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

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

Iran hopes to reach ‘positive result’ in nuclear talks

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

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

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

Flights diverted after volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea

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

US labs ordered to take inventory of infectious agents

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

Number of Syrian refugees soars to 3 million – UN

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

Hamas says conflict with Israel not over, insists demands met

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

43 UN peacekeepers detained by armed group in Syria

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

Ebola death toll passes 1,550 – WHO

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

Erdogan sworn in as 12th Turkish president

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

Dozens of Syrian Army soldiers executed by Islamic State

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

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

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

Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria’s Port Harcourt

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

Brazil police breaks up biggest Amazon deforestation gang

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

Indonesia, Australia sign agreement to end spying row

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The two-way trade is around 19 billion dollars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parnership Launch of NSFI and New Zealand TARATHI Agricultural


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








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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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No $1.7t Fund – Japan Visit Under Prepared No Promotion
August29, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Bill Adds up to $500b

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

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

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

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

With Best Wishes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Events in the city of Frankfurt offers to its visitors.


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


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


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


Or you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on the boat cruise and the best view of Germany’s most impressive skyline. Seen from the middle of the river, the banking metropolis presents itself in a contrasting mix of history, culture, nature and urban architecture that is unique in Europe.


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


all fairs:


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


We would be glad to welcome you in Frankfurt.


Kind regards,


Lisa-Valerie Hörth & Annette Biener


Tel.: +49 (0) 69 / 21 24 59 83

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