UK fighter jets set to intercept Russian bombers

30 01 2015

Two Russian Bear long-range bombers flying close to UK airspace were intercepted by RAF Typhoon fighter jets, according to Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The Typhoons were scrambled from bases at Lossiemouth in Scotland and Coningsby in eastern England on Wednesday after the Russian bombers were detected flying over the Channel to the south of the UK, the MoD said.

The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest,” the ministry’s Thursday statement said, Reuters reported. “At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace.”

NATO nations have been worried by Moscow having increased its air patrols near their borders. There were 100 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014 – three times as many as 2013 – according to British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.

It has been acknowledged, though, that Russia’s military flights were strictly in international airspace.

Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier stressed that “all of the Russia air force flights have been carried out in strict compliance with the international rules on flights in the airspace above neutral waters, without violating other countries’ borders.”

Moscow explains the increase in air patrols near the borders of the NATO members as a response to the alliance beefing up its European presence in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. Russia’s Defense Ministry announced in November it was expanding its patrol missions of long-range aircraft to cover the Gulf of Mexico.

In the current situation we have to maintain military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico,” Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.





Co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash

30 01 2015

The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls just prior to the accident, Reuters quoted Indonesia’s lead investigator as saying on Thursday. “The co-pilot, who usually sits to the right of the cockpit. At the time, he was flying the plane,” said head National Transport Safety Committee (NTSC) investigator Mardjono Siswosuwarno, referring to First Officer Remi Plesel. “The captain, sitting to the left, was the pilot monitoring.” Captain Iriyanto, 53, was believed to have taken over control of the aircraft from Plesel when it started to ascend and then descend sharply.





Global FDI flows declined in 2014

30 01 2015

 – China becomes the world’s top FDI recipient

 

29 January 2015 – Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows declined by 8 per cent in 2014 to an estimated US$1.26 trillion, the latest UNCTAD Global Investment Trends Monitor reports.

China became the world’s largest recipient of FDI while the United States fell to the third largest host country. Among the top five FDI recipients in the world, four are developing economies.

The UNCTAD report analyses the most recent trends in global investment and assesses their prospects for 2015. It covers FDI trends in developed, developing and transition economies.
For the latest issue of the Global Investment Trends Monitor:  http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/webdiaeia2015d1_en.pdf

 

An in-depth analysis of FDI trends will feature in the forthcoming World Investment Report 2015, to be published in June 2015.





New BJP strategy, asks 5 questions to Kejriwal

30 01 2015

On Arvind Kejriwal in a TV interview explains why Kiran Bedi is merely a scapegoat in the Delhi elections.

“No one in the BJP is ready to take the blame for a humiliating loss, so an outsider has been brought in.”

All factions in BJP are working to embarrass Ms Bedi, while Delhi’s voter is working to bring an AAP government to power.

 BJP strategy, asks 5 questions to Kejriwal

1. Why tie up with Congress when you said earlier that you won’t?

2. Why no case against Sheila Dikshit after coming to power?

3. Why the U-turn on Z-grade security after becoming CM?

4. Why did Kejriwal order SUVs for his ministers?

5. Why did Kejriwal travel in chartered flight when he was CM?





Beating the Retreat ceremony

30 01 2015

Once the army marches it is obligatory,customary to come back the way it marches ahead.Beating retreat is thus an extended ceremony to bring an end to Republic Day Parade for the marchers to come back to barracks. This bring an end to the ceremony,  with charms.
Beating the Retreat ceremony marking the culmination of the Republic Day celebrations is being held at Vijay Chowk in the national capital today.The ceremony kicked off with the President Pranab Mukherjee taking the salute of National Flag. This year 15 Military Bands, 18 Pipes and Drum Bands from Regimental Centres and Battalions are participating in the Ceremony. Besides, one each of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force band is also taking part in the event. Indian tunes played by the bands are mesmerising the spectators. Our correspondent reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India H L Dattu, several Union Ministers and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh are among those present on the occasion.





Odisha to get more Central aid in 2015-16

30 01 2015

 

Jan 29
Odisha is likely to get more Central assistance during the 2015-16 fiscal based on the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission. The state government will get an additional 6000 crore rupees from the enhanced state share in Central taxes, Central assistance and Centrally sponsored schemes.

The 14th Finance Commission has recommended disbursement of 50 percent of Central revenue to states from the current fiscal as against the 42 percent earlier. A total of 48 percent of Odisha’s annual budget comes from the Central assistance. The state government had expected to get 39,000 crore rupees assistance from the Centre during the 2014-15 fiscal.





OBC HIGHLIGHTS OF FINANCIAL RESULTS up to 31 st Dec 2014

30 01 2015

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR QUARTER ENDED 31ST DEC, 2014

 

                                                                                        (Rs. in Crore)

  Dec,2014 Dec,2013 % Growth (YoY)
Business Mix 3,39,157 3,16,432 7.18%
Total Deposits 1,97,820 1,82,470 8.41%
Total Advances 1,41,337 1,33,962 5.50%
Core Deposits 1,67,072 1,53,978 8.50%
Retail Term Deposits (less than Rs.1 Cr) 72,996 63,643 14.69%
CASA Deposits 46,804 44,156 6.00%
Retail Advances 16,961 15,738 7.77%
Housing Loan 7,739 6,944 11.45%
Business per Employee 16.65 16.12 3.29%
Book Value per Share (in Rs.) 447.30 425.66 5.08%
Cost of Deposits (%) – Q3 7.58% 7.74% -16 bps
Cost to Income Ratio (%) – Q3 43.92% 45.37% -145 bps

 

                                                     (Rs. in Crore)

  Q3FY-14-15 Q3FY-13-14 % Growth (YoY)
Total Income 5,458.79 5,063.98 7.80%
Non Interest Income 512.02 340.81 50.24%
Operating Profit 1,014.83 858.40 18.22%

 

v During Q3, 8.87 Lac New CASA accounts were opened by the Bank.

       

Net Interest Margin (NIM) stood at 2.69% (Q3).

 

Capital Adequacy of the Bank under BASEL III: 11.26% (Tier I: 8.54%,                       Tier II: 2.72%)

 

v The Bank is in the process of raising Unsecured Non-Convertible Basel III Compliant Perpetual Debt Instruments in the nature of Debentures for inclusion in Additional Tier I Capital aggregating Rs. 500 crore. The Issue opened on 23.01.2015 and will close on 06.02.2015 and the deemed date of allotment is 10.02.2015. If we consider the amount of additional Tier-I capital to be raised, then our CRAR will further improve to 11.58%                 (Tier I: 8.86%, Tier II: 2.72%)

 

PRIORITY SECTOR ADVANCES

                                                       (Rs. in Crore)

  Dec,2014 Dec,2013 % Growth (YoY)
Total Priority Sector Advances 54,156 48,017 12.79%
Total Agriculture Advances 21,240 17,159 23.78%
Micro & Small Enterprises 24,590 23,286 5.60%
Weaker Section 14,698 12,663 16.07%
Minority Community 8,287 7,908 4.80%

 

v RECOVERY & NPA

  • Total Recovery including Upgradation during the Nine Months ended                       31st Dec, 2014 was Rs.1,576.48 crore compared to Rs.1,259.94 crore in corresponding Nine Months of previous financial year.
  • Gross NPA ratio at 5.43% and Net NPA ratio at 3.68%.
  • Provision Coverage Ratio stood at 57.39%.

 

v PROGRESS UNDER PRADHAN MANTRI JAN-DHAN YOJANA (PMJDY)

The Bank is implementing the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) in a mission mode.  The progress under the scheme is as under:

  • No. of Accounts Opened : 20.55 Lac
  • No. of RuPay Cards Issued : 19.82 Lac
  • Amount of Deposit in above Accounts: Rs.867 crore

 

v During the Nine Months ended 31st Dec, 2014, 74 New Branches were opened & 333 New ATMs were installed. The Total Delivery Channels of the Bank as on 31st Dec, 2014, stood at 4661 (2200 Branches and 2461 ATMs).

 

v  The Customer Base of the Bank stands increased to 24.78 million.

 

v During the Nine Months ended Dec, 2014 Bank recruited 1407 personnel including 530 Officers & 856 Clerks.

 

v OTHER INITIATIVES DURING Q3

  • Festival offer on Home & Car Loans launched with 100% waiver in process fee has been now extended till 31st March, 2015.
  • To boost the Home Loan portfolio, a HOME LOAN POINT has been made functional at B/O New Railway Road, Gurgaon.
  • Bank has introduced state Govt. tax, VAT etc collection modules for the state of Odisha. These facilities are also available for states of Delhi, Maharashtra,                 Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan & West Bengal through Net Banking.

 

LATEST CSR INITIATIVES

  • Swachch Bharat Abhiyan: The Bank has earmarked an amount of Rs. 2.00 crore for constructing toilets in various Govt. schools. The Bank has taken up the Project of Swachch Bharat through its own Regional Offices across the country. The construction is being done in Pan India level on Priority and as focused CSR activity, leading towards the dream of a “Clean and Safe” India. Presently Bank has constructed Toilets in 164 Government schools across the country. The entire project as proposed by our Bank is likely to be completed by 31-03-2015.
  • St. Michael’;s Hostel, Jangpura, New Delhi: The Bank adopted 10 poor & needy Girl Children of St. Michael’;s Hostel, Jangpura, New Delhi for fulfilling their educational, medical and other needs.
  • CSR Activity at Benti Village, Lucknow : The Bank awarded scholarships to                20 children of the village, provided benches to Government Schools and constructed/repaired toilets of primary schools of that village. This village has been adopted by Hon’ble Home Minister, Govt. of India under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

 

Place  : Gurgaon

Date   : 29.01.2015





US President Barack Obama’s on visit to India,Key Announcements

30 01 2015

US President Barack Obama’s visit to India

 Key Announcements

“Chalein saath saath; forward together we go”. Reflecting the close ties between the two great democracies, India and the United States agree to elevate our long-standing strategic partnership, with a   Declaration of Friendship that strengthens and expands the relationship between the two countries

 

The Hon’ble President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama marked a three days historic visit to India (25th -27th  January 2015) to grace the India’s 66th Republic Day as the Chief Guest.  Mr. Obama is the first U.S. President to have been invited as the Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day in addition to being welcomed by a Guard of Honour.  During his visit, the President attended the event with his wife; made crucial talks with hon’able Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House; addressed the India-US CEO Forum; delivered a national address to students and shared his thoughts together with Shri Narendra Modi on Mann Ki Baat. During this visit, the two leaders assessed the extensive bilateral strategic and global partnership between their two countries and pledged to continue to enhance cooperation across the spectrum of human endeavour to better their citizens’ lives and that of the global community. 

A brief details of the key developments during three days’ visit of President Obama in India is stated here below:

 

KEY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1. “Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal”

 

India and the United States achieved a landmark break-through on operationalisation of the civil nuclear deal. This is one of the most important decisions taken as it broke the deadlock on Civil Nuclear deals, which was stuck since last decade between the two nations. India agreed to amend few of it’s clauses related with Insurance, and in return US pledged to make it go live. India has created an Insurance pool worth Rs 750 crore led by General Insurance, and contributed another Rs 750 crore to make the insurance regulations stronger. The finalization of nuclear deal between the two nations would pave the way for stalled nuclear projects in the coming times.

 

2. “Renewal of Defense Pact”

 

Under the purview of deepening defence and security cooperation, the two leaders principally agreed to renew the ‘New Framework for India-US Defense Relationship’ for another 10 years, wherein co-development and coproduction of specific advanced defence projects would be pursued. This would enhance the joint production of defence equipements in India and bolster the India’s defence industrial base. In addition both leaders had expressed their mutual interest in exploring cooperation in other areas of advanced defense technologies and maritime security.

 

3. “Climate Change”

 

The two leaders agreed to a number of important steps to promote clean energy and confront climate change.  President Obama offered to support financially India’s ambitious target of solar energy and sought PM Modi’s support at global climate talks in Paris later this year.  India is seeking investments of US$100bn over 7-years period to boost the country’s solar energy capacity by 33 times to 100,000 megawatts. In addition, the two leaders have agreed to work together and combat climate change by cooperating to reduce air pollution in Indian cities and increase finance and technology for India’s renewable energy target.

 

4. “Economic Ties”

 

The two nations have agreed to resume dialogue on Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) which aims to protect private investment, to develop market-oriented policies in partner countries, and to promote domestic exports. Presently, the bilateral trade between the two nations is around US$62bn and is expected to grow beyond US$100bn by 2018. In addition, the two sides agreed to resume talks on Totalization Agreement that will help Indian workers in the US get annual refunds of around US$3bn worth of social security contributions they make.

 

5. “New Initiatives of US$4billion”

 

During the CEO Forum, President Obama announced the US$4bn investment in India including US$1bn for financing exports from US to aid Make-in-India programme, US$1bn for small and medium industries and US$2bn in renewable energy projects. US Government’s business development and finance arm: U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will give an assistance of US$1 billion for Micro-SMEs and SMEs from rural and urban India. This decision was made to encourage entrepreneurship and business, along with technological assistance. U.S. Export-Import Bank will provide an assistance of $1 billion for Make in India campaign launched by PM Modi, which will help made in India products to be exported to US and increasing trade relations in this sector. US Trade & Development Agency will pitch in with US$2 billion investments in the renewable energy sector in India, which includes Solar Power and Wind Energy to help India solve its energy crisis, and to bring down costs related with power production using traditional means.

 

6. “Intellectual Property Rights & Tax Regime”

 

President Obama expressed concerns over issues pertaining to Intellectual Property Right (IPR) and unstable tax regime in India. PM Modi promised to upgrade the laws related with IP protection, an open business environment and predictable tax regime so as to boost Indo-US trade relations.

 

7. “Trade Ties”

 

The leaders of the two nations said that they will establish several bilateral mechanisms to identify opportunities to boost business, trade and investment ties. The two economies have targeted to increase the Indo-US bilateral annual trade to US$500bn by 2025.

 

8. “Smart Cities”

 

US has lended its support to India for development of smart cities whereby the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) signed 3 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on Cooperation to Support the Development of Smart Cities in Uttar Pradesh , Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh with respective state governments. The USTDA will contribute funds for feasibility studies and pilot projects study tours, workshops or trainings and other projects which would be determined mutually.

 

9. “Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region”

 

The two leaders also agreed to a new vision for the Asia pacific so as to do more together to advance shared security and prosperity in this critical region. To support regional economic integration, India and US have agreed to promote accelerated infrastructure connectivity and economic development in a manner that links South, Southeast and Central Asia, including by enhancing energy transmission and encouraging free trade and greater people-to-people linkages.

 

10. “US India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue”

 

A high level US India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue has been created which will help break the red-tape logjams in India. This high level committee will ensure that all Indo-US trade decisions and investment plans are accomplished fast track, and there are no delays.





Ashok Leyland reports 72 % growth in revenue

30 01 2015

Ashok Leyland reports 72 % growth in revenue and substantial improvement in profits

 

Chennai, January 29, 2015:Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, reported revenues of Rs. 3361.00 crores, as against Rs. 1953.21 crores for the corresponding period last year.

Net profit stood at Rs. 32.09 crores for Q3, as against a net loss of Rs. 167.21 crores for Q3 last year

For YTD, the operating profit was at Rs. 588.62 crores as against an operating loss of Rs. 17.38 crores for first nine months last year.

Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, said, “This marks a significant turnaround for the Company. In addition to our export orders from Sri Lanka and Africa, we are hopeful of making significant inroads into newer markets, maintaining network expansion and also opening small assembly centers in overseas markets like our experience in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE).  We are today reasonably confident that the domestic market is indeed coming back and that the worst may be behind us”.

“We believe this growth momentum will continue and we should close this fiscal on a good note.  Total industry volume has grown 10 percent year-on-year. A more stable and optimistic business environment, improvement in profitability of fleet owners, pre-buying ahead of the excise duty hike contributed to the increase in sales in the last quarter. Our single-minded focus on fiscal discipline and customer profitability reflects in the results of the company” added Mr. Dasari.

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Giallo / Detective

2010, 105 min.

Regista / Director: Rocco Mortelliti

Cast: Nino Frassica, Maurizio Casagrande, Neri Marcorè, Alessandra Mortelliti, Flavio Bucci

Sicilia, 1890. Nella piazza del paese di Vigata si sta celebrando il Venerdì Santo con la rappresentazione del “Mortorio”, la Passione di Cristo. I personaggi sono interpretati dagli abitanti del paese e il ruolo di Giuda è stato affidato all’integerrimo e irreprensibile ragioniere di banca Antonio Patò. Tuttavia, giunti al culmine della rappresentazione proprio con l’impiccagione di Giuda, gli astanti diventano testimoni di un evento bizzarro: Giuda-Patò, dopo essere caduto nell’apposita botola costruita per la messa in scena dell’impiccagione, scompare nel nulla. Da quel momento, il delegato della Pubblica Sicurezza Ernesto Bellavia e il maresciallo dei Reali Carabinieri Paolo Giummaro entrano in competizione e si ostacolano nelle indagini mentre la gente insinua ipotesi sulle motivazioni della scomparsa/ The sudden disappearance of the bank-teller Patò,  acting in the role of Giuda during a passion play ‘Mortorio’ in a sicilian village Vigata in 1890 gives rise to two hilarious characters Ernesto Bellavia and Paolo Giummaro start investigating and finding out that nothing is as it seems in the life of this irreprehensible man.

Saturday, 31st January 2015 at 2:00pm

Le regioni d’Italia al cinema: PUGLIA

Italian Regions in Cinema : APULIA

 

Mine Vaganti / Loose Cannons

Commedia Drammatico / Comedy Drama

2010,  110 min.

Regista / Director: Ferzan Ozpetek

Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi, Dario Bandiera

In casa c’è molta attesa per il ritorno di Tommaso, il figlio minore di una famiglia numerosa e stravagante Cantone, proprietari di un pastificio in Puglia. La mamma Stefania, amorosa ma soffocata dalle convenzioni borghesi, il padre Vincenzo deluso nelle aspettative sui figli, la zia Luciana a dir poco eccentrica, la sorella Elena che rifugge un destino da casalinga, la nonna ribelle e intrappolata nel ricordo di un amore impossibile, il fratello Antonio da affiancare nella nuova gestione del pastificio di famiglia. Tommaso rientrato a casa da Roma, deciso ad affermare le proprie scelte personali anche a costo di scontrarsi con la famiglia./ Tommaso, an aspiring writer, is the youngest son in the large eccentric Cantone family who own a Pasta factory in Puglia. His mother Stefania is loving but suffocated by bourgeois conventions; his father Vincenzo has unrealistically high expectations of his children; his aunt Luciana is an eccentric; his sister, Elena, a frustrated housewife; and then there is his rebellious grandmother, trapped in the memory of an impossible love. Tommaso has come home from Rome for an important family dinner at which his father will hand over the management of the Pasta factory to him and his brother.

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Czech Trade Minister Mr. Jan Mládek arrive on an official visit to New Delhi and Mumbai

29 01 2015

Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Jan Mládek  arrive on an official visit to New Delhi and Mumbai between January 28 and January 30, 2015. Minister Jan Mládek, who will first land in New Delhi on January 28, 2015, arrives with a business delegation consisting of 30 representatives of various Czech companies and members of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, Czech Export Bank and Czech Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation. After New Delhi the Minister will depart for one-day visit in Mumbai on January 30, 2015.
In New Delhi, H.E. Mr. Jan Mládek will be received by several Honorable Ministers of the Government of India. On January 28, 2015, H.E. Mr. Jan Mládek has planned a meeting with Hon´ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman followed by meeting of the Czech-Indian Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation.
During the meeting both sides will pursue the enhancement of bilateral trade relations and try to identify new specific projects to be implemented on business, governmental or PPP level. The official meetings with Indian counterparts will beyond all doubt immensely contribute to identify further scopes for deepening the bilateral economic cooperation and provide the most effective ground for detailed discussion on broad topics of mutual interest.
On January 28, 2015, H.E. Mr. Jan Mládek will also inaugurate the “The Czech Republic – India Business Forum” organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), represented at the Czech side by numerous Czech business delegation comprising of companies active in the fields of transportation, aircraft industry, infrastructure, engineering and heavy engineering, metallurgy, pharmaceuticals, real estate developing and investment, arms industry etc. The interactive business meeting followed by lunch is estimated to be attended by more than 100 companies.
H.E. Jan Mládek will as well hold extensive talks with Hon´ble Minister of Heavy Industry Mr. Anant Gangaram Geet, Hon´ble Minister of Defence Manohar Pirrikar, Hon´ble Minister of Power and Energy Piyush Goyal, Hon´ble Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Pusapati, Hon´ble Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhu and Hon´ble Minister for Steel and Mines Mr.Narendra Singh Tomar.
On January 30, 2015, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Mr. Jan Mládek will arrive to Mumbai in order to inaugurate the second round of “The Czech Republic – India Business Forum” followed by lunch with Hon´ble Minister of Industry of Maharashtra H.E. Subhash Desai. Furthermore, H.E. Mr. Jan Mládek will be received by Hon´ble Governor of Maharashtra Ch.V. Rao, Hon´ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra D. Fadnavis and other senior officials and representatives of the Government of Maharashtra.
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The visiting delegation from the Czech Republic presents an outstanding business opportunities for their Indian counterparts in many areas, such as supply of machinery and equipment for transport infrastructure, aircraft industry, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, steel and metallurgy. Moreover, Czech companies will introduce scope of potential business in real estate development and in the field of financing and investment.
Economic ties between the Czech Republic and India have been historically very active. However, trade cooperation started to experience a new dynamic growth from the mid 1990’s when from nearly USD 100 million of mutual turnover in 1993 the bilateral trade exchange reached 1.6 billion USD of turnover in 2011. The current mutual goal of both countries is to reach USD 2 billion of turnover by 2015.
The Czech Republic is highly keen on investing in India. The largest and most well-known is the SKODA AUTO INDIA Pvt. Ltd. passenger car assembly plant. Czech investment flows to India in rising figures, among others to be mentioned Vítkovice Machinery Group, Home Credit, FANS or Škoda Power which have already invested considerably in India. On the other hand, the Czech Republic is also proud to welcome Indian investment whether it’s Infosys or Tata Group.
Both countries try hard to create safe and transparent environment for their business entities through agreements and proactive enhancement of mutual contacts on every-day basis. Therefore they have concluded an investment agreement, tax agreement as well as an Agreement on Economic Cooperation, with the latter also being the basis for the Czech-Indian Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation which meets every year on the ministerial level. The Czech Republic, as the EU member country, also supports the rapid conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement (FDI), which is currently under discussion.
Czech-India bilateral relations are also reflected in the frequency of high-level visits. In September 2012 the Czech Republic was visited by Hon´ble Minister of Commerce and Industry Mr. Anand Sharma and in March 2013 Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Martin Kuba visited India in return. Both sides work hard on deepening political and economic cooperation and support further boost of exchange of bilateral visits.





RBI asks banks to ease norms for individual borrowers

29 01 2015

Jan 28

In order to ensure hassle free credit to small borrowers, RBI has directed banks to do away with the practice of obtaining ‘No Due Certificate’ from individual loan takers. In a notification issued from Mumbai, RBI said that lenders must dispense with obtaining ‘No Due Certificate’ in view of the technological developments and the different ways available with banks to avoid multiple financing. RBI said it received complaints from borrowers as banks were refusing to grant loans without ‘No Due Certificate’, especially in rural and semi-urban areas.

RBI has clarified that this dispensation will be valid for Self Help Groups as well as Joint Liability Groups in rural and semi-urban areas for all types of loans. The notification adds that it will also cover loans under government sponsored schemes, irrespective of amount involved. This announcement follows RBI’s earlier directive on relaxing service area norms and simple procedures for farm loans of up to Rs 50,000 to small and marginal farmers. For sanctioning such loans, bank can use alternative ways like loan history from credit information companies, self-declaration from borrower, peer monitoring, etc other than the No Due Certificate.





Packaging of foodgrains & sugar in jute material to be mandatory

29 01 2015

Jan 28

Packaging of food grains and sugar in jute material will be mandatory. It will be minimum of 90 per cent of production in case of food grains and 20 per cent for sugar. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA. The decision will help the jute sector which generates a lot of livelihoods for farmers and workers.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, has approved providing financial support to the Jute Corporation of India, JCI. The subsidy will be provided subsidy to JCI on a continuous basis to off-set the losses on account of Minimum Support Price (MSP) operations . The quantum of subsidy will include the difference between the Purchase and Sale Price of MSP Raw Jute.

Besides, the CCEA also cleared a proposal of HDFC Bank Limited for maintaining the permissible foreign holding in the bank up to 74 per cent of the total paid up capital. The bank has also been permitted for issuance of equity shares aggregating to an amount of 10,000 crore rupees.

The CCEA also cleared a proposal of Lupin Limited for increase in aggregate limit of investment from 33 percent to 49 percent by Foreign Institutional Investors and their sub-accounts registered with SEBI. The move will result in foreign investment of around 6099 crore rupees in the country.





Anna Hazare to launch fresh agitation on Lokpal

29 01 2015

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Jan 29

Social activist Anna Hazare has said that he will launch a fresh stir against the Narendra Modi government as it has failed to fulfill the promises on bringing back black money and appointing a Lokpal. He was talking to reporters at his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra last evening. Criticising the Narendra Modi government, Hazare said, people will teach it a lesson. He said, the government is not serious on the issue of corruption which is why an agitation will be launched once again on Lokpal, Land Acquisition Act and black money.

Hazare, however, refused to be drawn into the ongoing political slug-fest between Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and BJP’s Kiran Bedi. Asked about his views on Kejriwal and Bedi, who are Chief Ministerial candidates for the Delhi Assembly elections, Hazare said he would not talk about politics.





Kejriwal Winning – Public Services Decline Under BJP Rule

29 01 2015

Kejriwal Winning – Public Services Decline Under BJP Rule
January29, 2015 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

When Delhi required BEST Engineer to find solutions to mostly
Engineering Problems BJP has fatally projected Kiran Bedi as its
Leader. One Survey gave 50 Seats, other 34 but BSP and Congress shall
Cut BJP Votes – Kejriwal Winning By Huge Margin may get 50 seats.

    Mobile Call Drop Rates are ‘Unbearably High & Tariff Highest’

    Broadband in national capital Delhi is Slowest in the world.

    70% to 80% population get Untreated, Hard and Contaminated Water at
Zero Pressure – Consumers have to Install Complete Water Supply System
in their homes and Pay Exhorbitant bills.

    Electricity supply to under 200 unit per month consumers is
Costliest yet supply erratic. Most consumers need Invertors &
Generators.

    LPG Rs.800 Pay in cash for LPG Cylinder which should cost no more
than Rs.300.

    Streets are not cleaned on daily basis, there is no homes Garbage Collection.

    Sewage Flows in Open Storm Water Drains. Highest Air Pollution as Well.

    Roads are Full Of Traffic Congestions.

    Shops remain open for 10-12 hours a day against 6 hours in developed
countries.

    Consumers Courts are MOST Corrupt & Even Slower.

    SolarPV Rooftop Policy is a SCAM.

    Old Ordinary Homes are charged more ‘House Tax’ than Newly Built
Ultra Luxury Homes.

    Fruits and Vegetable Prices TRIPLE from Markets to Retail.

    Very low FOOD PROCESSING – Highest Delivery of Unhygienic Raw Fruits
& Vegetable Supply in the World – Highest Garbage Production.

    BUS Public Transport Capacity not added since 2000.

    Poor Quality of Education, Highest Fees and Corrupt Admission Process.

    Very Costly Healthcare. Almost absent Ambulance Service.

    No Play Grounds and Community Centers for 80% population.

    Highest STRAY DOG Concentration in the World – 500 Dog Bite Cases/day.

    ‘Rent Laws’ Worst in the World – same area One Shop Pay Rs.100 per
month other Rs.10,00,000 per month.

    Maximum Generation of BLACK MONEY in Delhi.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857





News newone

29 01 2015

5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off California coast

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake was reported off the coast of Northern California on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. No injures or damages have been reported. The quake struck about 25 miles away from Ferndale, California, and some 40 miles away from Sacramento. There is no tsunami expected at this time, though the USGS said there is a 40 percent chance of a “strong and possibly damaging aftershock” – either magnitude 5 or higher – in the next week.

Iran names new UN ambassador after first choice banned by US

Iran has appointed career diplomat Gholamali Khoshroo as its envoy to the UN, state-run Tasnim news agency said. Ten months ago the US barred the initial candidate for his role in the 1979-81 hostage crisis in Tehran, Reuters said. Khoshroo was a deputy foreign minister from 2002 to 2005 during the presidency of reformist Mohammad Khatami. Iran still objects the rejection of Hamid Abutalebi, and the issue will be pursued legally through the UN.

PACE Committee backs amendment to strip Russia of right to vote in 2015 – MP

The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has supported an amendment on stripping Russian’s delegation of the right to vote and its exclusion from PACE’s governing bodies in 2015, Tass quoted the deputy head of the Russian delegation, Leonid Slutsky, as saying Wednesday. “This amendment was passed by only one vote. The rapporteur on Russia’s credentials, Stefan Shennah, recognized it as destructive and destroying the entire architecture of the resolution,” Slutsky said.

14:12

Bahraini opposition leader Salman goes on trial

Bahrain’s most senior opposition leader went on trial on Wednesday on charges of promoting the violent overthrow of the political system, Reuters said. Sheikh Ali Salman’s detention after a protest rally in December sparked violent demonstrations in the Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab state. Salman denied all the charges and said he had been calling for reforms in Bahrain through legal and peaceful means. The prosecution has accused Salman of promoting the overthrow of the political regime by force, inciting violence and supporting attacks that caused the deaths of 14 policemen. He faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted.

13 airstrikes hit ISIS targets near Kobani, Syria – US military

US and its allies launched 13 airstrikes near Kobani, Syria, in the last 24 hours, Reuters reported. The strikes around the city hit 12 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions, according to the Combined Joint Task Force. The US military said this week the militants had been driven out of 90 percent of Kobani, a city near the border with Turkey, after four months of fierce fighting.

Sudanese rebels capture 6 Bulgarians working for UN World Food Program

A Sudanese rebel group has taken six Bulgarians working with the UN’s World Food Program captive, Reuters said. Their helicopter was forced to land in war-torn South Kordofan province in southern Sudan, the Bulgarian diplomats said on Wednesday. Fighting between the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, which reportedly captured the Bulgarians, has increased in the provinces of South Kordofan and Blue Nile since peace talks collapsed in December.

Parents of missing Mexican students reject official explanation of their deaths

Parents of 43 college students missing since last year have rejected the Mexican attorney general’s declaration that the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero, AP said. The parents accused the government on Tuesday night of seeking to wrap up the investigation and hold out hope of finding their children alive. Lawyer Vidulfo Rosales, who is representing the families of the students, presented a 10-point argument explaining why they believe the investigation must continue. It included, in particular, a lack of conclusive forensic results.

Thailand warns US against meddling in its affairs after martial law remarks

Thailand warned the US against meddling in its political affairs on Wednesday, Reuters said. Assistant US Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Daniel Russel, visiting a Bangkok university on Monday, called for more inclusive politics and the end of martial law. The remarks “hurt many Thais,” Deputy Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said after summoning the US Charge d’Affaires Patrick Murphy. “If we… lift martial law and it leads to problems, how will those people who are asking for the lifting of martial law take responsibility?” he said, adding that “in reality, Thais don’t even know there is martial law.”

Murdered Mexico students ‘mistaken for rival gang’ – officials

The 43 Mexican students who disappeared four months ago were murdered on the orders of a drug cartel which mistook them for members of a rival gang, Reuters reported, citing officials. The government earlier said only that the students were almost certainly murdered after clashing in the southwestern city of Iguala with corrupt police officers, who handed them over to members of local drug gang Guerreros Unidos. Their disappearance on the night of September 26 led to massive street protests in Mexico.

Indonesia’s search for AirAsia victims could end ‘within days’

Indonesia’s search for dozens of victims still unaccounted for from last month’s crash of an AirAsia passenger jet could end within days if no more bodies are found, Reuters reported. The Civilian National Search and Rescue Agency said it would scour the sea for bodies for at least another week. “If we can find one or two more bodies, that means we have the opportunity to prolong the operation,” agency chief Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo said. The military withdrew from the search on Tuesday, apologizing to the victims’ families for not being able to do more.

Mother of Japanese hostage appeals to PM

Junko Ishido, the mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State militants appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan’s prime minister to save her son. Kenji Goto’s captors had purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat to the journalist. Ishido read to reporters her plea to Shinzo Abe, which she said she sent after both Abe and the main government spokesmen declined to meet with her, AP said. “Please save Kenji’s life,” Ishido said, begging Abe to work with the Jordanian government to try to save Goto. The Islamic State group announced an apparent ultimatum over Goto and Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh late Tuesday.

​Mexico threatens to sanction Google over data protection

Mexico has initiated proceedings to impose sanctions on Google’s Mexican unit for an alleged breach of the data protection law of the country, the Federal Institute for Information Access and Data Protection (IFAI) said in a statement. The legal proceedings were initiated following a failed Google request from an unidentified person asking the internet giant to erase his personal data from the search engine. IFAI ordered Google to follow up on the request and erase the personal data.

Media agencies





Uttarakhand riding on motorsport to take tourism into top gear

29 01 2015

Dehradun, January 28

Uttarakhand is riding on motorsport to take tourism in the state into top
gear.

For the second consecutive year, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board is
co-organizing the Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally. With the rally, the
mountain state has brought motorsport firmly back on its tourism calendar.
The Second Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally will run from February 1 to
February 4.

Uttarakhand relies on tourism as its economic mainstay, and the focus of
the rally is on getting tourists back to its green vales after the
devastating floods in June 2013. Secretary Tourism Mr Uma Kant Panwar said
motorsport is a valuable addition to Uttarakhand’s adventure portfolio,
targeted at mid and high-end tourists.

“The rally, which is organized on international standards, showcases to
the world that the roads in the state are great. The rally will pass by
some of our most loved tourism hotspots like the world-class ski resort at
Auli, and Ramnagar, which flanks the Jim Corbett National Wildflife
Park,” said Mr Panwar.

The Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally will have 35 teams driving cars and
SUVs, going across about 1,000 kilometers in the state. Each team will
comprise a driver and a navigator.

In order to ensure that there are no traffic disruptions, Uttarakhand
Adventure Car Rally will follow the Time- Speed-Distance (TSD) format. This
is the sober form of motorsport that allows competitors to go slow in
thickly populated areas, and stick to specified speed limits at all times.

The Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally will touch some of the most beautiful
tourist hotspots of the state. It will begin from Dehradun on February 2
and move via Dev Prayag, Karan Prayag, Rudra Prayag and Nand Prayag to the
ski resort at Auli. With newly-laid out, smooth roads, the picturesque
drive leads to the celebrated snow-tops, a delight for skiers and
sight-seeing. On the way is Shivpuri, which draws huge domestic and foreign
tourism for white water rafting.

On Day Two, the rally will come down from Auli to Ramnagar, which flanks
the Jim Corbett National Wildlife Park, again a tourist hotspot. The rally
will end at Dehradun on Day Three.

Mr Uma Kant Panwar said that the rally marks the resurgence of tourism in
the state. “Uttarakhand has world-class holiday destinations for families
and youth alike. The roads are good again, and we invite all tourists to
enjoy the unique holiday experience here,” he said. Uttarakhand Adventure
Car Rally adds to the state’s adventure tourism calendar, along with
skiing, mountaineering, white water rafting and mesmerizing encounters in
the wildlife parks.

The rally is being organized by Himalayan Motorsport. This is the premier
Shimla-based motorsport club which organizes the Raid De Himalaya, one of
the top-ten toughest rallies of the world. Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally
is being supported by Maruti Suzuki and JK Tyres.

Mr Vijay Parmar, the president of Himalayan Motorsport, said that after the
internationally popular Himalayan Rally, motorsport has been re-started in
Uttarakhand on a small scale. “Motorsport has great potential to grow in
Uttarakhand, and will showcase its excellent tourism destinations
nationally and internationally. The state has a super network of roads, and
more roads are being constructed in highly picturesque locales,” he said.

The Himalayan Rally, which used to go through Uttarakhand, was last
organized almost 25 years ago.

————————————————————————
For more details please call

Rajni Shaleen Chopra, 98156-02917
for Second Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally
or mail swarraga@swarraga.com





RBI asks banks to ease norms for individual borrowers

29 01 2015

Jan 28

In order to ensure hassle free credit to small borrowers, RBI has directed banks to do away with the practice of obtaining ‘No Due Certificate’ from individual loan takers. In a notification issued from Mumbai, RBI said that lenders must dispense with obtaining ‘No Due Certificate’ in view of the technological developments and the different ways available with banks to avoid multiple financing. RBI said it received complaints from borrowers as banks were refusing to grant loans without ‘No Due Certificate’, especially in rural and semi-urban areas.

RBI has clarified that this dispensation will be valid for Self Help Groups as well as Joint Liability Groups in rural and semi-urban areas for all types of loans. The notification adds that it will also cover loans under government sponsored schemes, irrespective of amount involved. This announcement follows RBI’s earlier directive on relaxing service area norms and simple procedures for farm loans of up to Rs 50,000 to small and marginal farmers. For sanctioning such loans, bank can use alternative ways like loan history from credit information companies, self-declaration from borrower, peer monitoring, etc other than the No Due Certificate.

5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off California coast

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake was reported off the coast of Northern California on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. No injures or damages have been reported. The quake struck about 25 miles away from Ferndale, California, and some 40 miles away from Sacramento. There is no tsunami expected at this time, though the USGS said there is a 40 percent chance of a “strong and possibly damaging aftershock” – either magnitude 5 or higher – in the next week.

Iran names new UN ambassador after first choice banned by US

Iran has appointed career diplomat Gholamali Khoshroo as its envoy to the UN, state-run Tasnim news agency said. Ten months ago the US barred the initial candidate for his role in the 1979-81 hostage crisis in Tehran, Reuters said. Khoshroo was a deputy foreign minister from 2002 to 2005 during the presidency of reformist Mohammad Khatami. Iran still objects the rejection of Hamid Abutalebi, and the issue will be pursued legally through the UN.

PACE Committee backs amendment to strip Russia of right to vote in 2015 – MP

The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has supported an amendment on stripping Russian’s delegation of the right to vote and its exclusion from PACE’s governing bodies in 2015, Tass quoted the deputy head of the Russian delegation, Leonid Slutsky, as saying Wednesday. “This amendment was passed by only one vote. The rapporteur on Russia’s credentials, Stefan Shennah, recognized it as destructive and destroying the entire architecture of the resolution,” Slutsky said.

14:12

Bahraini opposition leader Salman goes on trial

Bahrain’s most senior opposition leader went on trial on Wednesday on charges of promoting the violent overthrow of the political system, Reuters said. Sheikh Ali Salman’s detention after a protest rally in December sparked violent demonstrations in the Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab state. Salman denied all the charges and said he had been calling for reforms in Bahrain through legal and peaceful means. The prosecution has accused Salman of promoting the overthrow of the political regime by force, inciting violence and supporting attacks that caused the deaths of 14 policemen. He faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted.

13 airstrikes hit ISIS targets near Kobani, Syria – US military

US and its allies launched 13 airstrikes near Kobani, Syria, in the last 24 hours, Reuters reported. The strikes around the city hit 12 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions, according to the Combined Joint Task Force. The US military said this week the militants had been driven out of 90 percent of Kobani, a city near the border with Turkey, after four months of fierce fighting.

Sudanese rebels capture 6 Bulgarians working for UN World Food Program

A Sudanese rebel group has taken six Bulgarians working with the UN’s World Food Program captive, Reuters said. Their helicopter was forced to land in war-torn South Kordofan province in southern Sudan, the Bulgarian diplomats said on Wednesday. Fighting between the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, which reportedly captured the Bulgarians, has increased in the provinces of South Kordofan and Blue Nile since peace talks collapsed in December.

Parents of missing Mexican students reject official explanation of their deaths

Parents of 43 college students missing since last year have rejected the Mexican attorney general’s declaration that the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero, AP said. The parents accused the government on Tuesday night of seeking to wrap up the investigation and hold out hope of finding their children alive. Lawyer Vidulfo Rosales, who is representing the families of the students, presented a 10-point argument explaining why they believe the investigation must continue. It included, in particular, a lack of conclusive forensic results.

Thailand warns US against meddling in its affairs after martial law remarks

Thailand warned the US against meddling in its political affairs on Wednesday, Reuters said. Assistant US Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Daniel Russel, visiting a Bangkok university on Monday, called for more inclusive politics and the end of martial law. The remarks “hurt many Thais,” Deputy Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said after summoning the US Charge d’Affaires Patrick Murphy. “If we… lift martial law and it leads to problems, how will those people who are asking for the lifting of martial law take responsibility?” he said, adding that “in reality, Thais don’t even know there is martial law.”

Murdered Mexico students ‘mistaken for rival gang’ – officials

The 43 Mexican students who disappeared four months ago were murdered on the orders of a drug cartel which mistook them for members of a rival gang, Reuters reported, citing officials. The government earlier said only that the students were almost certainly murdered after clashing in the southwestern city of Iguala with corrupt police officers, who handed them over to members of local drug gang Guerreros Unidos. Their disappearance on the night of September 26 led to massive street protests in Mexico.

Indonesia’s search for AirAsia victims could end ‘within days’

Indonesia’s search for dozens of victims still unaccounted for from last month’s crash of an AirAsia passenger jet could end within days if no more bodies are found, Reuters reported. The Civilian National Search and Rescue Agency said it would scour the sea for bodies for at least another week. “If we can find one or two more bodies, that means we have the opportunity to prolong the operation,” agency chief Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo said. The military withdrew from the search on Tuesday, apologizing to the victims’ families for not being able to do more.

Mother of Japanese hostage appeals to PM

Junko Ishido, the mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State militants appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan’s prime minister to save her son. Kenji Goto’s captors had purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat to the journalist. Ishido read to reporters her plea to Shinzo Abe, which she said she sent after both Abe and the main government spokesmen declined to meet with her, AP said. “Please save Kenji’s life,” Ishido said, begging Abe to work with the Jordanian government to try to save Goto. The Islamic State group announced an apparent ultimatum over Goto and Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh late Tuesday.

​Mexico threatens to sanction Google over data protection

Mexico has initiated proceedings to impose sanctions on Google’s Mexican unit for an alleged breach of the data protection law of the country, the Federal Institute for Information Access and Data Protection (IFAI) said in a statement. The legal proceedings were initiated following a failed Google request from an unidentified person asking the internet giant to erase his personal data from the search engine. IFAI ordered Google to follow up on the request and erase the personal data.

Media agencies

Uttarakhand riding on motorsport to take tourism into top gear

29 01 2015

Dehradun, January 28

Uttarakhand is riding on motorsport to take tourism in the state into top
gear.

For the second consecutive year, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board is
co-organizing the Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally. With the rally, the
mountain state has brought motorsport firmly back on its tourism calendar.
The Second Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally will run from February 1 to
February 4.

Uttarakhand relies on tourism as its economic mainstay, and the focus of
the rally is on getting tourists back to its green vales after the
devastating floods in June 2013. Secretary Tourism Mr Uma Kant Panwar said
motorsport is a valuable addition to Uttarakhand’s adventure portfolio,
targeted at mid and high-end tourists.

“The rally, which is organized on international standards, showcases to
the world that the roads in the state are great. The rally will pass by
some of our most loved tourism hotspots like the world-class ski resort at
Auli, and Ramnagar, which flanks the Jim Corbett National Wildflife
Park,” said Mr Panwar.

The Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally will have 35 teams driving cars and
SUVs, going across about 1,000 kilometers in the state. Each team will
comprise a driver and a navigator.

In order to ensure that there are no traffic disruptions, Uttarakhand
Adventure Car Rally will follow the Time- Speed-Distance (TSD) format. This
is the sober form of motorsport that allows competitors to go slow in
thickly populated areas, and stick to specified speed limits at all times.

The Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally will touch some of the most beautiful
tourist hotspots of the state. It will begin from Dehradun on February 2
and move via Dev Prayag, Karan Prayag, Rudra Prayag and Nand Prayag to the
ski resort at Auli. With newly-laid out, smooth roads, the picturesque
drive leads to the celebrated snow-tops, a delight for skiers and
sight-seeing. On the way is Shivpuri, which draws huge domestic and foreign
tourism for white water rafting.

On Day Two, the rally will come down from Auli to Ramnagar, which flanks
the Jim Corbett National Wildlife Park, again a tourist hotspot. The rally
will end at Dehradun on Day Three.

Mr Uma Kant Panwar said that the rally marks the resurgence of tourism in
the state. “Uttarakhand has world-class holiday destinations for families
and youth alike. The roads are good again, and we invite all tourists to
enjoy the unique holiday experience here,” he said. Uttarakhand Adventure
Car Rally adds to the state’s adventure tourism calendar, along with
skiing, mountaineering, white water rafting and mesmerizing encounters in
the wildlife parks.

The rally is being organized by Himalayan Motorsport. This is the premier
Shimla-based motorsport club which organizes the Raid De Himalaya, one of
the top-ten toughest rallies of the world. Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally
is being supported by Maruti Suzuki and JK Tyres.

Mr Vijay Parmar, the president of Himalayan Motorsport, said that after the
internationally popular Himalayan Rally, motorsport has been re-started in
Uttarakhand on a small scale. “Motorsport has great potential to grow in
Uttarakhand, and will showcase its excellent tourism destinations
nationally and internationally. The state has a super network of roads, and
more roads are being constructed in highly picturesque locales,” he said.

The Himalayan Rally, which used to go through Uttarakhand, was last
organized almost 25 years ago.

————————————————————————
For more details please call

Rajni Shaleen Chopra, 98156-02917
for Second Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally
or mail swarraga@swarraga.com





Global Plastic Production

29 01 2015

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PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Contact: Gaelle Gourmelon,  ggourmelon@worldwatch.org

For more information: Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags

  

Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags

New Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends in global plastic production
and recycling

Washington, D.C.—-For more than 50 years, global production of plastic has continued to rise. Some 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 percent increase over 2012. Recovery and recycling, however, remain insufficient, and millions of tons of plastics end up in landfills and oceans each year, writes Gaelle Gourmelon, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Worldwatch Institute, in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online article (www.worldwatch.org).

Worldwide plastic production has been growing as the durable, primarily petroleum-based material gradually replaces materials like glass and metal. Today, an average person living in Western Europe or North America consumes 100 kilograms of plastic each year, mostly in the form of packaging. Asia uses just 20 kilograms per person, but this figure is expected to grow rapidly as the region’s economies expand.

 

According to the United Nations Environmental Programme, an estimated 22-43 percent of the plastic used worldwide is disposed of in landfills, where its resources are wasted, the material takes up valuable space, and it blights communities. Recovering plastic from the waste stream for recycling or for combustion for energy generation has the potential to minimize these problems. However, much of the plastic collected for recycling in Europe, the United States, Japan, and other industrialized countries is shipped to countries with lower recycling standards. And burning plastic for energy requires air emissions controls and produces hazardous ash, all while being relatively inefficient.

 

Most plastic scraps from countries that have established collection systems for the material flow to China, which receives 56 percent (by weight) of waste plastic imports worldwide. Indirect evidence suggests that most of this imported plastic is reprocessed at low-tech, family-run facilities with no environmental protection controls, such as proper disposal of contaminants or waste water. There are also concerns that low-quality plastics are not reused but are disposed of or incinerated for energy in plants that lack air pollution control systems. Through its 2010 Green Fence Operation, the Chinese government has started to work to reduce the number of unregulated facilities.

Approximately 10-20 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans each year. A recent study conservatively estimated that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing a total of 268,940 tons are currently floating in the world’s oceans. This debris results in an estimated $13 billion a year in losses from damage to marine ecosystems, including financial losses to fisheries and tourism as well as time spent cleaning beaches. Animals such as seabirds, whales, and dolphins can become entangled in plastic matter, and floating plastic items-such as discarded nets, docks, and boats-can transport microbes, algae, invertebrates, and fish into non-native regions, affecting local ecosystems.

 

The environmental and social benefits of plastics must be weighed against the problems that the durability and high volume of this material present to the waste stream. Plastics help to reduce food waste by keeping products fresh longer, allow for the manufacture of life-saving healthcare equipment, reduce packaging mass compared with other materials, improve transportation efficiency, and have large potential for use in renewable energy technologies. But plastic litter, gyres of plastics in the oceans, and toxic additives in plastic products-including colorants, flame retardants, and plasticizers (such as bisphenol A, or BPA)-are raising awareness of and strengthening consumer demand for more sustainable materials.

 

Along with reducing unnecessary plastic consumption, finding more environmentally friendly packaging alternatives, and improving product and packaging design to use less plastic, many challenges associated with plastics could be addressed by improving management of the material across its life cycle.

 

Businesses and consumers could increase their participation in collection in order to move plastic waste toward a recovery supply chain, and companies could switch to greater use of recycled plastics. Governments must regulate the plastic supply chain to encourage and monitor recycling.

 

Report highlights:

  • About 4 percent of the petroleum consumed worldwide each year is used to make plastic, and another 4 percent is used to power plastic manufacturing processes.
  • In Europe, 26 percent, or 6.6 million tons, of the post-consumer plastic produced in 2012 was recycled, while 36 percent was incinerated for energy generation. The remaining 38 percent of post-consumer plastics in Europe went to landfills.
  • In the United States, only 9 percent of post-consumer plastic (2.8 million tons) was recycled in 2012. The remaining 32 million tons was discarded.





Nba PressNotes dated 28th January, 2015

29 01 2015

Balanced Bucks beat Heat for 3rd time this season, 109-102

MIAMI: Jason Kidd’s wins against Miami keep piling up.

So do the Heat injuries, with Dwyane Wade now hurting again.

Brandon Knight had 17 points and six assists and the Milwaukee Bucks put seven players in double figures on the way to beating the Heat 109-102 on Tuesday night.

Khris Middleton also scored 17 for the Bucks, who got 15 from Jerryd Bayless, 14 from O.J. Mayo, 13 from Giannis Antetokounmpo, 12 from John Henson and 11 from Chris Dudley. And Kidd moved to 7-0 in regular-season games as a coach against Miami.

With fighters Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao watching courtside, Milwaukee beat Miami for the third time in as many meetings this season, moving three games clear of the Heat in the race for No. 6 in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks’ bench outscored Miami’s 44-13.

Chris Bosh had 26 points for Miami, Mario Chalmers added 21 points and eight assists and Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Miami became the first Milwaukee opponent in 18 games to shoot better than 50 percent, and it still didn’t matter.

The Heat lost Wade in the third quarter with a strained right hamstring. Wade – who finished with 12 points in 18 minutes – has also dealt with left hamstring trouble on two other occasions this season.

Wade leaving was the latest development in the season-long saga of Heat injury news came after Miami made the pregame decision to keep Luol Deng (left calf soreness) and Chris Andersen (elbow and back soreness) out of the starting lineup, with Danny Granger and Whiteside taking their places.

Granger scored 14 for Miami.

Milwaukee led by 10 points in the second quarter, but the Heat – who have struggled in third quarters all season – roared out of halftime and went up 78-68 with 3:54 left in the period on a 3-pointer by Norris Cole, the capper of a 13 1/2-minute stretch in which Miami outscored the Bucks 43-23.

After that, all Milwaukee.

The Bucks tied the game with an 11-1 run that took less than 2 minutes late in the third, and put it away with a 17-5 run in the fourth that turned a one-point deficit into a 102-91 lead with 3:33 remaining.

Rose’s shot lifts Bulls over Warriors 113-111 in overtime

OAKLAND: One after another, teams trotted into rowdy Oracle Arena the past two months confident they could cool off the NBA’s hottest team on their home floor.

It took 113 points, 53 minutes and one big shot from a former MVP to finally make it happen.

Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State’s franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night.

Rose, looking as healthy as ever, dribbled to his left and created space to get off the 20-footer over Klay Thompson, skipping around the court after the Warriors called timeout. Rose finished with 30 points, and his final basket overshadowed a night when he committed a career-high 11 turnovers and made just 13 of 33 shots.

Thompson misfired a wide-open runner off the glass as time expired.

The Warriors forced overtime on Draymond Green’s tying tip-in with 1.4 seconds left and looked ready to recreate their unbeatable spark in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596. But they couldn’t do enough to slow down a rejuvenated Rose, and Chicago’s frontcourt overwhelmed the Warriors inside with center Andrew Bogut a last-minute scratch with flu-like symptoms.

Gasol had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Joakim Noah had 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Bulls pounded the Warriors down low. They outrebounded Golden State 61 to 48.

Thompson had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and David Lee scored a season-high 24 points for the NBA-leading Warriors (36-7), who lost on their home floor for the only the second time all season and the first time since San Antonio knocked them off on Nov. 11.

Indeed, Tom Thibodeau’s team clamped down after the Warriors started 9 for 20 from 3-point range. Golden State missed all 13 attempts from beyond the arc after the first half.

Stephen Curry still put the Warriors in position to win, capping a 7-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter with one of his biggest highlights: faking a behind-the-back pass with his left hand and throwing a no-look toss over his right shoulder to Lee for a dunk that put the Warriors up 88-79.

But just as he did throughout the night, Rose brought the Bulls back – inspiring a louder-than-usual visiting crowd sprinkled around the arena to a light roar each time.

Chicago capped its closing burst by trapping Curry in the backcourt and forcing him into an errant pass. Rose came up with the ball and fed Kirk Hinrich, whose 3-pointer put the Bulls up 107-105 with 15.8 seconds remaining.

Andre Iguodala missed a 3 after a timeout, but Green pushed Noah aside for the tying tip-in. Rose’s long-range heave at the end of regulation was never close.

Neither team could create much separation in the extra session.

Green stole Hinrich’s inbounds pass in the final minute before Thompson missed a 3-pointer on the other end. Rose dribbled out the shot clock, then hit the jumper over Thompson to put the Bulls up for good.

After a timeout, Nikola Mirotic fouled Iguodala behind the basket as he jumped. Officials ruled Iguodala was not in the act of shooting, giving Golden State the ball on the side, while Kerr called on them to award Iguodala two free throws.

Thompson still managed to break free on the inbounds pass, but he missed the running bank shot to finish off Golden State’s loss.

Irving, James lead Cavs to 7th straight, 103-95 over Pistons

AUBURN HILLS: LeBron James came leaping in to try to stop Jodie Meeks as the Detroit guard drove to the basket during the final seconds of the third quarter.

After colliding with Meeks, James put his hands out to break his fall before sliding across the floor on his stomach.

James barely missed any game time after that anxious moment, and he finished with 32 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight victory Tuesday night, 103-95 over the Pistons. Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points.

The Cavs never trailed in the second half, but when James hit the deck and didn’t immediately get up, that was plenty to be concerned about.

James quickly came back in the game, and his two-handed breakaway dunk early in the fourth put Cleveland up 80-68.

Greg Monroe had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who pulled within eight and had the ball late in the fourth quarter, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was unable to connect from 3-point range. James drew a foul at the other end and made both free throws to make it 88-78 with 2:56 to play.

Caldwell-Pope was fouled by James while shooting a 3-pointer with 2:00 remaining, and that trio of free throws made it 90-83. The Pistons got the ball back, but Andre Drummond missed a layup, and Irving connected from beyond the arc.

The Cavs avenged a 23-point home loss to Detroit late last month. That game was part of a seven-game winning streak for the Pistons, but now Detroit is struggling to overcome the loss of Brandon Jennings, who ruptured his left Achilles tendon last weekend and will miss the rest of the season.

Detroit led 19-17 after a first quarter in which the teams combined to shoot 1 for 16 from outside the paint. Cleveland shrugged off that rough start and reached 100 points for the eighth straight game.

Irving was 6 of 10 from 3-point range. The rest of the Cavs went 3 of 24.





National School of Drama presents : 17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav

29 01 2015

Twelve countries across globe and almost all the states of India to participate in mega event of National School of Drama ‘s 17 Bharat Rang Mahotsav, to be held in Delhi from February 1st to 18th February, 2015.

THE WORLD WILL BE ONE STAGE AT THE 17TH BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV-THE BIGGEST THEATRE FESTIVAL INDIA HAS EVER SEEN

12 countries from around the world and almost all the states of India to participate in National School of Drama’s 17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, to be held in Delhi from February 1st to 18th

New Delhi, January 28, 2015: At a time when the world is getting increasingly divided and fragmented, National School of Drama, one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world, is attempting to send out a strong message of bringing people together with its flagship theatre festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsav. The 17th edition of the festival has been conceptualized and designed with the theme of ‘Breaking Borders’, and would be held in New Delhi from 1stFebruary to 18th February 2015.

This year, Bharat Rang Mahotsav, promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 12 countries including the likes of USA, UK, Germany, China, France, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, among others, taking part and showcasing around 150 plays to theatre lovers in the city. The festival will also travel to other parts of the country with plays being showcased in Agartala (Tripura), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Aurangabad (Maharashtra) and Panaji (Goa).

To popularize theatre among the youth and to use theatre as a learning process, National School of Drama is facilitating various colleges to perform in this year’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav. Various theatre troupes and rock bands of Delhi University colleges and Jawaharlal Nehru University will find an opportunity to showcase their talent. The idea behind the initiative is to connect the young generation with theatre, which will create an environment for better theatre productions. Several ambience performances comprising of folk performance, children’s theatre are being scheduled for non-stop entertainment during the 18 days festival.

NSD Repertory Company’s “Ghazab Teri Adaa” directed by Prof. Waman Kendre will be the inaugural performance of the festival on 1st February at Kamani auditorium at 6.00pm. NSD Repertory Company has been conferred with this honour as it is celebrating its 50th year.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State of Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) & Civil Aviation, Govt. of India and eminent stage and film personality Om Puri have consented to be the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour at the inaugural ceremony.

The 17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav will be a complete package of cultural extravaganza with seminars, literary interactions (interface with Krishna Sobti), lecture demonstrations(Himani Shivpuri’s acting in a scene from Krishna Sobti’s Mitro Marjani), dance (dance of Birju Maharaj), company theatre music (B Jayshree’s talk on “Rang Sangeet”), film music, visual art (Raghu Rai’s photography), exhibitions etc.

For the first time, NSD is venturing to set up a Theatre Bazar for the theatre lovers, enthusiasts and audience in general. In the Theatre Bazar products related to theatre will be showcased.

In another global initiative, National School of Drama, for the first time, will also organize “World Theatre Forum” on the theme of– Breaking the Borders, where in theatre luminaries from all over the world and across the country will come together to interact with the audience. Various discussions and seminars will take place around the theme “Paridhi Ke Bahar-Natak Bazar”, to bring marginalized voices to the national platform. “Meet the Directors” will facilitate audience to interact with directors from the previous day’s performances, everyday in the morning starting from February 3rd   at 10am at Antarmukh.

The 17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav will pay tribute to Shambhu Mitra (1915-1997) and Begum Akhtar (1914-1974) for their birth centenary, and Veenapani Chawla (1947-2014) who passed away recently.

This will include performance, exhibition and lecture on Shambhu Mitra, Jamal-e-Begum Akhtar, enacted by Prof. Vidushi Rita Ganguly, The Tenth Head directed by Veenapani Chawla and presented by Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research, Pondicherry.

The closing ceremony will be on February 18th where Aadirangam – an ensemble of 8 tribal group performers from all over India will be presented by National School of Drama, coordinated by Dr. Laique Hussain.

The entire NSD campus will be transformed into a festival ground for the next 18 days where food, music, handloom & handicraft products will be available for its audience. A huge 3D replica of NSD has been created to enhance the ambience of the festival.

For the first time Lalit Kala Akademi, Sahitya Akademi, Sangeet Natak Akademi and other government cultural bodies have come forward to be associated with the festival. This year the theatre lovers will be able to book tickets online on the National School of Drama’s website from 29th January, 2015 onwards.

Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “Theatre can’t grow in isolation. This year we are bringing the world theatre to one stage, where 12 other nations will showcase their theatre and witness India’s varied theatre forms be it folk, tribal or modern from almost all the states. We are emphasizing on youth participation in the festival as they are the torch bearers of theatre in the future.”

Shri Ratan Thiyam, Chairperson, National School of Drama Society said, “Every year National School of Drama thrives to contribute and leave a mark in the field of theatre and Bharat Rang Mahotsav works as a global platform towards that direction.”

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National School of Drama

The National School of Drama is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and the only one of its kind in India. It was set up by the Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units in 1959. In 1975, it became an independent entity and was registered as an autonomous organization under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, fully financed by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a thorough, comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre and in which theory is related to practice. As a part of their training, students are required to produce plays which are then performed before the public.

Bharat Rang Mahotsav

The Bharat Rang Mahotsav was started in 1999 by the NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of theatre across the country. From being a national festival that presented the work of some of the most creative theatre workers in India, it has grown into an international event, hosting theatre companies from around the world, and is today acknowledged as the largest theatre festival of Asia dedicated solely to theatre. In addition to the national and international performances that are staged during the Festival, the fare also includes exhibitions, installations, interactive sessions with directors and performers for the general public and professionals, a vibrant theatre caf鬊open forums and meetings and a shorter festival in other cities to which some of the productions travel.

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www.nsdtheatrefest.com

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Release of ADR’;s report on analysis Candidates contesting 2015 Delhi Assembly Polls

28 01 2015

Press Conference Invitation
​​

There shall be a Press Conference as follows:

Topic: Release of ADR’;s report on analysis of Criminal, Financial and other background details of Candidates contesting 2015 Delhi Assembly Polls

Venue: Press Club of India, 1 Raisina Road, New Delhi

Date: 

​30th January

, 2015,

​Fri​

day

Time: 3 PM

Speakers:

​1​

. Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar (Founder Member – ADR)

​2​

. Maj. Gen. Anil Verma (Retd.), Head, AD

​R​





Czech Minister of Trade and Commerce visit to India

28 01 2015

Invitation and Press Release for the Press Confrence- Czech Minister of Trade and Commerce visit to India
From: “Czech Embassy – Culture & PR” <czechembassydelhi.culturepr@gmail.com> Wed, 28 Jan ’15 9:56a
Dear Sir/Madam,
On the occasion of the visit of the Czech Minister of Trade and Industry H.E Mr. Jan Mládek the Embassy of the Czech Republic has the honor to invite you for a Press Conference at the premises of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Delhi on January 28, 2015, between 7:30 to 8:00 pm.
Attending representatives of Indian media are also invited to stay for the following official reception.The Minister of Trade and Commerce of the Czech Republic will be visiting India and Nepal between January 28 to January 30, 2015, together with representatives of Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic and prominent Czech business.

Please find attached Invitation for the Press Conference and kindly confirm your to Mr. Vikas Sharma, Culture and Press Relations Officer of the Embassy of the Czech Republic, no.: +91 8130893803, email: czechembassydelhi.culturepr@gmail.comKindly find the attached Invitation and Press Release.

Wishing you all the best and hope to see you all at the Embassy of the Czech Republic for the Press conference of H.E Mr. Jan Mládek, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Czech Republic.

Regards
Katerina KuncovaSecond Secretary





Modi’s 4th Aborted Takeoff Indian Economy

28 01 2015

Modi’s 4th Aborted Takeoff Indian Economy – $500b Luggage
January27, 2015 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

The problem of Modi in Ninth month of Prime Minister his term im
office is that he didn’t learn from Aborted attempts of Manmohan Singh
to Lift Off INDIAN ECONOMY for 120 months.  Obama see future of India
in 16 years old Vishal but Modi see nothing beyond Tata, Ambani,
Adani, Ruia etc.

Investment commitment during Obama visit was limited to just $4b or
less than $2 per capita after deducting for Administrative Cost to
India and as given in the annexed joint statement meant little to
India. Had Indian Banks $500b to Invest – We Could Have Concluded
$100b Worth Projects – Railways, Nuclear/Hydro/Solar Power, R&D
Project, Defense Projects, Water, Computer & Telecom Manufacturing
etc.

Every time Dr. Manmohan Singh flew out to any G-20 nation he carried
with him ‘50% of Debt Burden of India in Corporate India – $500b’ –
Modi too didn’t abandon the tradition. They invested $500b in foreign
Countries. Have not Created any IPR, Very Few Jobs, Made Little Tax
Contribution and Pay Nothing as Dividend.

India’s biggest DEBTOR who owes people of India $40 billion is first
in the queue as well and the rest in the Queue makes up 50% of the
debt owned by Indian Companies on Board Modi Flight. [Narayan Murthy
is the only one free of debt.]

S.No.    Country    Adults in thousands    2000 Total Wealth $b    2014 Total
Wealth $b    Wealth Per Adult $    Median Wealth $
1    India    775,767    1,163    3,604    4,645    1,006
2.     Japan    104,307    19,316    23,172    222,150    112,998
3.    Australia    16,719    1,432    7,202    430,777    225,337
4.    UK    48,381    7,184    14,157    292,621    130,590
5.    USA    240,648    42,941    83,708    347,845    53,352
World     4,699,383    117,052    263,242    56,016    3,641

India Created Just 1% of World’s Wealth For 17% Population.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857





Release of ADR’;s report on analysis Candidates contesting 2015 Delhi Assembly Polls

28 01 2015

Press Conference Invitation
​​

There shall be a Press Conference as follows:

Topic: Release of ADR’;s report on analysis of Criminal, Financial and other background details of Candidates contesting 2015 Delhi Assembly Polls

Venue: Press Club of India, 1 Raisina Road, New Delhi

Date: 

​30th January

, 2015,

​Fri​

day

Time: 3 PM

Speakers:

​1​

. Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar (Founder Member – ADR)

​2​

. Maj. Gen. Anil Verma (Retd.), Head, AD

​R​





Czech Minister of Trade and Commerce visit to India

28 01 2015

Invitation and Press Release for the Press Confrence- Czech Minister of Trade and Commerce visit to India
From: “Czech Embassy – Culture & PR” <czechembassydelhi.culturepr@gmail.com> Wed, 28 Jan ’15 9:56a
Dear Sir/Madam,
On the occasion of the visit of the Czech Minister of Trade and Industry H.E Mr. Jan Mládek the Embassy of the Czech Republic has the honor to invite you for a Press Conference at the premises of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Delhi on January 28, 2015, between 7:30 to 8:00 pm.
Attending representatives of Indian media are also invited to stay for the following official reception.The Minister of Trade and Commerce of the Czech Republic will be visiting India and Nepal between January 28 to January 30, 2015, together with representatives of Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic and prominent Czech business.

Please find attached Invitation for the Press Conference and kindly confirm your to Mr. Vikas Sharma, Culture and Press Relations Officer of the Embassy of the Czech Republic, no.: +91 8130893803, email: czechembassydelhi.culturepr@gmail.comKindly find the attached Invitation and Press Release.

Wishing you all the best and hope to see you all at the Embassy of the Czech Republic for the Press conference of H.E Mr. Jan Mládek, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Czech Republic.

Regards
Katerina KuncovaSecond Secretary





Modi’s 4th Aborted Takeoff Indian Economy

28 01 2015

Modi’s 4th Aborted Takeoff Indian Economy – $500b Luggage
January27, 2015 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

The problem of Modi in Ninth month of Prime Minister his term im
office is that he didn’t learn from Aborted attempts of Manmohan Singh
to Lift Off INDIAN ECONOMY for 120 months.  Obama see future of India
in 16 years old Vishal but Modi see nothing beyond Tata, Ambani,
Adani, Ruia etc.

Investment commitment during Obama visit was limited to just $4b or
less than $2 per capita after deducting for Administrative Cost to
India and as given in the annexed joint statement meant little to
India. Had Indian Banks $500b to Invest – We Could Have Concluded
$100b Worth Projects – Railways, Nuclear/Hydro/Solar Power, R&D
Project, Defense Projects, Water, Computer & Telecom Manufacturing
etc.

Every time Dr. Manmohan Singh flew out to any G-20 nation he carried
with him ‘50% of Debt Burden of India in Corporate India – $500b’ –
Modi too didn’t abandon the tradition. They invested $500b in foreign
Countries. Have not Created any IPR, Very Few Jobs, Made Little Tax
Contribution and Pay Nothing as Dividend.

India’s biggest DEBTOR who owes people of India $40 billion is first
in the queue as well and the rest in the Queue makes up 50% of the
debt owned by Indian Companies on Board Modi Flight. [Narayan Murthy
is the only one free of debt.]

S.No.    Country    Adults in thousands    2000 Total Wealth $b    2014 Total
Wealth $b    Wealth Per Adult $    Median Wealth $
1    India    775,767    1,163    3,604    4,645    1,006
2.     Japan    104,307    19,316    23,172    222,150    112,998
3.    Australia    16,719    1,432    7,202    430,777    225,337
4.    UK    48,381    7,184    14,157    292,621    130,590
5.    USA    240,648    42,941    83,708    347,845    53,352
World     4,699,383    117,052    263,242    56,016    3,641

India Created Just 1% of World’s Wealth For 17% Population.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857





Just watch

28 01 2015

   Clippers ride Crawford’s shooting to 102-98 win over Nuggets

LOS ANGELES: Jamal Crawford never stews over statistics. As a prolific scorer, he knows he’s usually one shot away from triggering an offensive outburst.

So it was easy for him to shrug off his 20-of-62 shooting in five previous games and let things fly. Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the struggling Denver Nuggets 102-98 Monday night for their fifth straight victory

Crawford scored Los Angeles’ final five points and had a key save that led to a basket in the closing seconds, when the Clippers completed their biggest comeback of the season after trailing by 16 earlier in the game.

During timeouts, Crawford kept telling his teammates they were going to win

The usually soft-spoken Crawford said, “I always have belief.”

Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 19 points and 11 assists. Arron Afflalo scored 18, Wilson Chandler had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Jusuf Nurkic grabbed 10 rebounds in Denver’s seventh straight loss.

Matt Barnes added 18 points for Los Angeles, and Blake Griffin had 14 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. Chris Paul scored 15 points.

Griffin and Paul credited Crawford and the rest of the Clippers’ bench for bringing them all the way back.

The Clippers trailed by 10 early in the fourth before Crawford found his shooting touch. He hit a tying 3-pointer, and then followed with another basket that made it 94-92 with 2:30 remaining.

Glen Davis exhorted the crowd, shouting “Let’s go” at fans and waving his arms.

Afflalo tied it again before Barnes’ go-ahead basket. Paul’s pass was on its way out of bounds before Crawford saved it and passed to Barnes as Crawford was running out of bounds on the baseline. Barnes converted for a 96-94 lead.

Crawford converted three free throws to make it 99-94.

Chandler’s floater and two free throws by Darrell Arthur drew the Nuggets to 99-98.

Crawford made two trips to the line in the final 5 seconds, going 3 of 4 to seal the victory.

                                           Prince helps Celtics edge Jazz 99-90

 SALT LAKE CITY: For one night at least, Tayshaun Prince brought back memories of his successful run with Detroit at the start of his career.

Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday.

 

Tyler Zeller had 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which grabbed control with a big second quarter. Jared Sullinger had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Avery Bradley also scored 12.

 

The 34-year-old Prince, who was acquired from Memphis in a three-team trade on Jan. 12, was 7 for 10 from the field and 3 for 4 at the free-throw line.

Gordon Hayward had 26 points for Utah, and Enes Kanter finished with 20. Reserve Trey Burke added 18 points, and Derrick Favors finished with 13 points with eight rebounds.

 The Celtics (16-27) dominated both sides of the floor in the second quarter, jumping to a 55-31 halftime lead. Boston outscored Utah 38-14 in the quarter while shooting 60 percent from the field for the period.

 

Utah shot 29.4 percent from the field in the second, but put together a big third period to get back in the game. Hayward had 13 in the third and Kanter scored 10. Hayward’s 3-pointer trimmed Boston’s lead to 71-66 heading into the final period.

 But the Celtics pulled away in the fourth.

 

 Westbrook, Ibaka help Thunder beat Timberwolves 92-84

                                                                                            

 OKLAHOMA CITY: Without Kevin Durant, the Thunder seamlessly shifted to their alter ego.

Russell Westbrook scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and Oklahoma City gutted out a 92-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Durant sat out after spraining the big toe on his left foot Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The normally explosive Thunder adjusted and fell back on the the grind-it-out, defense-first approach that kept them competitive while Durant was out for the first 17 games of the season with a broken bone in his right foot. The Thunder won, despite shooting just 42 percent from the field.

 

Westbrook shot just 7 for 22 from the field, but was 4 for 6 and scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder remain in control. Ibaka played one of his best games of the season. He made 6 of 13 shots and had two blocks and two steals.

Reserves Anthony Morrow and Reggie Jackson each added 14 points to help Oklahoma City’s bench outscore Minnesota’s 45-21. The Thunder reserves are used to coming up big because Durant has missed 24 games this season.

 

Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Thaddeus Young had 22 and Gorgui Dieng had a season-high 18 rebounds for the league-worst Timberwolves, who shot a season-low 34.1 percent from the field.

Oklahoma City led 25-19 at the end of the first quarter, then pushed the lead to 15 in the second. In the closing seconds of the first half, Nick Collison threw a pass the length of the court. Perry Jones caught the ball off the bounce in front of everyone and scored a reverse layup with 0.5 seconds remaining to give the Thunder a 48-40 lead at the break.

Wiggins scored 13 points in the first half to help the Timberwolves stay in the game.

Back-to-back baskets by Young cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 57-54 midway through the third quarter.

With the Thunder leading 62-56 late in the third quarter, Minnesota coach Flip Saunders was issued a technical foul for loudly disagreeing with a call against Wiggins. Jackson made all three free throws to bump Oklahoma City’s lead to nine heading into the fourth.

Saunders never expected an easier road when he learned Durant wouldn’t play.





HERO WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL GOLF TOUR 2015

28 01 2015

HERO WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL GOLF TOUR 2015

Vaishavi eyes an encore in the 3rd leg

Kolkata, 27th January:  Starting the season with a victory last week, Noida’s Vaishavi Sinha will be eager to continue with her good run in the 3rd leg of the Hero Women’s professional golf tour which gets underway at the historic Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata from Tuesday onwards. The INR 5,00,000 event will be played from the 28th – 30th of January 2015.

In her last outing at the Kalhaar Blues and Greens, Vaishavi had a slow start but some emphatic play on the last day saw her completing a very convincing victory while the current Hero Order Of Merit leader Vani Kapoor had a forgettable second leg. Vani who has been known as the queen of comebacks will be eager to make amends for her earlier errors and make astrong statement in the upcoming 3rd leg.

The third leg also marks a comeback of Hero Motor Corp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet, who will play her first leg this season. The Bengaluru golfer who missed out on her LET full card this year has been training really hard and is expected to showcase some solid golf in the event.

Chandigarh’s Amandeep Drall impressed one and all with her gritty play in her rookie season finishing as the runners up in the 2nd leg. She will look forward to keep the momentum going in the 3rd leg as well and hope to return with some formidable results.Veteran Golfer Smriti Mehra too has had a decent start this season and is expected to perform well at her home course.





AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE AS PER 27 JANUARY 2015 19:30

28 01 2015

AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE

AS PER 27 JANUARY 2015 19:30 HRS LT (GMT+7)

SURABAYA, 27TH JANUARY 2015 – The search and rescue (SAR) operations continued this morning as divers were deployed into the sea to observe the sea floor and the fuselage wreckage conditions. However, the floating mission of the fuselage wreckage unfortunately had to be stopped due to strong underwater currents.

Earlier today, the Commander of the Indonesian Navy’s Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Widodo, announced that according to the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Commander, General Moeldoko’s order, TNI has withdrawn all of its forces and assets from the search area. He added that the decision was made based on several considerations such as fuselage wreckage observation results which indicate that no remains are still left inside.

The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) is expected to announce their plans for the next phase of the SAR operations in the coming days.

The Disaster Victim Identification Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that one passenger was identified as: Prawira Harja Subagio (male). AirAsia Indonesia has officially handed over the remains to the respective families this afternoon. DVI POLRI also received an additional remain – recovered two days ago (25/01) – and had been flown from Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo this afternoon. The remain will undergo further identification process at Bhayangkara Hospital.

To date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of 70 remains of which 55 remains have been identified by DVI POLRI, 15remains are still being identified.

AirAsia Indonesia would like to take this opportunity to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ 8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI POLRI.

You may also obtain substantiated information only from authorised AirAsia social media accounts: Facebook (www.facebook.com/AirAsia)and Twitter (www.twitter.com/AirAsia).





NISSAN INDIA INVITES YOU TO THE LAUNCH

28 01 2015

 

Subject: LAUNCH OF NEW DEALERSHIP IN DELHI

From: Raj Kumar Ghosh <rajukrghosh@gmail.com> Tue, 27 Jan ’15 4:28p

Hi,

NISSAN GROUP

OF INDIA

NISSAN INDIA INVITES YOU TO THE LAUNCH OF ITS NEW

DEALERSHIP

In presence of

GUILLAUME SICARD, PRESIDENT-NISSAN INDIA OPERATIONS

&

ARUN MALHOTRA, MD-NISSAN INDIA OPERATIONS

 

On Thursday, 29th January, 2015

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: Kaizen, Plot No. 10A,

Shivaji Marg, Moti Nagar

Delhi





Global news

27 01 2015

US embassy in Yemen closes to public

The US embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, was closed to the public over security concerns amid turmoil in the Arabian Peninsula state. The embassy “will resume consular operations as soon as our analysis indicates we are able to do so safely,” it said in a statement. On January 22, Yemeni President Hadi submitted a resignation letter to the parliament under pressure from advancing Shia militias.

5 killed as passenger pick-up hits landmine in SW Pakistan

At least five people were killed and one injured when a pick-up truck hit a landmine in the southwestern province of Baluchistan on Monday, Pakistani officials said. The incident happened in the Chattar area of Dera Murad district, around 257 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital of Quetta, AFP reported. No group has claimed responsibility, but separatists in the area have regularly attacked security personnel and state infrastructure.

Fight for Nigeria’s Maiduguri leaves over 100, mainly militants, killed

More than 100 people, mainly insurgents, died in fighting on Sunday in Nigeria’s Maiduguri, Reuters said, citing a local journalist as saying on Monday. The local reporter, Bello Dukku, said the dead also included at least 15 soldiers and a few civilians. Another 50 people were wounded in the fighting, according to the reporter.

Turkey orders Facebook to block pages insulting Mohammad

A Turkish court has ordered Facebook to block a number of pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, Reuters reported. The court also threatened on Sunday to stop access to the whole social network if it doesn’t comply, according to local media. The court order followed a request by a prosecutor, TRT said.

Ukraine govt declares ‘high alert regime’ nationwide – PM

The Ukrainian government has introduced “an emergency situation regime” on the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, and “a high alert regime” nationwide, TASS quoted Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk as saying on Monday. This decision was made to “coordinate the activities of all state bodies to ensure citizens’ security and public order,” he said. The PM will also head a new commission on emergency situations.

34 airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq – US military

The US and its allies launched 21 airstrikes in Syria and 13 in Iraq against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) over a 24-hour period, Reuters reported. The Combined Joint Task Force said Monday that 17 of the strikes since Sunday targeted Kobani, a contested city on the border with Turkey. The strikes in Iraq targeted near Mosul, Tal Afar, Haditha and Fallujah.

Kurds fighters expel ISIS militants from Syria’s Kobani

Kurdish fighters have expelled jihadists from the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) from the Syrian border town of Kobani after more than four months of fighting, AFP reported, citing a monitor. Fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) had “expelled all Islamic State fighters from Kobani and have full control of the town,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Kurds are pursuing some jihadists on the eastern outskirts of Kobani, “but there is no more fighting inside now,” Rahman said.

Italian prosecutors seek 26 years prison for Costa Concordia captain

Italian prosecutors called Monday for the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia, to serve 26 years and three months in jail for the 2012 shipwreck which left 32 people dead, AFP said. “This is not an exaggerated sentence,” prosecutor Maria Navarro told the court in Grosseto, Tuscany. The prosecutor said Francesco Schettino, dubbed ‘Captain Coward’ by the media was guilty of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all the passengers were safe.

3 killed in first US drone strike in Yemen this year

The US has carried out its first drone strike in Yemen since its president resigned, AP reported, citing tribal leaders and security officials. The first strike this year on a vehicle in an area called Hareib, located between the provinces of Marib and Shabwa, killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants on Monday. It was also the first since Shiite Houthi in control of the capital, Sanaa, put President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his ministers under house arrest.

Japan seeks help from Jordan, other states to save hostage

Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries Monday in its race to save a hostage held by Islamic State militants, AP said. No details of the talks with Jordan, where a Japanese envoy is coordinating regional efforts to save hostage Kenji Goto, were reported. Japanese officials have indicated they are accepting the likelihood that the second hostage, Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer captured in Syria last summer, had been killed.

West uses Ukraine tragedies to impose new sanctions on Russia – Lavrov

The tragedies in Ukraine are used by the West to stir anti-Russian hysteria and impose new sanctions, TASS quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying on Monday. “We are well aware of the cynical use of such tragedies to pervert the truth” without waiting for results of unbiased investigations, the minister said.“The West should understand how they will build policy both on Russia and Ukraine, as well as on the security situation on our continent,” according to Lavrov. He added he hopes that common sense and objective national interests will prevail.

Number of Philippines police officers killed in clash with Muslim rebels rises to 49

At least 49 Philippines police commandos have been killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in the south, AFP said. An 11-hour gun battle broke out after police entered the remote town of Mamasapano, held by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. There was reportedly no coordination with the rebels as required under their ceasefire agreement. The bodies of 49 police have been recovered from the town on Mindanao Island and moved to an army camp, according to regional police spokeswoman Judith Ambong.

‘No threat’ as Secret Service recovers ‘device’ at White House

A “device” has been found on the grounds of the White House, AP quoted a spokesman for President Barack Obama as saying. Secret Service agents recovered the object but early indications are that it doesn’t pose a threat to anyone in the building, according to Josh Earnest. Obama and his wife, Michelle, are on a three-day visit to India.

Houthi rebels disperse demonstrators in Yemen capital

Houthi Shiite rebels armed with knives and batons attacked and detained demonstrators on Monday, who were protesting against their power grab in Yemen’s capital, AP reported. Militiamen attacked protesters and journalists who had converged on Sanaa’s Change Square – the epicenter of Yemen’s 2011 uprising. The violent dispersal came as Sanaa University students staged a demonstration inside the campus. The Houthi rebels seized Sanaa in September. Days of gun battles last week ended with rebels placing the president, prime minister and top officials under house arrest.

Turkey opens biggest camp for 35,000 Kobani refugees

Turkey opened its biggest refugee camp on Sunday to house 35,000 people fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamist militants in Kobani, Syria, Reuters reported. The tent camp in the southeastern border town of Suruc has two hospitals, seven medical clinics and classrooms for 10,000 children, according to national disaster management agency AFAD. Turkey has some 24 camps housing 265,000 Syrian refugees with another set to open in Mardin next month. The majority of 1.7 million refugees in Turkey live on the streets and in shanty towns, and authorities have begun to transfer them to camps.

The sons of Egypt’s ex-President Mubarak freed from prison

Two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have been released from prison, AP reported, citing officials. Wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent Gamal were first arrested along with their father nearly four years ago. The two walked free from Torah Prison in a southern Cairo suburb shortly after daybreak on Monday and were believed to have headed to their homes in the capital. They separately face trial on insider trading, and had been acquitted of other charges. Mubarak and his sons face a retrial on corruption charges.

Philippines police recover 43 bodies of commandos killed by Muslim rebels

Philippine police have recovered at least 43 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mown down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village, AP reported. The national police’s elite Special Action Forces moved in the village over the weekend to hunt down one of Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. The government reportedly suffered its biggest single-day combat loss in many years in the battle scene in and around the village of Tukanalipao in Mamasapano township. The commandos had apparently had a “misencounter” with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the main Muslim insurgent group.

Syrian govt officials, opposition to meet in Moscow

Representatives of Syrian opposition are meeting in Moscow on Monday, and they will be joined by Syrian government officials later in the day, TASS reported. Both sides will be able to meet Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to Russian President’s special Middle East and Africa envoy, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. “If they all gather, then representatives of both sides will be able to meet the minister,” he said.

Syria rebels fire rockets at central Damascus, 7 killed

Seven people were killed when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday in central Damascus, AFP reported, citing a monitoring group. “Five civilians and two soldiers have been killed and dozens more wounded,” according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Rebels in the Eastern Ghouta area fired more than 43 locally-made rockets and mortar rounds at several areas of central Damascus, it added. The attack came two days after militants threatened to retaliate for fatal air raids by the Syrian government forces against an opposition-held area on the edge of the capital.





US, EU threaten new Russia sanctions over Ukraine

26 01 2015

Jan 26

US President Barack Obama and European leaders are threatening new sanctions on Russia after pro-Russian rebels launched a deadly rocket attack on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

On a state visit to India yesterday, Obama said he would ratchet up pressure on Moscow in the wake of Saturday’s attack that killed at least 30 people and injured more than 80 others when the rockets slammed into a market and apartment buildings.

Obama said, they are deeply concerned about the latest break in the Ukrainian ceasefire. Some European leaders have recently talked of easing economic sanctions against Moscow but European Union president Donald Tusk said that appeasement encourages the aggressor to greater acts of violence. He said, it is the time to step up their policy based on cold facts, not illusions.





India celebrates 66th Republic Day

26 01 2015

  Nation showcases its military might at 66th Republic Day; Obama becomes first US Prez to be chief Guest

In presence of Chief Guest Barack Obama, First lady of US Michelle Obama the meticulous planned Republic Day parade one of India’s prestigious pageant showcasing the multiple culture and discipline army bests actions. Chief Guest Barack Obama signaled thumps-up when he saw the Poster, “WE LOVE OBAMA”  at tableau and in crowd thus Thanks giving by people of India showed exemplary love to the leader.

India produced global best exhibition of its military prowess & cultural diversity showcased on Rajpath to mark Republic Day celebrations. However West Bengal was missing from today’s Republic Day parade.

Reports say that the central government rejected Bengal’s tableau theme, ‘Kanyashree’, which is a pet project of chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

The rejection did not go down well with the Trinamool Congress as Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Kanyashree’ program is being projected as a major achievement of the Bengal government.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O Brien tweeted: ‘Bengal Tableaux for Republic Day depicting path-breaking Kanyashree initiative was not allowed.’

India celebrates its 66th Republic Day today with gaiety and enthusiasm. President Pranab Mukherjee unfurled the national flag at Rajpath in the presence of Chief Guest Barack Obama, First lady of US Michelle Obama, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After unfurling the tricolour, the National Anthem was played with 21-gun salute. The Republic Day ceremony commenced at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate where Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath. Before commencement of parade President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the highest peacetime gallantry Award Ashok Chakra posthumously to Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh and Major Mukund Varadarajan who laid their life during anti-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir .The award was received by the wives of the martyrs.Chief Guest of this year’s Republic day function US president Barack Obama arrived at Rajpath along with his wife Michelle Obama.

President Obama was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi amidst thunderous applause. The inclement weather conditions failed to dampen the spirits of Delhites, who turned out in unprecedented numbers, to be part of the 66th Republic Day celebrations.

Obama is the first US president to be chief guest at the Republic Day and the first US president to visit India twice while in office.

This was followed by the President’s Bodyguards escorting President Pranab Mukherjee’s cavalcade down Raisina Hill marking the beginning of the 66th Republic Day Celebration.

Rajpath reverberated with the tunes of ” swagatam shubha swagatam,” as President’s cavalcade arrived escorted by the President’s Guards.

At sharp 10.10am, the Republic Day parade began from Vijay Chowk marching towards the saluting base on Rajpath, towards India Gate.

The parade was commanded by Lt. General Subroto Mitra, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area while Major General Abhay Krishna, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area was Second-in-Command.

India showed its military might on Rajpath. Surface-to-air missile system, weapon locating radar among DRDO equipment rolled down Rajpath.

The Brigade of the Guards, the Grenadiers, the Jat Regiment, the Sikh Regiment, the Kumaon Regiment, the Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, 14 Gorkha Training Centre and the Territorial Army (Punjab) were the other marching contingents that took part in the Republic Day parade.

The grand finale of the parade was a spectacular flypast by the Indian Air Force.

With women’s Empowerment being the theme of this year’s parade, for the first time all-women’s contingent of the armed forces marched down the Rajpath. The parade displayed indigenously developed medium-range surface-to-air missile ‘Akash’, multi barrel rocket launcher ‘Pinaka’, laser-guided missile capable T-90 Bheeshma tank, infantry combat vehicle BMP-II Sarath and T-72 with Trawl. The indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Kolkata was also displayed which was inducted in the Indian Navy in July last year.

The main attraction of the parade was sparkling show of air power, fascinating tableaux depicting the diverse culture and dance by colorfully dressed school children. 24 children who have been awarded with the National Bravery Award also participated in the parade.

A total of 25 tableaux participated in the parade,with 16 of them belonging to states and the union territories. A giant mechanised lion symbolic of Make in India policy, huge mock-up of Karnataka’s famed wooden toys, scale model of Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity, bullet train and safety and education of girl child were some of the attractions.

Furthermore Reports of Republic Day celebrations are pouring in from different States and Union Territories across the country. Governors and Chief Ministers unfurled the national flag. The Governors also took salute at the march past by contingents of police and armed forces. Various cultural programmes and tableaux were presented to mark the celebrations.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the main function of Republic Day celebrations was held in the winter capital city of Jammu today. The function was organised at M.A. Stadium where the State Governor N.N.Vohra hoisted the Tricolour. In the Kashmir Valley, the Republic Day was also celebrated amidst unprecedented security arrangements. The function was held at Bakshi stadium, where Kashmir Divisional Commissioner unfurled the national flag. For the first time since 2005, the mobile phone and mobile Internet services were not disrupted in Kashmir Valley as part of the security drill for Republic Day celebrations.

In Leh in Jammu & Kashmir, the Chief Executive Councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh, Mr Rigzin Spalbar hoisted the national flag.

In Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi unfurled the tricolor at Khanapara in Guwahati. Referring to the massacre of 23rd of last month in his speech, the Chief Minister said that violence will not solve any problem. Gogoi said that the government is committed to take strict action against the terrorists. He also appealed all militant groups to shun violence.

In Chhatisgarh, Governor Balramji Das Tandon unfurled the national flag and took the salute at the Republic Day parade held in state capital Raipur. AIR Correspondent has reported that Chief Minister Raman Singh hoisted the tri-colour at Maoist affected Bastar divisional headquarter Jagdalpur.

In Andhra Pradesh, Governor E.S.L Narasimhan paid tributes to Pingali Venkaiah, who had designed the national flag.

There are similar reports of Republic Day celebrations from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka, Maharashtra and several other states.

Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh, the two army personnel who laid down their lives combating militants in Kashmir Valley, were today awarded posthumously the highest peacetime military honour, the Ashok Chakra, by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The awards were received by their wives at the 66th Republic Day celebrations. Both the army men laid down their lives while battling groups of militants in separate operations in Shopian and Kupwara districts of Kashmir.

Major Varadarajan, who was an officer in the Rajput Regiment of the Indian Army, killed three terrorists in an encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir in April last while Naik Neeraj Singh leading a search operation in general area Gurdaji of Kupwara district in August came under heavy fire from terrorists.

Media agencies





Greece’s – snap general election

25 01 2015

A legislative election  take place in Greece on 25 January 2015 to elect all 300 members to the Hellenic Parliament in accordance with the constitution. The election are held as per scheduled due to the failure of the Greek parliament to elect a new president on 29 December 2014.
Greece voting on an election likely to bring in a government led by the left-wing Syriza party, which has promised to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis.The victory for Syriza, led opinion polls for months, would produce the first government in the eurozone openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme.

Greece has endured tough budget cuts in return for its bailout, negotiated with the European Union, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Central Bank (ECB).

The economy has shrunk drastically since the 2008 global financial crisis, and increasing unemployment has thrown many Greeks into poverty.

A Syriza win is turning point for Europe after last week’s announcement by the European Central Bank of a massive injection of cash into the bloc’s flagging economy after years of trying to clamp down on budgets and pushing countries to pass structural reforms.

Polls are due to close at 1700GMT with the first exit poll expected immediately after voting ends.
Greeks 9.8 millions are registered to vote in the election.





Indo-US Nuclear-Deal Okay Dokey,

25 01 2015

Indo-US Nuclear -Deal Okay Dokey

US withdraws tracking clause

Obama at Hyderabad House lawns

 

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are now holding expanded delegation level talks. Earlier, both the leaders held restricted talks over lunch at Hyderabad house.
The US President was given a guard of honour with a 21 gun salute at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan soon after his arrival. Mr Obama was introduced to Indian cabinet Ministers and Senior Leaders there. Barack Obama said, he is grateful for the extraordinary hospitality which is a great honour for him. Accompanied by the First Lady Michelle Obama, Mr Obama arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit this morning. Breaking normal protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warmly received the United States President and the First Lady.President Obama’s National Security Council in a tweet said, Jai Hind. It said, Mr Obama is honored to be back in India to celebrate Republic Day and begin a new chapter in the US-India partnership.

Mr. Obama also visited Rajghat and laid wreath at the Samadhi of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and planted a sapling there.





Lungu wins Zambia presidential election

25 01 2015

Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front won by a 48.3%, as per latest update released by Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Ireen Mambilima at 23 Hours using 111 consolidated constituency results, PF’s Edgar Lungu is still reducing with 670,397 representing 48.87 percent of the vote.

Hakainde Hichilema of the UPND is close in second place with 641,343 representing 46.75 percent of the vote.

Edith Nawakwi of the FDD has leapfrogged Dr Nevers Mumba of the MMD to occupy third position with 11,260 representing 0.82 percent of the vote.

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Across Globe

25 01 2015

Thousands of Yemenis protest against Houthi rebels

About 20,000 mostly Sunni Yemenis marched through capital Sanaa in protest against the Shia Houthi rebels, who have controlled the capital of the Middle Eastern country since September last year. As well as chanting anti-Houthi slogans, the crowd denounced their alleged backers – Iran and Al Qaeda. The demonstrators converged outside the house of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was forced to resign earlier this week, after being placed under virtual house arrest by the rebels.

Ukrainian Court prolongs arrest of anti-Maidan protesters in Odessa fire case

A court in Odessa, southern Ukraine, has prolonged the arrests of 21 people probed in anti-Maidan protests in the city last May by two months. The detained are accused of instigating mass clashes between the supporters of new authorities in Kiev and their opponents. According to the Court, the suspects could affect the investigation if released. Ten of them are being kept in prison and eleven more are being held under house arrest.

Spanish police arrest 4 suspected

Spain’s police have arrested four people in Ceuta, in the Spanish area in Northern Africa bordering with Morrocco, who are suspected of belonging to a militant Islamist group capable of plotting an attack in the country. According to Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, they are two pairs of brothers, highly radicalized and highly trained. El Pais newspaper reports one of them posted a video online urging others to wage jihad. Spain stepped up its security after the terror attacks in Paris. Earlier, the national police and Moroccan police arrested seven people in a joint operation to prevent recruitment of people to join militants in Syria.

Obama departs India early to visit mourning Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama will cut short a formal visit on Tuesday to India and head to Riyadh to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. Obama, together with the First Lady, will meet the new King Salman. Vice President Joe Biden, previously scheduled to make the trip to Saudi Arabia, “will remain in Washington” the statement said. The Saudi king’s funeral was held early Friday in accordance with Islamic tradition, and the kingdom will remain in mourning for three days. The sudden change of plans means Obama will miss a visit to the Taj Mahal, Pradeep Bhatnagar, a leading state official based in the city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, told The Associated Press.

Indonesian search fuselage of crashed AirAsia flight

Four more bodies were recovered and an operation was begun to raise the fuselage of the AirAsia Flight 8501 wreckage from the bottom of the Java Sea on Saturday. The start of the operation comes a day after recovery crews were able to enter the main section of the plane, which crashed on December 28. Bad weather prevented them from entering it earlier in January when it was first spotted. “We have begun the operation today to lift the main body and we hope we can float it today,” one official with the rescue agency told AFP. The authorities blame bad weather on the crash, which took place on a short flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. It has also been established this week that shortly before the plunge, the plane had started a climb at an abnormally high speed. The tragedy claimed 162 lives.





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25 01 2015

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Chikkarangappa, Angad Cheema & Abhijit Singh Chadha earn their maiden Asian Tour cards

25 01 2015

Himmat Singh Rai regains his card

Hua Hin, Thailand, January 24, 2015: Indian youngsters Chikkarangappa, Angad Cheema and Abhijit Singh Chadha finished inside the top-40 after the final round of the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage and thus earned their maiden Asian Tour cards. Himmat Singh Rai, a former winner on the Asian Tour, also regained his card after finishing inside the top-40.

 

Chikkarangappa (66-66-76-68), a winner on the Asian Development Tour in 2014, finished as the highest-placed Indian at the event as he claimed fourth position at nine-under-276. The Bangalorean, who shot a creditable three-under-68 on Saturday, finished six shots behind the winner Daniel Chopra of Sweden.

Chikka, who finished second on the PGTI’;s Rolex Rankings in 2013 and 2014, made four birdies and a bogey in his final round.

Chandigarh lad Angad Cheema (69-71-68-72) earned his place in Asia’;s premier tour after a tied 12th finish at five-under-280 along with Delhi-based Himmat Singh Rai (70-67-71-72)

Abhijit Singh Chadha (71-69-73-71), another Chandigarh golfer, also managed to progress to the Asian Tour thanks to his tied 37th finish at one-under-284. The top 47 players earned their full cards for the 2015 Asian Tour season as 11 players were in tied 37th after the final round.

 

Interestingly, India’;s three new entrants on the Asian Tour, Chikka, Cheema and Chadha, are all below the age of 25. The three golfers are also tournament winners on the PGTI.

 

The three Indians who finished outside the top-40 and thus missed their cards were Amardip Sinh Malik (two-over-287) in tied 62nd place, Khalin Joshi (four-over-289) in tied 77th and C Muniyappa (five-over-290) in tied 84th place.





Welcomed President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India.

25 01 2015

Welcomed President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India.

With a break to protocol, US President & First lady was greeted at the airport by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.PM Modi receives US President Barack Obama with a warm hug at the Palam airport a pleasing moment. by Nks

Welcomed President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India.
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Latest features  of historic visit:
  1. “I am grateful for the extraordinary hospitality, it’s a great honour to be back in India,” President Obama said at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He later visited Rajghat where he paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and planted a sapling.
  2. President Obama is now headed to Hyderabad House for a working lunch with PM Modi. The two leaders will have an expanded delegation level meeting expected to last for about an hour.
  3. A one-on-one walk is also planned at the Hyderabad House. With progress in talks on a stalled nuclear deal, India is optimistic that a key breakthrough will be made, officials said.
  4. President Obama and his wife landed in Delhi a little before 10 this morning, on a three-day visit to India. In a departure from protocol, PM Modi received them at the airport. He greeted President Obama with a hug and the leaders shook hands.
  5. President Obama has been invited by PM Modi to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations tomorrow. He will be the first US president to be chief guest at the Republic Day parade. He is also the first US president to visit India twice.
  6. The US President will attend a state banquet hosted by President Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening. Sources said 250 guests have been invited for the banquet.
  7. Tomorrow, President Obama will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade at Delhi’s Rajpath. Later, the Obamas will attend an ‘at home’ reception hosted by President Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  8. On Monday afternoon, President Obama and PM Modi will participate in a CEO forum roundtable and address the US-India Business Summit. On Tuesday, the US President will give an address at the Siri Fort Auditorium before leaving for Saudi Arabia. He cancelled a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra.
  9. In Delhi, President Obama is travelling in his special car, called the Beast, which has both the US and the Indian flags on it today.
  10. A little after he arrived in India the White House tweeted, “President Obama is honored to be back in #India to celebrate Republic Day and to begin a new chapter in the US-India partnership. Jai Hind!”
  11. From NDTV

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Hollande ask corporate leaders to join global fight against terror

24 01 2015

Hollande ask corporate leaders to join global fight against terror

Jan 24

Calling for a shared response against extremism, French President Francois Hollande on Friday asked corporate leaders to join the global fight against terror. He also urged the international community to resolve existing conflicts.

Addressing participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meet, weeks after his country witnessed one of the worst terror attacks, Hollande said there should be a shared response by both governments and businesses to terrorism. Hollande said, corporate leaders are the lifeblood of the economic world. He asked the biggest bosses of companies around the world, not only to be watchful but to also get involved. Hollande called on the financial system to ensure that the sources of financing for terrorists are dried up.

The French leader also urged “major digital corporations to play their role, to identify illegal content and to make them inaccessible and to establish clear rules, because they are also stakeholders”. The corporate world cannot have prosperity without security. According to him, the international community needs to do more to resolve existing conflicts and stabilise simmering global hotspots.

“Every time the world lets a conflict linger, terrorism flourishes. France will always be present. Whenever it can act, it will,” Hollande said.





President Obama leaves for New Delhi today

24 01 2015

Jan 24

US President Barack Obama will leave for a three-day trip to India later today.  White House said that Obama will be accompanied by the First Lady Michelle Obama, and a delegation that will include several top officials. He is expected to touch down in Delhi at 10 am tomorrow at the Air Force Station, Palam.

On his arrival, the US President will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Thereafter, he will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat and participate in a tree planting event there.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said, in the afternoon, Obama will join Modi for a restricted working lunch at the Hyderabad House, after which the two leaders will have a delegation level meeting.

Later in the evening, Obama is scheduled to meet embassy personnel and families. He will then drive down to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to attend the state dinner with Mr Pranab Mukherjee.

On Monday, the US President will participate in the Republic Day celebrations with the First Lady. In the afternoon, Obama and Modi will participate in a CEO forum round table and deliver remarks at a US-India Business Summit.

On Tuesday, Modi and Obama will jointly address the nation from All India Radio in the programme, ‘Mann Ki Baat’. The US President will also give an address at the Siri Fort Auditorium.

Obama will skip the Taj Mahal and fly to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to its new king.

President Barack Obama and the First Lady will travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, the White House said.
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Ravinder Tavel wins PGTI Qualifying School 2015

24 01 2015

Ravinder Tavel wins PGTI Qualifying School 2015 after playoff victory over Trishul Chinappa

 

Thirty-eight players earn full cards for 2015 season

 

Eagleton – The Golf Resort, Bangalore, January 23, 2015: Ravinder Tavel (69-72-69-70) of Chandimandir, Haryana, prevailed in a playoff against Bangalore’s Trishul Chinappa (75-69-69-67) to win the PGTI’s Final Qualifying Stage for the 2015 season being held at Eagleton – The Golf Resort near Bangalore. Tavel defeated Chinappa on the second playoff hole after the two golfers ended the regulation 72 holes with matching totals of eight-under-280.

 

At the end of round four, the top 38 players earned their cards for the 2015 PGTI season as five players were tied in 34th place at seven-over-295.

 

Ravinder Tavel, who started the day two shots off the lead in joint second, emerged a major contender for the title after a solid front-nine where he made three birdies and a lone bogey. The 21-year-old from the SEPTA Golf Course in Chandimandir, a town on the outskirts of Chandigarh, then had a mixed back-nine as he made three birdies and an equal number of bogeys. Tavel finally sealed the affair against Trishul Chinappa, who shot the day’s best of 67, on the second playoff hole. Ravinder sank a seven feet par putt to win the event even as Chinappa missed a short par putt.

 

Tavel, who played his first full season on the PGTI in 2014, said, “I had a good start with some long conversions on the front-nine. However, the back-nine wasn’t that great as I missed some short putts to drop bogeys. I was quite confident going into the playoff even though Trishul had shot a much better score than me in regulation play. I held my nerve to hole a tricky par putt on the second playoff hole to seal the win.”

 

He added, “I’m delighted with this effort. It gives me the self-belief to do well in the 2015 PGTI season. Now that I’m in the top 100 of the tour, I will get more playing opportunities and can thus improve my game. I’ve worked really hard to get here. I would like to thank my coach Mr. Rampal for helping me with my game and Maj. Gen. Jagmohan Singh Sidhu and Col. Alok Sood for supporting me when I needed it the most.”

 

Udayan Mane of the Eagleton Golf Resort, Bangalore, finished third at seven-under-281.

 

Chandigarh’s K Raghav Bhandari and Delhi’s Anirudh Goyal shared fourth place at three-under-285.

 

Delhi golfer Siddharth Semwal, who fired a 68 on Friday, claimed sixth place at one-under-287.





Debate on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant

24 01 2015

Press Release: We want fair and open discussion on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant before taking any decision on the project – Open Letter sent to Narendra Modi & Barack Obama by Sarpanches of affected villages

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Let us have fair and open discussion on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant before taking any decision on the project – Open Letter sent to Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India & Mr. Barack Obama, President of USA by the Sarpanches of Mithi Virdi, Jaspara, Mandva and Khadarpar.

On 23 January 2015 one day fast observed against Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant by more than 300 villagers.

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Date: 22 January 2015

To,

Mr. Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, New Delhi

Mr. Barack Obama

The President of United State of America

The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

Subject: Need for public discussion and debate on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant

Dear Sirs,

We are the villagers of the Mithi Virdi area of District Bhavnagar, Gujarat State, where the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), a Government of India company, seeks to install six 1000 MW (AP 1000) nuclear reactors with the joint support of the American company, Westinghouse Electric Corporation. We wish to put on record our viewpoint regarding this proposed nuclear power plant.

We are deeply concerned that NPCIL has nominated an environmental consulting firm (Engineers India Limited) lacking necessary accreditation to conduct the environmental impact assessment for Nuclear Power Plants. In fact, no agency in India is accredited to assess nuclear power projects by the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training.

In all, 152 villages with a population of more than 200,000 in 30 km radius of the proposed nuclear power plant will be “adversely affected” by the project. The main occupation of the villagers is agriculture. The rich alluvial soil here supports crops like groundnut, wheat, bajra, and cotton, and fruits like mango, chikoos and coconut. The area also grows and supplies vegetables like onion, brinjal, gourd, tomatoes, and drumsticks on a regular basis to other parts of the state, and the climate and the soil are suitable for cashew nuts. This rich agriculture is threatened by the proposed nuclear plant. Moreover, the site of the project is about 5 km from top lignite mining site, while Asia’s biggest ship-breaking yard Alang is only a stones throw away, posing additional threats to public safety.

Moreover, the governing leadership of the village does not sanction this plant. On 9 March 2013 the gram Panchayats of four most-affected villages – Jaspara, Mithi Virdi, Mandva, and Khadarpar – passed a resolution declaring the entire Mithi Virdi-Jaspara region as nuclear free zone. Yet, a state official (Taluka Development Officer) unconstitutionally ordered the elected village head (Sarpanch) of Jaspara to grant approval for the state government transfer of forest land to the NPCIL in a letter dated July 15, 2013.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has asked NPCIL to “revise” and “resubmit” its Environment Impact Assessment report of the project, as it lacks clarity on a large number of issues. The panel, simultaneously, criticized the NPCIL for a three year delay in the proposal for environmental clearance following “site clearance” of the project by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, and noted key coastal regulatory clearances to be missing.

Pointing towards major shortcomings in the environment impact report, the Ministry of Environment and Forests noted: the absence of “base-line radioactivity data for milk samples;” the absence of the “impact of two hills near the site on atmospheric dispersion;” only eight water samples were collected and the need to “collect data for three seasons and submit;” the location of the Near Surface Disposal Facilities (NSDF) for radioactive waste was not clear; unclear “impact on land and groundwater;” absence of current status and a detailed study of “effect of historical tsunamis;” and no copy of the no-objection certificate (NOC) from the state irrigation department “since the project is located in a command area”.

This casual approach to clearing a Nuclear Power Plant can lead to a major Nuclear disaster. Agriculture forms the backbone for human survival, and this project strikes on a very important asset of our country – the prime agricultural lands.

It is not that we are against electricity generation. But no serious thought has been given to the available sustainable alternatives for electricity generation. The solar and wind power have equal and more sustainable potential to produce electricity and that too in a decentralised manner.

Keeping in mind above facts to reiterate again, the said agency, the EIL does not have necessary accreditation to conduct EIA for Nuclear Power Plants and also other anomalies bear serious reconsideration, therefore demand the following:

  1. The concerned authority should immediately reject the present EIA of Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant of NPCIL prepared by EIL.
  2. Let us have fair and open discussion on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant Project before taking any decision on the project.
  3. Consider other environmentally sustainable and non-hazardous technologies for electricity production, which can co-exist without disturbing the agricultural livelihoods.

We request you to give us date and time to explain in detail our above-mentioned points and other related points in the interest of justice.

Expecting your positive response.

Yours Faithfully,

Shaktisinh H. Gohil – Sarpanch, Jaspara village

Samuben Hirabhai Dabhi – Sarpanch, Mithi Virdi village

Vilasba Dharmendrasinh Gohil – Sarpanch, Mandva village

Pruthvirajsinh.M. Gohil – Sarpanch, Khadarpar village