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All Corruption No Governance Railways, German, LPG, Drugs, FCI


November15, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh

Close on heals scores of deaths for nth time Chhattisgarh due to
Infections in Hospitals, Spurious Drugs, Un-sterilized Surgical
Instruments, Simple Greed leading to all Vasectomy Operations had not
made the state government vigilant enough to take preventive action,
in the latest case Drug Supplier Simply had no Drug Manufacturing
Facility but was getting state government orders on regular basis – it
is reported that –.

Indian Railways had preferred to Place ORDER on Private Companies who
neither Has Design or Testing or Manufacturing Facility and Experience
worth Rs. Thousands of Crores. This perhaps led to Shunting of Railway
Minister to lesser important department.

But what is common in both is that Rail Coach Factories are located in
Non BJP states Punjab and Tamil Nadu so BJP missing out on GDP growth
and profits.

I had for five years wanted GoI to import 20,000 Double Decker Coaches
to replace standard Coaches Under Some Long Term Foreign Aid.

Indian Railways have Ready Design of Double Decker Coaches just want
ORDERS, and in such situation placing Orders on Private Companies is
most unfortunate.

It was Most Unfortunate that Education Minister of India Cut the
German Language course taken by 80,000 Kendriya Vidyalayas School
Children under Foreign Aid and Forcing them to take Sanskrit instead.

It is alright if some States where Sanskrit is spoken by people it
should be recognized as third language after Hindi and English but
applying to Kendriya Vidyalayas spread all over India is most stupid.

LPG subsidy distribution through Cash Transfer is MISCHIEF of Sam
Pitroda who wanted to introduce Mobile Phones based Cash Transfer
system and wanted to engage his Company.

I was procuring Various Gases for a Power Station in 1975 – each
Cylinder Had a Number – these days BAR CODE is applicable for sale of
most Consumer Goods could have been applied to LPG Cylinder Marketing
easily. This is ACCURATE & RELIABLE way to Distribute & Take Back LPG
Cylinders. Cash Transfer doesn’t Curb PILFERAGE & DIVERSION Of LPG for
Commercial Use.

FCI instead of Silos built Brick Rooms to store Grains in Bags, which
is most inefficient and unsafe storing of foods and totally manual in
loading and unloading.

Farmers Storing Processing & Marketing of Foods would reduce Wastes
and Ensure FRESH grade supply of foods.

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

‘Rethinking the Nehru Legacy: The Long Twentieth Century’


Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Conference

at 9.00 am on Monday-Tuesday, 17-18 November, 2014

in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building


‘Rethinking the Nehru Legacy:

The Long Twentieth Century’


Our commemoration takes the form of a reflection on Nehru and his world. His universe obviously included India, but it embraced all of humanity. As he shaped India in so many different ways over more than five decades, he was aware, more than most of his generation, that it was an India in the world, not an India locked into itself. He ceaselessly reflected upon how this particular was related to an universal and how they shaped each other. Perhaps India itself provided a model of it, of how the immense multiplicity within India could constitute the larger entity, which he summed up in the formula, “unity in diversity.” To this end, the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is hosting a series of three events, each with a distinct focus and thematic coherence.  This conference will be the third of the event in the series.  This would not be specific to India, although India would obviously not be excluded. It will be a reflection on the entire century, from 1914 to 1991 if dates have to be given, and the legacy into the twenty-first century. It should not be specific to Nehru either. It should be conceived as an examination of the universes he occupied and from which he drew so much sustenance, without constantly relating it to Nehru’s thought and action. It would embrace all the big questions of the day, which engaged Nehru’s attention, as it did that of everyone else who reflected on the human condition. The principal themes would be the usual ones of democracy and nationalism, war and barbarism, science and religion, the division and the integration of the world, and finally on utopia and dystopia. It should be left to scholars to range freely on subjects of their choice with the one constraint, that they should not limit themselves to one small issue. As a tribute to Nehru it should be large and grand in vision and accomplishment.  All are open events and aim to provide a platform for original and creative scholars to share their approaches with us.


Programme Schedule:                              Monday, 17th November, 2014



9.00 am. – 9.05 am.




Opening Remarks and Welcome:

Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,

New Delhi.


9.05 am.- 10.05 am.




Session I




Prof. Madhavan K. Palat,

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund,

New Delhi.


Prof. Sunil Khilnani,

India Institute,

King’s College, London, UK.

‘Nehru and the Making of Asia’s futures




10.05 am.- 10.25 am.

Tea Break


10.25 am.– 11.25  pm.


                                      Session II





Dr. Ashok Desai,

Author and Commentator,

New Delhi.



Prof. Madhavan K. Palat,

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund,

New Delhi.


Universal, composite and unitary’


11.25 pm. – 11.45 pm.




11.45 am. – 12.45 pm


Tea Break




Session III





Mr. Anil Nauriya,



Prof. Andre Beteille,

Delhi School of Economics and National Research Professor, Government of India.

‘The Pursuit of Equality’

12.45 pm. – 1.45 pm.




1.45 pm. – 2.45 pm.




Session IV







Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,

New Delhi.


Dr. Ashok Desai,

Author and Commentator,

New Delhi.

‘From Jailbird to Ruler:

Nehru’s precipitate initiation’




2.45 pm. – 3.05 pm.


3.05 pm. – 4.05 pm.








Tea Break


Session V



Dr. Rashmi Pant,


Mr. Anil Nauriya,


‘Nehru, Gandhi and the Cabinet Mission:

A debate revisited’






Tuesday, 18th November, 2014



9.00 am. – 10.00 am.

Session VI





Ms. Vrinda Grover,




Mr. Dinesh C. Sharma,

Journalist and Author,

New Delhi.

‘Nehru and the Computer Revolution:

Foundations and Transitions’



10.00 am. – 10.20 am.

Tea Break



10. 20 am. -11.20 am.

Session VII









Mr. T. N. Ninan,

Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow,

New Delhi.

Prof. Pulapre Balakrishnan,

Centre for Development Studies,

Thirvananthapuram, Kerala.

‘Nehru and the Economy:

A twenty-first century view’



11.20 am. – 11.40 am.

Tea Break



11.40 am. – 12.40 pm.

Session VIII





Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,

New Delhi.










12.40 pm. – 1.40 pm.





Dr. Arupjyoti Saikia,

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.

‘Assam, Nehru and the Making of India’s Eastern Frontier 1946-1950s’




1.40 pm. – 2.40 pm.

Session IX










Prof. Madhavan Palat,

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund,

New Delhi.


Dr. Srinath Raghavan,

Centre for Policy Research,

New Delhi.

‘Nehru’s India in a Changing World:

Foreign and security policy in the early years’




2. 40 pm. – 3. 00 pm.

Tea Break



3.00 pm. – 4.00 pm.

Session X




Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral,




Prof. Sajal Nag,


‘Nehru and the Northeast:

Discovery, ideas and the imagination for a borderland’


4.00 pm.:

Concluding Session

G20 summit: Repatriation of black money kept abroad is a priority, PM Modi


The black money kept abroad is not only headache for India but it is global problem,developing nations where the rule of one party or one man exits the problem takes national dimensions and the peace of the country gets jeopardized. An international awareness to quell this this political epidemic would make the nation be govern in right earnestness. Rich becomes richer and poor tends to be more poor. Modi has taken bold initiative to fight this evil from the apex level.Thus Prime Minister Narendra Modi at G 20 summit on Saturday unequivocally said that repatriation of black money kept abroad is a “priority” for his government, as he sought close global coordination to achieve this objective.

Raising the black money issue at an informal meeting of leaders of the five-nation BRICS bloc, Modi set the tone on this key issue ahead of the G20 summit in the wake of his commitment to bring back every penny of black money stashed abroad.

“Repatriation of black money kept abroad is a key priority for us,” Modi told the BRICS leaders.

Calling for close coordination on the issue of black money kept abroad, Modi also said this unaccounted money is also linked to security challenges. As India makes attempts to retrieve the black money, the Prime Minister has already made it clear that close cooperation to retrieve the black money from abroad is a key issue for him.

 G20 host Australia on Friday vowed a “very aggressive” crackdown on tax avoidance. India is also seeking strong action by the G20 industrialized and emerging economies against tax havens. “A key issue for me would be to highlight the importance of international cooperation against black money,” Modi had said, as he is set to renew the country’s commitment at the G20 summit to a global response to deal with cross border tax avoidance and evasion.

India is also expected to urge the G20 to pressure tax havens into revealing more information on black money from India to help retrieve this illegal money.reports PTI



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CSR conference honors organizations supporting the upcoming 1260km-long walk from Mumbai to Bangalore by UK lawyer Chris Parsons to raise funds for poor widows in India


MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 15, 2014: The Loomba Foundation, a UN accredited global NGO working for the cause of poor widows and their children, and BSE Ltd. (formerly known as Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd.), Asia’s first and India’s fastest  Stock Exchange with response time of 200 microseconds, today hosted a conference entitled ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: Empowering Poor Widows in India’. The event encouraged corporate India to channelize their mandatory 2% Corporate Social Responsibility provision in the new Companies Act for the benefit of impoverished widows.


In his message, Sh. Devendra Fadnavis, the honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, who has earlier also served as Nagpur’s youngest municipal corporator and India’s second-youngest mayor, and has been the recipient of the Best Commonwealth Parliamentarian Award, said, “My government is committed to improve socio-economic status of those who are downtrodden and poor. Especially we are planning to roll out development initiatives for empowering destitute, widows, and single women by setting up support centers. I am touched by the work The Loomba Foundation has been doing in empowering poor widows and their children. I am sure, with the help social organizations and institutions we will take up this challenge of building social infrastructure. My best wishes to your social endeavor.”


The Chief Guest from UK, Rt. Hon. Dr. Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade, UK, said, “Besides Mrs. Veena Loomba, who needs no introduction, others such as educationist Asha Khemka, entrepreneur Priya Lakhani, Ranjana Bell of Northumbria Police and artistic director Bisakha Sarker are just few women of Indian-origin who are very well regarded in the UK for their immense contributions. Women in India are breaking the glass ceiling across banking, petroleum, technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, FMCG, and other industries which is amazing. India’s new Company Law will further help restore this balance in gender diversity by mandating appointment of a woman director. Why then, in a world of meritocracy, should a woman be bereaved of the wonderful opportunities of growth merely because she lost a husband? I am encouraged to see so many corporate leaders here today – I hope you will come forward to join hands with The Loomba Foundation in their crusade to provide equal opportunities and basic human rights to widows and their children. I also wish luck to Chris Parsons for his walk marathons in India early January to raise funds for the cause of widows.”


Welcoming the guests, Mr. S. Ramadorai, Chairman, BSE Ltd., said, “India has one of the oldest traditions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) where doing charity, or daan, is an integral part of our culture and way of life. Similarly, CSR at BSE is also aligned with its tradition of creating wealth in the community. In the last 140 years, BSE has helped India create a market capitalization of over $1.5 trillion and this year the S&P BSE Sensex has emerged as the world champion in performance among the world’s top ten stock markets. I am sure that as stakeholders of BSE, our contributions can make a significant impact on the lives of widows and children, giving them an opportunity to secure a better future.” During the International Widows Day gala at the House of Lords in London on June 23, Mr. Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE Ltd., and a patron of The Loomba Foundation, had announced that BSE will host this joint conference in Mumbai to help create awareness for the cause of widows.


Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, who was recently conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Nations Association of New York, said, “Our Foundation has held several events to create global awareness on the plight and unmet needs of the widows, but this is perhaps the biggest contingent of business leaders I have ever seen at a single place to show solidarity for the cause. I am deeply indebted to the BSE for making this possible. In January, The Loomba Foundation’s goodwill ambassador, and internationally renowned corporate finance lawyer, Chris Parsons, will be back in Mumbai to walk 30 marathons in 30 days covering a distance of 1260km from The Gateway of India to Bangalore via Goa, Mangalore and Mysore. He has already raised over 10% of his targeted $1million funds for empowering poor widows in India through this walk. I request each one of you to spare a few hours to join and encourage Chris in at least one of his 30 marathons.” The event honored donors, supporters and organizations that have already pledged their support to Chris Parsons’ Walk For Widows including Tata Consultancy Services, Apollo Hospitals’ Billion Hearts Beating and PepsiCo’s Gatorade.


A highlight of the conference was the launch of a project of 500 sewing machines in Mumbai jointly by The Loomba Foundation’s trustee Mrs. Shamin Lalji, and patron Padamshri Sh. Vikramjit Singh Sahni, to help widows become self-sufficient by giving them a means of earning income. Members of Parliament from the Indian and British governments including Rt. Hon. Lord Dholakia PC OBE DL, Trustee of the Loomba Foundation and Liberal Democrats Deputy Leader, House of Lords, and benefactors and dignitaries from both countries were also present at the event, alongside Mr. Pankaj Modi from Gandhinagar, and Mr. Jaykumar Parekh, member of the Advisory Council of The Loomba Foundation. Senior representatives of hundreds of BSE-listed companies, mutual funds, brokers, investment bankers, insurance companies, analysts, underwriters, and regulators were also invited for the event. Harjiv Singh, trustee of The Loomba Foundation, and Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Gutenberg Communications, delivered the vote of thanks.



The Loomba Foundation was established by Raj Loomba CBE and his wife Veena in the UK in 1997. It promotes fundamental freedoms and human rights of widows and their children around the world, raising awareness of the gross injustices widows face and seeking to remove stigmas associated with widowhood.

The Loomba Foundation declared 23rd June as International Widows Day at the House of Lords in May, 2005. The Foundation also published a comprehensive Research Study on widows worldwide and the first edition of was presented to the UN Secretary General, HE Ban Ki Moon on 22nd June, 2010 followed by presentations to the President of India and the US Secretary of State. The Foundation collaborates with UN bodies, other NGOs, government officials, human rights advocates and prominent leaders to fight for the over 245 million widows worldwide who suffer prejudice and discrimination.

The Loomba Foundation seeks to bring about gender sensitive reform of national laws and policies, eradicating anti-widow superstitions, traditions, and social practices.  It fosters gender equality and women’s empowerment by implementing poverty-reduction strategies and educational opportunities for widow’s and their children.

You can donate online in eight different currencies to support Chris Parsons’ Walk For Widows:



Established in 1875, BSE Ltd. (formerly known as Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd.), is Asia’s first Stock Exchange and one of India’s leading exchange groups and has played a prominent role in developing the Indian capital market. BSE is a corporatized and demutualised entity, with a broad shareholder-base which includes two leading global exchanges, Deutsche Bourse and Singapore Exchange as strategic partners. BSE provides an efficient and transparent market for trading in equity, debt instruments, equity derivatives, currency derivatives, interest rate derivatives, mutual funds and stock lending and borrowing. BSE also has a dedicated platform for trading in equities of small-and-medium enterprises (SME). BSE Group provides a host of other services to capital market participants including risk management, clearing, settlement, market data services and education. It has a global reach with customers around the world and a nation-wide presence. BSE systems and processes are designed to safeguard market integrity, drive the growth of the Indian capital market and stimulate innovation and competition across all market segments. Indian Clearing Corporation Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of BSE, acts as the central counterparty to all trades executed on BSE platform and provides full innovation guaranteeing the settlement of all bonafide trades executed on the BSE Platform. Central Depository Services Ltd. (CDSL), a BSE subsidiary of is one of the two central depository services in India. BSE Institute Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of BSE, runs one of the most respected capital market educational institutes in the country.

Kejriwal’s Lame Duck Promises Not Enough To Catch Votes


Kejriwal’s Lame Duck Promises Not Enough To Catch Votes
November16, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh

AAP-Kejriwal has come up with new agenda having Failed on Most
Critical Issues –

Untreated Hard Water, Bore-wells, Dry Polluted Yamuna River, No Dam &
Flood Prone,  Open Sewage & Drains, Huge Garbage Disposal Problem,
High Cost Unhygienic Supply of Fruits & Vegetables, Quality Power,
Rent Act, Freedom to Develop, Unauthorized Construction, Absence of
Primary Healthcare, High Cost Private Secondary Healthcare, Medicines,
High Cost of Beer & Wine, and Foods at Restaurants, Fraudulently
Raising Pending Bills By Discoms, Congested Roads, Corruption in
Government Functioning including Courts, DERC, and Corporations,
School Education Mess, R&D Hub, High Cost Poor Quality Broadband,
Optic Fiber, IPTV, Street Hawkers, Stray Dogs, Solar Power,
Streetlights, Mobile Towers, Spam Calls, Transport Problems including
Multi-modal Connectivity, Public Transport, E-Ricks, Consumer Courts,
High-Tech Services, RWA Elections & Administration, Care for Senior
Citizens, CCTV for Security, Regular Cleaning of Streets & Collection,
PDS, International Price of Food Crops to Delhi Farmers, Food
Processing & Grading Packaging & Distribution etc.

AAP doesn’t have the TEAM & SKILLS to Address Delhi’s Heaps of
Techno-Economic-Management-Political-Administrative Problems.

Kejriwal’s Lack of Experience & Unsystematic Functioning is His Weakness.

For Example: –  In run up to the Privatization of Power Distribution
T&D Losses Were 40% in 2000 but Tariffs Were Raised 75% Just Before
Hand Over in 2002 with Over 50% T&D Losses – OBVIOUSLY A SCAM.

CAG asked to INVESTIGATE ACCOUNTS FROM March2000 Would Result in
‘Substantial Refunds’ Whereas Corrupt DERC has Rs.20,000 Crores To Be
Recovered On Consumers Account.

Obviously Delhi can be a SMART & Singapore Like Progressing State in 5 Yrs.

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

EU for more sanctions against Russia

European foreign ministers are considering further sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine situation, European Council (EC) President Herman Van Rompuy said on Saturday.

Speaking at the G20 leaders summit in Brisbane, Van Rompuy said European Union (EU) leaders will meet U.S. President Barack Obama during the summit to discuss the Ukraine situation.

“Russia must stop the inflow of weapons and troops from its territory into Ukraine and Russia must withdraw those already present,” Van Rompuy told reporters.

Van Rompuy said EU foreign ministers will meet on Monday to consider further actions against Russia.

“I want to restate that the European Union continues to believe that there can only be political solution to the crisis. We will continue to use all diplomatic tools, including sanctions, at our disposal.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Brisbane on Friday night and is expected to be confronted by Western leaders over his country’s support of pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine conflict, which has seen more than 4,000 people killed since April.

European Union said on Saturday that the Ukraine crisis can only be resolved by political solutions including sanctions.

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, made the remarks at a press conference at the international media center for the G20 Leaders Summit in Australia’s Brisbane.

“The EU foreign ministers will on Monday assess the situation on the ground and discuss possible further steps. We need to avoid a return to full conflict,” he told reporters.

He stressed that all parties should abide the Minsk agreement achieved in September, saying “the rebels, Ukraine authority must apply maxim restraint, and Russia must apply all its influence to the rebels, to insure the implementation of the agreement.”

Over last week, particularly on the night of Nov. 9, hostilities in Ukraine were at their worst in months, with a heavy exchange of artillery shelling in and around Donetsk.

The tension has escalated since Ukrainian authorities decided to repeal law which grants “special status” to Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which raised fears that a process of prisoners-of-war swap may be disrupted.

The Ukrainian government and the insurgent leadership inked a ceasefire deal on Sept. 5 in the Belarussian capital city of Minsk, aiming at de-escalating the tension and facilitating the release of hundreds of prisoners-of-war.

But after Kiev decided to abolish the law on “special status” of the two regions, the insurgent leadership said they will not observe the Minsk peace protocol.

China and Myanmar signed various agreements


Chinese premier expects upcoming Myanmar visit to cement ties

China and Myanmar on Friday signed a host of deals ranging from trade and agriculture to energy cooperation as the two Asian neighbors vowed to elevate their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership amid reaffirmed friendship.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Myanmar President U Thein Sein witnessed the signing of the cooperation documents after their meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar’s capital.

Li, who paid an official visit to the southeast Asian country after attending a series of leaders’ meetings on East Asia cooperation, also met with U Shwe Mann, Speaker of Myanmar’s Union Parliament and the House of Representatives, and visited a local school where he pledged more scholarships and opportunities for Myanmar students to study in China.

It was the premier’s first trip to Myanmar since he took office last year.

Facing profound and complex changes in regional and global situations, China and Myanmar are sharing more common interests in development and security, the two sides agreed in a joint statement.

The document reaffirmed the two countries’ willingness to deepen cooperation in a wide range of areas including agriculture, marine economy, finance, interconnectivity, science, technology, environmental protection, society and people-to-people exchanges.

Calling his country and Myanmar “time-honored friendly neighbors,” Li suggested while meeting U Thein Sein that the two nations maintain high-level exchanges, give full play to the role of consultative mechanisms between their governments and political parties, enhance strategic communication and deepen political mutual trust.

China stands ready to work with Myanmar to advance the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, so as to promote interconnectivity, social and economic development in Myanmar and the region, the premier said.

The two countries should conduct cooperation on large-scale projects and the Chinese government supports its enterprises to participate in Myanmar’s infrastructure construction to make sure that more local people could benefit from bilateral cooperation, according to Li.His proposals were responded actively by the Myanmar side.U Thein Sein said that his country will support and actively participate in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, the Silk Road Economic Belt, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

The president also promised to conduct cooperation with China in large-scale projects, increase people-to-people exchanges and promote bilateral ties to a new height.

Myanmar, which holds the rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, is an important investment destination for Chinese companies.Official data show that bilateral trade reached 10.15 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, a tenfold increase over the past decade. The volume grew by 185.1 percent to 17.75 billion dollars from January to September this year.In his meeting with U Shwe Mann, Li expressed the hope that both sides make joint efforts to propel pragmatic cooperation, enrich the connotation of China-Myanmar friendship and consolidate the public opinion basis of bilateral relations. Calling China “a reliable friend, neighbor and partner of Myanmar,” U Shwe Mann said Li’s successful visit to Myanmar is of great significance, and the Myanmar parliament will continue to back and enhance the development of bilateral ties.

Li arrived here Wednesday for a series of leaders’ meetings on East Asia cooperation and an official visit to Myanmar. He returned to Beijing on Friday evening.

Sukhoi-30s to be back in air in week’s time: IAF Chief

Sukhoi-30s to be back in air in week’s time: IAF Chief

Sukhoi-30s to be back in air in week

India’s frontline combat aircraft Sukhoi-30 fleet, which was grounded after a crash near Pune, will be back in air “within a week’s time”, Air Force Chief Arup Raha said on Friday.

He also said that the findings of a Court of Inquiry into the crash are being finalised.

This is the longest period that the Russian-made aircraft has been grounded since 2009 when its operation was suspended for nearly three weeks following an accident.

“This (Pune crash on October 14) was an accident which appeared to be automatic firing of the seats. Court of Inquiry is about to be complete and the findings are being finalised. We will have the results very soon and we are going to start flying the aircraft very soon,” Raha told reporters in New Delhi on Friday.

He said that “preliminary findings” do indicate that they have been able to find the reason and “we will be able to tackle the problem without much issue”.

“I am very hopeful that the CoI will end soon and we will be able to fly this fleet all over again and get back to normal,” he said.

Asked specifically how long will it take for the Sukhoi flights to resume, he said, “Within a week’s time we will start flying this aircraft”.

Talking about the issues related to after sales support by Russians, the Air Force Chief said SU-30 is a “huge and complicated project” under which 270 plus aircraft are being acquired from Russia.

“Of course IAF has been involved in final configuration of the aircraft. A lot of it is from our side, indigenous and from other sources. So this is a huge project, a complicated project,” the Chief of Air Staff said.

Raha said the aircraft has good operation capabilities but there are spare supply issues that are being tackled.

“Any equipment that you buy, whether it is your own indigenous or from outside, it has its own problems and issues. Whatever you mentioned is being tackled,” he said, replying to questions about lack of proper post-sales support from Russians and huge delay in setting up of repair and overhaul facilities here.

Raha said the Air Force has been interacting with officials from Russia and HAL, which is also involved in the licensed production of aircraft and maintenance activities.

“All these are complicated procedures. It involves not only technology but also fiances. But these are being resolved. I will not say everything is in order but things are being worked out which happens in any product. There is distinct improvement, he said.

A team of 10 experts from Russia is currently in Pune, the Sukhoi-30 base, probing the crash that took place on 14th October near there with both the pilot seats ejecting without any command during landing.

The pilots were safe but the aircraft crashed about 20 kms short of the runway. As standard operating procedure, the flying of the aircraft was suspended and a CoI ordered.

The sources said the Russian experts have claimed that the ejection of seats cannot take place automatically, a contention that is not being accepted by the Indian Air Force.

The grounded fleet represents almost a third of the country’s fighter plane fleet. IAF is already down to 34 combat squadrons, as against an authorised strength of 44.

Each squadron has up to 18 fighter planes. This was the fifth accident involving a SU-30 MKI since 2009 and the fleet has at least been grounded twice earlier.

Reform process bound to face resistance: PM


  Reform process bound to face resistance: PM

As he seeks to accelerate his economic reform drive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said reform process is bound to face resistance and wanted it to be insulated from political pressures.

Making a strong pitch for economic reforms, Mold told fellow G20 leaders at a Retreat that reforms should lead to simplification of processes and that methods of governance must be reformed.

The retreat was hosted by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the Queensland Parliament House where the leaders met without aides shortly before the annual summit of the 20 industrialised and major economies kicked off at the Brisbane Convention Centre in the afternoon.

A barbeque lunch was served to the G20 leaders.

“Reform is bound to face resistance…must be insulated from political pressures,” said Modi.

The Prime Minister also made it clear that reform has to be driven by the people and that it cannot be undertaken by “stealth”.

Asserting that reform must be people-centric and people-driven, he said globally reforms are handicapped with perception of being government programmes and a burden on the people and this needs to change.

Modi felt that reforms should lead to simplification of processes and that governance methods must be reformed.

Noting that reform is a continuous multi-stage process and that it must be institutionalised, the prime minister said it must be technology driven and must have scale and address root causes..

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters on Friday that Prime Minister Abbott had specially requested Modi to outline his vision for reforms at the informal meeting of G20 leaders at the retreat in addition to his intervention at the main summit.

Dhanush missile successfully test-fired

Dhanush missile successfully test-fired


India has successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval ship off the Odisha coast on Friday night.

The surface-to-surface Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed ‘Prithvi’ missile, was test fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal at around 7.40 PM by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence force.”The missile launch was part of an exercise by the armed forces and the missile reached the designated target with high precision,” Director of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) M V K V Prasad said.

“The missile launch and its flight performance was monitored from the ITR at Chandipur, Odisha,” he said.

‘Prithvi-II’ surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was also test-fired from a test range at Chandipur earlier in the day.

The single-stage, liquid-propelled Dhanush has already been inducted into the armed services and is one of the five missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), defence sources said.

“The trial was conducted by the SFC of the Indian defence force in co-operation with DRDO,” a defence scientist said. Dhanush missile is capable of carrying conventional as well as nuclear payload of 500 to 1,000 kg and hit both land and sea-based targets.

PM modi: Replace outdated and unsafe military equipment


Dear Naresh,

‘Friends of the Army’ feel old Army equipment has caused the death of several soldiers over the years. They are asking the Prime Minister of India to immediately replace outdated and unsafe military equipment, specially the Cheetah helicopters which killed three soldiers last month.

PM modi: Replace outdated and unsafe military equipment that endangers the lives of our soldiers

Friends of the Army
Bareilly: Three army officers were killed after their Cheetah helicopter crashed in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh on Oct 1, 2014.The accident took place at around 7.45 am, moments after the army helicopter took off from an army aviation base. Two pilots and an engineer were killed.

The helicopter was reportedly on a testing flight. Just two minutes after take-off, it reportedly caught fire and crashed.

The army has been trying to get replacements for its 40-year-old Cheetahs but has failed because of corruption scandals and bureaucratic delays.

This is not an isolated incident – technical snags in these Cheetah helicopters are common and there is one major crash every year where precious lives are lost (Guwhati and Leh being the most recent ones).

The people of India salute Army personell for their efforts in the face of any disaster, be it terrorist attacks or floods, but the time has come to actually do something for them. Please support this petition to urge the government to do away with these outdated and unsafe equipment that endangers the lives of our armymen.

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Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launches the nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission


The Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launched the National Bal Swachhta Mission in New Delhi today. The Bal Swachhta Mission is a part of the nationwide sanitation initiative of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ launched by the Prime Minister on 2nd October, 2014. Speaking at the launch of Bal Swachhta Mission, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that children can play a very important role in achieving a Swachh Bharat. She said that they can become ambassadors of cleanliness and motivate others to keep their homes, schools, and surroundings clean. Cleanliness habits should be imbibed in the children in informal ways like small games, poems, storytelling, conversation with children among others, she added. The Minister praised the message of cleanliness given by the children on the occasion through their innocent performances. The Minister said that the cleanliness drive has to be a nationwide effort and should include sustained measures taken up on a continuous basis.

The Minister also released a book on Bal Swachtta Mission prepared by NIPCCD. The children entertained the audience and gave their message of cleanliness through a cultural program and fancy dress programme. Smt. Maneka Gandhi visited the model Anganwadi hub centre located at Maidan Garhi.

The nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission will have the following six themes:-

1. Clean Anganwadis
2. Clean Surroundings e.g. Playgrounds
3. Clean Self (Personal Hygiene/Child Health)
4. Clean Food
5. Clean Drinking Water
6. Clean Toilets
During the Bal Swachhta Week from 14th to 19th November, one of the above themes would be covered at each Anganwadi Centre in the states. The Women and Child Development Departments of various states have been asked to implement the Bal Swachhta Mission with the help of Departments of School Education, Urban Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation, and Information and Publicity. The events will be organized at State, District, Block, and Gram Panchayat level.

Six Crore Aadhaar Issued in Uttar Pradesh So Far


Over 6 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated in Uttar Pradesh by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), so far, out of a total population of 19.98 crore (as per Census 2011). The State was among the four (4) new States allocated to UIDAI for Aadhaar enrolments earlier this year. Currently more than 2.5 lakh residents are enrolled per day in Uttar Pradesh through 5,781 active enrolment stations deployed in 71 districts of the State. The pace of enrolments will further accelerate with engagement of Enrolment Agencies by the State Registrar.

The UIDAI has, till date, issued over 70.7 crore Aadhaar numbers. Nine States/UTs including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh have crossed 90 percent Aadhaar coverage, while a further seven States/UTs have Aadhaar coverage of between 70 and 90 percent.

The 6 crore Aadhaar number holders of Uttar Pradesh can now avail many services with their Aadhaars such as opening a Bank account, obtaining a SIM card, a PAN card, an LPG connection etc. More services are likely to be available on Aadhaar in the coming days.

Aadhaar facilitates “anytime, anywhere” online authentication of a resident through universal verification of one’s identity based on the demographic and biometric information of an individual, thereby eliminating any chance of duplication or fraud.

Home Minister pays tribute to Pandit Nehru;


Home Minister pays tribute to Pandit Nehru; Calls upon the people to work for nation’s development
The Union Home Minister has called upon the people to imbibe the scientific temperament and work for the nation’s development, which he said would be a real tribute to the first Prime Minister of the country, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Speaking at a function here today to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Nehru, Shri Rajnath Singh said that Pandit Nehru continues to get love and respect of the people, even after so many years because of his contributions, personality, commitment to the nation, and connect with the people.

Describing Pandit Nehru as ‘Rashtra Purush’, the Home Minister said that Pandit Nehru steered the nation at the crucial juncture, and gave it a new direction. The Union Home Minister lauded Pandit Nehru for his inclusiveness and having an accommodating approach even towards his political opponents. He said that Pandit Nehru had faith in the maturity and capability of Indians, and that is why India has today become the largest democracy, and not confined to elites only.

Shri Rajnath Singh also mentioned about the contribution of Pandit Nehru in the domains of foreign policy, science and technology, planning, and industrial development. Shri Singh said that the first prime minister was a pragmatic person, as indicated by his adoption of Mixed economy.

The Union Home Minister expressed the need to stand together in the national interest. He said that we should not say something which could tarnish the nation’s image or instil sense of fear among the people. The Minister said that sense of confidence among the citizens should be inculcated. He also thanked the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in taking a lead in celebrating Pandit Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary in a befitting manner.

Earlier, the Union Home Minister released two commemorative coins in the memory of Pandit Nehru, brought out by the Finance Ministry. He also launched a portal on the first Prime Minister of India, which contains Pandit Nehru’s photos, audio-video recordings, selected works, and various aspects of his personality.

Nehru Portal launched, Commemoration coins released


A sum of Rs. 20 crore has been releasedto the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) this year for launching a Nehru Portal on the lines of Gandhi Heritage Portal, publication of selected works of Jawaharlal Nehru, renovation and modernization of Nehru Museum and other activities of such nature. This was stated by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Dr Mahesh Sharma at the inaugural function of the year long commemoration of 125th Birth Anniversary of JawaharLal Nehru in New Delhi today. Elaborating on the contributions of the first Prime Minister to independent India, the Minister said that Nehru’s thrust for science and technology provided India with a respectable identity all over the world. Nehru underlined the necessity to promote a scientific temperament among the people who only recently had the taste of independence, the Minister added. Nehru’s vision of a modern India has been a source of inspiration across the generations, the Minister further added. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest, Shri RajnathSngh, Union Minster for Home Affairs said, that India is an ancient nation and it was Nehru who gave her a modern identity. Nehru envisioned India not only in terms of a developed country but as a country which will lead other nations, the Minister added.

The Union Home Minister also launched the Nehru Portal carrying a rich collection of oral, audio, visual and archival material. The commemorative coins of denominations of Rs. 5.00 andRs. 125 were also released to mark the occasion. An exhibition on ‘Nehru and First Union Cabinet’ was another highlight of the commemoration. The celebrations, including conferences, exhibitions, Bal Swachhta Missions and similar programme in 155 Bal Bhawans, will continue till 14th November next year. NMML has also been sanctioned a corpus grant of Rs 150 cr this year by the Ministry of Culture.

M.Venkaiah Naidu unveils Bronze Statue of Sardar Patel


Parliamentary Affairs Ministers Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel rendered yeomen contribution to the freedom struggle of the Country and for its unification after Independence, but justice was not done to Sardar Patel during his life time and even later. Shri Naidu was speaking after inaugurating a large size bronze statue of Sardar Patel at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh this morning.

Giving an account of SardarPatel’s eminence and his contributions, Shri Naidu said, being an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi, despite huge following and support in the Congress Party, Sardar Patel agreed to work under the leadership of Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru, as per the wishes of Gandhiji and this was a great sacrifice in the national interest. Shri Naidu said, Patel who was an eminent barrister gave up his practice to join freedom struggle and became Sardar after leading the peasant movement at Bardoli.

‘With the interests of the nation uppermost in his mind, Sardar Patel who emerged as an eminent leader in his own right, worked with Pandit Nehru for over 30 years, under the leadership of Gandhi ji. His contribution as the Home Minister to the unification of the country and putting in place well organized civil services were evidence of his great vision and capacity to act decisively in testing times. However, Sardar Patel was denied justice during his life time and even after his death. Sardar Patel was honoured with Bharat Ratna, 41 years after his death, while it could have been much earlier.’ Said Shri Venkaiah Naidu.

Shri Naidu observed that several great leaders made significant contributions to the freedom struggle and after, and all of them should be regarded equally and their legacies should be promoted without any discrimination.

Minister of Municipal Administration Dr.P.Narayana and Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr.K.Srinivas of the Andhra Pradesh Government also attended the unveiling programme. Mayor of Nellore Shri Abdul Aziz presided over the function.

Uma Bharti to Inaugurate Jal Manthan on November 20


Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti will inaugurate the national conference on issues for optimal use of water resources called “Jal Manthan”on November 20, 2014 in New Delhi. The three day event has been organized by the Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation take up wide ranging consultations with the state irrigation ministers, Secretaries for Water Resources and a range of other stakeholders. The focus will be on refining policies of the Ministry to make them more people friendly and responsive to the needs of the states.

The first day of the conference will be devoted for deliberations on the three flagship schemes being implemented by the Union Government through Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, viz., Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme, Repair, Renovation and Restoration of Water Bodies and Flood Management Programme. New proposals, such as, Incentivizing States for Water Sector Reforms India Water Resources Information System and Hydrology Project III would also be introduced. The programme will involve participation from concerned Ministers and Principal Secretaries from the State Governments and provide them an opportunity to highlight their concerns and impediments being faced by them in effective implementation of these Schemes.

The second day will be devoted to issues related to inter-linking of rivers in the country. It is proposed to deliberate on various aspects of inter-linking as the programme has evoked strong reactions from civil societies and environmental groups. The Event would provide a platform to address the concerns and clarify issues raised by them. On the third day of Conference, it is proposed to hold deliberations on broader issues of water conservation and management with civil societies, non-governmental organisations and water user communities. The focus will be on water Security Humane Face to Water Projects Farm Water Management and Rejuvenation of Water Bodies.

It may be recalled that the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharati has emphasized the need to hold wider consultations amongst various stakeholders engaged in water resource development and management to achieve synergy of water resource development with environment, wild-life and various social and cultural practices. About 300 experts are expected to attend the conference.

AAP march against rising crimes against Dalits in Maharashtra


From: AAPMaharashtra News <> Sat, 15 Nov ’14 8:10a
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15th November, 2014
Maharashtra has seen a sharp rise in violent, brutal and inhuman crimes against Dalits. The recent murder in Ahmednagar district was truly horrific and shocking, as was the police’;s apathy in the issue. Aam Aadmi Party has organised a march to register our protest against the incident, encourage swift and speedy justice for the victim’;s families and to demand rehabilitation of the victim’;s families. We appeal to Mumbaikars to join this yatra today, 15th November. AAP leader and candidate from Pune in the Lok Sabha election, Subhash Ware will lead the rally and will be joined by Anjali Damania and others.
Start point: Chembur Naka, Near Satish Hotel
Time: 3.00 pm

Sanjay Kumar two shots clear on penultimate day, emerges firm favourite for title


Sanjay Kumar two shots clear on penultimate day, emerges firm favourite for title 

Prabagaran, Mukesh occupy second and third places to stay in the hunt 

Shillong, Meghalaya, November 14, 2014: Lucknow golfer Sanjay Kumar’s bogey-free 67 in round three ensured he stayed two shots clear of the rest of the field at the Rs. 40 lakh Chief Minister’s Meghalaya Open Golf 2014. Sanjay’s three-day total stands at 11-under-199 at the richest tournament to be staged in North-East India. Sri Lankan K Prabagaran and Mukesh Kumar of Mhow stayed in the hunt as they occupied second and third places at nine-under-201 and eight-under-202 respectively.


Sanjay Kumar (66-66-67), the overnight leader, continued his surge on day three at the Shillong Golf Course with an error-free three-under-67. The 43-year-old was off to a brilliant start on Friday as he sank a 15-footer to gain a stroke on the first hole. He consolidated his lead with another eight feet birdie conversion on the fifth. The ice cool golfer produced an immaculate approach shot on the 11th that led to a tap-in birdie. Sanjay was steady for the rest of the day and never looked in danger of dropping a shot.


Sanjay, looking for his first win on the PGTI in three years, said, “I feel I’ve adapted well to this course. I’ve planned my round well on the first three days. I just need to continue doing the same on the last day in order to have a shot at the title.


“I had a good start today with long birdie conversions on the first and fifth and set the tone for the rest of the round. I’ve not won on the PGTI for a long time now and so there is a burning desire to get a title under my belt. I think my strength is that I never put too much pressure on myself and always stay calm on the course no matter what the situation is,” added Sanjay.


K Prabagaran (67-67-67), a winner on the PGTI in 2014, shot a third consecutive 67 to keep himself in the hunt. Prabagaran held on to his overnight second position after capping another solid round with five birdies and two bogeys.


Prabagaran said, “My short-game shaped up really well on day three. I played just two poor shots on the back-nine that cost me bogeys. I’ll go into the final round with a lot of self-belief as I have a title against my name this year. Keeping the errors out of the game will be crucial in the final round.”


Mukesh Kumar (64-72-66), who shot an ordinary 72 on day two, made a strong comeback on Friday as he posted an eventful 66 to climb from overnight tied fourth to third position. The experienced Mukesh, who mixed six birdies with two bogeys in round three, will also be a strong contender for the title on the final day. The Mhow golfer landed it within a couple of feet for birdies on the fourth and eighth and sank two long birdie putts on the ninth and 16th.


Kolkata golfers Shankar Das and Mohammad Sanju lie tied fourth at six-under-204 while Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow and Sri Lankan N Thangaraja are a further shot back in joint sixth place.


Delhi’s Manav Jaini shot the day’s best score of five-under-65 to be tied 14th at one-under-209.

Modi Can Commit 75% GHG Cut By 2030 At G-20 – Lead The World


Prime Minister Narendra Modi can offer 75% Cut in GHG Emissions by
2030, Technologies are available which are Most Economical too.

India Can Cut 75% GHG, 3 Billion Tones GHG Yearly By 2030
India’s Energy Policy is loaded entirely in favor of Costliest and
Most Polluting Coal based power. Even the latest Super Critical
Thermal Plants are not effective mainly because such units are located
in hot regions, high ambient air and circulating water temperature and
shortage of water adds up to much lower thermal efficiency and in
addition there are substantial Transmission & Distribution losses. Use
of low quality coal releases around 200 million tones of Fly Ash at
power stations, partly in air also.

Business As Usual situation India may consume 2000 million tone of
Coal every year producing over 800 million tones of Fly Ash at power
stations including 160 million tones released in air by 2030.

Thus Indian power is Costliest and Most Polluting due to extensive use
of thermal coal for power generation.

Green Energy Programs to Avoid 3.0 Billion Tones of CO2 by 2030 are: -

1.]  India should be developing 200,000 MW of Multipurpose Hydro
Power+, producing 800m Units of Electricity and avoiding 0.8 Billion
Tones of CO2 every year and around 40 tones of Fly Ash emissions in

+ Additionally Prevent or Moderate Floods in 40 million hectares of
flood affected land and supply 500 BCM of addition Clean Blue Water
for Irrigation, Municipal other uses, reduce water pumping for
irrigation etc.

2.]  100,000 MWe of Nuclear Power shall produce around 750 BU of green
electricity avoiding 750 million tones of CO2.

3.]  200,000 MWp Solar Power with Tracking shall generate 450 BU of
green electricity to be ready by 2020.

4.]  Energy Efficiency 500 BU Annually by 2030 avoiding 500 million
tones of CO2 every year.

5.]  Wind, Biomass, Tidal, Bio-Fuels together shall produce 200 BU of
electricity or 200m avoid Tones of CO2.

6.]  Electric Transport like Railways, Electric Vehicles, Trams etc
shall avoid 300m of CO2 in replacing petroleum.  `

All these programs are Commercially Viable and produce Cheaper
Electricity than by polluting Coal Based power require just $2.5
Trillion investments including T&D. India to Lead The World in Saving
Planet Earth From Impact Of GHG/ Climate Change.

(C) Ravinder Singh

Quake of M7.3 – MOLUCCA SEA


Globe with Earthquake Location

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.3
  • 15 Nov 2014 02:31:42 UTC
  • 15 Nov 2014 10:31:42 near epicenter
  • 15 Nov 2014 06:31:42 standard time in your timezone
Location 1.885N 126.509E
Depth 46 km
  • 154 km (95 mi) NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
  • 155 km (96 mi) ENE of Bitung, Indonesia
  • 155 km (96 mi) NW of Ternate, Indonesia
  • 167 km (103 mi) W of Tobelo, Indonesia
  • 1070 km (663 mi) SW of Koror Town, Palau
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.0 km; Vertical 6.2 km
Parameters Nph = 116; Dmin = 155.9 km; Rmss = 1.13 seconds; Gp = 20°
Version =
Event ID us c000sxh8

Condemn the brutal attack on active villager from Rajasthan


Condemn the brutal attack on active villager from Rajasthan for fighting against illegal mining activities


15th Nov, 2014, New Delhi: On 14th NovemberShankarlal Mina, who is active in the struggle against stone quarry mafias and is from village Toda, Neemka thana (Tahsil), Rajasthan, was brutally attacked in village market in broad day light. The attack, in which his hand and leg have been fractured, was by stone quarry mafia and goondas of former MLA Ramesh Khandelwal who lost appeal at NGT. Please note that NGT Bhopal bench in September put stay on all mining activities and illegal stone crushing in Neema ka thana as well as in Sikar district.


Take immediate action! 


Send Protest letters to CM, Rajasthan

Email: and

Fax: 01412227687


I.G. Jaipur Range, Mr. D.C Jain


Fax: 01412281889

Phone: 01412281824

Bulgarian participation in NATO-led missions,


Invites you to the inauguration of the exhibition


A documentary exhibition of photographs covering 2004 – 2014, portraying Bulgarian participation in NATO-led missions, collective specifics of the Alliance, training events and negotiating processes.


Monday, 17th November, 2014

6:30 p.m.                             


Instituto Cervantes

48 Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi