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Union Cabinet Approved Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor  

 

 

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC) and formation of the AKIC Development Corporation (AKICDC). The AKIC is proposed to be developed in a band of 150-200 kms on either side of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), in a phased manner, and would comprise a belt of at least 5.5 lakh square kms in the seven states of Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal .

 

During the Phase-1, which will be in the nature of a pilot project, at least one Integrated Manufacturing Cluster (IMC) of 10 square kms each, in each of the seven states would be set up, as identified by State Governments. However, the states would be free to set up more than one IMC. Uttarakhand, being a hill state would be given flexibility with regard to the size of the cluster. Both brownfield as well as green field IMCs can be set up. At least 40% of the land in each IMC will be permanently earmarked for manufacturing and agro-processing. The IMCs envisaged under the project would be entitled to all the benefits available under the National Manufacturing Policy (NMP), 2011, provided they are organized as envisioned in the NMP.

 

In order to bring about infrastructure development, Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode would be encouraged. While viability gap funding would be available for infrastructure amenable to PPP, trunk infrastructure not amenable to PPP will be developed through grant-in-aid from the Central Government. The Central Government will also provide interest subsidy to States for land acquisition, grant-in-aid for project development and master planning of IMCs, set up AKICDC, provide external connectivity and all benefits under NMP, 2011, facilitate the establishment of tool room in clusters, enable technology partnership with Indian Institutes of Technology/National Institutes of Technology, grant of approvals for the IMC as well as help State Governments to promote global investments in clusters.

 

Further, state governments would be responsible for ensuring availability of land for development of IMCs, necessary spurs for road infrastructure, facilitate generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in IMCs, putting in place single window clearance mechanism, setting up Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for development of clusters, identify and facilitate anchor industries in the IMCs, ensure provision of built up places and low cost housing.

 

In order to administer the clusters, State Governments will set up a nodal agency at the cluster level, or nominate an existing Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). A financial indicative commitment of about Rs 5600 crore, spread over 15 years, by way of budgetary support from the Central Government has been estimated in the first pilot phase for setting up seven IMCs in the AKIC. The Union Cabinet has also approved that AKICDC will be set up immediately with a total equity base of Rs 100 crore, with 49% stake of the Central Government, with balance equity to be taken by stakeholder State Governments as per option and willingness, and HUDCO. The Central Government will also provide Rs 100 crore as project development fund to AKICDC.

 

Warm regards,

 

 

Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist

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PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry

August Kranti Marg, New  Delhi – 110016

Boletin

                        Boletín informativo. Martes 21 de Enero 2014.
Economía social
                     LA MITAD DE LA RENTA MUNDIAL ESTá EN MANOS DEL 1 POR CIENTO MáS RICO DE LA POBLACIóN         Los gobiernos, la riqueza extrema y el abuso de poderSólo 85 personas acumulan tanta riqueza como la que posee la mitad más pobre de la poblaciónmundial. En España las 20 personas más ricas poseen una fortuna similar a los ingresos de 10 millones de personas.
                              PREOCUPACIóN POR EL DESEMPLEO JUVENIL         La OIT alerta del aumento de desempleo en el mundoLa débil recuperación de la economía no ha ido acompañada de una mejora en los mercados laborales a nivel mundial. Así lo refleja el informe de la OIT, ‘Tendencias mundales de empleo 2014′, que cifra en más de 200 millones los desempleados en el mundo.
· Joan Coscubiela: Disculpen la herejía         En momentos de gran confusión, hay varias maneras de encarar la situación. Una consiste en intentar dar respuestas simples y sencillas a problemas muy complejos…
· Walter C. Medina: Más ricos, más pobres         Siempre se ha dicho que la mejor herramienta para combatir la pobreza y la violencia que ésta genera es la educación. Lo que nunca queda claro…
Reforma de la ley del aborto
                              EN SU SEGUNDA ENTREVISTA COMO PRESIDENTE         Rajoy se ampara en el Constitucional para avalar su reforma del abortoEl presidente del Gobierno se muestra “dispuesto a hablar” sobre la polémica reforma del aborto dentro de los límites establecidos por el Constitucional. El Alto Tribunal tiene pendiente de resolución el recurso que interpuso el PP a la ley aprobada por el Gobierno de Zapatero.
                     SOLICITA UN DEBATE DE URGENCIA         El PSOE reclama el apoyo del Consejo de Europa contra la reforma del abortoEl PSOE reclamará la adhesión de los parlamentarios del Consejo de Europa a una declaración contra la reforma del aborto que la diputada socialista Delia Blanco defenderá la próxima semana en Estrasburgo.
                              PLATAFORMA DECIDIR NOS HACE LIBRES         Mujeres y profesionales solicitarán asilo sanitario en la Embajada FrancesaDesde la Plataforma Decidir nos hace libres se emplaza a mujeres, hombres y profesionales médicos y sanitarios a acudir el próximo jueves 23 a las 16:30 a la embajada francesa para solicitar protección jurídica y asilo.
Sanidad
                              A CENTROS PRIVADOS EN MADRID         Plataformas por la sanidad pública lanzan una campaña contra las “derivaciones masivas” La campaña ‘Yo elijo 100% pública’ denuncia las “derivaciones masivas” de pacientes del sistema sanitario público a centros privados, en lo que supondría una “privatización encubierta” de la sanidad madrileña.
Consumo
                  Un brindis por más Comercio Justo en la compra públicaPor Gudrun Schloepker | Fairtrade | El Parlamento Europeo ha aprobado las nuevas normas de contratación pública y concesiones, que pretenden dar mayor margen a las autoridades públicas a la hora de adjudicar obras, bienes o servicios, en lugar de premiar simplemente a la oferta más económica.
                              EN CUMPLIMIENTO DE UNA DIRECTIVA EUROPEA         Luces y sombras en la reforma de la Ley de ConsumidoresAsociaciones de consumidores lamentan que el Gobierno haya desaprovechado la oportunidad de reforzar los derechos de los consumidores en la nueva reforma de la ley que se encuentra en trámite parlamentario.
Cultura
                              UN PROYECTO INNOVADOR         Cincuenta escritores imaginan el mundo con cincuenta palabrasCincuenta escritores, por iniciativa de un colegio público navarro (el Cardenal Ilundain) han trabajado durante meses con el material (las palabras) que les han suministado sus alumnos. El resultado es un espléndido libro: Imagina cuántas palabras.
Opinión
· Rafael Fernando Navarro: Violencia radical         De un tiempo a esta parte, uno acumula cansancio, hastío, agotamiento. El alma está sobrecargada de algunas carencias, de un poco de rebeldía…
· Alberto Requena: Mayorías         Resulta ser un problema de aritmética elemental determinar en un conjunto la mayoría de una clase de elementos. Basta saber contar…
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International News

Posted on January 21, 2014

Syrian President Assad calls for creation of international anti-terror coalition

Syrian President Bashar Assad called for the need to create an international alliance to fight terrorism as he received a Russian delegation headed by Sergey Gavrilov, Chairman of Property Affairs at the Russian Duma Council, SANA reports. Assad also emphasized the importance of consolidating efforts “to strike Wahhabism.” Assad affirmed that the Syrian people confront terrorism and foreign intervention, adding that the pressures to which Syria is exposed are similar to the pressures on Russia which too is fighting a terrorist threat

​Invitation to Iran on Geneva 2 to be decided Monday – diplomatic sources

An invitation to Iran to attend the Geneva-2 peace negotiations on Syria has not yet been sent, Itar-Tass reported citing the European head of the UN Office in Geneva, Corinne Momal-Vanian. “At the moment there is no invitation for Iran,” she said. The agency also reported that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will fly out to Geneva on Monday night and will arrive in Switzerland on January 21, a day before the talks are set to start. Diplomatic sources familiar with the situation, did not rule out in an interview with the Itar-Tass that the decision on Iran “will be made on Monday during the day.”

Karzai demands an end to US airstrikes as condition for security deal

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai says the US can no longer carry out airstrikes or military operations and must kick start peace talks with the Taliban before he signs a security deal to keep some American troops in Afghanistan to help maintain security after 2014. Karzai made the statement Sunday after being presented with the findings of a joint US-Afghan mission last week, which resulted in civilian casualties, including seven children, which were blamed on US soldiers. However, the US says the mission in the eastern Parwan province was led by Afghan Special Forces, carried out at the request of the Afghan government and resulted in a fire fight with insurgents that was so intense military commanders had to call in an airstrike.

US-Korean drills ‘a rehearsal’ of nuke attack on N. Korea – official paper

North Korea will take decisive defensive countermeasures in case of a provocation by the US and South Korea, reports the DPRK’s official newspaper Rodong Sunmun. The paper denounced the upcoming American-South Korean join drills, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, as “a rehearsal” of a nuclear strike against the DPRK, cited Itar-Tass. The US-Korean annual drills always cause anger in the North, with Pyongyang seeing the drills as threat to its security and preparation for invasion. Washington and Seoul and Washington maintain though that exercises are a routine and strictly defensive event.

Senegal seeks to fine Russian trawler $ 800,000 for illegal fishing

Senegal is demanding that the owner of the Russian trawler Oleg Naydenov, which was seized by the Senegalese military on suspicion of illegal fishing, pays over US$ 800,000 in compensation.“We will apply [the law] in full force to protect our resources,” the west African nation’s Fisheries Minister Haidar El-Ali told AFP. He described illegal fishing as “the cause of enormous damage to our economy and especially to our food security.” The Senegalese law allows for a fine of up to 200 million CFA francs ($ 414,000) for this offense. “The Oleg Naydenov is a repeat offender. So we asked for a fine of 400 million CFA francs,” the minister said. The vessel, owned by a private Russian company, was seized on January 4 with 82 crewmembers onboard, including 62 Russians and 20 citizens of Guinea-Bissau, and convoyed to the port of Dakar.

Israel to stop distributing gas masks to public

Israel decided Sunday to end a decades-old policy of issuing gas masks to the public. Since Israel was hit by Iraqi Scud missiles in the 1991 Gulf War the authorities have handed out gas masks, although in recent years Syria’s chemical arsenal was of greater concern. That changed when Syrian President Bashar al Assad agreed last year to give up his chemical weapons stockpile. The distribution of masks to the public will stop by February, after which they will be given to the rescue services only.

Israel plans ‘Iron Beam’ interceptor for short range rockets

Israel plans to deploy a new missile shield called ‘Iron Beam’ which it hopes to deploy next year. The system will use a laser to super-heat the warheads of shells with ranges of up to 7 kilometers. ‘Iron Beam’ is designed to deal with threats that fly on too small a trajectory to be engaged efficiently by Iran Dome, Israeli’s existing interceptor credited with an 80 percent success rate against rockets fired by Palestinian militants. The Israelis also have Arrow Two, which is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles at atmospheric heights.

Iraqi army launches major operation in Ramadi

The Iraqi army launched a major operation Sunday in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, swathes of which have been controlled by anti-government fighters for weeks, officials said, AFP reports. Troops backed up by helicopters have imposed a ban on all movement in the city, military spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told state television.

Iran: Geneva 2 peace talks should not pander to ‘extremists’

Tehran, which is not due to take part in the Geneva 2 peace conference next week, says the gathering must not redistribute power towards radical factions among the country’s opposition. “Participants in the Geneva 2 forum must adopt a realistic view and remember that their decisions should not lead to the strengthening of extremist movements in Syria,” Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahi said. Iran, which has strongly supported the regime of President Bashar Assad throughout the conflict, was invited by the US to participate “on the sidelines” of the talks, but turned down the offer.

Jordan ready to train Iraqi troops on its territory

Jordan is ready to host a US training program set to train Iraqi troops. “This project is part of permanent cooperation between Jordan, Iraq and the United States to fight against terrorism in the region,” the country’s information minister, Mohammed Momani, told AFP. The statement comes as Iraqi soldiers are locked in fighting with insurgents who gained ground in Anbar province west of Baghdad.

10,000 displaced by floods in Indonesian capital

Over 10,000 have been forced to flee the Indonesian capital due to the deadly flooding that killed five people over the past week. Residents used rubber dinghies and waded through waist-deep water. Indonesia is affected by floods regularly during its wet season which lasts for about half a year.

Somali pirates capture first ship in 2 years

Somali pirates have hijacked a merchant vessel in the Red Sea in the first successful capture of a ship in the region since 2012, Reuters reports. The MV Marzooqah sent out a distress signal on Saturday evening, said Andrew Mwangura, secretary general of the Seafarers Union of Kenya. The number of pirate attacks in the area reduced drastically in 2013 due to the increased navy presence in the region.

Fire at zoo in Russia’s Far East kills around 200 animals

The majority of the animals housed in Komsomolsk-on-Amur’s zoo have suffocated to death in a fire, local news agency Portamur.ru reports. Around 240 animals, of 115 different species, were kept at the city’s Python Zoo. Investigators believe the blaze could have been caused by a malfunction with the building’s central heating system.

Japan calls for talks with China, South Korea over territory rows

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for “frank talks” with South Korea and China to push for a solution to recent territorial rows. The three nations are at odds over a group of uninhabited islands in the resource-rich East China Sea which Japan currently administers. Relations between the Asian countries have soured recently after Abe’s visit to a shrine in Tokyo that commemorates 14 senior war criminals. South Korea and China regard the shrine as a reminder of Japanese abuses during World War II.

Bomb blast kills 20 soldiers in Pakistan

A bomb explosion has struck a military convoy in Pakistan’s northwest, killing 20 soldiers and injuring a further 30, local officials told AFP. Security forces are now investigating whether the explosion was a suicide attack or a planted incendiary device. The blast went off as the convoy of troops was preparing to leave the town of Bannu for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Industrial accident at Nebraska feed plant kills at least 2

An industrial accident and partial building collapse at an animal feed processing plant in Omaha, Nebraska has killed at least two, with at least 10 people taken to an area hospital with varying degrees of injury, according to local officials. The incident – not yet confirmed as an explosion – at International Nutrition’s Omaha plant occurred early Monday morning. Interim Omaha Fire Chief Bernard Kanger said 10 people were transported to area hospitals – four were in critical condition and six had injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Two people were later confirmed dead, according to the office of Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, who oversees the county coroner. Seven more people declined medical attention for their injuries, The Omaha World Herald reported. Thirty-eight people were in the plant at the time of the explosion. Emergency crews have shifted from rescue to recovery, as the building must be stabilized before further rescue attempts, Kanger said. A search team will then comb the building, though Kanger said he doubts anyone left amid the rubble could survive.

21:54

​TEPCO finds new leak in Fukushima nuclear plant’s No. 3 reactor

Operators of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said Saturday they detected a new water leak in the No. 3 reactor building. Utility operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said its workers discovered, via a video feed, water leaking into the basement of the reactor building that was badly damaged by the earthquake-tsunami combination in 2011 that ultimately caused the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the facility. Based on a preliminary investigation, TEPCO believes the water is coming from either a pipe that sends water to cool the nuclear reactor, or from the reactor containment vessel itself. If the leak is coming from the pipe, “then the water is contaminated and will mean more problems” for TEPCO, Japan Daily Press reported. The leak, detected Saturday afternoon, is around 30 centimeters wide, though TEPCO is still unsure about the exact volume of water escaping.

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At least one rocket strikes Israeli resort Eilat

Two Grad rockets were fired at the outskirts of Israel’s southern Red Sea resort of Eilat, reports the Times of Israel. AFP, citing a security source, reports of “at least one rocket fired”. Neither the police nor the army could confirm the rocket fire on the city, while residents had reported hearing several blasts earlier on Monday evening, a police statement said. Israeli Defense Forces troops were sent to the area to search for the source of the explosions. Eilat been targeted before, in August 2013 the resort came under attack when the Israeli army said its Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted and destroyed a rocket but did not say where it came from. The strike was claimed by a Gaza-based Salafist group called the Mujahedeen Shura Council.

15 journalists hurt in Kiev clashes

Fifteen journalists, mostly Ukrainian, have been hurt over two days of clashes between protesters and police in downtown Kiev. They include a news photographer for Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Yevgeny Feldman, Interfax said. On Monday, a photographer for Ukraine’s LB.ua, Maks Levin, was beaten up, media reports say. Police also reportedly detained TV operator Vladimir Karagyaur.

Woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid arrested in Hong Kong

Police in Hong Kong have arrested a woman suspected of torturing her Indonesian maid, the BBC reported. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, who is currently in hospital in Indonesia, said she suffered months of abuse from the 44-year-old woman in Hong Kong. Several thousand domestic staff rallied in Hong Kong to demand justice for Sulistyaningsih on Sunday. She was reportedly badly beaten and was in a critical condition when she arrived in Indonesia last week.

14 companies bid to destroy Syrian stockpile – watchdog

The global chemical weapons watchdog said Monday it had received tenders from 14 commercial companies, offering to destroy part of Syria’s toxic stockpile, Reuters reported. The companies include those from America, Europe and China, the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said. It is tasked with overseeing the destruction process, and has earmarked up to $54 million for the commercial processing of 500 metric tons of industrial chemicals and millions of liters of toxic waste.

France denies it closed airspace to Syria’s delegation to Geneva 2

The French Foreign Ministry on Monday denied media reports that it had banned the Syrian delegation to the Geneva 2 peace conference from flying over French airspace, Itar-Tass said. A source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry said Monday that the French had vowed not to let the Syrian delegation’s plane pass over its territory tomorrow, AFP said. The international conference on Syria will open in Switzerland on January 22.

600 people evacuated in Italy flooding

A Syrian-born doctor out visiting a patient died and hundreds of people were forced from their homes by flooding in Italy, AFP reported. The doctor, Elias Kassabij, 66, was carried away by the flood waters from a swollen stream near the port of Genoa in northwest Italy. The father of the young patient he had been visiting was rescued. Emergency workers near the city of Modena were looking for a man who took to a dinghy on a canal amid heavy rain to help some stranded people and fell into the water. Some 600 people were evacuated from their homes around Modena.

EU ministers approve military mission in Central African Republic

EU foreign ministers on Monday approved sending up to 1,000 soldiers to the Central African Republic, Reuters reported. The forces will back up French and African soldiers trying to restore order after bloody clashes. Diplomats earlier said the mission would be limited to four to six months, and soldiers would take over security at Bangui Airport to free up French troops.

Russia-US-UN meeting ahead of Geneva 2 possible on Jan. 21 – Moscow

A trilateral Russia-US-UN meeting on preparing the Geneva 2 international conference on Syria could be held on Tuesday, Interfax quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying. It is possible that a trilateral meeting with the participation of US representatives and UN Special Representative on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi “could take place tomorrow,” Gatilov said Monday.

Workers to strike at top platinum firms in S. Africa

The AMCU union on Monday served notice to strike for higher wages within 48 hours at top global platinum mines in South Africa, AFP reported. Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin confirmed members of the dominant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union will start their strike at morning shift from Thursday. Earlier talks failed to provide a solution. Over 80,000 workers will strike at the firms, just over half their combined workforce. Workers demand a basic salary of 12,500 rand ($1,150) – more than double the 5,000-rand entry-level pay, according to the union.

Militants attack NATO base in Afghanistan, ISAF service member killed

An assault by suicide bombers and gunmen against a NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Monday killed one service member, according to the coalition. All nine insurgents wearing coalition uniforms were killed during the attack on the base in southern Kandahar’s Zhari district, AP reported, citing officials. Two civilian bystanders also died. As foreign troops withdraw this year, the Taliban have intensified a campaign against Afghan and international forces.

Al-Qaeda has enough arms to ‘take Baghdad’ – official

Al-Qaeda fighters entrenched in a city they seized late last month west of Baghdad have enough heavy weapons allegedly to take the country’s capital, Iraq’s Senior Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi said Monday. Iraqi forces are fighting “fierce battles” against heavily-armed militants to recapture parts of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, and also the nearby city of Fallujah, he said. The weapons in Fallujah that are in the hands of Iraq’s Al-Qaeda branch and other Sunni militant groups are “advanced and huge and enough to occupy Baghdad,” AP quoted the official as saying. Iraq announced on Sunday an all-out military operation to push Al-Qaeda out of Ramadi.

Tehran starts implementing nuclear deal – IAEA

Iran has halted its most sensitive nuclear activity under a deal with six world powers, a confidential UN atomic agency report said. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s report, obtained by Reuters, also said Iran had begun diluting its stockpile of uranium enriched to the fissile concentration of 20 percent. This level took the country closer to the capability of producing fuel for an atomic bomb – a goal Tehran has always denied. Iran’s move paves the way for the easing of some Western sanctions imposed on the country.

Vietnam court sentences 30 drug smugglers to death

Vietnam on Monday sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country’s largest-ever narcotics case, involving nearly two tons of heroin, AFP reported. The 30 men and women, all Vietnamese, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, were found guilty of drug trafficking and given the death penalty. A further 59 defendants were handed sentences ranging up to life in prison, presiding Judge Ngo Duc said. This was Vietnam’s “largest ever trial in terms of defendants, the number of death penalties given out and the amount of heroin involved,” according to Duc.

UN inspectors disconnecting enrichment equipment in Iran – report

UN nuclear inspectors have begun disconnecting some centrifuges used for enriching uranium at Iran’s Natanz plant, Iranian state television said. The move is part of a nuclear deal with six world powers due to take effect on Monday. “The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in the Natanz plant are disconnecting cascades,” Reuters quoted the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, as saying on television. The official, who was referring to interlinked networks of centrifuges, added that “the sanctions iceberg against Iran is melting.” Tehran is expected to suspend its higher-grade uranium enrichment in return for some easing of Western sanctions.

2 dead, hundreds evacuated over ‘historic’ French Riviera floodsRiver levels were receding early on Monday in southeastern France after “historic” floods left two people dead, AFP reported. A third man disappeared while out on his boat and 4,000 homes have been left without power after the deluge in the department of Var, officials said. More than 150 people were airlifted to safety. In the town of Hyeres, Mayor Jacques Politi spoke of “a historic flood.” Var prefecture official Emmanuel Dupuis said the area was “at the end of the crisis,” warning that the slightest rain could cause further damage as the ground remained saturated.

Suicide bomber kills 10 near Pakistani army HQ in Rawalpindi

A suicide bomber killed 10 people in a crowded market on Monday near the Pakistani army headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi, Reuters reported. The market is 10 minutes’ walk from the army headquarters and is considered one of the most secure areas of the city. The attack, not far from the capital, Islamabad, comes a day after a Taliban bombing killed 20 Pakistani soldiers near the tribal region of North Waziristan.

6.3 quake strikes New Zealand

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the North Island of New Zealand on Monday afternoon, with tremors felt in Wellington and other parts of the country. The epicenter of Monday’s earthquake was approximately 129 kilometers northeast of Wellington. The depth of the shake was recorded at 65 kilometers according to the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, the country’s seismological agency. There is no immediate word on damage or casualties.

​S. Korean trade official kidnapped in Libya

A South Korean trade agency employee has been kidnapped by four unknown assailants in Libya, the country’s Foreign Ministry announced. Han Seok-woo, the head of the Libya unit of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) was kidnapped in the early hours of Monday morning as he was returning home after his work at the trade office in Tripoli.

FICCI business

FICCI Business Delegation Philippines Business Seminar & B2 B Meetings March 4-6, 2014, Manila

We have great pleasure in inviting you to join the Business Delegation to Philippines to participate in the Conference and Buyer-Seller Meet being organized by FICCI from March 4-6, 2014 Manila, Philippines with the support of Indian Embassy and FICCI’s MOU Partners.
The India-ASEAN trade is likely to increase from about US $ 80 billion currently to US$ 100 billion by 2015. However, the bilateral trade between India and the Philippines in FY 2012-13 was just US$ 1.6 billion of which almost two third is  Indian exports to the Philippines. This shows the immense potential for trade between our countries. Also, India – Philippines economic cooperation has a major role in the India ASEAN FTA which is due to be concluded shortly. This will further open doors for trade and investments including that in Services.
The Business Delegation would focus on sectors such as Agriculture, Dairy  & Food Processing, Light Engineering including Electric & Electronics Goods Pharmaceuticals, Ayurveda & Medical equipment, Gems & Jewelers & Handicrafts, Infrastructure / SEZ , IT, ITES, Banking Services, Power / Energy  (oil, gas, renewable), Garment & Accessories,  Telecommunication to name a few.
Looking at the immense scope and potential in Philippines, we invite you to join the  Conference  and the Buyer Seller Meeting. To meet a part of Secretarial expenses, we are obliged to charge a subsidized participation fee of INR 15, 000/-.   Members to bear their own Travel, local transport, Boarding & Lodging expenses. Please send in your kind concurrence in the enclosed Registration Proforma latest by January 27, 2014, along with enclosure checklist mentioned on the form. For any query, please write to my colleague, Mr Amit Tyagi, Joint Director, FICCI. E mail:amit.tyagi@ficci.com
Looking forward to hearing from you and with kind regards,

  (Nirankar Saxena) Senior Director, FICCI

National Science Centre New Delhi

National Science Centre New Delhi   From: Director Ref No.: NSCD/17012/7/Edn./2013-14/ Dated: 21.01.2014 To The Chief Bureau/Chief Editor/Special Correspondent Print/Electronic Media Delhi/New Delhi/NCR Subject: Media interaction on the

To Bharat SrivastavaMe

Today at 12:55 PM

From: Director

Ref No.: NSCD/17012/7/Edn./2013-14/

Dated: 21.01.2014

To

The Chief Bureau/Chief Editor/Special Correspondent

Print/Electronic Media

Delhi/New Delhi/NCR

Subject: Media interaction on the occasion of Inauguration of ‘Innovation Space’ at National Science Centre, New Delhi on 23rd January 2014 at 2:30 pm

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am pleased to inform you that the ‘Innovation Space’ at National Science Centre, Near Gate No.1, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi -110 001 will be inaugurated at 2:30 pm on 23rd January 2014. Shri Rajeev Shukla, Hon’ble Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning, Government of India will be the Chief Guest on the occasion. Shri Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council & Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations will be the Guest of Honour.

In order to take the message that ‘Innovation Space’ at NSC, Delhi will provide a platform to our youth to engage in innovative and creative activities, we request you to join us or depute your representatives for giving wide coverage to this event and an interaction with the Honourable Guests present on this occasion. Due to security reasons we request you to kindly send us the name/names of the media staff / team in advance.  You may contact me (09868988731) or Shri B. B. Srivastava, Education Officer (09899901378) for any information in this regard.

A press brief is also enclosed herewith.

Thanking you and looking forward to see you during the event.

 Encl.:A/a

                                                                                          Yours sincerely,

 –Sd/–

(N. Ramdas Iyer)

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(NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SCIENCE MUSEUMS)
MINISTRY OF CULTURE, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
BHAIRON ROAD, NEAR GATE NO.1, PRAGATI MAIDAN
NEW DELHI – 110001
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AAP government in Delhi will CM of Delhi explain the nation

21 01 2014

When CM should debated, asked people discourse to bring volunteers to act as police people for the welfare of people at large we find the CM indulge in gimmickry at the time when the nation celebrates its National pride and he rebuffs such exercise as an ostentatious drama speaks volume of his persona.  

Way the CM behaves on television proves his etiquettes for women welfare when he explained midway. CM of Delhi or self righteous man who poses as f messiah of Delhiites behaves like  Chhutbhai Netas of Mohalla first abused all politicians on Lokpal   when passed in Parliament say it all trash and has nether appointed Lokpal on his working or passed in Delhi assembly and is babbling on the street of Delhi for another cause women welfare. His call of public rule is overshadowed by his pressure tactics on the federal structure and in other UT like Chandigarh what should the two CM demand from the Centre will CM of Delhi explain the nation.

AAP government in Delhi with all praise of  self-righteousness, trespassed , violated all laws of basic decency by rounding up and humiliating African women in the mid of the night in south Delhi. Ant to go by  AAP’s defence is that its volunteers acted  because the police was doing nothing about an alleged drug and prostitution racket. Are Volunteers of AAP are  entitle to enter women’s homes without a search warrant and, worse still, at night and create Public scene?

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First, he cut a deal with super corrupt congress n never ever criticizes Ambanis, vadras…. How does it help a nation when a minister goes for a midnight raid instead of focussing on the policy to let drug traffickers n drug peddlers to be allowed into the nation???? Well, that requires some class isnt it????

What if a reborn Idi Amin makes all gujju bania women  to urinate in public in Africa???

AAP is similar to Ramsena or other monkey activists whose sole purpose is anarchy n politicians are simply thwarting n playing with the minds of ppl. What a shame???

Jai Hind!! Madhu Rayala

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Zee TV goes the edutainment way with Jodha Akbar

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Fans of Jodha Akbar can now experience the historical saga through a fascinating e-book and mobile game

Whether it is being the first satellite television in India in 1992, or introducing non-fiction formats of singing and dance talent hunt shows that set the trend for competition to follow or producing fiction shows that address social issues in a poignant manner and drive societal change, Zee TV has been a pioneer in the Hindi GEC space.

In the age of ‘on-the-go content consumption’, Zee TV has been carving a distinct niche for itself in the digital space through a slew of initiatives across its different shows over the last 5 years. Whether it is through Facebook and smartphone apps, augmented reality consoles at malls or innovations in the voting mechanism of its reality shows, Zee TV continues to be at the helm of innovation in the digital space too.

Being the most widely followed and universally loved historical saga on Indian Television, Zee TV’s No. 1 show Jodha Akbarhas won the hearts of its viewers across India. With an unparalleled rating of 11019 TVTs last week, the show is the biggest historical ever on Indian television. Now, Zee TV takes the leadership initiative yet again and is all set to make history go digitalin making its popular historical saga accessible to viewers and fans as a first-of-its-kind e-book and a mobile game.

The digital rendition of India’s history opens up an exciting avenue for children who shy away from their History text-books … why just kids? How many of us adults remember the broad chapters of Indian history after having gone through the grind at school?Ensuring that its readers stay glued to it once they start, Jodha Akbar’s e-book titled ‘The Zee TV Mughal Empire E-Book’ presents historical facts and figures through vibrant word pictures, an arresting narration and illustrations that entertain while educating. Starting from the times of Babar and spanning across various centuries, the e-book covers the glorious reign of Shehenshah Akbar right up to Prince Shahjahan. This entire saga of the Mughal reign in India is brought alive through this e-book.

Comprising 6 mini-games, the Jodha-Akbar game has various fun, exciting elements all packed together, making it a must-have app on your phone. Challenge your knowledge about the Mughal Empire through a quiz game – The Grand Entry. Test your reflexes as you race along the battle field combating the enemy in ‘The Ride of your Life’ and ‘The Battle Royale’. ‘Fort Quest’ is a game that gives you a chance to step into the shoes of the great warrior Akbar and conquer the fort. With each threshold crossed in points your rank increases in the Mughal Army from ‘Mansabdar’ to a ‘Wazir’ to a ‘Jawaan’ and finally cross a score of 1 lac points to gain the title of the ‘Mughal Baadshah’ and unlock a secret game ‘The Nine Jewels’!

Talking about launching the game and e-book, Akash Chawla – Head, Marketing – National Channels , ZEEL said, “Zee TV, has been at the forefront in the GEC space with its initiatives in the digital domain over the past 5 years. At a time when ‘on-demand’ and ‘on the go’ entertainment is the order of the day, we have been successful in providing our viewers with both, on-air as well as digital content that has kept them engrossed and engaged. While the innovative e-book packs in it the entire history of the Mughal Empire through vibrant pictorial depictions and a crisp narration, the game will test your knowledge of the Mughal era, ability to think like a warrior and transport you into the world of Jodha Akbar. While entertaining the masses with our on-air content remains our mainstay, we have gone the edutainment way while creating a digital footprint with Jodha Akbar.”

Available now on Online at http://www.zeetv.com/jodha-akbar/ and on Android platforms as the ‘Jodha Akbar Game’ and ‘‘The Zee TV Mughal Empire E-Book’, the game and e-book will be available soon on the IOS platform as well. Even as the show’s popularity continues to soar on the tube, the game and e-book will get viewers of the show to experience the world of Jodha Akbar like never before.

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Kenyan Evans Ruto, Ethiopian’s Dinknesh Mekash sweep titles, Lalita Babbar breaks Indian Women’s course record

Mumbai, January 19: Evans Ruto led a clean Kenyan sweep in the men’s event of the US$ 360,000 prize money Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday. The 30-year-old Ruto produced a late surge to break away from compatriots Lawerence Kimaiyo and Philemon Baaru to finish in first place in 2:09:33, just a second slower than the course record of 2:09:32 set by Uganda’s Jackson Kiprop last year. Kimaiyo claimed second place in 2:09:45 and Baaru was 13 seconds behind in third place. Ruto won US$ 41,000 for his efforts, but missed out on the course record bonus of US$ 15,000. Kimaiyo had to be content with US$ 21,000, while Baaru was richer by US$ 15,000.

“The race was good overall, but I am disappointed to miss the record by one second. I felt welcomed in Mumbai and enjoyed the race. Next time I will try for 2.07 or 2.08,” Ruto mentioned.

In the women’s event, last year’s runner-up, Ethiopian Dinknesh Mekash, went a step better by clinching first place in 2:28:08, well ahead of second placed Gladys Kipsoi of Kenya and fellow countrywomen Bizunesh Urgesa. The Kenyan, making her debut, finished with a time of 2:29:53, followed by Urgesa in 2:.30:00. Mekash went home richer by US$ 41,000, while Kipsoi received US$ 21,000 and Urgesa got US$ 15,000.

“Last year it was my first time in Mumbai and this time I was confident of winning. I trained very well in Addis Ababa and happy to win this year,” said Mekash.

Karan Singh maintained the dominance of the Army Sports Institute athletes as he won the Indian men’s full marathon in a time of 2:24:08. Rashpal Singh of Sikh Regiment, Jabalpur Centre came in second with a timing of 2:24:38, followed by last year’s winner, Binning Lynghkoi (2: 24:40) also from Army Sports Institute.

“I am happy to win this marathon. I want to thank the Army Sports Institute for the support I get. They have good facilities, like some good coaches, both foreign and Indian, physiotherapists, conditioners and the other talented athletes,” Karan Singh mentioned.

Lalita Babbar of Central Railway created history completing a hat-trick of triumphs by winning the Indian women’s full marathon in a new record time of 2:50:31, which was a full three minutes better than her time of 2:53:42 she clocked in winning last year. Following the Maharashtra runner were Vijaymala Patil (2:59:58) and Jyoti Gawate (3:02:59) of Prabhani, Maharashtra.

Babbar felt good after the race. “It’s great to set a new course record. I had trained well so I was confident and sure of completing the race in a time of around 2:50,” she stated.

However, Babbar is not certain of returning to defend her title for the fourth consecutive time next year. “I’m basically not a marathon runner. But three years back I gave it a try and came first and that is what motivated me to continue running the marathon. I have only participated in the Mumbai Marathon. But next year I will decide only after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea,” said the Central Railway employee.

The men’s race, aiming for a timing of 2:08, was well within the target in the first half, thanks to the pacers doing their job to perfection. The strong wind on the sea link and the steep Peddar Road Hill on the return leg took its toll as the pace flagged a bit. Ruto, who was in the lead bunch along with his fellow Kenyans, picked up the pace after 35 kms and the race was once again within record time at the 39km mark. Ruto once again changed gears to widen the gap between the other two Kenyans and held on to win.

The women’s race was aiming for 2:25 time and there was a group of around 9 women till the 22km mark, among them all the favourites, running strongly with the two pace makers. The strong wind on the sea link also proved tough for them. At the 26 km mark there were four women in the lead, among them Dinknesh, who was always in control of the race. From 28 km Dinknesh broke clean and ran alone to finish strongly.

The men’s half marathon was won by Indrajeet Patel of ONGC with a time of 1:04:56. Coming in second was Soji Mathew of Railways (1:05.45) and Man Singh (1:05:45) in third place. Central Railway’s Sudha Singh claimed the first position in the women’s event in 1:18:24, while in second place was Kavita Raut of ONGC (1:21:15) and third was Kiran Sahdev (1:21:57).

 

Following are the results: (Finals)

(Overall Results Men): Evans Ruto (KEN) 02.09.33; Lawrence Kimaiyo (KEN) 02.09.45; Philemon Baaru (KEN) 02.09.58; Stephen Chebogut (KEN) 02.10.56; Ishhimael Bushendich (KEN) 02.11.18; Juilius Chepk Wony (KEN) 02.11.37; Evans Cheruiyot (KEN) 02.12.08; Hailu Mekonnen (ETH) 02.12.17; Wosen Zeleke (ETH) 02.12.54; Kenneth Mungara (KEN) 02.14.13.

(Overall Results Women): Dinknesh Mekash (ETH) 02.28.08; Gladys Kipsoi (KEN) 02.29.53; Bizunesh Urgesa (ETH) 02.30.00; Etalemahu Kidane (ETH) 02.31.53; Asnakech Mengistu (ETH) 02.32.42; Aberu Mekuria (ETH) 02.33.21; Ehite Bizuayehu (ETH) 02.33.48; Tsega Gelaw (ETH) 02.34.35; Alem Kifle (ETH) 02.35.13; Eunice Kales (KEN) 02.36.02.

Indian Overall Results Men: Karan Singh (IND) 02.24.08 (Overall 16th); Rashpal Singh (IND) 02.24.38 (Overall 17th); Binning Lyngkhoi (IND) 02.24.40 (Overall 18th); Elam Singh (IND) 02.24.56 (Overall 19th); Sanvaroo Yadav (IND) 02.26.00 (Overall 20th); Amritpal Singh (IND) 02.30.00; Krishan Singh (IND) 02.30.22; Dasari Obilesu (IND) 02.30.30; Javid Iqbal (IND) 02.31.21; Sanaton O Singh (IND) 02.32.52.

Indian Overall Results Women: Lalita Babbar (IND) 02.50.31 (Overall 12th); Vijaymala Patil (IND) 02.59.58 (Overall 13th); Jyoti Gawate (IND) 03.02.59 (Overall 14th); Sudha M (IND) 03.08.17 (Overall 15th); Rohini Raut (IND) 03.11.32 (Overall 16th); Monika Raut (IND) 03.15.46 (Overall 17th); Ranjana Kumari (IND) 03.16.56 (Overall 18th); Rashmi Gurnule (IND) 03.17.37 (Overall 19th); Supriya Patil (IND) 03.30.47 (Overall 20th); Shyamli Singh (IND) 03.30.51.

Half Marathon Men: Indrajeet Patel (IND) 01.04.56; Soji Mathew (IND) 01.05.45; Mansingh (IND) 01.06.17; Baliappa A B (IND) 01.06.23; Deepak Kumbhar (IND) 01.06.38.

Half Marathon Women: Sudha Singh (IND) 01.18.24; Kavita Raut (IND) 01.21.15; Kiran Sahdev (IND) 01.21.57; Aarthi Venkatesan (IND) 01.22.53; Heena Mali (IND) 01.24.08.

Amateur Men (Open): Jegadheesan M (IND) 02.42.13; Tanaji Nalavade (IND) 02.50.54; Arun Kumar Sahni (IND) 02.53.08; Hirotaka Ishihara (IND) 02.54.48; Atsushi Morishita (IND) 02.56.17.

Amateur Women (Open): Liz Henderson (IND) 03.31.37; Timtim Sharma (IND) 03.33.29; Neera Katwal (IND) 03.34.59; Roopali Mehta (IND) 03.36.26; Stella Moss (IND) 03.36.50.

Police Cup (Men): Team ‘A’ (Umesh Gavhane, Dhondiram Kumbhar, Appa Kumbhare, Ganesh Thorat) 02.38.53; Team ‘B’ (Omkar Jadhav, Kiran Talekar, Sidharam Dongaraje, Nitin Rathod) 02.42.37.

Police Cup (Women): Team ‘O’ (Priya Naiek, Teja Naik, Namrata Tare, Priyanka Navkudkar) 03.07.21.

Marathon Super Veteran (Men): Otto Goetsch (IND) 03.54.26; Wayne Senner (IND) 04.01.06.; Venugopalan Arunachalam (IND)

04.04.59; Virendra Singh Rawat (IND) 04.08.14; Adam Piatek (IND) 04.09.41.

Marathon Super Veteran (Women): Mala Honnatti (IND) 04.38.51.

Marathon Senior Veteran (Men): Sabhajeet Yadav (IND) 03.25.39; Kothandatani K C (IND) 03.35.54; Dennis Odonnell (IND) 03.36.07.

Marathon Senior Veteran (Women): Pervin Batliwala (IND) 04.38.40; Bharathi Govindan (IND) 04.56.36; Hema Patel (IND) 05.01.02.

Marathon Veteran (Men): Ashok Nath (IND) 03.10.19; Suresh Chand (IND) 03.11.30; Thomas Philip (IND) 03.19.48.

Marathon Veteran (Women):Vaishali Kasture (IND) 03.46.41; Heidi Griffiths (IND) 03.57.50; Vandana Parekh (IND) 04.00.51.

Kingfisher Mast Mumbaikar: 1st Prize-Manas Kumar Mahapatra (Crime Against Women); 2nd Prize-Ashish Gupta (Celebrating 100 yrs of Indian Cinema); 3rd Prize-Apurva Sampat (Fight Against Rape).

Kingfisher Bindaas  Bandhe (Best Costume Theme for Groups): 1st Prize Shraddha Charitable Trust (Lungi Dance); 2nd Prize: Deepshikha (Cancer).

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Panasonic India launches its IP-enabled PBX model-KX-NS300

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·         Expands its range of IP offerings; aiming 22% market share this year

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20th January, Goa, India – As a part of Panasonic India’s efforts in continuing to focus on product differentiation coupled with developing innovative technological solutions, the company today introduced a new IP-enabled PBX offering, KX-NS300. With IP Penetration steadily gaining a foothold in 2-100 extension segment, the company is amongst the early adopters to ride the bandwagon. Specially designed for SOHOs and SMBs, Panasonic is looking at increasing its presence in this sector from an existing 12% to almost 22%. Other than this, the product also targets lucrative verticals such as Hospitality, BFSI, Real Estate and Helpdesk.

The KX-NS300 is an effective IP PBX, packed with a host of offerings, unparalleled in the communication space- an inbuilt ACD (Basic Call Centre Function) to host a Helpdesk, an in Skin Voice mail and UC (Unified Communication)

Mr. Toru Hasegawa, Divisional Managing Director, System Solutions Division, Panasonic India said, “The launch of this product will certainly enhance our portfolio catering to the communication segment. With this product, the market will surely witness seamless integration with the existing infrastructure, enabling cost efficiencies while enhancing capabilities.”

Mr. Ajay Madan – Sales Head, Communications & Imaging GroupPanasonic India further added, “Our strategy in India gyrates around endowing our customers through product innovations. The KX-NS300 is one such cost- effective IP PBX that offers migration to IP at affordable prices.”

Panasonic India will continue to launch such offerings for its customers and the roadmap is to develop synergy within various IP offerings from the company, so as to establish a control in the complete category rather than just a particular segment.

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780 killed in Syria rebel-jihadist battle

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700 killed in Syria rebel-jihadist battle: monitor Updated on : 14-01-2014 08:17 AM
Fierce fighting between jihadists and rival rebel groups in Syria has killed at least 700 in more than a week while hundreds more are missing, a monitoring group said on Monday.
The Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), linked the violence to a peace conference on Syria slated to take place in Switzerland on January 22.The allegations came as Western powers on Monday stepped up pressure on Syria’s divided opposition to take part in the conference alongside representatives of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“From January 3 to 11, the fighting killed 697 people, among them 351 rebels, 246 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and 100 civilians,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said there could be even “more than 1,000″ dead, but his group has been unable to document all the killings given the ferocity of the clashes.

The Britain-based monitoring group, which relies on a network of activists across Syria for its reports, also said there were “hundreds of captives from both sides whose fate is unknown”.

In a reflection of the brutality of the fighting, which has raged mainly in the northern provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Raqa but has also hit Hama and Homs in the centre, at least 200 people were killed in one 48-hour period.

The Observatory also reported that dozens of those killed in recent days died in 16 suicide bombings staged by ISIL in Aleppo, Idlib, Homs and Raqa provinces.

“Sixteen suicide attackers have detonated themselves in the past week, most of them in car bomb attacks, some using explosive belts,” Abdel Rahman said.

A rebel fighter with Ahrar al-Sham, which is leading battles against ISIL in several areas, said “they use suicide attacks to terrorise society as a whole into submission, not just the fighters.”

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Egyptians approve new constitution

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98.1 pc Egyptians approve new constitutionUpdated on : 19-01-2014 12:09 AM
An overwhelming 98.1 per cent of voters approved Egypt’s new constitution in a nationwide referendum, widely seen as a vote on a likely presidential bid by army chief Gen Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

The Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC) today announced that the newly drafted national charter was approved by 98.1 per cent of voters, Al-Ahram online reported.According to SEC chief Nabil Salib, the turnout for the poll was 38.6 per cent of the 20.5 million registered voters, in comparison to 32 per cent during the 2012 referendum.

The new charter would replace the one approved under Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who was toppled by the military in July following mass protests demanding his ouster.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had called for anti-government protests and a boycott of the referendum, seeing it as part of a coup against the freely-elected leader.

The referendum is a key step in the political transition plan billed by the military-backed interim government as a path to democracy, even as it presses a fierce crackdown on the Brotherhood.

The roadmap was announced by army chief El-Sisi after Morsi’s ouster.

It stated that the constitution would be followed by parliamentary elections and presidential polls.

The new charter, drafted by a liberal-dominated committee appointed by the government, would ban political parties based on religion, give women equal rights and protect the status of minority Christians.

The constitution also gives the military special status by allowing it to select its own candidate for the job of defence minister for the next eight years and empowering military tibunals to try civilians.

Meanwhile, Arabic language newspaper Al Tahrir reported that Egyptian President Adly Mansour will announce that presidential elections will be held in March.

It quoted Essam Eddine Abdel Aziz, first deputy to the head of the State Council, as saying that Mansour will call on people to take part in the polls.

Gen El-Sisi has yet to say outright whether he plans to seek the country’s highest office, but his candidacy appears increasingly likely after the results of the referendum.

Morsi, the first democratically elected president, is being held in jail in Alexandria, facing several criminal charges relating to his time in office. He says they are politically motivated.

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Rajya Sabha to meet on 5th February

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Rajya Sabha to meet on 5th February
The Rajya Sabha will bereconvened from 5th February and may conclude on 21st February, as part of the extended Winter Session.
According to an official communication, the Upper House has been reconvened by the Rajya Sabha Chairman on 5th February when it will meet at 11 am.The Lok Sabha has also been reconvened from 5th February to 21st February to pass the ‘Vote-on-Account’ budget ahead of the Lok Sabha elections expected to be held in April-May.

“The Rajya Sabha which was adjourned sine die on 18th December, 2013 has been reconvened by Chairman Rajya Sabha to meet on 5h February at 11 am. The session subject to exigencies of Business may conclude on 21st February,” Shumsher K Sheriff, secretary general Rajya Sabha secretariat said.

“Parliament will meet from 5th to 2st February. It will be a continuation of the Winter Session,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had said.

The coming session will be a continuation of the Winter Session as both Houses were not prorogued.

Sources later said the ‘Vote-on-Account’ is likely to be taken up on 17th February. During the session, government also plans to ensure passage of some anti-corruption legislations which have been identified by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi as the broader “framework” to fight graft.

A total of 126 bills – 62 in Lok Sabha and 64 in Rajya Sabha – are pending at various stages.

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Cold wave kills six people in 24 hours

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Delhi: Cold wave kills six people in 24 hoursUpdated on : 19-01-2014 11:37 AM
The Cold wave has claimed six lives during the past 24 hours in the national capital as the winter chill gained in intensity in the northern India.

Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia has ordered an inquiry into these deaths and sought a detailed report.Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 15.7 degree Celsius on Saturday.

The minimum temperature was 8.6 degree on Sunday morning.

Met Department has predicted a clear sky on Sunday.

In Uttar Pradesh, biting cold coupled with intermittent rain claimed 15 lives.

Cold wave, fog and rain across the state has thrown normal life out of gear.

In Uttarakhand, while heavy snowfall hit the higher reaches, incessant rainfall lashed the plains.

While Mussoorie, Mukteshwar, Auli and Gursaun received fresh snowfall, places like Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Rudrapur were hit by incessant rain.

Light to moderate rainfall also lashed various parts of Punjab and Haryana with bone-chilling conditions affecting normal life across the two neighbouring states.

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Rajnath Singh : Growth rate has declined because of corruption

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BJP Chief said on Sunday that growth rate has declined because of corruption and Congress is scared of declaring its Prime Ministerial candidate.
Addressing the National council meet in Delhi on Saturday Rajnath Singh said his party had no objection to Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir if it helped the development of the state.Reacting to BJP President Rajnath Singh’s allegations, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said that Congress Party has always adopted a strict stand against corruption, while BJP always shielded the corrupt.

After being formally assigned campaign leadership for the Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday held consultations with state leaders on the strategy ahead.

He met All India Congress Committee delegates from each state separately.

The party is all set to begin the process of ticket distribution by holding meetings of the newly-formed screening committees to meet its plan for early declaration of candidates.

Senior leaders and union ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad and Jyotiraditya Scindia and party spokesperson Randip Surjewala have been made members of the Congress Election Coordination Committee headed by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday was given the charge of leading the Congress Party campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

With the nomination of Azad, Scindia and Surjewala, the strength of the panel has now gone up to 11.

Other members of the Committee are Ahmed Patel, Janardan Dwivedi, Digvijay Singh, Madhusudan Mistry, Jairam Ramesh, CP Joshi and Ajay Maken.

The Coordination Committee has been strengthened at a time when the party is looking to get its act together with just three months left for Lok Sabha polls.

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Mistry wins DSC Prize for 2014

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Reticent author Cyrus Mistry on Saturday beat off stiff competition from five other writers to become the fourth winner of the $50,000 DSC prize for South Asian literature on Saturday for his book “Chronicles of a Corpse Bearer”.

The prize, is given to the best work or translations of a work on or about the South Asian region.

Last year the award was won by Jeet Thayil for his debut debut novel “Narcopolis”. Mr. Mistry was presented with the award at a ceremony at the Jaipur Literature Festival here this evening by Gloria Steinem.

“I have tried to keep myself as detached as possible with the possibility of winning this prize, so am not so enthusiastic but happy about the win,” Mr. Mistry said after receiving the award.

Other books in the running were “Anand: Book of Destruction” (Translated by Chetana Sachidanandan) “Benyamin: Goat Days” (Translated by Joseph Koyippalli), Mohsin Hamid: “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia”, “Nadeem Aslam: The Blind Man’s Garden” and Nayomi Munaweera: Island of a Thousand Mirrors.

Union HRD Minister was originally slated to inaugurate the prize ceremony. Noted writer, editor and literary critic Antara Dev Sen chaired the five member jury which first announced a long list of 15 names and then came up with a shortlist of six from which Mr. Mistry was chosen.

Mr. Mistry’s book is a story of marginalised community and looks at larger questions about life and death, which makes it a different read.

Set in the city of Mumbai, it revolves around the lives of a hardly heard of and rarely-seen set of people, corpse bearers or Khandhias within the Parsi community. Their job is to carry bodies of the deceased to the Towers of Silence.

The jury comprised of Arshia Sattar, Ameena Saiyid, Rosie Boycott, and Paul Yamazaki. The shortlist was announced in November last year.

Adarsh scam: Court rejects CBI’s plea to drop Ashok Chavan’s name as accused

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In a setback to Maharashtra’s former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, a special court today rejected the CBI’s plea to drop his name from the list of accused in the Adarsh Housing Society scam case.

While dismissing the plea, CBI court judge S G Dighe said even though Governor K Sankaranarayanan had rejected CBI’s plea for sanction to prosecute Mr. Chavan, he could be tried under the Prevention of Corruption act as he has been accused of criminal misconduct. The judge will pass a detailed order later in the day.

In the course of arguments, Special Public Prosecutor Bharat Badami said there was no provision under the law to appeal against the Governor’s denial of sanction but the agency can request him for a review of his decision if it has additional evidence against Mr. Chavan, which was not the case.

The CBI had on January 15 filed an application to allow it to remove Mr. Chavan’s name from the list of 13 accused charge-sheeted in the case, citing the Governor’s decision, which it said was “non-appealable”.

The court had reserved its order on the application for today.

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Elections for 55 RS seats in 16 states due on Feb 7

18 01 2014

The elections for 55 Rajya Sabha seats in 16 states will be held on 7th of next month. The states include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Manipur. The term of office of 55 Rajya Sabha MPs is to expire in the month of April. 

Notification for the polls will be issued of 21st of this month and if necessary polling will be held on 7th February and counting of votes will take place on the same day.

The prominent among those whose tenure is expiring include Jayanti Natarajan of Congress, BJP’s Prakash Javadekar and Shivanand Tiwari of JD(U).



Rahul seeks to enthuse demoralised cadres; targets Modi

18 01 2014

Rahul seeks to enthuse demoralised cadres; targets Modi
Anointed the campaign chief, a combative Rahul Gandhi sought to enthuse the demoralised Congress cadre for the Lok Sabha polls and attacked Narendra Modi over his ‘Congress-free India’ pitch and “divisive” politics.

At the day-long AICC session in New Delhi, Rahul and Sonia Gandhi targeted BJP, with the Congress President saying the country was facing the “biggest threat” from “communal forces and their ideology” which cannot be tolerated.In his 45-minute spirited address, which was repeatedly cheered by delegates from across the country, he sought to widen the party’s reach as he asserted that he would fight for the cause of the youth, women, downtrodden sections and a new constituency of people who have risen above the poverty line and are aspiring to be part of the middle class.

He gave indications of changing the style of functioning in the party, which he had promised after the drubbing in Assembly polls, by ensuring larger participation of people, including women in decision-making like candidate selection.

He said tickets will not be given to party hoppers but to those who have “Congress in their blood” and candidates for 15 Lok Sabha seats will be chosen on the basis of feedback from local units, an experiment which will be expanded if it works.

Acknowledging that Congress has a “tough battle” ahead, Rahul said, “This is not just another turn in the history of India, another election to be fought, won or lost. This is a turning point in our nation’s journey.

Giving a battle cry for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Rahul said the Congress is ready for the tough challenge ahead and “we will not stop till the battle is won”.

In a bid to lift the morale of the cadre, he said howsoever dark the night may be and tough the battle may be, the Congress will go in as “warrior” with “head high” and “not lose courage.”

Tearing into BJP and its PM candidate Modi for his ‘Congress-free India’ campaign, he said Congress is a “thought” which cannot be erased. “Whoever has tried to do it, has himself got destroyed”.

Sonia Gandhi asked the party workers not to lose heart after the recent drubbing in assembly elections, saying victory and defeat are inescapable in politics and Congress always has the resilience to bounce back by fighting the challenges strongly.

“Congress has faced many difficult times in the past, much tougher than today, but we have never lost heart,” he said.

Rahul and Sonia Gandhi also put an end to the debate over projecting him as the Prime Ministerial candidate, saying the party has the tradition of PM being elected by the MPs.

In a bid to lift the morale of the cadre, he said however dark the night may be and tough the battle may be, the Congress will go in as “warrior” with “head high” and “not lose courage.”

Rahul articulated worries over the issues of corruption and price rise and said the Congress and the Manmohan Singh government is determined to address these.

In a virtual directive, Rahul asked the government to raise the annual cap of subsidised LPG cylinders from 9 to 12, a point that was lustily cheered by the audience.

Oil and Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily immediately announced that the issue will go to the Cabinet and a decision will be taken to implement it.



Mumbai stampede

18 01 2014

18 killed in Mumbai stampede
At least 18 people were killed and 40 injured when a stampede broke out in the Malabar Hill area where a huge crowd had gathered to pay last respects to the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community in the wee hours on Saturday.
The incident occurred after 1 AM when hundreds of people had gathered to pay last respects to the spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who died on Friday at the age of 102, civic officials said.After learning of his death, his followers had started thronging his house, which is in the vicinity of the official residence of the Maharashtra Chief Minister, and soon a stampede broke out.The injured have been admitted to the Saifee Hospital. Dawoodi Bohra is a sect of Shia Muslims spread all over the world. One of the key principles of the sect is “patriotism as part of the faith.”

The 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community, the leader was the eldest son of Syedna Taher Saifuddin.

He succeeded his father upon his death in 1965. He was credited with transforming Dawoodi Bohras into a vibrant community and honoured with highest civilian titles like the Star of Jordan and Order of the Nile by the respective governments of Jordan and Egypt.

Syedna was conferred Honorary Doctorates for his efforts in social and educational development by renowned institutes like Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Aligarh Muslim University and University of Karachi.



Sunanda’s death unnatural: Doctors

18 01 2014

Sunanda
Doctors at AIIMS, who conducted autopsy on the body of Sunanda Pushkar, on Saturday, said it was a case of “sudden, unnatural death” but ruled out poisoning even as police investigated various angles into death of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife.

Injury marks were also found on the body of 52-year-old Pushkar, who was Friday night found dead in mysterious circumstances in luxury Leela Palace hotel in South Delhi.

The head of the three-member panel of doctors that conducted the autopsy on Pushkar, said, “We have conducted the postmortem examination… It is a case of sudden, unnatural death” but ruled out poisoning. However, he said the team has preserved certain “biological samples for toxicological analysis as well as visco-pathological examination.”

“We have completed the whole procedure. Samples for toxicological analysis means ruling out any poison. Some pathology of the heart has been preserved by us,” he said on Saturday.

Pushkar was found dead in her suite at the hotel and the body was shifted to AIIMS at around 3:30 AM for post-mortem.

Police is also expected to record statement of Tharoor, who was admitted to AIIMS following complaints of chest pain and was discharged later.

Pushkar and Tharoor were at the centre of a raging controversy when reports emerged that she was upset over reported text and tweet messages between her husband and Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist.

Gupta, who is Head of Forensic Sciences Department at AIIMS, said the autopsy report would focus on investigating from a medical angle the sudden unnatural death.

He said the final autopsy report will be prepared within next couple of days after receiving reports of toxicological analysis and visco-pathological examination.

“After receiving all these reports in the next couple of days, we will finalise the postmortem report and we will give our opinion in the case,” he said.

When asked about the injuries on the body, he refused to give details saying as police was working on the case, certain issues cannot be revealed.

“There were certain injuries on the body. I cannot reveal the details of the injury. Basically in medico-legal cases, the number of injuries does not matter. Whether these injuries were related to fatality or not matters,” he said.

Asked whether the injury caused death, he refused to give a direct answer.

Pushkar and Tharoor had checked into the hotel on Thursday as their home was being painted.

A joint statement from the couple on Thursday said that they were “happily married” but distressed by “some unauthorised tweets”.

Pushkar had accused Tarar of stalking her husband and trying to break her marriage when she was away for medical treatment.

She had told a couple of newspapers that she was considering divorce from Tharoor in the wake of the alleged extra-marital affair.

The Pakistani journalist rubbished the charges of having any relationship with Tharoor.



18 01 2014
BJP hits back at Congress
 
BJP hits back at Congress
BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Saturday accused the Congress of practising politics of dividing people along religious lines.

Singh also criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his remarks that it would be disastrous if Narendra Modi became the PM, and said that it was his tenure which had been a disaster while Gujarat had become a model state under Modi.

He further added that it was Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, from her government, who spoke about “Hindu terror”.

Gandhi had in her speech at AICC meet on Friday said that opposition BJP’s ideology is divisive and communal.

Addressing party members in New Delhi on Saturday, Singh said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was trying to appropriate credit for passage of Lokpal Bill though the legislation owed its existence to the efforts of social activist Anna Hazare and BJP leaders had also put pressure on the government.

The BJP president said that the Congress-led UPA government had failed to live-up to people’s expectations and the economy is in shambles.

“The governments provided by Narendra Modi in Gujarat, Shivraj Singh Chauhan in Madhya Pradesh and Raman Singh in Chhattisgarh have put a question mark over the Congress’ future in these states. The Congress fears that a strong government under Modi could do the same at the national level,” he said.

BJP wary of AAP-Cong tag team, meet discusses poll strategy

BJP is now clearly wary of the Aam Admi Party with the party’s national executive on Friday discussing ways to counter the challenge posed by it along with Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Though BJP President Rajnath Singh refrained from naming AAP, he alluded to how Congress may use the growing clout of Arvind Kejriwal’s organisation to spoil their march to victory.

Speaking at the BJP National Executive in New Delhi on Friday, party president Rajnath Singh said there is growing antagonism against the Congress mainly due to malgovernance, indecisiveness and corruption in the UPA government.

“Congress can see the writing on the wall and knows that defeat is writ large there. Congress is losing the elections and hence is trying to ensure that BJP does not get a clear majority. It is making every effort to stop the BJP’s march to success,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters, quoting Singh.

The BJP Chief said since Congress is aware it is going to lose the polls, it is now trying every trick in the book to ensure that a “majboor (weak)” government is formed at the Centre.

Though Singh did not name Aam Admi Party, whose growing clout is a matter of concern for the BJP, party sources said he was making a veiled reference to it.

Congress is supporting the AAP government in Delhi and BJP has often alleged that the latter is the B-team of the former.

BJP is also concerned about Congress encouraging the non-UPA, non-NDA parties to keep the saffron party from forming a government in case of a hung Parliament.

Rajnath Singh also referred to the issue of secularism, a matter on which Congress has targeted it often, and said many forces want India to be a weak state.

“The party president gave the assurance that BJP-led NDA will form a government which will not only be strong on economics and ethics but will also never compromise on the issue of nationalism,” Javadekar said.

Singh described UPA government as an NPA-non-performing asset- and said it is time to write it off.

“He said India attained Swarajya (independence) in 1947 but now it is time for Purna Swarajya (full independence) by making the country free of corruption and unemployment,” Javadekar said.

In his speech, Rajnath Singh claimed that people will give a decisive mandate to BJP and NDA will form a government at the Centre.

He congratulated Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh for their victory in the Assembly polls.

He also praised Vasundhara Raje for leading BJP to an unprecedented victory in Rajasthan and Harsh Vardhan for helping the party emerge as the largest in Delhi Assembly polls.

“After the Goa conclave (where Narendra Modi was declared the BJP Campaign Committee Chief) not only the weather but also the attitude of the people has also changed,” Singh, said.

At the on-going national Executive meet, BJP will give final touches to its resolutions on the political and economic situation in the country.

These two resolutions will be passed at the two-day national council beginning Saturday.

State units will also present reports on their state of preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections and formation of booth level committees.

This being the last conclave before the general elections, the party will also set its roadmap for the battle ahead, sources said



Arvind excited at media explaining the achievements to take action against Sheila

18 01 2014

POSTED ON JANUARY 18, 2014 UPDATED ON JANUARY 18, 2014

Arvind too excited at CNN-IBN and other channels for his promotional activity, explaining the achievements proving to be the most efficient and honest newly breeded politicians does not know that his deployment of BPO from abroad spending crs  in time Delhi election comes under FERA for which case is filed in the court and hearing this month in last week .

Secondly on non compliance of inner party democracy he has not called the General body meeting of the members of AAP thus has not seek the permission or compliance of various committees formed. Further he has taken the staff of his NGO’s and his colleagues NGO’s staff to be part of high places in the party and those who donot fall within his ambit are told to follow long route and are ignored on one pretext or the other.  His clamoring  to be on top without understanding the subject and to act as rebel to please people could misfire even his good deeds. His lame excuses is turning to technical professional excuses as his promises are reduced to half in case of water and electric bills which speaks volumes about his integral honesty reflect ulterior motives.

His interest in collecting funds go unabated even occupying the most fertile ministry in Delhi city government, his word and action on transparency remains static his achievements  may be good but  lack transparency. His hawkish attitude that whatever he does is correct, or  all beautiful and rest is trash put up Q of his action on  self orientation, he  gathered money in name of his mentor Anna 125cr  and said collected 2 Cr speaks of his love towards money.

Arvind  single handed stifled his colleagues small and big thus advance further  to remain on top and rest is his bonded labour  as explained by his  veteran and expereience Vinod Kr Binny whom he termed greedy  and he himself steal all his  ideas and of his people and recast in his name is the forte of CM of City Government of Delhi is known to all party men and are quite desperate.

JP was successful in Dethroning INC but JP didn’t realise the movement he led had been hijacked even before his eyes 1979 – Poor Have Become Poorer Rich have become Richest in the world. Anna’s Movement hijacked by some one other who claims he is top boss and Is the history repeat and falls pray to another gullible and greedy guys.

@ArvindKejriwal to CNNIBN: will start investigations in CWG scam and take action against Sheila if necessary

@AamAadmiParty : toilets, toilets, toilets. Esp for women. Sanitation in slum colonies on war footing.

We ended VIP, lal batti culture in Delhi, reduced power, water prices, ordered audit of power companies: Arvind Kejriwal to media.



Snapshots

18 01 2014

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Guidelines on New Land Policy for Major Ports Released

 

 

Guidelines on New Land Policy for Major Ports Released

 

(Major ports in India have between them 2.64 lakh acres of land, which is a major resource)

 

The Union government has unveiled new policy guidelines for major ports with an aim to help the major ports to leverage their land resources for commercial advantage. The thrust of the new policy has been on linking the value of land with prevailing market rates. The new guidelines provide necessary regulatory framework for land allotment by major ports as these guidelines have been drawn to help the ports to carry out leasing and licensing of port land in a transparent manner. The new guidelines have reduced discretionary powers and has prescribed tender-cum-auction as the most preferred method of allotment.

As per the new policy guidelines, land can be allotted only through licensing in custom bond areas by inviting competitive bidding, while land outside custom bond areas can be leased through tender-cum-auction. However, there is also a provision to license land outside custom bond areas, but it should be only for port related activities. The Boards of respective ports can approve leasing of land for a period up to 30 years. In case of leasing of land beyond 30 years and up to 99 years, approval of the Government has to be obtained through the mechanism of Empowered Committee. The new guidelines are applicable to all major ports in India except for the land relating to township areas in Mumbai, Kolkata and Kandla.

Further, the new policy guidelines for land management are part of the on going process of port reforms and liberalization. Earlier, in 2013, as a part of reform process in the Ports sector, tariff setting in major ports was liberalized and indexed to inflation and minimum efficiency standards were prescribed for cargo terminals. The 12 major ports in India – Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Managlore, Cochin , Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam , Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) handle approximately 61% of cargo traffic. During 2013-14 it is planned to augment port capacity by 220 mtpa through 30 port projects. Out of which 20 port projects, with a capacity of approximately 100 mtpa have already been approved. The remaining port projects, including Rs 8,000 crore JNPT Terminal-4, are likely to be approved during the fourth quarter of the current fiscal.

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist

Modi writes to PM to protest Shinde’s statement- News dose 17 Jan 2014

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Modi writes to PM to protest Shinde
Gujarat CM and BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, calling Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s remarks on minority youths in jails on terror charges and marked it a “new low” for the country, has written to Prime Minister.
He also asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise his cabinet colleague not to focus his attention on minorities alone as “principles at stake” could not be sacrificed “at the altar of political expediency”. In a letter to Singh, the BJP’s prime ministerial contender said Shinde’s statement could send a wrong message about the country’s criminal justice system and have a demoralising effect on the law enforcement machinery. “The Home Minister’s concern is a brazen and callous attempt to woo the minority community and even the minority community will raise questions on the timing of such statements,” Modi said. “The suggestion (from Shinde) is unprecedented and marks a new low for the country…. the principles at stake are far too valuable to be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency,” he said. The Gujarat Chief Minister said, “a crime is a crime irrespective of the birth marks of the criminal and his religious beliefs could not determine the guilt or innocence.” Shinde had last week made a statement that he would write to all state governments to set up review or screening committees to assess the role of minority youths languishing in jails on terror charges without trial. Modi also wrote that the suggestion was against the constitutional principle of right to equality before law

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Delhi Police highly compromised: Kejriwal

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Delhi Police highly compromised: Kejriwal
A day after the gangrape of a Danish woman in New Delhi, Delhi government has accused the Delhi Police of being highly compromised and failing to ensure the safety of people of the national capital.
“Delhi police are highly compromised. If accountability of Delhi Police is not fixed, then crime and rape incidents will not go down,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told reporters in New Delhi on Thursday and warned the Delhi Police Commissioner that his government and people of Delhi will not remain mute spectators in case police functioning does not improve. “After a rape takes place, then we demand immediate arrest of the culprits. But that is not sufficient. Why would rapes happen in the first place”? Kejriwal said. Citing two specific instances of non-cooperation by the police in which two Delhi government ministers sought action, the Chief Minister said his government sought an immediate suspension of two SHOs and two ACPs allegedly involved. “We demand as well as give ultimatum to Delhi Police to suspend the erring SHOs of Sagarpur and Malviya Nagar police station. Sagarpur police did not take action against the family who burnt their daughter-in-law even after Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla while Malviya Nagar police plainly refused to take action in the alleged sex and drug trafficking racket being run from Khirki village despite the Law Minister’s tip-off,” Kejriwal told a press conference. He also demanded the suspension of the two ACPs who had come to the spot and allegedly did not act. Reacting to Delhi Police’s statements about the minsiters interfering in their work, Kejriwal said “how can Delhi Police say that state ministers are interfering in their work? Police are just refusing to act.” Kejriwal’s reaction was in response to letters written to him by Bharti and Rakhi Birla, both of whom faced severe resistance from the police on Wednesday night, when they brought two separate incidents to the notice of concerned police officials at two different places. Kejriwal said he will meet the Lt Governor and raise the issue with him. “I am meeting Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung tomorrow morning, where Delhi Police commissioner is also coming. I am going to tell him in strong words that citizens of Delhi will not be a mute spectator,” said Kejriwal. To a query on accusation against Bharti and Birla of interfering in the police work, Kejriwal said they (ministers) were not doing investigation themselves but seeking police action in the cases. “What is the job of Delhi Police? Is it not the job of Delhi Police to catch drug racketeers, sex racketeers, rapists or those who burn their daughter-in-law? “The ministers are only telling police to take action but Delhi Police are calling it interference in its work. If this is interference, then entire Delhi will interfere in their work,” Kejriwal said, adding drug and sex rackets lead to rape incidents. Defending his ministers, Kejriwal said they do not have any personal enmity with the police personnel involved in those two specific cases. Bharti alleged Malviya Nagar police did not cooperate in conducting a surprise raid on Nigerian nationals involved in drug and sex racket at Khirki village. Birla accused Sagarpur police of shielding the family who had allegedly burnt their daughter-in-law over dowry.

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SC reserves order on scrapping of coal block allocations

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SC reserves order on scrapping of coal block allocations
The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on scrapping of around 200 coal blocks allocation after holding a marathon arguments spanning over 16 months during which the Centre’s role in awarding the natural resourses to private companies came under sharp criticism.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice R M Lodha, which had agreed to look into the alleged irregularities in coal block allocation on September 14, 2012, wrapped up the proceedings which witnessed the Centre itself putting in motion the process of deallocating some coal blocks. The bench heard the arguments of all concerned parties involved in the allocation, including the seven mining states and the association of mining companies. Private companies contended any order of the apex court should have prospective effect and all the allocations should not be scrapped in one go and it should be decided on a case- to-case basis. “It is submitted that as far as the system of allocation is concerned, any challenge even if succcessful, could have prospective effect where people have acted in a bona fide manner, assuming the machinery was in accordance with law. “If there are irregularitiies in the grant, it is submitted that it would depend on the facts of an individual case as to the degree of the irregularities and whether it has resulted in a miscarriage of justice, in which case there could be a wholesale invalidation,” senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for associations of Sponge Iron Manufacturers Association, said. The court was hearing petitions filed by members of civil societies including former CEC N Gopalaswami, ex-Navy chief L Ramdas and former Cabinet Secretary T S R Subramanian and lawyer M L Sharma seeking cancellation of coal block allocations.

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India, S Korea ink 9 pacts; Posco plant work to start soon

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India, S Korea ink 9 pacts; Posco plant work to start soonUpdated on : 17-01-2014 07:01 AM
In a bid to give new momentum to bilateral ties, India and South Korea have decided to intensify cooperation in a range of key sectors including trade, investment and defence even as PM Manmohan Singh announced that the work on the long-delayed Posco steel plant will start in coming weeks.
Nine pacts in wide-ranging fields including cyber space cooperation were inked after the talks between Singh and South Korean President Park Geun-hye during which both leaders discussed ways to promote bilateral relations and exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues. After the talks, Singh said negotiations for revision of the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention have concluded. “We have just concluded wide-ranging discussion on matters of bilateral interest and regional and global importance. This has enabled us to impart further substance, greater content and new momentum to the Strategic Partnership between our two countries,” Singh said at a joint media event with Park on Thursday. He said both the leaders have decided to establish an annual interaction between the “national security structures” of the two countries besides agreeing to launch a Cyber Affairs Dialogue. “I am happy that the large-scale POSCO steel project in Odisha is set to be operational in the coming weeks, following the revalidation of its environmental clearance. Grant of mining concession for the project is also at an advanced stage of processing. I conveyed to President Park our hope that this project will confirm that economic growth and environmental protection can go hand in hand,” Singh said. During the talks, both the sides recognised the possibility of defence trade and joint production of military equipment by further promoting collaboration between our defence research organisations. The Prime Minister hoped that the agreement on protection of classified military information signed will also boost defence engagement between the two countries. “In the area of Science and Technology, our collaboration has been highly rewarding, with many practical projects being financed through the 10 million US dollar Joint Fund that we established in 2010,” the Prime Minister said. On the MoU on Joint Applied Research, which was inked after the Summit-level talks, Singh said it will enable the scientists of the two countries to work together and develop technologies for our common benefit. “We are also stepping up collaboration in the peaceful uses of space science and technology,” he said. The Prime Minister said India has also decided to extend ‘tourist visa on arrival facility’ to South Korean people to increase people-to-people contacts and was also exploring the possibility of better civil aviation links. Both the leaders also deliberated on regional issues, particularly developments in the Korean peninsula. “The visit of President Park has imparted fresh momentum to our partnership. I am confident that our talks today have laid out a road map for the expansion and enhancement of our Strategic Partnership in the coming years,” he said. Expressing satisfaction over outcome of the talks, Park said she has requested Singh to allow South Korean banks to operate in India. Park also said there has been scope for enhancing cooperation in defence sector. In an apparent reference to North Korea, she said the Korean peninsula has been facing the threat of nuclear weapons and efforts must be made to ensure peace and stability in the region.

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India pitches for visa liberalisation in SAARC region

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India pitches for visa liberalisation in SAARC regionUpdated on : 16-01-2014 10:35 PM
India on Thursday pitched for further liberalisation of visa regime within the SAARC region to facilitate movement of businessmen, in a bid to increase trade and investment.
“I will support enhancement of more SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) visas so that more business people can travel. We welcome SAARC countries to invest in India,” Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said at the SAARC Business Leaders Conclave in New Delhi on Thursday. Sharma said there is a need to work together for creating a more trusting environment which enables easier movement of professionals across borders. He also said that there is a need to open bank branches in each other countries to help traders. “We assure you that we will be encouraging Indian banks to open branches in each SAARC nation. Indian banks have presence in few of them,” he said. Trade and economic ministers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were present during the function. Sharma also emphasised to strengthen infrastructure bottlenecks such as roads, ports and airports to reduce transactions cost and enhance trade within the region. All the ministers shared this view and endorsed Sharma concerns over modernisation of infrastructure. “Connectivity is a problem in this region. We need to improve it to enhance trade,” Nepalese Commerce Minister Shanker Prasad Koirala said. “Unless and until we create better infrastructure, we will not be able to bring down the transactions cost and we will not be competitive in the global market,” Sharma said. Further, all the ministers asserted their desire to strongly build the SAARC region as huge potential exists for trade and investments. “SAARC is walking, but it needs to run, but now it is the time to gallop. Nepal and Bhutan has huge potential to generate power but we are not able to do that. If we come together and increase cooperation, we can do much better,” Bhutanese Economic Affairs Minister Norbu Wangchuk said. Bangladesh Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said: “We should sit together and discuss ways to increase trade”. Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Commerce Mozammel Shinwari said his country has the potential to become a major transit point for South Asian region. “There is a need to create a level playing field. I believe much more trade can take place…there is a scope for building a regional supply chain in the SAARC region, provided there is an adequate infrastructure,” Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said. He said that tremendous opportunity is present in this region to increase trade. The SAARC ministers collectively expressed the view to deal with serious issues like poverty, unemployment and malnutrition. “We have issues like poverty and unemployment. We need to work together on these matters,” Economic Development Minister of Maldives Mohamed Saeed said. Echoing similar views, Sharma said: “About 40 per cent of the world poor are in this region. We have to work together to eradicate hunger, poverty and malnutrition”. Further, all the ministers said enhance cooperation is required in areas like skill development, education and tourism.

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Sonia Gandhi addresses AICC meet

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Sonia Gandhi addresses AICC meet
Sonia Gandhi has appealed to all parties to rise above political considerations to help pass anti-graft bills pending in Parliament.
While addressing AICC meeting in New Delhi on Friday, Sonia Gandhi said that main opposition dividing society, spreading violence. Congress is ready and prepared for battle ahead, says Sonia. Lets now take a look at the challenges that Congress is currently facing and is looking forward to find solutions of during the AICC meeting on Friday. The list of Challenges confronting Rahul Gandhi seems to be enormous and endless. Apart from the huge anti incumbency burden that he will have to carry , other factors seem to have added to the  already overflowing basket. After the disastrous performance in assembly elections this winter, Price rise remains a matter of worry for the party. Startled by the results and seeing the cart sliding away rather fast, Rahul specifically asked the congress chief ministers to reign in the prices of essential commodities. Matters concerning the Aam Aadmi also present their share of headache for Rahul Gandhi. The need to enhance the quota of subsidized LPG cylinders from 9 to 12 is not lost on the party. Party mp’s from urban areas are vehemently demanding the move. The issue of corruption is also up on the radar. With the success of AAP in delhi elections, its clear that the issue merits immediate attention. Although many congress leaders say that Rahul gandhi’s personal intervention accelerated the passage of Lokpal bill, rahuil himself wants few more steps to be taken to complete the task. Many believe the delay in firming up support to the lokpal bill may have cost the party dear. The perception took roots that congress and upa is not  serious in tackling corruption. Rahul Gandhi will have the onerous task to do the course correction.  The assembly elections have once again brought the factional fights in the state units to the fore. With appointment of young leaders like sachin pilot and arun yadav as PCC chiefs in their respective states, Rahul may have started cracking the whip, but the road to reforms has just started. While many congress leaders are vociferously clamoring for the generation shift, it is the generation gap in the party which is also source of a disconnect between the young and the old guard. The coordination between the party and the government is also quite evident when pary leaders repeatedly say that the party has failed to propagate the works of the government to the masses. Then the issue of taking Narendra Modi head on also remains. Political analyst believe that sooner than later rahul will have to take the bull by the horns. It just cant be delayed. Party has been dithering to suggest a Rahul versus Modi contest , but under the circumstances many leaders believe it is inevitable. Then there is a challenge in the family backyard. AAP candidate kumar vishwas breathing down the neck with his campaigning, Rahul will have to give some more time and attention to his own turf of amethi.

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Government of NCT of Delhi nominating persons on the Governing Bodies of 28 colleges

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Government of NCT of Delhi has been nominating persons on the Governing Bodies of 28 colleges wholly or partly funded by Government of Delhi and affiliated to Delhi University.

In a novel initiative, Government of NCT of Delhi has decided  to seek nominations for appointment to these bodies through open public advertisement appealing prominent academicians, persons of repute to recommend names of persons who have background in financial, administration of have done commendable work in the field of higher education or persons of exemplary administrative accumen or alumini of the institutions or persons of repute who have been associated with premier institutions of higher education.   The Government also intends to right to heads of premier Institutions of the country, prominent members of the academia, professors and other persons of repute in the field of academics and other premier institutions asociated with higher education, urging them to nominate people who can contribute to the better management of educational institutions located in

Delhi so that they emerge in times to come as centre of excellence.

The procedure being followed hitherto was of haphazard nomination based on individual choices without properly going into background and contribution of the persons nominated.   It left too much discretion and was not at all transparent.

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Suchitra Sen dead

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Actress Suchitra Sen dead
Cine star Bengali  actress Suchitra Sen, known as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema and had 60 films to her credit including the memorable ‘Aandhi’ and’ Deep Jwele Jai’, died of a heart attack at a super-speciality hospital in Kolkata on Friday.
The condition of the 82-year-old screen goddess had deteriorated on Thursday evening after which she suffered a massive cardiac arrest leading to her death at 8:25 AM, family sources said. Sen was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic on 23rd December following a respiratory tract infection. She was treated in a private Intensive Treatment Unit for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sen, who has been living the life of a recluse in a south Kolkata apartment, has starred in memorable Hindi films like ‘Devdas’, and ‘Aandhi’ and ‘Saat Paake Bandha’, ‘Agnipariksha’, ‘Saptapadi’ and ‘Deep Jwele Jai’ in Bengali. The screen goddess of yesteryears, who had been living a life of a recluse, was often compared to Hollywood actress Greta Garbo.

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of noted actress Suchitra Sen.

In a message, he said Ms. Sen had carved a special niche in the hearts of millions of Indians through her graceful cinematic presence. She was one of the first Indian artistes to win an international award at Moscow in 1963. Ms Sen’s versatility and range of performances, in a career spanning nearly three decades, mark a unique contribution to Indian cinema, and to Bengali films in particular.

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India & South Korea sign MoU to promote business to business contact

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India must explore possibilities of cooperation in urban transport with South Korea says Deepa Dasmunshi
The Union Minister of State for Urban Development, Ms. Deepa Dasmunshi  has highlighted the importance of further stepping up India’s bilateral engagement with Korea which is amongst the most dynamic Asian economies.  She was speaking after the signing of tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between EEPC India (formerly known as Engineering Export Promotion Council), CII (Confederation of India Industry) and Kotra (Korea Trade and Investment Promotion Agency) in New Delhi today.  The signing of the MoU coincides with the visit of Korean President Park Geun-hye to India. The Minister said that the visit of Korean President would also help further the engagement between the two countries.  She added that the MoU provides a platform where the technical knowhow of both the countries in developing infrastructure can be shared.  She added that it is very important to explore possibilities of cooperation in the Urban Transport Sector between the two countries. With the signing of the MoU, the three top trade promotion organizations will improve the flow of information in India and South Korea which is key to the business communities of the two countries. The business to business contact will be improved through trade fairs, exhibitions, seminars and other promotional activities. The MoU was signed by Mr. Anupam Shah, Chairman EEPC India, Mr. Young Ho Oh, Kotra President & CEO and Mr. Ajay Shriram CII President (designate).

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India & Uk  Signs MOU to Enhance the Collaboration Within the Framework of UKIERI.

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            A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE) to enhance the collaboration within the framework of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) . The signing took pkace here in New Delhi today after a bilateral meeting held between the delegations led by  between Minister of State (L&E), Government of India Shri K. Suresh, and Minister Mr. Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Skills & Enterprise, United Kingdom.

The key points of the memorandum are as fpllows:

·        Focus of this MOU is to collaborate and build partnership in the area of Skills Development and Employment Services.  The MoU will be the guiding document for overall collaboration under which the following activities will be supported:

1.      Institutional capacity building of UK and Indian official and institutes handling skill development and employment services

2.      Sharing of technical expertise, building linkages and identification of gaps in the areas of skill development and employment services, improvement in curriculum, benchmarking of assessment, certification and training methods.

3.      Supporting development of employment services in India on the lines of National Careers Service, UK.

4.      Other   beneficial projects, in the area of skill development and employment services, mutually agreed.

·        As a first step, UKIERI will facilitate partnership of Indian stakeholders with the existing Career Services in the UK. Best practices from the UK will be shared with MoLE and other stakeholders to help develop the Indian model. A workshop in this regard would be jointly organized by MoL&E and UKIERI in February 2014. This initiative will be jointly funded by MoLE and UKIERI. The India cost will be borne by MoLE and the UK cost will be borne by UKIERI.

·        India and the UK will partner on Mentor Councils in the identified priority sectors in responding to the skills demand in the sector and would cover an entire spectrum viz. restructuring of courses, curriculum development, identification and development of good teaching and learning aids, training of trainers with quality, devising assessment mechanisms, improving on the job training etc.

·        UKIERI will support in providing UK experts for the Mentor Councils for upto 10 sectors through institutional partnership between the MCs set up by MoLE and the National Skill Academies in the UK. Each partnership will be jointly funded by MoLE and UKIERI. The Indian cost of the partnership will be borne by MoLE and the UK cost of the partnership will be borne by UKIERI.

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Historical Power Generation Capacity Addition of 21 GW During 2012-13

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Bids for Odisha & Cheyyur UMMP to be Opened on 26th February An historical 21 GW of capacity addition took place during the financial year 2012-13 and more than 8700 MW of capacity addition has been achieved by December, 2013 for the financial year 2013-14.  The total installed capacity in the country at present stands at 236 GW.  This was stated by Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister of State (I/C) of Power while addressing the media in New Delhi today.  The Minister disclosed that total installed capacity of 400 GW will be required by 2022 to meet the power demand, which is a huge challenge for the country. Mr. Scindia opined that availability, adequacy, and affordability have to be the crux of power sector strategy in India. For this, the emphasis of power sector development should be on capacity addition, transmission and last mile connectivity. In a major achievement, the southern grid connectivity was achieved three months ahead of schedule with the commissioning of 765 Kv Raichur-Sholapur Transmission line on 31st December, 2013.  With this the power system has stepped into a new era i.e., One Nation, One Grid, One Frequency, the minister added. He said that the country will have the largest transmission capacity in the world in the next four to five years. Mr. Scindia said that the RGGVY scheme has been extended to the 12th Plan and for the balance of the 13th Plan, covering habitations with the population of 100 and above.  More than Rs. 35000 cr have been approved for the completion of the scheme in the 13th Plan. Speaking about the supply of gas to the coal sector, the Minister said that after the latest decision of the Govt. to cap the supply of domestic gas to the fertilizer sector, nearly 9 MMSCMD of additional gas will be available to the power sector over the next three years. The Minister admitted that the shortage of gas supply has become a matter of concern since nearly 20 GW of capacity is tied up in gas based power projects. With respect to the supply of coal to the power sector, the Minister said that a remarkable achievement has been signing of 157 FSAs with total capacity of 72 GW out of a total of stipulated 78 GW in a record time of 2 and half months. Mr. Scindia disclosed that 9 applications have been received for Odisha UMPP and 8 for Cheyyur (Tamil Nadu), the bids for which will be opened on 26th February, 2014. The Minister elaborated that several level of redundancies have been put in place and these mechanisms are now institutionalized to ensure grid security.  Frequency band has been tightened which is now closer to international norms and congestion charges have been imposed to ensure that everybody follows the guidelines. Similarly, autonomy to POSOCO is also under process. The Ladakh region of J&K will be connected with the National Grid soon since the Cabinet has approved the transmission project between Srinagar and Leh along with the associated transmission lines as well as sub stations. This will enable remote areas of Leh and Kargil to benefit from the much needed power supply during winter as well as allow evacuation of excess power in summer from NHPC Power Plants of Nimmo Bazgo, and Chutak recently commissioned in the Leh/Kargil area.  The Minister added that his Ministry has been working closely with the Ministry of Environment and Forests for speedy clearances. More than 4800 MW of Hydro Capacity received wildlife/environment/forest clearances recently as a result of these efforts. Similarly, E-GoM has been set up to expedite Hydro Projects in Arunachal Pradesh. Speaking on the issue of subsidy on power, the Minister said that if the states wish to give subsidy on electricity, then they must re-imburse the subsidy amount to the concerned DISCOM immediately to ensure revenue neutrality of the DISCOM. The Financial Restructuring of DISCOMs is doing well in the four states of Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, UP & Haryana with an FRP amount of Rs 95,247 cr finalized and bonds worth Rs 46,707 cr already issued, the Minister added.

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Vodafone India Reinforces Commitment to Sustainability

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Releases ‘Footprints III’- Sustainability Report 2013

First Sustainability Report by an Indian Telecom Company as per latest GRI G4 guidelines

Vodafone India and TERI announce a strategic partnership

To jointly develop Sustainability initiatives for Energy Conservation and Green Telecom

Delhi, January 16, 2014:

Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers, today announced the release of “Footprints-III”, the third edition of its annual Sustainability Report. A digital version of the report was formally released in the presence of Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI).

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, the Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development , complimenting this initiative said, “Telecommunications have a vital role to play in nation building. By virtue of the services telecoms provide, the sector enables inclusion and facilitates holistic growth. Better connectivity will allow us to fulfill our national priorities of educating all, greater financial inclusion and smarter distribution of government benefits to the citizens. I congratulate Vodafone India for taking the lead in this endeavour and wish them more success in empowering communities.” Speaking on Vodafone India’s Sustainability strategy,

Marten Pieters, Managing Director and CEO, Vodafone India, said, “At Vodafone, sustainability is an ongoing journey and engrained in the business we do. We see our customers, employees, shareholders and the community we operate in as our most important stakeholders. Contributing to society is intrinsic to our corporate mission. Our aspiration is to be the most trusted and respected telecommunications company in India and we are committed to play our due role as a conscientious corporate citizen. We will continue to partner with government and the developmental sector to make meaningful contributions for the social and economic development of our country.”

Continuing the endeavour to consistently raise the bar in reporting on sustainability, this edition of the report has been compiled referencing G4 — the most recent guidelines from Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI is a world-renowned independent institution that sets benchmarks and standard frameworks for sustainability reporting. The G4 guidelines ensure up-to-date disclosures on governance, ethics and integrity, supply chain management, anti-corruption and Green House Gas emissions.

Speaking about

‘Footprints-III’, Vodafone India’s Sustainability Report 2013, Sunil Sood, Chief Operating Operator, Vodafone India, said, “Vodafone Cares’ is our platform to integrate all the good that Vodafone India does as an organisation. The initiatives under ‘Vodafone Cares’ are built around 3Es – Empowerment, Education and Environment, the strategic components of sustainability at Vodafone India. This report chronicles the initiatives undertaken during the year through this 3E approach.”

‘Footprints III’ – Sustainability Report 2013 is being published in the digital format only and can be downloaded from http://www.vodafone.com

Vodafone India and TERI, an independent, non-profit research organisation that focuses on energy, environment and sustainable development, signed a strategic partnership for further embedding and promoting sustainability in Vodafone India’s operations and initiatives.

Announcing the partnership,

Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said, “Our mission at TERI is to develop and promote technologies, policies and institutions for efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. We are delighted to partner with Vodafone India and work with them to further enhance the scale and impact of their initiatives to promote sustainability.”

Speaking on the occasion,

Mr. Rohit Adya, External Affairs Director, Vodafone India, said, “At Vodafone India, our core belief of ‘what is good for society is also good for business drives us to make our business and operations more sustainable. The mobile technology has the power to catalyse social transformation by empowering communities and individuals, facilitating a sustainable future for all. We look forward to working with TERI to progress on our sustainability journey and fulfill our role as a responsible corporate.”

The areas of engagement between the two corporate partners include strategic advisory and knowledge sharing, energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction for Greener Telecom. The two organisations will also explore opportunities to jointly build advocacy and promote the cause and purpose of sustainability in the public domain.

About Vodafone India

Vodafone India is a member of the Vodafone Group and commenced operations in 1994 when its predecessor Hutchison Max acquired the cellular license for Mumbai. The company has operations across the country serving over 150 million customers. This journey is a strong testimony of Vodafone’s success in a highly competitive and price sensitive market. Vodafone India in its long-term commitment to India has been providing innovative, customer friendly and reliable products and services by continuously differentiating itself with a strong brand, best quality network, unique distribution and great customer service.

Vodafone has been receiving several awards and recognition across different segments. At the Aegis Graham Bell Awards 2013, the company was awarded for excellence in ‘Service Innovation’ and ‘Innovation in Training and Learning’ categories. The company also received the ‘Best 3G services operator’ at the recent tele.net Telecom awards. In a survey conducted by Nielsen; Vodafone India has been recognized as the ‘Most Likeable Brand’ in the consumer services category. Vodafone India has also been making significant strides with its wide retail presence in the country. The company won the award for innovation in Retail, at International women leadership forum for the concept of Angel (all women) stores across the country. The company has been recognized as one of the ‘Best Employer of Choice’ in telecom sector by ‘Great Places to Work’ and Vodafone Business Services has been awarded the “Best Enterprise Service Provider” at the Frost & Sullivan Awards for three consecutive years in 2011, 2012 and 2013. On the technology front, the company has also won the Enterprise & IT Infrastructure Global Excellence Award for its Business Intelligence (BI) transformation project.

As a value based organization, Vodafone is committed to achieving the highest standards of Health, Safety and Well-being not only for its employees but also for all its partners. For creating such a responsible culture in the organization, the company recently received the Golden Peacock Occupational Health & Safety Award 2013.

Vodafone India was awarded the ‘Green Telecom Company of the Year’ at the Telecom Leadership Awards 2012 by a renowned media group recently and has also received the “Golden Peacock Award” for corporate social responsibility for 2012 and for Innovation in Product/Service in Telecom category for 2013.

Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies with approximately 411 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as of 30 September 2013. Vodafone has equity interests in telecommunications operations in nearly 30 countries and around 50 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit: http://www.vodafone.com. Follow us on twitter @VodafoneIN

For further information, please contact:

Vodafone India | indiacorpcomm@vodafone.com

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Airbus Military Aircraft

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Airbus Defence and Space held its press briefing in New Delhi India and explained its strategy. Facts and figures General Data 5 sites in Spain (2 in Madrid: Barajas and Getafe, 2 in Seville: San Pablo and Tablada, and 1 in Cádiz, (Centro Bahía de Cádiz). Plus facility in Poland. 5,500 employees.

Successful family of aircraft from 3 to 45 tonnes of payload comprising five basic models. 132 customers in the Light & Medium family and 139 customers in total. C212: Programme launched in 1968, first flight in 1971, first delivery in 1974. CN235: Programme launched in 1979, first flight in 1983, first delivery in 1987. C295: Programme launched in 1996, first flight in 1997, first delivery in 2001. A310 MRTT (second hand a/c conversions): EIS 2004. 6 orders 2 customers 6 aircraft delivered 2 operators A330 MRTT: programme launch: end 2004; first delivery: May 2011. 28 orders 4 customers 11 aircraft delivered 17 backlog A400M: 174 orders 8 customers 0 aircraft delivered 174 backlog Programme launch: May 2003 First flight MSN1: 11th December 2009 First flight MSN2: 8th April 2010 First flight MSN3 9th July 2010 First flight MSN4: 20th December 2010 First flight MSN 6: 20th December 2011 Initial Type Certification received 3rd of May 2012

Airbus Defence and Space: Stronger in Europe and worldwide Reinforcing our capabilities servicing our customers better •One-stop-shop offering an integrated portfolio based on one sales organisation under one strong brand •Strong and reliable partnership with one known face to the customer •Improving competitiveness and value creation: today‘s profitability is tomorrow‘s investment •Integrated and innovative product and services portfolio, at competitive prices around the globe •Based on the solid foundations of the Eurofighter, UAS developments and military transportation •Fleet in service maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) •Leader in the light and medium transport market •Combined mutual strengths, engineering and political power to develop a compelling UAS programme •All units involved in development, production or ongoing support of military aircraft. •Well-placed to play a leading role in future UAS and combat a/c segments. •Products (among others) –Eurofighter Typhoon and similar combat air systems –A400M transport aircraft system –A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) –light and medium transport derivatives –mission systems –unmanned aerial systems –air services & MRO

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Getting to Effective Climate Change Governance

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Contact: Supriya Kumar, skumar@worldwatch.org, (+1) 202-745-8092, ext. 510

For more information: http://www.worldwatch.org/getting-effective-climate-change-governance

          Getting to Effective Climate Change Governance        The Worldwatch Institute discusses the characteristics of governance that can be most effective in facing the converging environmental crises of the future

Washington, D.C.—When a crisis develops, what sort of governance is best? Crises have traditionally resulted from situations of social turmoil, such as military invasion, revolution, or corruption, but expectations are that modern-day emergencies are more likely to arise from disturbances due to climate change and other environmental disruptions. Rising sea levels and severe weather patterns are predicted to increase the number of environmental refugees to the tens, even hundreds of millions, with millions more suffering severe disturbances to their livelihoods. In the Worldwatch Institute’s (www.worldwatch.org) State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, contributing authors deliberate over what qualities of governance will be the most effective as we endure the planet’s long future struggle with environmental crises.

It is possible for us to reach a state of sustainable living, but this will happen only once we are able to overcome political—-more than technical—-problems. Current governments, encumbered by bureaucracy, swayed by special-interest groups, and forced to respond to a variety of competing communities, have so far proven incapable of dealing with the threat of climate change. If we are ultimately unable to push our leaders into effectively rewriting policy, we must prepare ourselves for what kinds of catastrophes might arise and how we can best deal with them politically.

Brian Martin, professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and contributing author of State of the World 2013,provides four essential features of effective governance during times of crisis.

  • Widespread participation: “Significant participation is essential for rapidly responding to a crisis,” says Martin. “Genuine participation is greatest when power is shared. The more people take part in creating a solution, the more likely they are to stay committed.”
  • Development of resources: When troubles arise, we need to be prepared with adequate technological and material resources. These include food, transport, and especially methods of communication.
  • Tolerance and inclusion: Having certain sectors of the population opposed to action can delay and prevent important changes that need to be made. With everyone participating, we ensure that solutions are acceptable to all citizens and that every group is contributing to solving challenges.
  • Skill development: Through education and the sharing of ideas, we can be prepared to respond to threats in effective and intelligent ways. Martin explains that strategic insight is most likely to flourish in a form of governance that gives considerable autonomy to smaller units, while enabling communication between them so that insights can be shared, tested, and applied.

All of these characteristics can be achieved with a government that is both local and flexible. These qualities are best demonstrated by the efforts of smaller grassroots groups, which have been successful in encouraging citizen participation and influencing local government actions. Groups that involve members of the community in which change is being made are so far creating more awareness about climate change than large, international organizations.

“International governance is particularly unsuited for dealing with crisis,” says Martin. “There is little citizen participation and little capacity for skill development. The result is a form of symbolic politics that gives only the illusion of authority.”

David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College, offers a long-term perspective on how we can transform our governments to handle any imminent environmental catastrophes. One concern he addresses is the potential for the emergence of authoritarian governments to provide ultimate enforcement of societal change. According to Orr, the most effective alternative to this kind of state totalitarianism is to strengthen democracy.

The best way to strengthen democracy is to create active citizen participation in government, rebuilding democracy from the bottom up. A transition to local, self-governing communities will raise the legitimacy of policy choices and improve public knowledge.

“In our time, strong democracy may be our best hope for governance in the long emergency but it will not develop without significant changes,” said Orr. “One necessary change is to confront economic oligarchy. Today the majority of concentrated wealth is tied, directly or indirectly, to fossil fuels. A second change must be to the triviality, narrowness, and often factual inaccuracy of our political conversations. It is time to talk about important things.” While neither are easy tasks, neither will be living through four degrees of climate change.

Worldwatch’sState of the World 2013, released in April 2013, addresses how “sustainability” should be measured, how we can attain it, and how we can prepare if we fall short. For more information, visit www.sustainabilitypossible.org. Worldwatch’s upcoming book State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability, which highlights both obstacles and opportunities and shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government, will be available in April 2014. For more information, visit www.islandpress.org/ip/books/book/islandpress/S/bo9493331.html

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Kelai, Hailu thrown down gauntlet among elite athletes

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Kenya’s John Kelai believes that he has the experience to once again triumph in the US$ 360,000 prize-money Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday, January 19. “I appreciate the opportunity I have got to once again participate in this marathon. I have prepared well for this event. The competition is very strong and I have to go the extra mile to get the result,” he stressed during an interaction with media persons at the SCMM Media Centre on Thursday. Kelai, a former two-time champion (2008 and 2009) and having run four years in Mumbai, is the most experienced runner in the ‘Elite’ field and he is confident of doing well. “I’ve participated four times in Mumbai and am looking forward to this race. Of all the competitors, I have the best experience and I know how to deal with the heat and I am well prepared. The runners list is long and it will definitely be a good race,” pointed out Kelai, who has a personal best of 2:09.30 set at the 2007 Toronto Marathon.

The Kenyan, who won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, feels that it would give him the confidence to win this event.

However, he will have to contend with Ethiopian Hailu Mekonnen and South Africa’s Gladwin Mzazi. The Ethiopian’s fastest time is 2:07.35 and he could upset the Kenyan, while Mzazi, who is making his debut in the Mumbai Marathon, has a 7th place finish in 2013 Delhi Half Marathon and is also capable of springing a surprise. Mekonnen said “I have trained properly and expect a good result. The conditions here in Mumbai are hot as compared to Addis Ababa. The wind in Addis is cool, but I have worked hard and hope to adjust to the conditions to do well,” he stated.

The young South African admitted that he lacked experience but is prepared to have a shot at winning. “I don’t have much experience running the full marathon, but I will try my best to win the race,” he said. The women’s field will be equally challenging with Ethiopia’s Dinknesh Mekash, whose personal best is 2:25.09 when she finished fourth at last year’s Paris Marathon. “I am glad to be here in Mumbai and will try to lower the course record (2:24.33). I will be trying my best, but God knows who will win,” she said. Ukraine’s Yulia Ruban and Eunice Kales from Kenya are the ones who would pose a strong challenge to Mekash. The 30-year-old Ruban, who has a personal best of 2:27.00, stated that she has done some hard training back home and is fresh for this race as she has not participated in any event for the last eight months.Kales is new to Marathon and this event will her third and is hoping to doing well despite not preparing well due to illness. “I am happy to be here and among strong athletes. I was unwell, down with pneumonia two weeks ago and was under medication and could not train well. But I am focused to give my best,” she mentioned.

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Joseph: Revoke suspension of Adv. Anima Muyarath

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                                            Tenison Joseph: Revoke suspension of Adv. Anima Muyarath                                          

They abused her verbally and then threw chairs at her.

Anima, a young female lawyer, put up Facebook posts about gender discrimination in the Lawyers’ Bar Association of Kozhikode, Kerala. The Bar Association suspended her for it.

At the General Body meeting of the Association, she was asked to apologise. When she bravely refused, they verbally abused and threw chairs at her!

As a fellow lawyer, I am appalled at this discrimination. I strongly feel that her suspension should be revoked. That’s why I started this petition on Change.org asking, Tenison Joseph, the Secretary of Bar Association, Kozhikode, to revoke Anima’s supension.

Suspending her is an act of gender discrimination as well. It is also an attack on her Fundamental Right to Speech and Expression. I am shocked that the Bar Association indulges in such practices.

Kozhikode Bar Association has produced brilliant lawyers and it should support lawyers like Anima who stand up against injustice. It is also their responsibility to stop gender discrimination at the Bar Association.

Sign my petition. Forward it to your friends asking them to support Anima and join our campaign demanding her suspension be revoked.

Ashis K Via Change.org

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TIME TO BE BOLD

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 THE Indo- Pakistan bilateral economic and commercial relations were put on a firm path in September 2011 when the two commerce secretaries laid out a road map with specific milestones.

This raised huge expectations.

But Pakistan has been unable to meet its commitments as laid out in the communiqué. Of all things, the nomenclature of granting the Most Favoured Nation status to India became a serious hurdle.

There is now talk of the term being changed to ‘ non discriminated country’ to satisfy those who were not ready to accept the Urdu translation of MFN. I cannot see any one guaranteeing that this version will go through because elements that can militate against importing much- needed electricity from India, can surely still agitate to prevent Pakistan normalising its trading relations with us. .

Unilateral

In the present circumstances, India should seriously consider giving unilateral access to its market for Pakistan and prune its negative list without waiting for the MFN status. India has a huge surplus in its formal bilateral trade with Pakistan.

This widens further in India’s favour when the Dubai trade is taken into account.

India’s unilateral granting of better market access will thus not materially harm India’s interests. On the other hand, it could provide a real fillip to Pakistani exports to India and thereby contribute to improving its economic performance.

But perhaps equally importantly, the unilateral gesture by India will provide major ammunition to those stakeholders in Pakistan who support better ties with India.

This unilateral measure will generate broad- based goodwill for India that will contribute to weakening the jihadis case against India. Clearly, India’s security interests, of which political stability within Pakistan and weakening of the jihadi support base are two principle components, will be directly served by this measure.

The case of the Turkmenistan- Afghanistan- Pakistan- India ( TAPI) gas pipeline is an instructive one for understanding the convergence between India’s national security interests and improving economic ties with Pakistan. TAPI was initially proposed by the ADB in 2000- 01.

The other three countries moved with alacrity and set up a formal mechanism to push forward with the ambitious project.

India on the other hand rejected it on security grounds It took more than ten years for India to finally see the merit of joining TAPI, which has just been confirmed by the new petroleum minister, Veerapa Moily. TAPI, when completed and on- stream, will generate more than $ 500 million of ‘ wheeling charges’ for Afghanistan. These will come mostly from India and will only reinforce India’s already good relations with Afghanistan.

This will directly serve India’s security and political interests. The pipeline which will also deliver much needed gas to Pakistan and India at cheaper rates will create a mutual dependence in the safeguarding of the pipeline.

Yet India’s MEA establishment, for an inordinately long time and despite the championing of the project by the line ministry, took a narrow and short term view of India’s security interests and let the project drag on for more than ten years. This mindset has to change. India has to take a more strategic view of its security interests.

Neighbours

For India, it is now important to build trust- based relationships with its neighbours, given that China is now actively trying to create a dominant presence in the South Asian economic and geographic space. Regional cooperation, mediated by external agencies like multilateral development banks would help build trust based relationship in South Asia. It will be far better placed to counter the growing Chinese influence if its neighbours developed vested interests in the larger South Asian economic space. Therefore, India will have to further intensify its asymmetric approach towards its neighbours, which began in 2007, and take the responsibility for creating more trust based relationships with them.

India can take two other major steps to build greater trust with its neighbours.

First, it should give national treatment across its territory for all freight movement from South Asian countries including Myanmar. This would dramatically reduce shipment time and costs and enable South Asian countries to exploit the huge advantage of proximity. This one step by India will go a long way in reversing the geographic fragmentation of South Asia that came about in 1947. This suggestion has been made strongly by Shyam Saran himself, who is currently the Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board. Second, it is time that India adopts a far simpler and liberal visa regime for its neighbours. The anachronistic and dysfunctional visa regime between Pakistan and India that is a major deterrent to commerce and tourism needs to be changed immediately. Visa regime with Bangladesh has already been substantially liberalised and the process should continue until the system for visa- on- arrival for all SAARC members is put in place.

Proactive

Both these suggestions will be expectedly opposed by Indian ‘ agencies’ on security grounds. This opposition is reflects inertia in modernising our security apparatus and is based on the spurious logic that India, which is one of the six countries in the world with advanced missile technology, cannot ensure its security except by adopting the most primitive measures like requiring its visitors to report to the nearest police station within 24 hours of their arrival.

In short the argument is that for India, to take an even more proactive and asymmetric approach towards its neighbours is in its long term strategic interests. Therefore, unilateral actions vis a vis its neighbours, specially Pakistan, which is the second largest economy in South Asia, as suggested above, should be seen to be in India’s strategic interests and as safeguarding its security. These are not acts of magnanimity or generosity. Moreover, India cannot aspire to be a global player if it cannot ensure stability, peace and prosperity in its neighbourhood. Improving bilateral economic and commercial relations with Pakistan must be an important component of this strategy.

The writer is Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Arvind exposed -News dose 16 Jan 2014

Arvind exposed as Vinod Kumar Binny to go on a hunger strike

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Arvind Kejriwal separated from his mentor Anna in month of July 2012 after the Arvind made up his mind to set up political entity on the Annas public view that we will give political alternative, Annas followers Kiran, Santosh dismissed this plea with heated arguements but Arvind did find space of another political outfit in national capital where people were fed up with collaborative politics.He found people of Delhi too annoyed on surge in water electric bill and privatization of water. Anna continued his task to get lokpal bill passed but arvind find news issues on which fortified his party in the national capital and his lusterless candidates won as the traditional parties workers supported the hybrid outfit. NGO employees of Arvind found new platform helped to deploy poor quality volunteers at low cost and NGo’s employees were elevated and some of them are the minister and hold high offices in Arvind outfit AAP as per the insider report.

AAP was formed on 26 Nov 2012 with 300 founder members, for reasons of scrutiny, founder members are limited to approximately 275 but surprisingly those close to Arvind find themselves in coterie rest ignored and still are in state of despair.More than 15 months have elapsed and no General meeting has been called of the founder members or the volunteers an essential tenet of any organistaion registered thus mutilating all norms of democracy in the functioning of party for which the Arvind projects himself as the only honest man in political arena as told to us by his members who did not want to identify.Further his colleagues add his word is final and is hard to be accessible for reasons best known to Arvind.

Today press conference by Aam Aadmi Party’s rebel Member of the Legislative Assembly Vinod Kumar Binny who alleged that the government is deviating from its principles, which helped the AAP win 28 seats in last month’s assembly election hold true to its core.
AAP, its MLA Vinod Kumar Binny  accused the party of backtracking on a range of promises, including in the water and power sector, and slammed the leadership for “deviating” from its core principles.Laxmi Nagar MLA said though the party during the election campaign had promised to provide 700 litres of free water to each household, the government “very cleverly” announced that those exceeding the limit will have to pay for the full amount.The MLA, a former Congressman, said forming the government by taking support of Congress was a “compromise of the party’s principles”.

“We had announced publicly that we wouldn’t give or take support of any political party. Then what prompted the party to change the decision. Discussions were held behind closed doorson the issue,” he said.

Binny had publicly displayed his unhappiness after he was left out of the Cabinet in December.

He announced that he will go on a hunger strike if the party fails to fulfil its promises by 27th January.

“I am an honest soldier of this party. I will not leave the party,” he said.

On the electricity front, Binny said that the government “defrauded” the people of Delhi as the party had promised to halve the bills after coming to power.The government said subsidy will be given to those whose monthly consumption does not exceed 400 units. This is totally unacceptable;

Binny addressing press conference in New Delhi said, “We had announced publicly that we wouldn’t give or take support of any political party. Then, what prompted the party to change its decision?” Binny asked.

“The AAP was not formed to grab attention. That is why I’m saying there is a big mismatch between what the party had promised and what the government is doing,” he added.

Terming the party as an opportunist outfit, the legislator from Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar constituency alleged, “They are using the policy of use and throw. First, they used Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and now many in the party are being exploited.”

“It is unfair on all the party workers who have given their all to build the party — they have been given a raw deal,” he added.

“Look at the candidates contesting for the Lok Sabha seats in Delhi; all of it was pre-decided. It was decided where Gopal Rai would contest from or from where Kumar Vishwas or Ashish Talwar will contest.”

“So why have all this drama that it the list of candidates will be finalised only after signatures of party members. Is this not a fraud, is this not cheating the public?” Binny asked.

“Today Kumar Vishwas is campaigning in Amethi. Now, what is he doing there when his name has not even been announced as a candidate?”

Terming Kejriwal a dictator, the 39-year-old MLA alleged that the chief minister gets angry with people who don’t agree with him. “He gets angry if someone expresses their disagreement over an issue. If anyone speaks against him, he starts shouting.”

Kejriwal had said Binny’s dissent was because he was not made a minister.

“Arvind bhai says I am a liar and I had demanded a party ticket. Let me tell you that my name was there on that list, which went to the lieutenant governor. But I declined to take up a post in the government.”

Binny also attacked senior journalist Ashutosh, who recently joined the AAP.

“The other day Ashutosh said there is no place for opportunist people in the party. He joined the party after we came to power. But I joined the AAP when it was being formed. Whom would you bill as an opportunist?” he asked the media.

Attacking the AAP government’s policy of providing 700 litres of free water, Binny said, “The government talks of subsidy for those whose monthly consumption does not exceed 400 units. Why give subsidies only for a few? Give 700 litres of water on an unconditional basis.”

The MLA said he would stage a dharna if the promises made to the people during the AAP’s election campaign were not fulfilled by January 27.

Binny also criticised the government for delaying the Jan Lokpal Bill. “The AAP had promised to bring the Jan Lokpal Bill within 14 days of coming to power. The party came to power on December 28. Today, it has been 19 days,” he added.

Binny slammed Kejriwal for a delayed response to the gang-rape of a Danish woman in the capital. Two people have been arrested in connection with the case.

“Arvind bhai should have spoken to the police commissioner and ordered immediate action.”

“It is your government and you are running away from the people. Women’s security is a big issue and one shouldn’t delay in taking action,” Binny said.

“Water and power issues can wait,” the MLA felt, “but we can’t compromise on women security.”

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Cancel Environmental Clearance for POSCO Project

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New Delhi, January 15: A protest was organised by 14 groups under the banner of Delhi Solidarity Group at Paryavaran Bhavan today to protest the Environmental Clearance given to POSCO project in Odisha in violation of the Honorable National Green Tribunal’s decision and the Meena Gupta Committee findings. The groups demanded cancellation of the clearance until recommendations of the NGT and Meena Gupta Committee are fulfilled as well as a complete halt on forceful land acquisition and destruction of forest and beetel vines. The action was organised in solidarity with POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) as part of observing January 15th as National Protest Day against POSCO.

In the ongoing case the NGT had decided to stay the earlier clearance given to the project even while the question of forest clearance has not been settled. Despite this, the MoEF has cleared the project just before the arrival of the South Korean President, Ms. Park Geun Hye. On 30th March, 2012, in the matter of Prafulla Samantra v/s Union of India, the National Green Tribunal suspended the clearance given to the project by the ministry untill a full review by a committee consisted of judicial and expert members of the committee. The tribunal in its order even reduced the total capacity of the project from 12 MTP to 4 MTP. But the ministry has again given clearance to the project without following these conditions and more specifically without an MoU of the Project proponent i.e. POSCO with the state of Odisha. To note, the MoU had lapsed in June, 2010.

The Meena Gupta Committee in 2010 too reported the Environmental Clearance and the Forest Clearance as illegal and it recommended for additional study and due compliance of all the conditions. But, the Environment Ministry which is incharge of ensuring environment policy for the country overlooked all the conditions, violations by the project proponent, state and more importantly the ongoing struggle against the project by the people for their right to life and livelihood for last seven years now.

Delinking of Port Project is not enough, the clearance should ensure of no mining which is already proposed as the project will include iron ore mining for over 30 years (total 600 million tones) at captive mines located in Keonjhar and Sundergarh district of Odisha, destroying the beautiful Khandadhar mountain and disturbing the tribal culture of the area.

When none of these conditions were looked into and recommendations ignored then how can the Ministry go ahead and clear the controversial POSCO Project at the cost of life and livelihood of such a large population?

Delhi Solidarity Groups demanded:

1.      The Environmental and Forest Clearance should be canceled until the recommendations of the NGT and Meena Gupta Committee are fulfilled

2.      Forceful land acquisition and destruction of forest and beetel vines should be stopped

3.      Construction of boundary walls for the project should be stopped immediately, since there is no MoU and any construction is completely illegal


AISA, Delhi Solidarity Group, INSAF (Indian Social Action Forum), JNUSU, NAPM, NBA, NCDHR, Peace, PSAARC India, RSA, Toxics Watch Alliance

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Bapu Geetika – Songs for the Mahatma 14 Languagess I 106 Poets I 108 Songs

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De Valera and his green shirts –with their back to the wall

Hitler with his brown shirts- riding for a fall

Mussolini with his black shirt – lording over it all

Three cheers for Mahatma Gandhi with no shirt at all

New Delhi: While for many Mahatma Gandhi may be limited to the picture on currency notes and a holiday on his birthday but message from his life still hold a lot to inspire people not just in India but world. It is more so for youth in India who are all set to drive India in this century and are fighting for a new India.

BapuGeetika, a collection of 108 songs penned by 106 poets in 14 Indian languages, is a first of a kind, a unique initiative in India to spread and take forward Mahatma’s message in India and worldwide. 108 songs are based on exquisite well honed poetry about Mahatma by those whose lives were greatly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi at some point in their life. The poets included are Rabindranath Tagore, Maithili Sharan Gupt, Subhadrakumari Chauhan, Prabhakar Machwey,Sri Sri, Ray prolu Subba Rao, Umashankar Joshi, Subrahmanya Bharti, Masti Venkatesh Iyer, G Shankar Kurup to name few.

The songs composed in this project were helmed by venerable Uma Shankar Chandola and some of India’s finest composers, singers, voices and instrumentalists came together for the project. The song’s cut across all linguistic, regional and cultural barriers in the finest Indian musical traditions.

It has been a mammoth effort in all ways – 14 languages, over 100 poets, 7 composers, 60 singers and 65 live musicians. Artist of all ages are involved in the project with youngest at 14 years of age and oldest being at 75 years of age. Recordings for the 108 songs lasted for over two years as it was mostly done on weekends.

This project brings out the   unknown work of these stalwart Indian poets.

BapuGeetika is, however, brainchild of one individual – Kalpana Palkhiwala – who spent more than 20 years of her life gathering people and resources to fulfill the dream – she did all this while working with government of India in different capacities.

“Gandhiji may not be physically with us anymore but his messages still ring loud in our mind clearly. BapuGeetika is not just a celebration of Gandhiji’s life but is also an endeavor to spread his message. His life and message is quite relevant for India and the youth today and that is why we have come out with this project,” Kalpana Palkhiwala, age 62, said at the release of the BapuGeetika.

Kalpana Palkhiwala has launched the project with Gunjan Communication, which is a Delhi based initiative that aims at realizing projects that shun discrimination and forge connections that transcend boundaries.

“When we are forgetting the message of Gandhiji, I thought this should be brought forward particularly through children and youth. My main target audience is children and youth and the general masses. Because if one student out of 100, believes in this and turns into a chhota (small) Gandhi and brings some impact on society for betterment, then my goal would be achieved,” said Kalpana Palkhiwala while explaining her goal.

“Thus each student will have strength and power to touch several other lives- it would have a force multiplier impact on millions of lives at the level of individuals, society and nation at large. It is our conscious effort to create leaders. I have full faith in youth that it would take the message,” said Kalpana Palkhiwala.

Kalpana said she took inspiration from a holocaust survivor and human rights activist Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate, who had once famously said “With all that I have gone through in life, I still have faith in humanity. I have faith in language, although language was perverted by the enemy. I have faith in God, although I quarrel with Him a lot of time. When you enter this world and you say that the world is not good today, good! Correct it.” The same way Kalpana explained she has faith in today’s youth who, aspires change.

Soon Kalpana Palkhiwala and Gunjan communication are planning to set up BapuGeetika foundation. They are planning to take BapuGeetika to schools, colleges, universities and other institutions where they can spread the message of Bapu and change the lives. For these activities, they are inviting likeminded people to join this movement.

For more information you can contact:

Ms. Kalpana Palkhiwala – 09811111763

Mr. Anshul Pareek – 09982333778

bapugeetika@gmail.com

 

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Dr. Shaukat M Sadikot selected as the President – International Diabetes Federation

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Dr Shaukat M Sadikot, one of the country’s leading Endocrinologist and currently the President of Diabetes India, has been elected for the post of President of International Diabetes Federation (IDF). He is currently the President Elect.

Dr. Sadikot brings with himself three decades of dedicated service in the field of endocrinology to the IDF. He has been actively involved with the cause of diabetes and associated metabolic disorders since the past three decades.

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News dose 15 Jan 2014

New Age App to Fulfill  Your Dream of Parenthood

15 01 2014

          BLOOM IVF APP avails Fertility Calculator on just a touch also facilitates free online consultation.
New Delhi, January 14, 2014
The use of mobile applications has skyrocketed over the past decade and is omnipresent in the mobile arena like never before! Whether you wish to get into the right style for the day or you wish to monitor your health statistics, you can get all information at a single click. Moving step forward BLOOM IVF Group has launched a new mobile application called BLOOM IVF which would be a perfect guide for infertile couples seeking or undergoing IVF treatment.
As there are many techniques (IUI, ICSI, IMSI, IVF) available in Assisted Reproductive Technology for curing the male and female infertility problems, however due to lack of awareness couple remains in confusion and doubt about the decision of opting for In Vitro Fertilization. This application will provide perfect solution to all queries as it contains a host of information about FAQs, techniques, medical dictionary as well as facility for free online consultation.
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Consultant Gynaecologist at Fortis Bloom IVF Centre informed that couples generally struggle with the right Fertility dates, BLOOM IVF App has a ‘Fertility Calculator’ that will help you predict the most fertile time of the month and helps improve your fertility.  Enter the first day of your last menstrual period and it will show the most fertile period of the month at a touch”.
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Consultant Gynaecologist at Fortis Bloom IVF Centre, while shedding light on today’s fertility scenario said that there are couples who are taking advantage of all latest treatments available to complete their family. While amongst those, we still have patients who have undergone repeated IVF/ICSI cycles but unable to conceive due to unexplained reasons. The doctors of Fortis Bloom IVF Centre through BLOOM IVF will share the various advanced techniques of fertility treatments such as IVF, ICSI, IMSI, blastocyst culture, vitrification and embryoscope which have enabled lot of patients with repeated IVF failures to have children. BLOOM IVF APP offers an IVF glossary to guide patient through the complex terms and medications, also provides answers of fertility questions to support the couple’s attempt to concieve. Couple with severe medical complications gets free online consultation from Senior Obstetricians of Bloom IVF Group. They can anytime discuss the results with clinician for right guidance.”
Dr Pai informed that this application can be downloaded free of charge by going to the Google PlayStore and typing:  Bloom IVF or IVF Mumbai.Free on line consultation can also be availed by visiting  http://www.bloomivfdelhi.com
Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, Consultant Gynaecologist, Fortis Bloom IVF Centre stresses, Bloom IVF app is the promising guide for infertile couples to plan and track fertility treatment. This app places all valuable and extremely helpful information in the palm of your hand…for free. It reduces the stress of IVF treatment, by helping you plan at every step. 
Dr Palshetkar further added that patients often have small small queries for which they want clarification; they can just log onto BLOOM IVFapp and get answers.
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Hindustan FC Register 2nd Straight Win; Beat Tarun Sangha 2-1

15 01 2014

Solutrean-Bonjour-Hindustan FC notched up their 2nd straight win in the Delhi Senior Division Super League on Wednesday when they defeated Tarun Sangha 2-1 at the Ambedkar Stadium.
After a listless first half, that saw both the equally matched side fighting to get the lead, Hindustan FC drew the first blood right at the start of the 2nd half. O.O. Sola was in the thick of things inside the box when his shot was brilliantly saved by the keeper. But Khemson Kamei, pounced on to a rebound and slotted the ball into the net, giving the Tarun Sangha golie no 2nd chance.
Tarun Sangha tried hard for the equaliser and their hard work paid off when Emanuel Eni was brought down inside the HFC box in the 77th minute. Eni stepped up to take the spotkick and sent the diving goalkeeper the wrong way, to level the proceedings.
The joy however was short-lived as Khemsom and Sola once again combined to struck the winner. Khemson ran down the right flank and sent in an inch perfect cross, which the Nigerian sent rattling into the net, as the players in the box stood still and just watched.
With this win, Hindustan FC have gathered 6 points from two matches in the Super League. They next play Garhwal Heroes on January 18.

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DIE GALERIE is pleased to announce its 4th participation in INDIA ART FAIR, New Delhi.

15 01 2014


DIE GALERIE is pleased to announce its 4th presence at INDIA ART FAIR as a bright and standard-setting German beacon in the world of high class international art.
Gallerist Peter Femfert is a trouper on the art fair stages around the world, frequently exhibiting at ARMORY SHOW, EXPO CHICAGO, INDIA ART FAIR, KIAF Seoul, and other venues. Art is unique. It connects people of the most varied of nations, and is invariably capable of challenging and expanding one’s horizon. Art gives us the opportunity of seeing the world through the eyes of others and from continually new vantage points. This is something I cherish dearly – for this constant confrontation with the unknown, the exotic, the unusual and the innovative is my source of energy and enthusiasm.

This year the Indian art public can look forward to discovering at DIE GALERIE’s booth C 10 an ambitious presentation of high quality art focused on artists of the well-established European gallery programme:

  
The vanguards of European 20th century art dominate DIE GALERIE’s show presenting art works by some of the crucial figures of the epoch: Marc ChagallAndré MassonJoan Miró and Pablo Picasso.

Special attention will be given to the main members of the important European post-war artist group “CoBrA” (Copenhagen, Brussels andAmsterdam) Karel AppelCorneilleAsger Jorn and Carl-Henning Pedersen with a selection of colourful, splendid paintings and fabulous works on paper.
Furthermore DIE GALERIE will be highlighting contemporary figurative art by internationally recommended positions from Europe with paintings by Volker Stelzmann, member of the famous School of LeipzigKlaus ZyllaClaudio Massini and José Enguídanos as well as sculptures by Dietrich Klinge and the worldwide known artist Igor Mitoraj.


Girija Vyas Launch of HSUI Logo and Web site

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Dr Girija Vyas , Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has launched the Housing Start Up Index (HSUI) logo, web site and monitoring tool “Integrated Urban Poverty Monitoring System” (IPoMs) for JnNURM and Rajiv Awas Yojana ( RAY) here today. While addressing on the occasion, Dr Vyas said that the Housing Start Up Index is a joint initiative, of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA) through its integral arm, the National Building Organization and the Reserve Bank of India. The HSUI, is an index, that tracks the, number of houses, being constructed, every year, across the country. The Housing and Construction related activities, in our country, with its backward and forward linkages, with nearly 254 ancillary industries, have huge multiplier effects on the economy. Thus making the HSUI, a leading indicator of the National Economy itself, Dr Vyas added. She also disclosed that the results of the pilot index initiated in 25 cities will be released in the last week of this month or first week of February 2014. In her address, the Minister spoke about the various schemes of Mo HUPA viz. JnNURM, Rajiv Awas Yojana, (RAY), Rajiv Rinn Yojana (RRY) and National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM). Dr Vyas also highlighted the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC), developed by the Mo HUPA, which is a first time initiative in the country. The other achievements highlighted were the Real Estate regulation Bill and the Street Vendors Bill . The event culminated with the launch of the web based MIS system “Integrated Urban Poverty Monitoring System” (IPoMS) for JnNURM & RAY. In order to closely monitor the submission of the Detailed Project Reports under RAY, by the States, a web-based tool called the Integrated Urban Poverty Monitoring System or IPoMs, has been designed by the Ministry. Through this tool, the implementation, of the scheme, can be expedited and tracked effectively. This will also ensure transparency and accountability in the implementation of the scheme. In his welcome address, Shri VP Baligar, Chairman and Managing Director, Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) briefly listed out various achievements made by HUDCO in the last one year. The function was attended by Shri A.K. Mishra, Secretary,M/HUPA and several senior officers of the Ministry and HUDCO.

Areas for enhanced cooperation in hydrocarbon sector discussed

The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dr M Veerappa Moily held a series of bilateral meetings with visiting ministerial delegations from various countries on the sidelines of Petrotech 2014 at Greater Noida today. The meetings sought to further enhance mutual cooperation in the oil and gas sector.In his meeting with Libyan Oil and Gas Minister Dr Abdulbari A. Arousi the two ministers felt the need for increasing cooperation in terms of greater crude oil supply to India and in the field of upstream projects. ONGC Videsh(OVL) proposed signing of an MoU to provide institutional framework for exploring specific projects for cooperation. Bharat Petroleum Corporation urged revival of the term contract for supply of crude oil to India. Libyan Minister assured to consider these and emphasized that Libya was keen to increase the cooperation with India.

Dr Moily had fruitful discussions with Mr Suhail Mohhamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, United Arab Emirates(UAE), Indian Minister Dr Moily proposed partnership between OVL and Mubadala, an investment and development company of UAE, to jointly invest the upstream projects in third countries. The visiting minister showed keen interest in the proposal and asked that both the companies should soon meet to arrive at specific focus countries. He also said that Indian companies may participate in the future exploration and production opportunities and pointed out the UAE is looking for raising rate of recovery from existing fields. Dr Moily also felt the need for greater role Engineers India Ltd(EIL) in the development of UAE’s oil sector. HPCL presented investment opportunities in its upcoming major refinery-cum petrochemical projects in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.

In the bilateral meeting between Indian Petroleum Minister and Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Kahlifa, Minister of Finance and in-charge of National Oil and Gas Authority, the two leader felt that the cooperation in the oil and gas sector should further enhanced. India showed keen desire to source more crude oil. Bahrain could also look for investment in India as also Indian oil companies in Bahrain along hydrocarbon value chain.

Dr Moily and visiting Ms Alison M Redford, Premier of Alberta, Canada, discussed various areas of cooperation between India and Alberta. Visiting dignitary said that Alberta was keen about investments by India oil companies. She offered India to utilize their expertise in the area of Shale Gas. Indian side pointed out that India Oil has recently purchased a cargo of Canadian crude oil and are looking for sourcing more from Alberta in particular and from Canada in general. OVL expressed keen desire to learn from Canadian experience which could be useful in exploiting their Imperial Energy acreages.

Biennial Elections to the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) -2014.

Biennial Elections to the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) -2014.

 

The term of office of 55 members of the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) are to expire in between 02/04/2014 to 12/04/2014. The details are as under:  -

 

S.No.

State

No. of seats

Date of vacancy

1

Maharashtra

02.04.2014

2

Odisha

4

02.04.2014

3

Tamil Nadu

6

02.04.2014

4

West Bengal

5

02.04.2014

5

Andhra Pradesh

6

09.04.2014

6

Assam

3

09.04.2014

7

Bihar

5

09.04.2014

8

Chhattisgarh

2

09.04.2014

9

Gujarat

4

09.04.2014

10

Haryana

2

09.04.2014

11

Himachal Pradesh

1

09.04.2014

12

Jharkhand

2

09.04.2014

13

Madhya Pradesh

3

09.04.2014

14

Manipur

1

09.04.2014

15

Rajasthan

3

09.04.2014

16

Meghalaya

1

12.04.2014

 

TOTAL

55

 

 

A statement showing the details of the abovementioned vacancies is given in Appendix `A`.

The Commission has decided that above mentioned Biennial Elections to the Council of States shall be held in accordance with the following programme:-

Sl.No.

Particular of events

Date

1

Issue of Notification

21st January, 2014 (Tuesday)

2

Last date of making nominations

28th January, 2014 (Tuesday)

3

Scrutiny of nominations

29th January, 2014 (Wednesday)

4

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

31st January, 2014 (Friday)

5

Date of poll

7th February, 2014 (Friday)

6

Hours of poll

9.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M.

7

Counting of Votes

7th February, 2014 (Friday) at 5.00 P.M.

8

Date before which election shall be completed

10th February, 2014 (Monday)

 

Election Commission of India

New Delhi ,13th January, 2014

RM/

 

                                                                                     

Appendix – A

 

S.No

Name of State

Name of Member

Date of Retirement

 

1.      

MAHARASHTRA

Dalwai Husain Umar

02.04.2014

2.      

Javadekar, Prakash Keshav

02.04.2014

3.      

Trivedi, Yogendra Prem Krishna

02.04.2014

4.      

Deora, Murli Sitaram

02.04.2014

5.      

Dhoot, Rajkumar Nandlal

02.04.2014

6.      

Raut, Bharatkumar Bhavanishankar

02.04.2014

7.      

Waghmare, Janardhan Madhavrao

02.04.2014

8.      

ODISHA

Balbir Punj

02.04.2014

9.      

Mangala Kisan

02.04.2014

10.   

Rama Chandra Khuntia

02.04.2014

11.   

Renubala Pradhan

02.04.2014

12.   

TAMIL NADU

S. Amir Ali Jinnah

02.04.2014

13.   

N. Balaganga

02.04.2014

14.   

T.K. Rangarajan

02.04.2014

15.   

Vasanthi Stanley

02.04.2014

16.   

G.K. Vasan

02.04.2014

17.   

Jayanthi Natarajan

02.04.2014

18.   

WEST BENGAL

Ahmed Saeed Malihabadi

02.04.2014

19.   

Tarini Kanta Roy

02.04.2014

20.   

Barun Mukherjee

02.04.2014

21.   

Prasanta Chatterjee

02.04.2014

22.   

Shyamal Chakraborty

02.04.2014

23.   

ANDHRA PRADESH

Tikkavarapu Subbarami Reddy

09.04.2014

24.   

Nandi Yellaiah

09.04.2014

25.   

Mohd Ali Khan

09.04.2014

26.   

Ratna Bai, Tadapatla

09.04.2014

27.   

K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao

09.04.2014

28.   

Nandamuri Harikrishna

09.04.2014

29.   

ASSAM

Biswajit Daimary

09.04.2014

30.   

Birendra Prasad Baishya

09.04.2014

31.   

Bhubaneshwar Kalita

09.04.2014

32.   

BIHAR

C.P. Thakur

09.04.2014

33.   

Shivanand Tiwari

09.04.2014

34.   

Nand Kishore Singh

09.04.2014

35.   

Premchand Gupta

09.04.2014

36.   

Sabir Ali

09.04.2014

37.   

CHHATTISGARH

Motilal Vora

09.04.2014

38.   

Shivpratap Singh

09.04.2014

39.   

GUJARAT

Kshatriya Alkaben Balrambhai

09.04.2014

40.   

Natuji Halaji Thakor

09.04.2014

41.   

Parshottam Khodabhai Rupala

09.04.2014

42.   

Bharatsinh Prabhatsinh Parmar

09.04.2014

43.   

HARYANA

Ishwar Singh

09.04.2014

44.   

Dr. Ram Prakash

09.04.2014

45.   

HIMACHAL PRADESH

Shanta Kumar

09.04.2014

46.   

JHARKHAND

Jai Prakash Narayan Singh

09.04.2014

47.   

Parimal Nathwani

09.04.2014

48.   

MADHYA PRADESH

Prabhat

09.04.2014

49.   

Maya Singh

09.04.2014

50.   

Raghunanadan Sharma

09.04.2014

51.   

MANIPUR

Rishang Keishing

09.04.2014

52.   

RAJASTHAN

Om Prakasha Mathur

09.04.2014

53.   

Dr. Gyan Prakash Pilania

09.04.2014

54.   

Dr. Prabha Thakur

09.04.2014

55.   

MEGHALAYA

Wansuk Syiem

12.04.2014

 

India and Canada sign Letter of Intent for Co-operation in Iron and Steel Sector

Union Minister of Steel, Shri Beni Prasad Verma, taking forward his efforts to foster cooperation in mining and steel sector, interacted with a high-level delegation from Canada headed by Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Canada, Mr. Joe Oliver here today. During the interaction, A Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed to further supplement the dialogue of co-operation in the iron and steel sector.Through the LoI, both countries plan to develop and expand mutual co-operation, inter-alia, through information exchanges in areas of mutual interest including iron-ore, coking coal and other steel making raw materials and encourage bilateral investment opportunities in iron and steel related business. Efforts made by the two countries would ensure raw material security and forge alliances with global entities for tapping new market.

On the occasion, Shri Verma held discussions with the Canadian Minister which aimed at expanding and strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and also identifying areas of cooperation and assistance where India could be benefitted from Canada, endowed with a huge wealth of natural resources especially coking coal. They exchanged their views on prospects and growth of the iron and steel industry, as well as investment opportunities in raw materials, including pelletization plants and other associated industries in both the countries.

Present on the occasion were the Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Shri G. Mohan Kumar, Joint Secretaries of Ministry of Steel and CMDs of PSUs under the Ministry of Steel. The Canadian delegation comprised Mr. Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada, Ms. Rosaline Kwan, Deputy Commercial Program Manager, Mr. Jay Khosla, Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Sector, NRCan and officials from Energy Division & International Affairs.

President Rafael Correa presents ‘surprise’ Ecuadorian UAV

POSTED ON JANUARY 14, 2014

Photo from presidencia.gob.ec

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has unveiled the country’s first domestically made unmanned aerial vehicle. The drone is to help Quito fight drug traffic and will also be on sale in South America, costing “7 times less” than its Israeli equivalent.

“We have pleasant surprises… Whether you believe it or not, we are already producing unmanned aircraft,”Correa told the Ecuadorians, speaking on local television on Saturday.

The prototype drone, called the UAV-2 Gavilán (“Hawk”), has been designed by the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) to monitor borders and hard-to-reach areas, like the Amazon rainforest, as well as for assisting investigations.

It took the FAE five years of research to create the surveillance drone, but the result proved to be quite a bargain. According to Correa, Gavilán’s cost is about $500,000, while in 2007 Quito had to buy six Israeli UAVs of the same type for $20 million.

The Ecuadorian drone is made of carbon fiber and wood, and operates on a gasoline engine for up to seven hours, the official news agency ANDES reported. It is capable of transmitting video and photos in real time and can land or take off automatically.

The UAV has already been tested in real missions, detecting a ship with “tons of drugs” in the Pacific last year, which it had followed six hours before the vessel was detained, Correa said.

The president said he “pressed” the Ecuadorian Air Force with the task of making a marketable model of the drone, with the aim of exporting it “at least to Latin America.”

At least four more Gaviláns will be produced by Ecuador for domestic use this year, after which the FAE will switch to producing the drones for export.

Ready for any responsibility which party assigns : Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul spoke about Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying that the BJP wants to form a "one-man centric" government at the Centre which is not good for the country.</p> <p>"The government should not function according to the whims and fancy of a single person. The future of over 120 crore people can be safeguarded with inclusive politics only."</p> <p>"The Congress lives in this country's DNA. BJP's demand of Congress-free 'Bharat' is a vague idea. The BJP seems to have forgotten that Congress alone is a political force which has preserved the social fabric of this country," he added.</p> <p>The Gandhi scion told the newspaper that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is different from his party with different ideology and different style of working.</p> <p>"I don't agree with many of their recent decisions because our decisions should not be based on short-term gain, instead they should be made keeping the long-term benefit and a secure future for the people," he was quoted as saying.</p> <p>He also clarified that his sister, Priyanka, will only campaign in the general elections due in May.</p> <p>"Apart from being my sister and a dear friend, Priyanka is also an active worker of the Congress. And for these reasons alone, she is helping us in making the organisation a strong and trusted political force. I don’t think she would take any other role in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections."

 Rahul spoke about Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying that the BJP wants to form a “one-man centric” government at the Centre which is not good for the country.

“The government should not function according to the whims and fancy of a single person. The future of over 120 crore people can be safeguarded with inclusive politics only.”

“The Congress lives in this country’s DNA. BJP’s demand of Congress-free ‘Bharat’ is a vague idea. The BJP seems to have forgotten that Congress alone is a political force which has preserved the social fabric of this country,” he added.

The Gandhi scion told the newspaper that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is different from his party with different ideology and different style of working.

“I don’t agree with many of their recent decisions because our decisions should not be based on short-term gain, instead they should be made keeping the long-term benefit and a secure future for the people,” he was quoted as saying.

He also clarified that his sister, Priyanka, will only campaign in the general elections due in May.

“Apart from being my sister and a dear friend, Priyanka is also an active worker of the Congress. And for these reasons alone, she is helping us in making the organisation a strong and trusted political force. I don’t think she would take any other role in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.”

In an interview to Hindi newspaper Dainik Bhaskar, Rahul said that the people of this country would choose their prime minister according to their mandate in the Lok Sabha elections.

“In the national interest, it is necessary that Congress forms the government at the Centre; and in this direction whatever responsibilities the organisation has given me, I will discharge them with utmost sincerity and honesty,” he told the daily.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said today that he is ready to take any responsibility if given and will do whatever the party wants him to do.

Mr Gandhi said, “I’m ready to take any responsibility if given.”

He also expressed hope that Congress party will do well in the next General Elections and his party’s return to power will hold good for the nation.

“Congress is always underestimated, I am confident that it will do well in the next polls, “ he said. “It is in the interest of the country if Congress comes to power,” Rahul Gandhi said.

BOLLYWOOD EXTENDS SUPPORT TO 92.7 BIG FM’S ‘KUDIYAN DI LOHRI’

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MEDIA RELEASE

 

BOLLYWOOD EXTENDS SUPPORT TO 92.7 BIG FM’S ‘KUDIYAN DI LOHRI’

 

LYRICISTS SAMEER AND MUSIC COMPOSER SHAMIR TANDON CREATE SPECIAL SONG FOR BABY GIRLS’ PEHLI LOHRI

 

SPECIAL SONG ‘MERI MAA’ TO PLAY ON 92.7 BIG FM STARTING TODAY

 

New Delhi, 13th January 2014: As the city begins to prepare for one of its favourite festivals this harvest season, 92.7 BIG FM Delhi has planned a rather unique Lohri for its listeners. In its second edition of the successful Kudiyan Di Lohri initiative, the radio station today launched a special song dedicated to the girl child written by noted Bollywood lyricists Sameer and composed by renowned Bollywood composerShamir TandonListeners can tune-in to listen to the special track ‘Meri Maa’ recorded by little girls starting today and also participate in the celebrations exclusively on 92.7 BIG FM!

 

Traditionally, families that have witnessed the birth of a boy child celebrate the little boy’s pehli Lohri with an extra dose of enthusiasm and grandeur. With this initiative, 92.7 BIG FM endeavours to engage its listeners and infuse a new spirit into the festival by celebrating the birth of a girl child in the family in an equally BIG way. This week, RJs from 92.7 BIG FM visited families that have been blessed with a baby girl and celebrated their little girl’s pehli Lohri with the same enthusiasm and fervour. To add to the festivities, noted Bollywood lyricist Sameer wrote a special song for the girl child titled ‘Meri Maa’.  Listeners also sent in voice samples of their daughters of which the chosen girls recorded a special song with Bollywood composer Shamir Tandon. The song will be played on 92.7 BIG FM through the week starting today.

 

Shamir Tandon, who gave music to films like Page 3CorporateTraffic SignalJail, etc. is very excited about this initiative. While dubbing the special song at 92.7 BIG FM Station in Delhi, Shamir said “I think Kudiyon Di Lohri is a highly commendable and beautiful initiative by 92.7 BIG FM. I am thrilled to be associated with it. This initiative provides me with an exciting opportunity to compose some inimitable music for a great cause. I look at this as a path breaking new platform to do something truly exclusive and special,” he stated.

Adding to him noted Bollywood lyricist Sameer said: “I have written numerous songs during the last 30 years of my career. Kudiyon Di Lohri is an initiative I respect because it is really special, unique and different in what it is trying to achieve. I hope to be able to do something fresh and distinctive for 92.7 BIG FM”.

Well-known writer Neelesh Mishra also appreciated the cause of this show “I have been associated with 92.7 BIG FM closely and must say that Kudiyon Di Lohri is something that is out of the ordinary. The show will send out a strong message of gender equality to our listeners and spark a new revolution. I believe change is vital and shows like Kudiyon Di Lohri will without doubt influence the masses,” he added.

These special songs will be sent to each little girl on a CD as a Lohri Gift from 92.7 BIG FM for her to cherish all her life. All the activities and songs of Kudiyan Di Lohri will be updated on social media. On the day of Lohri, 92.7 BIG FM will celebrate Lohri with its listeners at Janakpuri in Delhi.

 

~ Be a part of the special celebrations on 92.7 BIG FM this Lohri! ~

 

About Reliance Broadcast Network

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited is a media entertainment conglomerate with play across radio, television and television production. The company houses the following verticals: 92.7 BIG FM – India’s largest FM Network with 45 stations, reaching over 4 crore Indians each week; BIG RTL THRILL – a dual feed channel from the Company’s joint venture with Europe’s RTL Group, targeted at male audiences and positioned as the ultimate action destination; BIG MAGIC – a General Entertainment Channel featuring family dramas, crime shows, sitcoms, reality shows and weekend blockbuster movies. BIG MAGIC has also expanded into the United States, Canada and Australia under the brand name BIG MAGIC International; The Company has further launched a channel called BIG MAGIC Bihar and Jharkhand, with specifically created programming for the market. BIG PRODUCTIONS – the television content production division caters to the creative needs of the diverse Indian television landscape. Reliance Broadcast Network also distributes BloombergTV India, the country’s premier business news channel as part of its television bouquet. For more information log on to www.reliancebroadcast.com

 

For further details please contact:

 

92.7 BIG FM

Sushma Parameswaran

9987514905

रामलीला मैदान में केजरीवाल जी इन्ही मीटरो को फ्राड बताते थे ..

रामलीला मैदान में केजरीवाल जी इन्ही मीटरो को फ्राड बताते थे ..

13 01 2014

रामलीला मैदान में केजरीवाल जी इन्ही मीटरो को फ्राड बताते थे .. और दस्त से पीड़ित होने के वावजूद भी पुरे जोर से इन मीटरो में फूंक मारकर ये दिखाते थे की इन मिटरो में पानी के साथ साथ हवा का भी बिल आता है ..<br /> आज दिल्ली सरकार ने आदेश दिया की इन मीटर में कोई प्राब्लम नही है और यही मीटर दिल्ली में लगेंगे ..</p> <p>हमारे युगपुरुष का गुलांट मारते देख बड़े बड़े लंगूर भी शरमा गये है
रामलीला मैदान में केजरीवाल जी इन्ही मीटरो को फ्राड बताते थे .. और दस्त से पीड़ित होने के वावजूद भी पुरे जोर से इन मीटरो में फूंक मारकर ये दिखाते थे की इन मिटरो में पानी के साथ साथ हवा का भी बिल आता है .. आज दिल्ली सरकार ने आदेश दिया की इन मीटर में कोई प्राब्लम नही है और यही मीटर दिल्ली में लगेंगे .. हमारे युगपुरुष का गुलांट मारते देख बड़े बड़े लंगूर भी शरमा गये है

Venus Williams knocked out in first round

 
 
Australian Open: Venus Williams knocked out in first roundUpdated on : 13-01-2014 11:43 AM
Venus Williams lost in the first round at the Australian Open for only the second time, with her serve and concentration letting her down when it counted most in a 6-2, 4-6, 4-6 defeat to Ekaterina Makarova on Monday. 


The seven—time Grand Slam winner breezed through the first set against the No. 22-seeded Makarova, who had an upset win over Serena Williams in the fourth round at the 2012 Australian Open. 

She had chances in the second, missing a breakpoint opportunity to go up 4-2, and then serving three consecutive double-faults after leading the ninth game 40-30 to surrender a crucial break. 

Williams led 3-0 in the third set but Makarova rallied strongly to advance to the second round. Williams was playing the Australian Open for the 14th time and the highlight remains a run to the final in 2003. 

   

 

Happy Lohri

 PRESS CONFERENCE OF NBA and AAP : 13th January, 2014

13 01 2014

PRESS -INVITATION
JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE OF NBA and AAP : 13th January, 2014
Indian Women’s Press Corps : 4:30 PM
Dear Friends,
Thousands of oustees of the Omkareshwar, Masheshwar, Indira Sagar, Maan and Upper Beda dams in the Narmada valley in Madhya Pradesh, struggling for their survival and human rights, under the aeigis of the Narmada Bachao Andolan for last two decades have decided to extend their full support to and join the Aam Admi Party.
There has been a continuous dialogue between people’s organisations and the AAP since its inception. As the AAP has emerged as a very significant political alternative for the ordinary people of this country, many organisations have expressed their interest in supporting AAP. The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has now taken a decision in this matter.
The Narmada Bachao Andolan and Aam Admi Party are holding  a joint press conferencein this contest on 13th January, 2014 at 4.30 p.m. Indian Women’s Press Corps (Address: 5, Windsor Place, Ashoka Road, 5, Windsor Pl, New Delhi, DL 110001). The press conference will be addressed by AAP leader and renowned Lawyer Shri Prashant Bhushan, Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Shri Alok Agarwal and  AAP activist Shri Pankaj Pushkar.
We will be grateful if you kindly attend the press conference and cover the news.
(Chittaroopa Palit)
(Mobile : 09009710068/09425928007)
Contact : Sneha (09717054142); Alok (09009710068)
Thanks.



Indra’s Net Defending Hinduism’s Philosophical Unity

13 01 2014

Ajit Doval, Director Vivekananda International Foundation 

cordially invites you to the release of


Indra’s Net
Defending Hinduism’s Philosophical Unity
(Authored by Rajiv Malhotra)

by
Shri Arun Shourie

on Wednesday, 29 January, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Venue: Vivekananda International Foundation
3, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi-110021
Please join us for tea at 3.30 pm.

(Formal Invitation Card & About the Book ‘Indra’s Net’ attached)
A line in confirmation shall be highly appreciated.

RSVP: 011-2412-1764

            info@vifindia.org



Concert of this Franco-Lebanese musician.

13 01 2014

Jean-Philippe Bottin

Today at 1:15 PM
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Dear Friends,
I know that you won’t meet the concert of Abaji that we organize in our auditorium. Please find attached the details of this sublime concert of this Franco-Lebanese musician.
For those who have also received the invite by post, please do note that the concert will take place on Wednesday 15 January at 7pm.
Warmest regards,


Jean-Philippe Bottin

Directeur, Alliance Française Delhi
Délégué Général Inde Népal, Fondation Alliance Française
72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003, India
Mob: (91) 9560004641, Twitter: @JPBottin



Visit Portugal

13 01 2014

 January 2014
Dear travel partner,
‘Feliz Ano Novo’ from Visit Portugal team in India!
May 2014 be filled with peace, good health, prosperity and happiness.
It’s now time for us to begin planning for the upcoming travel season and this month’s newsletter focuses on events and festivals during the months of January to May. We have also added information on obtaining a visa so that your customers are better informed of the procedures and categories for application.
Please accept our best wishes for 2014 and do write in if you have any feedback or comments.
Sincerely,
Visit Portugal Team
India Representative Office
UPCOMING EVENTS & FESTIVALS OF 2014
TURISMO DE PORTUGAL WORKSHOP 2014
High ranking Portuguese Tourism delegation will visit India next month to Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Kindly update the following dates as important in your calendar:
Monday, 17th February 2014, Chennai
Tuesday, 18th February 2014, Bangalore
Wednesday, 19th February 2014, Mumbai
WINE ESSENCE IN PORTO
Thursday, 27th February – Sunday, 2nd March, 2014
Taste And Chat With Who Knows More At Essencia Do Vinho – Porto.
There is a possibility to taste the most recent crops of Portuguese Wines, Contacting with the Main Players: Their Producers and Wine Experts. With famous chefs, discover the contrasts that enhance flavors and the best combinations for a perfect degustation.
ITB BERLIN
Wednesday, 5th March – Sunday, 9th March, 2014
Portugal is going to make their presence in the world’s leading travel trade show from 5th March to 9th March, 2014. It is an excellent B2B platform for leisure, MICE and business travel.
INTERNATIONAL TOURISM TRADE FAIR, LISBON
Wednesday, 12th March – Sunday, 16th March, 2014
Year after year, the BTL International Tourism Exhibition, which takes place in the Lisbon International Fair, confirms its major role for all tourism professionals. This market barometer, in the heart of a
tourist country like Portugal, let professionals take stock of the latest developments and make new contacts.
ARABIAN TRAVEL MARKET, DUBAI
Monday, 5th – Thursday, 8th May, 2014
Portugal is participating at the leading international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals from across the globe.
VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL
Wednesday, 3rd – Sunday, 6th April, 2014
Founded in 1900, Automovel Club de Portugal (ACP) has always paid a very special attention to motor sport in Portugal, being responsible for the organization of the most important events from the international calendars.
Book your Rally Pass Now!
PEREGRINATE TO FATIMA
Tuesday, 13th May, 2014
To peregrinate is an expression of Faith or an act of Praise and Intercession.
During the trip: Do always keep up the pilgrim’s spirit, play the cyrenean by helping your companions in the pilgrimage, respect and dialogue with whoever is in charge of the group
For more information, kindly visit:

http://www.santuario-fatima.pt/portal/index.php?id=40555

ROCK IN RIO, LISBOA
Friday, 23rd May – Sunday, 1st June, 2014
Rock in Rio is now the most important Brazilian festival in the world and one of the most significant on the planet. Over nearly 30 years, it became the owner of a prominent story in the music scene, with
12 editions performed, more than 6 million people gathered and one of the strongest festivals with digital media presence.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, LISBON
SATURDAY, 24th May, 2014
The Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica will stage the 2014 UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, 24 May.
The Portuguese capital has witnessed just one previous European Champion Clubs’ Cup final, back in 1967 when Celtic FC’s ‘Lisbon Lions’ overcame FC Internazionale Milano 2-1 at the Estadio Nacional.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Please note that the following essentials must be met by all applicants submitting their applications for visa.
Passport should have been issued within the previous 10 years.
Passport should have at least two blank pages.
Passport should have at least three months validity from the date of arrival back in India
Applications are only accepted within 3 months of the requested date of arrival
Relevant Forms & Photograph: Fully completed application form appropriate to the type of visa
Application will be accepted only until 10 working days (excluding VFS handling time) before the date of travel.
WHERE TO APPLY
The jurisdiction of the Consular Section of the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi covers all India (except the States of Maharashtra and Goa and the Union Territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli) for short and long term visa.
The residents of the States of Maharashtra and Goa and the Union Territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli have to apply at VFS Mumbai Visa Application Centre.
The long-term national visa (vg. research, study, work and family) for residents of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka have to be submitted to the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi.
STAY UPDATED
Turismo de Portugal recently concluded a FAM trip for select travel agents from India. Representatives from IN TIME Travels, Ashoka Dream Holidays,
SSR Holidays, Kavita Bhagat, Wellcome Tours, Varun Worldwide Vacations, Tour Organiser and Regal Voyages were a part of the Portugal Tourism trip.
The aim of the FAM Trip was to showcase various tourism facets of Portugal to the travel agents. This, in turn, would help to raise awareness about the destination and increase the number of Indians visiting Portugal for business and pleasure.
ALL ABOUT YOUR PORTUGAL VISA
SHORT TERM VISA
If you are planning a short visit to Portugal and you do not have Portugal nationality, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa. Portugal is one of the 26 European countries forming the Schengen Area which have no border controls between them. These countries also issue a common visa, the Schengen visa for the stay upto 90 days.
FOR TOURIST VISA
Duration Visa Fees in INR Visa Fees in Euros
Tourist
5281
60
Children between 6-12 years
3081
35
Above mentioned Visa Fee is to be paid only by cash.
VFS Service Charge
Applicants applying at the Portuguese Visa Application Centre shall be levied a service charge of Rs. 1320/- (inclusive of service tax and education cess) payable in cash.
For more information, kindly visit:
http://pt.vfsglobal.co.in/tourist_visafees.html
FOR BUSINESS / CONFERENCE
Business visa application is applicable in case you are travelling for business purposes. This visa is given for travel period of less than 90 days
VISIT TO FAMILY & FRIENDS
Visit to family or friend visa application is applicable in case you are travelling for visiting your family member or friend. This visa is given for travel period of less than 90 days.
TRANSIT VISA (SEAMEN)
Applicants for a seaman’s visa must be employed in any capacity on board a vessel, and seeking to enter Portugal solely in pursuit of his/her calling as a seaman, with the intention of departing with the vessel or reshipping on other vessel that is bound for a foreign port or place or one coming to the Portugal to join a vessel in this country.
LONG TERM VISA
Visas for visits exceeding three months, whether for study, training, working or residence, shall be national visas issued by Portuguese Embassy in accordance with its national legislation. These types of visas are only valid for the national territory of the concerned country.
Scientific Research: Scientific Research visa application is applicable in case you are travelling for research purpose. Applicants applying under this category do not require paying Visa fee.
Study/Training: Applicants travelling for study purpose or training purpose has to apply under this category.
Duration Visa Fees in INR Visa Fees in Euros
Study / Training
7922
90
Work Visa (Employment Visa/ Work Independent Visa):This visa is issued to the applicants who are travelling to Portugal for employment purpose.
Family Reunification: Applicants who want to join their spouse/parents/siblings have to apply under this category.
Have to appear for an interview at the Embassy on the date & day scheduled at the time of submission.
Applicant has to pay Investigation fee: INR 20.000 for Punjab and Haryana; INR 30.000 for the rest of India; INR 40.000 for Nepal and Sri Lanka; INR 45.000 for Bangladesh. The fee will be paid via bank transfers. Details will be made available at the visa counter, Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi, at the time of interview of the applicants.
Temporary Stay Visa
Temporary Stay visa is issued to below mention for a period of less than one year.
Software programmers/ technicians/ highly skilled workers under company’s contract for the period not more than one year
Employment under contract for the period not more than one year
Scientific research for the period not more than one year
Sports profitable
Medical treatment in a recognized hospital
Some other specific situations
VISA APPLICATION PROCESS
Application procedure
The VFS Portugal Visa Application Centres will accept visa applications from all nationals, who wish to travel to Portugal. VFS will submit all such visa applications to The Embassy of Portugal located in New Delhi and The Consulate of Portugal in Goa.
Step 1 Applications for Portuguese visa are accepted at the VFS visa application centre
Step 2 Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of The Embassy of Portugal.
Step 3 Please go to the link “All About Your Visas” to understand details of various visas
Step 4 Please ensure you read the security regulation notices before you visit the Visa application centre / Embassy of Portugal, New Delhi
IMPORTANT NOTE TO AGENTS
Please keep in mind that all applications should be handed in minimum 10 working days ahead of the intended travel date, unless extraordinary circumstances are demonstrated and approved by the Embassy. Failure to comply with the application procedures will be met by a warning. Repeated misconduct may result in cancellation of an agent’s authorization.
Note: In case of travel to more than one Schengen country, please submit your application to the Embassy / Consulate where you will be staying for the maximum number of days. In case of equal stay, one has to apply at the Schengen country which is the first port of entry.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Courier Service
In case you would like your passport couriered to your specified address, you can request this facility at the time of submitting your application. This optional service is available for an additional fee of Rs 335/- (inclusive of Service tax).
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR TRAVELLING IN PORTUGAL
BY CAR
Portugal has a good road network composed of Motorways (AE), Main Trunk Routes (IP), Complementary Trunk Routes (IC), Main (National) Roads (EN) and Secondary (Municipal) Roads.
There are car rental services at airports, international rail terminuses and in the main towns and cities. Drivers with mobility difficulties, or anyone who prefers to, can rent automatic or adapted vehicles.
BY COACH
You can get to Portugal by coach. Eurolines (www.eurolines.fr) and Intercentro (www.internorte.pt) both operate international routes to and from Portugal.
BY AIR
Portugal’s excellent geographical position makes it a stopover point for many foreign airlines at airports all
over the country: Lisbon – Portela Airport, Oporto – Dr. Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, Faro – Faro Airport, Ponta Delgada, Azores - Joao Paulo II Airport.
BY RAIL
CP – Comboios de Portugal (www.cp.pt), the Portuguese railway company, offers a vast rail network covering the whole of mainland Portugal and also offers international train services to Vigo, Madrid and Paris.
VFS LOCATIONS
VFS Portugal Visa Application Centre
No. 15-26, Block E, 2nd Floor,
International Trade Tower,
Nehru Place, New Delhi-110019
Helplinefeedback@vfsglobal.com
Submission of Application:
0900 – 1630 : Applicants / Representatives / Travel Agents
Collection of Passport:
0900-1200 Monday-Friday (For collection of passports received from the Embassy the previous day)
1300-1600 Monday-Friday (For collection of passports received from the Embassy the same day)
For more Information:
Call 022-67866070 between 0800 – 1700 hrs, Monday-Friday (except Embassy holidays)

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Govt seeks comments on draft bid on mines to be auctioned

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Govt seeks comments on draft bid on mines to be auctioned
The Coal Ministry has sought suggestions from the stakeholders on the draft bid document pertaining to coal mines to be auctioned in order to ensure greater transparency.

The development comes in the backdrop of the government drawing flak from various quarters for irregularities in mines allocation.

“The government proposes to allocate area containing coal (coal blocks) through auction by competitive bidding. The comments/suggestions are invited from stakeholders on the draft Request for Proposal (RFP),” according to a Coal Ministry document.

“The comments/suggestions may be sent by January 20, 2014,” the Ministry further said.

The government watchdog CAG had in 2012 estimated a Rs 1.86 lakh crore presumptive loss to the exchequer on account of allotment of 57 coal blocks without competitive bidding.

Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had said last year that the auction of coal blocks may happen in March.

An official had said the government’s aim was to auction 10 blocks in the first tranche instead of the six planned initially.

The Coal Ministry had asked Coal India Ltd’s mine planning and consultancy company CMPDIL to assess the reserves of four more mines and submit its report.

The government has also asked CMPDIL to appoint two separate consultants, including Crisil, to help in the process of coal mine auction.

The Cabinet has already approved the methodology for auction, providing for upfront and production-linked payments and benchmarking of coal sale prices.

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Bank of Japan, RBI conclude deal for raising BSA to USD 50bn

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Bank of Japan, RBI conclude deal for raising BSA to USD 50 bn
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) and RBI concluded an agreement that expands the maximum amount of the bilateral swap arrangement (BSA) between the two countries to USD 50 billion.

The agreement was signed by BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday and has become effective as of 10th January 2014, the Reserve Bank of India said in a statement.

“With this agreement, the current BSA, effective for 3 years from 2012 to 2015, is expanded from the original size of USD 15 billion,” it added.

The BSA aims at addressing possible short-term liquidity difficulties and supplementing the existing international financial arrangements, as one of the efforts in strengthening mutual cooperation between Japan and India.

“This expansion of the BSA will contribute to the stability of global financial markets including emerging economies,” the RBI said.

The BSA shall be effective until 3rd December 2015.

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ZEEL Announces The Biggest Global Awards Event
‘Lux Cozi Zee Cine Awards 2014’
will be simulcast on Zee TV, Zee Anmol & Zee Tamizh on 23rd February
9th January, Mumbai: Having drawn an unparalleled vote count of over 4.5 Million votes from across the globe last year, the ‘World’s Biggest Viewers’ Choice Awards’ – ‘Zee Cine Awards’ is back! Showcased on Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), one of India’;s leading television, media and entertainment conglomerates, ‘Zee Cine Awards’ is its biggest worldwide property. The votes cut across an extremely expansive universe of ZEE’s channels that entertain over 700+ million viewers across 169 countries, and represent the unanimous voice of a global audience. After creating a worldwide footprint for the Indian film industry across destinations like Macau, Singapore, London, Mauritius and Dubai, Mr Punit Goenka, ZEEL Managing Director and CEO and superstar Shah Rukh Khan announced that the 14th edition of ‘Zee Cine Awards’ will be held in Mumbai and telecast simultaneously on Zee TV, Zee Anmol and Zee Tamizh on 23rd February.
Through its strong presence worldwide, the annual extravaganza ‘Zee Cine Awards’, is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies recognizing excellence in the Indian film industry. With the previous edition of the awards clocking in an impressive 7105 TVTs, the property remains the highest rated film awards show on television. Post its premiere on Zee TV, Zee Anmol and Zee Tamizh, the grand awards show will also be multicast on other ZEE channels including Zee Café for the very first time.
Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan further announced that he will be exclusively performing at ‘Lux Cozi Zee Cine Awards’ this year! So, if there’s a one-stop shop for viewers to experience the cult popularity of ‘Chennai Express’ and the frenzy of ‘Lungi Dance’ LIVE, it will only be on ‘Lux Cozi Zee Cine Awards 2014’.
Always recognized by advertisers for its immense value and credibility, ‘Luz Cozi Zee Cine Awards 2014’ being a network property will make it more of a preferred choice for them. It will give an opportunity for more advertisers to reach out to different target audiences in various categories, including regional, English, mass and the niche channels from ZEE’s cluster. The Hindi cinema fraternity has also taken into cognizance the advantages of partnering with the esteemed property and for the first time, the Neeraj Pandey scripted film, ‘Total Siyapaa’ starring Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam has entered into a tie-up with ‘Zee Cine Awards’ 2014 and interesting initiatives on this front will shortly be announced.
Mr Punit Goenka, ZEEL Managing Director and CEO, said, “I’m pleased to announce that the 14th edition of ‘Zee Cine Awards’ will be held in Mumbai. Year on year, Zee Cine Awards is a property with growing global reach and audience share. Zee Media and ETC from within our network will be our media partner and Bollywood partner respectively. The success of ‘Zee Cine Awards’ over the years makes it an indispensable component of every advertisers’ media mix and this year, they will further leverage it across the network’s varied channels. Shah Rukh has been an integral part of every edition of ‘Zee Cine Awards’ over the years. We’re extremely glad that we will have Shah Rukh perform exclusively and only at ‘Zee Cine Awards’ this year.”
“Every year the talent recognised by our viewers continues to inspire us with the depth and richness that the Hindi film fraternity represents. We will support extraordinary new films who need a platform like the ‘Zee Cine Awards’ to showcase it to the industry, and that’s why we are so pleased to support ‘Total Siyapaa’. We are looking forward to celebrating their achievements in a fittingly glamorous way at the Awards,” he adds.
Staying true to its proposition of ‘Haq Hai Aapka’, ‘Lux Cozi Zee Cine Awards 2014’ will declare its list of nominations across popular categories and a transparent, hassle-free voting mechanism that will pass the baton of selecting the Best Actor, Best Film, etc to where it truly belongs … in the hands of its loyal audience!  So get ready for the biggest Bollywood awards night with the dazzle of the most glamorous stars walking the red carpet in their inimitable style, rib-tickling gags and spoofs by the witty celebrity hosts, scintillating performances by the hot-steppers of B-town and hard-earned recognition to the most deserving performers of 2013 voted and selected by you!

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Mumbai gets world class airport terminal

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Mumbai gets world class airport terminal
The swanky world class terminal T2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai boasts of arguably the largest art gallery at such a facility, depicting the vibrant mosaic of the country’s cultural heritage and varied collage of the city’s life.
The four-storey glass marvel, whose design is inspired by a dancing peacock and built at a cost of a whopping Rs 9,800 crore, was today dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.”This shows our ability to build world class infrastructure. The T2 is truly first class terminal,” he said after inaugurating the opulent terminal which would become operational next month. “It marks the beginning of a new chapter in the growth of civil aviation sector in the country,” he said.The terminal, sprawling across an area of 4.39 lakh sq m, is home to thousands of artefacts and paintings that stretch along a 3-km art wall, aptly named “Jaya He”, an eulogy to the rich kaleidoscope of Indian culture.

“Jaya He” gives the visitors a peep into the country’s diverse cultural heritage with rows of murals, statues and paintings behind a glass wall.

Sparkling fountains and classy installations welcome them.

An attempt has also been made to capture Mumbai’s life showcasing its large migrant population hoping to make a living in the city of their dreams.

Another artwork “Tincity”, in which a collage of photography and corrugated metal sheets, which dot the city’s landscape across numerous slum clusters, have been used, reflects the tenacity of the migrant community living in the bustling city’s dark underbelly.

The dancing peacock-themed facility’s peacock feather- styled roof leaves one awestruck with special dichroic lights that move with the changing direction of the sun reflecting an array of colours onto the check-in hall’s floor.

The new terminal can accommodate 9,900 passengers and has 7 lakh square feet of space for retail, lounges and other travel services.

There are 8 check-in islands, 60 emigration and 72 immigration counters, 52 boarding bridges, 162 lifts, escalators and travellators and landscaping has been done in two lakh sq ft.

Besides, it has the largest multi-level covered car parking in the country with a capacity to accommodate 5,000 vehicles.

Shiny granite has been used is 1.85 lakh sq m, large enough to accommodate 25 football pitches.

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Major fire destroys ancient Tibetan town Dukezong in China

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Major fire destroys ancient Tibetan town in Chinese resort
A Tibetan town in southwest China’s Shangri-la resort, famous for its ancient wooden structures and cultural relics, was on Saturday destroyed in a massive fire that gutted over 240 houses and forced the evacuation of 2,600 people.

The fire broke out in the early hours at Dukezong – meaning “town of the moon” in Tibetan – built 1,300 years ago on the South Silk Road.

More than 2,600 residents were evacuated after over 240 houses burned down, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The blaze lasted about ten hours.

Over 1,000 people were mobilised to put out the fire but their task became difficult as most of the houses were made of wood, a local government spokesman said.

No casualties were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

Authorities ruled out the possibility of arson. Apart from the houses, shops and infrastructure facilities, some cultural relics, precious Tibetan thangka and other art pieces were gutted, the report said.

Weather forecast departments said snow is expected between this evening and tomorrow, and warned the evacuated people to stay warm.

Dukezong is one of the most renowned resorts in Shangri-la, known for its well-preserved ancient Tibetan dwellings.

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Do not insist on RTI applicants to provide address: Centre

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Do not insist on RTI applicants to provide address: Centre
Government departments should not insist on seeking address of an RTI applicant if a post box number is being provided to them for communication, the Centre has said.

The Ministry of Personnel has written to all central government ministries or departments, who act as public authorities mandated with providing information on RTI applications made to them, citing a judgement by Calcutta High Court in this regard.

“When the legislature thought it fit, the applicant need not disclose any personal detail, the authority should not insist upon his detailed whereabouts particularly when post box number is provided for establishing contact between him and the authority.

“In case the authority would find any difficulty with the post box number, they may insist upon personal details. However, in such case, it would be the solemn duty of the authority to hide such information and particularly from their website so that people at large would not know of the details,” the High Court judgement said.

The order had come following a writ petition by Avishek Goenka who sought court’s direction that authority should not insist upon the detailed address of the applicant as and when any application is made under the Right to Information Act.

The interested parties could cause a threat to the activist and there have been past incidents of unnatural deaths of activists in the field, presumably by persons having vested interest to conceal the information that is asked for by the activist, the petitioner had said.

Disposing of the petition on 20th November, last year, the court had directed Secretary, Ministry of Personnel, to circulate a copy of its order to all concerned so that the authority can take appropriate measures to hide information with regard to personal details of the activists to avoid any harassment by the persons having vested interest.

The Personnel Ministry, nodal department for implementation of the RTI Act, had on Wednesday sent a copy of the court’s order to all ministries and chief secretaries of state governments for appropriate action.

“It is a step in the right direction towards protecting the lives of whistleblowers,” said Commodore Lokesh K Batra (Retd), who had in October 2013 brought to the notice of the Ministry that public information officers were sharing personal data of RTI applicants with private bodies, thus endangering the lives of information seekers.

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Closing ceremony of the Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

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The year-long commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda formally came to a close today with functions organized at various places in India. The residuary activities may go on for another year or so.

The main function of the closing ceremony was held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Chairperson, UPA, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Minister of Defence, Shri A.K. Antony, Minister of Culture, Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch and several other dignitaries were present during the function.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister exhorted his countrymen to imbibe lessons from Swami Vivekananda and learn to be tolerant of one another, have respect for all religions and dedicate themselves to the development of people and the country. He urged fellow Indians to be open to new ideas, new opportunities and new challenges.

UPA Chairperson, Smt. Sonia Gandhi in her speech described the life of Swami Vivekananda as a life of magnificent achievements . She said several of our great leaders drew inspiration from Swami Vivekananda in nation building. Smt Gandhi said he believed in gender equality and lived to illuminate the life of others.

Minister of Defence, Shri A.K. Antony paying glowing tributes to Swami Vivekananda said, Swamiji was probably the first modern Indian saint to understand the value of youth in nation-building. The Minister said, Swami Vivekananda never preached superiority of any one religion, but accepted all the religions and showed the way of unity and peace to the world.

Culture Minister Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch in her address said, 54 proposals involving an estimated cost of Rs 253 crore have been approved and are at different stages of implementation during the year long celebrations.

The General Secretary Of Ramakrishna Mission Swami Suhitananda also spoke on the occasion.

The formal inauguration of this commemoration was held on 12th January, 2013 by President of India at a function in the Rashtrapati Bhawan Auditorium, New Delhi during which a set of commemorative postage stamps and commemorative coins were released. The Chairperson UPA, Union Finance Minister, Union Communication & IT Minister, Union Culture Minister and the General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission HQ, Belur were present on the occasion.

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Zee Anmol to pay tribute to parallel cinema’s blue eyed boy, Farooque Sheikh
The channel will air his legendary work as an anchor, Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai
starting 12th Jan, every Sunday at 10 30 AM
It’s time for the television viewers to take a trip down the memory lane… The sudden demise of Indian film Industry’s most illustrious actor, Farooque Sheikh has left a void amongst fans and colleagues in the cinematic world. As a tribute to the actor par excellence, Zee Anmol is going to air his most memorable work as an anchor in the popular series, Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai. The show will air every Sunday, starting 12th Jan at 10 30 AM.
Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai – a talk show that set a benchmark on TV as the first chat show ever in the history of Indian television. It was one of Farooque Sheikh’s most prolific works on television which won him many accolades. This celebrity chat show, anchored by Farooque Saab took a trip down the memory lane with top actors of our industry and skimmed through the pages of their lives. The show was made memorable not only for the viewers who were introduced to the unknown facets of the lives of their favorite  actors but also for the actors themselves where the members of their family, close friends, colleagues and mentors revealed aspects of their lives which were hitherto unknown to their fans.
Said Mr. Ajay Bhalwankar, Content Head, Hindi GECs, ZEEL, “As a channel we were fortunate and pleased to have such an adorable personality on board as an anchor. Farooque Sheikh’s compassionate disposition made the celebrity guests feel at home on the show and share their most cherished moments in front of the camera. This is Zee Anmol’s tribute to the great legend and stalwart who epitomized and glorified ‘the boy next door’ image. For viewers also, we hope it will be like a trip down the memory lane where they’ll get a peek into the lives of their favorite actors up close and personal and also enjoy Farooque Saab’s superb engagement skills.”
Come, relive the magic of Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai and take glimpse into the lives of Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, Akshay Kumar and a host of other Bollywood luminaries with the late Farooque Sheikh, starting 12th Jan, every Sunday at 10 30 AM, only on Zee Anmol.

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Saluting Shyam Benegal

Zee Classic pays an ode to the genius filmmaker with a
month-long festival ‘Benegal @ Work’

Launched in April 2004, Zee Classic is India’;s only Hindi movie channel that shows films from the classic era of Hindi cinema. In addition to bringing alive the magic of these evergreen masterpieces, the channel constantly endeavours to also acquaint viewers with the greats who made a significant contribution to  this Golden era and made the industry what it is, thereby standing true to its promise of bringing forth ‘Timeless Movies. Timeless Moments’!

The legendary man Zee Classic salutes this month was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. A recipient of the highest honour for an Indian filmmaker – the ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award’, he has walked away with the National Award 7 times over for his films. Critical acclaim, standing ovations at the most prestigious film festivals, the most esteemed awards  and rave reviews from the more discerning segments of the audience have been the pillars that have built the prolific film career of the legendary Shyam Benegal. Ushering an all-new era of alternate Indian Cinema with his very first four feature films, Benegal has truly been a path-breaker all along. Being a channel that showcases and celebrates classic films, highlighting their relevance to the youth of today, it is only befitting that Zee Classic raises a toast to the genius of Benegal, a man whose body of work shaped the contours of cinema in the 70’s and 80’s. Starting 11th January, Zee Classic will air ‘Benegal @ Work’, a showcase of some of Shyam Benegal’s finest masterpieces … some of the most impactful films that define his style and let audiences experience the magic of his storytelling.

The festival kicks off with Benegal’s debut film Ankur’, a story of economic and sexual exploitation set in his home stateAndhra Pradesh. The film introduced prodigal actors such as Shabana Azmi and Anant Nag and won Benegal the 1975National Film Award. Shabana won the National Film Award for Best Actress. Benegal’s ‘Trikal’ captures the transition of Goa from being a Portuguese colony to a district governed by India. Liberally sprinkled with dashes of humor, this is a fast-paced comedy about a family and their friends who lived in Goa through this interesting phase of its evolution. On 25thJanuary, catch ‘Bhumika – The Role’, a film broadly based on the memoirs of the well-known Marathi stage and screen actress of the 1940s, Hansa Wadkar who led a flamboyant and unconventional life … the film focuses on an individual’;s search for identity and self-fulfillment. The immensely talented Smita Patil gave one of the most inspired performances of her career, transforming herself in its course from a vivacious teenage girl to a wiser but deeply wounded middle-aged woman. ‘Mandi’ is a satirical comedy on politics and prostitution. Based on a classic Urdu short story Aanandi by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas and starring acting heavyweights such as  Shabana AzmiNaseeruddin Shah and Smita Patil, it’s a must watch! Benegal’s ‘Nishant’ captures the tyrannical power-play of the high-handed Zamindars and brings you the struggle of a rape victim for justice when the perpetrators of her torment happen to hail from the Zamindar’s clan. The ‘Benegal @ Work’ festival is something every film aficionado should mark out on their calendars and not miss for the world!

Zee Classic has the largest library of Hindi movies with over 300 exclusive titles from 1940 to 1970. These films have been digitally remastered so that viewers have the best possible experience of these evergreen films. Classics like Awara, Mother India, Shree 420 and the best works of legends like Raj Kapoor, Kishore Kumar, SD Burman, Guru Dutt, amongst many others, are just a few in Zee Classic’s vast library.


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Chaos at ‘janta darbar’, Kejriwal leaves mid-way

Chaos at Updated on : 11-01-2014 02:48 PM
Chaos prevailed at the first ‘janta darbar’ organised by the AAP government outside the Delhi Secretariat on Saturday, forcing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to leave the venue mid-way as thousands gathered to register their grievances.

A huge crowd thronged the venue where the Chief Minister and his entire Cabinet sat to resolve the problems of the people.

Delhi Police and Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel had a tough time managing the crowd as barricades at some places were broken down by the people.

The swelling crowd at the meet forced Kejriwal to leave the meeting half way through.

“We had not even imagined that so many people will turn out today. It was becoming difficult to manage them…If I had not left the venue, there was a possibility of a stampede,” Kejriwal told reporters.

Police estimated that 50,000 people had gathered in front of the secretariat. The crowd mostly comprised contractual workers from various government departments like DTC, power company BSES, different government hospitals, municipal corporations, among others demanding permanent status.

Sunita Kapoor from Mandawali in east Delhi reached the secretariat at 6 AM for the meeting that was to start at 9:30 AM.

She met Kejriwal and complained about unauthorised occupation of her flat. “I have been assured by the Chief Minister that I will be helped in the matter,” she said.

The complainants, who met the Chief Minister or the Cabinet ministers, were issued a receipt about their complaints.

Officials of various government departments as well as of DDA, municipal corporations and police were also present at the meeting.

The entire stretch of road that goes from ITO towards Rajghat was closed and barricades put up on the divider so that people can sit on one side of the road.

The Chief Minister had earlier announced that the entire cabinet will sit in front of the Delhi Secretariat on Saturdays to receive grievances from people and efforts will be made to solve them immediately.

On weekdays, one minister will receive grievances from the public.

“Public grievance is another major issue. It is a major issue for any government. It is the duty of every government to resolve those grievances. Public grievance is just a symptom, the disease lies somewhere else,” said Kejriwal.

Grievances will be segregated into five categories depending upon their urgencies.

“The urgent cases related to school admission or admission to a hospital will be resolved on the spot. In the next category, ministers will mention the time frame to resolve the grievance.

“Those related to policy matters will require time. They will be forwarded to the respective ministers for their considerations, he had said.

The next category will be for taking suggestions from the public. A team will be formed to look into them and regularly put up best of the suggestions to the Chief Minister.

Another is miscellaneous category and the last is for those which are not related to the government, he had said.

Kejriwal had said that unlike previous governments, he will not go by the compliance reports filed by the officials but will ensure that the complainant is absolutely satisfied.

Alirajpur Collector withdraws Sec 151 cases against 40 adivasi oustees Jobat Satyagrahis stand vindicated

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Intense dialogue with Collector, SP, Addl. SP for 4 hours: Offer of Land and house plots, fishing rights, fresh surveys from 20th January

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10th January, 2014: Surrounded and questioned by hundreds of adivasis for a second time yesterday, at the gates of the Collectorate, Alirajpur, the District Collector, Mr. N.P. Deheriya announced that he would immediately withdraw the charges of Sec 151, 107 and 116 (3) of Cr.P.C filed against 40 adivasis (including many elderly and 6 women) on the alleged and completely unsustainable ground of ᢲeach of peace at the site of the Zameen Hak Satyagraha, Jobat.

Joined by Mr. Akhilesh Jha, SP and Mr. Saitaram Sastiya, Addl. S.P, the officials finally conceded that there was no disturbance to the peace by the oustees at Jobat. As the end of 4 hours long debate and dialogue with the Collector, the oustees and Medha Patkar convinced him that the occupation of government land at Jobat Farm was not in any way to disturb the peace of the locality, but was a measure undertaken, as a last resort, to assert the right to land and rehabilitation, which has been seriously affected, since more than a decade, when they have been facing the severe impacts of submergence. The following commitments were made by the Collector at the end of the dialogue:

Cases of preventive detention under Sec. 151 would be immediately withdrawn.

The State would facilitate the process of seeking bail in the FIR of 2011 and the charge sheet in the same has also been filed.

The R&R Officer to begin showing land to the oustees from the 20th January and will ensure before this date that the land to be shown is cultivable and free of encroachment.

House plots will be offered in lieu of Rs. 20,000 given many years ago, without consent.

Surveys to be conducted in all the 13 villages once again to assess the actual and left our affected persons and properties.

Immediate registration of the proposed co-operatives of the displaced fish workers from Machliya, Umda, Bhiti and Chhota Khattali villages.

Assistance for irrigation facilities in the original villages by grant of 100% subsidized motor pumps.

The oustees also informed the authorities that the charges in the FIR of November, 2011 such as destruction of public property are completely false and fabricated and we shall fight this out in the court and also claim compensation for the losses caused due to crop destruction at the satyagraha.

The oustees asserted that this was the beginning of their struggle and expect the officials to keep up their promises, otherwise a massive Jail Bharo Andolan would start from February, 2014, with hundreds of women, children and cattle as well.  Later in the evening, many of the oustees, along with Medha Patkar went to the District Jail and met the satyagrahis and also conveyed  to them the developments of the day. The 40 adivasi oustees shall be bailed out by Monday. A brief chronology of the events in enclosed.

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pertaining to the unlawful arrest of the Jobat Satyagrahis

 

24th November, 2011: Hundreds of Sardar Sarovar and Jobat dam-affected adivasis, farmers who have not been rehabilitated as per law and judicial orders, begin their indefinite Zameen Hak Satyagraha at the Govt. Agricultural Farm, Dehedla, Jobat.

30th November, 2011: Jobat Police register an FIR against ᱰ0 to 150 unknown persons⠵nder Sections 447, 147, 353, 332 of the IPC and also under Section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984.

19th June, 2012: Dr. Afroz Ahmed, Director, Rehabilitation, Narmada Control Authority, visits the Satyagraha and engages in dialogue with the oustees. Dr. Afroz Ahmed also assured to raise the matter with the Rehabilitation Sub-Group, Delhi, after which a direction was issued by the Sub Group in its meeting on 12th September, 2013 to the Govt. of M.P. to offer Government farm lands in rehabilitation.

21st June, 2013: Physical Attack on the oustees at Jobat Satyagraha, in the presence of the SDM and Tehsildar, by the Farm Officer, his son and many outsiders. FIR registered, but no action taken.

12th November, 2013: The administration consents for a temporary electricity connection to the oustees at the Jobat Farmland.

 

24th December, 2013: Tehsildar, Jobat issues notices to 26 oustees, asking them to voluntarily remove themselves from the occupation / encroachment at the government land by 11 a.m. on the 27th December, otherwise the encroachment would be removed with the help of police force and that the oustees would be responsible for any economic loss during the eviction.

26th December, 2013: Oustees reply back to the notice dated 24-12-2013, narrating the sequence of events over the past 21/2 years and the legal grounds for their cultivation. The oustees also express willingness for a detailed dialogue with all the officials, but there was no response from the Tehsildar.

28th December, 2013: Collector, Alirajpur visits the Satyagraha site and threatens the oustees to vacate the land. He also proposed that land would be provided to the oustees at Pangula (Jobat). The same day, two oustees are taken by the local revenue officials, but the said land is already under encroachment since long time and the encroachers are fiercely resistant to give away the lands.

31st December, 2013: Tehsildar, Jobat issues second notice to the oustees, asking them to voluntarily remove themselves from the occupation / encroachment at the government land, otherwise the encroachment would be removed with the help of police force and that the oustees would be responsible for any economic loss during the eviction.

 

3rd January, 2014: Oustees reply to the second notice of the Tehsildar, Jobat describing that the land shown at Pangula has been encroached and no other land was shown to them, thereafter.

5th January, 2014: Collector deploys a huge contingent of police force and forcibly gets the adivasi oustees, including many elderly, 6 women and 2 children arrested. The tents were uprooted and all other belongings were seized. The oustees were arrested under provisions of Section 151, 107 and 116 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code. All of them were taken to Alirajpur directly and were produced before the SDM, Alirajpur. They were later sent to the Alirajpur District Jail. The oustees were not produced before the SDM, Jobat and were also not lodged at the Jobat Jail ! The police prays the SDM to heavily fine the oustees, so that they do not repeat the ᯦fence⠯f occupation again!

6th January, 2014: Oustees march to the office of the Superintendent of Police, Mr. Akhilesh Jha and question the arbitrary manner of arrests.ࠈe was convinced that the contentious issue is lack of rehabilitation and that the police has no role to play, but had to act on the basis of the FIR. The oustees also submit a complaint under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 demanding legal action against all the concerned officers for arresting the adivasis, evicting them from the land, causing destruction of the standing crop at the Satyagraha and submergence of their lands and homes, without lawful rehabilitation. The same day, police file an application before the SDM stating that these 39 oustees are the same persons wanted in the FIR filed in 2011. The SDM grants permission and the oustees are ᦯rmally⠡rrested inside the jail.

 

7th January, 2014: Hundreds of oustees gherao the office of the Collector, Alirajpur. In his presence, the R&R Officer, agrees to show land to the Jobat oustees. Since no assurance regarding the unconditional release of the oustees was given, the protestors cautioned that the struggle would intensify after 3 days.

8th January, 2014: Arrested oustees are produced before the Judicial Magistrate (Second Class), Jobat and sent back to the District Jail, Alirajpur.ࠃharge sheets / Challan is filed by the police.


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“GYPSIES IN TRANSYVANIA”

Dear Friends,

 
Firstly, I wish you all a very Happy New Year
 
I am pleased to inform you that we begin the new year with an enthralling photo exhibition titled “GYPSIES IN TRANSYVANIA” by Hungarian photo artist, Béla Kása
 
The exhibition will be inaugurated by eminent photographer, Mr. Ram Rahman on Friday, 17th January at 5:00 pm at the Art Gallery.
 
Please find attached the invite and a short write up on the photographer. Looking forward to seeing you all. The printed invites are also on their way.
 
Kind regards,
HARLEEN AHLUWALIA
Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre
New Delhi 

NEWS SNAPSHOTS

 

 

 

 

Jan 10 at 1:39 PM

 

 

 

 

 

RBI relaxes FDI regulations by permitting optionality clause

 

The Reserve Bank of India announced that optionality clauses may henceforth be allowed in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), to facilitate investors to

exit subject to the conditions of minimum lock-in period and without any assured return. Till now only equity shares or compulsorily and mandatorily convertible preference shares/debentures were eligible instruments to be issued to persons resident outside India under the Foreign Direct Investment policy and these instruments were not allowed to have any optionality clause. It is expected that this relaxation will facilitate greater FDI flows into the country.

 

The optionality clause will oblige the buy-back of securities from the investor at the price prevailing/value determined at the time of exercise of the optionality so as to enable the investor to exit without any assured return. The provision of optionality clause shall be subject to the following conditions:

Ø      There is a minimum lock-in period of one year or a minimum lock-in period as prescribed under FDI Regulations, whichever is higher (e.g. defence and construction development sector where the lock-in period of three years has been prescribed). The lock-in period shall be effective from the date of allotment of such shares or convertible debentures or as prescribed for defence and construction development sectors, etc.

Ø      After the lock-in period, as applicable above, the non-resident investor exercising option/right shall be eligible to exit without any assured return, as under:

(i)                 In case of a listed company, the non-resident investor shall be eligible to exit at the market price prevailing at the recognised stock

            exchanges;

(ii)               In case of unlisted company, the non-resident investor shall be eligible to exit from the investment in equity shares of the investee company at a price not exceeding that arrived at on the basis of Return on Equity (RoE) as per the latest audited balance sheet. Any agreement permitting return linked to equity as above shall not be treated as violation of FDI policy/FEMA Regulations.( Note: For the above purpose, RoE shall mean Profit After Tax / Net Worth; Net Worth would include all free reserves and paid up capital)

(iii)             Investments in Compulsorily Convertible Debentures (CCDs) and Compulsorily Convertible Preference Shares (CCPS) of an investee company may be transferred at a price worked out as per any internationally accepted pricing methodology at the time of exit duly certified by a Chartered Accountant or a SEBI registered Merchant Banker. The guiding principle would be that the non-resident investor is not guaranteed any assured exit price at the time of making such investment/agreement and shall exit at the price prevailing at the time of exit, subject to lock-in period requirement, as applicable.

 

Warm regards,

 

Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist

 

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December exports grows at around 4%

 

India’s exports for the month of December 2013 stands at USD 26.35 billion with a (Y-O-Y) growth of 3.49% as compared to USD 24.61 billion in November 2013 with a (Y-O-Y) growth of 5.86%. During December 2013, the imports were USD 36.49 billion with a (Y-O-Y) growth of around (-) 15.25% as compared to USD 33.83 billion in November 2013 with a (Y-O-Y) growth of (-) 16.37. The balance of trade stands at around USD (-) 10.14 billion during December 2013 as compared to USD (-) 9.21 billion during November 2013.

 

Value of foreign trade                                                    USD billion

Period

November

December

Apr-December

Exports

FY 14

24.61

26.35

230.34

Growth (%)

5.86

3.49

5.94

Imports
FY 14

33.83

36.49

340.39

Growth (%)

(-)16.37

(-)15.25

(-) 6.55

Trade balance
FY 14

(-) 9.21

(-)10.14

(-)110.04

 Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India

 

The cumulative figure for the period of April-December FY2014 shows exports at USD 230.34 billion as compared to USD 217.42 billion in April-December FY2013 with a growth of 5.94%; while the cumulative imports for April- December FY2014 stands at USD 340.39 billion as compared to USD 364.24 billion in April- December FY2013 with a growth of (-) 6.55%. The cumulative figure for the balance of trade for the period of April- December FY2014 stands at USD (-) 110.04 billion as compared to USD (-) 146.83 billion in April- December FY2013.

 

Trend in Exports and Imports                                                                                          (%)

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India

 

 

Warm regards,

 

Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist

 

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Dear All,

 

 

Nov 2013 IIP at (-) 2.1%

 

 

Growth in industry output, as measured in terms of IIP, for the month of Nov 2013 is estimated at (-)2.1% as compared with (-) 1.6% during Oct 2013. The cumulative growth for the period April-Nov 2013-14 stands at (-) 0.2% as compared to 0.9% in the corresponding period of the previous year.

 

The growth in the three sectors mining, manufacturing and electricity in Nov 2013 stands at 1%, (-) 3.5% and 6.3% as compared (-) 3.2%, (-) 1.7%, 1.3% during October 2013 respectively. The cumulative growth for the period April-Nov 2013-2014 in the three sectors mining, manufacturing and electricity over the corresponding year stands at (-) 2.2%, (-) 0.6% and 5.4% respectively.

 

   Recent growth pattern in IIP                                                                               (% growth)

Industry Group

Weight in IIP

Apr-Nov

Apr-Nov

Nov

Oct

2012-13

2013-14

2013

2013

Mining

14.2

-1.6

-2.2

1.0

-3.2

Manufacturing

75.5

0.9

-0.6

-3.5

-1.7

Electricity

10.3

4.4

5.4

6.3

1.3

Use based classification
Basic goods

45.7

2.8

0.7

0.7

-1.4

Capital goods

8.8

-11.3

-0.1

0.3

2.4

Intermediate goods

15.7

1.8

2.7

3.3

2.2

Consumer Goods
Consumer goods

29.8

3.6

-2.6

-8.7

-4.9

a) Consumer durables

8.5

5.2

-12.6

-21.5

-12.1

b) Consumer non-durables

21.3

2.3

6.3

2.5

2.1

Overall IIP

100

0.9

-0.2

-2.1

-1.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

 

The growth in Basic goods stands at 0.7% during Nov 2013 as compared to (-) 1.4% in Oct 2013. The cumulative growth during April – Nov 2013-14 stands at 0.7% as compared to 2.8% during the corresponding period of last year. Consumer goods have grown at (-) 8.7% during Nov 2013 as against (-) 4.9% during Oct 2013. Consumer durables have grown at (-) 21.5% during Nov 2013 as compared to (-) 12.1% during Oct 2013, while consumer non durables have grown at 2.5% during Nov 2013 as compared to 2.1% during Oct 2013.

 

The cumulative growth of consumer goods during Apr-Nov 2013-14 stands at (-) 2.6% as against 3.6% during the corresponding period last year. Consumer durables have shown a cumulative growth of (-) 12.6% during Apr-Nov 2013-14 as against 5.2% during the corresponding period last year, while consumer non durables have shown a cumulative growth of 6.3% during Apr-Nov 2013-14 as compared to 2.3% during the corresponding period last year.

 

Some of the important items showing high negative growth during the current month over the same month in previous year include HR Sheets [(-) 63.2%], Molasses [(-) 61.4%], Sugar (including sugar cubes) [(-) 56.3%], Boilers [(-) 47.0%], Aluminium Conductor [(-) 45.4%], Telephone Instruments (incl. Mobile Phones & Accessories) [(-) 44.6%], Earth Moving Machinery [(-) 44.1%], Gems and Jewellery [(-) 40.4%], Computers [(-) 35.3%], Sugar Machinery [(-) 31.6%] and Polyester Chips [(-) 28.0%].

 

Some of the other important items showing high positive growth are: Vitamins (302.3%), Ship building & repairs (134.8%), Wood Furniture (63.3%), Cable, Rubber Insulated (61.2%), Antibiotics & its preparations (58.1%), Ayurvedic Medicaments (52.1%), Air Conditioners (Room) (31.5%), Plastic Machinery (incl. Moulding Machinery) (28.4%) and Tractors (26.8%).

 

 

Trend in IIP growth                                                                                                      (%)

  Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

 

Capital goods have grown at 0.3% during Nov 2013 as compared to 2.4% during Oct 2013. The cumulative growth of capital goods stands at (-) 0.1% during April-Nov 2013-14 as compared to (-) 11.3% during April- Nov 2012-13.

 

Trend in the growth of capital goods                                                                              (%)

  Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

 

Warm regards,

 

Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist

 

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The Centre for Policy Research is delighted to invite you to a talk on:

The State of Local Governments & Delivery of Public Services in India

with Dr. Rani D. Mullen

&

The Honorable Mani Shankar Aiyar

 

Date: Tuesday, 14th January 2014

Time: 3.00 – 4.30 pm, followed by Tea

Venue: Conference Room I

India International Centre (Main)

Abstract:

Dr. Mullen will present on the recently published paperback version of her bookDecentralization, Local Governance, and Social Wellbeing in India (Routledge India, 2014) & Mr.Aiyar will presenton the recently published 20th Anniversary Report of the Expert Committee on Leveraging Panchayats for Efficient Delivery of Public Goods& Services. Their talk will focus on the state of decentralization among India’s states, progress on local governments’ delivery of socio-economic development programs, and barriers to effective functioning of Panchayats.

Speakers’ Biography:

Dr. Rani D. Mullen is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research & Associate Professor of Government, College of William & Mary. She is currently also a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Fellow.
Prior to her academic career she worked for The World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the German Parliament. Her book uses national and state-level data as well as original village-level case studies in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka to identify the circumstances under which local governments can lead to improved social services and societal wellbeing.

Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar is a Member of Parliament in the RajyaSabha (Upper House) after having served three five-year terms in the LokSabha (Lower  House) and as Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas (2004-06), Youth Affairs and Sports (2006-08), Development of the North-East Region (2006-09) and Panchayati Raj (rural local self-government, 2004-09). In 2006, the President of India presented him with the ‘Outstanding Parliamentarian’ award. In 2012, he was appointed by the Prime Minister of India, as the Chairman, Expert Committee on leveraging Panchayat Raj Institutions for the more efficient delivery of public goods and services. The Report was released by the Prime Minister in presence of the Minister of Panchayati Raj on National Panchayat Raj Day, 24 April 2013.

A line of confirmation will be highly appreciated.

With regards,

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

 

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DELHI DANCES TO THE TUNES OF BOOGIE WOOGIE

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Delhi dances to the tunes of Boogie Woogie

 

Delhi, 10th January 2014: The Delhiites were in for a dhamakedaar treat when the dancing sensations of Sony Entertainment Television’s original dance reality showBoogie Woogie set the city grooving in a LIVE dance concert like never before. The jam packed Talkatora stadium had people whistling and dancing as the contestants enthralled the audience with their dancing prowess. Amidst the astounding fanfare at the concert, host Sargun Mehta and Rakshit Wahi, also presented the terrific trio ofJaaved JaaferiNaved Jafri and Ravi Behl who set the stage on fire with their stunning performances. The evening got more engaging with one of country’s most hilarious comedians Bharti Singh and Siddharth Sagar of Comedy Circus fame, taking the audience on a laugh riot with their comic stint.

 

The 13 contestants have proved themselves as a power house of explosive talent. These young dancing stars aged between 6 – 14 years are hip-hop and B-boying dancer Mohammed Mumtaz of Delhi… the lovable and notorious 8 year oldPreetjot Singh of Ranchi…Bharatnatyam dancer Abhishek Sinha of Jamshedpur…robotics dancer Aryan Patra of Ranchi…lyrical hip-hop dancerUrgen Tenzing Lama of Darjeeling freestyle…hip-hop and ballet dancerBebechana Gurung of Kursheong…Odissi and semi-classical dancer Chirasmita Rout of Balasore…contemporary and salsa dancer Smrity Panda of Rourkela…hip-hop and contemporary dancer crumping and B-boying dancer Harmi Darshan Patel of Navsari…bollywood and contemporary dancer Sachin Sharma of Faridabad…locking and popping

 

 

 

expert Tanya Bhushan of Ahmedabad…kathak and contemporary dancerPriyanka Tapadar of Asansol…salsa and folk dancer Sagar Mishra of Mathura.

 

This season scoring and elimination is based on the judges scores (no public voting). The winner stands to win prize money of Rs.10 Lakhs and the coveted Boogie Woogie Kids Champion trophy.

 

Tune in to meet the dancing sensations with their dreams and aspirations on

‘Boogie Woogie’ At 8:30 pm every Saturday – Sunday

Only on Sony Entertainment Television

 

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Passing the Disabilities Rights Bill will change the lives of 70 Million people. Ask Kamal Nath to reconvene the Parliament to pass the Bill.

 

Dear Naresh -

 

I am a person with disability. After years of hard work, I am now an international Para-Athlete representing India. There are 70 million people with disabilities in India.

For the first time in Indian history, people with disabilities would have had a chance to get equal opportunities to work and live if the Disabilities Rights Bill had been passed. 

Naresh, the Bill was to be passed in the winter session of the Parliament. But the Parliament session ended abruptly on 18th December, just before the Bill was tabled.

started this petition on Change.org, telling the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath to live up to the promise the Government has made to this community.

We want him to ensure that the Parliament will be reconvened in February for a few days and the Disabilities Bill be taken up by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for enactment.

It will take them just one day to change the lives of millions of people. The Ministers need to know that thousands of people across India are watching them.

Naresh, 70 million differently abled people need your support. Sign this petition and share it with your friends and family.

Thank you,

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For Immediate Publication

 

Rajasthan Royals retain Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson

 

MUMBAI, 10 JANUARY 2014: Rajasthan Royals today announced that the team has retained Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson ahead of the 2014 auction. The five players, retained according to the IPL rules, will continue to represent the team as it prepares for the upcoming 7th season of the Indian Premier League.

 

The seasoned Rajasthan Royals players form the backbone of the squad and they personify the team’s philosophy and ethos perfectly. Shane Watson, the Australian all-rounder, who has been the most valuable player in two of the six IPL seasons, enters his 7th season with the team, having played a pivotal role in the team’s campaigns year after year.

 

India’s Ajinkya Rahane is continuing to grow from strength to strength. The talented top-order batsman has contributed immensely with his batting and fielding. He demonstrated his class against South Africa in difficult circumstances recently.

 

23-year-old James Faulkner is among Australia’s most impressive all-rounders and was one of the revelations of IPL 2013 finishing as the 2nd highest wicket taker in the tournament. His performances for Rajasthan Royals saw him get picked for the Ashes.

 

Teen sensation, Kerala’s 19-year-old wicket-keeper Sanju Samson is considered to be the IPL’s best finds last year. Adjudged best young player of IPL 2013, his calmness and composure belies his years. His intelligence and maturity has impressed one and all along with his exquisite cricketing skills.

 

Stuart Binny has contributed to the team’s performances with both bat and ball when it counts showing his match finishing skills on a number of occasions. He has been performing impressively in the domestic circuit and has been selected for India for the upcoming international tour of New Zealand.

 

Raghu Iyer, CEO, Rajasthan Royals, said, “As a team, we have been very fortunate to have a number of truly talented cricketers who have come forward to perform at times when it has mattered the most. The five retained players are true match winners, an impressive blend of young talent and experience. They have demonstrated resilience, commitment and a great attitude, embodying the spirit of the Rajasthan Royals team. We are confident that under the continued mentorship of the legendary Rahul Dravid the Rajasthan Royals will be a very strong contender in IPL 2014”

 

All three Indians who have been retained are young players doing immensely well in the domestic and international circuit. Rajasthan Royals has always been at the forefront in terms of recognising fresh Indian talent and giving them a platform to display their skills at an international level.

 

About Rajasthan Royals

 

Epitomising the elegance, style, valour and royalty of the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Rajasthan Royals is a Jaipur based Indian Premier League team loved by fans across the world. Winners of the inaugural IPL in 2008, the team is impassioned by indomitable qualities of strength, fighting prowess and courage in the face of tough opposition. The royal blue and gold emblem of Rajasthan Royals reflects the rich history of the region and their promising future. The team’s anthem ‘Halla Bol’ and mascot ‘Moochu Singh’ capture the energy, enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude of the team.

 

Ever since its inception, the Royals brand has been at the forefront in terms of nurturing and promoting new talent in India. With a major presence on social media platforms, Royals offers fans a unique digital experience taking them to the heart of all the action. While the team’s YouTube channel happens to be the most watched amongst all IPL teams, the Facebook page and twitter handle enjoy a growing number of supporters and followers. The official website based fan zone gives fans the freedom to express themselves through content, videos, images, forums or polls, all driven the fans themselves. These aspects have made Rajasthan Royals the most loved team and enabled to it emerge as the first Global sporting brand from India.

 

Impressing the cricketing fraternity across the world, the team finished a fantastic third in IPL 2013 and as runners-up in the Champions League Twenty20 2013.

 

For the latest photos, videos and updates please visit us at

http://www.rajasthanroyals.com

http://www.youtube.com/RajasthanRoyals

http://twitter.com/rajasthanroyals

https://www.facebook.com/RajasthanRoyals

 

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“STRATEGIC AND FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES FOR INDIA”

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“Strategic and Foreign Policy Challenges for India”
 

 

 

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DATE   Monday, January 13, 2014
TIME   5:30 PM  - 6:45 PM (Registration : 5:00 pm)
LOCATION   WWF India Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003
SPEAKERS   Professor Sunil Khilnani, Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute at King’s College London
Dr. Srinath Raghavan, Senior Research Fellow at the King’s India Institute
MODERATOR   Ambassador G Parthasarathy, Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
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ABOUT THE EVENT

The coming general elections in India will take place against the backdrop of a rapidly transforming international context. India will have to navigate an unsettled global order marked by power transitions, changing economic landscape, and contestation over international institutions and norms. Closer home, India will also have to deal with an increasingly unstable and volatile neighbourhood. This panel discussion will consider the range of international and strategic challenges that will confront India, and the practical and intellectual resources that will be necessary to deal with them. 

 

The speakers in the panel are Professor Sunil Khilnani (Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute) and Dr. Srinath Raghavan (Senior Research Fellow, King’s India Institute). The discussion will be chaired by Ambassador G Parthasarathy (Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi).


SPEAKERS
 

 

 Sunil Khilnani 07-01-14 Sunil Khilnani – Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute at King’s College London 

 

Sunil Khilnani is Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute at King’s College London. He is was previously Director, South Asia Studies, at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington DC. He is the author of The Idea of India (5th ed. 2012) and was one of the co-authors of NonAlignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century (2013).

 
Srinath Raghavan 07-01-14 Srinath Raghavan – Senior Research Fellow at the King’s India Institute 

 

Srinath Raghavan is Senior Research Fellow at the King’s India Institute. He is based in New Delhi, and jointly teaches MA South Asia & Global Security in King’s College London in January-March. Before moving to New Delhi, he was Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London, from where he also took his MA and PhD in War Studies; prior to this, he was an Infantry office in the
Indian Army for 6 years. Srinath’s research interests are in the international politics of South Asia, contemporary history of India, and Indian foreign and defence policies since 1947. He is the author of War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic Hisotry of the Nehru Years (2010), and his current projects include an international history of the India-Pakistan War of 1971 and the creation of Bangladesh, and a history of India in the Second World War.
 
CHAIR  
Parthasarathy 08-01-14 G Parthasarathy – Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi 

 

Born on May 13, 1940, Ambassador Gopalaswami Parthasarathy is a career Foreign Service Officer who retired from Service on May 31, 2000. After having graduated with a B.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy. He has served as Ambassador of India to Myanmar, 1992-95, High Commissioner of India to Australia 1995-98, High

Commissioner of India to Pakistan 1998-2000 and High Commissioner of India, Cyprus (1990-92). He also served in Indian Missions abroad as Second/First Secretary, Embassy of India, Moscow (1970-1973), Deputy High Commissioner to Tanzania (1974-1976), Counsellor, (Political and Press), Embassy of India, Washington D.C., (1978- 1981); and Consul General of India, Karachi (1982-1985). In New Delhi, Ambassador Parthasarathy was Deputy Secretary in the Foreign Secretary’s Office (1976-1978). He has served as Spokesman, Ministry of External Affairs and Information Adviser and Spokesman in the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985-90). He has been a member of Indian Delegations in several international conferences including summits at United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement and SAARC. Ambassador Parthasarathy is presently Visiting Professor in the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He is also Visiting Professor for International Relations in the University of Punjab, Chandigarh, a Senior Fellow and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Member of the Mentor Group of the Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, Member of the Advisory Committee to the Symbiosis University in Pune and a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi. He is on the Panel of Experts from India for Track 2 Dialogue with ASEAN. He is also a member of the Indian Delegation to the high level Indo-U.S. Strategic Dialogue organized by the Aspen Institute (India) and the Aspen Institute in the USA. He was a Member of the Task Force to Review India’s National Security Structures, which submitted its Report to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in July 2012.

 

 

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Strong Indian contingent for SCMM 2014

 

Defending champions Lynghkoi Binning and Lalita Babbar will lead the Indian elite fields for the full marathon, among the men and women respectively, in the 11th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to be flagged off from CST on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

 

The event, Asia’s biggest marathon has attracted the cream of India’s long distance runners, all vying for a piece of the overall prize money as well as separate Indian prize fund, which will see the Indian full marathon winners getting richer by Rs 5 lakh each.

 

Binning, a three-time winner here will face opposition from the fastest athlete in the field, Ram Singh Yadav, returning after a one-year break. Ram Singh, who clocked 2:16.59 in 2012, to also qualify for the London Olympics, has run sparingly last year, preparing for this event and will be the surprise package on Sunday as he aims to better his personal best. Binning, who won in 201, 20111 and 2013, has a fastest time of 2:20.12 on this course and he too is looking to better his time and get close to his personal best of 2:17.33.

 

The other big names in the fray are Elam Singh of ASI, Pune, who has a PB of 2:18.27, Karan Singh, V L Dangi and Budha Ram, all capable of running below 2:21. Sanvroo Yadav, who ran a strong race while winning the Vasai Virar Marathon in October with a time of 2:21, is also among the contenders and so are Arvind Kumar Yadav and K C Ramu.

 

A total of 28 elite Indian full marathoners will take the starter’s flag.

 

The women’s full marathon has been dominated by Lalita Babbar for the last two years and she will be aiming for a hat-trick as she lines up on Sunday. Babbar will face competition from Vijay Mala Patil and Rohini Raut, who finished second and third, respectively, last year. The women’s field also has names like Neelam Rajput, Bhagwati Devi, Anisa Devi and M Sudha, among others, while making their debut will be Manisha Salunkhe, Rashmi Gurnule and Supriya Patil.

 

The man’s half marathon also has a strong Indian contingent, with 2012 winner Shoji Mathew, BC Tilak, Indrajeet Patel, Yogesh Sardesai, Ajay Bir Singh and Vishram Meena among the contenders.

 

In the women’s half marathon, the battle is expected to be between Sudha Singh and Kavita Raut, with Monika Raut, Swati Gadhwe and Seema the other notable names in the fray.

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RBI relaxes FDI regulations by permitting optionality clause

The Reserve Bank of India announced that optionality clauses may henceforth be allowed in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), to facilitate investors to

exit subject to the conditions of minimum lock-in period and without any assured return. Till now only equity shares or compulsorily and mandatorily convertible preference shares/debentures were eligible instruments to be issued to persons resident outside India under the Foreign Direct Investment policy and these instruments were not allowed to have any optionality clause. It is expected that this relaxation will facilitate greater FDI flows into the country.

The optionality clause will oblige the buy-back of securities from the investor at the price prevailing/value determined at the time of exercise of the optionality so as to enable the investor to exit without any assured return. The provision of optionality clause shall be subject to the following conditions:

Ø      There is a minimum lock-in period of one year or a minimum lock-in period as prescribed under FDI Regulations, whichever is higher (e.g. defence and construction development sector where the lock-in period of three years has been prescribed). The lock-in period shall be effective from the date of allotment of such shares or convertible debentures or as prescribed for defence and construction development sectors, etc.

Ø      After the lock-in period, as applicable above, the non-resident investor exercising option/right shall be eligible to exit without any assured return, as under:

(i)                 In case of a listed company, the non-resident investor shall be eligible to exit at the market price prevailing at the recognised stock

            exchanges;

(ii)               In case of unlisted company, the non-resident investor shall be eligible to exit from the investment in equity shares of the investee company at a price not exceeding that arrived at on the basis of Return on Equity (RoE) as per the latest audited balance sheet. Any agreement permitting return linked to equity as above shall not be treated as violation of FDI policy/FEMA Regulations.( Note: For the above purpose, RoE shall mean Profit After Tax / Net Worth; Net Worth would include all free reserves and paid up capital)

(iii)             Investments in Compulsorily Convertible Debentures (CCDs) and Compulsorily Convertible Preference Shares (CCPS) of an investee company may be transferred at a price worked out as per any internationally accepted pricing methodology at the time of exit duly certified by a Chartered Accountant or a SEBI registered Merchant Banker. The guiding principle would be that the non-resident investor is not guaranteed any assured exit price at the time of making such investment/agreement and shall exit at the price prevailing at the time of exit, subject to lock-in period requirement, as applicable.

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December exports grows at around 4%

 

India’s exports for the month of December 2013 stands at USD 26.35 billion with a (Y-O-Y) growth of 3.49% as compared to USD 24.61 billion in November 2013 with a (Y-O-Y) growth of 5.86%. During December 2013, the imports were USD 36.49 billion with a (Y-O-Y) growth of around (-) 15.25% as compared to USD 33.83 billion in November 2013 with a (Y-O-Y) growth of (-) 16.37. The balance of trade stands at around USD (-) 10.14 billion during December 2013 as compared to USD (-) 9.21 billion during November 2013.

Value of foreign trade                                                    USD billion

Period

November

December

Apr-December

Exports

FY 14

24.61

26.35

230.34

Growth (%)

5.86

3.49

5.94

Imports
FY 14

33.83

36.49

340.39

Growth (%)

(-)16.37

(-)15.25

(-) 6.55

Trade balance
FY 14

(-) 9.21

(-)10.14

(-)110.04

 Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India

The cumulative figure for the period of April-December FY2014 shows exports at USD 230.34 billion as compared to USD 217.42 billion in April-December FY2013 with a growth of 5.94%; while the cumulative imports for April- December FY2014 stands at USD 340.39 billion as compared to USD 364.24 billion in April- December FY2013 with a growth of (-) 6.55%. The cumulative figure for the balance of trade for the period of April- December FY2014 stands at USD (-) 110.04 billion as compared to USD (-) 146.83 billion in April- December FY2013.

 

Trend in Exports and Imports                                                                                          (%)

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India

 

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Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist

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Nov 2013 IIP at (-) 2.1%

Growth in industry output, as measured in terms of IIP, for the month of Nov 2013 is estimated at (-)2.1% as compared with (-) 1.6% during Oct 2013. The cumulative growth for the period April-Nov 2013-14 stands at (-) 0.2% as compared to 0.9% in the corresponding period of the previous year.

The growth in the three sectors mining, manufacturing and electricity in Nov 2013 stands at 1%, (-) 3.5% and 6.3% as compared (-) 3.2%, (-) 1.7%, 1.3% during October 2013 respectively. The cumulative growth for the period April-Nov 2013-2014 in the three sectors mining, manufacturing and electricity over the corresponding year stands at (-) 2.2%, (-) 0.6% and 5.4% respectively.

   Recent growth pattern in IIP                                                                               (% growth)

Industry Group

Weight in IIP

Apr-Nov

Apr-Nov

Nov

Oct

2012-13

2013-14

2013

2013

Mining

14.2

-1.6

-2.2

1.0

-3.2

Manufacturing

75.5

0.9

-0.6

-3.5

-1.7

Electricity

10.3

4.4

5.4

6.3

1.3

Use based classification
Basic goods

45.7

2.8

0.7

0.7

-1.4

Capital goods

8.8

-11.3

-0.1

0.3

2.4

Intermediate goods

15.7

1.8

2.7

3.3

2.2

Consumer Goods
Consumer goods

29.8

3.6

-2.6

-8.7

-4.9

a) Consumer durables

8.5

5.2

-12.6

-21.5

-12.1

b) Consumer non-durables

21.3

2.3

6.3

2.5

2.1

Overall IIP

100

0.9

-0.2

-2.1

-1.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

 

The growth in Basic goods stands at 0.7% during Nov 2013 as compared to (-) 1.4% in Oct 2013. The cumulative growth during April – Nov 2013-14 stands at 0.7% as compared to 2.8% during the corresponding period of last year. Consumer goods have grown at (-) 8.7% during Nov 2013 as against (-) 4.9% during Oct 2013. Consumer durables have grown at (-) 21.5% during Nov 2013 as compared to (-) 12.1% during Oct 2013, while consumer non durables have grown at 2.5% during Nov 2013 as compared to 2.1% during Oct 2013.

The cumulative growth of consumer goods during Apr-Nov 2013-14 stands at (-) 2.6% as against 3.6% during the corresponding period last year. Consumer durables have shown a cumulative growth of (-) 12.6% during Apr-Nov 2013-14 as against 5.2% during the corresponding period last year, while consumer non durables have shown a cumulative growth of 6.3% during Apr-Nov 2013-14 as compared to 2.3% during the corresponding period last year.

Some of the important items showing high negative growth during the current month over the same month in previous year include HR Sheets [(-) 63.2%], Molasses [(-) 61.4%], Sugar (including sugar cubes) [(-) 56.3%], Boilers [(-) 47.0%], Aluminium Conductor [(-) 45.4%], Telephone Instruments (incl. Mobile Phones & Accessories) [(-) 44.6%], Earth Moving Machinery [(-) 44.1%], Gems and Jewellery [(-) 40.4%], Computers [(-) 35.3%], Sugar Machinery [(-) 31.6%] and Polyester Chips [(-) 28.0%].

Some of the other important items showing high positive growth are: Vitamins (302.3%), Ship building & repairs (134.8%), Wood Furniture (63.3%), Cable, Rubber Insulated (61.2%), Antibiotics & its preparations (58.1%), Ayurvedic Medicaments (52.1%), Air Conditioners (Room) (31.5%), Plastic Machinery (incl. Moulding Machinery) (28.4%) and Tractors (26.8%).

Trend in IIP growth                                                                                                      (%)

  Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

Capital goods have grown at 0.3% during Nov 2013 as compared to 2.4% during Oct 2013. The cumulative growth of capital goods stands at (-) 0.1% during April-Nov 2013-14 as compared to (-) 11.3% during April- Nov 2012-13.

Trend in the growth of capital goods                                                                              (%)

  Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from CSO

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist

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The Centre for Policy Research is delighted to invite you to a talk on:

The State of Local Governments & Delivery of Public Services in India

with Dr. Rani D. Mullen

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The Honorable Mani Shankar Aiyar

Date: Tuesday, 14th January 2014

Time: 3.00 – 4.30 pm, followed by Tea

Venue: Conference Room I

India International Centre (Main)

Abstract:

Dr. Mullen will present on the recently published paperback version of her bookDecentralization, Local Governance, and Social Wellbeing in India (Routledge India, 2014) & Mr.Aiyar will presenton the recently published 20th Anniversary Report of the Expert Committee on Leveraging Panchayats for Efficient Delivery of Public Goods& Services. Their talk will focus on the state of decentralization among India’s states, progress on local governments’ delivery of socio-economic development programs, and barriers to effective functioning of Panchayats.

Speakers’ Biography:

Dr. Rani D. Mullen is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research & Associate Professor of Government, College of William & Mary. She is currently also a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Fellow.
Prior to her academic career she worked for The World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the German Parliament. Her book uses national and state-level data as well as original village-level case studies in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka to identify the circumstances under which local governments can lead to improved social services and societal wellbeing.

Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar is a Member of Parliament in the RajyaSabha (Upper House) after having served three five-year terms in the LokSabha (Lower  House) and as Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas (2004-06), Youth Affairs and Sports (2006-08), Development of the North-East Region (2006-09) and Panchayati Raj (rural local self-government, 2004-09). In 2006, the President of India presented him with the ‘Outstanding Parliamentarian’ award. In 2012, he was appointed by the Prime Minister of India, as the Chairman, Expert Committee on leveraging Panchayat Raj Institutions for the more efficient delivery of public goods and services. The Report was released by the Prime Minister in presence of the Minister of Panchayati Raj on National Panchayat Raj Day, 24 April 2013.

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DELHI DANCES TO THE TUNES OF BOOGIE WOOGIE

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Delhi dances to the tunes of Boogie Woogie

 

Delhi, 10th January 2014: The Delhiites were in for a dhamakedaar treat when the dancing sensations of Sony Entertainment Television’s original dance reality showBoogie Woogie set the city grooving in a LIVE dance concert like never before. The jam packed Talkatora stadium had people whistling and dancing as the contestants enthralled the audience with their dancing prowess. Amidst the astounding fanfare at the concert, host Sargun Mehta and Rakshit Wahi, also presented the terrific trio ofJaaved JaaferiNaved Jafri and Ravi Behl who set the stage on fire with their stunning performances. The evening got more engaging with one of country’s most hilarious comedians Bharti Singh and Siddharth Sagar of Comedy Circus fame, taking the audience on a laugh riot with their comic stint.

The 13 contestants have proved themselves as a power house of explosive talent. These young dancing stars aged between 6 – 14 years are hip-hop and B-boying dancer Mohammed Mumtaz of Delhi… the lovable and notorious 8 year oldPreetjot Singh of Ranchi…Bharatnatyam dancer Abhishek Sinha of Jamshedpur…robotics dancer Aryan Patra of Ranchi…lyrical hip-hop dancerUrgen Tenzing Lama of Darjeeling freestyle…hip-hop and ballet dancerBebechana Gurung of Kursheong…Odissi and semi-classical dancer Chirasmita Rout of Balasore…contemporary and salsa dancer Smrity Panda of Rourkela…hip-hop and contemporary dancer crumping and B-boying dancer Harmi Darshan Patel of Navsari…bollywood and contemporary dancer Sachin Sharma of Faridabad…locking and popping

 

 

 

expert Tanya Bhushan of Ahmedabad…kathak and contemporary dancerPriyanka Tapadar of Asansol…salsa and folk dancer Sagar Mishra of Mathura.

This season scoring and elimination is based on the judges scores (no public voting). The winner stands to win prize money of Rs.10 Lakhs and the coveted Boogie Woogie Kids Champion trophy.

Tune in to meet the dancing sensations with their dreams and aspirations on

‘Boogie Woogie’ At 8:30 pm every Saturday – Sunday

Only on Sony Entertainment Television

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Passing the Disabilities Rights Bill will change the lives of 70 Million people. Ask Kamal Nath to reconvene the Parliament to pass the Bill.

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For the first time in Indian history, people with disabilities would have had a chance to get equal opportunities to work and live if the Disabilities Rights Bill had been passed. 

Naresh, the Bill was to be passed in the winter session of the Parliament. But the Parliament session ended abruptly on 18th December, just before the Bill was tabled.

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We want him to ensure that the Parliament will be reconvened in February for a few days and the Disabilities Bill be taken up by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for enactment.

It will take them just one day to change the lives of millions of people. The Ministers need to know that thousands of people across India are watching them.

Naresh, 70 million differently abled people need your support. Sign this petition and share it with your friends and family.

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Rajasthan Royals retain Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson

 

MUMBAI, 10 JANUARY 2014: Rajasthan Royals today announced that the team has retained Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson ahead of the 2014 auction. The five players, retained according to the IPL rules, will continue to represent the team as it prepares for the upcoming 7th season of the Indian Premier League.

The seasoned Rajasthan Royals players form the backbone of the squad and they personify the team’s philosophy and ethos perfectly. Shane Watson, the Australian all-rounder, who has been the most valuable player in two of the six IPL seasons, enters his 7th season with the team, having played a pivotal role in the team’s campaigns year after year.

India’s Ajinkya Rahane is continuing to grow from strength to strength. The talented top-order batsman has contributed immensely with his batting and fielding. He demonstrated his class against South Africa in difficult circumstances recently.

23-year-old James Faulkner is among Australia’s most impressive all-rounders and was one of the revelations of IPL 2013 finishing as the 2nd highest wicket taker in the tournament. His performances for Rajasthan Royals saw him get picked for the Ashes.

Teen sensation, Kerala’s 19-year-old wicket-keeper Sanju Samson is considered to be the IPL’s best finds last year. Adjudged best young player of IPL 2013, his calmness and composure belies his years. His intelligence and maturity has impressed one and all along with his exquisite cricketing skills.

Stuart Binny has contributed to the team’s performances with both bat and ball when it counts showing his match finishing skills on a number of occasions. He has been performing impressively in the domestic circuit and has been selected for India for the upcoming international tour of New Zealand.

Raghu Iyer, CEO, Rajasthan Royals, said, “As a team, we have been very fortunate to have a number of truly talented cricketers who have come forward to perform at times when it has mattered the most. The five retained players are true match winners, an impressive blend of young talent and experience. They have demonstrated resilience, commitment and a great attitude, embodying the spirit of the Rajasthan Royals team. We are confident that under the continued mentorship of the legendary Rahul Dravid the Rajasthan Royals will be a very strong contender in IPL 2014”

All three Indians who have been retained are young players doing immensely well in the domestic and international circuit. Rajasthan Royals has always been at the forefront in terms of recognising fresh Indian talent and giving them a platform to display their skills at an international level.

 

About Rajasthan Royals

Epitomising the elegance, style, valour and royalty of the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Rajasthan Royals is a Jaipur based Indian Premier League team loved by fans across the world. Winners of the inaugural IPL in 2008, the team is impassioned by indomitable qualities of strength, fighting prowess and courage in the face of tough opposition. The royal blue and gold emblem of Rajasthan Royals reflects the rich history of the region and their promising future. The team’s anthem ‘Halla Bol’ and mascot ‘Moochu Singh’ capture the energy, enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude of the team.

Ever since its inception, the Royals brand has been at the forefront in terms of nurturing and promoting new talent in India. With a major presence on social media platforms, Royals offers fans a unique digital experience taking them to the heart of all the action. While the team’s YouTube channel happens to be the most watched amongst all IPL teams, the Facebook page and twitter handle enjoy a growing number of supporters and followers. The official website based fan zone gives fans the freedom to express themselves through content, videos, images, forums or polls, all driven the fans themselves. These aspects have made Rajasthan Royals the most loved team and enabled to it emerge as the first Global sporting brand from India.

Impressing the cricketing fraternity across the world, the team finished a fantastic third in IPL 2013 and as runners-up in the Champions League Twenty20 2013.

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“STRATEGIC AND FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES FOR INDIA”

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TIME 5:30 PM  - 6:45 PM (Registration : 5:00 pm)
LOCATION WWF India Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003
SPEAKERS Professor Sunil Khilnani, Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute at King’s College London
Dr. Srinath Raghavan, Senior Research Fellow at the King’s India Institute
MODERATOR Ambassador G Parthasarathy, Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
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The coming general elections in India will take place against the backdrop of a rapidly transforming international context. India will have to navigate an unsettled global order marked by power transitions, changing economic landscape, and contestation over international institutions and norms. Closer home, India will also have to deal with an increasingly unstable and volatile neighbourhood. This panel discussion will consider the range of international and strategic challenges that will confront India, and the practical and intellectual resources that will be necessary to deal with them.The speakers in the panel are Professor Sunil Khilnani (Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute) and Dr. Srinath Raghavan (Senior Research Fellow, King’s India Institute). The discussion will be chaired by Ambassador G Parthasarathy (Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi).

SPEAKERS

 Sunil Khilnani 07-01-14 Sunil Khilnani – Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute at King’s College LondonSunil Khilnani is Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute at King’s College London. He is was previously Director, South Asia Studies, at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington DC. He is the author of The Idea of India (5th ed. 2012) and was one of the co-authors of NonAlignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century (2013).
Srinath Raghavan 07-01-14 Srinath Raghavan – Senior Research Fellow at the King’s India Institute

Srinath Raghavan is Senior Research Fellow at the King’s India Institute. He is based in New Delhi, and jointly teaches MA South Asia & Global Security in King’s College London in January-March. Before moving to New Delhi, he was Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London, from where he also took his MA and PhD in War Studies; prior to this, he was an Infantry office in the
Indian Army for 6 years. Srinath’s research interests are in the international politics of South Asia, contemporary history of India, and Indian foreign and defence policies since 1947. He is the author of War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic Hisotry of the Nehru Years (2010), and his current projects include an international history of the India-Pakistan War of 1971 and the creation of Bangladesh, and a history of India in the Second World War.
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Parthasarathy 08-01-14 G Parthasarathy – Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New DelhiBorn on May 13, 1940, Ambassador Gopalaswami Parthasarathy is a career Foreign Service Officer who retired from Service on May 31, 2000. After having graduated with a B.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy. He has served as Ambassador of India to Myanmar, 1992-95, High Commissioner of India to Australia 1995-98, High
Commissioner of India to Pakistan 1998-2000 and High Commissioner of India, Cyprus (1990-92). He also served in Indian Missions abroad as Second/First Secretary, Embassy of India, Moscow (1970-1973), Deputy High Commissioner to Tanzania (1974-1976), Counsellor, (Political and Press), Embassy of India, Washington D.C., (1978- 1981); and Consul General of India, Karachi (1982-1985). In New Delhi, Ambassador Parthasarathy was Deputy Secretary in the Foreign Secretary’s Office (1976-1978). He has served as Spokesman, Ministry of External Affairs and Information Adviser and Spokesman in the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985-90). He has been a member of Indian Delegations in several international conferences including summits at United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement and SAARC. Ambassador Parthasarathy is presently Visiting Professor in the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He is also Visiting Professor for International Relations in the University of Punjab, Chandigarh, a Senior Fellow and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Member of the Mentor Group of the Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, Member of the Advisory Committee to the Symbiosis University in Pune and a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi. He is on the Panel of Experts from India for Track 2 Dialogue with ASEAN. He is also a member of the Indian Delegation to the high level Indo-U.S. Strategic Dialogue organized by the Aspen Institute (India) and the Aspen Institute in the USA. He was a Member of the Task Force to Review India’s National Security Structures, which submitted its Report to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in July 2012.

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Strong Indian contingent for SCMM 2014

Defending champions Lynghkoi Binning and Lalita Babbar will lead the Indian elite fields for the full marathon, among the men and women respectively, in the 11th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to be flagged off from CST on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

The event, Asia’s biggest marathon has attracted the cream of India’s long distance runners, all vying for a piece of the overall prize money as well as separate Indian prize fund, which will see the Indian full marathon winners getting richer by Rs 5 lakh each.

Binning, a three-time winner here will face opposition from the fastest athlete in the field, Ram Singh Yadav, returning after a one-year break. Ram Singh, who clocked 2:16.59 in 2012, to also qualify for the London Olympics, has run sparingly last year, preparing for this event and will be the surprise package on Sunday as he aims to better his personal best. Binning, who won in 201, 20111 and 2013, has a fastest time of 2:20.12 on this course and he too is looking to better his time and get close to his personal best of 2:17.33.

The other big names in the fray are Elam Singh of ASI, Pune, who has a PB of 2:18.27, Karan Singh, V L Dangi and Budha Ram, all capable of running below 2:21. Sanvroo Yadav, who ran a strong race while winning the Vasai Virar Marathon in October with a time of 2:21, is also among the contenders and so are Arvind Kumar Yadav and K C Ramu.

A total of 28 elite Indian full marathoners will take the starter’s flag.

The women’s full marathon has been dominated by Lalita Babbar for the last two years and she will be aiming for a hat-trick as she lines up on Sunday. Babbar will face competition from Vijay Mala Patil and Rohini Raut, who finished second and third, respectively, last year. The women’s field also has names like Neelam Rajput, Bhagwati Devi, Anisa Devi and M Sudha, among others, while making their debut will be Manisha Salunkhe, Rashmi Gurnule and Supriya Patil.

The man’s half marathon also has a strong Indian contingent, with 2012 winner Shoji Mathew, BC Tilak, Indrajeet Patel, Yogesh Sardesai, Ajay Bir Singh and Vishram Meena among the contenders.

In the women’s half marathon, the battle is expected to be between Sudha Singh and Kavita Raut, with Monika Raut, Swati Gadhwe and Seema the other notable names in the fray.

AAP press conference for Public announcements

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AAP Public awareness campaign to fight corruption

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दिल्ली की आम जनता भी आम आदमी पार्टी की दिल्ली सरकार के साथ भ्रष्टाचार विरोधी मुहिम में शामिल हो गई है। भ्रष्टाचार संबंधी शिकायते दर्ज करने के लिए बनी हेल्पलाइन पर आज पहले ही दिन हेल्पलाइन नंबर पर सात घंटे में 3900 कॉल आई। जिनमें से 53 शिकायतें काफी गंभीर किस्म की हैं।

आज एक प्रेस कांफ्रेस में मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने कहा कि हेल्पलाइन नंबर को लेकर आम जनता में काफी उत्साह है। उन्होंने कहा कि सात घंटे में 3900 कॉल आई, जिनमें से 53 शिकायतें काफी गंभीर किस्म की हैं । उन्होंने कहा कि कुछ स्टिंग की रिकार्डिंग काफी अच्छी हुई है जिनपर भर्ष्टाचार निरोधक विभाग ने कार्रवाई भी शुरू कर दी है। उन्होंने कहा कि कल तक 4 डिजिट का हेल्पलाइन नंबर जारी किया जाएगा। इससे आम जनता को और आसानी हो जाएगी।

मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने कहा कि हेल्पलाइन नंबर आम जनता के लिए भ्रष्टाचार से लड़ने का एक हथियार है। अगर आम जनता इक्ट्ठी हो गई तो भ्रष्ट अधिकारियों की खैर नहीं। उन्होंने भ्रष्ट अधिकारियों को फिर से चेतावनी दी कि वे या तो सुधर जाएं या जेल जाने को तैयार रहें। मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि महज कुछ भ्रष्ट लोगों की वजह से ईमानदार अधिकारी ठीक से काम नही कर पा रहे हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि जिस तरह गंदी मछली पूरे तालाब को गंदा कर देती है उसी तरह कुछ गंदे लोग पूरे महकमा को गंदा कर रहे हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि दोषियों को बख्शा नहीं जाएगा।

AAP Public announcement 10 Jan 2014

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दिल्ली की आम आदमी पार्टी की सरकार प्रत्येक शनिवार को सचिवालय के बाहर सड़क पर आम जनता की शिकायतें सुना करेगी। आज एक प्रेस कांफ्रेंस में मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने कहा कि वे प्रत्येक शनिवार को सचिवालय के बाहर आम जनता से मिलेंगे। उनके साथ सभी छह मंत्री भी मौजूद होंगे।

मुख्यमंत्री ने बताया कि आम जनता से मिलने का समय सुबह साढ़े नौ बजे से 11 बजे तक होगा। इस दौरान आम जनता की शिकायतें सुनी जाएंगी और समाधान के लिए तुरत कार्रवाई भी की जाएगी। मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि बाकी दिन भी सुबह साढ़े नौ बजे से 11 बजे तक उनकी मंत्रिमंडल के एक मंत्री सचिवालय के बाहर बैठेंगे। ये मंत्री न केवल अपने विभाग की बल्कि अन्य विभाग की भी शिकायतें  सुनेंगे। बाद में प्राप्त शिकायतों को संबंधित विभाग के पास भेजेंगे। मुख्यमंत्री ने बताया कि आम जनता की शिकायतों के समाधान के लिए कई स्तर पर तब्दीलियां की जा रही हैं। जरूरत के हिसाब से नीतियों में भी बदलाव किया जाएगा। इसके अलावा आम लोगों से प्राप्त सुझावों पर भी गौर किया जाएगा। मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि इस मौके पर संबंधित विभाग के अधिकारी भी मौजूद रहेंगे। मुख्यमंत्री ने यह भी बताया कि शिकायत निवारण के बाद भी सरकार की जिम्मेदारी पूरी नहीं होगी। सरकार शिकायत निवारण के बाद संबंधित व्यक्ति से एसएमएस के जरिए पूछेगी कि वे समाधान से संतुष्ट हैं या नहीं। यदि जवाव नहीं मिलता है तो उनसे मिलकर फिर से उनकी शिकायत जानने की कोशिश करेगी। मुख्यमंत्री ने 11 जनवरी से जन शिकायत प्रणाली शुरू करने की जानकारी दी।

 

 

Achievements of Ministry of Tourism during the year 2013

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs)

Despite negative signals from the global economy, the number of foreign tourist arrivals in the country in 2013 showed an increase of about 4.1 % over 2012. During the period January- December 2013, 68.48 lakh (Provisional) tourists visited India against 65.78 lakh in 2012.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism

Foreign exchange earnings from tourism in rupee terms during 2013 were Rs.1,05,836 crore (Provisional) with a growth of 12.0% over the same period in 2012.The foreign exchange earnings during  2012 was to the tune of Rs.94,487 crore.

FEE from tourism in terms of US$ during January to December 2013 were US$ 18.133 billion with a growth of 2.2%, as compared to US$ 17.737 billion with a growth of 7.1% during January-December 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011.

Domestic Tourism  

Domestic tourism continues to be the main contributor to the sector providing much needed resilience. The domestic tourist visits during the year 2012 are estimated to be 1036 million (Provisional), showing a growth of 19.9% over 2011

2.         Infrastructure Development:

Infrastructure development holds the key to India’s sustained growth in the tourism sector. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism has been making efforts to develop quality tourism infrastructure at tourist destinations and circuits. Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 4090.31 crore for a total number of 1226 tourism projects, which includes projects relating to Product/ Infrastructure Development for Destination and Circuits (PIDDC), Human Resource Development (HRD), Fairs and Festivals and Adventure & Rural Tourism for infrastructure augmentation.

The Ministry has launched a scheme for development of nationally and internationally important destinations and circuits through Mega Projects. So far, 71 mega projects have already been identified out of which 53 projects have already been sanctioned till 30.09.2013.  The mega projects are a judicious mix of culture, heritage, spiritual and ecotourism in order to give tourists a holistic perspective.

3.         Human Resource Development 

Broad Basing Of Hospitality Education

In order to meet the huge skill gap in the hospitality industry, the Ministry has adopted a multipronged strategy which includes strengthening and expanding the institutional infrastructure for training and education. For this purpose, Ministry of Tourism supports creation of new Institutes of Hotel Management (IHM) and Food Craft Institutes (FCI) in States besides providing financial assistance for modernization and capacity enhancement of existing IHMs and FCIs.

The National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT), the administrative body for the Institutes of Hotel Management (IHMs) is poised to tie up with Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland for the upgradation of curriculum and teaching methods at all IHMs in the country.

As a policy of broad basing of hospitality education, grants were provided to 24 ITIs, 7 degree colleges, 4 Polytechnics, 26 Schools and 14 Universities to start new hospitality courses.

The Ministry of Tourism has so far established 21 Central IHMs.  15 State IHMs have become operational with the financial assistance of the Ministry.  Besides 15 State IHMs are various stages of completion.  22 FCIs have been sanctioned so far of which 7 are operational. Besides, a proposal for grant of CFA to 24 Schools located in States of Delhi, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh is also under process.

Capacity building and employment generation:

MoT pursues its skill development effort for skilling over 2.8 lakh person during the 12th Plan Period in terms of its Plan Scheme namely the “Scheme for Capacity Building for Service Providers”. The major initiatives of MoT under its skill development effort are :

Skill Testing and Certification programme for existing service providers.

Hunar Se Rozgar Tak programme aimed primarily at increasing the net benefits to the poor and ensuring that tourism growth contributes to poverty reduction.

Skill Testing and Certification of the Existing Service Providers

A programme for certification of skills of service providers employed in the hospitality sector has been instituted by the Ministry under which the service providers would undergo a 5-day orientation, followed by practical test and viva voce. So far the facilities have been instituted in 21 Central IHMs, 15 SIHMs, 6 FCIs and NITHM. For the year 2013-14, against the target of 16950, skills of 12430 service providers have been certified up to 30/11/2013.

Hunar Se Rozgar Tak (HSRT) programme

A special initiative was launched in 2009 -10 for creation of employable skills amongst youth belonging to economically weaker strata of society in the age group of 18 to 25 years (upper age limit raised to 28 years in November, 2010) with the basic objective to reduce the skill gap affecting the hospitality and tourism sector and to ensure the spread of economic benefit of tourism to the poor. The programme offers short duration courses of 6 to 8 weeks which are fully funded by MoT.

New Initiatives of Human Resource Development

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<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Training of Jail inmates at Tihar Jail

<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Skin Care & Spa Therapy, Basic Fitness Training, Flower Arrangements in Hotels & Events

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4.         Travel Trade

Liberalisation of visa regime:-

<!–[if !supportLists]–>a)      <!–[endif]–>Collective landing permits for groups of four and more for all countries except PR countries notified on 01st April, 2013 to be operational in 2014;

<!–[if !supportLists]–>b)      <!–[endif]–>The provisions relating to two months gap between two visits of a foreign national to India on a Tourist Visa and Tourist Visa on Arrival has been reviewed by the Government. It has been decided to lift the restriction of two-month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals coming to India on Tourist Visa and Tourist Visa on Arrival.  However, this relaxation does not include nationals of  Afghanistan, Maldives, China,  Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origins and Stateless persons.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>c)      <!–[endif]–>Conference Visa made as simple as Tourist Visa.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>d)     <!–[endif]–>Four new international airports now grant Visa on Arrival (Hyderabad, Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi and Bengaluru).  Goa notified, but not yet operational.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>e)      <!–[endif]–>Tourist Visa on Arrival payment can now be made by credit cards.  Earlier it was only to be paid in rupees.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>f)       <!–[endif]–>Earlier visa application form was only in English.  Even in Germany a cottage industry developer who wishes to fill up the form in English have to pay a typical 50 Euros per form.  At least Germans can read the Roman script.  Japanese and Koreans cannot.  Now the visa application is available in English and several other languages including those in the Roman script.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>g)      <!–[endif]–>Standardization of visa form:  Now roughly 55 per cent of the Indian Missions around the world have a standard visa form.  We are trying to move towards 100 per cent standardization.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>h)      <!–[endif]–>Bank and employment statement is no longer required by the Indian Mission in Paris.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>i)        <!–[endif]–>Even though India has not yet introduced an electronic visa, at least the application form is now available electronically on the Incredibleindia.org website.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>j)        <!–[endif]–>Earlier every passenger had to fill an Embarkation/ Disembarkation card.  Now it will be only one card either Embarkation or Disembarkation.

More Port of Entries added for Tourist Visa on Arrival

The Tourist Visa on Arrival facility as extended to four more airports viz. Thiruvananthapuram,  Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi w.e.f. 15.08.2013.

VOA Scheme becomes popular

The “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Scheme of the government has become popular with the tourists. During the period January to November 2013, a total number of 17,594 VoAs were issued as compared to 13,903 VoAs during the corresponding period of 2012 registering a growth of 26.5%. The number of VoAs issued under the Scheme during January to November 2013 was Japan (5,704), New Zealand (3,349), the Philippines (2,615), Indonesia (2,400), Singapore (2,070), Finland (889), Vietnam (181), Myanmar (143), Luxembourg (126),Cambodia (100) and Laos (17)

The total number of approval issued to service providers of Travel Trade etc., is given below:-

 

Category        Till 31st December   2012
Inbound Tour Operators 435
Travel Agents 282
Tourist Transport Operators 131
Domestic Tour Operators 071
Adventure Tour Operators 030
Total 949

(v)       Tourist Police

The Ministry of Tourism in consultation with State Governments/UT Administrations had proposed to set up Tourist Police at prominent tourist spots. The State Governments / UT Administrations of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have deployed Tourist Police, in one form or the other.

5.          Publicity& Events

I respect women campaign:

The Ministry of Tourism organized a National Conference of State Tourism Ministers on 18th July, 2013 in New Delhi.

The meeting passed the unanimous Resolution that the Departments of Tourism of all States and Union Territories will work for ensuring safety and security of the tourists especially of women tourists.  Ministry of Tourism has also launched a new campaign for the safety of women titled ‘I respect women’.

International focus on the North-East:

The 1st International Tourism Mart (ITM) was held at Guwahati in January, 2013 to promote the tourism potential of North-Eastern States of India. The 2nd International Tourism Mart (ITM) was held in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh in the month of October, 2013.  The North-East which was termed as a “Paradise Unexplored” has a huge tourism potential that is yet to be tapped of its true potential. Ministry of Tourism gives top priority to promote the tourism sector for having potential to generate massive self employment avenues. Ministry invited almost 100 international delegates to the International Tourism Mart held in Guwahati in January, 2013 and in Tawang in October, 2013.

Focus on Bodhgaya:

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the Departments of Tourism of the Governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) have entered into an agreement to cooperate in upgrading the quality of services and goods provided for tourists along the “Buddhist Circuit” in UP & Bihar.

Additional Central Financial Assistance for the State of Uttarakhand:

Ministry of Tourism was the first to announce a additional central financial assistance of Rs. 50 core within two days of the Uttarakhand disaster.  The amount of was raise to Rs 100 crore later on.  Overall all Uttarakhand will get roughly Rs. 195 crore from the Ministry of Tourism this year.

Two new campaigns launched.

India Tourism launched two new campaigns: an International Campaign called ‘Find What You Seek’ and a Domestic Campaign called ‘Go Beyond’.  These campaigns were launched at the recently concluded “World Travel Market 2012” which was held at London. The launch of these campaigns reflects a very important paradigm shift in our strategy to promote India within the country and abroad. The ‘Go Beyond’ campaign focuses on promoting lesser known destinations to domestic as well as international tourists.

Campaign Clean India:

Clean India Campaign has been initiated by the Ministry of Tourism with the objective to increase tourist arrivals to the country and to improve quality of services and provide a hygienic environment in and around tourist destinations across the country.

On the request from the Tourism Minister, the Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) has agreed to adopt and upkeep the environs of Taj Mahal Complex including up gradation of tourist facilities in the monument. The ONGC will directly fund the aforesaid works covered under the Clean India Campaign to Archaeological Survey of India.

777 days of the Indian Himalayan Campaign

The idea is to remind the world that 73% of the Himalayas are in India.  The main motive is to attract tourists during the Indian summer traditionally considered an off-season for India.  This is being done to boost hotel occupancy not only in the Himalayas but also in the towns where the air and rail heads for the Himalayas are located.

50% concession has been announced on the climbing fee for climbing these mountains.

Virtual Walking Tours:

India has become the first country in the world to give free walking tours.  At present they are available for six towns.  Software for another three cities is ready.  Within two years every Indian state will have one walking tour.

360° Tours:  These have been created for almost 100 Indian cities already.  The target is 1,000 cities mainly visited by foreign and domestic tourists.

Revamping of Incredibleindia.org website to help the tourism sector:

From under 4,500 hits a day, now the website on some days gets more than 50,000 hits on peak days and on all days more than 18,000 hits.

Travel Planner:

Google has created a Travel Planner for 200 odd Indian destinations.  India is the only country in the world right now to have a Travel Planner.  It has been made by Google.  In the past, Google made a planner for Brazil also.  However, that planner is no longer functioning. By clicking a few important details of what you are looking for India, you could get a video, several pictures, 360° views and all the relevant information about that particular place.

Creation of photo bank:

In partnership with M/s. Google, Ministry of Tourism has created a photo bank of more than 2,000 photos about India.

Creation of bank of videos:

Through a collaboration with Pixel, the Ministry of Tourism has created a small bank of videos about India; within few months we should have at least three videos about three every important destinations/monuments in India.

Sound and Light Shows:

India is the only country to put its sound and light shows on Youtube in Dolby and stereophonic sound.

6.         Overseas Marketing:-

Participation in travel shows

India tourism offices overseas have participated in the major international Travel Fairs and Exhibitions in important tourist generating markets the world over as well as in emerging and potential markets to showcase and promote the tourism products of the country. For 2013 these include:

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai,

ITB – Asia in Singapore,

World Travel Market (WTM) in London,

WTM-(Latin America)

PATA Travel Mart,

CITM, (China),

Top Resa (France),

Virtuoso (USA),

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The Ministry of Tourism, through the overseas offices participated in major MICE related travel fairs and exhibitions including IMEX-America 2013 in Las Vegas; and IT & CMA (Thailand).

Road Shows

As part of the promotional initiatives undertaken, Road Shows were organized in important tourist generating markets overseas with participation of different segments of the travel industry. The Road Shows comprised presentations on India followed by one-to-one business meetings between the trade delegation from India and the travel trade in the respective countries. Road Shows organized in 2013:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Riyadh and Damman),

Nordic Europe (i.e Oslo, Stockholm & Helsinki)

Australia (Sydney & Melbourne)

USA (East Coast)

South East Asia ( Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Manila)

USA- (West Coast)/ Canada and China (Shanghai, Beijing & Gungzhou)

Germany  (Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart & Munich)

Besides, India Tourism Offices in Overseas also participated in Road Shows organized by Tour Operators/ Travel Agents in their respective jurisdiction.

Food Festival

For promotion of Indian Cuisine, which is an integral component of the Indian Tourism product, support has been extended to Indian Food Festivals by sponsoring Indian Chefs through ITDC for the food festivals organized in 2013:

Paraguay

Seoul

Taipei

Cambodia

Hamburg,

Brussels

Malta,

Santo Domigo,

Havana,

Peru,

Cuba,

Chichen,

Mexico

Guadalajara

Buenos Aires

7.         THE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION DURING 2013

4th INDIA-ASEAN TOURISM MINISTER MEETING

India Joined Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

25th Joint Meeting of UNWTO Commissions for South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific and UNWTO Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development

1st Joint Working Group Meeting on Tourism Cooperation between India and Ukraine

20th session of the UNWTO General Assembly

1st Tourism Working Group Meeting of the BIMSTEC

Financial support to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited

Financial support to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited on surrender of Broadband Wireless Access spectrum with refund of upfront chargesThe Union Cabinet today gave its approval for financial support to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) on surrender of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum by them.  Upfront charges paid for such spectrum would be refunded.
The objective of this decision is to provide financial support to the extent of one-time upfront charges paid for BWA spectrum for six service areas of BSNL and both service areas of MTNL on surrender of the spectrum. The six Licensed Service Areas of BSNL are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kolkata.
The amount to be refunded to BSNL is Rs. 6724.51 crore and Rs.4533.97 crore for MTNL. The refund will be made to ensure support for the revival and revitalisation of BSNL and MTNL in the competitive telecom sector.  It shall also help these PSUs to arrange finances to meet basic financial commitments such as operation and maintenance of their telecom network.

Policy Guidelines for Television Rating Agencies in India

Policy Guidelines for Television Rating Agencies in India

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Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for bringing out a comprehensive regulatory framework in the form of guidelines for Television Rating Agencies in India. These guidelines cover detailed procedures for registration of rating agencies, eligibility norms, terms and conditions of registration, cross-holdings, methodology for audience measurement, a complaint redressal mechanism, sale and use of ratings, audit, disclosure, reporting requirements and action on non-compliance of guidelines etc. The proposal is based on recommendations made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on “Guidelines for Television Rating Agencies” dated 11th September, 2013. Based on the recommendations of TRAI, comprehensive policy guidelines for television rating agencies have been formulated. Salient features of these guidelines are as follows: • All rating agencies including the existing rating agencies shall obtain registration from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. • Detailed registration procedure, eligibility norms, terms and conditions, cross-holding norms, period of registration, security conditions and other obligations have been delineated.  • No single company / legal entity either directly or through its associates or interconnect undertakings shall have substantial equity holding that is, 10 percent or more of paid up equity in both rating agencies and broadcasters/advertisers/advertising agencies. • Ratings ought to be technology neutral and shall capture data across multiple  viewing platforms viz. cable TV, Direct-to- Home (DTH), Terrestrial TV etc. • Panel homes for audience measurement shall be drawn from the pool of households selected through an establishment survey. A minimum panel size of 20,000 to be implemented within  six months of the guidelines coming into force.  Thereafter the panel size shall be increased by 10,000 every year until it reaches the figure of 50,000.   • Secrecy and privacy of the panel homes must be maintained. 25 percent of panel homes shall be rotated every year.   • The rating agency shall submit the detailed methodology to the Government and also publish it on its website. • The rating agency shall set up an effective complaint redressal system with a toll free number. • The rating agency shall set up an internal audit mechanism to get its entire methodology/processes audited internally on quarterly basis and through an independent auditor annually. All audit reports to be put on the website of the rating agency.   Government and TRAI reserve the right to audit the systems /procedures/mechanisms of the rating agency. • Non-compliance of guidelines on cross-holding, methodology, secrecy, privacy, audit, public disclosure and reporting requirements shall lead to forfeiture of two bank guarantees worth Rs. one crore furnished by the company in the first instance, and, in the second instance shall lead to cancellation of registration. For violation of other provisions of the guidelines, the action shall be forfeiture of bank guarantee of Rs. 25 lakh for the first instance of non-compliance, forfeiture of bank guarantee of Rs.75 lakh for the second instance of non compliance and for the third instance, cancellation of registration. • 30 days time would be given to the existing rating agency to comply with the guidelines. • The guidelines would come into effect immediately from the date of notification. The Guidelines for Television Rating Agencies in India are designed to address aberrations in the existing television rating system.  These guidelines are aimed at making television ratings transparent, credible and accountable. The agencies operating in this field have to comply with directions relating to public disclosure, third party audit of their mechanisms and transparency in the methodologies adopted. This would help make rating agencies accountable to stakeholders such as the Government, broadcasters, advertisers, advertising agencies and above all the people. Background: Television Rating Points (TRPs) have been a much debated issue in India since the present system of TRPs is riddled with several maladies such as small sample size which is not representative, lack of transparency, lack of reliability and credibility of data etc. Shortcomings in the present rating system have been highlighted by key stakeholders that include individuals, consumer groups, government, broadcasters, advertisers, and advertising agencies etc. Members of Standing Committee on Information Technology had also expressed concern over the shortcomings. In 2008, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) had sought recommendations of TRAI on various issues relating to TRPs and policy guidelines to be adopted for rating agencies. TRAI, in its recommendations in August 2008, had amongst other things recommended the approach of self-regulation through the establishment  of an industry-led body, that is the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC). The Ministry had constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Amit Mitra, the then Secretary General FICCI, in  2010 to review the existing TRP system In India. The committee  also recommended that self-regulation of TRPs by the industry was the best way forward. Since, the BARC could not operationalise the TRP generating mechanism, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting sought recommendations of TRAI in September 2013 on comprehensive guidelines/accreditation mechanism for television rating agencies in India to ensure fair competition, better standards and quality of services by television rating agencies. TRAI recommendations on Guideline for Television Rating Agencies were received in September 2013. While supporting self-regulation of television ratings through an industry-led body like BARC, TRAI  recommended that television  rating agencies shall  be regulated through a framework in the form of guidelines to be notified by MIB. It also recommended that all rating agencies, including the existing rating agency, shall require registration with MIB in accordance with the terms and conditions prescribed under the guidelines.

Attack on Aam Aadmi Party Office in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad

Today around 30 personnel belonging to a group called Hindu Raksha Dal came to Aam Aadmi Party Office: A-119, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, today at 10:55 am and started shouting negative slogans and derogatory comments for Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Aam Aadmi Party. These violent protestors carrying sticks and bricks in their hand entered into office premises and tried to attack on Aam Aadmi Party volunteers, thankfully the volunteers rushed inside the room and they closed the doors from within. Then those protestors started damaging the property with their sticks and bricks, they also burled stones, bricks and flowerpots aimed at the volunteers inside the office with the intention to physically hurt them. This whole act of violence continued for around 25 minutes which has been covered in CCTV camera installed in the office premises. This whole protest was led by Bhupendar Tomar(Pincky Chaudhary), he’s from that Hindu Raksha Dal whose president is Vishnu Gupta. This is the same person who attacked Mr. Prashant Bhushan. This violent crowd disappeared before the police PCR van arrived. The details of the vehicles which were used by those violent protestors are:

1.Tata Safari – DL 7C K 3230
2.Mahindra Scorpio – UP 14 BW 0234
3.Hyundai Eon – UP 14 CB 8565
4.Skoda Fabia – DL 7C K 7092
5.UP 14 R 4577
6.UP 14 BJ 3482
Aam Aadmi Party condemns this attack, and demand a quick action on this matter. On the name of pseudo-patriotism, one should not be allowed to be violent. Such mindset can be with anyone but not with humanity and society as violence can never solution to any problems.

Arrest Prashant Bhushan : Bajrang Dal

प्रशांत भूषण की गिरफ़्तारी के लिये बजरंग दल का प्रदर्शन

नई दिल्ली। जनवरी 8, 2014। प्रशांत भूषण के जम्मू कश्मीर संबंधी बयान को लेकर बजरंग दल दिल्ली प्रांत ने आज जंतर-मंतर पर जमकर प्रदर्शन किया, प्रशांत भूषण का पुतला फ़ूँका और उसकी गिरफ़्तारी के लिये राष्ट्रपति को एक मांग पत्र सौंपा। बजरंग दल दिल्ली के प्रांत संयोजक श्री शिव कुमार ने प्रदर्शनकारियों का नेतृत्व करते हुए कहा कि जम्मू-कश्मीर भारत का मुकुट है और इसकी रक्षा करना प्रत्येक भारतवासी का परम कर्तव्य है। इसपर यदि कोई प्रश्न चिह्न लगाता है या किसी प्रकार के जनमत संग्रह की बात करता है तो वह राष्ट्रद्रोही से कम नहीं है और उसको उसकी सज़ा अवश्य मिलनी चाहिए।

कश्मीर के संदर्भ में जनमत संग्रह की बात करने वाले आम आदमी पार्टी के नेता प्रशांत भूषण के विरुद्ध बजरंग दल के कार्यकर्ताओं का गुस्सा जंतर-मंतर पर कुछ इस तरह फ़ूटा कि प्रशांत भूषण के पुतले को आग लगाने के बाद उसे जूतों से रौंदा गया। देशद्रोह के अपराध में गिरफ़्तारी की मांग के साथ उसे आप पार्टी से निकालने की भी पुरज़ोर मांग की गई। बाद में इस संबंध में एक ज्ञापन भी भारत के महामहिम राष्ट्रपति डा प्रणव मुखर्जी को दिया गया।

ज्ञापन की प्रति मीडिया को जारी करते हुए विहिप दिल्ली के मीडिया प्रमुख श्री विनोद बंसल ने बताया कि यह पहला अवसर नहीं था जब प्रशांत भूषण ने कश्मीर पर ज़हर उगला हो। इससे पहले भी इसके बयान व क्रियाकलाप ऐसे रहे हैं जो कश्मीर के अलगाववादियों की तर्ज़ पर थे। हमने राष्ट्रपति महोदय से अलगाववादी विचारधारा के लोगों पर तुरंत अंकुश लगाकर उन्हें अविलंब गिरफ़्तार करने की मांग की है। ज्ञापन की एक प्रति आम आदमी पार्टी के संयोजक व दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री श्री अरविंद केजरीवाल को भी भेजी गई है जिसमें उनसे अलगाववादी शक्तियों से दूर रहने का निवेदन करते हुए भूषण को पार्टी से निष्कासित करने की मांग की गई है।

हाथों में भगवा झंडे व अलगाववाद को दूर करो, प्रशांत को गिरफ़्तार करो, प्रशांत भूषण हाय हाय, हाय हाय, हाय हाय इत्यादि नारे लिखे प्लेकार्ड लिये प्रदर्शनकारियों ने जंतर मंतर से राष्ट्रपति भवन को प्रस्थान किया। बाद में एक प्रतिनिधि मंडल ने राष्ट्रपति भवन जाकर महामहिम को एक ज्ञापन सौंपा। प्रदर्शनकारियों को विहिप दिल्ली के महामंत्री श्री राम कृष्ण श्रीवास्तव, उपाध्यक्ष श्री अशोक कपूर, दीपक कुमार, गुरदीन प्रसाद रस्तुगी, बजरंग दल के श्री नीरज दौनेरिया, शैलेंद्र जयसवाल, दीपक सिंह इत्यादि अनेक वक्ताओं ने संबोधित किया।

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US Embassy asked to stop commercial activities

 

 

 
US Embassy asked to stop commercial activitiesUpdated on : 09-01-2014 05:16 PM
In further retaliatory steps over the arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade, India has asked the US to “discontinue” commercial activities being undertaken from its embassy premises in New Delhi by 16th January.

India’s action comes ahead of the 13th January deadline for the indictment in New York of Khobragade, Deputy Consul General in New York, on visa fraud charges. 

Acting tough, the government has asked the embassy to stop commercial activities undertaken under the aegis of the American Community Support Association (ACSA), including restaurant/bar, video club, bowling alley, swimming pool, sports field, beauty parlour and gym.

The US has also been asked to provide the tax returns filed by it with Indian authorities for commercial activities which are afforded through ACSA to non-diplomatic persons, including private American citizens and their families, government sources said in New Delhi.

Indian authorities have cited the provision of such commercial facilities to non-diplomats as a violation of Article 41(3) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.

The Convention states that “the premises of the mission must not be used in any manner incompatible with the functions of the mission as laid down in the present Convention or by other rules of general international law or by any special agreements in force between the sending and the receiving State.”

It is also understood the US diplomatic vehicles will now attract penalties for all traffic-related offences such as unauthorised parking, red light jumping, dangerous driving etc.

Necessary action against Vehicles with AF (Applied for) number plates is also on the cards.

A 1999-batch IFS officer, Khobragade was arrested on 12th December on charges of making false declarations in a visa application for her maid Sangeeta Richard.

She was released on a USD 250,000 bond. India has been demanding the withdrawal of the case against her and an apology from the US for the treatment meted out to the 39-year-old diplomat, including a strip search and detention with criminals after her arrest.

The incident led to strong protests by the Indian government and widespread indignation in India.

At the time of her arrest, Khobragade was the Deputy Consul General in New York.

She was subsequently transferred to India’s Permanent Mission to the UN.

India has retaliated by downgrading privileges of a certain category of US diplomats among other steps last month.

US consular officials in four consulates in India are being issued new ID cards specifying the limited immunity which will not protect them from serious offences.

This is in line with the restricted immunity given to India’s Consular officials in the US.

Families of American consular officials will no longer have diplomatic ID cards, an out of way privilege enjoyed by them in India. Families of Indian consular officials do not have any such privileges.

The US consular staff is now only permitted to import their requirements during the first six months on assuming office as is provided in the Vienna Convention for Consular Relations.

Previously, they were allowed to import their requirements over the three year period of tenure.

PM’s address at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, 2014

 

Dr Manmohan Singh PM’s address at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2014

 
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I am delighted to extend to all of you a very warm welcome on the occasion of the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. I am glad that, once again, the New Year is beginning with a celebration of the emotional, spiritual, economic and family ties that bind the expatriate Indian community to the motherland. This year, we welcome particularly the younger generation among the expatriates. Their presence in our midst gives a special resonance to this year’s theme of connecting across generations.
 
Our chief guest this year is Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, Federal Minister for Natural Resources & Environment of the Republic of Malaysia and President of the Malaysian Indian Congress. He embodies the ideas that bring us together for Pravasiya Bharatiya Diwas. Not only does he have an outstanding record of public service and personal accomplishments, he also represents a vibrant Indian community, which has made an immense contribution to Malaysia’s progress and served as an effective bridge of understanding and friendship between India and Malaysia. Ours are two pluralist democracies that have many common interests in their shared neighbourhood and have built a strong partnership in the last decade. We are delighted, Datuk Seri Palanivel, to have you with us today.

It is not only the size of the Indian expatriate community as the world’s second largest, but also your achievements that give you a very significant global profile. The Indian community’s contribution to India has also been invaluable – from the workers who labour abroad to support their families and communities at home; the professionals who share the fruits of their skills for India’s development; the entrepreneurs who bring investments into and promote exports from India; and, the community leaders who interpret India for the world and advance its interests abroad.

We on our part will continue to support and assist you, and promote your links with India in every possible way. It was for this purpose that, when our Government came to power, we established the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. We have also recently launched the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana to provide social security to Indian workers abroad. The Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in Delhi will be completed this year. We also intend to start a scheme to assist state governments in establishing Pravasi Bharatiya Bhawans. I compliment the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and my colleague Shri Vayalar Ravi for these initiatives.

On this occasion, I would also like to record my appreciation for the work of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, as also the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for successfully addressing the challenges that more than a million Indian workers faced following changes in Saudi Arabia’s labour policies. As always, our objective is to support our emigrant communities and I hope this year’s Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas will again provide an opportunity to discuss how we can forge a more productive partnership.

I know that many of you have questions about the future of the Indian economy and concerns about social challenges, the shape of our polity and the issues of governance in our country. There is a perception in some quarters outside India that the country is losing its momentum of the past decade. This is also amplified by the political contestations here in India, which are inevitably louder in the election season that is now on the horizon. I wish to assure you that there is no reason to despair about our present or worry about our future. Indeed, as I have said earlier, we are heading into better times ahead and I would urge you to remain engaged in the future of this country with confidence and optimism.

Let me make five broad points to bolster this argument.

First, regardless of the outcome of the next elections, they will once again demonstrate to the world the strength of our democracy and our institutions, and the enduring nature of these ideals that constitute the bedrock for our nation’s progress and our quest for a life of opportunity, justice and equity for all citizens of our diverse country.

Recent developments point to the greater enrichment of our democracy, which is becoming more participative and interactive, with people using both traditional methods and new digital tools to mobilize and communicate. It is especially encouraging to see our youth from all walks of life not only articulate their expectations and aspirations, but take actively to politics to shape their future. This is only to be welcomed. It is only thus that the extraordinary transformation that is taking place in our country on multiple levels can be distilled constructively into our democratic process, which has the vitality and responsiveness to reflect the new and emerging concerns and hopes and aspirations of our people. I am confident and so should you be that the future of our country as a pluralistic democracy is safe and secure.

Second, our economy has done well over the past decade. In the nine years since 2004, we averaged a healthy growth rate of 7.9% per annum.  There has been no doubt a slow down in the recent past, and we will probably end this year at the same level as last year with 5% growth. A number of international as well as domestic factors have contributed to this situation. Despite these challenges, our economic fundamentals remain strong. Our savings and investment rates are still over 30% of our GDP and the entrepreneurial spirit in India is very much alive and kicking.

In recent months, we have also taken a very wide range of decisions to accelerate the implementation of mega infrastructure projects, reform tax administration, improve fiscal management, liberalize foreign direct investments and rationalize the system for allocation and utilization of natural resources. With greater political support, we could have legislated deeper reform measures – for example, in the financial and insurance sector. However, our decisions are already beginning to make an impact and India is re-emerging as an attractive investment destination. I am confident you will see the evidence clearly in the next few months.

Third, India is changing in a way that is significant but not always evident to those who do not see the big picture. Over the past ten years, our communication networks have expanded exponentially and much of rural India will be connected by broadband in the very near future. About a thousand institutions of higher education are today part of the high speed National Knowledge Network. Telephony is now within the reach of everyone.

The education sector has been radically reformed with Central Universities having gone from 17 to 44 and the IITs and IIMs doubling in number. At the primary level, nearly every child in India is going to school today. The National Skills Development Authority is working with other stakeholders, including those from the private sector, to train 50 million people for the workforce during the next 5 years.

We have added over 17000 kilometers of highways and more than 200,000 kilometers of new roads in rural areas. Our power generation capacity is expanding rapidly, aided by initiatives in solar, wind and nuclear energy to give ourselves a more sustainable energy future.

Fourth, India’s economic growth has not only accelerated, it has also become socially more inclusive and regionally more balanced. Inclusive development has always been the guiding principle of our Government and we have pursued it with great vigour and purpose in recent years. Our poverty levels are declining at faster rates; economically weaker states are growing at faster rates; agriculture growth has accelerated; and real rural wages have increased three times since 2004.

This is the result of path-breaking legislation and schemes that have created unprecedented rights to work, food security and right to education. For our government, inclusive development is not merely a moral imperative or a political necessity, but an essential ingredient of sustainable long-term economic growth and social stability.

Finally, one of our key priorities has been to provide open, transparent, accountable and clean government. The Right to Information, the Lokpal legislation, the Government Procurement Bill, changes in the systems for the allocation of natural resources and empowering our law enforcement and audit agencies are some of the steps we have taken in that direction. The task is complicated because we have to overhaul entrenched practices and systems while respecting the federal nature of our polity. Strengthening governance is an ongoing process and we can never say that we have done enough, but I am confident that we are moving in the right direction.

India is changing rapidly from within at the same time as being called upon to adjust to a rapidly changing world. This is a formidable challenge for a country of our size and our diversity. But it is a challenge we are equal to. In particular, we draw strength from the energy and optimism of India’s youth; from the freedoms that empower our people; from the debate that enriches our thinking; from the sense of unity that only becomes deeper when tested the most; and from the political consensus that underpins our economic policy.

I have no doubt that we are prepared to assume the international role and responsibilities that the world at large expects from a rising India. I am also confident that the association between India and its over twenty-two million roving ambassadors in the expatriate Indian community will continue to deepen and prosper in the years that lie ahead.

With these words, let me conclude by wishing you and your families a very happy and successful 2014 and I thank you once again for joining us for the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. May your path be blessed.

Chief Guest Datuk Seri G Palanival at 12 Parvasi Bharatiya Divas

Chief Guest Datuk Seri G Palanival at 12 Parvasi Bharatiya Divas

8 01 2014

Datuk Seri G Palanival at 12 Parvasi Bharatiya Divas thanked the Indian government on yearly organizing PBD that brings together people of Indian origin from all over the world.He said,” Malaysian population of Indian origin is close to 2 million and Malaysia is one of the largest trade partners for India,the two way trade in the year 2013 is expected to touch 14.4 billion US dollar.

 
Malaysia is gradually emerging major potential investors in India and stands 19 th largest investors in India.There are about 70 Indian joint ventures companies operatingin Malaysia. More than 60 Indian cos have opened their offices in the multimedia super corridor at Cyberjaya,Kuala lumpur and Penang.”
 
 
On the subject of bilateral trade he said,” Trade between two countries is progressing at healthy rate,I see much more areas that can be exploited for instance 5 super economic corridors in Malaysia-namely Northern Corridor Economic Region,Iskander Economic Corridor,East Coast Economic Region,Sabah Development Corridor and Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.” Datuk Palanival reminded that PM Dr Singh on his last visit signed six MoUs to elevate bilateral relation to the new levels of a long term and strategic partnership.
 

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Hindustan FC booked their place for the Super Eight League

8 01 2014

New Delhi, January 07: Solutrean-Bonjour-Hindustan FC booked their place for the Super Eight League round of the Delhi Senior Division League after holding National United SC 2-2 in their last preliminary round match played at the CWG Sports Complex in Akshardham today.

With this draw, Hindustan FC accumulated 12 points from six matches, courtesy of three victories and three draws. They go into the Super Eight League round as the group topper.

Going into the break with a 2-goal lead, the former champions have themselves to blame for squandering the lead in the 2nd half.

Abhay Rana give HFC a deserving lead as early as in the 3rd minute before Pankaj Negi doubled the delight in the 29th minute. The Shahdara based NUSC, playing with two foreign force, thereafter created few chances but HFC managed to hold on to their lead.

However, changed of end saw NUFC playing a much better game and often troubling the HFC defence including the goalkeeper. In one such chances, Stephen pounced on a rebound to slot home his first goal in the 53rd minute.

In the 75 minute, Stephen once again rose to the occasion as he slotted home the equaliser much to the delight of the few supporters present there. National United SC still have an outside chance to go into the next round.
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HFC 6 3 3 0 12 5 12
 

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Damon Hill to be event ambassador for Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2014

8 01 2014

F1 World Champ Damon Hill to be event ambassador for Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2014

Mumbai, January 7, 2014: The 11th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, to be run on January 19, 2014 will be graced by F1 World Champion Damon Hill. Promoters Procam International today announced Great Britain’s Damon Hill, 1996 World Champion and Michael Schumacher’s main rival for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship during the mid-90s as the International Event Ambassador of USD 360,000 prize money Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.

Damon Hill, son of late Graham Hill, and the only son of a World Champion to win the title, has had 122 Grand Prix entries, 22 Grand Prix wins, 42 Podiums, 20 Pole positions and 19 Fastest laps in his F1 racing career.

Damon Graham Devereux Hill was born on September 17, 1960, two years before his father Graham won his first driver’s title, the second coming in 1968.

The death of his father in a plane crash in 1975 left the 15-year-old in drastically reduced circumstances and Damon worked as a labourer and motorcycle courier to support his further education.

Hill started his Grand Prix career during the 1991 season as a test driver with the championship-winning Williams team while still competing in the F3000 series. 

In 1996 the Williams car was clearly the quickest in Formula One and Hill went on to win the title ahead of his rookie teammate Jacques Villeneuve, becoming the only son of a Formula One champion to win the championship himself. Taking eight wins and never qualifying off the front row, Hill enjoyed by far his most successful season. At Monaco, where his father had won five times in the 1960s, he led until his engine failed, curtailing his race and allowing Olivier Panis to take his only Formula One win. Near the end of the season, Villeneuve began to mount a title challenge and took pole in the Japanese Grand Prix, the final race of the year. However, Hill took the lead at the start and won both the race and the championship after the Canadian retired.

Hill equalled the record for starting all 16 races of the season from the front row, matching Ayrton Senna in 1989 and Alain Prost in 1993. Sebastian Vettel holds the record for the highest number of front row starts in a season, with 18 in 2011.

Damon Hill will be in Mumbai from Thursday, January 16 till event day and hopes to inspire the younger generation of Indian sportsmen to work hard for glory. Overcoming adversities from early in life, Damon Hill climbed the pinnacle of success, following up his exploits on the F1 tack with sound business acumen.

When Williams made Damon Hill a Formula One driver, despite his undistinguished racing record, Frank Williams said it was because he was “a tough bastard” and he admired his “fierce inner determination.”

During his visit to Mumbai Haile will meet with the sponsors and partners, the elite athletes, encourage the amateur athletes and later on spread the message worldwide about the event and the running movement in the country.

Damon Hill’s association with the event is in line with Procam International’s efforts to bring to India some the world’s most accomplished sportsmen to raise the profile of the sport of distance running. Some of the luminaries who have been event ambassadors in the past include names like haile Gebrselassie, Michael Johnson, Mike Powell, Linford Christie, Paul Tergat, Steve Ovett, Gail Devers, Dame Kelly Holmes, Dan O’Brien, Cathy Freeman, Kapil Dev and Vijay Amritraj to name a few.

 

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Rajat Tokas does a dabangg!

8 01 2014

Seen in a jovial mood on Jodha Akbar sets, Ekta’s Akbar Rajat Tokas mimicks Salman’s dabangg style

 

While his onscreen image is one of imperial royalty, Rajat Tokas aka Akbar of Zee TV’s Jodha Akbar, was seen in a jovial mood on the sets and posed for the shutter-bugs in a Dabangg avatar. Sporting a hep moustache and wearing dabangg glares, Rajat looked quite unlike his historical avatar of Akbar onscreen. A la Salman Bhai, Rajat was seen doing the classic belt shuffle while he was strutting around in the Dabangg look.

The no-nonsense man is known for sticking to strict shoot and exercise regimes and is rarely seen mingling with others on the sets. But looks like with passage of time, he seems to have broken ice with some of his co-stars and is having fun on the sets. Talking about his onscreen image of the Great Emperor and the contrast it bears to what he is like in real life, Rajat said, “I try and maintain a certain dignity when I am in the public glare so that my off screen persona blends in with the image of Akbar I portray on screen. I usually am seen in a calm, composed, no-nonsense demeanor because that is what comes naturally to me anyway. But, with the amount of time we spend on the sets, it would be unnatural not to get close and comfortable with some of the crew members that you begin to like over a period of time. So, yes … we are having more fun on the sets these days …it’s a natural process of getting to know each other better and becoming less inhibited and more playful as you go along!”

With the current track of the show focusing on the temptress Benazir’s (Meghana Naidu) dubious plans to entice and manipulate Akbar, and Jodha in the bargain getting insecure and jealous, Akbar is caught in a flurry of emotions. Will Akbar be able to understand Benazir’s wicked intentions in time or will Benazir get the better of him?

Do not miss Jodha Akbar, Every Monday – Friday, at 8:00 PM, Only on Zee TV!

 

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International shots

8 01 2014

Iraq delays assault on militant

Iraq is delaying its attack on the militant-held city of Fallujah due to the risk of civilian casualties after 29 people were killed in the nearby town of Ramadi, AFP cited an officer as saying. The government lost control of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi last week to militants. “It is not possible to assault (Fallujah) now” as civilian lives will be put in danger, said Defense Ministry spokesman Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed al-Askari. During the night, local security forces attempted to gain back the southern portion of Ramadi from Al-Qaeda linked groups, but failed.

Cargo train transporting oil derails in eastern Canada

A train carrying propane and crude oil derailed and caught fire in Canada’s eastern province of New Brunswick. Local residents have been evacuated and there are no reported injuries, local officials.  Canadian National Railway train was carrying “dangerous goods” when it derailed near the village of Plaster Rock at about 7 p.m. local time (23:00 GMT), according to the Director of Public and Government Affairs at Canadian National Railway, Jim Feeny.

Fatah members can return to Gaza – Hamas

Hamas premier Ismail Haniya has addressed West Bank rivals Fatah, saying its members would be allowed back into Gaza, in efforts to promote Palestinian reconciliation, AFP reported. The leader also stressed that it would happen “without preconditions.” It comes about three months after Haniya spoke on the phone to Fatah leader and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, talking about the need for reconciliation and a “return to national unity.”

Netherlands and Cuba begin political dialogue

The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans and his Cuban counterpart concluded a high-level visit in Havana by signing an agreement on Tuesday to begin a political dialogue, going against the EU’s current stance on Cuba. Timmermans expressed his desire for the EU to change its policy towards relations with the island nation, which currently limits high-level interactions. “Havana through the centuries has been a meeting point between Europe and the Americas and I believe it still has an important role to play in this regard,” he said. One of the topics discussed between Timmermans and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez included Cuba’s attempts to “bring an end to the last violent conflict in the region;” in reference to hosting peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC.

 US to reduce submarine missile-launchers to comply with START accord

Starting in 2015, the United States will begin reducing launch tubes on a certain class of ballistic missile submarines in fulfilment of its 2011 START accord with Russia, according to a new report. The US Navy will eliminate four launch tubes from each of its 14 Ohio submarines, marking the first substantial move to reduce strategic nuclear arms since the treaty was signed, a report published in the new edition of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reveals. The START pact requires Russia and the US to cut their respective stockpiles of strategic nuclear weapons to 1,550 and their fleets of long-range delivery vehicles to 700 each.

  

US boosts military sales to Iraq to aid in fight against Al-Qaeda – White House

The White House has said that the US is increasing its military sales and deliveries to Iraq to help the local authorities fight insurgent groups, many of them linked with Al-Qaeda. The US is to provide 10 ScanEagle surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Iraq in the upcoming weeks and 48 Raven surveillance UAVs later this year, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, as quoted by Reuters.

 

Russian FM Lavrov, US State Secretary Kerry to discuss Iran’s role in solving the Syrian crisis – UN

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the US State Secretary John Kerry are to meet and discuss Iran’s role in finding a solution to the Syrian crisis, according to the UN, as quoted by Itar-Tass news agency. The meeting is set to take place on January 13.

  Janet Yellen confirmed as first female head of US Federal Reserve

The US Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as the next head of the US Federal Reserve on Monday following her nomination by President Obama in October. Yellen, currently the vice chair of the Fed, now becomes the first woman to lead the institution in its 100-year history. The nomination had encountered some political infighting among Republicans and Democrats in the Senate as a result of wider GOP efforts to block Obama’s nominees to top executive and judicial branch positions. As a result, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid instituted a major procedural change eliminating the possibility of the minority party, the GOP, from filibustering nominees. Regardless of some Republican opposition, prior to its last break, Yellen cleared a key procedural vote in Congress by 59 to 34

1,500 Syrian refugees accepted into Britain

Britain has taken in 1,500 Syrian asylum seekers since January 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg stated on Tuesday. “Of course we should do that. We have accepted hundreds of asylum seekers who have sought and been provided with refuge in this country under our international obligations,” stated Clegg. Overall, Britain has granted some 2,000 Syrians asylum since March 2011 when the violence started in Syria. If asylum seekers arrive in the UK, having made their own way to the country it’s treated on a case-by-case basis, rather than the UK offering aid through a resettlement program, according to a Home Office spokeswoman, reported AFP. UK Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage has been openly critical of the UK government for its apparent refusal to resettle Syrian refugees, while Amnesty International has also slammed the ‘truly pitiful’ response to the situation in the country.

UAE to free US man jailed over video mockumentary

An American who was imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates after participating in the creation of a video mocking Dubai youth will be freed, according to a family spokesperson. Shezanne Cassimwill be flown back to the US on Thursday. He had been sentenced to a year in prison in December, along with a fine of approximately $2,700 after being accused of defaming the UAE’s image abroad along with five other foreigners.

Condition of children hurt in Volgograd blasts improves

There has been an improvement in the condition of children hurt in the Volgograd terrorist attacks and moved to Moscow for treatment, health minister, Veronika Skvortsova, said. A three-and-a-half month old girl, Vika Tolkunova, has come out of coma and is now able to breath with minimal assistance, while a nine-year-old girl, Olya, is recovering well. A 16-year-old boy also reports improvements, Skvortsova told RIA-Novosti. Thirty-four people were killed and over 70 others injured in two suicide blasts which rocked Russia’s southern city of Volgograd on December 29 and 30.

  

Iraqi violence surge has Syrian links – Russia

The Russian foreign ministry has expressed confidence that the current surge of violence in Iraq has religious roots, and is intrinsically linked with the developments in neighboring Syria, where civil war between the government and Islamist rebels has been raging for nearly three years. “Terrorists from Al Qaeda and other groups linked with it, who are active in Iraq and Syria, know no boundaries, they bring death and suffering to peaceful populations,” the ministry said in a statement. Russia condemned The ministry also condemned terrorism in all its manifestations and expressed support for the country’s counter-extremism measures as Iraqi government troops push Islamists from the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. Stability in the region may only be reached “through the soonest political settlement of the Syrian crisis, through reaching national accord in Iraq in the interests of all political forces and ethnic and religious groups,” the statement concluded.

US Senate votes to advance jobless aid program The US senate has voted 60-37 to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The $6.4 billion plan cleared the hurdle on Tuesday morning with the exact number of votes required for the bill to avoid a filibuster. Senate Democrats only had the support of four Republicans on Monday, but seemingly managed to gain the support of a further member of the party. The bill is a Democrat priority and will extend long-term unemployment benefits to some 1.3 million Americans who lost them following the Christmas period.

25 militants killed in Iraq missile strike Twenty-five Iraqi militants have been killed in a missile assault in Ramadi, central Iraq. Forces conducted “missile strikes, resulting in the killing of 25,” according to defense ministry spokesman, Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed al-Askari, who spoke to AFP.

 

China suspends 14-year video game console ban

China has suspended its 14-year ban on the sale of video game consoles inside the country, allowing ‘foreign-invested enterprises’ consoles produced by Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the Chinese market. The ban, introduced in 2000, has left PC games with nearly two-thirds of the market. China is the third largest video game market in the world and revenues grew by over a third in 2012 to nearly $14 billion last year. Initially, the mental health of youth was cited as the reasoning behind the ban.

  

South Sudan peace talks underway in Ethiopia

South Sudan’s government delegation and rebels have started face-to-face talks in neighboring Ethiopia, aimed at ending the bloodshed that erupted in mid-December and quickly spread to different areas of the world’s newest country, the two sides said on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The tribal and political unrest that has lasted for three weeks so far has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people and displaced more than 200,000 people, with the UN peacekeeping force in the country now doubled.

  

Attacks in Iraq kill 4 as fight against Al-Qaeda-linked group continues

Authorities say attacks in Iraq have killed at least four people as government troops continue to battle Al-Qaida-linked militants in western Anbar province. A suicide bomber crashed his explosives-laden truck into a police station in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing two people and wounding 55, according to Maj. Raid Emad Rasheed, AP quoted. In a separate incident, a roadside bomb hit an army patrol on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding another, police said. Another bomb struck a patrol of Sunni militiamen in a different part of Baghdad, killing one and wounding four. A medical official confirmed the figures. The comments were given anonymously.

  

Spanish Princess Infanta Cristina suspect in fraud case

The youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos has been summoned to appear in court over accusations of fraud and money-laundering. Infanta Cristina, 48, is married to Iñaki Urdangarín, who was accused in November 2011 of misappropriating public funds through the Instituto Nóos, a nonprofit organization Urdangarín headed. The princess has been named an official suspect and is scheduled to appear in court on 8 March. It is thought to be the first time a direct relative of the king will appear in court accused of misdeeds.

  

​Turkey fires 350 police officers amid political crisis

Some 350 Turkish police officers have been sacked or reassigned overnight in Ankara in a massive shakeup of the police force, local media report. 250 of the vacant positions were filled with new officers, most of them from outside the Turkish capital. The move comes in the midst of an ongoing political crisis in Turkey, which was triggered in mid-December by arrests of businessmen close to the government, including relatives of some ministers, on allegations of corruption.

The shakeup comes a day after PM Tayyip Erdogan suggested the retrial of hundreds of army officers convicted of plotting a coup against his government. Erdogan cracked down on the military with the help of the Hizmet movement of the US-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, which has strong ties in the police and the judiciary. Now Erdogan’s followers accuse Gulen of using the same leverage against his government.

  

Guinea-Bissau detains Senegal fishermen in Russian trawler row

Guinea-Bissau has detained several fishing boats from Senegal in response to the detention of the Russian trawler, Oleg Naidenov, with a mixed Russian-Guinean-Bissau crew, reports Itar-Tass. Guinea-Bissau is hoping to put pressure on its northern neighbor to make it release the 23 sailors. Senegal detained the Russian ship on accusations of illegal fishing, but an inspection sent on board failed to find any violations. Russian diplomats are working to defuse the situation, which, according to the owner of the ship, arose from backstabbing competition for fishing resources in Western Africa.

  

‘Jihad Jane’ sentenced to 10 years for plot to kill Swedish cartoonist

Colleen R. LaRose, who is perhaps better known as “Jihad Jane,” was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for her involvement in a plot to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who drew a picture of the prophet Muhammad atop the body of a dog. Using “Jihad Jane” as a screen name, LaRose travelled to Europe in order to murder Vilks but returned to her Pennsylvania home when her co-conspirators failed to meet with her. LaRose stands at 4-feet-9-inches and told the court Monday she was inspired to join the Islamic holy war upon seeing images of Palestinians “screaming and crying.” She explained she no longer desires to be a jihadist and was in a “trance” when she went to Europe in 2008.

  

​Federal judge rules Chicago’s prohibition on gun sales is unconstitutional

Chicago’s law prohibiting gun sales was deemed unconstitutional Monday by a federal judge. “Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms,” US District Judge Edmond E. Chang wrote. He delayed the ruling to allow the city to either appeal the decision or to begin preparing new guidelines on sales “short of a complete ban.” The law was adopted in 2010 after the US Supreme Court struck down the city’s ban on gun possession. The ordinance allowed the transfer of firearms only through inheritance

 

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Obama didn’t believe in his own Afghanistan strategy

8 01 2014

Obama didn’t believe in his own Afghanistan strategy – former defense sec

 

 
 
 
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates (Reuters/Hyungwon Kang)Despite an admirable intellect and dedicated support for US military personnel at war, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says President Barack Obama didn’t have sufficient faith in the troop-surge strategy he ordered in Afghanistan. 

Gates relays in a new memoir how frustrating it was for him, leading the US military at a time of two major wars, to have to battle a White House staff often intent on wresting control over war policy from the Pentagon. He says Obama’s inner-circle, most with only political or academic backgrounds, became “increasingly operational,” which resulted in “micromanagement of military matters – a combination that had proven disastrous in the past.”

Gates  has served eight United States presidents, Gates said, Obama’s White House staff was the most “centralized and controlling” about national security policy since the Richard Nixon administration.

“I never confronted Obama directly over what I (as well as [then-Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton, [then-CIA Director Leon] Panetta, and others) saw as the president’s determination that the White House tightly control every aspect of national security policy and even operations. His White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost.”

Obama’s inner sanctum annoyed Gates so much, that he writes he was compelled to deliver a “rant” to national security staff who were making decisions about Libyan intervention policy without Pentagon insight.

A former CIA director under President George H.W. Bush, Gates said he admired Obama’s intellect and decision-making, adding that the President was not afraid to support positions “opposed by his political advisers or that would be unpopular with his fellow Democrats.” Yet Gates said there were times he questioned Obama’s commitment to advice from the Pentagon and to his own strategies once implemented.

After months of debate with Gates and top advisers, Obama ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan in late 2009. Around 30,000 soldiers were to be the final push for stabilizing the war-torn country before a phased withdrawal starting in mid-2011.

“I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission,” Gates writes in “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”

Gates writes that after Gen. David Petraeus, then the central commander for both major wars, made public remarks suggesting he was not comfortable to setting a fixed date for the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Obama openly chided his military leadership for “popping off in the press” during a major National Security Council meeting.

According to Gates, Obama said, “‘If I believe I am being gamed …’ and left the sentence hanging there with the clear implication the consequences would be dire.”

Gates added: “I was pretty upset myself. I thought implicitly accusing” Petraeus, and possibly Chair of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and Gates himself, “of gaming him in front of thirty people in the Situation Room was inappropriate, not to mention highly disrespectful of Petraeus. As I sat there, I thought: the president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand [Afghanistan President Hamid] Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”

In addition, Gates said that during a contentious September 2009 meeting with White House staff on Afghanistan policy, he nearly stepped down.

“I was deeply uneasy with the Obama White House’s lack of appreciation — from the top down – of the uncertainties and unpredictability of war,” he recalls. “I came closer to resigning that day than at any other time in my tenure, though no one knew it.”

Gates was the lone holdover from Republican President George W. Bush’s Cabinet to serve in President Obama’s White House after the Democrat entered office in January 2009. He oversaw crucial moments of at least two major wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the helm of the Pentagon, from December 2006 to July 2011.

Gates said George W. Bush’s White House squandered success during the early phases of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Yet Gates writes that he is not sure how he would have answered if Bush had asked Gates in 2003 whether war in Iraq was the right decision.

Gates praised Bush’s order for a troop surge in Iraq, which, with with the help of cash incentives, tampered down insurgent violence.

He notes that he and Bush’s second Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice were the only voices urging the President to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, with no success.

Gates said Obama’s decision to send Navy SEALs to attack a housing compound in Pakistan targeting Osama bin Laden was “one of the most courageous decisions I had ever witnessed in the White House.”

His memoir goes to great lengths to convey how much he was concerned for US troops’ safety amid so much conflict, saying he has “an overwhelming sense of personal responsibility” for the troops he ordered into combat.

Gates said both Obama and Hillary Clinton admitted to him that their opposition to the Iraq war during their heated 2008 presidential primary campaign hinged on political calculations.

“Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. … The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

The former Defense secretary has glowing remarks for Cabinet colleague Clinton. He “found her smart, idealistic but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny, a very valuable colleague, and a superb representative of the United States all over the world.”

Not unlike other tomes written by former Cabinet officials in the past, Gates’ memoir, reviewed Tuesday by The New York Times and The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, is chock full of political drama and internecine intrigue. For instance, Gates calls Vice President Joe Biden a “man of integrity,” but nevertheless says Biden led the White House staff’s supposed suspicion of the Pentagon, “poisoning the well” against military leadership.

“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates wrote of Biden.

The White House released a statement Tuesday saying Obama stands behind Biden, a longtime US senator before joining the Obama administration.

“The President disagrees with Secretary Gates’ assessment – from his leadership on the Balkans in the Senate, to his efforts to end the war in Iraq, Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and has helped advance America’s leadership in the world. President Obama relies on his good counsel every day,” National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in the statement.

Gates also reveals that Obama nearly ordered a criminal investigation into disclosures on Iran policy published by The New York Times, and that once the White House pointed the blame at Pentagon officials, only Obama would “acknowledge to me he had problems with leaks in his own shop.”

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Mushirul Hasan’s book on Maulana Azad shatters myths

8 01 2014

Mushirul Hasan’s book on Maulana Azad shatters myths on Islam and its impact on the idea of a unified India

 

-        Islam Pluralism Nationhood-Legacy of Maulana Azad launched in the capital

-        Mushirul Hasan’s unconventional form of storytelling seeks to provide the thrill and opportunity of being a historian and an explorer, to each reader

 

 

New Delhi: 7th January 2014: Niyogi Books’ latest offering Islam Pluralism Nationhood-Legacy of Maulana Azad penned by the renowned author and historian Professor Mushirul Hasan’s was launched at an elegant function held in New Delhi, today. A panel discussion on “Islam Pluralism Nationhood-Legacy of Maulana Azad” was also held on the sidelines, which explored Islam and its impact on the idea of a unified India.

 

On the occasion marking the 125th birth anniversary of Maulana Azad, Muchkund Dubey, President, Council for Social Development; Irfan Habib, Renowned Author and one of the most celebrated Historian India has ever produced; Syed Shahid Mahdi, Former Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia University and an institution on Islam and Sirajuddin Qureshi, President, India Islamic Cultural Centre  were also present and took part in the panel discussion. K Natwar Singh, Indian politician and former cabinet minister presided over the function.

In an unconventional form of storytelling the book penned by Mushirul Hasan seeks to provide the thrill and opportunity of being a historian and an explorer, to each reader. A compilation of confidential facsimiles of notes, memos and letters, rich and varied, they unfold Azad’s story like never before.

The detailed ‘history sheets’ compiled by the Intelligence Bureau, are as informative as entertaining, conveying the tentativeness at the heart of an anxious and apprehensive government. The other documents reflect government policies in relation to the popular upsurge that had taken place in some parts of the country, an agitation that also drew Azad into the nationalist fold. Post-Independence communications on policies that were gradually shaping the young independent India also shed ample light on Azad’s robust conviction of combining the essence of Islam and pluralism in building a new nation.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, commonly remembered as Maulana Azad, rose to prominence through his work as a journalist, publishing works critical of the British Raj in the early 1920s. A powerful writer and an equally stimulating orator, his sway over the Muslim communities was considered a threat by the government which looked for every opportunity to clip his wings and restrain his activities.

Azad took these tribulations gracefully and came to play a very decisive role as a senior leader of the Independence movement. Like his pen-name Azad, which meant free, here was a man who relentlessly strove to remove the shackles of incapacious thinking, challenging its rigidity, wisely integrating the munificence of Islam and pluralism into the folds of nationhood.

About the Author: Professor Mushirul, an internationally known historian and author and a Padmashree awardee, Mushirul Hasan has, among other notable contributions, explored the lives of the Congress Muslims, who survive on the margins of the dominant discourse on Indian nationalism. He is a biographer of Mohamed Ali, M.A Ansari and has published their correspondence and speeches. He has edited a collection of essays on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and co-authored a major biography of Jamia Millia Islamia. He has introduced the proceedings of the Indian National Congress, of which the first volume is already out. His much-awaited new book Political Prisoners, with Niyogi Books, is due to be published soon. Mushirul Hasan has served as Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, and as Director-General of the National Archives of India. Professor Hasan has recently been awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for his project—Roads to Freedom: Prison, Prisoners and Colonialism.

 

About Niyogi Books : Niyogi Books, a premier book publisher, has been regularly publishing books on Indian culture, religion, history along with biographies of eminent personalities. It has lately entered in the field of fiction. Recently, three of its titles won awards for ‘Excellence in Publishing’ instituted by the Federation of Indian Publishers. These include Mapping India, Rabindranath Tagore: A Pictorial Biography and M F Hussain: A Pictorial Tribute.

 

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Price:     Rs 695/-

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Pages:   209

Hard bound with jacket

 

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OIL completes transaction for acquisition of interest in the Giant Gas Field in Rovuma Area 1 Offshore Block in Mozambique

8 01 2014

Oil India Limited (OIL) completes transaction for acquisition of interest in the Giant Gas Field in Rovuma Area 1 Offshore Block in Mozambique”. 

 

Details:

Oil India Limited (“OIL”), along with ONGC Videsh Limited (“OVL”), has completed the acquisition of 100% shares in Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Limited from Videocon Mauritius Energy Limited. Videocon Mozambique Rovuma 1 Limited holds a 10% participating interest in the Rovuma Area 1 Offshore Block in Mozambique (“Area 1″). This is pursuant to our earlier announcement on 25th June 2013, of signing of definitive agreements to acquire this interest. The terms of the transaction remain broadly the same as per the earlier announcement.

Area 1 covers approximately 2.6 million acres in the deepwater Rovuma Basin offshore Mozambique and represents the largest gas discovery offshore East Africa with estimated recoverable resources of between 35 and 65 TCF as per operator’s estimates. Partners in Area 1 include Anadarko, operator of the project, ENH, Mitsui, BPRL and PTTEP. Area 1 has the potential to become one of the world’s largest LNG producing hubs with first LNG expected in 2018.

The Area 1 LNG project is strategically located to competitively supply LNG to India, and OIL’s and OVL’s participation in the project will facilitate access to the growing Indian gas market which will supplement the country’s energy security endeavour. OIL and OVL will also devote significant financial and technical resources to the development of the project. This investment is expected to further enhance the strong business and cultural links between Mozambique and India.

 

This acquisition marks OIL’s entry into the global LNG industry.

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92.7 BIG FM CELEBRATES

8 01 2014

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92.7 BIG FM CELEBRATES HARVEST FESTIVALS OF LOHRI, PONGAL AND SANKRANTI ACROSS INDIA

 

UNIQUE AND SPECIAL ‘KUDIYAN DI LOHRI’ TO BE CELEBRATED WITH BABY GIRLS IN NORTH INDIA

 

ON-AIR PROPERTY ‘KAI PO CHHE’ AND KITE FLYING FESTIVALS ACROSS REGIONS TO MARK SANKRANTI

New Delhi, 7th January 2014: 92.7 BIG FM, India’s No 1 Radio Network is all set to kick start the New Year with a bang and celebrate India’s biggest harvest festivals with complete splendour and bring delight to listeners across regions with a host of exciting parties, contests and prizes.

Traditionally, families that have witnessed the birth of a boy child celebrate the little boy’s pehli Lohri with added enthusiasm and grandeur. The popular festival of Lohri will undergo a unique and exceptional twist as 92.7 BIG FM’s Delhi, Punjab and Jammu stations prepare to celebrate the festival with baby girls in a joyful environment of melodious songs composed by the leading musicians, lyricists and singers from across the country. This unique initiative - 92.7 BIG FM’s Kudiyan Di Lohri – will return this year in a special way, as 4 noted lyricists and a celebrated music composer come together to create a beautiful song for the girl child. The song will be sung by young girls chosen through an on-air contest. While 92.7 BIG FM will invite families that have been blessed with a baby girl and celebrate her pehli Lohri with the same enthusiasm and fervour, the special song will be launched in this party and gifted to the girls for keeps.

For Sankranti, which symbolises progress and improvement, the network will launch the unique ‘Kai Po Chhe’ initiative. The festival is celebrated in innumerable ways but kite flying is an activity that is common and represents special bonding with family and friends. People young and old, fly colourful kites this day and compete to cut each other’s kites down while letting their kites fly high. Keeping with the spirit of the festival, 92.7 BIG FM is organising a musical contest where the station will play a song and cut it in the middle. Listeners will then be asked to call in and suggest a song which starts with the last letter of the previous song. Prizes will be given to callers who come up with songs instantaneously.

BIG kite flying events will be organised at public venues on Sankranti day and winners of on-air contest will be invited to come and fly kites with their favourite RJs. RJs will share live commentary and information about the significance of Sankranti and how it is celebrated in countless ways across India. Upto January 19th 2014, ‘Kai Po Chhe’ will air in the regions of Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Down South, 92.7 BIG FM Bangalore celebrates BIG Song Suggi which is a unique concept of song harvesting. RJ’s will uproot the stories behind the most popular music from lyricists and other experts from the music fraternity. 92.7 BIG FM Hyderabad along with Montrose Foundation revels in a kite flying celebration with children from different orphanages & NGOs while listeners get to participate in the BIG Movie Festival. RJ’s from the station will enact movie scenes and listeners who guess the scenes right, will win movie tickets for the newest releases! Meanwhile 92.7 BIG FM Chennai prepares for a joyous Pongal treat for its listeners. While listeners can participate in on-air contests and win movie tickets, they also stand to win special prizes on visiting the movie theatre in their best traditional wear.

Commenting on the celebrations, Mr. Ashwin Padmanabhan, Business Head, 92.7 BIG FM said, “We are delighted to celebrate the beginning of 2014 with harvest season celebrations for our listeners. At 92.7 BIG FM, it is our endeavour to preserve the significance, honour and respect each festival deserves while adding new flavours to it and making India’s festivals full of joy, warmth and cheer while delivering great value and engagement opportunities to our advertisers.”

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White House Photography

 

White House Photography Office picked out some of the best photos

 White House Photography Office picked out some of the best photos from the past year to give you an inside look at the presidency — and some of the best moments from 2013.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • President Obama singing Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Lots of Sunny and Bo
  • Visiting South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela
  • Some very adorable kids with the President

You’re going to want to see this one.

Click here to check out our best photos from 2013.

FILM OF THE WEEK

ON WEDNESDAY 08th JANUARY 2014 AT 6.30 P.M. AND

RE-SCREENING 11th JANUARY 2014 AT 2.00 P.M.

 

At Italian Embassy Cultural Centre – New Delhi

Tessitori Hall

 

 

FOCUS: COMEDY ITALIAN STYLE

 

 

 

 

Don Camillo (Restored Version)

The little world of Don Camillo

An amusing and light-hearted comedy about the clash between two different perspectives, the religious priest Don Camillo and the secular communist Mayor Peppone

 

Director: Julien Duvivier
Screenplay: Julien DuvivierRené Barjavel
Actors: FernandelGino Cervi, Leda GloriaVera TalchiFranco Interlenghi

Music: Alessandro Cicognini
Italy/France, 1952, 109 min.
B/W

 

Don Camillo is a priest in a small Italian village who is shocked when he finds out that the Communists have won the elections and that his arch nemesis, die-hard Marxist Peppone, has become the new Mayor. Don Camillo hears the voice of Jesus Christ coming from the crucifix and giving him advice, thus he interrupts the Communists’ speech with church bells. Notwithstanding their differences Peppone and Don Camillo are also friends and respect each other. When a general strike breaks out, Don Camillo convinces Peppone to break the rules. Their rivalry even continues in a soccer game. When Don Camillo is moved to another town after a fight, Peppone wishes him all the best…

 

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Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50- E Chandragupta Marg
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi -110 021
Phone: 0091- 11- 26871901/03/04 Ext. 209
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Sikh Caucus Co Chair Valadao attends Sikh Function

 

7 01 2014

Sikh Caucus

 

Sikh Caucus Co Chair Valadao attends, says Sikhs issues to be resolved

 
Gurjatinder S. Randhawa
Freemont-California, January 7,
 
 
American Gurdwara Parbandhak Commiteee (AGPC) celebrated the Gurpurab of Tenth Sikh Master Guru Gobind Singh with religious fervor and devotion according to Nanak Shahi Calendar 2003.  The religious functions were organized at Gurudwara Sahib Fremont and Gurdwara Sahib Singh Sabha Milpitas CA. American Sikh Congressional Caucus Co-Chair Hon Congressman David Valadao was the special guest who promised to take up the issues relating the Sikh community at rightful platforms during the occasion.
AGPC President Jaswant Singh Hothi and Coordinator Dr.Pritpal Singh congratulated the Sikh panth on the occasion and both the leaders asked the community members to live the life of universal brotherhood and peace as per the Guru’s teachings. They said Guru fought for the protection of the human rights and worked for the upliftment of the downtrodden and those less fortunate. They along with other office bearers of the AGPC welcomed and honoured Valadao for his contribution to resolve Sikh matters.
Valadao meanwhile stated that they were taking up the issues of recruitment of the Sikhs in US Defence forces, separate records of the Sikh community in the US Census, stopping of the hate crime against the Sikhs and recording the incidents of the hate crime separately from the incidents of other crimes in the records of the police agencies. “We are committed to resolve all the issues being faced by the community. The Sikhs are part and parcel of the US society and we want them to safe and secure and resolve their matters relating recruitments and discrimination’’, said Valadao.
 

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Sikh celebrates Gurpurab around the world

7 01 2014

Nation celebrates GurpurabUpdated

Sikhs from across the world are celebrating the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Today.

Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs founded the Khalsa Panth and gave the teachings of harmony, brotherhood and righteousness.The birth anniversary of tenth Guru of Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh is being celebrated across the globe with religious fervor and gaiety.

Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1666 in Patna of Bihar, where Patna Sahib Gurudwara is situated. Devotees in huge numbers visit the Gurudwara on the occasion.

In 1699 on the day of Vaisakhi, Guru Gobind Singh ji founded the Khalsa Panth.

He asked the members of the Khalsa to rise above the barriers of religion and caste and spread the message of brotherhood, communal harmony and humanity in the world.

He told his followers to be ready to sacrifice for the cause of Dharma or righteousness. Guru Gobind Singh, gave the Sikhs their very distinctive symbols as marks of acceptance from God in the form they are, cleanliness, inspiration to do good and self defence.

Devotees take out nagar kirtan processions and throng the Sikh Shrines to celebrate the occasion where Sabad Kirtans are organised. People from all walks of life celebrate the occasion and pledge to follow the path shown by the Guru.

 

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Parvasi Bharatiya Divas Celebration

7 01 2014

Parvasi Bharatiya Divas Celebration

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Manish Tiwari Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr Renu Khator at Plenary Session of Youth

 

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Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2013

7 01 2014

Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2013 

 

On the basis of result of the written part of the Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2013 held by the Union Public Service Commission in November, 2013, the candidates as per the list of Roll Numbers have qualified for Interview/Personality Test:–

 

                The candidature of these candidates is PROVISIONAL subject to their being found eligible in all respects.  The candidates would be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims relating to age, educational qualifications, community, physical disability etc. at the time of the Personality Test.   They are, therefore, advised to keep their certificates ready and check before hand the requirement of certificates in accordance with the important instructions before appearance in the PT Boards available on the website of the Commission.

 

                In accordance with the Rules of examination all these candidates are required to fill up the Detailed Application Forms (DAF) which will be available on the Commission`s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in. and submit the same ON LINE.  The Detailed Application Form (DAF) will be available on the website of the Commission upto 17.01.2014 till 11.59 PM.  Important instructions regarding filling up of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) and submitting the same ONLINE to the Commission are also available on the website.   The candidates who have been declared successful have to first get themselves registered on the relevant page of the website before filling up the ONLINE Detailed Application Form.  The qualified candidates are further advised to refer to the Rules of the Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2013, published in the Gazette of India, dated 17.08.2013, which is also available on the Website of the Commission.

 

                After submitting the Detailed Application Form (DAF) duly filled in ONLINE, the candidates are required to take out a print out of the finally submitted Detailed Application Form (DAF) separately and will have to send the printed copy of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) duly ink signed by the candidate along with all relevant documents to the Under Secretary (IES/ISS), Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069, so as to reach the Commission`s Office latest by 20.01.2014.  The envelope containing the print out of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) submitted ONLINE should be superscribed “Detailed Application Form (DAF) for Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2013”.  It can also be delivered at UPSC by hand till  20.01.2014 (5.00 PM).  In the event of non receipt of ink signed copy of the DAF, the candidature will be cancelled without any further notice.

                The candidates are also required to bring the printed copy of the DAF duly signed (by the candidate) along with original documents and a photocopy each thereof at the time of Interview.  The instructions  for filling up DAF, available on the Website along with the Rules of the Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2013, must be read carefully with regard to the certificates which will be produced at the time of interview.   The candidate will be solely responsible for not producing sufficient proof in support of his/her age, date of birth, educational qualification, caste (SC/ST/OBC) and Physically disability status.

 

                Interview of candidates who have qualified for the Personality Test are likely to be held from 24.02.2014. The exact date of interview will, however, be intimated to the candidates through Interview Letter.  Roll Number wise Interview Schedule will also be made available on Commission`s Website.

 

                No request for change in the date and time of the Personality Test intimated to the candidates will be entertained under any circumstances.

 

                “The marks-sheets of candidates, who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission`s Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting Personality Test) and will remain available on the Website for a period of 60 days”. 

 

                The candidates can access the marks-sheets after keying in their Roll Numbers and Date of birth.  The printed/hard copies of the marks-sheet would, however, be issued by UPSC to candidates based on specific request accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope.  Candidates desirous of obtaining printed/hard copies of the marks-sheet should make the request within thirty days of the display of the marks on the Commission`s Website, beyond which such requests would not be entertained.

 

                The result will also be available on the U.P.S.C. `s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in.

 

                Union Public Service Commission has a Facilitation Counter at its campus.  Candidate may obtain any information/clarification regarding their examination/result on working days between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM in person or over telephone Nos. (011)-23385271/23381125/23098543 from this counter.

List

IES/ISS EXAMINATION 2013

INDIAN ECONOMIC SERVICE

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                INDIAN STATISTICAL SERVICE

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Parvasi Bharatiya Divas Celebration

7 01 2014

Parvasi Bharatiya Divas Celebration

Manish Tiwari Minister of Information and Broadcasting

 

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Vice President Inaugurates NCC Republic Day Camp-2014

7 01 2014

 

            The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari inaugurated the “National Cadet Corps (NCC) Republic Day Camp-2014” at the Garrison Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt here today. Addressing the cadets and officers of NCC, the Vice President lauded the various welfare initiatives of NCC , the largest uniformed organization in the world, which brings together young people from all parts of our country and every segment of society to prepare them for being responsible citizens of tomorrow by instilling in them a culture of discipline and teamwork. He extended his best wishes to the cadets for a happy, healthy and successful New year and called upon them to reaffirm their resolve to work hard and excel in all their endeavours.

 

He lauded the valuable contributions of NCC cadets in providing emergency relief to victims of natural disasters, especially in the aftermath of devastating floods in Uttarakhand. He also appreciated NCC’s initiatives for socio-economic welfare of our citizens on important issues as healthcare and in combating social evils.

 

The Vice President said that the revised curriculam addresses the core concerns of the nation as it aims to inculcate in the youth the values of patriotism and ethics.

 

A contingent of smartly turned out NCC cadets presented a “Guard of Honour” to the Vice President on his arrival at the camp. This was followed by NCC cadets presenting Band Display. The Vice President visited the “Flag Area” where he listened to the young cadets briefing him about their respective States and appreciated the various social themes displayed in the Flag Area prepared by them.

 

A total of 2070 Cadets from all States and Union Territories are attending the camp. The camp provides a unique opportunity to the cadets from different regions and States of our vast and diverse country to meet and interact with each other and further the cause of ‘national integration’. The underlying theme of RDC-2014 is “Nation First”.

 

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Prithvi Launch Successful

7 01 2014

 
A missile unit of the elite Strategic Forces Command (SFC) successfully launched a Prithvi missile today from the test range at Chandipur, off the Odisha Coast as part of a scenario based live launch training exercise. The launch was flawless and achieved all its targeting and technical parameters set out for the training exercise. 

‘The launch was conducted as a culmination to a strategic training exercise. The aim of this exercise was to validate our readiness by undertaking launches in various contingencies’, said an SFC spokesperson.

Prithvi missiles are indigenously produced and are equipped with improved high accuracy navigation and manoeuvring system. Inducted into India’s Strategic Forces Command in 2003, the Prithvi missile, the first missile to be developed under India’s prestigious IGMDP strengthens India’s nuclear deterrence

 

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Ghulam Nabi Azad launches the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram

7 01 2014

Ghulam Nabi Azad launches the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK)
Shri Azad: Rksk will Comprehensively Address the Health Needs of the Country’s Adolescent Population 

 

Shri  Ghualm Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK), here today. He also inaugurated the three-day National Adolescent Health Consultation.

 The Union Health Minister, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing the gathering stated that the programme will comprehensively address the health needs of the 243 million adolescents, who account for over 21% of the country’s population. He said that so far the efforts have been partial, confined to sexual and reproductive health, that too at select government facilities. The Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) will bring in several new dimensions, which he listed as- mental health, nutrition, substance misuse, gender based violence and non-communicable diseases. The programme introduces community based interventions through peer educators, and is underpinned by collaborations with other Ministries and State governments, knowledge partners and more research. Referring to the strategic approach to RMNCH+A (Reproductive, Maternal, New born, Child Health + Adolescent) in which `A` denotes adolescents, unveiled last year at Mahabalipuram, the Health Minister said that new focus on adolescents is in recognition of the fact that without adolescent health, maternal and child health outcomes may continue to elude us.

Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the 5 by 5 RMNCH+A matrix has been developed which lists out the 5 high impact interventions under each of the 5 pillars, all of which need to be implemented together, at the same time, with high coverage and quality.

Speaking at the occasion, Sh K Desiraju, Health Secretary said that the programme is an effort to move away from a ‘doctor-driven’ effort towards a holistic and participative programme. The RKSK recognizes that all adolescents need attention even before the occurrence of any disease or problem, and in order to make informed decisions and choices.

Highlighting the salient features of the programme and the need for an enhanced and sharper focus on adolescents, Smt Anuradha Gupta, Addl. Secretary and Mission Director, NRHM stated that adolescents present a unique opportunity to reap the country’s demographic dividends. This, she pointed out, will not be possible without investing in their health needs. She explained that lifestyle and behavior related diseases such as substance abuse, inflicting self harm, tendency towards gender-based violence, low nutrition and physical inactivity, which begin and occur more during this phase, are fast becoming the causes for the highest mortality in this age group. She stated that in the coming years in the developing countries, seven out of ten deaths will be due to non-communicable diseases.

 

The RKSK programme defines an adolescent as a person within 10-19 years of age, in urban and rural areas, includes both girls and boys, married and unmarried, poor and affluent, whether they are in school or out of school.  This broad definition helps to address the myriad problems of adolescents across various groups and categories, she stated. The programme emphasis seven ‘Cs”- coverage, content, communication, counselling, clinics and convergence. She stated that active use of new technologies and social media platforms will form an integral part of the programme to reach the adolescents in their own spaces, with strategic partnerships with communities and peers.

 

The Health Minister also launched the handbooks on strategy frameworks which includes the framework for monitoring, supervision and evaluation of the programme once it is rolled out; the handbook on operational framework which will help to translate the programme into action; and the resource pack for the ANMs, ASHAs, medical officers, LHVs and peer educators.

 

Also present at the launch function were Ms. Kate Gilmore, Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA, Ms. Fredika Meijer, UNFPA representative for Bhutan and India, senior officers from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Health Secretaries from different States, and representatives from UNICEF.

 

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Growth of 6.3 percent in the number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA’s)

7 01 2014

Growth of 6.3 percent in the number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA’s) in the month of December, 2013 
There has been a growth of 6.3 percent in the number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA’s) in the month of December, 2013 as compared to FTA’s in the month of December, 2012. 

The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of December 2013.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

• FTAs during the Month of December 2013 were 8.00 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.53 lakh during the month of December 2012 and 7.37 lakh in December 2011.

• There has been a growth of 6.3% in December 2013 over December 2012 as compared to a growth of 2.2% registered in December 2012 over December 2011.

• FTAs during the period January to December 2013 were 68.48 lakh with a growth of 4.1%, as compared to FTAs of 65.78 lakh with a growth of 4.3% during January to December 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in rupee terms and US$ terms

• FEEs during the month of December 2013 were ` 11,680 crore as compared to ` 10,549 crore in December 2012 and ` 8,870 crore in December 2011.

• The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms in December 2013 over December 2012 was 10.7% as compared to 18.9% in December 2012 over December 2011.

• FEEs from tourism in rupee terms during January to December 2013 were ` 1,05,836 crore with a growth of 12.0%, as compared to the FEEs of ` 94,487 crore with a growth of 21.8% during January to December 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011.

• FEEs in US$ terms during the month of December 2013 were US$ 1.886 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.931 billion during the month of December 2012 and US$ 1.688 billion in December 2011.

• The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in December 2013 over December 2012 was a negative growth of 2.3% as compared to the growth of 14.4% in December 2012 over December 2011.

• FEE from tourism in terms of US$ during January to December 2013 were US$ 18.133 billion with a growth of 2.2%, as compared to US$ 17.737 billion with a growth of 7.1% during January-December 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011.

Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of the FTAs data at major ports and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India.

 

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AAP’s Bhushan & Bharti MISFIRED District Level Skills

7 01 2014

January07, 2014

In India a Government not delivering 15% growth rate at current prices
is taken as Corrupt and Incompetent. AAP has Completely Neglected
DEVELOPMENT ISSUES THAT HAVE INSTANT IMPACT – have no STRATEGY on
corruption.

AAP has No Experience, Skills, Capability, Honesty and Understanding
of The Problems to ‘Deliver On Promises’ – EXCELLENT UNITY BUT NO
DIRECTION.

Governments and their Systems are designed to be ROBUST or Crash Proof
just like Computer Software – only a skilled programmer could make it
malfunction by introducing Malware.

Corrupt Officers & Businesses have actually Crippled the System.

Step By Step Government had to DISINFECT the system.
   
Rules & Remedy of Corruption Are Exactly The Same As Malware in
Computer Systems.

Some most CORRUPT & CROOK & RESOURCEFUL makes a HOLE in the System
that is duplicated by hundreds and million others.

First Priority of AAP is to PLUG THE HOLES in the system
by INTRODUCING CORRUPTION FREE SYSTEMS.

Mere Transfer of 800 Officers is not a solution at all.

Kejriwal WILL BE ASTONISHED to See Within 5 Working Days Demand For
SLOW WATER METERS had cropped up.

Subsidizing Electricity Is REWARDING Discoms.    

South Gujarat Discom buys 11.7 BU and Bill 9.8 BU – For Similar Load
BRPL buys 15 BU, Sell 3 BU exact details in specific petition.

AAP should have Dismissed DERC  Members to Effectively Implement Its
Program to Cut Electricity Tariffs for 0-400 Unit Domestic Consumers.

Just by RESTRICTING Power Purchase to 12 BU, BRPL Could Save Around
15% to 20% cost of supply – All BRPL was required to Restrict Load of
50 KW plus consumers.

Somnath  Bharti Should INTERVENE & REVIEW Delhi State Court Cases,
Adopt  CONSUMER-AAP PROGRAMS IN HC & SC and Consumer Forums.
Consumers Forums Are Under The Jurisdiction of Delhi Government
–Introduce FAST 25 E- Consumer Forums @ 10 cases a day dispose 75,000
case a year, Fix Minimum Penalty of Rs.1000/- per case – Over Rs.200
Cr Gain to Consumers.
   
Ravinder Singh
Inventor & Consultant
Progressindia008@yahoo.com Ph: 9650421857
Delhi law min scolds secy for not calling judges’ meet
New Controversy Hits Kejri’s AAP
Dhananjay Mahapatra & Abhinav Garg TNN

New Delhi: A row has erupted between Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti
and law secretary A S Yadav. Last week, Bharti is learnt to have
rebuked Yadav when the latter expressed his inability to convene a
meeting of all Delhi court judges at the state secretariat. According
to sources in the High Court and the state government’s law
department, Yadav told the minister that the judiciary is independent
of the executive and only the Delhi High Court can summon a meeting of
judges.

    Yadav, a district judge who is on deputation, tried to reason with
Bharti — himself a lawyer with an IIT background — that it was
unthinkable for a minister or anyone representing the executive to
summon a meeting of the judges. He said Delhi HC exercises exclusive
administrative jurisdiction over judges.

    Sources said Yadav’s contention did not go down well with Bharti,
who accused him of being loyal to the old regime, and of deliberately
trying to place obstacles in the way of the AAP government’s plan to
ensure speedy delivery of justice.

    Yadav has written a letter to Delhi Chief Justice N V Ramana,
apprising him of the development. He is learnt to have met him and
requested that he be repatriated to the judiciary.

AAP rapped for Bhushan’s J&K comment New Delhi: AAP leader Prashant
Bhushan’s reported remarks seeking a referendum for army deployment in
Kashmir came under sharp attack from across the political spectrum,
forcing the party to distance itself from the statement. Bhushan later
issued a clarification that a referendum should not be mistaken for a
plebiscite on J&K’s merger with India. TNN
   
‘Difficult to work in present atmosphere’

New Delhi: Sources said that an upset Yadav told the chief justice
that it had become difficult for him to work in the present
atmosphere, and he would like to return to his parent cadre as
district judge. Chief Justice Ramana, however, is learnt to have
assured Yadav that the HC would protect him against any vindictive
action by the executive.

    When TOI contacted Bharti, he defended his initiative to reach out
to the judiciary and blamed the law secretary for sitting on his
request to fix up a meeting with the Delhi high court’s Chief Justice.

“I have been doing whatever is possible to ensure two things – that
the poorest of poor be given justice and every penny spent by the
government is accounted for. As the law minister, I have a duty
towards my people. I wanted to have this meeting because judicial and
legal reforms are my priority. Unless I interact with the judiciary
how will I address their problem or that of the litigants? I am not
aware of the protocol so I asked the secretary to advise me on these
things.

    But when I asked him for such a meeting, he said we have to seek
permission from the Delhi High Court. For every small thing he says
only the HC can do, only HC has the jurisdiction, we have to seek
permission from HC. What is the responsibility of the law minister?”
Bharti said.

Times View

AAP ministers are in a hurry to make a difference. That is
understandable. So is their apparent inexperience. Therefore, they
need to be doubly careful. Or else, they will make errors and incur a
heavy political cost. They need to realise that not all traditions –
like the separation of the judiciary from the executive — can or
should be changed. Many practices have been put in place for good
reason, and brusquely dismissing them can only adversely affect the
enormous public goodwill that AAP enjoys at present.

News roundup

 

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Medina 29 injured as passenger jet crash-lands

A Saudi Arabian Airlines plane with 315 people on board had to make an emergency landing in the Muslim holy city of Medina, AFP reports. Twenty-nine people have been injured, with 11 of those taken to the hospital, General Authority of Civil Aviation spokesman Khalid al-Khaybari told the news agency. The plane was arriving from the Iranian city of Mashhad. Footage posted online showed the aircraft landing apparently without its rear landing gear and leaving a trail of flames along the runway.

Turkish journalist abducted by Syrian Islamists freed

Bunyamin Aygun, a photographer working for the Turkish newspaper Milliyet, was released after weeks in captivity and taken home. He was freed Sunday and accompanied to Turkey by eight members of the National Intelligence Organization, the newspaper said. “I am proud of being this country’s citizen. I think that al-Qaeda linked groups had a connection with my kidnapping,” he told reporters in his first remarks to the press after his release. Aygun was abducted in mid-December by a radical Islamist group during what his friends described as reporting “one last story” from Syria. The war-torn country is one of the most dangerous places for media professionals, according to Reporters Without Borders, with more than 30 journalists estimated to have been abducted.

​Russia delivers 13 “Night Hunter” strike helicopters to Iraq

Iraq has received 13 Mil Mi-28NE helicopters under a $4.2 billion defense contract with Russia. The helicopters, dubbed “Night Hunter” for their night operation capabilities, were delivered to Umm Qasr Port on Sunday, Itar-Tass reported. The Iraqi army received 15 similar aircraft last year, which they plan to use in the fight against militants. Under the contract, signed in October 2012, Iraq is also to receive 24 Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft systems and 12 more Mi-28NEs.

​China Railway Group president commits suicide

The death on Sunday of Bai Zhongren, president of the state-owned industrial giant China Railway Group, was suicide, Chinese media reported Monday. Bai, 53, jumped to his death after suffering from depression, colleagues of the businessman said. His company has been suffering from debt problems, with some branches of the group having trouble paying wages at the end of last year. The Chinese railway industry is in turmoil in the wake of the dismantling of the country’s Railway Ministry and the sentencing of its chief, Liu Zhijun, to death over corruption charges – a sentence later suspended and de facto changed to life in prison. Several senior railway officials and executives have committed suicide since the graft allegations came to light three years ago. However, there have been no direct links between China Railway Group and the corruption cases.

Taliban to recapture Afghan Helmand Province – former commander

The Taliban might recapture parts of the Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan when US-led NATO troops leave this year, former commander of the Special Air Service Richard Williams told the Times. “I will be very surprised if the future governor of Helmand…is not very closely connected to those who we call the Taliban,” he told the paper. Richards is also skeptical that the Afghan army could maintain security after the troops leave the region, despite PM Cameron claiming that the campaign provided security in Afghanistan.

Khodorkovsky arrives in Switzerland to see kids off to school

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former Russian oil billionaire has arrived in Switzerland on Sunday, after spending two weeks in Germany after being granted an amnesty by President Vladimir Putin late last year. Khodorkovsky’s website stated that he is visiting Switzerland on a “family matter”, as he and his wife are accompanying their children to school in Switzerland. The message added that he had not yet made any plans about permanent residency in Switzerland or anywhere else in the world. Nick Pool

 

Stampede at mosque kills 14 people in China

A stampede during a religious festival in China’s Ningxia region has killed 14 people and injured 10, Chinese state media reports. The stampede was triggered while traditional food was being served to those attending an event to commemorate a late religious leader. The autonomous region of Ningxia is home to the Chinese-speaking Hui minority, who are mostly Muslim.

Ukrainian opposition calls for early election

Ten thousand pro-EU supporters have staged a meeting at Kiev’s Independence (Maidan) square. Opposition leader of the “Udar” (Punch) party Vitaly Klitschko urged Ukrainians “to arrange a nationwide strike,” and not to give up until their demands of signing the Association Agreement with Brussels are met. Klitschko also called for early presidential and parliamentary elections. Sunday’s rally was the latest in a series of demonstrations that have been taking place since November, when the government froze a trade agreement with the EU to seek closer ties with Russia.

Syrian National Coalition to agree on Geneva 2 on Monday

Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has decided to postpone the decision on whether to attend peace talks in Switzerland until it elects a new leader on Monday. The vote for the top position Istanbul-based opposition group is scheduled for Monday, pan-Arab newspaper “Al-Hayat” reports. At the moment 28 of 43 members of the council oppose the decision to send a delegation to Switzerland. SNC said it’s being pressured by the Syrian National Council (SNC), one of the largest groups within the SNC, not to take part Geneva-2 talks because Syrian President Bashar Assad has not taken necessary steps to free captives, stop airstrikes, and open secure corridors – conditions earlier set by the Council for participating.The UN has set January 22 as the date for the peace talks.

Iraqi government to retake Ramadi and Fallujah from Al Qaeda-linked cells

Iraqi government forces with support of local tribal militias are to start an offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from al-Qaeda-linked extremists, a government official said “I believe that a final combat will take place soon,” Faleh al-Issawi, deputy head of the provincial council of Anbar, the regional capital announced. The plan is to provide time for the local residents to flee the city before it begins its offensive as the army surrounded Fallujah, AFP said. US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier said that Washington will not intervene and send troops to assist Iraq’s army. At least 40 civilians have died and 186 were wounded in the fighting, according to figures from hospitals in Ramadi and Fallujah. The Al Qaeda offensive in Anbar province, started on Monday, with insurgents capturing Ramadi and Fallujah.

​Authorities in Moscow seize 45 kg of Afghan heroin

A man has been detained by the authorities for transporting 45 kg of Afghan heroin worth $1.5 million, Itar-Tass reports citing Federal Service for Drug Control. The perpetrator was detained when authorities became suspicious of the car he was driving. According to the authorities, the shipment confiscated from underneath the trunk of his car would have been enough to provide single hits for millions of users. Authorities believe that the detained 30-year-old is part of a much larger drug-smuggling cell. A manhunt is underway to find the rest of the members of this drug gang

Small plane crashes at Aspen airport killing at least one

A small jet has crashed on landing at Aspen airport in Colorado, killing at least one person and injuring another, said Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office to ABC. Eyewitnesses wrote on Twitter that the craft burst into flames as it landed. The plane, which had three people onboard reportedly originated in Mexico and had made one stop off in Tucson, Arizona before making its way to Aspen.

Worst storms in 20 years continue to batter UK

Britain is bracing itself for more freak weather and flooding following the worst storms to hit the country since 1991. The Environment Agency has issued 92 flood warnings across England and Wales and warned of “serious disruption” because of the bad weather. At present around 1,200 homes in the South of England are flooded and some 7,500 properties are still without power.

12 weapons found in Prague Palestinian envoy mission

Only 12 weapons have been found inside the mission of the Palestinian envoy to Prague, refuting rumors and media reports that an ‘arsenal’ of 70 weapons had been uncovered. “I firmly protest against false information that police officers found about 70 weapons. This doesn’t make sense,” Prague police chief Martin Cervicektold told Prague daily Dnes. Fifty-six year old Jamal al-Jamal died in hospital on January 1, hours after he was taken there following a blast at the Prague residence. Some of the weapons uncovered were ‘unregistered’ in contravention of diplomatic  treaties, and among those found were submachine guns and pistols.

19 killed in Baghdad blasts

A series of car and roadside bombs have exploded in commercial areas of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, killing at least 19 people, local police and medical sources said. The deadliest attack took place in the mainly Shiite district of Shaab in the northern part of the city, where two car bombs went off, leaving at least nine people dead and 25 others injured. Around 9,200 people were killed in Iraq in 2013, with the sectarian violence in the country on the rise since US troops withdrew two years ago.

Portugal mourns as football legend Eusebio

The Portuguese government has declared three days of national mourning on the passing of one of the country’s most-loved footballers, Eusebio, also known by his nickname “the Black Panther.” The former athlete died of heart failure on Sunday morning in the capital, Lisbon. He was 72. Eusebio made his name playing for Benfica in 1960-75, winning 11 national titles and the 1962 European Cup with the Lisbon side. He scored 41 goals in 64 appearances for the Portuguese national team, which he led to bronze medals at the 1966 World Cup in England. Eusebio placed ninth in the top 100 footballers of the 20th century, drawn up the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

China probes almost 37,000 officials on corruption charges

China has investigated almost 37,000 officials suspected of corruption in more than 27,000 cases between January and November, local Xinhua news agency reports. According to the probe, 12,824 of the examined cases resulted in “losses for the people,” involving a total of 5.5 billion yuan ($900 million). The sentences handed down to the accused were not revealed. The latest war on graft in China began over a year ago after Xi Jinping took over as president.

23 dead in north Yemen clashes

Twenty-three people have been killed in two days of clashes between Sunni tribesmen and Shiite rebels in northern Yemen, a tribal chief told AFP on Sunday. On Sunday, some 10 people were killed in the country’s northwestern Jawf province, while a further seven were killed in the northern province of Amran. Two others died in shelling in northwestern Dammaj. Another tribal chief told the agency that four died in fighting in Jawf on Saturday. Fighting between Huthi rebels and tribesmen, alongside fighters from the Islah Islamist party, is ongoing as well in Arhab, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Sanaa.The fighting between Huthi rebels and central government has been ongoing, and has lasted for almost 10 years in Saada province. However, the latest clashes have intensified and become more sectarian as a national dialogue  which has the potential to divide Yemen into a federation of different  regions is anticipated.

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon critical

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in a critical condition and facing ‘imminent’ death in Tel Hashomer hospital, Tel Aviv, hospital spokesman Zeev Rotstein said. Eighty-five year-old Sharon’s condition has been deteriorating since Wednesday, when he suffered “serious” kidney problems following surgery. “I am more pessimistic than I was before… his vital functions, especially renal, haven’t picked up,” Rotstein told reporters. However, Sharon’s heart is “holding out,” Rotstein said.

Pope to visit Middle East in May

Pope Francis will make visits to Holy Land sites in Jordan, Israel and Palestinian territories on May 24-26, he announced Sunday. The trip will be his first since his election as Pope last year and the dates of his visits will be aligned with the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s 1964 journey. In recent years, Pope John Paul II visited in the year 2000 and Benedict XVI visited in 2009.

 

​Kerry: Iran helpful on the sidelines’ of Syria peace conference

Iran may have a place at the so-called Geneva-2 Syrian peace conference, US Secretary of State John Kerry said. Previously, Washington resisted calls for Iran to take part in the conference, which is to gather in Montreux, Switzerland, on January 22. The tacit approval comes a day after Martin Nesirky, spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, announced that Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, would decide in a few days about Iran’s participation in the conference.

Police attack protester camp in Cambodia

Police in Cambodia have cracked down on anti-government protesters, attacking their camp in Phnom Penh, and banned any further protests against the government. Hundreds of heavily armed police officers moved in on the camp, causing close to a thousand protesters to flee. The raid on the park came a day after police opened fire on striking garment workers, killing at least four people. Phnom Penh also banned the use of the park and marches through the city for security reasons. Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for 28 years, faces opposition as protests demand that he step down and call a new election because of alleged vote fraud in July.

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Public Sphere and Morality in India

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Hello,
Greetings for the day. 
You are cordially invited for a special lecture on ‘ Public Sphere and Morality in India’ by Prof. Bhikhu Parekh (a renowned Political Scientist, University of Westminster ) hosted by the Group of Adult Education, JNU on 8th January 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please see the invitation card attached with this mail for details. You can also reach me at 8459095968. Please oblige us by covering the event your esteemed Newspaper/magazine.

Thank you and regards.

Shalini

Research Scholar

Group of adult Education
School of Social Sciences

JNU.

 

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Keystone Boys Choir

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hicc.delhi   Dear Friends, We are happy to invite you to the concert by the Keystone Boys Choir to be held at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre on Monday, 6th January 2014 at 6.30 p.m. All are welcome!

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Today at 2:22 PM

Dear Friends,

We are happy to invite you to the concert by the Keystone Boys Choir to be held at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre on Monday, 6th January 2014 at 6.30 p.m.
All are welcome!
Please see the invitation attached.
 
Best regards,

Hungarian Centre

 

Johanna Balchandani
Senior Cultural Adviser
Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre
1-A Janpath, New Delhi – 110 011
Tel: 00-91-11-2301 4497, 2301 1152, 2301 4992
Fax: 00-91-11-2379 3161
 

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Financing for Sustainable Agriculture’

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Dear Mr Sagar,           
Greetings from OneWorld!
 
It gives me great pleasure to invite              you for an interaction with Dr Rakesh Gupta, General              Manager, Priority Sector and Lead Bank Division, Punjab              National Bank. Dr Gupta heads the nation-wide              agri-business unit for the PNB. He will deliver the              Keynote Address at the roundtable, ‘Financing for              Sustainable Agriculture’, at 6.00 pm on January 10 at                the Deck Suite, 5th Floor, India Habitat Centre, New                Delhi.
 
As you are aware, we have already              hosted a series of two conferences and two roundtables on               ‘Rebuilding Uttarakhand.’ This roundtable is limited to              key stakeholders, including the government, corporate and              financial institutions, NGOs and people with interest in              the sustainable development of Uttarakhand.
 
Union Water Resources Minister Shri              Harish Rawat was the Chief Guest at the first conference,              while Union Textiles Minister Shri KS Rao was the Chief              Guest at the second conference. Shri SK Muttoo, IAS, Chief              Investment Commissioner, Uttarakhand, and renowned              agricultural scientist Prof. MS Swaminathan addressed the              first and second roundtables respectively.
 
More information on the earlier              conferences can be found at http://partneringforruralprosperity.in
 
 

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‘Andromakers, a show by two very well known French female DJs

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Dear friends, 

Happy New Year to all of you and your dearest!
You will find attached our cultural agenda for January 2014, full of exciting events.
Please don’t miss Andromakers, a show by two very well known French female DJs, on 10 January in Kitty Sue (presentation attached).
Hoping to see you very soon,
Warmest regards,
Jean-Philippe.

Jean-Philippe Bottin 

Directeur, Alliance Française Delhi
Délégué Général Inde Népal, Fondation Alliance Française
72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003, India
Mob: (91) 9560004641, Twitter: @JPBotting for Sustainable Agriculture’
 
 

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Awami League is set to form the next government

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Awami League is set to form the next government after securing over three-fourth majority in the controversial polls marred by deadly clashes, a low turnout and a boycott by opposition parties.
According the unofficial results, the Awami League candidates won in 107 seats and its ally Jatiya Party so far bagged 16 as counting for votes in 147 out of 300 constituencies in 59 districts were still underway. Having won 127 seats uncontested, the party has now more than 230 seats in the house, which gives it a clear three- fourth majority in the 10th parliament – much like it was in the 9th parliament. “We are compiling the results… you will get the results by later today,” an Election Commission (EC) spokesman said. The results of eight constituencies were withheld as violence forced suspension of polling at several polling stations in those areas, he said. The EC is also set to declare names of candidates elected unopposed in 153 constituencies in the 300-seat parliament where candidates of the AL and its allies appeared as lone candidates in the absence of rivals from Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18 party alliance. At least 21 people, including opposition activists, an election official and a law enforcement agency man, were killed in violence during the “one sided” elections. The EC is yet to calculate the average turnout, but media reports said fear of violence and absence of opposition candidates kept voters away from polling stations. “We staged the election due to our constitutional obligation…Elections could have been much better if all had participated,” Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said. He, however, said fair elections were held at 97 per cent of the polling centres amid reports that the ballot boxes were stuffed by ruling party activists to hide the low turn out. Political analysts said in legal terms the election was legitimate but the opposition boycott and low turnout cast a shadow on its credibility. They expected dialogues between the major two parties to resolve the political deadlock. Media reports said the Awami League was likely to form the new government as early as possible. The BNP-led opposition had demanded postponement of the polls and setting up of a non-party caretaker government, but Prime Minister Hasina rejected the demands. Political violence during strikes enforced by the opposition since November have left more than 160 people dead.

Yemen: Clashes in the north leave 17 dead

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Yemen: Clashes in the north leave 17 dead
Yemeni security officials say renewed clashes in the north between rebels belonging to a Shiite-branch of Islam and ultraconservative Salafis backed by allying tribes have killed 17. 
The officials say today’s clashes were in Amran province, one of three fronts where battles are raging between Hawthi rebels and Salafis. 

 

Two other fronts with sporadic fighting are in the adjacent Saada and al-Jawf provinces, bordering Saudi Arabia. 

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the press. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is expected to send mediators. 

The fight over the northern region is taking a sectarian undertone as Salafis are accused of trying to spread their school of thought in a stronghold of Hawthis, who belong to the Zaydi sect.

 

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Low turnout in Bangladesh elections

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 Low turnout in Bangladesh elections
Bangladesh’s violence-plagued general elections, being boycotted by opposition BNP-led alliance on Sunday witnessed low turn out in initial hours amid heavy security, as voters preferred to stay inside home fearing violence that has left six persons dead in last 12 hours.

Polling began at 8 a.m (0200 GMT) in 147 out of 300 constituencies in 59 districts of Bangladesh, officials said.Paramilitary Border Guards and elite Rapid Action Battalion forces were deployed along with police as 390 candidates of mostly ruling Awami League and its ally Jatiya Party were contesting for the 147 seats in the “one- sided” election, being closely watched by India and the world powers.

There is no election in remaining 153 constituencies which have returned winners without a contest, as opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18 party alliance is boycotting the polls.

The voting in 147 constituencies where the number of voters is nearly 44,000,00 is very low, with the turnout being almost zero per cent at several polling centres in initial hours, local media reports said.

A poor turnout would give the opposition the chance to question the legitimacy of today’s parliament elections.

A similar poll in 1996, boycotted by the opposition which was the Awami League, witnessed a mere 7 per cent turnout and forced Khaleda Zia-led BNP government to call for fresh polls within months under a neutral non-party caretaker system.

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed has said the huge deployment of security forces will give confidence to the voters and enable them to go and vote.

Officials said over 375,000 security personnel were deployed across Bangladesh to maintain peace and nearly 50,000 army troops were kept on vigil as “striking force”.

But voting was suspended at 136 centres due to torching of polling booths and snatching of ballot boxes and papers.

Opposition activists are burning down polling stations and attacking public transport in a bid to keep voters away from the polls, which they called as “farcical”.

The BNP-led opposition had demanded postponement of the polls and setting up of a non-party caretaker government, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina rejected the demands.

Political violence during strikes enforced by the opposition since November have left nearly 140 people dead.

Hours before the start of voting, suspected opposition activists hacked to death an assistant presiding officer of a polling centre in north-western Thakurgaon while five others were killed in clashes with police across the country.

 

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No question of compromising on corruption: Kejriwal

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No question of compromising on corruption: Kejriwal
Making it clear that there will be no compromise on corruption, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said anyone embroiled in corrupt practices will not be spared be it Sheila Dikshit, any BJP member or even his own party member. 
Kejriwal, whose AAP is ruling Delhi with the outside support of eight Congress MLAs, said, “BJP leader Harsh Vardhan has asked me to take action against Sheila Dikshit. I asked him to provide evidence and I would take action.” “We will not spare anyone involved in corruption. There is no question of compromising with corruption. I will put my entire life on stake to fight it, whether it is Sheila Dikshit, any other minister, any bureaucrat, BJP or Congress member or even any of my own party member,” he told reporters before his party’s National Executive Meeting in New Delhi. 

 

He said his government is overhauling the state vigilance department which was lying in the dumps and made “non-existent” by the previous government. 

“Out of 30 inspectors only 11 are posted. There are vacancies at every level involving ACP, DCP and SI posts. The department needs overhauling, we are trying to strengthen the department and identifying the honest officers, ” he said. 

Kejriwal charged that the cases raised by the Anti-corruption Department or the State Vigilance Commission were never taken up and brushed under the carpet. 

On the CWG scam, the Chief Minister said, “In November 2010, I had prepared a 370-page report on CWG scam which contains evidence on corrupt practices during the Games. It doesn’t mention any names. The report was based on newspaper reports.” 

He said he is working towards launching a helpline to register corruption-related complaints and will ensure swift action on the complaints received. 

Kejriwal said his party will contest the maximum number of seats in Lok Sabha polls, but he will not contest the general elections. 

 

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AAP to contest all Delhi, Haryana LS seats

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AAP to contest all Delhi, Har LS seats

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday ruled out contesting all 545 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, but will field candidates in maximum number of seats and announced a nationwide fortnight campaign for enrolling new members from January 10.

After the party’s two-day national executive meeting chaired by Arvind Kejriwal, senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said that the party will contest in at least 15 to 20 states and effort will be to put good candidates on maximum number of seats in Lok Sabha polls.

When asked whether they will contest from all 545 seats in Lok Sabha elections, Yadav said they are still not decided on how many seats the party will contest. “Though it is sure that we will contest election from a large number of seats, at present we are not sure that we will contest from all 545 seats. We hope to contest from at least 15-20 states,” Yadav said.

“AAP will contest the Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal. It is still to early to discuss about the party’s prime ministerial candidate,” he said.

Yadav also announced that AAP will contest from all the 90 constituencies in the upcoming assembly elections in Haryana as well as all the 10 Lok Sabha seats of the state.

“The assembly elections in Haryana is due in October, but there are speculations that it might be held earlier or along with the Lok Sabha elections. The party has decided to contest all the Lok Sabha and assembly seats there,” he added.

Yadav said that keeping in mind the unprecedented interest and excitement among people to join AAP, the party has decided to launch national membership drive – Main Bhi Aam Aadmi – between January 10 and January 26.

“We have got immense support from people, whether it is villages or urban areas. In view of this support, during this campaign we will invite people to join the party and encourage them to take out time for nation building,” he said.

The AAP leader said that there was no membership fee for the nationwide campaign and the party has discontinued its initiative to take Rs 10 as token money for membership.

 

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GSLV D5 successfully places GSAT-14 on orbit

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GSLV D5 successfully places GSAT-14 on orbit
IISRO on Sunday successfully launched a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV D5) with an indigenous cryogenic engine from the spaceport of Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota, entering a select club of nations.

ISRO said, ‘India’s tryst with Cryogenic propulsion bears fruit. Flight-testing of Indian cryogenic engine/GSLV D5 is successful’.With this launch, ISRO became the sixth space agency in the world after US, Russia, Japan, China and France to have tasted success with an indigenous cryogenic engine.

“I am extremely happy and proud to say team ISRO has done it. The Indian cryogenic engine and stage performed as predicted, as expected for this mission and injected precisely the GSAT-14 communication satellite into intended orbit,” a jubilant K Radhakrishnan, ISRO chairman said from the Mission Control Room soon after the launch vehicle placed the 1,982 kg GSAT 14 satellite into the intended orbit.

Launching a GSLV with an indigenous cryogenic engine has been a major challenge for ISRO since 2001 after multiple unsuccessful attempts. Only four of earlier seven attempts have succeeded.

GSLV D5′s scheduled launch on August 19 last year was called off in the eleventh hour after a fuel leak, following which ISRO moved the vehicle back to the Vehicle Assembly Building and rectified the defect.

Today’s launch is India’s eighth flight of GSLV and also the fourth developmental flight of GSLV.

During this flight, the indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) was flight tested for the second time. GSAT-14 is India’s 23rd geostationary communication satellite, as four of GSAT-14s predecessors were launched by GSLV during 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007, respectively.

GSAT-14 would join the group of India’s nine operational geostationary satellites. The primary objective of this mission is to augment the in-orbit capacity of extended C and Ku-band transponders and provide a platform for new experiments.

The GSAT-14 will be positioned at 74 degree East longitude and co-located with INSAT-3C, INSAT-4CR and KALPANA-1 satellites.

The 12 communication transponders onboard GSAT-14 will further augment the capacity in the INSAT/GSAT system.

ISRO’s Cryogenic Upper Stage Project envisaged the design and development of the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage to replace the stage procured from Russia and used in GSLV flights, according to ISRO.

ISRO officials had been extremely vigilant in tightening loose ends this time around to avoid an unsuccessful attempt.

Design modifications were implemented wherever required in the launch vehicle along with thorough ground testing and improvements.

The modifications included redesigning of Lower Shroud, which protects the cryogenic engine during atmospheric flight of GSLV-D5 and redesigning of the wire tunnel of the cryo stage to withstand larger forces in flight.

The national space agency also performed two ‘Acceptance Tests for flight unit of Fuel Booster Turbo Pump (FBTP), High altitude tests to confirm the ignition sequence in flight under vacuum, to validate design improvements and Cryogenic Main Engine (200 sec) and Steering Engine (100 sec) acceptance tests at Main Engine Test and High Altitude Test.

 

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International Drama Festival-16thBharat Rang Mahotsav 2014 kicks off in the capital

Posted on January 5, 2014 by sagarmedia

International Drama Festival-16thBharat Rang Mahotsav 2014 kicks off in the capital amidst fanfare and critical acclaim

 

16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav to highlight various faces of Indian Theatre

16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav travels to Imphal and Guwahati

New Delhi, 4th January, 2014National School of DramaInternational Drama Festival-16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2014 kicks off in the capital today, amidst much fanfare and critical acclaim from theatre lovers which is set to enthrall all theatre connoisseurs till 19th January.

In an elegant function, the 16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav was inaugurated at the Kamani Auditorium in the capital, today. Present on the occasion were Shri Manoj Mitra, Eminent Theatre Personality was the Chief Guest, Prof. Kamlesh Dutt Tripathi, Eminent Scholar & Theatre Personality, Guest of Honor & the inauguration was presided over by Shri Ratan Thiyam Chairman, National School of Drama Society and Prof Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama, among others. The inauguration was followed by a theatre performance in Sanskrit Chhaya Shakuntalam based on KalidasaⳠAbhijnana Shakuntalam directed by celebrated Theatre personality KN Panikkar.

The National School of Drama rings in 2014 with its annual drama extravaganza in the form of International Festival of Drama – the 16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav. Commencing from the 4th of January and culminating on 19th January, 2014, this yearⳠInternational Drama Festival highlights the various faces of Indian theatre and brings to the capital 71 performances by renowned theater groups from different parts of India and the world on same platform so that theater aficionados as well as common men can watch and be entertained and enriched by their performances.

This year, theatre groups from 17 states, representing all the four regions of the nation East, West, North South will stage their performances on this international platform. Even countries like Sri Lanka, Japan, Israel, China, Poland and Germany which are steeped in theatre culture, brings in seven performances in this yearⳠinternational festival. The festival will feature a complete kaleidoscope of various theatre styles starting from Classical, including Modern, Western and finishing in Folk Theatre; thus showing all the different faces of Indian Theatre to the audience. If this was not all, Bharat Rang Mahotsav this time highlights traditional folk theatre from about every part of the country bringing 11 performances from folk & traditional theatre, making it the ultimate platform of interaction and education of theatre.

 

Prof. Waman Kendre, NSD Director, says, ㎓D aims to bring together all the theatre peopleࠠof India and abroad through Bharat Rang Mahotsav . Next time whole selection criteria will be changed in the manner of visiting personally to city to town to witness the best of the performances & select among them. 

Bharat Rang Mahotsav is not only about urban theatre but it also focuses on the rural and traditional theatre. Hence, NSD being the apex theatre institution of the country is reaching out to every nook and corner of the country where drama and theatre exists and survives. With such exchange of knowledge and culture NSD aims to be the ultimate platform of theatre and cultural exchanges in theatre not only in India but with other countries as well where theatre is alive.

 

As a parallel festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsav this year goes out to the exotic North East with 6 plays this year.NSD this year touches the hearts of Imphal and Guwahati with 3 international plays (from Israel, Japan and Sri Lanka) and 3 Indian plays which includes a Tamasha. This parallel festival will be on from 9th January, 2014 to the 16th January, 2014.

 

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Play: Chhaya Shakuntalam

The Play & DirectorⳠNote:-

Chhaya Shakuntalam is a retelling of KalidasaⳠAbhijnana Shakuntalam by the famous Hindi poet Udayan Vajpeyi. The original provides an intuitive shade of ingenuity and stimulates a sensitive semblance in this recreation. The masterpiece work is decoded and further encoded into the new text, which in turn provides the input for the subtext. The title of the play contains the word ぢhijnana䠷hich is indicative of oblivion and remembrance, two psychogenic functions of the mind experienced by Dushyanta, the protagonist of the play.

It is evident from the text that the word mrigaya connotes the hunt for a prey as well as the quest of a desirous mind. Dushyanta, pursuing his recreational sport comes across a deer, which turns out to be Shakuntala, a naﶥ girl who represents the charm of the woods.ࠓhe has been brought up by the shakunta birds in the company of the flora and the fauna. The mischievous arrows of DushyantaⳠinfatuation strike this embodiment of innocence and purity. The textual epithets 㡮aghraatam pushpam䬓kisalayam anoonam䠨the flower un-smelt and the fresh sprout untouched) lead to the contextual acting by which Shakuntala represents nothing but the Nature.

The idea of an individual vis-୶is the society is subtly presented in the play wherein  Dushyanta in his lovelorn state faces the social questioning about the meaning of mrigaya. Unmindful of this note of caution, he dabbles in his own amorous fancies. The loss of memory about his commitment to Shakuntala is attributed to the curse of sage Durvasa. However, when calmed down the angry sage takes back his words of fury and offers a device for redemption from his own curse, where the signet ring plays an important role.ࠉn the final scene of reunion, people kindle the kingⳠmemory by handing over the ring to him.

The theme of the play suggests that the limit of oneⳊown rights irrespective of whether one is the ruler or the ruled has to be prescribed by some superimposed sanction, lest the social equilibrium would be disturbed. Whichever age we belong to, the problem repeats itself in different contemporary dimensions.

 

Warm regards,
Santosh Kumar
M 9990937676
  ๹68509492

 

 

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Boletín informativo. Sábado 4 de Enero 2014.
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Play: Chhaya Shakuntalam

The Play & DirectorⳠNote:-

Chhaya Shakuntalam is a retelling of KalidasaⳠAbhijnana Shakuntalam by the famous Hindi poet Udayan Vajpeyi. The original provides an intuitive shade of ingenuity and stimulates a sensitive semblance in this recreation. The masterpiece work is decoded and further encoded into the new text, which in turn provides the input for the subtext. The title of the play contains the word ぢhijnana䠷hich is indicative of oblivion and remembrance, two psychogenic functions of the mind experienced by Dushyanta, the protagonist of the play.

It is evident from the text that the word mrigaya connotes the hunt for a prey as well as the quest of a desirous mind. Dushyanta, pursuing his recreational sport comes across a deer, which turns out to be Shakuntala, a naﶥ girl who represents the charm of the woods.ࠓhe has been brought up by the shakunta birds in the company of the flora and the fauna. The mischievous arrows of DushyantaⳠinfatuation strike this embodiment of innocence and purity. The textual epithets 㡮aghraatam pushpam䬓kisalayam anoonam䠨the flower un-smelt and the fresh sprout untouched) lead to the contextual acting by which Shakuntala represents nothing but the Nature.

The idea of an individual vis-୶is the society is subtly presented in the play wherein  Dushyanta in his lovelorn state faces the social questioning about the meaning of mrigaya. Unmindful of this note of caution, he dabbles in his own amorous fancies. The loss of memory about his commitment to Shakuntala is attributed to the curse of sage Durvasa. However, when calmed down the angry sage takes back his words of fury and offers a device for redemption from his own curse, where the signet ring plays an important role.ࠉn the final scene of reunion, people kindle the kingⳠmemory by handing over the ring to him.

The theme of the play suggests that the limit of oneⳊown rights irrespective of whether one is the ruler or the ruled has to be prescribed by some superimposed sanction, lest the social equilibrium would be disturbed. Whichever age we belong to, the problem repeats itself in different contemporary dimensions.

Warm regards,
Santosh Kumar
M 9990937676
  ๹68509492