Sonia: I will write my own book


I will write my own book: Sonia after row over Natwar Singh

With former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh creating a row with his comments about Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President on Thursday said that she will come out with her own book, which will reveal the “truth”.
“I will write my own book and then you will come to know everything…the only way truth will come out is if I write…I am serious about it and I will be writing,” she told reporters in Parliament House.Gandhi was reacting to a question about the row triggered by the autobiography of Natwar Singh, which, he says, has given details about the reasons for her refusal to take up the Prime Minister’s post in 2004. Insisting that she was not hurt, Gandhi said that she had seen worse things like her husband Rajiv Gandhi being assassinated and her mother-in law Indira Gandhi riddled with bullets. “I am far from getting hurt from these things. These things do not affect me,” she said. Singh had claimed that it was not Sonia’s “inner voice” that prevented her from taking up the Prime Minister’s post, as she had stated at that time but the opposition from her son Rahul Gandhi who was afraid she would be killed like his father and grand mother if she accepted the post. Singh (83), an estranged Gandhi family friend, had quit the Congress in 2008 after he had to resign from the UPA-I Government in 2005 in the wake of the Iraqi food-for-oil scam. The book titled “One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography” is due to be released soon. Singh also endorsed the claim of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media adviser Sanjaya Baru that important government files were taken to Sonia by Pulok Chatterjee, who was in PMO, saying any question of protest over this did not arise as she was the “foremost” leader. Congress had slammed Singh on Wednesday over the remarks alleging that they were aimed at shoring up the sales of his new book and wer politically motivated

Kerry meets Jaitley, raises WTO impasse


Kerry meets Jaitley, raises WTO impasse

The United States raised the issue of a stalled trade agreement during talks with finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday, a source at the meeting said, hours before a deadline passes for New Delhi to sign a deal backers say would boost the global economy.
>US Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, met Jaitley as part of a strategic dialogue that has been overshadowed by India’s refusal to sign the trade facilitation deal.New Delhi has insisted that, in exchange for signing up to the World Trade Organisation agreement, it wants to see more progress on a parallel pact giving it more freedom to subsidise and stockpile food grains than is allowed under WTO rules.

According to the source, who declined to be identified, Jaitley repeated his country’s position. The source added that neither side put forward any suggestions on how to break the deadlock.

The deal must be signed in Geneva on Thursday, and India’s ultimatum has revived doubts about the future of the WTO as a negotiating body.

Several diplomats said New Delhi’s stance could derail the whole process of world trade liberalisation, leading some WTO nations to discuss informally a last-resort idea of excluding India from the agreement.

“If India does end up blocking (on Thursday) there is already a group of members who are interested in pursuing that path,” a source involved in the discussions said.

“A dozen or so” of the WTO’s 160 members had informally discussed pushing ahead with the trade facilitation agreement with less than 100 percent participation, the source said.


The WTO says a successful deal could add $1 trillion to the global economy and create 21 million jobs.

An Australian trade official with knowledge of the talks said a group of countries including the United States, European Union, Australia, Japan, Canada and Norway began discussing the possibility in Geneva on Wednesday afternoon.

A Japanese official familiar with the negotiations said Japan was still working on reaching a consensus, while a State Department official travelling with Kerry in India said the United States continued to talk with India on the deal.

A WTO spokesman said the group’s director-general would hold meetings throughout the day to “avert a crisis.

“Delegations are showing real commitment to finding a solution and the director-general remains hopeful that a solution can be found,” he said.

US trade officials in Washington were not available for comment, given the late hour, while EU, Canadian and Norwegian officials could not immediately be reached for comment.


Technical details would still have to be ironed out, but there was a “credible core group” that would be ready to start talking about a deal without India when WTO diplomats return from their summer break, the Australian official said.

To what extent the alternative proposal, and India’s hardline position, were part of political brinkmanship was unclear. New Delhi’s absence from any agreement would be a setback given its size and importance in global trade.

“What began as a murmur has become a much more active discussion in Geneva and I think that there are a lot of members in town right now that have reached the reluctant conclusion that that may be the only way to go,” the official said.

Trade diplomats had previously said they were reluctant to consider the idea of the all-but-India option for the customs pact, partly because it would be hard to exclude one free rider in practical terms and partly because the agreement in its current state requires an amendment to the existing WTO treaty, which appears to make India’s cooperation vital.

Others pointed out that many countries, including China and Brazil, have already notified the WTO of steps they plan to take to implement the customs accord immediately. Other nations have begun bringing the rules into domestic law, and the WTO has already set up a funding mechanism to assist.

One trade diplomat in Geneva described two worlds moving in parallel, with a few WTO members wrangling with India, and others moving ahead as if oblivious to India’s objections.

Petrol gets cheaper by Rs 1.09, diesel by 50p


Petrol gets cheaper by Rs 1.09, diesel by 50p
Petrol is set to get cheaper by Rs 1.09 per litre and dielsel by 50 paise, effective Thursday midnight, Indian Oil Corporation announced.
After the price cut, petrol will be available for 72.51 a litre in Delhi, 80.60 in Mumbai, 80.30 in Kolkata and 75.78 in Chennai

Gen Suhag takes over as new Army Chief


Gen Suhag takes over as new Army Chief

Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, whose appointment as Army Chief had kicked up a row, on Thursday took over as the head of the 1.3 million strong force succeeding Gen Bikram Singh.

Gen Suhag assumed charge after his predecessor handed over to him the Chief of Army Staff baton in his South Block office in New Delhi.The new Chief takes over at a time when the force is facing challenges of modernsation in its artillery, infantry and air defence arms and is also preparing itself for facing a possible multi-front war.59-year-old Suhag, a Gurkha officer who had participated in the 1987 Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) operation in Sri Lanka, was till now the Vice Chief of Army Staff. He will have a tenure of 30 months as the 26th Army Chief. Suhag was made the Vice Chief of Army Staff in December last year. Before that, he was the Eastern Army Commander from June 16, 2012. He was at the centre of a controversy triggered by ‘discipline and vigilance’ ban imposed on him by the then Army Chief Gen V K Singh in connection with an intelligence operation in Assam earlier. The ban on Suhag, the then 3 Corps Commander, was lifted soon after Gen Bikram Singh took over in May 2012. BJP had questioned the hurry in making the appointment and insisted that the matter be left to the next government. However, soon after the NDA government took over, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had said the new dispensation will continue with the appointment made during the UPA rule

Move Beyond Gujarat


Dear Rajiv,
Thanks for your ideas, great to receive,pondering, contemplating holding between the lines Your thoughts on PM Modi.
Your intuition is very true because unless and until  people are allowed to participate in a holistic way that will spark his popularity with masses, furthermore  his quest for new ideas to create wonder speaks of his mind to bring drastic change with touch of professional, scientific and other catalyst for the welfare of masses but the system laid in government is too incongruous to absorbs such plans immediately. But His skill to understand latest  corporate innovation could be only silver lining Alas Indian corporate still has to tread to make innovation a part of their business.
with regards
Move Beyond Gujarat

Dr. Rajiv Kumar

To Me
Jul 30 at 7:12 PM
Dear Mr. SagarIn the article titled “Move Beyond Gujarat”. I argue that the prime minister is raising efficiency project execution and processes in the Government. This will of course yield positive returns.

However, establishing a coherent and comprehensive policy framework will maximize gains from project efficiency and generate much needed synergies between experts and bureaucrats.

Your feedback is as always welcome.

With Best Regards,

Rajiv Kumar

Move Beyond Gujarat

With the Modi government barely 60 days old, it is surely too early to make any assessments. But his track record and the expectations he has aroused have generated impatience and restiveness even amongst Modi’s supporters. News that trickles out tells us of an indefatigable prime minister driving from the front and changing the tenor and temper of the entire bureaucracy. This apparently unprecedented behind-the-scene activity will most likely be reflected in Modi’s maiden Independence Day address.

My intuition is that, being beholden to symbolism, he will lay out his government’s development blueprint and invite people’s participation from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

Those who have observed Gujarat point to Modi’s stellar record in project implementation and in raising efficiency levels across government departments. He successfully pursued this model of intensive homework with his highly trusted and crack team in the CMO along with other senior bureaucrats, and then delivering on the targets agreed. Homework was done during three day chintan shivirs, which culminated in clearly defined annual targets along with a plan of action.

Apparently this is being replicated in Delhi, with senior bureaucrats making detailed initial presentations, followed by iterations that reflect feedback from Modi himself, and then finalising modalities for project execution. This is top notch project management. But will it suffice to achieve rapid, sustained and inclusive growth needed to fulfil rising aspirations? Will it bring succour to the ‘neo middle class’ from the double whammy of high inflation and growing unemployment?

My concern is that the Indian economy, unlike Gujarat, is not merely a vast project site. The CM as a super efficient CEO can no doubt churn out higher growth rates by improving project implementation and raising the efficiency of public services delivery. These are our weakest suites and Modi is therefore quite right in rectifying them. This also plays to his strength.

However, unlike in the states, the central government has the principal responsibility of putting together an overall, multidimensional and yet coherent policy framework. Policy formulation has to precede project design or its implementation. Some examples will hopefully help.

Is inflation in India a purely monetary phenomenon to be tackled by fiscal and monetary contraction or does it require focused management of supply side issues? Can we afford higher fiscal deficit if this results in improving productivity? Can agriculture be modernised without a robust land market? Are flexible labour policies a necessary condition for promoting manufacturing? Should India maintain a relatively weak currency for promoting exports?

Will food security be achieved by subsidising consumption or raising agriculture yields? Do we assume carbon constraints on our growth or rely on retrofitting? Should 100% FDI in defence be permitted to maximise employment generation and reduce strategic import dependence or should we pursue the elusive goal of building national champions? Does it better serve the national interest to forge closer ties with Japan or should that be secondary to try and access China’s vast financial reserves for infrastructure investments? Should we go ahead with China in establishing the Brics development bank even if it alienates the US and Japan?

These are critical policy issues that have to be answered. The short but critical point is that the principal mandate of the central government is to establish a coherent and rational policy framework that will better serve strategic national interest. And an emphasis on continuity mortally constrains innovative policy choices, rules out breakthroughs.

It is worth reiterating that the Gujarat model did not have to factor in this macro policy function in its operations. Even for issues like charging farmers with a minimum power tariff, a policy decision taken earlier by the central government was successfully executed.

Making the right policy choices in an increasingly complex and globally integrated economy requires technical inputs and expertise. Fortunately, such expertise is available. The PM needs to tap into this pool, which includes successful NRIs and the use of technology to source new ideas and make the right policy choices.

It would be efficient to locate the expertise either within or in close proximity to the government. This will create positive synergies between experts and civil servants. In our country, the bureaucracy spends most of its time putting out fires and implementing projects. It is not allowed to develop expertise and its global exposure is sporadic. Therefore, an exclusive reliance on career bureaucrats and diplomats and the resultant bureaucratic capture of policymaking can have seriously negative outcomes.

For example, the bureaucratic advice (in the absence of a chief economic advisor) to control inflation by contracting aggregate demand requires a sharp reduction in fiscal deficit and interest hike, to pre-empt inflationary expectations. This policy stance will weaken investment sentiments and lower GDP growth rates, thereby effectively belying the promise of achhe din for the people.

India’s current splendid isolation in WTO is yet another example where expert advice could have made a difference. Similarly, lack of joint expert and diplomatic effort could result in the failure of the forthcoming Indo-US dialogue. By effectively marshalling available expertise and creating necessary synergies with the bureaucracy, the PM will signal his preparedness to move beyond Gujarat.

Author is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He is also the former Director of ICRIER and former Secretary General of FICCI.

What is the contribution of rail to the UK economy?


Total Rail

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Jul 30 at 9:36 PM
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Dear N.K,

What we’re talking about this week:

  • Cambodia signals the start of works to reinstate the cross-border railway with Thailand

  • Thai junta approves a high-speed rail budget in a bid to link with China
  • China leads the world in high-speed rail, and at a cost which is one third lower
  • What is the contribution of rail to the UK economy?
Cambodia signal the start of works to reinstate the cross-border railway with Thailand

Cambodia signals the start of works to reinstate the cross-border railway with Thailand

A ceremony which has been labelled as ‘ground-breaking’ , was held at Poipet in Cambodia on Friday, and has marked the start of work to reinstate the cross-border railway to Thailand.

Those that attended the ceremony, which included Cambodia’s Deputy Minister for Public works and Transport …

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Thai junta approves a high speed rail budget in a bid to link with China

Thai junta approves a high-speed rail budget in a bid to link with China

Thailand’s military government have approved a 741.46 billion baht ($23.3 billion) budget in an aim to upgrade the country’s railway system. This will include their high-speed links, of which they hope will eventually reach China.

The plan, which will span over the course of 8 years, echoes that …

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China leads the world in High Speed Rail, and at a cost which is one third lower

China leads the world in High Speed Rail, and at a cost which is one third lower

A recent report has uncovered new statistics on China’s High Speed Rail. The paper, which was written by the World Bank, has taken a look in to China’s construction costs, and in doing so has announced that the country is not only leading the world in HSR but also …

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What is the contribution of rail to the UK economy?

What is the contribution of rail to the UK economy?

A recent report published by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has revealed just how important the UK railway and its supply chain are in playing a fundamental part of the UK’s economy.

Read online.

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What’s happening at GBO: A Masterclass for everyone


What’s happening at GBO: A Masterclass for everyone, Exclusive Club at the Book Fair, and more…

German Book Office New Delhi

Jul 30 at 6:02 PM

GBO Newsletter


30 July 2014    |   Edition:185


With less than a month to go for JUMPSTART, we want to draw your attention to the Masterclasses. On popular demand, the Masterclasses for illustrators and writers continue this year as well, and we’ve introduced two NEW ones, on Animation and Transmedia – staying true to the theme and ensuring there’s something for everyone on all the days of the Programme!

We present to you the all new FRANKFURT BUSINESS CLUB, register before 31st July and avail of the early bird discount!

Our trip to Germany this summer, continues to be spoken and written about! Read on…

Best wishes,
The German Book Office Team




There’s something for everyone, 4 Intense Masterclasses!
25 & 26 August, 2014 in New Delhi
28 August, 2014 in Bengaluru

We’ve invited experts in each sector to conduct hands-on Masterclasses, read more and register soon! Limited seats in each section.


Writers’ Masterclass 

Many people can put together a story that entertains children. But there’s a huge difference between spinning a cute tale for a few youngsters and creating an enchanted, alternative world that captures the imagination of society and makes literary history. With the world of entertainment dominated over recent years by Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and How to Train Your Dragon (all of which started as children’s books), writing for young people has become the most exciting area in publishing. Learn how to lift your story creation skills to a level where you are have a chance of winning publishing contracts and creating magic worth marketing worldwide.

Bestselling children’s author Nury Vittachi will cover key facts about the children’s book market, help you define a shape for your stories and also go into some of the more practical aspects of writing for children, such as pitching the language at the right level, weaving educational aspects into your stories, having strong relationships with your illustrators, selling the book to agents and publishers, avoiding the fatal errors that aspiring writers make etc. He will also discuss the evolution of stories for young people and where they are going next and talk about the differences between storytelling for adults and youngsters. Nury’s master class is aimed particularly at the Asian context. The aim of the master class is for all participants to go away equipped with a wider knowledge of what writing children’s books is all about and some practical new writing skills for the genre

Illustrators’ Masterclass

Children’s books open up the world for children – when you create an image, you give the child a way of looking at the world. Illustrating a story is as much about selecting as about creating. Which bits of the story do you illustrate? What do you draw upon to create the story’s characters and its world? How do you choose a style? Do illustrations need to have recognizable, “real” elements or can they be completely whimsical?

Tap into your inner child, play with a variety of found materials and create an 8-page book with Sophie Benini Petromarchi, artist, author and illustrator of children’s books, who shows us how to create illustrations that can appeal to a universal readership.

Animation Masterclass 

Making an animated film can often be a collaborative and complex process. Animation thrills us with its epic scale, its imaginative twists and turns, the power of voice and sound effects. With animation, there are no limits, except one’s imagination. Animation involves stylistic adaptations to technology while developing one’s own unique technique and sense of creativity. From drawing the characters to the timing, pace and rhythm of the animation, it is a demanding craft that, if done well, can lead to sublime storytelling

This workshop is a great opportunity for beginners and advanced professionals to explore many different forms of animation. Award-winning animator, Shilpa Ranade, who also set up the Master’s degree in animation at the Industrial Development Cell (IDC) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, leads the participants through a detailed session on the basics of animation, its intricacies, its limitations and possibilities. After the workshop, Shilpa will also conduct an appreciation session on animation, where she will talk about trends in the industry and show some of the contemporary work in the animation sector that is breaking new ground. The aim of this session is to make participants aware of the potential of cinema and to empower the artist and the audience towards a more enriching session.

Transmedia Workshop

Changing technologies are having incredible impacts on children’s publishing. Publishers now need to be aware, more than ever in the past, of the impact of format, user experience, iteration and discoverability on their books. These are new and exciting times for children’s publishers to be creating content in. The world of book-based apps for kids may feel wide and fast-paced now, but in a year or even a month’s time, the landscape will be radically different. As ever more (and ever more sophisticated) apps are developed, it will be fascinating to see the directions this new storytelling medium will take.

In this workshop, Ralph Möllers, a German expert in publishing and software, will help publishers think in terms of their digital strategy and how Apps, ebooks and other multimedia formats can strike an amazing balance between old-school and new-school. The workshop will pay special attention to how digital platforms can contribute to the physical book and can enhance the original narrative while remaining faithful to authorial integrity. This is an incredible opportunity for publishers in India to look at the changes enveloping the digital content platform for children’s content and to embrace the wave that is now very much a part of our world.

Click here to register.

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EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of 10% before 8th August 2014.

STUDENTS will get a flat INR 500 discount on their registration for Delhi only!

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The Exclusive Advantage for You!  

http://trainee-pc/gbo/images/siteimages/19_TUES_NL_29-07-2014_Photo2.jpgThe Business Club of the Frankfurt Book Fair offers its members a comprehensive range of valuable services and a brand new way to experience the Book Fair.

With its flexible range of conferences, consultation sessions, networking formats and lounges, the Business Club offers its members inspiration, guidance and a space where new business ideas can flourish.

Take advantage of the Club’s comfortable atmosphere for your meetings and negotiations and put together an event and networking programme that is flexible and customised to meet your needs.

Our speakers are among the best in their fields.
They have proven their leadership with creative concepts and innovative ideas that succeed even in lean times. In spontaneous conversations, at roundtables or during interviews, the experts let you in on the secret of their success.


At CONTEC you will learn more about the interaction between content and technology. You will here have the opportunity to connect with international experts from the publishing and technology sectors. Benefit from CONTEC and learn more about how to improve the efficiency of your publishing workflow and discover how to provide a more satisfying reading experience for your customers.

The International Rights Directors Meeting is the established meeting place for representatives of international rights and license industry. Experts with a proven track record offer exclusive insights into succesful deals and future growth markets.

Frankfurt StoryDrive , the international forum for future trends in the media and entertainment industries, focuses on new forms of storytelling and pioneering business models.

Register before 31st July and avail of the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of 20%!



Trisha Gupta writes on the recently concluded trip to Germany!  

On the FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR Blog:In the third week of June this year, five Indian editors (and one accompanying journalist – that’s me) arrived in Berlin for the annual Editors’ Trip organised by the GBO New Delhi. After half a day settling in, we were to spend two and a half days meeting publishers and writers in Berlin, and an equal amount of time meeting other publishers in Frankfurt, as well as members of the Frankfurt Book Fair team. The theme of the trip this year was two-fold – Graphic Novels and Young Adult (YA) writing.

We began at the lovely sunlit office of Mosaik, from where Klaus Schleiter and Anna Hause-Thiele and their team of artists and writers bring out two very different monthly comic magazines, both of which have a loyal following in Germany. The first of these, Mosaik, centres around a comic trio originally created as far back as 1955, when they were called the Digedags. In 1976, with the breaking away of the original illustrator, they metamorphosed into Abrax, Brabax and Califax, collectively known as the Abrafaxe. With 463 issues till date, 40,000 subscribers and 110,000 copies printed of the 52-page magazine every month, the Abrafaxe are clearly among Germany’s most beloved comic characters, especially for a generation that grew up on them in East Germany. Created at a time when East Germans could not really cross their own borders, the Abrafaxe’s ability to travel the world struck a chord. That imagined exploration of different historical times and places continues to be the comic’s USP – the Abrafaxe have bumbled along everywhere from ancient Rome to Prohibition-era USA, they have travelled on the Orient Express and to Australia in the footsteps of the explorer Matthew Flinders.
Our second stop was Reprodukt Verlag, where Sebastian Oehler took us through a whirlwind tour of the history of graphic novels in Germany. For most of us, coming from a country where comics and graphic books have only begun to be seen as a legitimate artistic/literary pursuit in the last decade, it came as a surprise to find out that Germans, too, took their time warming up to comics.

The Nazis, of course, were famously opposed to comics, but as Oehler pointed out, there was a reluctance to take comics seriously as a form even as late as the 1960s. In the 1970s, comics began to finally find takers (and comics like Mosaik emerged in East Germany). But it was really after 1990, after German unification, that the first generation of avant garde German graphic artists emerged – Anke Feuchtenberger, ATAK, Henning Wagenbreth and others, many of whom became professors at university and helped groom a second wave of comic artists. “Now we’re into the third wave, and the fourth wave,” said Oehler. “At the end of the 90s, there was a big discussion on whether comics were art. And now the discussion is, are comics literature?”

On our penultimate day, after a morning meeting with the Frankfurt Book Fair team and a visit to the lovely comic book shop, X-tra Books, we met with Friederike Barakat of Carl Hanser Verlag, who spoke to us about the current state of YA fiction in Germany. The first thing that emerged was that the German YA market is as prone to Anglo-American publishing trends as the Indian one appears to be: Carl Hanser’s biggest seller at the time of our meeting was none other than John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which, as Ameya Nagarajan of Penguin-Random House India pointed out, had also been No. 1 in the Indian market for three weeks at the time. Another trend that Barakat pointed to — later corroborated by S. Fischer Verlag — was that increasing access to the internet has meant the slow but steady decline of non-fiction for the Young Adult market. Given that the hold of fantasy and dystopian fiction on the YA lists – maintained for so many years by the Twilight and Hunger Games series — is finally getting weaker, Barakat suggested that reality-based YA fiction might be the new trend.

To read the full blog click here.


Too graphic for grown-ups? Thoughts on pictures in books

Have you ever thought about what it means that we think picture books are for children? Clearly, it’s not that we think pictures are for children: visual art in other forms, whether paintings or movies, is seen as perfectly grown-up. But somehow, when pictures enter a book, they become, in the eyes of most people who consider themselves “real” readers, a form of dumbing-down.

One reason for this sort of thinking is obvious. If books are meant to be about text, then anything that detracts from the serious business of words is an illegitimate interloper, that’s managed to sneak in without the permission of the Book Guards.
As the kid who never quite got why anyone should want to read comics when they could read real  books, I get that thought. And certainly, I agree that we respond differently to narrative when the only pictures we have access to are the ones in our heads. Images might hook you faster, but they also change the rhythm of your reading. Some people might only look at the pictures. Some look at the pictures first, and then go back to read the text. Some — like me — might race through the text (and wonder at there being less of it) before realising that sometimes, pictures demand a slowing-down — quite different from the swept-up feeling that can characterise a good story.

But if placing images alongside changes our experience of text, why is that necessarily a bad thing? Who decided that books have to be about text, anyway? And that art must only hang on a wall?
I started thinking these thoughts because of three stunning publications that came out recently from Tara Books, the Chennai-based independent publisher. All three are drawn by Indian folk artists, all women. In Drawing from the City, the Ahmedabad-based Teju Behan tells, in beautiful black and white pen-drawings, the tale of how she and her late husband Ganesh Bhai Jogi went from the village to the city, and how they became artists. In Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit (2013), the Mithila-style folk painter Amrita Das draws — and draws us into — meditations on her life, the life of a girl she sees on a train, the lives of women in India. The third book is Sultana’s Dream, Rokheya Sakhawat Hussain’s famous 1905-fable about a world where peace-loving women rule over men, is illustrated by the Gond artist Durga Bai. The text in these books is spare and simple, but it talks about serious things. The images, though, are what one lingers over. Like the albums in which the Mughal aristocracy housed their miniature paintings, this is art between the covers.
I started to think about these things again on a recent trip to Germany, where six Indian editors and I had been sent to meet German publishers of graphic novels, young adult and children’s books. Some entered these genres for somewhat instrumental reasons. Carl Hanser Verlag — publishers of Sophie’s World — said their children’s list first emerged because they wanted to stop their authors from taking their manuscripts for kids to other publishers. Similarly, the venerable Suhrkamp, known for publishing theory and literary heavyweights, started its graphic novel list partly as a way of keeping all versions of their great books. So they started with celebrated Austrian artist Mahler doing a graphic version of Thomas Bernhardt’s novel Alte Meister (Great Masters), and a graphic interpretation of Robert Musil’s mid-century novel The Man Without Qualities. But last year, they stopped playing safe like that: they brought out the graphic autobiography of Volker Reiche, veteran of the German comics scene. Also, publishing Mahler’s Musil was a radical thing to do — turning Musil’s dense, thousand-page classic into a fairly slender set of pages, with barely six sentences to a page, could easily be seen as sacrilege.
And really, one part of me agrees vociferously: how can reading Mahler be the same as reading Musil?
Other German publishers we met come from the opposite side. They have not, shall we say, had to readjust their reading glasses to see the pictures. Some of these are, like Mosaik, comic publishers first and foremost, their adventurous Abrafaxe threesome dating back to the East German 1950s. Others, like Reprodukt, are part of the coming of age of the German graphic novel. Their recent Kinderland, about a seventh grader before the Berlin Wall fell, has won awards and critical acclaim from the “serious” quarters of the press.

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Iraqi Shi’ite militias execute, hang 15 Sunni Muslims

Shi’ite militias shot 15 Sunni Muslims and then hung them in a public square Wednesday in Baquaba, a mixed Shi’ite and Sunni town 65 km north east of Baghdad, according to police sources, Reuters reports. A police source said that the action against the victims, who were kidnapped over the last week, was designed to deter Sunnis from supporting the Islamic State, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, which has seized swathes of land in northern Iraq. Shi’ite militias are seen as a vital line of defense in Iraq and have stepped into the breach to challenge the hardline Islamist Sunni insurgents after the US-funded Iraqi army crumpled in the face the Islamic States’ onslaught and extreme violence.

Rival militias agree to Tripoli airport ceasefire amid chaos

Rival militias fighting for control of Tripoli airport agreed Wednesday to a temporary ceasefire. The move was prompted by the need to allow firefighters to try to control a huge blaze at a fuel depot hit by a rocket, Reuters said. There has been a fortnight of the worst fighting since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Most Western governments have followed the US and UN pulling their diplomats out of the North African country.

34 people dead in Guinea concert stampede

At least 34 people have died and dozens injured in a stampede in Guinea, West Africa, during a concert by local rap group Instinct Killers to mark the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The concert took place Tuesday evening on a beach in Ratoma, a northern suburb of the capital, Conkary. Eyewitnesses told Reuters that up to 10,000 people were at the event. The president’s office has declared a national day of mourning.

Two former Khmer Rouge leaders stand trial for genocide

Khieu Samphan, the Khmer’s former head of state, and Nuon Chea, Pol Pot’s deputy, the Maoist regime’s infamous leader, are beginning their second trial in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The pair are already on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The cases are being tried separately to accelerate the proceedings because both defendants are elderly. The Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia with an iron fist between 1975 and 1979, during which time up to 2 million people are thought to have died of starvation, overwork or were executed. Pol Pot died in 1997 and only one senior official from the Khmer Rouge has been convicted and jailed for the crimes the Maoist regime committed. The second trial will address the roles of Chea, 88, and Samphan, 83, in the killing of tens of thousands of people from Cambodia’s ethnic minorities.

US imposes visa restrictions on ‘number’ of Venezuelan govt officials

The US State Department announced Wednesday it was imposing travel restrictions on “a number of Venezuelan government officials” who it said were involved in human rights abuses. “While we will not publicly identify these individuals because of visa record confidentiality, our message is clear: those who commit such abuses will not be welcome in the US,” Reuters quoted State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf as saying. She cited “arbitrary detentions, excessive force and judicial intimidation” against Venezuelan protesters.

Kurdistan lays claim to oil cargo in letter to US court

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Wednesday it had sent a letter to a court in Texas over a seized cargo of Kurdish crude oil in the US. The aim is to counter claims from Iraq’s central government in Baghdad which maintains the oil was illegally exported, Reuters said. Kurdish authorities say that Baghdad has failed to fulfill its obligations in Kurdistan, boosting the region’s need to export oil. The region contends with the influx of more than 1 million refugees in recent months due to violence sparked by Islamic State insurgents.

Russia could build Mistral-class ships on its own – deputy PM

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday that Russia has the capability to build Mistral-class helicopter carriers on its own if France cancels the existing contract, RIA Novosti reported. “The French must prove they are serious partners and reliable contractors,” Rogozin said after a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and government ministers. “If they fail to do so, we will build the [Mistral] ships on our own. We are finally capable to do it,” Rogozin said. On Monday, he expressed doubts that France would cancel the contract, which he said would be worse for France than for Russia.

N. Korea fires 4 short-range ‘projectiles’

North Korea fired four short-range projectiles towards the sea Wednesday, the South’s Defense Ministry said. The launches began at 22:30 GMT at a site near Mount Myohyang, northeast of Pyongyang, AFP said. The two were fired in the morning and another two in the afternoon, all towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea), according to the ministry. “The test of two projectiles launched in the morning appeared to be unsuccessful because they just flew for several seconds, while two other projectiles fired in the afternoon traveled for up to 210km,” according to the military in Seoul. The ministry has not confirmed a Yonhap report that the North might have tested new 300mm multiple rocket launchers.

Argentina to hold further debt talks – sources

Argentina will hold further debt talks with ‘holdout’ investors in New York on Wednesday, Reuters reported, citing a government source. The negotiations are being held to avoid a second default in little over a decade. It was not clear whether the Argentine negotiators would meet face-to-face or talk through mediator Daniel Pollack.

Islamists shoot dead Somali woman for not wearing veil – reports

Islamist gunmen in Somalia have shot dead a Muslim woman for refusing to wear a veil, the BBC said, citing her relatives. The nomadic woman was reportedly killed outside her hut near the southern Somali town of Hosingow by gunmen belonging to the Al-Shabab group. An Al-Shabab spokesman denied the group had killed the woman, adding that the group does not fully control the area where she was living.

France evacuates nearly 50 French, British citizens from Libya

France has evacuated nearly 50 French and British citizens from Libya by ship, AFP reported, citing French officials. A French diplomatic source said Wednesday that 40 French nationals, including the ambassador, were evacuated along with seven British nationals. The evacuation came as Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the Libyan army’s special forces in the second-biggest city, Benghazi, after days of fighting. Witnesses also saw a huge blaze raged at a fuel depot near Tripoli’s airport.

Up to 150 people feared trapped after landslide in western India

Up to 150 people were feared trapped by a landslide triggered by heavy rains in western India on Wednesday, Reuters said. The landslide hit an area 60km from the western city of Pune. The inspector general of the national disaster, Sandeep Rai Rathore, said difficult terrain was affecting the mobility of the rescue teams at the site.

3 killed in car bomb blast in Cairo

Three people were killed in a car bomb blast on Wednesday in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Reuters said, citing a report by Egypt’s state-run Nile Television. Those killed had been inside the car and were likely to have been on their way to carry out a “terrorist operation,” Al-Ahram newspaper quoted Brigadier Mahmoud Shawki, a police officer, as saying. The car was ripped in two by the blast.

Suicide bombers attack Nigeria mosques, kill at least 6

Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state late Tuesday killing at least six people, AFP reported. Several others were injured, witnesses say, blaming the Boko Haram Islamists. The first explosion rocked an open air mosque belonging to a Shiite Muslim sect in the Dogo Tebo area of the town of Potiskum around 1855 GMT leaving four people dead. Five minutes later, the second blast at a mosque within the compound of the chief imam in the town’s Anguwar Bolawa area killed at least two worshippers.

​N. Korea grounds MiG19s – report

North Korea has suspended all flight drills of Soviet made MiG-19, after three fighters have crashed this year, South Korea’s military sources told Yonhap news. “At least three of the MiG-19s crashed during training missions — one earlier this year, the others last month and earlier this month — apparently due to their aged fuselages,” a source said. The supersonic MiG-19 was developed in USSR in 1953. Some 400 MiG models are still believed to be in service by Pyongyang.

​At least 20 dead, dozens missing after migrant ship sinks off Libya

More than 20 people were killed while dozens are considered missing unaccounted when a vessel carrying illegal migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, authorities announced, Itar-tass reports. According to Libyan navy spokesman, Colonel Ayub Kassem, the incident occurred near Humes (100 km east of Tripoli). The ship was carrying 150 people from central and southern Africa to Italy. The search for survivors continues.

NMML Public Lecture_Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy


NMML Public Lecture_Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy_5.00 pm on Thursday, 31st July, 2014


To Me
Jul 30 at 5:07 PM


The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Public Lecture

at 5.00 pm on Thursday, 31st July, 2014

in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building


The Unknown D. D. Kosambi’


Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy,

University of Hyderabad,






Damodar Dharmananda Kosambi was many things to many people.  Phi beta kappa scholar and Harvard graduate, mathematics professor, historian, archaeologist, epigraphist, polyglot, numismatist, sanskritist, indologist, marxist: the list of his identities and his personae is a long and varied one. The range and nature of Kosambi’s contributions to mathematics remain largely unknown to scholars in the social sciences. This is unfortunate since mathematics was the one constant and consistent preoccupation of his professional life, and, it can be argued, his major contributions in other areas such as history and numismatics were informed and moulded by his knowledge and style of mathematics. Even his translation of Bhartrhari was occasioned by his being asked to give an opinion upon points concerning ancient Indian mathematics.  In this talk the speaker will discuss Kosambi’s mathematical life, his professional trajectory, his obsessions and his preoccupations, drawing upon a (hitherto unavailable) complete bibliography of his mathematics papers- which are in English, German, French, Japanese and Chinese- as well as critique of his work that appeared in contemporary reviews. In particular, the talk will describe the nature of the work that built his mathematical reputation, the papers that essentially destroyed it, and the circumstances that led to his losing his position at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay.


Prof. Ramaswamy has an M.Sc from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. from Princeton University, USA. He is currently Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, since June 2011, Professor at the School of Physical Sciences, and Centre for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also Chairman, National Council of Rural Institutes, Hyderabad and Vice President and Editor of Publications, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.

He has over 150 journal publications and book articles relating to chemical dynamics, classical and quantum chaos, semiclassical quantization, disordered systems and statistical physics, molecular dynamics and cluster physics, computational biology and genomics. Prof. Ramaswamy was Elected Fellow of TWAS—the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, 2008; was awarded The J C Bose Fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology, India, 2008; Elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi 2007; Santa Fe Institute International Fellow (2000-2001); and of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.

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Alliance Française de Delhi present Design X Design 5th round table.


Design X Design Round Table.

Jean-Philippe Bottin

To Jean-Philippe BottinMe

Jul 30 at 6:56 PM

Dear Friends,

Alliance Française de Delhi and Studio If present Design X Design 5th round table.
Designer Sarkar, design of governance and the governance of design.
Tomorrow Thursday 31 July at 6.30pm in our gallery.
More details attached.
Please come early since it will be packed.
Warmest regards,
Jean-Philippe Bottin

Directeur, Alliance Française Delhi
Délégué Général Inde Népal, Fondation Alliance Française
72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003, India
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Morning Post

Wednesday 30 July 2014
टाइम्स ग्रुप के संग जुड़ सकती हैं वरिष्ठ पत्रकार सागरिका घोष…

पिच मीडिया ब्रैंडोमीटर: खबरिया चैनलों में आज तक बना नंबर 1, NDTV दूसरे पायदान पर
जहां सारे मीडिया प्लानर अपने-अपने ब्रैंड के…

पर्ल ग्रुप : मंनी मंत्र हुई बंद, P7-शुक्रवार पर संकट, बिंदिया का सर्कुलेशन घटा
पिछले काफी समय से विवादों से घिरे रहे पर्ल मीडिया समूह की वित्तीय स्थिति…

‘बंगाल सरकार विज्ञापन तो देती है, पेमेंट नहीं करती है’
आईएनएस के महासचिव वी शंकरण ने एक प्रेस विज्ञप्ति जारी कर अपने सदस्यों को आगाह

सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्रालय ने पूर्वोत्तर के दो चैनलों को 24 घंटे बंद करने के दिए आदेश
सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्रालय ने पूर्वोत्तर राज्य के दो चैनलों को 24 घंटे तक ब्लैकआउट करने का आदेश दिया है…

फेसबुक ने यूजर्स को दिया ‘सेव’ फीचर का तोहफा
लोकप्रिय सोशल नेटवर्किंग वेबसाइट ‘फेसबुक’ ने अपने यूजर्स के लिए एक नया फीचर सेव (save) लॉन्च किया है…

केंद्र सरकार के मुताबिक राष्ट्रीय अपराध रिकार्ड ब्यूरो (एनसीआरबी) ने इस साल जनवरी से मीडिया पर हुए हमलों से संबंधित जानकारी एकत्रित…

नई दिल्ली में मीडिया सर्किल के बाहर आज तक बहुत कम ही लोग पत्रकार वेद प्रताप वैदिक को जानते थे, लेकिन जो उन्हें व्यक्तिगत रूप से जानते हैं…

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India bags three gold for India on first day of wrestling



CWG 2014: Sushil, 2 others bag gold for India on first day of wrestling

Star grappler Sushil Kumar led India’s sparkling show in the wrestling arena as the country claimed three gold medals on the first day of the wrestling competitions at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow on Tuesday.

Sushil expectedly bagged gold in men’s 75kg freestyle category while Amit Kumar won the yellow metal in men’s 57kg while Vinesh Phogat finished on top in women’s 48kg at the SECC Hall.

Rajeev Tomar, however had to settle for a silver in the mens 125 kg freestyle event after going down to Canadas Korey Jarvis 0-3 in finals.

31-year-old Sushil asserted his class as he won his all four bouts of the day quite comfortably.

In the gold-medal bout against Qamar Abbas of Pakistan, Sushil had an easy outing.

Even before one could blink, the contest was over as the Indian pinned down his rival to clinch the gold with a 8-0 scoreline in under two minutes.

In no time, Sushil raced to a 6-0 lead and added two more points, straight away finishing off the contest.

Amit Kumar defeated Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria 6-2 in his final bout. 20-year-old Indian started off well and completely dominated the first round to post a comfortable 4-0 win.

The Nigerian, however, fought back and the two wrestlers gave each other a tough time in the next round and they could bag just two points each.

But due to four points in his kitty already from the opening round, the youngster from India prevailed over his opponent to pocket the yellow metal.

In what turned out to be a close battle between Vinesh and Englands Yana Rattigan in the finals of the womens 48kg event, the Indian won 11-8.

Vinesh was down 2-4 in the first round and was facing a tough challenge from her English opponent.

But she managed to earn two points to tie it at 4-4 before she could put her rival down again to bag another two just in time to wrap up the opening round 6-4.

Second round was also a fierce contest but Indian somehow maintained her composure to earn second gold for the country in wrestling.

Tomar failed to do much in his gold-medal bout, as he failed to earn even a single point.

His Canadian rival, meanwhile, could snatch a few technical points in his favour to eke out a narrow 3-0 win and bag the gold.

Earlier in the day, Sushil and Amit trumped three strong grapplers one after another within a matter of just one-and-a-half hours in their respective weight categories, to make the gold-medal round.

Tomar had two easy rounds before he made the finals of the mens 125kg category. Vinesh also overpowered two opponents en-route to the finals.

Sushil, the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist and a silver medal winner at the 2012 London Games, won the round of 16 and quarterfinals by the virtue of Great Superiority, which means winning by a difference of 10 points.

Sushil thrashed Australias Jayden Lawrence 11-0 in round of 16, before blanking Kushan Sandrage of Sri Lanka 100 in the last eight-stage of the competition.

Sushil, however, faced some threat in the semifinals against Nigerias Melvin Bibo but in the end, it was the Indian who turned out to be far superior with an 84 victory.

The star Indian grappler won six points in the first period but his opponent restored parity in the next.

The Nigerian stunned Sushil when he put him down in the second round to not only earn two points to his credit but also injure the Indian.

Sushil was seen bleeding from his nose but he was soon back with a bang as he snatched two more points to have the last laugh.

Amit won two of his bouts en-route to the finals on the basis of Great Superiority.

The scoreline was 100 in both quarterfinals and semifinals. While in the semis, he outplayed Azhar Hussain of Pakistan, Amit blanked Bokang Masunyane of South Africa in the quarters.

He had defeated Jean Guyliane Bandoo of Mauritius 50 in the round of 16 earlier.

Tomar had it easy against Nigerias Sinivie Boltic during his quarterfinal bout, where he beat his rival 122. Boltic was no match to Tomar as he looked tired and exhausted throughout the match. In the semifinals, Tomar outplayed New Zealands Marcus Carney 131.

Vinesh had got the better of Rosemary Nweke 71 in the quarterfinals, while she overpowered Jasmine Mian of Canada 121 in the last four round.

Meanwhile, Indias Jyoti lost three out of her four bouts in the womens freestyle 75kg NS category.

She lost 04 to Blessing Onyebuchi of Nigeria in the first round but managed to prevail over Sophie Edwards of England in the second, before going down to Annabel Ali of Cameroom in the third bout. In her fourth bout, she lost to Erica Wiebe of Canada.

CAG – Coal Mining in India, Australia Adani Nets $300b Project


Ravinder Singh and 35 More…

Today at 6:07 AM

CAG – Coal Mining in India, Australia Adani Nets $300b Project
July29, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.comThis is to illustrate how Companies operate in developed countries
without hindrances and corruption unlike India where no really one
know how to engage Private Companies in Efficient & Economical
Extractions of natural resources. Environment Assessment Statement for
EPC1690 project was finally submitted in May07, 2014 and within two
months final clearance was granted to proceed with the project which
require over $16.5b investment and production shall begin in 2016.
Adani has begin selling Rs.10,000 crores worth equity in Indian
companies to mobilize funds for Australian Mining Operations.
The Corruption Free Functioning of Government of Australia is
Guaranteed as Adani Was Made to Disclose FULL COMMERCIAL DETAILS of
the project as FIRST STEP in October22, 2010. Even after 15 years we
in India have no idea what RIL is doing at KG-D6 or 4G Project. Even
after 5-6 years we have no idea of how much tariff will charged for 4G
services. Similarly BSES/BYPL/NDPL don’t submit ‘TECHNICAL &
COMMERCIAL DETAILS’ and ADOPT Most Inefficient Operations, Buy Most
Expensive Power Much More Than Required, Inflate Cost of Purchase But
Install Reconditioned Transformers, Hire Unskilled Staff on Temporary
Basis, Meters Always Run Fast,

– Not a Single Thing which Adani Promised to Government of Australia.

At Mining site 32473 hectare area shall be required which is more than
submergence of Sardar Sarovar Dam, Adani shall WASH 75% of the Coal
Mined and is Allocated Water Source, also allocated a large Quarry to
fill up the Pits after extraction of coal and restore the site.
Here companies go on revising Costs and Inflate Capitalization –
Adani has given Undertaking to Government of Australia to Mine Coal
‘To Match or Exceed All Performance Standards’.

But most amazing – Adani shall be developing every Infrastructure
related to functioning of the project like Railway Line, Ports, Dams,
Housing of Staff, Water Supply, Power Distribution within and outside
project area and each of these project related activities were
approved simultaneously were all ready ahead of Final Go Ahead

Adani is developing 60 million tones per year Carmichael Coal Mining
and Railway Project in Queensland Australia which shall begin
commercial production in two years and had carried out detailed
explorations after taking over Coal Mining concession from Link Energy
for $500m plus 2% royalty in 2010 – a lame duck company that was in
loss except when Adani deposited $500m in its account in 2010. It
shall be $300b program over 60 years of mining.

The process started after ADANI submitted Initial Advice Statement on
October22, 2010 which was followed up by Economic Assessment on
September26, 2012. Final clearance was granted last week.
The operational phase of the Project (Mine) sees benefits that
increase in line with production rates of coal. At the point of full
production (60 Mtpa) total positive benefits on GRP, for that year, in
the Mackay region reach an estimated total of $3,795 million and at a
State level $4,170 million. Positive impacts on household incomes
within the region will total $372.2 million and State wide $573.5
million. Employment levels locally will see an increase in fte of
4,093 and State wide 6,789.
2.2.3 Development stages
Mine and off-lease infrastructure
Adani has advised that the life of mine is 60 years and that
construction activities for mine infrastructure such as the MWAV,
airport, power, and construction water supply are scheduled to
commence in 2014, subject to obtaining relevant project approvals.
Construction of the first open-cut pit is scheduled to commence in
2015 and the first underground mine is scheduled for 2018. Open-cut
and underground mining will commence in the northern part of the
project site initially, with the southern part developed in the later
stages of the project.

The proponent anticipates that the first coal will be shipped from the
open-cut pits in 2016 and the longwall operations in 2019.
• Linc Energy completes the sale of its 100% interest in the Galilee
coal tenement (EPC 1690) to Adani Mining Pty Ltd
• $500 million in cleared funds paid into Linc Energy’s bank account today
• Ongoing royalty of $2 per tonne (indexed to CPI) over 20 production
years (estimated at approximately $2.5 billion in revenue)

Government of India Should Learn From Corruption Free Functioning Of
Government of Australia.

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

Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Record


Worldwatch Institute

To Me
Jul 29 at 8:51 PM

WW Color Logo_Green Blue

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Contact: Gaelle Gourmelon,

For more information:  Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Total


Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Record


New analysis by the Worldwatch Institute examines global trends in solar power


Washington, D.C.—-The year 2013 saw record-breaking growth for solar electricity generation as the photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) markets continued to grow. With over 39 gigawatts installed worldwide, the PV solar market represented one third of all newly-added renewable energy capacity, write Worldwatch’s Max Lander and Climate and Energy Intern Xiangyu Wu in the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online trend (


Solar PV installations nearly matched those of hydropower and, for the first time, outpaced wind additions. Even though photovoltaics continue to dwarf CSP capacity, the CSP market also had another year of impressive growth. By the end of 2013, a total of 19 countries had CSP plants installed or under construction.


Consumption of power from PV and CSP plants increased by 30 percent globally in 2013 to reach 124.8 terawatt-hours. Europe accounted for the majority of global solar power consumption (67 percent), followed by Asia (23.9 percent) and North America (8.1 percent). Worldwide, solar consumption equaled 0.5 percent of electricity generation from all sources.


Despite the record growth in installations, global investments in solar electricity were down 20 percent (from $142.9 billion in 2012 to $113.7 billion in 2013), reflecting a significant decrease in costs. In July 2014, global PV module spot prices reached an all-time low of $0.63 per watt. For the first time, Asia overtook Europe as the largest regional market.


While global PV module production increased by only 3 percent over 2012, module shipments jumped by 24 percent, signaling an easing of oversupply problems.


Prospects are bright for solar development as prices continue to fall and approach grid parity in an increasing number of contexts. Rooftop solar is already less expensive per megawatt-hour than retail electricity in Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Italy, and Germany. Estimates now also show that PV has become price-competitive without subsidies in 15 countries. For 2014, solar installations are estimated to reach 40-51 gigawatts.


Country Highlights from the Report:


  • China installed 12.9 gigawatts of PV, the most ever installed in one year by any country. The country’s momentous expansion was fueled largely by its feed-in tariff (FIT) program, which supports large, grid-connected utility-scale projects as well as distributed generation projects. However, grid connections are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of China’s PV deployment.
  • Europe installed close to 11 GW of PV. This represented the second annual decline in installations after peaking at 22.3 GW in 2011. In Germany, a reduction of FIT rates and an increase in regulations for utility-scale projects contributed to the fall in installations.
  • North America added 5.2 GW of PV. The United States installed the third most PV worldwide, with 4.8 GW.
  • In Central and South America, solar development has been sluggish. Despite power consumption more than doubling in 2013, the region still accounts for a small fraction of the world’s solar power.
  • The Middle East and Africa had little PV activity, with the exception of Israel and South Africa, which added 420 MW and 75 MW, respectively.


Notes to Editors:    

For more information and to obtain a complimentary copy of “Wind Power Growth Still Surging Where Strongly Supported,” please contact Gaelle Gourmelon at here to preview the trend.


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US, major EU states call for Libya ceasefire, UN role


US, major EU states call for Libya ceasefire, UN role

Top US and European leaders called for a ceasefire in Libya and for the United Nations to take on a major role in helping to stop the spiralling violence and lawlessness.

The appeal came after a conference call between US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and the prime ministers of Britain and Italy, David Cameron and Matteo Renzi, a German government statement said.

“The five heads of state and government condemned the violence against civilians, the intimidation of state representatives and the disruption of the political process,” it said.

They called on the United Nations “to play an essential role in facilitating the political process” in order to restore stability in Libya.

The leaders agreed “an immediate ceasefire between the militias in Tripoli was necessary,” it added.

The Tripoli clashes, the most violent since a 2011 armed revolt that overthrew longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, started with a July 13 assault on the airport by armed groups, mainly Islamists.

The deadly fighting has spread to other cities and today a huge fire erupted at an oil depot outside the Libyan capital, threatening its vital oil industry already hit by the exodus of foreign workers.

The violence has led the United Nations and the United States to withdraw their personnel from Libya while other Western powers have told their nationals to leave the country.

In the telephone talks, the leaders also addressed the crises in Ukraine and Gaza.

Shooter Harpreet wins silver

CWG 2014: Shooter Harpreet wins silver

Indian shooter Harpreet Singh won the silver medal in 25m rapid fire pistol event while Manavjit Singh won the bronze in the Men’s trap event in the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday as the in-form shooters have kept the tri-colour flying.

They clinched a gold, and two silvers on Monday as India moved up to the fourth spot in the medal standings on day five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.Jitu Rai and Gurpal Singh opened India’s medal conquest during the day winning the gold and silver respectively in the 50-metre pistol event before seasoned marksman Gagan Narang ensured a second highest podium finish in men’s 50-metre rifle prone at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre here.

With a haul of seven gold, 11 silvers and seven bronze pieces, India overtook Canada to take the fourth spot after Australia, England and hosts Scotland.

Armyman and amateur flute player Rai won the gold in style setting a Finals Games Record (FGR) collecting a total of 194.1 points. Earlier, Rai also broke the Commonwealth Games record in the qualifiers where he again topped, amassing 562 points, a sizeable 15 points ahead of Englishman Kristian Callaghan in second.

In the finals, the 26-year-old Lucknow man took off brilliantly with 29.7 points in the first round and kept his lead till the end.

With 187.2 points, Gurpal, who hails from Punjab’s Bathinda, came in second. Gurpal had finished sixth in the qualifiers with 538 points.

Narang then brought India their 12th medal from shooting after finishing behind Australian veteran Warren Potent. Narang — who has bagged eight CWG gold medals — had to settle for the silver, as the 52-year-old Potent won the yellow metal in style by setting the Finals Games Record (FGR) with a score of 204.3 points.

Narang, who also won the 2012 London Olympic bronze in 10m air rifle, fought hard till the finish but had to give in with a score of 203.6 points.

This is the Hyderabadi’s ninth medal at the Commonwealth Games and his first silver. The 31-year-old won four golds in 2006 Melbourne and four more yellow pieces in 2010 at home in Delhi.

The other Indian in the fray, Joydeep Karmakar missed the final cut-off by a whisker as he finished ninth with 617 points, 1.3 behind the eighth and last qualifier for the finals.

More laurels are expected from the range Tuesday as Harpreet Singh topped the qualification stage 1 of the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol event and Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar was fourth in the qualifiers of the same event.

Continuing the gallant show, Mansher Singh topped the men’s trap qualification while Manavjit Sandhu finished third.The qualification will continue Tuesday and will be followed by the semi-finals, bronze medal playoff and the gold medal contest.

But shooters Meena Kumari and Lajja Gauswami disappointed in women’s 50-metre rifle prone finals, managing the sixth and 11th spots.

Indian shooters Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar also failed to qualify for the women’s trap semi-finals, narrowly missing out on the qualification mark.

In the boxing ring, Sumit Sangwan registered a comfortable 3-0 win over Mohammed Hakimu Fumu of Tanzania to reach the quarterfinals of the men’s 81kg category here.

However, the paddlers, squash players and shuttlers failed to add their names to the medal bracket.

In squash singles, Saurav Ghosal and Anaka Alankamony bit the dust, bringing to an end their individual campaigns. While Ghosal lost his men’s singles bronze medal match 1-3 to England’s Peter Barker, Anaka went down in the women’s singles plate final with a similar scorelineto Deon Saffery of Wales.

India’s men table tennis players suffered a disappointing finish in the team bronze medal playoff, losing to Nigeria 1-3. India, who had won the bronze in the same category four years ago at home in New Delhi, started well by winning the first singles match but lost the next three to go down to the Africans at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

Indian para-discus thrower Jai Deep narrowly missed out on the bronze medal finishing fourth in the men’s F44/42 final.

Indian shuttlers failed to replicate the performance of the 2010 Commonwealth Games losing the mixed team bronze medal playoff 2-3 to Singapore. India, who won silver four years ago at home, could not come out with their best show, losing all three doubles matches, including the final crucial women’s doubles, to go down to the city-state.

Late Sunday, it was double delight for India in men’s weightlifting as Satish Sivalingam won the gold and Ravi Katulu the silver in the 77kg Group A at the Clyde Auditorium.

Satish lifted a total of 328 kg to set a Games Record while Ravi got the silver with a total lift of 317 kg.

Rajwinder wins bronze in women’s +78kg

CWG judo event: Rajwinder wins bronze in women

India’s Rajwinder Kaur bagged a bronze in women’s +78kg judo competition to add to the three medals the country won in the sport at the 20th Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

Rajwinder defeated Esther Akinyi Ratugi of Kenya in the bronze medal match on penalty points to give cheers to the Indian camp.

The Kenyan was handed three penalties in the four-minute bout as against none for Rajwinder.

Earlier, Rajwinder had lost to J Myers of England in the quarterfinals but won her repechage match against Sophie Vaillancourt of Canada to earn a chance for the bronze medal match.

With today’s bronze, the medal count for India from judo has risen to four, with three — two silver and one bronze — having won on Thursday.

The Indian judokas has already created history by winning the highest number of medals in any Commonwealth Games.

Judo made a return in the Commonwealth Games after 2002 Manchester. This is the third time judo has been included in the Games, the first one being in 1990 in Auckland. India had won two medals — without a gold– in both 1990 and 2002.

With the bronze from judo, India’s medal tally has risen to 16 with five gold, seven silver and four bronze and now occupy fifth spot in the medal table.

Earlier in the day, four Indian judokas were in contention for a bronze medal in the higher weight categories on the third and concluding day of the martial art event.

However, in the men’s event, Sahil Pathania (upto 100 kg) lost to Tim Slyfield in the bronze medal contest after being handed two penalties against one to the New Zealander. In women’s event, Jina Devi Chongtham (upto 78 kg) too failed to cross the hurdle as she lost to Hortense Atangana of Cameroon after being handed a penalty.

Parveen Kumar (+100 kg) is still in the run for the bronze medal. In his quarterfinal bout, Pathania lost to Jason Koster having conceded three shido penalties and ‘Ippon’.

However quarter-final qualification ensured repechage bouts for Pathania, who knocked out Dominic Dugasse of Seychelles with an ‘Ippon’ within a minute.

In the (+100 kg) event, Parveen was ‘Ippon’ ed in the quarterfinal by Kiwi Sam Rosser but won his repechage bout against Gavin McNeill of New Zealand to set up a bronze medal fight with Jake Andrewartha of Australia.