman Khan and Awami Tehrik chief Qadri yesterday ordered their hundreds of supporters to shift the protest venue in the front of the residence of Prime Minister Sharif to force him to quit.

Police fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters outside the prime minister’s official residence and the adjacent parliament building.

Hundreds of protesters entered the lawn of parliament but they were pushed back at the main entrance of the building where army was deployed. About 450 injured were brought to Polyclinic and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, the two premier state-run hospitals, a government official said.

A police official said over 70 policemen and five Frontier Constabulary personnel were injured in clashes with protesters armed with sticks, catapults and stones.

Dr Ayesha Isani of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital told reporters that a man brought to the hospital late last night had passed away. She confirmed that earlier a man was brought dead to the hospital who had drowned by falling into a trench.

So far the protesters failed to break into the security cordon and reach the PM House. Khan was present in his container mounted on a truck and frequently addressed his supporters.

He said he will register cases against the Sharif brothers and interior minister Nisar Ali Khan for ordering crackdown on protesters. His party leader Pervaiz Khattak said that they will not stop until Sharif resigns, as the protest entered 18th day.

Qadri today emerged from his container and addressed the supporters in husky voice which he said was due to effect tear gas. “I salute my sons and daughters who won today,” he said without explaining.He promised to make another speech later on and vowed to continue to struggle till final victory of “revolution”.

Fearing backlash from protesters, roads leading to Prime Minister Sharif’s Lahore residence, where he is currently residing, have been blocked and heavy contingent of police deployed. His brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is also living there. Pakistani military has emerged as a mediator in the political standoff between the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition demonstrators.

The 2nd largest opposition party, the Pakistan Movement for Justice, and a Muslim group have been staging massive demonstrations in the capital Islamabad for 2 weeks. They say last year’s election was rigged and are calling on Sharif to step down as prime minister.The government and the demonstrators have held talks but failed to reach a settlement.The opposition side said on Thursday that they will accept the army as a mediator. The army has also apparently gained the government’s approval. It will reportedly propose a solution by Friday evening.

Sharif was ousted in a coup during a previous stint as prime minister in 1999. The military and Sharif are on awkward terms. Analysts say the army may make strict demands on the prime minister.





Modi visit two ancient Buddhist temples in Kyoto city

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The Prime Minister, Shri meeting the Governor of Kyoto Prefecture,Mr Keiji Yamada in Kyoto, Japan.

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PM Narendra Modi meditating in the tranquility of the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) Temple in Kyoto.

Prayer for peace!  PM Narendra Modi meditating in the tranquility of the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) Temple in Kyoto.

Varanasi map for its partner Kyoto. PM as representative of Varanasi gifts map of city to Kyoto

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Narendra Modi added 4 new photos to the album Visit to Toji Temple, Kyoto.

Visited Toji Temple (Kyoto) with PM Abe

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Narendra Modi added 5 new photos to the album At the Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto.

Sharing some glimpses of my visit to the Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his five day maiden visit to Japan has emphasized that his country wants to strengthen ties with Japan. He highlighted the fields of economy and security.
Modi stressed the importance of Japan-India ties. He said that closer and more open bilateral relations will benefit Asian countries and in turn the whole world.In reference to India’s flagging economy, Modi asserted the time has come to put a halt to the recession and spur the economy.
Modi called Japan an important economic partner. He expressed a willingness to proceed with deregulation and actively attract investment from Japan and other nations.Modi wants to ensure concrete cooperation on issues during his time in Japan and his talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Negotiations include a civilian nuclear power agreement that would allow Japan to provide nuclear energy technology to India, and the importing of a Japan-made US-2 rescue amphibious aircraft.Modi will also discuss a planned high-speed railway network in his country. Japan wants to sell its Shinkansen bullet train technology to the project.
Modi also said he wants to strengthen bilateral security cooperation at many levels. This includes the holding of regular joint drills between Japan’s Maritime-Self Defense Force and the Indian military. reports Japan media
Opinion by political experts is that Japan and India where two countries have diverse culture of great significance.Japan is famous for its work culture where society gives utmost respect to the person engaged in actions and this virtue along with their preference to the performers and intellectuals creates more innovates,creative people ,In India where past glory of traditional wisdom is stuck  with lusty greedy,nepotism and pretentious actions and selfish along with money making glorified sermons  helping certain communities have taken toll of India poor development or an oasis like development in vast oceans.
 Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins today in the ancient capital of KyotoThe two countries have complementary economies, given Japan’s wealth and technological prowess and India’s natural resources and drive to modernize its economy.So far, though, they have failed to capitalize much on those mutual interests.The two countries signed an economic cooperation agreement in 2011 that is gradually dismantling tariffs, but trade between the two despite gains remains a tiny fraction of their overall import and export flows.That’s partly because of India’s restrictive policies toward foreign investment and partly because Japanese companies have been so focused on China.Analysts expect Modi’s visit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to yield some substantial agreements, and possibly a long-awaited deal on cooperation in nuclear power generation technology.But in the long run, Modi must deliver on promises to improve his country’s investment environment while balancing India’s growing engagement with both Japan and rival China.In the run-up to their meeting, Abe and Modi have been exchanging endearments on Twitter.”I deeply respect his leadership & enjoy a warm relationship with him from previous meetings,” Modi wrote of Abe, adding that he hoped to take to take the relationship “to a new level.””India has a special place in my heart. I am eagerly waiting for your arrival in Kyoto this weekend,” tweeted back Abe, who is taking the unusually cordial step of traveling to Kyoto to escort Modi and his delegation before they fly to Tokyo late on Sunday.Since taking office in late 2012, Abe has been trotting the globe to help clinch big contracts for Japanese industrial giants like Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, as part of his “Abenomics” agenda to help restore the country’s economic dynamism.India, which plans to spend USD 1 trillion on roads, railways and other infrastructure in 2012-2017, is a VIP customer.And Modi will be trying to woo Japanese investment in three of his favorite projects, including railway modernisation, an industrial corridor between New Delhi and Mumbai, and a plan to build 100 “smart cities” with high-tech communication facilities and modern infrastructure.”Who is a better expert in bullet train technology than Japan?” said Kunal Singh, a researcher at the Center for Policy Research, a New Delhi think tank.The financial newspaper Nikkei reported on Thursday that the two sides may also expand cooperation on India’s mining of rare earths, as Tokyo diversifies away from a longstanding reliance on China for the minerals used in many high-tech applications.
On the second day of his Japan tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited two prominent ancient Buddhist temples- Toji and Kinkakuji offering prayers and mingling with the common people and tourists.

The dress-conscious Modi was attired in all-white kurta pyjama, sleeveless jacket and white sandals when he visited the temples, apparently to send out a message of solemnness of the occasion.

In Kinkakuji, the Prime Minister mingled with tourists and visitors, shook hands, pulled ears of a child and posed for photographs with groups of people.

He began his day with a visit to the ancient Toji Temple, which is inspired by the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh of Hindu philosophy. He was accompanied by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe when he went around the famous temple which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Modi was at the temple complex for about half an hour during which he enquired about the history of the eighth-century Buddhist pagoda. Chief Monk Mori took the Prime Minister around the complex having wooden temple including the five-storied main pagoda.

“I am Modi, you are Mori,” he told the chief priest Yasu Nagamori jokingly after reading name on his Identity card. The main pagoda stands 57 meters tall, making it the tallest pagoda in Japan, and has become a symbol of both the temple and Kyoto as it can be seen from many places across the city.

While leaving the complex, Modi thanked Abe for accompanying him to the temple and spending time with him. Abe, on his part, told Modi that this was only the second time that he had visited Toji temple, the last being during his student days.

The Japanese Prime Minister had specially come here from Tokyo to meet Modi and be with him. Monk Hasi, who also accompanied Modi at Toji temple, said: “We are happy that the Prime Minister visited us.

It is a matter of pride for our temple. He has a big heart”. Earlier, a number of Indians carrying the Tricolour had gathered at the temple to see Modi, who went and shook hands with the excited crowd.After Toji, Modi went to gold leaf-coated Kinkakuji temple.

The current form of the temple was unveiled in 1955, five years after the 14th-century original was torched by one of the temple’s monks. He offered prayer at the Buddhist temple and then went around the lake and garden surrounding it. He also enquired about the history of the temple. While taking a round of the complex, he mingled with visitors and posed for photographers with some of them.

He also surprised a child of around 10 years by suddenly pulling his ears and photographers obliged by clicking it. Foreigners visiting the temple were excited at seeing the Indian Prime Minister there. Many were seen clicking him with their mobile phones.

“We have come at the right time,” an American tourist was heard telling his companion after learning that Modi is also there. A group of women Japanese visitors, with whom Modi posed for photographs, were very excited by his gesture.

Narendra Modi said that Kyoto city has been able to incorporate modern day technology with heritage. He said that India is also planning to undertake heritage city program, so he wanted to see things in this regard in Kyoto. He thanked his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for spending time with him. Mr. Modi said that Kyoto city has been able to preserve the ancient culture despite all odds. He said, India is also planning to develop heritage cities.

Later, Prime Minister Modi attended a presentation program on Kyoto city. Senior officials also attended the presentation. It may be recalled that both the countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday to promote heritage conservation, city modernization and in the field of art, culture and education between Varanasi and Kyoto. Mr. Modi also met Keiji Yamada, Governor of Kyoto Prefecture and Chief Executive Officer of Nidec Corporation before leaving for Tokyo.

The Prime Minister will attend official welcome ceremony in Akasaka Palace in Tokyo tomorrow and hold formal talks with his Japanese counterpart. Mr. Modi is scheduled to hold talks with senior ministers of Japan, visit educational institutes and inaugurate Vivekanand Cultural Centre during next two days . He will also call on Emperor Akihito on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, India today discussed with Japan the possible means to study issues related Sickle Cell anemia treatment. Talking to AIR Correspondent in Kyoto, Spokesman of External Affairs ministry Syed Akbaruddin said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Nobel laureate Prof Yamanaka in this regard in Kyoto University during his visit to the institute. He said that Mr.Modi also discussed on cooperation among Indian and Japanese institutes in this regard.





At all-star “Football Match for Peace,”

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FAO highlights connections between hunger and conflict

“Without peace there can be no end to hunger, and without ending hunger, there cannot be peace”

Photo: Photo courtesy of Partita per la Pace

FAO Goodwill Ambassador and one of Italy’s all-time greats, Roberto Baggio, will participate in the Match for Peace.

25 August 2014, Rome - Greater progress in the effort to slash world hunger and malnutrition will pay a “peace dividend” by reducing pressures that feed into social unrest and civil conflict, FAO said today.

Announcing today FAO’s partnership in a major inter-religious all-star football “Match for Peace” taking place on 1 September at Rome’s storied Olympic Stadium, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said: “Every day, over 840 million people on this planet go without enough to eat, and in far too many places, conflict is a major driver behind hunger and malnutrition.”

“The prevention and resolution of conflict is central to the goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition. Indeed, without peace there can be no end to hunger, and without ending hunger, there cannot be peace,” he added.

First proposed by Pope Francis and featuring some of football’s greatest players of past and present, the inter-religious sporting event is being organized by the Vatican’sScholas Occurrentes initiative and Italy’s Fundazione PUPI, headed up by renowned ex-footballer Javier Zanetti, Inter vice-president.

Its goal: to unite fans and players from all world regions and faiths, through their shared love of football, in a moment of unity and solidarity in support of world peace.

Included in the star-studded lineup for the September 1 match are FAO Goodwill Ambassador Roberto Baggio,Gianluigi Buffon, Samuel Eto’o, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Mesut Özil, Andrea Pirlo, Ronaldinho,Andriy Shevchenko and David Trezeguet.

“FAO is pleased to be a partner in this historic event. The world’s shared passion for football reminds us that we are all one global family,” added Graziano da Silva.

“The ‘Match for Peace’ will be a historic event. The strong support of Pope Francis for this initiative has helped us bring together some of the world’s most well-known players, without distinction for nationality, religion, or beliefs. It will be an event grounded in spirituality, brotherhood, and athletic excellence, undertaken in the name of promoting engagement and dialogue between the peoples of the world, to advance world pace,” said Roberto Sarti, of the match’s organizing committee.

“We will be taking a message of hope to the world, promoting fraternity between religions in search of a world from which no one is excluded. Hunger plays a major role in this search, since if there is hunger, there can be no true inclusion. So we are particularly grateful to FAO for its important support for this initiative, and will actively support the diffusion of the message ‘Peace to defeat hunger,’” he added.

Ending hunger and malnutrition will advance the cause of peace

During the match — which will be viewed by millions of people worldwide — FAO will be drawing attention to how eliminating hunger and promoting good nutrition can build a more stable and peaceful planet.

“Hunger and malnutrition are not only a result of conflict – they can also provoke it,” explained Graziano da Silva. “Eradicating hunger and malnutrition helps to prevent conflict and advances the cause of peace,” he said.

This is one reason why FAO and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are convening a major conference in Rome in November to tackle the issue of “hidden hunger” – malnutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies caused by inadequate diets.

The human costs of poor nutrition are extremely high: 2 billion people worldwide suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies, including 162 million children under the age of five who are stunted and 51 million children who experience acute malnutrition and wasting. At the same time, around 500 million adults suffer from obesity.

Beyond the human toll, the cost of malnutrition, including obesity, to the global economy is estimated percent to run as much as 5 percent of the world’s GDP — roughly $3.5 trillion.

November’s 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) will bring world leaders, policy experts, scientists, nutritionists, farmers, and civil society representatives together to build political will and establish a common agenda for tackling the scourge of hidden hunger.

“Hunger disrupts the fabric of societies and nations, is a major source of human suffering, and undermines world peace,” said the FAO chief. “It is a global problem that require global solutions. November’s ICN2 represents an opportunity for collective action against malnutrition that the international community must seize.”

The Partita per la Pace will start at 20:35 Central European Time, 1 September 2014. It will be broadcast in Europe on Italy’s RAI1 and in Argentina via Futbol Para Todos at 15:35 local time.

19-21 November 2014, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) is an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The conference will convene high-level government officials and stakeholders with the overall goal of improving diets and raising nutrition levels through policies that more effectively address today’s major nutrition challenges.

 





Wef: Fracking reduces the cost of energy in the US

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Fracking reduces the cost of energy in the US – is cheaper energy from shale gas a good thing?

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Germans rally to end government spying

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US and Germany are at odds in the spying row post Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency revelations in June 2013. Last October, it was revealed the NSA had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s calls since 2002. A German parliamentary committee has since been holding hearings on the NSA’s spying activities in Germany.

Participants hold placards reading (L to R) "Team Edward", "reintroduction of basic rights", "yes we scan" and "1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual" during a demonstration against governmental surveillance on August 30, 2014 in Berlin. (AFP/DPA)

 

Rally in Berlin against federal surveillance congregate in thousands  under the motto ‘Freedom not fear,’ who were calling for stricter control of German intelligence agencies.

American Internet activist and journalist Jacob Appelbaum called on activists to not be afraid to expose government secrets, with many in the crowd holding signs with photos of Edward Snowden.

“We have to stand up for all of those who do not usually get support. For all these people across the globe. For confidential communication. For privacy on the Internet. For encryption… It really works. And for anonymity. It protects you,” Appelbaum said.

German rally also follows several recent scandalous revelations of Germany’s own spying activity, besides what was revealed about its intelligence services’ cooperation with NSA and allies in the files leaked by Snowden.

Earlier this month, it was reported that German foreign intelligence agency has been tapping Turkey for almost four decades as well as eavesdropped at least on one telephone conversation of US Secretary of State John Kerry. Berlin also announced it had discovered an alleged American spy in the country’s Defense Ministry.

The organizers said about 6,500 demonstrators, a broad coalition of pro-transparency, anti-surveillance and civil rights groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, Digital Courage, and Amnesty International joined the rally as they marched from the Brandenburg Gate to the Federal Chancellery. Media agencies





Film Screening at the Italian Cultural Institute 3 Sept 2014

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Film Screening at the Italian Cultural Institute – 7:00 pm, Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Cultural Program

To

Undisclosed Recipients
Aug 29 at 12:48 PM

ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA DI NEW DELHI  – INCONTRI IN BIBLIOTECA

Le regioni d’Italia al cinema/ Italian Regions in Cinema

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Dal libro al cinema/From Book to Film

13 Agosto / August – 17 Dicembre / December 2014

Tutti i mercoledì / Every Wednesday @ 19.00

Mercoledi/Wednesday, 3 Settembre/ 3rd September @19.00

 

Dal libro al cinema: Paolo Giordano

From Book to Film: Paolo Giordano

 

La solitudine dei numeri primi / The Solitude of Prime numbers

Drammatico / Drama

2009, 118 min.

 

Regista / Director: Saverio Costanzo

Cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Marinelli, Maurizio Donadoni, Isabella Rossellini,Filippo Timi

LA SOLITUDINE DEI NUMERI PRIMI (The solitude of Prime numbers)

I numeri primi sono divisibili soltanto per uno e per se stessi. Sono numeri solitari e incomprensibili agli altri. Alice e Mattia sono entrambi “primi”, entrambi perseguitati da tragedie che li hanno segnati nell’infanzia: un incidente sugli sci per Alice , che le ha causato un difetto a una gamba; la perdita della sorella gemella per Mattia. Quando da adolescenti si incontrano nei corridoi di scuola, riconoscono il proprio dolore l’uno nell’altra. Crescendo, i loro destini s’intrecciano in un’amicizia speciale, finché Mattia, laureatosi in Fisica, non decide di accettare un posto di lavoro all’estero. I due si separano per molti anni e sarà una sequenza di eventi a ricongiungerli, per riportare in superficie una quantità di emozioni mai confessate.

 A prime number is a lonely thing. It can be divided only by itself or by one; it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both “primes” haunted by the childhood tragedies that mark their lives – a physical handicap due to a ski accident for Alice and the loss of a twin sister for Mattia –find themselves unable to reach out to anyone else. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. As they grow into adulthood, their destinies seem irrevocably intertwined. But when Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away the two are forced to separate with emotions never confessed.

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5th Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards

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She is the hand that rocks the cradle, the mother of tomorrow; a woman shapes the destiny of civilization. Such is the tragic irony of fate, that a beautiful creation such as the girl child is today one of the gravest concerns facing humanity.                                                                                                                   – Anonymous

 

 

PEHCHAN , an NGO working for the Girl Child and Empowerment of Women organized 5th Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards evening on August 29, 2014. Where the ACHIEVERS in society were HONORED by Dr. Karan Singh ji, Mr. Oscar Fernandes, Mr. Manish Tewari Former Minister and AICC spokesperson and the following people who are Achievers in their distinguished careers and are serving the society in various ways were awarded amidst the huge gathering of guests. Speakers one by one remembered Shri.Rajiv Gandhi Ji on the occasion. Prominent awardees were – Mr.Yuvraj Singh, Ms. Arti Sehwag, Mr. K.T Tulsi, Dr. Rajiv Kant, Ms. Divya Khosla Kumar and Ms. Neena Grewal (M.P from Canada). Ms. Tashi Malik & Ms. Nungshi Malik – Twin Sisters for climbing the Mount Everest were among the few. Complete list is appended below.

 

 India is said to be a developing country. It is not just developing with regards to infrastructure. Even the mind, the ideology of the common man in India is going through a revolutionary phase, a developing phase. Ancient ideas of gender bias, dowry system are in the process of being weeded out. The Indian society is also trying hard to uproot the hitherto deep seated social evils like female feticide & child marriages. Having said this, we are also alarmed by the growing number of crimes against women. The sheer number of crimes is such that even the growing amount of government action to curb these is falling short! By our own observation, at least two incidents of molestation are reported each day in the newspapers. And this number excludes the unreported crimes. But, there are still thousands of girls, who step out of their homes despite these reports and news about such incidents. It is this undying spirit of the girl child that inspires us at PEHCHAN.

 

PEHCHAN, an NGO, is an initiative by a group of Media professionals and was founded with the central objective of nurturing the girl child. We at PEHCHAN strongly believe that the pen is mightier than the sword, and that a girl’s biggest armor against all the hardships is empowerment. And empowerment and education go hand in hand. With this goal in mind, we at PEHCHAN strive to provide a strong foundation in the form of education and support to girls.

 

Since our Late Prime Minister was a sincere supporter of the girl child, these awards have been instituted in his name to HONOR and cherish his fond memory. It is his name that guides us each day at PEHCHAN. Through these Awards we wish to HONOR and reward the hard work & outstanding performance of the ACHIEVERS in the society.

 

These awards, year after year, identify and HONOR outstanding personalities who have created a niche for themselves in the society and inspire others to follow suit.

 

At 5th Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards evening, we have HONORED  the following people who are Achievers in their distinguished careers and are serving the society in various ways. They are –

 

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AWARD CATEGORIES

First there are special category awards- The Pehchan awards for the unsung heroes of our society.  They are:

 

  1. Ms. Nishi Rastogi                         Bharatnatyam Performer doing dance performances for charity

 

  1. Mr. Mahip Trehan                        Social worker in Rural sector helping poor peasants with seeds and fertilizers

 

  1. Ms. Shikha                                    working in remote villages to enhance the ratio of Girl Child

 

  1.  Ms. Tashi Malik & Ms. Nungshi Malik       Twin Sisters for climbing the Mount Everest

 

 

Regular Award categories

 

  1. Best CHARITY working for Cancer Awareness –

YouWeCan – Yuvraj Singh

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Award for creating world class School

Mrs. Aarti Sehwag, Sehwag International School

 

  1. Woman of Substance

Ms. Divya Khosla Kumar, Director & Producer

 

  1. Most Respected Social Activist of the Year

Ms. Sanjana Jon, Working for the Welfare of Girl Child

 

  1. Most Vibrant COUPLE of the year –

Devi & Dilip Cherian

 

  1. Legal Eagle of the year

Mr. K T S Tulsi – Eminent Lawyer and Member of Parliament

– Rajya Sabha

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Award for Communal Harmony

Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Saiyed, Chairman – Minority Cell, AICC

 

  1. Best Classical Dancer of the year

Ms. Arushi Mudgal

 

  1. Best Literary Personality of the year

Ms. Reema Abassi, Writer from Pakistan for a book on Pakistani Temples

 

  1. Best Contemporary Artist of the year

Ms. Nupur Kundu

 

  1. Best University of the Year

Hindustan University – Chennai

 

  1. Best Journalist from overseas

Dr. Waeil Awwad

 

 

  1. Best Realtor of the Year 

Mr. Sanjeev Jain, RISHABH Group // CLOUD 9

 

 

  1. Best Tourism State in Tourism Sector

Kerala Tourism

 

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Award for the Most Enterprising NRI

Mr. S P S Oberoi, Apex Group, Dubai

 

  1. Most Enterprising CEO – Power sector

Mr. R N Nayak, CMD – PowerGrid Corpn.

 

  1. Best Banker of the Year

Mr. Rajiv Dubey, CANARA BANK

 

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Award for Philanthropist and Charitable Works of the year

 

Mrs. Neena Grewal, MP- Canada

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Award for the Most Enterprising CEO of the

       Mrs. Neeru Abrol, CMD, NFL

 

  1. Most Enterprising CEO – Housing & Urban Development     

Mr. Dr. M. Ravi Kanth, IAS, HUDCO

Intel news

GDP first quarter (Q1) of 2014-15 is estimated to be 5.7 per cent

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Finance Ministry states that the performance of the economy in the First Quarter of the FINANCIAL Year 2014-15 is broadly on expected lines. Responding to the estimates of GDP for the first quarter of 2014-15 as released today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the Ministry states that with improvement witnessed in some important sectors including manufacturing as well as in the performance of exports (that REGISTERED a growth of 11.5 per cent at 2004-05 prices), along with the measures taken by the Government, the economy can be expected to show further improvement in the remaining part of the year.

Growth in GDP at factor cost at constant (2004-05) prices (real GDP) for the first quarter (Q1) of 2014-15 is estimated to be 5.7 per cent as against 4.7 per cent in Q1 of 2013-14. The growth rate for the FINANCIAL year 2013-14 was 4.7 per cent.

At the sectoral level, the growth rate is 3.8 per cent for agriculture and allied sectors, 4.2 per cent for industry sector and 6.8 per cent for services sector in Q1 of 2014-15. This growth was 4.0 per cent, (-) 0.4 per cent and 7.2 per cent respectively for these sectors in Q1 of 2013-14.





Book Launch on Safety Sustainability & Future Urban Transport

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Criminal Politicians Corrupt Incompetent Judiciary-Bureaucracy

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Ravinder Singh

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Criminal Politicians Corrupt Incompetent Judiciary-Bureaucracy
August30, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.comIndian constitution provides for Independent Judiciary, Legislature &
Bureaucracy and knew very well that their NEXUS would be disaster for
people.S. Y. Quraishi, Ex. CEC in so many talks never admitted to Gross
Incompetence of Bureaucracy & Corruption in Judiciary while talking on
issues of Political Corruption.

The forenoon talk yesterday was on ‘Fast Track Courts’ for Politicians
and general conclusion was with same Lame Duck quality of corrupt
judges taken out of Clogged and Corrupted courts would not make any
difference. Even when Petitioner and Opposite Party data is IDENTICLE
in Billing Disputes Court may take 3 years and neither award Just Fair
Compensation Nor Enforce Compliance of its own order.

S. Y. Quraishi admitted there is 50% rise in MPs getting elected with
Criminal Cases pending even after 2002 Supreme Court Judgment
Empowering Election Commission to Frame Rules and Procedures to
prevent admission of Candidates with criminal cases pending in to Lok
Sabha. It was Total Incompetence & Failure of Election Commission in
12 years to Frame Rules to Screen Out Criminal Politician.

Even in the latest Judgment of Supreme Court on Issue of ‘Ministers in
the Supreme Court With Pending Criminal Cases’ the judgment was to Let
PM decide on his own WISDOM whether to keep them or not.

Here too EC missed an Opportunity to Press for -

1. Pre-Registration of Candidates;

2. Minimum Qualifications;

3. Social Service or Political experience Track Record etc.

4. Permanent Residence Qualification of 5 Years for MLAs and 10 Years for MPs.

Our Democracy is Corrupted and Compromised When VOTERS & Even
Political Parties Have No Idea of the Candidates Contesting in
Elections Just 1-7 days before Closure of Nomination, in fact some
candidates file nomination just minutes before dead line.
Qualification of a CM was She Won 4 Times from Three Different
Constituency?

Mercenary Politicians

When a person can get Elected from any Constituency – almost 70%
candidates are non resident. They live in Cities but Contest from
Rural Areas and Misrepresent rural voters are Mercenary Politicians
who are in Business of Politics not service.

DERC Secretary is IAS and there are SIX IAS on Board of Delhi DISCOMS,
there are several IAS, IRS Officers in Delhi State Power Department
and parent Reliance or Tata companies too have IAS on board yet no one
from Civil Service take responsibility of Corruption and Loot in Delhi
by DISCOMS – Don’t Even Acknowledge Complaints.

Judiciary-Consumer Courts Most Corrupt & Incompetent
Politician and Bureaucrat (Supreme Court Advocate Was Absent) agreed
with the Observations of Press that even in Matrimonial Cases – SIX
FAKE CASES ARE REGISTERED when the real issues are Custody of Children
and FINANCIAL Settlement.

Consumers Courts which are to RESOLVE mainly billing and Service
issues MANDATED to DISPENSE ORDERS IN 30 Days take 10-30 hearings and
Maliciously Go in Appeal up to the Supreme Court.

In spite of REGULATION & CONTROL of Ministry of Consumer Affairs
totally to Administer Consumer Courts that even Bills which ought to
be SETTLED in 10 minutes are DRAGGED for 12 years – Ex Governor OP
Mehra vs DJB case.

DELIBERATE LIES OF BUREAUCRATS

Bureaucrats failed to address the Billing Complaint of Ex. Governor
and Deliberately Lied in Consumer Courts and Twice Appealed Against
Consumer Courts orders over 12 years without Complying With District
Level Consumer Courts.

In 90% of Civil Cases Pending in Indian Courts, Bureaucrats Are
Directly Responsible Are Incompetent.

Every Ministry has 10-50 IAS Officers plus IRS – yet there is
Widespread Corruption and Failure of Government to address SIMPLE
Cases.

In last 52 years I have not Seen Even an SDM or Commissioner visit our
area to see Condition of Drainage and other services. They approve
Expenditure Running in to Hundreds of Crore Rupees sitting in offices.
Their Official Vehicles are used to buy Grocery and take children to
School or Spouse for Shopping etc.

When the talk was on TV News was discussing how a person who
intervened in a fight was stabbed and police though present didn’t
take him to hospital for one hour who died shortly after admission.

It is Shocking Public Has to Call Police Not AMBULANCE in Cases of
Accidents and Fights resulting in serious injuries.

National Consumer Commission On PAYROLLS Of Companies

I found Justice ERADI led National Commission to be on the PAYROLLS of
Companies 1996-97. He denied Claims or Awarded Pittance as Claims to
the Gains of Insurance Cases, Car Manufacturers etc. (Attached
‘Corruption in Judiciary – CPA1986 (C)’)

Made a Charge Sheet against Justice ERADI and was DISMISSED within a week.

Why can’t Ministry of Consumer Affairs take Down Corrupt & Incompetent
Consumer Courts?

There is NO PROGRESS in Issues RAISED related Services in 1993-97 in
Charge Sheet of 1997 against Justice ERADI led National Commission in
20 years.

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





Real GDP grows at 5.7% in Q1 FY2015

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(The real GDP growth stands at 5.7% in Q1 of FY15 as against 4.7% in Q1 of FY14)

 

India’s real GDP growth increased to 5.7% in Q1 of 2014-15 from 4.7% in Q1 of 2013-14.  The GDP at factor cost at constant (2004-2005) prices for Q1 of 2014-15 is estimated at Rs. 14.38 lakh crore, as against Rs.13.61 lakh crore in Q1 of 2013-14. Whereas, GDP at factor cost at current prices in Q1 of 2014-15, is estimated at Rs. 26.97 lakh crore, as against Rs. 24.11 lakh crore in Q1 of 2013-14, showing an increase of 11.9%.

 

Trend in growth of India’s real GDP                                                                                             (%)

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

 

The economic activities which REGISTERED significant growth in Q1 of 2014-15 over Q1 of 2013-14 are electricity, gas & water supply at 10.2%, financing, insurance, real estate and business services at 10.4% and community, social and personal services at 9.1%. The estimated growth rates in other economic activities are 4.8% in construction, 3.5% in manufacturing, 2.8% in TRADE, HOTELS, transport and communication, 3.8% in agriculture, forestry & fishing, and 2.1% in mining & quarrying during this period.

 

Recent pattern in quarterly estimate of GDP growth (at 2004-05 prices)

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

 

Private Final Consumption Expenditure (PFCE) at current prices is estimated at Rs. 16.71 lakh crore in Q1 of 2014-15 as against Rs. 14.92 lakh crore in Q1 of 2013-14. At constant (2004-05) prices, the PFCE is estimated at Rs. 9.35 lakh crore in Q1 of 2014-15 as against Rs. 8.85 lakh crore in Q1 of 2013-14. In terms of GDP at MARKET prices, the rates of PFCE at current and constant (2004-2005) prices during Q1 of 2014-15 are estimated at 58.8% and 61.7%, respectively, as against the corresponding rates of 58.6% and 61.8%, respectively in Q1 of 2013-14.

 

Government Final Consumption Expenditure (GFCE) at current prices is estimated at Rs. 3.81 lakh crore in Q1 of 2014-15 as against Rs. 3.29 lakh crore in Q1 of 2013-14. At constant (2004-2005) prices, the GFCE is estimated at Rs. 1.87 lakh crore in Q1 of 2014-15 as against Rs. 1.72 lakh crore in Q1 of 2013-14. In terms of GDP at MARKET prices, the rates of GFCE at current and constant (2004-2005) prices during Q1 of 2014-15 are estimated at 13.4% and 12.4%, respectively, as against the corresponding rate of 12.9% and 12% each in Q1 of 2013-14.

 

Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) at current prices is estimated at Rs. 8.14 lakh crore in Q1 of 2014-15 as against Rs. 7.32 lakh crore in Q1 of 2013-14. At constant (2004-2005) prices, the GFCF is estimated at Rs. 4.96 lakh crore in Q1 of 2014-15 as against Rs. 4.63 lakh crore in Q1 of 2013-14. In terms of GDP at MARKET prices, the rates of GFCF at current and constant (2004-2005) prices during Q1 of 2014-15 are estimated at 28.6% and 32.7%, respectively, as against the corresponding rates of 28.7% and 32.3%, respectively in Q1 of 2013-14.

 

 Select demand side indicators, as % of GDP (at constant MARKET prices)

Item Q1FY15 Q1FY14
Private Final Consumption Expenditure 61.7 61.8
Government Final Consumption Expenditure 12.0 12.4
Gross Fixed Capital Formation 32.7 32.3

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO





Punjab decisions taken in a joint PAC and state executive meet

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From: Media Cell AAP <mediacellaap@gmail.com> Fri, 29 Aug ’14 5:46p
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A joint meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Punjab state executive committee of the party was held in Delhi on Friday.

At this meeting, the following decision were taken:

1. Suchche Singh Chottepur was given the responsibility of state convenor. He was the party’s candidate from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency and has led many social movements in the state.

2. Lok Sabha MP from Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann, has been given the charge of running campaigns across the state and mobilizing the youth in Punjab.

3. It was resolved that strict disciplinary action would be taken against those indulging in anti-party activities and seek to kill the idea of clean politics in Punjab by hurting the Aam Aadmi Party.

4. The Aam Aadmi Party is committed to a drug-free and corruption-free Punjab. The AAP vows to continue this fight and run state-wide campaigns till the idea and institution of clean politics does not become permanent in the land of the five rivers, Punjab.

Regards.

AAP Media Cell





July 2014 fiscal deficit at 61.2% of actuals to BEs

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The gross fiscal deficit of the Central government stands at 61.2% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2014 as compared to 62.8% of the actuals to budget estimates in the corresponding period of the previous year. The primary deficit significantly increased to 198.1% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2014 as compared to 148% of the actuals to budget estimates during corresponding period of the previous year.

 

     Differentials in use of fiscal deficit space at the end of July 2014 vis-୶is July 2013      (in %)

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Government of India accounts, Government of India

Note: The Fiscal deficit data pertains to the end of the respective month

The Data for January 2014, February 2014, March 2014 and January 2013, February 2013, March 2013 pertains to actuals to revised estimates

* indicates data at the end of respective FINANCIAL year and are % of actuals to revised estimates

 

The revenue receipts at the end of July 2014 of the central government stands at 14.8% of the actuals to budget estimates as compared with 16.7% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2013.

 

    Fiscal position for July FY2015 vis-୶is July FY2014

Month % of Actuals to Budget Estimates FY2015* % of Actuals to Budget Estimates FY2014* % of Actuals to Budgeted Estimates FY2013* % of Actuals to Budgeted Estimates FY2012*
April 21.5 17.3 13.1 18.1
May 45.6 33.3 27.6 31.7
June 56.1 48.4 37.1 39.4
July 61.2 62.8 51.5 55.4
August 74.6 65.7 66.3
September 76.0 65.6 68
October 84.4 71.6 74.4
November 93.9 80.4 85.6
December 95.2 78.8 92.3
January 101.6 89.4 105.4
February 114.3 97.4 94.6
March 96.9^ 94.1^ 98.9^

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Union Government Accounts, Government of India

Note: * Data pertains to the end of the respective month

The Data for January 2014, February 2014, March 2014 and January 2013, February 2013, March 2013 pertains to actuals to revised estimates

^ indicates data at the end of respective FINANCIAL year and are % of actuals to revised estimates

 

The government’s MARKET borrowing stands at 51% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2014 as compared with 50% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2013. The domestic financing stands at 61% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2014 as compared to 64% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2013. The external financing of the government stands at 35% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2014 as against 10% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2013. The total financing of the central government stands at 61% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of July 2014 as against 63% of the actuals to budget estimates during the corresponding period of previous year.

 

       Sources of financing the deficit                                                                                             (%)

 Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Union Government Accounts, Government of India

Note: Data pertains to the end of July 2013 and July 2014





EFI Condemns the desecration of the Church in Uttar Pradesh

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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY COMMISSION

 Evangelical Fellowship of India 
805/ 92, Deepali Building, Nehru Place, New Delhi, India

PRESS STATEMENT

The Evangelical Fellowship of India Religious Liberty Commission condemns in strongest words the reported attempted conversion of a Church into a Mandir, allegedly by Hindu groups at Asroi, near Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh on August 27, 2014. Asroi is 30 Kilometres from Aligarh and part of Hathras District.

On the same day it was also reported that a mass conversion of Christians to Hinduism also took place inside the ‘converted’ Church as a ‘Shuddhikaran (purification)’ ceremony and a ‘Havan’ (a Hindu ritual which involves making OFFERING into a consecrated fire), were performed under the guidance and in the presence of many Hindu leaders.

As per reports by the Times of India, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar and other newspapers, the groups included the Dharma Jagran Manch, which is affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Arya Samaj, Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad among others.

The ‘conversion’ of the Church included the desecration of the cross, the installation of posters of Hindu Gods by Hindu right wing groups. According to the Times of India report, “A cross was allegedly removed from the church and placed outside the gate and a portrait of Shiva installed.” The ‘purification’ ceremony was also marked by much anti-Christian sloganeering.

It is evident from the reports that this alleged conversion to Hinduism has been organised and carried out by strong fundamentalist political religious groups. It is also clear that this seems to be a part of a larger strategy and conspiracy against religious minorities. We condemn both the act and the sinister conspiracy.

The desecration of the church as reported in newspapers is a separate heinous crime under the Indian penal code as it violates many of the IPC sections. Moreover it is an attack on the sanctity of the place of worship and hurts both Christian and Hindu sentiments.

We have confirmed reports that not all Christians belonging to the said Church were converted and that the media reports are highly exaggerated. According to information available, the persons quoted as converted to Hinduism, were already followers of the Hindu religion.

As per inputs received from Asian News Network, 11 people have been arrested so far.

We appeal to both the state and central government to act strongly on this crime designed to polarise society for political gain, and which terrorises a small and helpless religious community. Christians in Uttar Pradesh have recently faced a wave of physical violence and attacks on Churches and Pastors that have left the community terrorized.

We demand strong and exemplary action that ensures that criminal social cultural and political elements are deterred and the security and confidence of the minorities is restored.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
General Secretary,
Evangelical Fellowship of India,
New Delhi, India 

Rev. Vijayesh Lal,
National Director,
Religious Liberty Commission,
Evangelical Fellowship of India,
New Delhi, India.
Email : 
vijayesh@efirlc.org
Contact No. (M): +91 9810176973





SC: Disqualification of Union & State Cabinet Ministers responsibility of PM, CMs

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August 29th, 2014

 
 
Disqualification of Union & State Cabinet Ministers is constitutional responsibility of PM, CMs: Supreme Court of India

An ADR and NEW analysis reveals 44 (23%) out of 194 State Cabinet Ministers from 13 Assemblies (where elections were conducted in the last two years) and 12 (27%) out of 45 Union Ministers have self-declared criminal cases against themselves. (Detailed report is attached)

In a landmark judgement on Aug. 27, a five-member Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court observed that it is not the prerogative of the Apex court to disqualify ministers facing criminal charges. Putting the ball in Prime Minister’s court, the SC held that it is the collective responsibility of the Prime Minister and Chief Ministersto keep those people against whom charges have been framed in criminal and corruption cases, out of their Cabinet. 

 

Ideal tenets of polity observed in the judgement

  1. Disqualification of Minsters is not Court’s prerogative: Interpreting Article 75(1), the Supreme Court said that disqualification of Ministers cannot be added to the responsibility of Court as it is the constitutional prerogative of those functionaries who are called upon to preserve, protect, defend the organization. Thus the court cannot issue any direction to PM and CMs as to the manner in which they should exercise their power while selecting their colleagues in the Council of Ministers.
  2. Court’s duty is to remind PM, CMs about their role in working of constitution: The judgement said it is the bounden duty of the Court to remind the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of the State of their duty to act in accordance with the constitutional aspirations.
  3. Scope and purpose of Articles 74, 75 and 164: Constitutional trust, constitutional morality and good governance are the three fundamental ingredients of Article 74, 75 and 164 and the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers are regarded as the repository of these three fundamental aspects. Thus the office of the Prime Minister is expected to carry the burden of constitutional trust.
  4. Whether any restriction can be placed on the operation of Article 75 (1): The Article 75(1) clearly states that the PM shall be appointed by THE PRESIDENT and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the PM. Therefore as a result, such a “restriction” would amount to laying down of boundaries on the advice of PM. In instant judgement, the Apex court has respected the doctrine of “Separation of Powers.”
  5. PM is expected to act with constitutional responsibility: PM is expected that he should act in the interest of national polity of a nation state. He has to bear in mind that “unwarranted elements or persons” who are facing charges in certain category of offences should be prohibited from entering into our constitutional structure.
  6. Constitutional advice on appointment of ministers: The advice given by the Prime Minister is the constitutional advice. Prime Ministerial advice under Article 75 (1) conveys formation of his opinion and trust of people is reposed in him under the constitution. This reposing of faith in the PM by the entire nation has the expectations of good governance which is carried out by Ministers of his choice.
  7. Advice should be considerate, deliberate and informed one: The advice given by the PM to THE PRESIDENT in the context of Article 75 (1) has to be considerate, deliberate and informed one. Keeping in view the sanctity of oath, he takes, the PM would consider not choosing a person with criminal antecedents against whom charges have been framed for heinous or serious criminal offences or charges of corruption.
  8. Presumption of innocence needs to be treated differently under electoral polity:Presumption of innocence should not be considered for being chosen as a Minister in a stage of “framing of charges.” The reason behind this is that framing of charges is a judicial act by an experienced judicial mind.
Current status of criminalization of politics in India

State Cabinets

·     Ministers with declared criminal cases: 44 (23%) Ministers out of 194 analyzed have declared criminal cases in their affidavits.

Ministers with serious declared criminal cases: 26 (13%) Ministers have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

States with high percentage of Ministers with criminal cases: Among the states analysed, Telangana (90%) has the highest percentage of Ministers with criminal cases followed by Andhra Pradesh (56%), Karnataka (34%) and Odisha (27%).

States with 0% Ministers with criminal cases: None of the Ministers from the states of Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim have declared criminal cases.

States with high percentage of Ministers with serious criminal cases: Telangana (80%) has the highest percentage of Ministers with serious criminal cases followed by Rajasthan (25%) and Andhra Pradesh (22%).

Chief Ministers with declared criminal cases: K.Chandrasekhar Rao of Telangana and N.Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Union Cabinet

Union Council of Ministers with declared criminal cases: 12 (27%) out of 45 Ministers have declared criminal cases against themselves.

Union Council of Ministers with declared serious criminal cases: 7 out of 45 Ministers have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

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International happening

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US colleges to screen some W. African students over Ebola fears

College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the US because of Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, AP said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued no specific recommendations for colleges. However, health departments in South Carolina, North Dakota and other states have spelled out for administrators what symptoms to look for and how to react.

Iran hopes to reach ‘positive result’ in nuclear talks

Tehran hopes to reach a “positive result” in talks with world powers on its nuclear program, thanks in part to support from Russia, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. November was earlier set as deadline to reach an agreement on the nuclear issue. “In that short period of time that is left, we hope that we can reach a positive result,” Reuters quoted Zarif as saying Friday.

3 weeks ahead of Scottish referendum, support for independence growing – poll

Support for Scottish independence is increasing three weeks ahead of a referendum, according to a poll published Friday. A Survation survey found 47 percent of respondents would vote ‘Yes’ to independence, while 53 percent would vote ‘No’, excluding people who were undecided, AFP said. British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday urged Scottish people to reject independence in a rare speech in Glasgow. The union is a strong economic advantage, he said.

Flights diverted after volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea

A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the Pacific island nation, Reuters reported. Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, according to the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory. Qantas has altered flight paths between Sydney and Narita (Tokyo) and Sydney and Shanghai. Some other aircraft also had to alter their flight paths.

US labs ordered to take inventory of infectious agents

The White House has ordered federally-funded labs working with infectious agents to conduct an immediate inventory of the pathogens in their labs. Their safety and security protocols must be reviewed, according to a special memo. The order follows a trio of high-profile mishaps at federal labs in recent months, Reuters said. They included the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Decades-old samples of smallpox were also discovered in a US Food and Drug Administration lab on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Number of Syrian refugees soars to 3 million – UN

Three million Syrians, or half of the country’s population, have been forced to flee their homes by the ongoing military conflict, the UN refugee agency reports. “One in every eight Syrians has fled across the border, fully a million more than a year ago,” the report reads, adding that 6.5 million are displaced within Syria. The refugee crisis has been described by the agency as “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” The majority of refugees have found shelter in Lebanon (1.14 million), Turkey (815,000) and Jordan (608,000). Some 215,000 refugees are in Iraq with the rest in Egypt and other countries.

Hamas says conflict with Israel not over, insists demands met

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has termed the latest spate of rocket fire and mortar exchange with Israel a“milestone to reaching our objective.” He made the comments at a news conference in Doha, Qatar, saying that there would be no solution until Hamas’ demands are met. He also requested that Egypt open the Rafah border crossing “as a brotherly action.” Monday marked the 50th day since Israel started its campaign in Gaza on July 8. The death toll from the conflict has reached 2,120 people, of whom 577 are children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

43 UN peacekeepers detained by armed group in Syria

An armed group has detained 43 peacekeepers in Syria, the UN said. They were detained early Thursday on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a “period of increased fighting between armed elements and the Syrian Arab Armed Forces,” AP said, citing the office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Another 81 peacekeepers are “currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah,”the UN said in its statement.

Ebola death toll passes 1,550 – WHO

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has taken 1,552 lives out of 3,069 known cases in four countries, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. “More than 40 percent of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,” WHO said, as cited by Reuters. The UN agency is preparing a new strategic plan for tackling the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, which, WHO says, “continues to accelerate.”

Erdogan sworn in as 12th Turkish president

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey’s 12th president at a ceremony in parliament Thursday. Reading the oath of office, he swore to safeguard the existence and independence of the state, Reuters said.

Dozens of Syrian Army soldiers executed by Islamic State

Islamic State fighters have executed dozens of members of the Syrian army they took hostage, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday. The executions took place after militants captured Tabqa air base in the northeast of the country on Sunday, Reuters said. The Observatory said the soldiers who were executed had been trying to escape from the airport. Syrian state media confirmed the attack on the base. However it has not reported any deaths or any army members being captured.

MH370 ‘may have turned south earlier than thought’ – Oz deputy PM

A new clue to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has emerged, and the hunt for missing plane will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone, Australia said on Thursday. Fresh information suggested the jet “may have turned south” earlier than thought, AFP quoted Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss as saying. The detail came to light following “further refinement” of satellite data. Australia and Malaysia inked a memorandum of understanding over the next phase of the hunt for the plane. It disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria’s Port Harcourt

A doctor in Nigeria’s oil industry hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola fever, Reuters said. The doctor had treated a primary contact of Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who brought Ebola to Lagos, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Port Harcourt is a hub for expatriate workers in major international oil companies.

Brazil police breaks up biggest Amazon deforestation gang

Brazil police have broken up an Amazon deforestation gang considered the worst currently active, AFP reported, citing officials. The gang reportedly invaded public land in northern Para state, burned down forest, divided the land into parcels and sold them. The group is accused of environmental crimes to the tune of $230 million, according to the Brazilian Environmental Institute. It was not clear how many people were arrested.

Indonesia, Australia sign agreement to end spying row

Indonesia and Australia on Thursday signed an agreement that could draw a line under an espionage row and pave the way for the resumption of full cooperation. The two states pledged not to use their intelligence agencies to harm one another, AFP reported. Ties between the neighbors sank to their lowest point in November after reports that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his inner circle.





PM Modi’s Japan visit: Deals in defence, civil nuclear likely

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On his first bilateral visit outside the subcontinent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have an “extremely substantive” agenda when he travels to Japan this weekend amid “great expectations” of the strategic and global partnership being taken to a new level.
Cooperation in the fields of defence, civil nuclear, infrastructure development and rare earth materials besides enhancing business ties will be high on the priority of Modi’s four-day trip during which he travel to Japan’s ‘smart city’ Kyoto and capital Tokyo.During the visit, Modi will have wide-ranging talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and meet other leaders, discusing how to take forward the strategic and global partnership.

During the visit, some agreements, including in defence and civil nuclear sectors, are expected to be signed.

“The Prime Minister’s visit to Japan will be extremely substantive… It will have wide range of events…Our expectations about the outcome are that India and Japan will be able to elevate the strategic and global partnership to a new level,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters while briefing on the significant visit.

In a special gesture, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will fly to Kyoto to receive Modi who will land there on Saturday in the first leg of his tour to study how the example of the Japanese city could be replicated in India.

Kyoto, known in local parlance as a ‘smart city’, is an example of cultural tradition and modernity, dovetailing Modi’s own vision of building 100 smart cities in the country, Akbaruddin said while explaining why the Prime Minister chose Kyoto as his first stopover of the visit.

Asked whether the civil nuclear deal would be signed during the visit, the MEA spokesman said the talks, which have been going on for the last four years, have “yielded substantive results” lately and discussions are taking place at technical level.

“We are working for satisfactory outcome for India and friends in Japan,” he added.

Replying to a volley of questions, he said the focus of the visit would to broaden the ties, seek Japan’s support in infrastructure development in India, look for new vistas for cooperation in goods and services.

Noting that the Prime Minister is keen on improving infrastructure at home, Akbaruddin said Japan figures prominently among the countries from where help could be taken to build next generation infrastructure.

In the field of defence, the two countries already have cooperation with regard to military exchanges and talks are underway for joint production of US-2 amphibious assault aircraft with the possibility of an agreement being signed during the visit.

Akbaruddin said the second meeting of a working group on this had taken place recently and “things are progressing quite well”.

The issue of Japan helping India in its endeavour to have bullet trains will also be discussed.

In the field of rare earth materials, he said the two companies involved on either side are working through nitty gritty of the commercial aspects and the deal could be signed only after this exercise fructifies.

The two countries will also set new trade targets, considering that the current level does not match their close relationship.

The two-way trade is around 19 billion dollars.

On Abe flying to Kyoto to meet Modi, the MEA spokesman said “we see this as a very special and gracious gesture”.

Akbaruddin said Kyoto, which is a heritage city with Buddhist culture, provides special symbolism to the visit as the Prime Minister has the vision of “rejuvenating” Indian cities.

Talks are already underway to see how the example of Kyoto can be replicated in Varanasi from where Modi was elected to the Lok Sabha.

Abe will host a dinner for Modi and the two leaders will have a joint public event in Kyoto.

Modi will visit Toji temple besides meeting Kyoto’s Governor and Mayor who is expected to give a presentation on how it has been maintained as a culturally-rich and enviornment-friendly modern city.

The Prime Minister will also visit the Kobe University to see stem cell research. “This will cover all the three distinct areas of the Prime Minister’s interest — civilisation aspect, environment-friendly aspect and cutting-edge research,” the spokesman said.

From Kyoto, Modi will travel to Tokyo where he will be accorded an official welcome on September one in the Akasaka Palace after which he will have detailed talks with Abe. The Japanese Prime Minister will also host a banquet for Modi who will also receive a number of Japanese ministers.

Modi will address Japan’s business community during which he is expected to lay out his vision for cooperation between the two countries. He will also call on the Japanese Emperor Akihito.

He will also visit an elementary school, considering the importance he accords to development of education in India.

AMBANI, ADANI, KALYANI TO BE PART OF PM’S DELEGATION TO JAPAN

Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani and 15 other leading industrialists will be part of the delegation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his first major bilateral visit, outside the sub-continent.

The industrialists will take part in a bilateral meeting under the aegis of India-Japan Business Leaders’ Forum (IJBLF) on September 1 which would be co-chaired by Chairman of Bharat Forge Baba Kalyani, sources said.

The meeting, coinciding with Modi’s visit, assumes high importance as the two countries are trying to forge a strong multifaceted strategic partnership with economic relations as a crucial component. Bilateral trade between the two reached USD 18.61 billion in 2012-13.

Sources said Modi keen on meeting his counterpart Shinzo Abe whose leadership he deeply respects and sees the visit as an opportunity to take ties with Japan to a new level and increase cooperation in various fields.

To leverage the ever-growing trade and investment between the two countries and for greater co-operation between their businesses, IJBLF was constituted with prominent business leaders from India as its members.

The forum has been re-constituted recently and Modi re-nominated Kalyani as the co-chair of the forum from the Indian side.

The delegation also includes Bharti Enterprises Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, Essar Group Chairman Shashi Ruia, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji and Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava.

Two prominent women in the delegation will include Kiram Mazumbar-Shaw of Biocon and Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank are also on the list.

OIL India Chairman and Managing Director Sunil K Srivasatava and his counterpart in ONGC Dinesh K Sarraf would also be part of the delegation.

The members of the delegation are expected to reach Tokyo by afternoon of August 31.





Parnership Launch of NSFI and New Zealand TARATHI Agricultural

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India joins ranks of countries calling for universal civil registration in Asia-Pacific

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“Getting everyone in the picture for reliable vital statistics critical to protecting human rights”

135 million children under the age of five in Asia and the Pacific have not had their births registered and 9 out of 10 people in the region live in countries with unreliable death statistics, leaving records incomplete and governments at a loss to plan for the current and future needs of their populations.

 

‘It’s time to get everyone in the picture,’ was the clear message from this week’s regional preparatory meeting ahead of November’s Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia-Pacific, where 32 countries came together to pledge their commitment to helping governments protect human rights by bolstering country-level systems to register life events like births, deaths and marriages.

“CRVS is a critical development issue,” explained Mr. Shun-ichi Murata, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). “It is the basis for so many activities that are the core of inclusive, well-functioning and participatory societies, whether those are activities as obvious as a child going to school or being vaccinated, or as unseen as being included in the population figure that determines how much money is distributed to that child’s local government.

“By recording the cause of death, CRVS is also the foundation for us to use a human tragedy as an opportunity to improve the health and quality of life of subsequent generations,” he added.

As the latest country to join the pledge to achieve universal registration of births, deaths and marriages in Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Chandramouli Chandrasekaran, Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs reaffirmed India’s vision to achieve national universal civil registration by 2020: “Through this vision, we can share our experiences in seeking to create a demand for CRVS and in strengthening capacity in establishing a sustainable system.”

Ms. Lisa G. Bersales, Chair of the ESCAP Committee on Statistics added: “Our shared vision is that of babies in Asia and the Pacific born in an environment which assures them of recognition of their legal identity and all the dignity and benefits that this recognition brings with it.

“We agree that this vision can be actualized by a universal and responsive CRVS system which records important life events in a person’s life from birth to marriage to death and other life events in between.”

In opening remarks, Dr. Isiye Ndombi, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office highlighted: “At first glance, many countries in Asia and the Pacific have high registration coverage, but after taking a closer look at registration by region, disparities become apparent.

“We need to encourage the use of innovations and harnessing the use of open source and inter-operable technology to reach the hardest to reach.”

The Regional Preparatory Meeting was convened by ESCAP from 28 – 29 August in Bangkok, in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, WHO, ADB and Plan International to review preliminary draft outcome documents to be adopted at the upcoming Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific.

Held under the theme of ‘Get everyone in the picture,’ the first Ministerial Conference on CRVS in the region will take place at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok from 24 to 28 November 2014. The conference will bring together ministers of interior, justice, health and statistics from across Asia and the Pacific to forge high-level political commitment for the improvement of CRVS systems. An expected outcome is an Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade for 2015-2024 will be declared.





No $1.7t Fund – Japan Visit Under Prepared No Promotion

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Ravinder Singh
To presidentofindia@rb.nic.in manmohan@sansad.nic.in speakerloksabha@sansad.nic.in supremecourt@nic.in websitemhaweb@nic.in and 33 more… Today at 10:37 AM
No $1.7t Fund – Japan Visit Under Prepared No Promotion
August29, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

We are pleased to see PM Driving India Agenda with same Vigor and Commitment as he did in Gujarat but could attract just 6% of FDI in India.

Yes $1700b FDI is possible in next Five Years from all over the world but expecting Japan to fund $1700b is too WILD, Japan FDI in last few years was barely $2b annually.

Corporate Tax for foreign companies at 43% when average corporate tax collection rate is 20% for Indian companies is not the right policy.

For Foreign Investment in ‘IMPORT SUBSTITUTION PROJECTS or INFRA PROJECT’ should be allowed TAX FREE operations for 5-10 years.

India may secure investment in 2X10,000 MW Nuclear Power Projects – one for Gujarat based on latest Mitsubishi Technology in Public Sector.

50,000 MW of Hydro Power to come up in India and Nepal in public sector.

50,000 MW of Rooftop Solar Power projects, these three are GREEN PROJECTS avoiding GHG avoiding over 500 million tones of CO2 every year.

Up Gradation of Railways Trunk Lines 20,000 km would double to triple India Railways capacity in five years.

Industrial projects like LCD TV, Solar Cells, Computers, Mobile Phones, White Goods, Cars, Railway Equipments like Metro Coaches, Wagons, Switchgear etc may be reserved for Private Sector Joint Ventures.

This Bill Adds up to $500b

Rest of the World would fill in the remaining $1200b in 5-10 Years.

Government of India must also show Commitment to Collect 50% of the GDP as Tax Collection to REPAY the loans.

Government of India should ADOPT POLICY to SWIFTLY takeover Loss Making Companies generally funded by public money to be READY for takeover. This way there shall be enough READY to INSTALL new projects.

Indian government has to VITALIZE PATENT OFFICE Support India Inventor & Engineers to serve World Market.

With Best Wishes

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant,
INNOVATIVE TECHNONLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power, Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects.

PM’S VISIT TO TOKYO & KYOTO – No $1.7t Fund, Japan to Finance Specific Projects
Aug 29 2014 The Economic Times (Mumbai)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of securing $1.7 trillion from Japan for creation of a fund that would support the country’s economy may not become a reality with Tokyo discouraging the plan and instead asking Delhi to present a list of specific projects that it can finance.

Ahead of Modi’s maiden visit to Japan as prime minister beginning August 30, the government had approached Japan with a plan to secure $1.7 trillion over a period of five years to create a fund for mega projects.

Tokyo, however, made it clear that it does not support creation of any such fund with any foreign partner but can finance specific projects identified by the Modi government, official sources told ET. These projects could entail smart cities, railways, solar projects and the plan to clean Ganga. Modi’s summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, on September 1 could identify some of these projects that India would like Japan to fund, sources said.

The Japan visit will also be Modi’s maiden stand-alone bilateral trip outside the sub-continent. Modi has huge expectations from Japan and expanding economic and business cooperation, therefore, will be a key component of his agenda.

During the summit, the two sides will also deliberate on doubling foreign direct investment from Japan into India over the next five years. This, according to sources, would be directly proportional to number of Japanese companies in India (currently numbering 1,072) doubling in India over the next five years.





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Events in the city of Frankfurt offers to its visitors.

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Enclosed, you will find flyer and press information about events in Frankfurt 2015.

 

Frankfurt’s inhabitants love to party. Hundreds of street festivals, markets, traditional folk fairs and open-air events take place throughout the city every year. Frankfurt’s famous museum landscape, one of its foremost attractions, is honoured with two annual events: The Museum Embankment Festival ranks amongst Europe’s largest cultural celebrations. It features workshops and guided tours held at the museums as well as live music, stage performances and international cuisine on offer along the riverside. During Museum Night, more than 20 museums are open until the early hours of the morning, presenting a superb programme of culture and the arts at a most unusual time.

 

Referring to the museum festivals, there will be two interesting exhibitions at the Museum for Modern Art starting in September: “Subodh Gupta” and “Dayanita Singh“, two famous Indian artists. And which activity would be more diversified than a museum visit during lunchtime?

 

Or you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on the boat cruise and the best view of Germany’s most impressive skyline. Seen from the middle of the river, the banking metropolis presents itself in a contrasting mix of history, culture, nature and urban architecture that is unique in Europe. http://www.primus-linie.de/en/index.html

 

For visiting Frankfurt because of its business sights, you will find the dates of Frankfurt fairs here:

2014:http://www.messefrankfurt.com/content/dam/corporate/messe/publikationen/MF-Kal_web_FFM_2014_E.pdf

all fairs:http://www.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/welcome/messeveranstaltungen.html

 

If you have any further queries concerning our multifaceted metropolis Frankfurt/Main, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

We would be glad to welcome you in Frankfurt.

  

Kind regards,

 

Lisa-Valerie Hörth & Annette Biener

 

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Anurag Basu spills the beans on Priyanka’s Diet!

 

 

The actress was on the sets of Zee TV’s Cinestars Ki Khoj to promote her upcoming movie,
when judge Anurag Basu spilled the beans on her diet…

 

Having built her physique to play the character of a National level boxing champion, Priyanka Chopra is an inspiration for millions. While most of us believe that actresses starve themselves in order to attain the size zero figure, here is an example of a Bollywood actress who clearly breaks the convention.

 

Re-uniting with her Barfi Director on the sets of Zee TV’s Cinestars Ki Khoj, Priyanka was glad to be judging the talent on the show alongside her mentor – Anurag Basu. While much has been said and written about their bonding and camaraderie  since the time Priyanka and Basu did a movie together, the two did not leave a single chance to pull each other’s leg.

 

While everybody on the sets was surprised to see Priyanka eat continuously throughout the shoot, Basu said he’d experienced this side of PeeCee before! Sharing an anecdote from the sets of Barfi!, he said, “I remember one day, she had called for 3 Parathas for breakfast and a 12 inch pizza and ended up gulping down all of it by herself at the shoot, not sharing a morsel with anybody.” Adding further, he said, “Even if I drink water, it ends up turning into butter in my stomach. Wonder how none of what she eats shows up on Priyanka!” While the entire unit was shocked at the revelation, Priyanka burst out laughing. When the hosts of the show asked her about the secret behind her lean, trim figure, she said, “I believe that in order to stay fit and lose weight, one doesn’t need to starve. One should eat in moderation throughout the day at short intervals. Moreover, I ensure that I burn it all by working out equally as much as I eat.” Kudos girl, no wonder you’re as fit and fabulous in every film!

 

Watch Priyanka Chopra let her hair down, dance to Humma Humma with judge Sonali Bendre and have a blast with the contestants of Cine Stars Ki Khoj on the Sunday episode (31st August) of the show.

 

Do not miss, Cera presents India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj, Every Saturtday and Sunday, at 9 PM, Only on Zee TV!