Make Railways Better

1 02 2015

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Resource Wastage in Indian Railways – Inputs Needed
Dear Railways Circle Members:With over 75,000 citizens in our circle we probably have cross country representation now.In your train travels, you may have observed wastage/under utilization of resources (people, systems, power, water, food, supplies, processes and many other areas) occurring in trains, at stations, railway reservation counters and offices… More>>

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curb the menace of the loiters, beggars, touts, anti-socials over all unauthorised entry on plat form, toilets & waiting room area of all the classes. If found the Sr.Officers on Duty… More>>
First Just observe rail activities and look for improvement especially in station





विहिप की देशद्रोही गिलानी का इलाज न करने की अपील

1 02 2015

     नई दिल्ली जनवरी 31, 2015. विश्व हिन्दू परिषद ने दिल्ली के डाक्टरों तथा चिकित्सालयों से अपील की है कि वे भारतीय सेना तथा जम्मू कश्मीर पुलिस के जवानों की जान लेने वाले आतंक वादियों के पक्षधर कश्मीरी अलगाववादी नेता सैयद अली शाह गिलानी का इलाज विल्कुल न करें। विश्व हिन्दू परिषद के अंतर्राष्ट्रीय संयुक्त महा मंत्री डा सुरेन्द्र कुमार जैन ने आज एक बयान जारी अपील की कि दिल्ली के डाक्टर ऐसे देश द्रोहियों को अस्पताल की जगह जेल में भर्ती कराएं तथा दिल्ली पुलिस इस मामले में उनकी मदद करे। हुर्रियत कॉन्फ्रेंस का चेयरमैन अलगाव वादी गिलानी इन दिनों अपने इलाज के लिए दिल्ली आया हुआ है। उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि अभी हाल ही में पूरी कश्मीर घाटी को अपनी जान पर खेल कर जिस भारतीय सेना ने भीषण प्राकृतिक आपदा से उसे बचाया उसके प्रति कृतज्ञता व्यक्त करने की बजाय हमारे सैनिकों के हत्यारों का साथ देने वाले गिलानी का सम्पूर्ण देश बहिष्कार करे।
     ज्ञातव्य रहे कि जम्मू कश्मीर के त्राल में सेना के कर्नल एन एन राय और जम्मू-कश्मीर पुलिस के एक हेड कॉन्सटेबल संजीव सिंह की हत्या करने वाले आतंकवादियों को शहीद का दर्जा देते हुए श्रद्धांजलि तक दे डाली  है। गिलानी ने शहादत का मजाक उड़ाते हुए कहा है कि शहीदों (मारे गए दोनों आतंकी) का पवित्र खून बेकार नहीं जाएगा। 27जनवरी को हुए इस मझभेड़ में दोनों आतंकी मारे गए थे।
     विहिप ने आशा व्यक्त की है कि देश के अमर शहीदों की शहादत को मध्य नजर रखते हुए दिल्ली के चिकित्सा जगत से जुडे लोग अपनी राष्ट्र भक्ति का परिचय देते हुए ऐसे राष्ट्र द्रोही को सबक अवश्य सिखाएंगे जिससे कोई दोबारा भारत की संप्रभुता को चुनौती देने का दु:साहस न कर सके।
भवदीय





RPO Conclave 2015” BREAKING STORY:

1 02 2015

“ENERTIA – Asia’s Premier Journal on Sustainable Energy & Power” is also in the process of exposing in its upcoming issue of January 2015 to be circulated at the “RPO Conclave 2015” BREAKING STORY:

India’s RPO Imbroglio” –

  • How Discom’s & Utilities have been openly Violating by non-compliance to RPO towards Renewable Energy, while at the same time billing the consumers a higher tariff for Renewable Energy cost absorption?
  • How electricity regulators in state & centre have turned a blind eye to this grave National issue that has derailed the REC (Renewable Energy Certificate) markets?– The RPO violation in 4 – years threatens to be in the region of a whopping Rs. 20,000 cr /annum   (Rs. 80,000/- cr in 4 years in India). In Chhattisgarh alone CREDA has been fighting the RPO battle with discoms who have billed consumers Rs. 850 cr / annum for RE absorption in tariff not procuring the RE necessary to comply with the tariff differential accumulated and collected from end consumers for this purpose over last 4 – years. 

REPA is India’s Sole Umbrella Association for Renewable Energy comprising “Independent Think Tank/ bodies” in India advising the government here in India on Policy & Governance issues including geo-economics of Renewable, Clean & Green Energy and related development & co-operation in India and  SAARC Nations and “ENERTIA – Asia’s Premier Journal on Sustainable Energy & Power” is the official publication of REPA. 

Further,  REPA & ENERTIA Foundation and Governing Councils of these bodies in India are “Independent Think Tanks” with 250 A-Grade Power & Energy Professionals as the Associated Members and another 30,000 sector Professionals interacting with these bodies in India making them Asia’s only such dedicated Alliance in Sustainable Energy & Power including Renewable Energy (RE)- International Think Tank of Repute”.





DRDO Successful Test-Firing of Agni-V

1 02 2015

India today successfully test-fired indigenously developed, inter-continental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-5′ from Wheeler’s Island off Odisha coast.

The three stage and solid propellant missile, which has a strike range of over 5000 kms and can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne, was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex number 4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 8.06 hours this morning. Today’s launch was the third developmental trial of the long range missile. The first test was conducted on 19th of April, 2012 and the second on 15th of September, 2013 from the same base.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed scientists for the successful test-firing of ‘Agni V’. In his tweet message Mr. Modi said the missile is a prized asset for the country’s forces.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also lauded the efforts of scientists and engineers in successful test-firing of Agni-V,a nuclear-capable missile.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee congratulated DRDO on the successful test-firing of the third developmental trial of Agni-V surface-to-surface missile.In his message to Dr. Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Director-General, DRDO, the President has said, “I extend hearty congratulations to all those associated with the successful test-firing of the third developmental trial of India’s indigenous Agni-V surface-to-surface missile.

I am happy to know that many new technologies relating to navigation and guidance, warhead as well as engine has been tried out in this version. I understand today’s test is also the first time the missile has been tried out in a canisterised version.

Kindly convey my felicitations to the members of your team of scientists, engineers, and all others involved in this effort.





US, EU ask Israel to drop of building 450 new settler homes

1 02 2015

 US and EU have advised Israel to drop its plans to construct an additional 450 settlement homes in the West Bank, warning that failure to do so would further destabilize the situation in the region and diminish prospects for peace.
On Friday, Israel announced tenders to build new settlements on the Palestinian territories in a move that has been deemed illegal under international law.
In particular, the announced projects include 156 units in Elkana, 114 homes in Geva Binyamin, 102 in Kiryat Araba, and 78 in Alfei Menashe, according to Jerusalem Post. Some of those tenders are being reissued, however, since contractors refused to take many of the projects in the past.
If Israel proceeds with construction, it will become “an obstacle to peace,” the European Union said in a statement. In addition, it will further “undermine the viability of the two-state solution.”
“Israel should reverse these decisions, thereby putting an end to settlement expansion,” the Europeanswarned. By refusing to do so, Israel faces the risk of “inflaming the very tense situation on the ground.”

 Washington – Israel’s closest ally – has also voiced concern, warning that it would undermine security. The move will not improve Israel’s security, but will have the opposite effect, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
“I can tell you that issuing tenders like this does nothing to bolster Israel’s security, does not increase its prosperity, and it does not further the cause for peace. In fact it does precisely the opposite,” Earnest said





COAST GUARD DAY 2015

1 02 2015

 

The Indian Coast Guard is celebrating its 38th Anniversary on 01 Feb 15. An Armed Force of the union, under the Ministry of Defence, the Indian Coast Guard has come a long way from its modest beginning in 1978. Today, with more than 100 ships and 60 aircraft, Indian Coast Guard is amongst the largest Coast Guards in the world. Though initially envisaged for the role to curb the economic offences, Coast Guard has now acquired leadership role in various fields of the national maritime arena. Indian Coast Guard is the nodal Central Coordinating Authority for the National Maritime Search and Rescue, Marine Oil Spill Disaster Planning, Preparedness Response and coordination of Offshore and Coastal Security. To support these onerous responsibilities, the Indian Coast Guard is operating from five Regional Headquarters, 14 District Headquarters located in each coastal state and 42 Stations situated along the coast line.

With Service motto as “Vayam Rakshamah” (We Protect), the Coast Guard Search and Rescue efforts have been instrumental in saving more than 6500 lives since inception, amounting to one life saved every other day. The Coast Guard continues to transform itself into an effective maritime force through acquisition of state of art indigenously designed and built ships and aircraft, consolidation of manpower & infrastructure and honing professional competencies through regular and rigorous training. By the turn of present decade, the Coast Guard is likely to have an inventory of 150 ships and 100 aircraft.

The President, Prime Minister and Defence Minister also congratulated the Indian Coast Guard on completion of 38 glorious years and its role in national maritime security.

The traditional CG Reception ceremony held on the eve of Coast Guard Day was graced by the Hon’be Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parikar. The Service Chiefs along with dignitaries and senior officials from the Ministry of Defence also attended the ceremony. The Defence Minister on the occasion appreciated the pivotal role of Coast Guard in ensuring the India’s maritime interests in the Indian Ocean Region.





Asia-Pacific Geopolitics : Obama needs India more

1 02 2015

 

ASHOK B SHARMA

It is abundantly clear that the United States needs India more than the latter needs the former. The US has forged strategic partnership with India in the region of its particular geopolitical interest – the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean. One of the main intentions of Washington is the checkmate the Chinese ambition in the region.

The document – US-India Joint Strategic Vision for Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region – inked during the visit of President Barack Obama has spelt out the ambition for partnering support in the region extending “from Africa to East Asia.” Further, the document talks of infrastructure connectivity and economic development linking South Asia, South-East Asia and Central Asia. It calls for “safeguarding maritime security” and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, particularly in South China Sea.

Further, to strengthen its hold in the region both India and US have spelt out the ambition for partnering with third countries in the region, apart from strengthening regional fora, where both the countries are associated with. The US has supported India’s interest in joining the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. Prime Minister Narendrabhai Damodardass Modi extended his ambition further by saying that through his Act East Policy he views the western shores of United States.

There is no doubt that President Obama could not have found a more suitable strategic partner in the region to fulfil US’ ambition of acting as a “pivot” and seeking to “rebalance” in Asia-Pacific. This has prompted the US to break the logjam in the implementation of the decade old India-US Civil Nuclear deal, without seeking to dismantle India’s civil liability law.

The US has, thereby, recognized India as a responsible nuclear power even though the latter is not yet a party to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The trust reposed by Obama on India and the visit of Modi to the US in September 2014 gave added momentum leading to the Contact group meetings twice in London and once in Geneva.

The US has finally agreed to provide electricity from the reactors built by its technology and through its cooperation in India, without any changes in India’s Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act. It has given up its proposal of tracking its equipment and materials to be used in the nuke power plants and agreed to the monitoring by IAEA as suggested by New Delhi.

India’s civil nuclear liability law was a matter of concern for several international investors. However, President Obama has cleared the apprehension by paving the path for US investments in this sector. The US agreed to the concept of India’s Nuclear Insurance Pool which is compatible with the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, which India has already signed. It is also convinced that India’s Nuclear Damage Act is in tune with the Convention. It is now up to the business parties to decide upon how to proceed taking into consideration the cost of investment.

The administrative arrangements for the 123 agreement signed way back in September 2008 have also been finalized in consonance with bilateral legal provision and as well as practices on IAEA safeguards.

The US knows for certain that already the French and the Russians are partners in India’s nuclear power sector. Japan and Canada are likely to enter. Canada which was insisting upon monitoring of its equipment and materials will now have to leave the onus to IAEA. Australia has already agreed to supply uranium for India’s nuclear power plants. In such an emerging situation the US companies would have lost the opportunity of doing such business in India, had President Obama not cleared the logjam over the implementation of India-US Civil Nuclear deal.

That the US, now relies upon India as a responsible nuclear power, is clear from its support for India’s phased entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement.

The US knows for certain that India, being under constant terrorist attacks, is very much concerned over non-State actors accessing nuclear knowhow and materials. Although not party to the NPT, New Delhi has been an ardent supporter of developing an effective nuclear non-proliferation regime. Similarly, it is not a full-fledged member of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) but it has taken part in many of the exercises as an observer. India joined the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). It is one of the few countries to ratify the July 2005 Amendments which were made to plug some of the loopholes in the original legislation. This is the only legally binding treaty for the physical protection of civil nuclear energy facilities. But this Amendment is yet to come into force after ratification by requisite number of countries.

India also supports the fifth revision of the recommendations in the Information Circulars of the IAEA. It is also a party to the International Convention for Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism and supports the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources. India has always argued for strengthening the central role of IAEA on nuclear safety and is a party to Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.

Similarly, President Obama agreed to four “pathfinder” defence projects for co-development and co-production namely next generation Ravin Minis UAVs, roll-on-roll-off kits for C-130s, mobile electric hybrid power source and Uniform Integrated Protection Ensemble Increment-II. Two of these projects will have US companies as partners and in the other two the US Administration would be partners. Attempts will also be made to explore the possibilities of technology sharing and design of aircraft carrier and co-development of jet engine technology, which would be much broader than the Cauvery programme of much longer standing.

India offers a lucrative market for defence products. Russia is a top supplier of defence platforms and equipment. About 70% of India’s defence platforms are from Russia. Obama certainly would not like US companies to lose out in this game. The Russians were the first to begin co-production and co-development, the Americans are just following suit.

Obama has also expressed to participate in India’s ambitious 100 GW solar energy programme, development of smart cities, Digital India programme, work out bilateral investment treaty and relaxing business visa regime under a proposed totalisation agreement.

The US wants to seek India’s help in the forthcoming climate talks scheduled in Paris, this year. It’s eagerness to support clean energy programme in India is a welcome step, but it should not be at the cost of India’s diluting its position in the climate negotiations. India has the responsibility of representing the voice of the developing world that need to have the same opportunity for development as the developed world already enjoyed so far. Hence the Kyoto Protocol has defined as “equal but differentiated responsibilities” for the developing world. The developed world has the onus for making massive cuts in their emissions, while the developing ones may announce voluntary cuts, which many including India have already done.

Allaying the apprehension that India may compromise with US as China has done, Prime Minister Modi had clarified to the media in the presence of President Obama by saying : “It is my feeling that the agreement that has been concluded between the United States of America and China does not impose any pressure on us. India is an independent country and there is no pressure on us from any country or any person.” But Modi admits that “climate change itself is a huge pressure” and there is a need to leave a cleaner world for the future generation.

Similarly, in matters of multilateral trade negotiations under WTO, India should insists upon developed countries to commit to making massive cuts in all forms of farm subsidies before beginning a meaningful talks on Agreement on Agriculture or taking up the issue of India’s food security law. They should also remove protective barriers in the form of high tariff, non-tariff barriers, technical barriers to trade and politically motivated sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) measure that keep off the exports from the Third World.

President Obama was pleased to note that India-US bilateral trade has increased in recent times by 60% to $100 billion a year, but it is miniscule as compared to US-China bilateral which is at $560 billion a year. American exports to India is only 1% of its total exports. President Obama has, therefore, planned $1billion financing for “Made in America” exports to India and a new scheme to allow Indian-Americans to invest in India. It is with the commercial interests in mind, the India-US Strategic Dialogue has been elevated to Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.

Among other things President Obama offered support for converting Vishakhapatnam, Ajmer and Allahabad into smart cities, cooperation in railways, roads, airports and broadband connectivity and space and health sector, support to IIT, Gandhinagar, $1 billion support for SMEs and cooperation between Indian and US universities. But the export control-related trade in homeland security technologies still remains to be resolved.

Despite Prime Minister Modi’s appeal not to differentiate between terrorists, the US agreed to identify only few outfits like Al-Qaeda, ISIL, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, D Company and Haqqani network as terrorist groups. But US expressed its intention to work with India in Afghanistan.

With such engagements, the US looks towards India as a valuable partner in the Asia-Pacific region.

(Ashok B Sharma is a senior Columnist writing on strategic and policy issues in many Indian and international magazines. He writes frequently in The Daily Observer, Bangladesh. He can be reached at ashokbsharma@gmail.comHis mobile phone no +91-9810902204) 





News Media $200b Opportunity – Garbage Media No Global Impact

1 02 2015

January30, 2015 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.comI provided Technical Expertise to Two Highest TRP Rating Programs of
30 minute for to leading News Media Starnews and Aaj Tak.

My tenant Paul Murphy, freelance journalist working for Daily Mail in
1994-95 didn’t have Fax and Telephone line. I was providing Telephone
Line Extension to him – sometimes he used to write a one page story in
10-15 minutes and ready to Fax it was paid $800 – in case of travel
was paid another $800, when Indian journalists earned $800 in a month.

So value of the Media Content is 30-50 Times than India – to achieve
$200b revenue by 2019 all India need is Create Stories for the World.

Indian Basmati Rice fetch $1 per kg but Tax-Basmati Branded Basmati is
retailed for $10 per kg.

Indian media too like wise is low grade.

Both Fast Running Meters in particular and BRT are Global Impact
Stories but Starnews and Aaj Tak turned this Global Impact story in to
Local Issue.

‘Highest TRP Rating Starnews Story on Fast Meters’ – was largely
Focused on Delhi – poor extorted to pay 50% of their Earning as
Electricity Bills.

It was Hindi program could have been produced in English for GLOBAL IMPACT.

BRT was another such Highest TPR program for Aaj Tak in 2008 pin
pointing every single Problem on month in advance.

Such global impact stories with advertisement could yield $10m to $20m
per story.

‘Meter & BRT Stories Made for Global Consumption could have earned
$20m each including advertisement.’

Indian Media has to Expand to Global Scale – Develop Stories for the world.

Similarly India should Promote Indian Inventor – Develop Products For
World GDP $75,000b.

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





Police arrested demonstrators in vienna

31 01 2015

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Big police presence on streets of Vienna as leftwingers protest far-right ball in Hofburg palace.

Police have arrested over 50 demonstrators in Vienna, who were protesting against a ball, sponsored by the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria. Six policemen were injured during scuffles, while around 5,000 people attended the protest.

Organizers of the protests say that around 10,000 demonstrators were present, while police said only half this figure turned up. Seven people were injured during the protest – six law enforcement officers and one demonstrator, while over 50 arrests were made, DPA news agency reported.
“This is not a harmless dance event, but a meeting where Europe’s extreme right comes to network,” said one of the left-wing activists who organized the protests.
“We have got more people out than ever before. We are protesting for education against intolerance, Nazis out of parliament and we want to say that Muslims and refugees are welcome,” the Wiener Zeitung newspaper cited another activist as saying.Protesters had initially tried to stop the ball guests from attending the event, the newspaper added.
The vast majority of the protesters were peaceful, though isolated scuffles did break out. Police in riot gear and with dogs had to deal with rioters throwing fireworks and firecrackers. The protest was more peaceful than the demonstration in 2014. The damage from this year’s protest is not known, however last year the cleanup operation cost local authorities €1 million ($1.13 million).Academics Ball (Akademikerball), which is held at the Hofburg Palace, which recently replaced the controversial WKR Ball (Wiener Korporationsring-Ball) has traditionally drawn a lot of opposition from the left-wing and socialist residents of Austria’s capital, due to its connections with Europe’s far-right.





10th Edition of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards in Delhi

31 01 2015

10th Edition of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards in Delhi from 21st March, 2015

–           META 2015 entries submission deadlines extended till  5th of February, 2015

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30th January, 2015; Delhi: Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) is calling for entries for this year’s edition of META, a weeklong theatre festival and award that stages the best of theatre of the year, which has now been extended till 5th of February, 2015 when all the entries will be opened in front of the selection committee. Every year META confers awards across 13 categories celebrating various aspects of theatre including Stage Design, Lighting and Costumes apart from Best Play, Best Director, etc. Theatre groups from all over the nation participate in this festival to receive the prestigious awards recognizing Indian Theatre. Winners are also awarded handsome prize money across the various categories.

The 10th META Festival is scheduled from 21st to 26th March, 2015 at New Delhi’s LTG and Kamani Auditoriums along with a Gala Awards Night on March 27th, 2015 at Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi. The deadline for the entries has been now extended to the midnight of 4th of February, 2015, 12:00 midnight to give more time for submissions of the entries. This years META has also received many queries and an overwhelming response from the participants.

Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd said “We at Mahindra Group want to provide a platform in the form of META for encouraging all forms of theatre across its full spectrum in India. Through META, our aim is to increase awareness and appreciation of Indian theatre, making it one of the most important national platforms for recognizing and rewarding theatre. Apart from the glamorous and obvious awards for direction and acting we also celebrate and promote other elements of theatre like playwriting, set designing, costume and light designing.”

Instituted by the Mahindra Group, in continuation of its commitment to promoting the arts, META 2015 aims at bringing together the best of Indian theatre from the year gone by. The awards consist of a specially designed trophy and a cheque for Rs.1 Lakh for the Best Production, Rs.75,000 for Best Original Playwright and Rs.45,000 for all other award categories.

Creative Director, META, Ravi Dubey says, “It’s fascinating how we started with 10 entries in our first year and now after a decade META has achieved a stature of being one of the most glamorous events of the fraternity with over 300 entriesfrom the various corners of the country. META has been a wonderful journey for us as we engage with various groups as well as dynamic and colorful artists on and off the stage.”

Ravi Dubey also shared that META has really contributed to theatre as envisaged and suggested to other corporate entities that they should also be supporting theatre since it still requires more support and motivation.

The submissions must be sent in the form of recorded DVDs on or before 4th February, 2015 12:00 midnight. The entries can also be shared online followed by sending in recorded DVDs of the play as hard copies via post on or by logging in tohttp://metawards.com/v1/entry-form/

All productions that meet the eligibility criteria will be viewed by an esteemed selection committee comprising of five eminent theatre personalities. The selection committee will then pick the 10 best productions after viewing the DVDs of all the plays. The ten chosen ones are then invited to perform live in front of the esteemed jury and general audience. Every entry for META should meet certain criteria (detailed eligibility criteria are available on http://metawards.com/v1/selection-criteria/

A Coffee table book ‘Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre’ encapsulating ten glorious years of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) was released on the second day on the 8th edition  ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival by  Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad and Ravi Dubey, Creative Director, META along with ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Producer & Teamwork Arts MD, Sanjoy Roy. Which was well received by theatre and culture aficionados.

Celebrated theatre personalities like M K Raina, Sushma Seth, Rajat Kapoor, Amal Allana, Manan Kaur, Neelam Mansingh, Ananda Lal have contributed to the book. Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre features their testimonials and chronicles on META and its instrumental role in encouraging and rewarding the theatre industry, bringing increased participation and showcasing exemplary work within this field.

About Mahindra Group

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A USD 16.5 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 220,000 people in over 100 countries. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractorsutility vehiclesinformation technology,financial services  and vacation ownership. In addition, Mahindra enjoys a strong presence in the agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel, commercial vehicles and two wheeler industries.

In 2014, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000, a comprehensive listing of the world’s largest, most powerful public companies, as measured by revenue, profit, assets and market value. The Mahindra Group also received the Financial Times ‘Boldness in Business’ Award in the ‘Emerging Markets’ category in 2013. Visit us at www.mahindra.com





Affairs global

31 01 2015

E. Ukraine militia ‘ready to withdraw’ heavy artillery from separation line

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics are ready to pull back heavy artillery from the line separating militia-held territories from those under Kiev’s control in compliance with the Minsk agreement, according to a joint statement made by top officials of the republics on Friday. The statement said they will withdraw weapons if Kiev is ready to do to the same, adding that the only thing remaining is to“set the date.” The statement was made during talks between Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deynego, the Donbass representatives at the Minsk negotiations. The Minsk document adopted by Kiev and the opposition in September also includes a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

American citizen shot, injured in Saudi Arabia

An American citizen was injured when his car came under fire in Saudi Arabia’s eastern al-Ihsaa province, according to the Saudi Press Agency. The man was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Another American was in the car but he was not harmed, AP reported. As of Friday afternoon, police had not yet determined the source of the gunfire.

ISIS attack Kurdish outposts in Iraq, kill senior commander

The Islamic State (IS) killed a senior Kurdish commander, Brigadier General Shirko Rauf, and five Kurdish peshmerga forces in a major offensive on Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province Friday. The assault on areas south and west of the city began at around midnight and involved heavy and medium weapons. Bombings elsewhere in Iraq left at least 21 people dead, Reuters reports.

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At least 49 killed in blast at Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan

At least 49 people were killed in a powerful explosion at a crowded Shiite mosque in Pakistan during Friday prayers, Reuters said. The blast was caused either by a suicide bomber or an explosive device that went off in the center of Shikarpur, a city in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh, according to police.

Donetsk, Lugansk representatives leaving Minsk, contact group meeting on Ukraine canceled

The representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, said they were planning to leave Minsk on Friday, Tass reported. Pushilin earlier said that he was unaware if negotiations between the Contact Group on Ukraine would take place in the Belarusian capital on Friday. A senior Ukrainian Foreign Ministry official said that peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine must be attended by the leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi spared from flogging for 3rd time

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been spared again from his weekly flogging sentence, AFP reported, citing his wife. Badawi, 31, has been sentenced for “insulting Islam” to be flogged 20 times over on successive Fridays, for a total of 1,000 lashes. Badawi, whose family live as refugees in Canada, has also been given a 10-year prison sentence and fined about $319,000. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, was in Ottawa on Thursday to back politicians in requesting that Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally demand Badawi’s freedom, the Globe and Mail reported.

Trolleybus comes under shelling in Donetsk, 5 killed – reports
A trolleybus has come under shelling in Donetsk’s Matrosova Avenue, TASS reported, citing a spokesman for the Emergencies Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Five people in the trolleybus were killed, officials in the republic say, according to media. Initial reports said two people were killed.

At least 25 killed, 50 others injured in mosque explosion in Pakistan’s Shikarpur

At least 25 people were killed and 50 others injured in an explosion at a Shiite mosque in the Pakistani city of Shikarpur on Friday, the Express Tribune said. According to initial reports, the blast occurred during Friday prayers at the Karbala Maula Imambargah in Lakhi Dar.

19yr man who forced his way into Dutch TV had ‘no terrorist links’

A man who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded to go on live television had no known links to terrorist organizations, Reuters reported, citing police. The 19-year-old said he had planted explosives, but police said he later admitted he had made the threats up. He also used a replica gun. The man will be arraigned in a closed court hearing later Friday.

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe elected chairman of African Union

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 90, one of Africa’s most divisive figures, was elected the head of the African Union on Friday, Reuters said. The only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe assumed the chairmanship, a rotating, largely ceremonial role, at an African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Islamic State militants stage attack near Iraq’s Kirkuk, 18 killed in Baghdad

Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday morning, Reuters said. The militants launched mortar fire and attacked positions held by Kurdish peshmerga fighters in four districts southwest of the city. In a separate attack, at least 18 people were killed when two bombs went off in Baghdad’s Bab al-Sharqi district Friday morning. Three civilians were later killed and at least 10 others wounded in northwestern Baghdad by mortars. In the city of Samarra, about 125km north of the capital, two suicide bombers targeted a security checkpoint, killing three and wounding five members of the police and Shiite militias.

Donetsk representative travels to Minsk for Ukraine contact group meeting

Denis Pushilin, the official representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, on Friday went to Minsk, Belarus, for a meeting of the contact group on Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported. Envoys from Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are expected to participate in the negotiations amid increasing fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Blast at Shia mosque in southern Pakistan kills at least 20

At least 20 people have been killed in a powerful explosion at a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan, the BBC reported, citing officials. Police said that at least 50 people were wounded in the attack after Friday prayers in the district of Shikarpur. The blast could have been a suicide attack, according to initial media reports.





Bangladesh cuts power supply to ex-PM Zia’s house:

31 01 2015

Bangladesh authorities today cut the power supply to opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s home after she called a 72-hour nationwide strike beginning tomorrow which coincides with the school exams of over 1.5 million students. Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Partyalleged that the state-run Dhaka Electric Supply Company disconnected the power lines to her upmarket Gulshan office early this morning in an apparent bid to force her to call off the scheduled strike.
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