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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Public Lecture
(in the ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series)
at 5.00 pm on Thursday, 28th August, 2014
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
‘A Disconnect in Need of Urgent Repair:
Scientific thinking and policy-making’
Prof. K. Vijayraghavan,
Department of Biotechnology,
Government of India,
In this lecture, the speaker will address a global problem. Governments, the world-over, aim to serve people through crafting of policy. Scientific evidence can play a key role in policy making. Science is not the only component in policy-making, indeed it is usually a minor one. Several other factors, social, historical and economic perhaps play far more important roles. Yet, disconnecting science and evidence from policy making can have disastrous short and long-term consequences. The speaker will draw from examples where science has had deep (positive and negative) consequences in our lives through policy, and attempt to extract lessons for the future of our planet.
Prof. K. VijayRaghavan is Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Distinguished Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Bengaluru, India. Prof. VijayRaghavan is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy, the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. He studied engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, from where he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. His doctoral work in molecular biology was at TIFR, Mumbai, India and postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, USA.
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Modi will visit Japan from August 30th to September 3rd. The trip was earlier scheduled to begin on August 31st.”On Aug 30, I will begin my visit to Japan. I am keenly looking forward to the visit, which will boost relations between our two nations,” Modi said in a statement on Tuesday.
The prime minister said the visit will be his “first bilateral visit outside the subcontinent”.
“I was to visit in early July but could not due to the parliament session. I see the Japan visit as an opportunity to take our ties with Japan to a new level and increase cooperation in various fields,” Modi said.
“(I) am particularly excited to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. I deeply respect his leadership and enjoy a warm relationship with him from previous meetings,” he said.
The prime minister will visit Tokyo and Kyoto.
Modi said that during his visit he will interact with “all sections of Japanese society from students, political leaders to captains of industry”.
“(I) have very warm memories of visiting Japan as a chief minister. The hospitality and the immense scope for cooperation left a deep impression on my mind,” he said.
He said the “scale of innovation” and “level of precision” among the people of Japan is admirable.
Both our nations can learn a lot from each other. “Japan’s friendship with India is time-tested. We are two vibrant democracies committed to advancing peace and prosperity in the world,” he added.
Arctic region is again in the news for its oil rich reason than the co-operation .As per Danish newspapers reports , Canada is ready for a confrontation with Russia if it expands its ambitions in the Arctic region, Foreign Minister John Baird told a Danish newspaper. The oil-rich region is set to become a key political battleground in the coming decades.
“We are deeply concerned, and we are determined to promote and defend the sovereignty of Canada in the Arctic,” Baird said in an interview with the Danish publication Berlingske, published in the native language.
“For us, this is a strategic priority. In connection with the militarization that we are seeing, we would prefer to alleviate the conflict, but it’s clear that we will defend our own sovereign power.”
Russia, last year unsealed a long-mothballed base on Novosibirsk Archipelago, off the north-eastern coast of the country, which has since then reinforced the area with warships and icebreakers that now constitute a coherent defense system. Moscow and Ottawa also engaged in a frosty exchange earlier this summer, after Canada scrambled its fighter jets to tail Tu-95 heavy bombers, which it said came close to its airspace.
“We have seen Russian provocations in the Arctic for decades, so there is nothing new under the sun,” said Baird, when questioned about the incidents. “We call once again upon the countries of the Arctic Council to sit down and solve problems constructively.”
Canada however already boycotted the high-ranking Moscow Arctic Council conference earlier this year, and with harsh rhetoric, a further escalation seems inevitable.
Baird’s statements echo the alarmist tone of his Prime Minister, the Conservative Stephen Harper.
“I just think we should not be complacent, because we have seen over the period that President Putin has been in power just a gradual growing in aggressiveness of his government toward neighbors and the gradual military assertiveness of that country, and I just think it’s something we should never be too at ease about,” the politician told the media last week.
Releases Its First Annual Report; Says the Pension Reforms will Help in Releasing Resources for Better Deployment and Utilisation in other SOCIAL SECTORS
The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that to build a consensus on issues such as pension across the political spectrum is not easy. He said that the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) legislation has however gone through a process of guided development and adequate sensitisation. He highlighted the important aspects and implications of pension reforms, a key area of financial sector and economic reforms in the country. He said that an amendment to the Insurance Act to enhance the limit of FDI to 49% will also mean similar provision for the pension sector. The increase in the FDI limit to 49%, will permit inflow of foreign capital, investment expertise and new technology.
The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley was speaking after launching a new user friendly and informative website of PFRDA at First Pension Conclave held here today. The Finance Minister also on this occasion released the First Annual Report of PFRDA for 2013-14 post notification of the PFRDA Act. Releasing the Report, the Finance Minister hoped that the Regulatory Authority would provide a conducive and enabling environment for expansion in pension industry with larger number of players.
The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that considering that pension pay-outs, particularly unfunded and uncertain are to be borne by the Public exchequer, the pension reforms will mitigate this burden releasing resources for better deployment and utilisation in other social sectors. He highlighted the need to build up corpus of funded resources to eventually act as the source for pension pay outs in future, and also as a source for financing critical sectors as infrastructure and also capital market.
Highlighting the importance of NPS Swavalamban scheme for the unorganised sector people, the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that this segment requires special support and he urged PFRDA to promote this scheme vigorously across the country. Expressing confidence about the role of PFRDA in promoting Swavalamban Scheme, he expressed that the scheme signifies an element of self-pride through participation of the less fortunate and excluded segments. The Finance Minister expressed confidence that the regulatory authority will formulate regulations for sound and sustainable growth of the pension system with due regard to the interest of the subscribers including setting-up an efficient and responsive grievance redressal mechanism, He exhorted the industry to come up with more and more new products which could compete with each other with benefit accruing to the pension subscribers.
Centre for Civil Society
Aug 26 at 5:31 PM
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