Priyanka Chopra announced Hottest Woman of 2015!

25 02 2015

Priyanka Chopra beats Deepika Padukone – announced Hottest Woman of 2015!

She’s hugely talented, intelligent, driven, multifaceted, risk-taker, socially conscious, adorable, beautiful, sassy and also very very Sexy…. It’s very difficult to describe Priyanka Chopra in one sentence. So when over 10 million people from across the world voted for her as the ‘World’s sexiest Asian Woman’, you cant help but nod your head in agreement.

The World’;s Sexiest Asian Woman recently also bagged the spot for the “Hottest Women of 2015″ ,elbowing out contemporaries with a whopping 53% votes beating Deepika Padukone who received 35% of the votes.This isn’;t the first time that the SHERO has beat Deepika at a poll – Priyanka topped the Sexiest Woman in a Bikini poll, bagging 22,552 votes out of the 23,775 votes that came in, winning by a huge margin.

One of Bollywood’s most sought after actresses and international recording artist Priyanka Chopra also made it to the Numero Uno spot on the Ultimate Guys Guide- Maxim India’s Hottest List for 2013.

 

This was the second consecutive year that Priyanka made it to the top rankings on the magazine’s Hottest List , an annual poll with some of the most gorgeous women competing for the crown.The “Exotic” singer and power player beat the likes of Grammy award winner Beyonce and Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima to the no#1 spot.





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25 02 2015

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RBI smoothen guidelines for Securitisation or Reconstruction Companies in regards to substantial change in its management

25 02 2015

Every Securitisation Company / Reconstruction Company (SC / RC) is required to obtain prior approval of the Reserve Bank for any substantial change in its management. In order to smoothen the functioning of SC/RC companies, it has been decided by RBI, henceforth changes in the share holding pattern of the SC/RC will require Reserve Bank’s prior approval in cases such as any transfer of shares by which the transferee becomes a sponsor, any transfer of shares by which the transferor ceases to be a sponsor and an aggregate transfer of ten percent or more of the total paid up share capital of the SC/RC by a sponsor during the period of five years commencing from the date of certificate of registration.

 

In terms of Section 3(6) of the SARFAESI Act, 2002, every Securitisation Company / Reconstruction Company (SC / RC) is required to obtain prior approval of the Reserve Bank for any substantial change in its management. For the purpose of this section, the expression “substantial change in management” means the change in the management by way of transfer of shares or amalgamation or transfer of the business of the company. Hence, one of the terms and conditions stipulated to the SC/RCs, while granting them the Certificate of Registration, states that prior approval of Reserve Bank will have to be taken by the SC/RCs for any change in their shareholding pattern.

In order to smoothen the functioning of SC/RC companies, it has been decided that, henceforth only the following changes in the share holding pattern of the SC/RC will require Reserve Bank’s prior approval:

·         any transfer of shares by which the transferee becomes a sponsor.

·         any transfer of shares by which the transferor ceases to be a sponsor.

·         an aggregate transfer of ten percent or more of the total paid up share capital of the SC/RC by a sponsor during the period of five years commencing from the date of certificate of registration.





Snapshot of the summary of report of Fourteenth Finance Commission

25 02 2015

The fourteenth Finance Commission has recommended substantial hike in share of states in central taxes and asked them to tailor make schemes as per their needs. The states share will now be 42% of the entire amount as compared to 32% previously which will translate into an additional, estimated Rs 1.78 lakh crore in the next fiscal year.

The snapshot of the report is as follows-

Sharing of Union Taxes

1.      Considering all factors, the commission believes that increasing the share of tax devolution to 42 % of the divisible pool would serve the twin objectives of increasing the flow of unconditional transfers to the States and yet leave appropriate fiscal space for the Union to carry out specific purpose transfers to the States.

2.      For area the Commission has adopted the method used by the FC-XII and put the floor limit at 2% for smaller States and assigned 15% weight.

3.      In Commission’s view the large forest cover provides huge ecological benefits, but there is also an opportunity cost in terms of area not available for other economic activities and this also serves as an important indicator of fiscal disability. We have assigned 7.5% weight to the forest cover.

4.      As service tax is not levied in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, proceeds cannot be assigned to this State.

5.      The commission has decided to revert to the method of representing fiscal capacity in terms of income distance and assigned it 50% weight.

Disaster Management

1.      The Commission has recommended that the Union Government consider ensuring an assured source of funding for the NDRF and the past trends of out flows from it should be taken into account by the Union Government to ensure adequacy of the Fund in order to assure timely availability and release of funds to the States.

2.      A decision on granting tax exemption to private contributions to the NDRF be expedited and that the Union Government consider invoking the use of Schedule VII of the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules 2014 as an enabling provision for financing the NDRF.

3.      A review of the current arrangements for the reimbursement of expenditure incurred by the defence forces on disaster relief is also recommended.

4.      Expediting the development and scientific validation of the Hazard Vulnerability Risk Profiles of States is also recommended by the commission to the union budget.

5.      All States should contribute 10 % to SDRF during the award period of the Finance Commission with the remaining 90 % coming from the Union Government.

6.      Union Government is also recommended to take account of the genuine concerns of the States in the consultative mechanism already in place.

7.      Considering the need for flexibility in regard to state-specific disasters, it is recommended that up to 10 % of the funds available under the SDRF can be used by State Governments for natural disasters that they consider to be ‘disasters’ within the local context in the State and which are not included in the notified list of disasters of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Grants-in-Aid

1.      A total revenue deficit grant of Rs. 1, 94,821 crore is recommended during the award period for eleven States.

2.      There is a case for transfers from the Union Government to the States to augment expenditure in specific sectors with high degree of externalities in order to ensure desired minimum level of expenditures in every State. However, past experience shows that achieving this through the mechanism of Finance Commission grants may not be appropriate.

3.      The proposal made by the Department of Justice to strengthen the judicial systems in the States is also endorsed and State Governments are urged to use the additional fiscal space provided by us in the tax devolution to meet such requirements.

4.      The expenditure needs of the States has taken into account the high base of expenditure for both general administration and police. Therefore,  the States have the appropriate fiscal space to provide for the additional expenditure needs as per their requirements.

5.      Appropriate fiscal space for maintenance expenditures is provided to the states which would enable them to meet the additional expenditure needs according to their requirements. The States are also recommended to enhance expenditure on maintenance of capital assets to the appropriate levels.

6.      Health, education, drinking water and sanitation are considered as public services of national importance, having significant inter-state externalities. Therefore, it is  desisted from recommending specific purpose grants and have suggested that a separate institutional arrangement be introduced for the purpose.

  Towards Cooperative Federalism

1.       It is concluded that a compelling case has been made for reforming the existing system of fiscal transfers from the Union to the States, in a comprehensive manner. Hence it is  recommended that the existing system be reviewed and necessary institutional changes be considered.

2.      The commission believes the existing arrangements for transfers between the Union and the States needs to be reviewed with a view to minimizing discretion, improving the design of transfers, avoiding duplication and promoting cooperative federalism, insofar as such transfers are required to be made outside of the recommendations of the Finance Commission.

3.      It is also recommended that the suggested new institutional arrangement also consider taking up issues related to identifying and recommending resources for inter-state infrastructure schemes in the North-eastern States.

4.      The new institutional arrangement should also become the forum for integrating economic and environmental concerns in decision making.

Goods and Services Tax

1.      The Union may have to initially bear an additional fiscal burden arising due to the GST compensation. This fiscal burden should be treated as an investment which is certain to yield substantial gains to the nation in the medium and long run. The Commission believes that GST compensation can be accommodated in the overall fiscal space available with the Union Government.

2.      In the case of VAT, compensation was provided to the States for three years, at 100 % in the first year, 75 % in the second year, and 50 per cent in the third year. However, given the scale of reform and the apprehensions of revenue uncertainty raised by the States, the revenue compensation should be for five years. It is suggested that 100%compensation be paid to the States in the first, second and third years, 75 % compensation in the fourth year and 50 per cent compensation in the fifth and final year.

3.      The creation of an autonomous and independent GST Compensation Fund through legislative actions in a manner that it gives reasonable comfort to States is recommended such that it limits the period of operation appropriately.

4.      The Constitutional legislative and design aspects of the GST is recommended enabling the transition towards universal application of GST over the medium to long term.

Public Expenditure Management

1.      The Commission endorse the view that the transition to accrual-based accounting by both the Union and State Governments is desirable.

2.      At the Object Head level, the commission believes it is sufficient to have a few uniform Object Heads, such as salary, maintenance, subsidies and grants-in aid, across both the Union and States. Regarding the other Object Heads,  States are recommend to retain their existing flexibility to open new Object Heads according to their functional requirements.

3.      The formulation of appropriate indicators for the measurement of outputs, specification of standards and costs and establishing a suitable accountability framework is recommended.

4.      It is suggested that serious consideration of the issue of assigning primary responsibility for preparing outcome budgets at the level of actual spending and its consolidation at the relevant level of government.

5.      The Union and State Governments are asked to consider the recommendations of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (submitted in 2009) on internal audit and internal control systems, and take a decision on each recommendation expeditiously.

6.      The views of the FC-XI are reiterated for a consultative mechanism between the Union and States, through a forum such as the Inter-State Council, to evolve a national policy for salaries and emoluments.

7.      The commission also recommends the linking of pay with productivity, with a simultaneous focus on technology, skill and incentives. We recommend that Pay Commissions be designated as ‘Pay and Productivity Commissions’, with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve ‘productivity of an employee’, in conjunction with pay revisions. It is urged that, in future, additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity.

8.      The New Pension Scheme to be adopted by the states is recommended.

Public Sector Enterprises

1.      The Commission recommends that the new realities be considered in evaluating the future of each public enterprise in the entire portfolio of Central public sector enterprises.

2.      The evaluation of the fiscal implications of the current level of investments in, and operations of, the existing public enterprises, in terms of opportunity costs, is an essential ingredient of credible fiscal consolidation. Hence,  the fiscal implications in terms of opportunity costs be factored in while evaluating the desirable level of government ownership for each public enterprise in the entire portfolio of Central public sector enterprises is recommended.

3.      The Commission recommends that the basic interests of workers of Central public sector enterprises should be protected at a reasonable fiscal cost, while ensuring a smooth process of disinvestment or relinquishing of individual enterprises. We further recommend that employment objectives should be considered in evaluating the portfolio of public enterprises, not only in the narrow context of the enterprises’ employees, but also in terms of creating new employment opportunities.

4.      The Commission recommends that the route of transparent auctions be adopted for the relinquishment of unlisted sick enterprises in the category of non-priority public sector enterprises.

5.      The Commission recommends that the level of disinvestment should be derived from the level of investment that the government decides to hold over the medium to long term in each enterprise, based on principles of prioritization advised by us, while the process of disinvestment should take into account the market conditions and budgetary requirements, on a year to year basis.

6.      The Commission recommends that the government devise a policy relating to the new areas of public sector investments. We also recommend the purchase of shares where the existing portfolio holding.

7.      The Commission recommends that the enterprises be categorized into ‘high priority’, ‘priority’, ‘low priority’ and ‘non-priority’ in order to: (i) facilitate co-ordinated follow-up action by policy makers and (ii) provide clarity to public enterprises themselves on their future and to the financial markets about the opportunities ahead for them.

8.      The Commission recommends the recommendations made by the FC-XIII to maintain all disinvestment receipts in the Consolidated Fund for utilisation on capital expenditure. The National Investment Fund in the Public Account should, therefore, be wound up in consultation with the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) and Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG).

9.      The Commission recommends the recommendations made by the FC-XIII to maintain all disinvestment receipts in the Consolidated Fund for utilisation on capital expenditure. The National Investment Fund in the Public Account should, therefore, be wound up in consultation with the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) and Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG).

10.  There is considerable merit in the Union Government dispensing a small share of proceeds of disinvestment to the States. In the case of Central public sector enterprises with multiple units located in different states, the distribution of this share could be uniform across all the States where units are located. In cases where only vertical unit-wise disinvestment is done, the share could go to the State/States where the units being disinvested are located.

11.  The importance of making Central public sector enterprises effective and competitive is recognized by the commission and  the monitoring and evaluation of these enterprises is suggested to be taken into account the institutional constraints within which their managements operate. If the Central public sector enterprises are burdened with implementing social objectives of the government, it should compensate them in a timely manner and adequately through a transparent budgetary subvention. Similarly, losses on account of administered price mechanisms should also be calculated and fully compensated for

12.  The Commission recommends that governance arrangements be reviewed, especially in regard to separation of regulatory functions from ownership, role of the nominee as well as independent Directors, and, above all, the framework of governance conducive to efficiency. The Commission recommends that as part of the comprehensive review of the public sector enterprises proposed by us, policies and procedures relating to borrowing by the enterprises, payment of dividends and transfer of excess reserves be enunciated and enforced.

Pricing of Public Utilities

1.      In order to provide financial autonomy to the SERCs, Section 103 of the Electricity Act, 2003, provides for the establishment of a State Electricity Regulatory Commission Fund by State Governments, to enable the SERCs to perform their responsibilities, as envisaged under the Act.

2.      The Commission recommends that accounting systems in the State Road Transport Undertakings make explicit the types of subsidies, the basis for determining the extent of subsidies, and also the extent of reimbursement by State Governments.

3.      The Commission recommends the setting up of independent regulators for the passenger road sector, whose key functions should include tariff setting, regulation of service quality, assessment of concessionaire claims, collection and dissemination of sector information, service-level benchmarks and monitoring compliance of concession agreements.

4.      The Commission recommends  that all States, irrespective of whether Water Regulatory Authorities (WRAs) are in place or not, consider full volumetric measurement of the use of irrigation water. Any investment that may be required to meet this goal should be borne by the States, as the future cumulative benefits, both in environmental and economic terms, will far exceed the initial costs.

5.      The Commission has reiterated the recommendations of the FC-XIII and urge States which have not set up WRAs to consider setting up a statutory WRA, so that the pricing of water for domestic, irrigation and other uses can be determined independently and in a judicious manner. However, this may not be practical for the North-eastern states, due to the small size of their irrigation sectors, with Assam being the exception.

6.      The Commission recommends that States (and urban and rural bodies) should progressively move towards 100% metering of individual drinking water connections to households, commercial establishments as well as institutions. All existing individual connections in urban and rural areas should be metered by March 2017 and the cost of this should be borne by the consumers. All new connections should be given only when the functioning meters are installed. While providing protected water supply through community taps is unavoidable for poorer sections of population, metering of water consumed in such cases also would ensure efficient supply.

Fiscal Environment and Fiscal Consolidation Roadmap

1.      The commission recommends that both Union and State Governments adopt a template for collating, analysing and annually reporting the total extended public debt in their respective budgets as a supplement to the budget document.

2.      The Committee recommended that the Union and the State Governments provide a statutory ceiling on the sanction of new capital works to an appropriate multiple of the annual budget provision.

3.      The fiscal deficit targets and annual borrowing limits for the States during the Finance Commission’s  award period are enunciated as follows:

i.        Fiscal deficit of all States will be anchored to an annual limit of 3% of GSDP. The States will be eligible for flexibility of 0.25% over and above this for any given year for which the borrowing limits are to be fixed if their debt-GSDP ratio is less than or equal to 25% in the preceding year.

ii.      States will be further eligible for an additional borrowing limit of 0.25% of GSDP in a given year for which the borrowing limits are to be fixed if the interest payments are less than or equal to 10% of the revenue receipts in the preceding year.

iii.    The two options under these flexibility provisions can be availed of by a State either separately, if any of the above criteria is fulfilled, or simultaneously if both the above stated criteria are fulfilled. Thus, a State can have a maximum fiscal deficit-GSDP limit of 3.5% in any given year.

4.      The flexibility in availing the additional limit under either of the two options or both will be available to a State only if there is no revenue deficit in the year in which borrowing limits are to be fixed and the immediately preceding year. If a State is not able to fully utilise its sanctioned borrowing limit of 3 per cent of GSDP in any particular year during the first four years of our award period (2015-16 to 2018-19), it will have the option of availing this un-utilised borrowing amount (calculated in rupees) only in the following year but within our award period.

5.      Recognising that the fiscal environment should be conducive to equitable growth, the Commission also recommends that the Union and all the States should target improving the quality of fiscal management encompassing receipts and expenditures while adhering to the roadmap we have outlined.

6.      To enable wider dissemination of the manner in which this shared responsibility for a conducive fiscal environment is being discharged by the Union and State Governments, the Commission recommends that the Union Government and the RBI bring out a bi-annual report on the public debt of the Union and State Governments on a regular and comparable basis and place it in public domain.

7.      The Commission recommends that the Union Government should consider making an amendment to the FRBM Act to omit the definition of effective revenue deficit from 1 April 2015. It also recommends that the objective of balancing revenues and expenditure on the revenue account enunciated in the FRBM Acts should be pursued.

8.      The Commission recommends an amendment to the FRBM Act inserting a new section mandating the establishment of an independent fiscal council to undertake ex-ante assessment of the fiscal policy implications of budget proposals and their consistency with fiscal policy and Rules. In addition, we urge that the Union Government take expeditious action to bring into effect Section 7A of the FRBM Act for the purposes of ex-post assessment.

9.      The approach outlined and recommendations made warrant amendments to the FRBM Acts. To this end, the State Governments are suggested to may their FRBM Acts to provide for the statutory flexible limits on fiscal deficit. The Union Government may amend its FRBM Act to reflect the fiscal roadmap, omit the definition of effective revenue deficit and mandate the establishment of an independent fiscal council. Further, the Union and State Governments may also amend their respective FRBM Acts to provide a statutory ceiling on the sanction of new capital works to an appropriate multiple of the annual budget provision.

 Local Governments

1.      The Commission recommends that the local bodies should be required to spend the grants only on the basic services within the functions assigned to them under relevant legislations.

2.      The Commission recommends that the books of accounts prepared by the local bodies should distinctly capture income on account of own taxes and non-taxes, assigned taxes, devolution and grants from the State, grants from the Finance Commission and grants for any agency functions assigned by the Union and State Governments. In addition to the above, we also recommend that the technical guidance and support arrangements by the C&AG should be continued and the States should take action to facilitate local bodies to compile accounts and have them audited in time.

3.      The Commission recommends distribution of grants to the States using 2011 population data with weight of 90% and area with weight of 10%. The grant to each state will be divided into two, a grant to duly constituted gram panchayats and a grant to duly constituted municipalities, on the basis of urban and rural population of that state using the data of census 2011.





Cheok Huei Shian as Chief Financial Officer of AIRASIA

25 02 2015



AirAsia X appoints Cheok Huei Shian as Chief Financial Officer

 

SEPANG, 25th February 2015– AirAsia X Berhad, the leading long-haul low-fare carrier today announced the appointment of Cheok Huei Shian as its Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Reporting directly to Benyamin Ismail, acting Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Berhad, Huei Shian will be responsible for corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis as well as investor relations.

Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Group CEO of AirAsia X said, “We are excited to have Huei Shian join our management team as we continue to drive our strategic and financial business transformation. Huei Shian was part of the core team in the early days of AirAsia and has played an instrumental role in the success of AirAsia and getting the company listed on the Bursa Stock Exchange. She has vast experience and been involved in the turnaround team that oversees the entire AirAsia group. Her strong track record of financial and operational management success, combined with her very intimate knowledge of AirAsia’s business model, culture and products, make her exceptionally qualified to help us continue to build upon our market.  My vision is to bring back people that understands the business as it will be instrumental in realizing our goal to be the undisputed global leader in the long-haul LCC category.”

Huei Shian joined AirAsia in 2004 and has held senior leadership roles across the group. Prior to AirAsia, Huei Shian was with Ernst & Young in the Financial and Advisory Service Department.

Huei Shian holds an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Professional Stage from FTMS Business School and an ACCA Certificate from University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Kuala Lumpur. Huei Shian is a fellow member of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and a member of the MIA (Malaysia Institute of Accountants).

Benyamin Ismail, acting CEO of AirAsia X Berhad said, “We are delighted to have Huei Shian in the team.  We now have the right people in key management positions and an organization that is optimally structured to support our current business, company growth and the successful execution of key new initiatives.”

Huei Shian replaces Chew Eng Loke, the former Chief Financial Officer of AirAsia X, who has decided to pursue other opportunities.





Anti Corruption activist, Anna Hazare led a two day protest

25 02 2015

Anti Corruption activist, Shri Anna Hazare led a two day protest for farmer rights at Jantar Mantar,on 23 and 24 of February, 2015. The protest grounds were a striking contrast with his previous protest in 2011. In 2011, there was a crowd teeming with anger, energy and hope. In 2015 , there was a crowd with little hope and more discipline than could be seen in 2011. The dominant sensation was of fear. Fear of eviction from the land on which  they  had lived for generations together , was the motivating factor, which had drawn crowds from various parts of the country. All the oppositions parties , have declared their support for the cause of the farmers. The Delhi Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal, of the Aam Aadmi, also shared the stage with Shri Anna Hazare on 24 February, 2015. Using this opportunity Shri Kejriwal , said that “In the country, if any government makes laws against the poor, makes laws against the farmers, the public will not let it last. They will teach them a lesson.”When asked , the protestors said that they believed that after the said bill becomes a law, their land will be forcibly taken and given to the “rich industrialists”. The fact that land is also acquired by the government for developmental activities, did not find much resonance among them. Some of them also voiced concern about the government machinery being inefficient and corrupt, would  thus deprive them of the compensation or delay it inconveniently. The removal of the Social Impact Assessment and the Consent  clause are the two major points of contention, between the government and the opposition. Though the lesser covered fact is that, both these clauses have been removed only for land acquisition under five sectors, which are – national security, defence, rural infrastructure , industrial corridors and housing for the poor. The Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitely , also stated that the removal of the two clauses was done with the concurrence of the  states, including the opposition ruled ones.The Jantar Mantar was probably exactly opposite of the gathering inside both the houses of the Parliament. The people at the Jantar Mantar echoed the sentiment of not being heard. They were from different places, and the only thing that bound them was their desire to be heard by the government. While inside,  the people  weren’t too keen on debate or discussion. They seemed keen to obstruct. While the opposition from the people came essentially on the content of the the Bill, the lawmakers also opposed the Ordinance route adopted by the government. In the meanwhile, the government reiterated it’s commitment to having a constructive debate on the issue and also appointed a committee under the leadership of, BJP president, Mr. Amit Shah to look into the suggestions of the farmers.The farmers’ desire to be heard maybe taken care of, by the  committee, what remains to be seen is how the lawmakers of the country will react,  when the Land Acquisition Bill is tabled in the Parliament. The nation awaits!

On electric water  tariff Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi on Wednesday slashed power tariff by half for 400 Units the lower slab users and announced free water up to 20,000 litres for every household from March 1.

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KC Agrawal :Apex Court view on tainted Legislators

24 02 2015

 Supreme Court view on tainted Legislators is disheartening. I can understand, there may be some limitations, but in the broader perspective, the view should have expressed the concern of the apex court for the nation and the welfare of the people. This perspective is conspicuously overlooked by the learned apex court and issue of national importance has remained an issue between the Parliament and the Judiciary. I suppose the present view of the apex court is based on an earlier verdict by one of its Constitutional bench. Sir, Judiciary, Parliament and State Assemblies are meant for the welfare of the people of the land. People look in them the wisdom of a prudent father and love of a doting mother.
The Judiciary is the custodian of the Constitution and responsible for overseeing that the same is being truly implemented by the Parliament and State Assemblies. The tainted Legislators have been a compelling issue for long and a great deterrence in prudent governances. They are a conspicuous cause of the sufferings of our large populace. The bench of the apex court seems to have overlooked this vital aspect.
It is quite possible that some of the tainted Legislators may come out to be innocent. But it shall not be logical to hand over the fate of a massive nation such as India in the hands of such dubious characters until they are found innocent. Therefore let them enjoy a free life as a free citizen till they are found innocent under judicial impunity. Why permit them in the Parliament or State Assemblies? Our country is already pushed to the present tatters due to such incongruous and unmindfulpersonal rights. As I said before, in such cases we may apply the ‘law of maxims’ that says, ‘in the larger public good, individual rights can be sacrificed’. Good governance surely demands for this law to prevail.

I therefore pray the learned Judiciary to play the role of a watch dog for the Parliament and the State Assemblies, a responsibility that all the worthy Constitutions of the world have bestowed on their learned Judiciaries.

Supreme Court in its verdict has said that Political parties know the best about a suitable candidate because they have to run the governments. Sir, as far as we have witnessed, they just know how to manipulate vote politics and win the elections for their self seeking overtures. My statement is conspicuous and my book narrates this fact in abundance. The SC has assumed that the conscious of the Prime Minister or the Chief Ministers is enough to judge the repercussions of such dubious characters in the governments. But such assumptions are misplaced and have been largely responsible for India’s present dilapidation. Similar assumptions were made by our founding fathers when they were drafting the Constitution as discussed in my analysis and presented through the book. All such assumptions have failed us. Sir, our Parliament and State Assemblies have made mockery of elections and governances. For them Constitution is of little relevance and is generally used as an instrument for their own protection rather than any incumbency. The utter shambles of our country is a proof.
Sir, I may like to emphatically submit and pray that the time has come for the Judiciary to take some hard decisions for the sake of the nation, multitudes of perennially suffering people and the implementation of the Constitution. As the ultimate saviour of the people of India, Sir it is your turn now to set all wrongs right ‘within and outside’ and make all functionaries responsible and accountable, Parliament, State Assemblies or any other to uphold the dignity and reverence of our Constitution.
K C Agrawal                              
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Tony Abbott PM OZ on security & safety

24 02 2015

Today, I want to speak to you about keeping our country safe.

I want to speak to you about the threat that we face; the work done already to keep you as safe as we humanly can; and the things still needed to prevent further terrorist attacks.
Today, my colleagues and I are joined by representatives of the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Defence Force, ASIO and agencies like Crimtrac – which helps police and other law enforcement bodies share information.
The men and women in this room are on the frontline of Australia’s fight against terror.
There is no greater responsibility – on me – on the government – than keeping you safe.
This is the responsibility that’s discharged by the men and women in this room.
We know that these are testing times for everyone here – and for everyone sworn to protect democratic freedoms.
The terrorist threat is rising at home and abroad – and it’s becoming harder to combat.
We have seen on our TV screens and in our newspapers the evidence of the new dark age that has settled over much of Syria and Iraq.
We have seen the beheadings, the mass executions, the crucifixions and the sexual slavery in the name of religion.
There is no grievance here that can be addressed; there is no cause here that can be satisfied; it is the demand to submit – or die.
We have seen our fellow Australians – people born and bred to live and let live – succumb to the lure of this death cult.
We have heard the exhortations of their so-called caliphate to kill all or any of the unbelievers.
And we know that this message of the most primitive savagery is being spread through the most sophisticated technology.
By any measure, the threat to Australia is worsening.
The number of foreign fighters is up.
The number of known sympathisers and supporters of extremism is up.
The number of potential home grown terrorists is rising.
The number of serious investigations continues to increase.
During 2014, the Government consulted with our experts – many of whom are in this room today; we talked with our allies; and we worked with the Opposition, to improve Australia’s preparedness for any eventuality.
Last September, the National Terrorist Threat level was lifted to High, which means a terrorist attack is likely.
Critics said we were exaggerating.
But since then, we have witnessed the frenzied attack on two police officers in Melbourne and the horror of the Martin Place siege.
Twenty people have been arrested and charged as a result of six counter terrorism operations conducted around Australia.
That’s one third of all the terrorism-related arrests since 2001 – within the space of just six months.
The judgment to lift the Threat Level was correct.
In proclaiming a caliphate, the Islam-ist death-cult has declared war on the world.
Not only has Australia suffered at the hands of terrorists – but so have Canada, France, Denmark, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Japan, Jordan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
We have seen the tactics of terrorists evolve.
In the decade after 9/11, our agencies disrupted elaborate conspiracies to attack our electricity supplies, the Grand Final at the MCG and the Holsworthy Army Barracks in Sydney.
Now, in addition to the larger scale, more complex plots that typified the post 9/11 world, such as the atrocities in Bali and London, sick individuals are acting on the caliphate’s instruction to seize people at random and kill them.
Today’s terrorism requires little more than a camera-phone, a knife and a victim.
These lone actor attacks are not new, but they pose a unique set of problems.
All too often, alienated and unhappy people brood quietly.
Feeling persecuted and looking for meaning, they self-radicalise online.
Then they plan attacks which require little preparation, training or capability.
The short lead time from the moment they decide they are going to strike, and then actually undertake the attack, makes it hard to disrupt their activities.
Police do not have the luxury to wait and watch.
They apply their best judgement – and they do so, fully aware that armchair critics, will find fault.
Still, police act because they have enough facts to make an informed judgement.
Some of these raids may not result in prosecution.
But frankly, I’d rather lose a case, than lose a life.
The protection of life must always rank ahead of the prospects of a successful prosecution.
The arrest of two men in Sydney earlier this month, who’d already recorded a pre-attack message, is just one example of how quickly a threat can develop.
I should add that without our Foreign Fighters legislation, it is highly unlikely that these arrests could have been made.
This new terrorist environment is uniquely shaped by the way that extremist ideologies can now spread online.
Every single day, the Islam-ist death cult and its supporters churn out up to 100,000 social media messages in a variety of languages.
Often, they are slick and well produced.
That’s the contagion that’s infecting people, grooming them for terrorism.
Already at least 110 Australians have travelled overseas to join the death cult in Iraq and Syria.
At least 20 of them, so far, are dead.
Even if the flow of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq stopped today, there’s an Australian cohort of hardened jihadists who are intent on radicalising and influencing others.
The number of Australians with hands-on terrorist experience is now several times larger than those who trained earlier in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Of that group, two-thirds became involved in terrorist activity back here in Australia.
The signs are ominous.
ASIO currently has over 400 high-priority counter-terrorism investigations.
That’s more than double the number a year ago.
We are not alone in facing such challenges.
The same phenomenon is evident across Europe, in the United States and in South East Asia.
Many of those involved in anti-Western attacks in Indonesia over the last decade are now being released from prison—some neither reformed nor rehabilitated.
Australian and Indonesian agencies will continue to work closely together to tackle extremists – because it is in both our interests to do so.
In Australia and elsewhere, the threat of terrorism has become a terrible fact of life that government must do all in its power to counter.
So far, this is what we have done.
Within weeks of taking office, I asked the Attorney-General to develop a government response to foreign fighters.
Last August, the Government invested $630 million in a range of new counter-terrorism measures.
This funding gives our security agencies the resources they asked for to combat home-grown terrorism and to help prevent Australians participating in terrorism overseas.
The effect of these new measures has already been felt.
·Counter-Terrorism Teams now operate at all eight major international airports;
·sixty-two additional biometric screening gates are being fast tracked for passengers at airports to detect and deal with people leaving on false passports;
·forty-nine extra AFP members are working in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra on the Foreign Fighter threat;
·seven new financial analysts have been engaged to help crack down on terrorist financing;
·a new “violent jihadist network mapping unit” in ASIO has been created to improve intelligence agencies’ understanding of the threat facing Australia;
·a Foreign Fighters Task Force has been established in the Australian Crime Commission with access to the commission’s coercive powers; and
·Last Thursday, the Attorney-General announced a series of measures designed to combat terrorist propaganda online.
We have legislated to cancel the welfare payments of individuals assessed to be a threat to security.
This is not window dressing – as of last September, 55 of the 57 Australian extremists then fighting with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq had been on welfare.
We have made it easier to ban terrorist organisations which promote and encourage terrorist acts.
We have strengthened the offences of training with, recruiting for and funding terrorist organisations.
We have made it easier to prosecute foreign fighters by making it illegal to travel to a declared area overseas.
Last December, we proscribed travel to Syria’s Al Raqqa province – where the death cult is based – without a legitimate purpose.
We are now looking at listing Mosul district in Ninawa Province, in Iraq, which the death cult also controls.
And we have given ASIO the further power to request an Australian passport be suspended, pending further security assessment – that’s happened eight times so far.
This year, we will consider what further legislation is needed to combat terrorism and keep Australians safe.
But we cannot do it alone.
The Government is working with local communities to counter violent extremism.
I acknowledge the readiness of parents, siblings and community leaders to let the police know about people they think are falling under the death cult’s spell.
Our law enforcement agencies could not operate without their help.
I acknowledge the cooperation the Commonwealth enjoys with all States and Territories on counter-terrorism issues.
That cooperation was highlighted by the Martin Place siege.
Yesterday, Premier Mike Baird and I released the Martin Place Siege Joint Commonwealth – New South Wales Review.
What we learnt from that Review was that there were no major failings of intelligence or process in the lead up to Martin Place.
Everyone did their job as required by law.
But now, there’s more to do.
It’s clear that in too many instances the threshold for action was set too high – and the only beneficiary of that was the Martin Place murderer himself.
For too long, we have given those who might be a threat to our country the benefit of the doubt.
The perpetrator was given the benefit of the doubt when he applied for a visa.
He was given the benefit of the doubt for residency and citizenship.
He was given the benefit of the doubt at Centrelink.
He was given the benefit of the doubt when he applied for legal aid.
And in the courts, there has been bail, when there should have been jail.
This report marks a line in the sand.
There is always a trade-off between the rights of an individual and the safety of the community.
We will never sacrifice our freedoms in order to defend them – but we will not let our enemies exploit our decency either.
If Immigration and Border Protection faces a choice to let-in or keep out people with security questions over them – we should choose to keep them out.
If there is a choice between latitude for suspects or more powers to police and security agencies – more often, we should choose to support our agencies.
And if we can stop hate-preachers from grooming gullible young people for terrorism, we should.
We have already made a start on removing the benefit of the doubt for people who are taking advantage of us.
We’ve introduced legislation to refuse a protection visa to people who destroy evidence of their identity.
And the same applies if you present a bogus document.
This Bill is currently stalled in the Senate.
It’s reasonable.
It’s in our country’s interest.
And I call on all senators to support it.
The Government’s Data Retention Bill – currently being reviewed by the Parliament – is the vital next step in giving our agencies the tools they need to keep Australia safe.
Access to metadata is the common element to most successful counter-terrorism investigations.
It’s essential in fighting most major crimes, including the most abhorrent of all – crimes against children.
Again, I call on Parliament to support this important legislation.
We need to give our agencies these powers to protect our community.
Today, I am releasing the Counter Terrorism review that the Government commissioned last August.
The Review finds that we face a new, long-term era of heightened terrorism threat, with a much more significant ‘home grown’ element.
While the Review did not recommend major structural changes, it did recommend strengthening our counter-terrorism strategy and improving our cooperation with at-risk communities.
The government will carefully consider the findings and act as quickly as possible.
In fact, some recommendations have already been acted upon:
We will ensure returning foreign fighters are prosecuted or closely monitored using strengthened control orders.
We will appoint a National Counter Terrorism Coordinator.
We want to bring the same drive, focus and results to our counter terrorism efforts that worked so well in Operation Sovereign Borders and Operation Bring Them Home.
Over recent months, I spent many hours listening to Australians from all walks of life.
Clearly, people are anxious about the national security threats we face.
Many are angry because all too often the threat comes from someone who has enjoyed the hospitality and generosity of the Australian people.
When it comes to someone like the Martin Place murderer, people feel like we have been taken for mugs.
Australian citizenship is an extraordinary privilege that should involve a solemn and lifelong commitment to Australia.
People who come to this country are free to live as they choose – provided they don’t steal that same freedom from others.
We are one of the most diverse nations on earth – and celebrating that is at the heart of what it means to be Australian.
We are a country built on immigration and are much the richer for it.
Always, Australia will continue to welcome people who want to make this country their home.
We will help them and support them to settle in.
But this is not a one-way street.
Those who come here must be as open and accepting of their adopted country, as we are of them.
Those who live here must be as tolerant of others as we are of them.
No one should live in our country while denying our values and rejecting the very idea of a free and open society.
It’s worth recalling the citizenship pledge that all of us have been encouraged to recite:

 I pledge my commitment to Australia and its people; whose democratic beliefs I share; whose rights and liberties I respect; and whose laws I will uphold and obey.

This has to mean something.
Especially now that we face a home-grown threat from people who do reject our values.
Today, I am announcing that the Government will look at new measures to strengthen immigration laws, as well as new options for dealing with Australian citizens who are involved in terrorism.
We cannot allow bad people to use our good nature against us.
The Government will develop amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act so that we can revoke or suspend Australian citizenship in the case of dual nationals.
It has long been the case that people who fight against Australia forfeit their citizenship.
Australians who take up arms with terrorist groups, especially while Australian military personnel are engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq, have sided against their country and should be treated accordingly.
For Australian nationals, we are examining suspending some of the privileges of citizenship for individuals involved in terrorism.
Those could include restricting the ability to leave or return to Australia, and access to consular services overseas, as well as access to welfare payments.
We will also clamp down on those organisations that incite religious or racial hatred.
No-one should make excuses for Islam-ist fanatics in the Middle East or their imitators here in Australia.
For a long time, successive governments have been concerned about organisations that breed hatred, and sometimes incite violence.
Organisations and individuals blatantly spreading discord and division – such as Hizb ut-Tahrir – should not do so with impunity.
Today, I can confirm that the Government will be taking action against hate preachers.
This includes enforcing our strengthened terrorism advocacy laws.
It includes new programmes to challenge terrorist propaganda and to provide alternative online material based on Australian values.
And it will include stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred.
These changes should empower community members to directly challenge terrorist propaganda.
I’ve often heard Western leaders describe Islam as a ‘religion of peace’.
I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often, and mean it.
I have often cited Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia, who has described the Islamist death cult as ‘against God, against Islam and against our common humanity’.
In January, President al Sisi told the imams at Egypt’s al Azhar university that Islam needed a ‘religious revolution’ to sweep away centuries of false thinking.
Everybody, including Muslim community leaders – needs to speak up clearly because, no matter what the grievance, violence against innocents must surely be a blasphemy against all religion.
I can’t promise that terrorist atrocities won’t ever again take place on Australian soil.
But let me give you this assurance:
My Government will never underestimate the threat.
We will make the difficult decisions that must be taken to keep you and your family safe.
We have the best national security agencies and the best police forces in the world.
Our agencies are working together.
All levels of government are working together.
We are doing our duty.
That is what you have a right to expect – and to demand of me and of us.





India wants to create 100 smartcities

24 02 2015

India wants to create 100 . What are they, exactly?
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Met Police arrive in Turkey as search continues for three missing schoolgirls

24 02 2015

Met Police arrive in Turkey as search continues for three missing schoolgirls from east London
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Government seeks to get 6 important bills passed

24 02 2015





Travel at ease with the AirAsia Asean Pass!

24 02 2015

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Travel at ease with the AirAsia Asean Pass!Highly anticipated AirAsia Asean Pass is now available for sale on www.airasia.com
 

BANGKOK, 23 February 2015 – AirAsia introduced the “AirAsia Asean Pass” and the “AirAsia Asean Pass+” in an effort to boost travel by making traveling within the region a seamless experience. The passes are available from today at www.airasia.com, with the AirAsia Asean Pass retailing at RM499 for 10 credits and AirAsia Asean Pass+ for RM888 with 20 credits.
The co-founders of AirAsia; Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun announced the  development of this product at the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia Conference held in Kuala Lumpur in November last year.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “As a truly Asean airline, we are extremely proud to introduce the AirAsia Asean Pass, which is a product specifically designed to further liberalize and encourage travel among the Asean community. The pass allows us to bridge communities and attract more foreign tourists to the region- it’s the perfect instrument to promote Asean integration.”
“We are constantly enhancing the way guests fly with us and the AirAsia Asean Pass is another innovation that we have put in place to make flying more efficient and enjoyable. We are working on additional enhancements that will further benefit guests traveling from non Asean destinations.”
Holders of the AirAsia Asean Pass and the AirAsia Asean Pass+ can enjoy flights at a fixed-rate to over 148 routes across all 10 Asean countries. Acting like a single currency, it diminishes the hassle of different foreign exchange rates as flights are valued according to credits, allowing guests to be creative in planning their ideal trip through Asean.
Flights with duration of below two hours are valued at 1 credit, while flights of two hours and above are valued at 3 credits. No processing fee applies for flight redemptions using the AirAsia Asean Pass and Asean Pass+. Airport charges/tax and other fees will be payable separately. The pass can also be purchased as a gift for another traveller.
The AirAsia Asean Pass and Asean Pass+ credits are redeemable for travel with AirAsia Malaysia (AK), Thai AirAsia (FD), AirAsia Indonesia (QZ) and Philippines AirAsia (Z2) to Asean destinations only.
For a detailed list of flights redeemable with the AirAsia Asean Pass and Asean Pass+ and other applicable terms and conditions, guests may refer to the airline’s website at www.airasia.com.    
Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia).





Center’s policy of “less work, more talk”: Mayawat

24 02 2015

President’s speech reflects Center’s policy of “less work, more talk”: Mayawati
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Taliban leadership ready to peace talks with Afghan govt’

24 02 2015

‘Taliban leadership gives nod to peace talks with Afghan govt’

 

The top leadership of Afghan Taliban has given an approval to begin a brand new round of peace negotiations with the Afghanistan government, sources told BBC on Sunday.
The report surfaced days after Pakistani officials reportedly contacted Afghan Taliban suggesting them to engage in peace talks with the government.
Afghan Taliban leadership, however, has not officially confirmed the initiation of stalled peace process.
Meanwhile, a delegation headed by Taliban representative in Qatar Qari Din Mohammad is likely to visit Pakistan soon.
According to sources, Qari Din had visited Islamabad a few days ago as well and returned to Doha after important consultations.
Key Taliban leader Abbas Stanekzai is also likely to accompany Qari Din during the trip.
A Pakistan Army spokesman had said after reports of these developments last week that Pakistan supports ‘absolutely transparent, Afghan owned and Afghan led’ peace process.
Afghan Taliban’s central spokesman had, however, denied the reports.





Anirban Lahiri win Indian Open trophy

24 02 2015

Anirban Lahiri etches his name on Indian Open trophy with playoff win over SSP Chawrasia

Lahiri’;s 2nd European Tour win in three weeks could take him close to top-30 in the world

New Delhi, February 22, 2015: India’;s Anirban Lahiri sealed his second European Tour title in three weeks as he defeated compatriot SSP Chawrasia in a playoff at the Delhi Golf Club to etch his name on the coveted Indian Open trophy. Anirban came home the winner after sinking a long birdie putt during the playoff. Lahiri and Chawrasia had earlier ended the regulation 72 holes with identical totals of seven-under-277.

Anirban’;s win, the first by an Indian at the Indian Open in six years, is likely to propel him from his current world ranking of 39 to somewhere close to the top-30. The prolific Lahiri became the eighth Indian winner of the Indian Open and it was the 11th occasion that the tournament was won by an Indian. It was also the 68th international title won by an Indian.

Lahiri (73-65-70-69), who was overnight tied sixth, posted a tenacious two-under-69 on a high-scoring day even as overnight leader Chawrasia (65-67-69-76) struggled in the blustery conditions to return with a disappointing five-over-76.

Lahiri, who started the day seven shots behind Chawrasia, took advantage of the latter’s stuttering form when he turned in 34 before trading one birdie against one bogey on the back nine. But it was a magical chip-in par on the 17th hole which kept him in the title race.

Chawrasia scrambled through the day as a result of the blustery conditions. He found the bushes on two occasions and also missed the greens a few times that led to his five bogeys and a double-bogey. He could only manage two birdies in the final round.

Both players finished on seven-under-277 in regulation play and returned to the 18th hole for the playoff where Lahiri sealed the win with a birdie from inside 10-feet. Chawrasia’s title hopes faded when his tee shot landed under thick branches.

The victory accounted for Lahiri’s seventh Asian Tour title and second European Tour win. The 27-year-old from Bangalore playing in his rookie season on the European Tour, who had just two weeks back lifted the Maybank Malaysian Open trophy, is now ranked second in the European Tour Race to Dubai. Anirban’s 15th career title also made him the second Indian to record multiple victories in the same European Tour season following Jeev Milkha Singh in 2006.

“The new Hero Indian Open winner? That has a nice ring to it. I’m shocked. I really didn’t think that I will be in this position considering the way S.S.P. and Siddikur have been playing. I thought all of us were playing for third,” said Lahiri, who registered his fourth playoff win at the DGC.

“This has been a childhood dream so it is very special to keep the Indian Open trophy at home. Every Indian puts winning the Indian Open on their bucket list. I couldn’t have asked for a better day,” smiled Lahiri, who is the first local to win the Indian Open since C Muniyappa’s victory in 2009.

“It was a tough day with the wind switching its direction and the tricky pin positions. But that chip-in was crucial. I didn’t want to come down 18, needing to eagle it. Even when I played 18 in regulation play, I thought I needed to birdie it. That chip-in was easily the shot of the day. It was magical when it went in,” said Lahiri.

He added, “This win will boost my world ranking and open a lot of doors for me. I have a very good chance of playing The Masters now.”

Chawrasia, a two-time European Tour winner, was gracious in defeat despite finishing second for the fourth time in his National Open. He settled for runner-up in 1999, 2006 and 2013.

“It’s been a great week and I played well for three days and had some bad shots in the final round but it’s ok. The problem today was the wind. It was gusting a lot and made it very difficult,” he explained.

“I am proud of myself for hanging in there to make the playoff and there is always a next time. Anirban is a great friend and he played well to win the playoff. I’m playing well and hopefully it continues like this.”

PGTI member Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka enjoyed his best result in 2015 when he posted a 69 to share third place alongside Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng (71), Marcus Fraser (72) of Australia and Joakim Lagergren (69) of Sweden at six-under-278.

Md Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh made it four PGTI members in the top-10 as he claimed tied seventh place at five-under-279. He had a final round of five-over-76.

Among the other Indians in the field, Shubhankar Sharma and Jyoti Randhawa finished tied 17th at one-under-283, while Rashid Khan, Manav Jaini and Jeev Milkha Singh were a further shot back in tied 24th.

Arjun Atwal and Chikkarangappa shared 31st place at one-over-285. Mukesh Kumar was in joint 35th at two-over-286 and Amardip Sinh Malik, Kapil Kumar and Chiragh Kumar were a shot behind in tied 39th.

Om Prakash Chouhan was tied 50th at five-over-289, Angad Cheema was tied 63rd at eight-over-292 and Shiv Kapur ended in 68th place at 10-over-294.





Preview Invitation: 3rd edition of Transmissions – The Festival of Independent

24 02 2015

Cinema From Around The World.

Dear Friends from the Media,
We are happy to invite you to  the 3rd edition of Transmissions – The Festival of Independent Cinema From Around The World.  The film festival is scheduled from the 26th February to the 1st of March, 2015 at Instituto Cervantes ( Spanish Cultural Center ), 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place New Delhi 
The Festival will also host, for the first time, an exhibition of art works / photographs from imminent independent artists from across the world and a tribute to the eminent film programmer Late. Mr. Peter Von Bagh from Finland during the festival.
I invite you for an exclusive press preview of the exhibition and the formal launch of the festival on the 24th of February, 2015 at 5 pm at Instituto Cervantes Auditorium.
The Preview will be addressed by Cultural Ambassadors of the supporting Embassies, Artists and Founders of Lightcube Film Society.





Zarif on nuclear talks with Kerry

24 02 2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has concluded his two hour meeting with his American counterpart John Kerry in Geneva on Sunday. Zarif told Iranian state media that the talks produced “good discussions but no agreements”, and some differences remained. The talks are set to resume on Monday to try to narrow some of the gaps before the March 31 deadline to reach a political agreement.





Polish movie Ida wins Oscar for best foreign language film

24 02 2015

The Polish film Ida, directed by Poland’s Paweł Pawlikowski, has won best foreign language film at the Oscars, defeating the Russian entry Leviathan, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. It is the first Polish film to win the world’s most prestigious movie award. The movie, set in Poland in the 1960s, is about a young woman who discovers she is Jewish just before she becomes a nun. “We make a film about silence and withdrawing from the world and the need for contemplation – and here we are, at the epicenter of world noise and attention. Fantastic – life is full of surprises,” Pawlikowski said while accepting the award





Over 100,000 books burnt by ISIS in Anbar: Iraq

24 02 2015

The Islamic State extremist group (IS, formerly known as ISIS, ISIL) has burnt more than 100,000 books, including rare and important manuscripts, across the parts of the Anbar region in Iraq they control, according to Anbar provincial council member Amal Fahadway, cited by London-based Arabic language website Elaph, Sputnik news agency reports. The director of Mosul’s public library said in a statement that a library in the Faisaliah area east of Mosul was bombed by IS on Saturday. IS has been notorious for ransacking libraries and destroying books. UNESCO exepressed its alarm at the beginning of February over reports of massive destruction of books in Mosul, saying that these actions seek “to wipe out the cultural diversity that is the soul of the Iraqi people.”





‘Flagrant aggression:’ Damascus

24 02 2015

Syrian government has said a Turkish incursion into the north of the country was an act of “flagrant aggression.” Damascus said it would hold Ankara responsible after they went into Syria to evacuate personnel and relics from a holy tomb. Syria said the Turkish government had informed the Syrian consulate in Istanbul about its plans regarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah in northern Syria.Shah was the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire However, Turkey didn’t wait for permission from Damascus and mounted a rescue operation to the tomb, to salvage its relics and evacuate 40 Turkish soldiers who had been guarding it.>Damascus says the maneuver was in violation of an agreement signed in 1921. Syria also stated that Anakara would be responsible for any repercussions that could take place as a result of the incursion.

The military operation launched to rescue the holy place was coordinated with the Kurds. The only casualty was a Turkish soldier.
The task force of approximately 100 military vehicles, including 39 tanks, crossed the Syrian border to a territory controlled by Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) fighters and passed through the city of Kobani, recaptured by the YPG from the Islamic State in January.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a media briefing in the capital, Ankara, reporting that 38 soldiers had been brought back safely to Turkey.  Syria accuses Turkey of supporting insurgent groups that have seized control of wide areas of northern and eastern Syria, including the Islamic State militant group.  The Syrian government statement said the fact that the Islamic State had not attacked the tomb “confirmed the depth of the ties between the Turkish government and this terrorist organization,” according to Reuters.  Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad accused Ankara of violating Syrian sovereignty and warned that his country has the right to defend itself.  “Damascus reserves the right to defend our land and properly respond to this aggression at the right time,” he told pan-Arabist satellite TV channel Al Mayadeen.





4.5-magnitude quake hits eastern Japan

24 02 2015

An earthquake measuring 4.5 has shaken eastern Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, as quoted by Reuters. There were no immediate reports of damage, and no tsunami warning has been issued. The epicenter of the tremor was in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo.

17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav comes to an end with Aadirang- an ensemble of 130 tribal performers from 7 various states of India

 

 

New Delhi, February 18, 2015: The 17th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav has come to an end on 18 February 2015 with Aadirang

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an ensemble of 130 tribal performers from 7 various states of India presented by National School of Drama & coordinated by Dr. Laique Hussain which was performed for the ‘First’ time in the history of Bharat Rang Mahotsav, following the valedictory ceremony of Bharat Rang Mahotsav.

 

 

The Chief Guest for the occasion was Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India, and Guests of Honour were Shri Shekhar Sen, eminent theatre personality & chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi and Shri Pankaj Kapur, renowned theatre and film personality.

 

Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “It is our pleasure that this year with all the eminent alumni have come back to home and celebrated the festival with zeal. I am happy that they are back and have presented their wish to contribute to the school in any manner they can. I am thankful to at least 75000 audience who made the festival successful.”

 

Shri Shekhar Sen, Eminent Theatre Personality & Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi recalling an instancesaid, “In the past a theatre lover in Bengal was called as ‘Natak Pagala’. He also said that without madness and passion a theatre artist is incomplete.”

 

Shri Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, NSD Society said, “Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2015, has emerged out as one of the most powerful festivals of India with allied events such as, Tribute to Shombhu Mitra, Veenapani Chawla and Begum Akhtar, Breaking the borders and many more events including some brainstorming sessions; it has provided a ground for better understanding of theatre as a whole.”

 

Shri Pankaj Kapur, eminent film & theatre said, “I am glad to see the festival growing exponentially over the years in terms of quality productions and audience. For theatre to grow quality and quantity should go hand in hand. It makes me feel very rich that from traditions and folk art of the country, to modern thinking of the today’s youth to the intellectuals, everything has been put under the roof of this festival by National School of Drama. I think it is a great endeavour by NSD and I congratulate them.”

 

Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India said, “Though I am not from the cultural ministry, I assure that I will work like a spokesperson of NSD and represent this institution of national eminence in the government so that it can be seen as one of the best theatre institution of international repute.”

 

With many first of its kind initiatives 17th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav has been able to receive appreciation as the best festival so far. The theme for the Festival was ‘Breaking The Borders’ and the festival witnessed participation from around 12 countries of the world along with national participation from different regions of India. The Festival also travelled to various cities of the country, which included Agartala, Jabalpur, Goa and Aurangabad this time.

 

National School of Drama facilitated various colleges and institutes which performed at this year’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav. The idea behind the initiative was to connect the young generation with theatre. Several ambience performances comprising of folk performance, children’s theatre were also a part of this year’s festival.

 

This year, Theatre Bazar was also set up for the theatre lovers, enthusiasts and audience in general. In the Theatre Bazar products related to theatre were showcased. The entire NSD campus was transformed into a festival ground for entire 18 days where food, music, handloom & handicraft products were made available for audience. A huge 3D replica of NSD was also created which enhanced the ambience of the festival.

The festival also had allied activities like seminars, exhibitions and lecture demonstrations.World Theatre Forum which was one of the important events of Bharat Rang Mahotsav had sessions from Eminent Theatre Personalities.

 

17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, National School of Drama also started to organize Sessions with various Living Legends. Om Puri,Anupam Kher, Birju Maharaj, Krishna Sobti, Pankaj Kapur graced the sessions with their presence this year.

17 Bharat Rang Mahotsav Synopsis and Pictures

18 02 2015

17 February 2015

 

1.)C SHARP C BLUNT

Play: C SHARP C BLUNT
Director: Sophia Stepf
Group: Flinn Theater, Germany
Language: English
Duration: 1hr 15m
Date: 17th Feb 2015
Time: 2:00 pm

Venue: Sammukh

 

The Play

Meet Shilpa, an attractive, interactive and user-friendly mobile phone application that has been projected to be the most popular mobile applications of 2013. Created, incorporating the latest technology, Shilpa will sing for you – in the flesh. She will sing what you want to hear in her sugary and husky voice, and shake her hips when you want her to, dancing to your favourite tune. Best of all, she behaves exactly the way women are supposed to behave in the eyes of men; that is, until the next update is released.

C Sharp C Blunt is the latest offering by Germany’s, Flinntheater, in an Indo-German collaboration that explores the realms of digital dramaturgy, repetition and user choices to create a new hybrid form of theatre-meets-performance art.

 

Director’s Note

Our team comprises of working women in the entertainment/art industry today and we felt the need to say something about its limits for women, the small sexisms, the twisted images we have to battle and the glass ceilings – but we wanted to do it in an entertaining and satirical way. This play has been devised from the realm of our shared experiences, but certainly lays more focus on the experiences of women performers in India than in Germany. Swar Thounaojam, Ritu Bhattacharya and Irawati Karnik contributed to this play in different ways, but the centre was certainly Pallavi and the disparate worlds she occupies in one day. I consider myself more of a frame worker than a director in the classical sense. I am interested in performers that have a need to express a certain issue. I try to frame this issue and give it an exciting and contemporary form that the audience would like to watch and engage in. We had nothing, but some secondary text material, when we started. About five lines from Donna Haraway’s, A Cyborg Manifesto made it into the play. But the rest of our script is based on wild improvisations and after a while some ideas, scenes and performance oriented moments prevail. Then we had to weave this into a performance that had logic in recurring themes, symbols and ideas as well as an energetic dramaturgy, that would keep the audience engaged although they are not following a linear narrative.
As technology and the media shape the way we perceive and interact with the world, I like to reflect this in my theatre. The concept of user inputs and user choices has been intriguing me for a while because it is contradictory to the theatre set up, where there is a group of people instead of only one user. It is an experiment, all I can say is: Come and use the App and ‘C’ for yourself.

 

 

 

The Director

Sophia Stepflives in Berlin and has an MA in Dramaturgy for Theatre and Media from Leipzig and Toronto. She has been involved in theatre for the past fifteen years, as a director, dramaturge, critic and scout and is the Artistic Director of the company, Flinntheater that has produced acclaimed performances with writers and performers from India and Nigeria. Her play India Simulator won several awards in Germany and her documentary play A Small Small World travelled to Dhaka, Bangalore, Bremerhaven and Hamburg. Her new play The Power Play was invited to Lagos/Nigeria in December 2012..

 

The Group

Flinntheater Company was found in 1992 in Kassel /Germany and has produced and co-produced seventeen plays. Since 2007, the sisters Sophia and Lisa Stepf are the artistic directors of the group and work with professional teams of actors, writers and musicians. Since 2009, their productions take up globally relevant issues and are devised with the input of writers, performers and musicians from countries, like India, Bangladesh and Nigeria. Flinntheater has an education branch too and puts up its productions for schools and young people. Flinntheater was awarded the art award of the city of Kassel and the culture award of the Dr.-Wolfgang-Zippel-Foundation. The play, India Simulator (2009) has won several awards. The group has toured India, Bangladesh, Germany and Nigeria with its productions.





Car bomb explodes in Kabul diplomatic quarter

18 02 2015

A large explosion has rocked the diplomatic district of Kabul, media reports. At least one person has been injured in the attack which allegedly targeted a government vehicle, according to reports on the ground. The exact cause of the blast and the number of casualties are not immediately clear.





Blast, gunfire at police HQ in Lahore

18 02 2015

At least three people were killed on Tuesday in an attack on regional police headquarters in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, media said. A witness said a large explosion was followed by rapid gunfire, adding that the attack was still in progress.A high-intensity blast took place outside Police Lines in the Qila Gujar Sigh area of the city.
At least five people including ASI Waqar Ahmed were martyred in the blast while several others including a female constable have been injured.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a hotel near the police district in Lahore’s Qila Gujjar Singh area.
Several vehicles parked near the site of the blast caught fire and gunshots could be heard from within the police district.
A splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban said it carried out the attack.
Lahore city police chief Captain Mohammad Ameen Wains said the blast appeared to have been caused by a suicide bomber intent on entering Lahore’s police headquarters who “blasted himself prematurely”.
IGP Punjab Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhara told reporters outside the Police Lines that five people including a sub-inspector were killed in the suicide bombing while 25 people were injured. “The attacker was standing near a pole outside Police Lines and detonated his vest.”
“There were intelligence reports that suicide attackers may strike in Lahore and other cities of Punjab,” IGP Sukhara added.
The IGP assured that police would continue to fight against terrorism. He said 5-8 kilograms were used and police were examining the CCTV video.
The police chief of Lahore, Captain (retd) Amin Wains told Geo News that the bombing was a suicide attack. He added that the attacker was trying to enter the Police Lines and was 20-25 years old.
Punjab Home Minister Colonel (retd) Shuja Khanzada confirmed that the target by the suicide bomber was the Police Lines building. He further said that suicide bomber detonated his vest as he could not penetrate the tight security.
The blast took place outside a tea shop setting fire to 5-6 cars parked in the area. Motorcycles were also damaged while the windows of nearby buildings were shattered.
The intensity of the blast was so severe that it could be heard for miles away in the city.
“The blast was so severe that the ground shook and we ran towards the spot,” said a resident of a nearby area.
Police personnel have surrounded the blast site while snipers have also been deployed in the area. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) have arrived at the blast spot and are collecting evidence.
The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals. Speaking to media outside Mayo Hospital, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique said that the injured are being treated at Mayo Hospital as well as Ganga Ram Hospital. He added that the injured at Mayo Hospital were in stable condition now.
There are a number of commercial plazas, schools, banks and offices as well as a residential area near the vicinity of the blast site.
The blast has been condemned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain. Prime Minister Sharif has directed the Punjab government to submit an immediate report on the incident.
Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif has called for an emergency meeting regarding the security situation in the province. The IGP Punjab will present a investigative report on today’s incident.
Media agencies





The world’s largest solar power plant of 750 Megawatt under construction

18 02 2015


The world’s largest solar power plant is underway in central India. When the 750-megawatt site starts operating in August, 2016, the project is set to overtake America’s 550-megawatt ‘Desert Sunlight’ in California.
The world’s largest solar power plant that will be generating 750MW of electricity had been recently commissioned in Rewa district of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
The 40-billion-rupee ($643 million) project is close to acquisition of 1,500 hectares of land. By April government agencies are believed to start inviting tenders from developers. This joint venture of state-run PSU Urja Vikas Nigam with Solar Energy Corporation of India, and at least 20 percent of the energy generated by the plant will be used within the Madhya Pradesh state

We are planning to inaugurate the plant on August 15, 2016. The plant will be developed in three segments of 250 MW each. Land acquisition will be over by end of month and over 90 percent land for the project is owned by government,” additional chief secretary for new and renewable energy, SR Mohanty said.He added that, “No clearance from pollution control board is required for the project. We have to sign a joint venture agreement between state-run PSU Urja Vikas Nigam and Solar Energy Corporation of India and a detailed project report will be prepared. Preliminary reports are already prepared and we will complete formalities by April and we will be in a position to invite tenders.”

As the country embraces clean energy, India plans 25 solar parks and several major solar power projects in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Jammu and Kashmir. But the production of the Madhya Pradesh project is going to cost less than any other, at an estimated 5 rupees (US8 cents) per unit.
By 2022, India plans to install 100GW capacity of solar power. China aims to achieve the same goal by 2020.

“We have always spoken of energy in terms of megawatt. It is the first time we’re talking of gigawatt. We have no option but to make a quantum leap in energy production and connectivity,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, addressing a global conference, RE-Invest 2015, on Sunday.
However, in spite of all the advantages of solar power use in the rural India, there are some critics due to low availability of land.
“I would love it to be lower,” Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said last year. “But the ambitious plans India has to expand infrastructure, create jobs, improve the lives of people, get 24/7 power in every home, I think considering the huge magnitude of the demand shift, for renewables to meet this kind of demand will have serious challenges.”
Media agencies





Russia launches Progress cargo spaceship to ISS

18 02 2015

The Soyuz-U carrier rocket with Russia’s Progress M-26M cargo spacecraft blasted off on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan bound for the International Space Station (ISS), TASS said. The Progress spacecraft is to dock with the ISS at 16:59 GMT on Tuesday, six hours after the launch, the Russian space agency Roscosmos stated.





Gordon Brown proposes security plan for Pakistan’s schools

18 02 2015

 Gordon Brown proposes security plan for Pakistan’s schools
 
UN envoy Gordon Brown held talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding a proposal for a security plan for Pakistan’s schools.
According to BBC report on Tuesday, the former UK Prime Minister said that he wants to help schools stand up to terrorist violence. He recommended safety measures such as security fences, metal detectors, armed guards and emergency communication systems.
Brown is promoting a plan for safe schools drawn up by education charity, World at School, drawing upon the best practice being used in parts of Pakistan and other countries.
He called upon the international community to fund the security improvements.
The plan also calls for creation of peace zones around schools, negotiated with local community and religious leaders. It also suggests armed guards on vantage points and checks on security staff.
The proposal also recommends that small schools in isolated areas could be brought together into places where they could be better protected or moved to areas of greater safety.
A spokesman for PM Nawaz reiterated his personal commitment to working with Brown regarding the proposal.





Kashmir issue should be resolved according to UN resolution: PM Nawaz

18 02 2015

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the issue of Kashmir should be resolved through a UN resolution.
The prime minister met with a delegation from the European parliament and stated that Pakistan was determined to eliminate terrorism from its soil.
Prime Minister Sharif stressed that Pakistan gave importance to its ties with the European Union. According to the prime minister, Pakistan has seen an increase of $ 1 billion after being granted GSP Plus status.





No suspension of Contractual labour

18 02 2015

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Crompton Greave wins Rs 119 cr order from state run NTPC

18 02 2015

Avantha Group Company, Crompton Greave  wins Rs 119 cr order from state run NTPC to supply generator step up transformers for its 800 MW Daripali plant.
Honoured to get this opportunity to help NTPC fulfil its vision through T&D systems and smart tech”, tweeted L.Demortier.,CEO & MD’.
Crompton Greaves Ltd has informed BSE regarding a Press Release dated February 16, 2015, titled “CG wins INR 119 crore order from NTPC, India”s largest generation utility”.Indonesian contract win for manufacture and supply of 37 transformers in month of Jan 2015
Earlier tweet said, Transformers to be installed across 36 substations across Sumatra, Bali and Sulawesi Islands.Indonesian contract win for manufacture and supply of 37 transformers





VALEDICTORY CEREMONY OF 17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav

18 02 2015

National School of Drama

Cordially invites you to the

VALEDICTORY CEREMONY OF

17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav

Chief Guest: Shri Prakash Javadekar, Honble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India

Guest of Honour: Shri Shekhar Sen, Eminent Theatre Personality & Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi

Shri Pankaj Kapur, Renowned Theatre and Film Personality

Presided by: Sri Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, NSD Society

Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama will also be present

 

​​

Wednesday

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February 18, 2015

5.45 pm

Onwards

Kamani Auditorium

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Copernicus Marg, New Delhi-1





Arunachal and its Relevance to the Security Paradigm of India’ stands postponed.

18 02 2015

Vivekananda International Foundation

We would like to inform you that due to unavoidable circumstances Vimarsh on ‘Arunachal and its Relevance to the Security Paradigm of India’ by General J J Singh scheduled to be heldon Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at the Vivekananda International Foundation stands postponed.

We deeply regret the inconvenience caused and shall soon revert to you intimating the new dates

World Radio day being observed

Today is the World Radio Day. The day is observed every year on the 13th of February to celebrate radio as a forum for entertainment and information, as a bridge of communication for remote communities and its role in empowering people. Addressing a function on the occasion in New Delhi , Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati Jawhar Sircar said that Radio has brought people from all walks of life together. He said All India Radio has immensely contributed to preserve Indian Classical music and Indian languages and dialects. Mr. Sircar stressed on the need to promote community Radio as FM Radio has some limitations.

In his message , UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon said, radio matters for youth across the world and this year’s observance of World Radio Day highlights the importance of radio to the world’s 1.8 billion young women and men. He said, as the international community shapes new sustainable development goals and a new global agreement on climate change, the world needs to hear the voices of young women and men.

cid:image004.jpg@01D04482.4A959A60Gurgaon Centre cordially invites you to join us on the occasion of the celebration of its 5thAnniversary.

 

 

Programme

Friday, 13th February 2015, 7 pm onwards

 

MILLENNIUM DREAMSA Photo Exhibition in collaboration with India Photo Archive Foundation

 

A collaborative photography project under the aegis of Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography (2013) curated by Aditya Arya, leading practitioner, historian and archivist. The Foundation presents eleven photographers portraying different interpretations of Gurgaon through distinctive artistic styles.

Excerpt – Concept note

“Like a chrysalis, Gurgaon, the Millenium city is both phenomenon and enigma, and its continuing dilemmas and complexities are explored in this exhibition. Eleven photographers, who vary in age and outlook, bring different, sometimes irreverent, perspectives to their images. Don’t look for prettily constructed narratives here; these interpretations silently pose uncomfortable questions about identity and development or unwrap layers where “everything conceals something else” (quote – Calvino). But throughout the exhibition you are aware of the power of the image to evoke response, almost forcing the viewer into the frame as a participant and not just an observer.”

Participating artists :

Vaibhav Bhardwaj       Chandan Gomes               Vicky Roy             Arvind Hoon      Natisha Mallick         Ajay

Monica Tiwari                Saumya Khandelwal         Manoj Bharti Gupta     Aparna Mohindra        Vinit Gupta                    

 

Preview / Vernissage: Friday, 13 February, 2015

 

Venue: S-24/8 DLF phase III, Gurgaon, Alliance française de Delhi, Gurgaon Centre Gallery.

The Show will be on view: 14 February – 6 March 2015

 

Saturday, 14th February 2015, 8:30 pm- 10 pm

French Jazz and Funk by Vasundhara VEE and her quintet in Collaboration with DLF Cyber Hub

 

Saturday, 14th February 2015

EYE MY CITY

 Public Art – Photography Exhibition

in collaboration with India Photo Archive Foundation, DLF Cyber Hub, and Rapid Metro     

14 February – 6 March, 2015 at

DLF CyberHub

Rapid Metro: Phase 3 Cyber City stations and IndusInd Bank

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The exhibition aims to showcase the Changing relations between the Public and “a City in the making” with its challenges, but also its pleasures, through a photographic exhibition. 

The DLF CyberHub and some of the Rapid metro stations of this millennium city will display for the next few weeks, Interpretations and portrayals of an ever evolving city by French and Indian artists, forcing City’s Dweller, Maker and the User – “the co-conspirators” not only to look but also to reflect.

The photographic exhibits include

·       a selection of works from “Millenium Dreams”  A collaborative photography project by 11 young Indian photographers under the aegis of Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography (2013), by India Photo Archive Foundation (Curated by Aditya Arya, leading practitioner, Historian and Archivist)

                                     

·       And works of two French photographers recording their stories of an evolving city. If one is looking at the social and “aspirational” story of women Boxers of Gurgaon the other is capturing the “Man on the Run” of evolving cities of the world – case in study Berlin/ Gurgaon

 

Please find attached invite for the same.

“Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a very special film” : Kareena Kapoor Khan !

3 02 2015

Bollywood diva, Kareena Kapoor Khan’s fans are in for a treat as the actress who will next be seen in Kabir Khan’;s Bajrangi Bhaijaan alongside Salman Khan gears up for her career’s most sensitive performance.Bollywood Sources reveal that not only does Kareena have an outstanding role in the film, but was also touched by the script when she was approached for the movie.

Kareena who has made no qualms in admitting that she is keen on doing selective films that interest her and fully exploit her versatility as an actress , immediately gave her nod to Bajrangi Bhaijaan ,given the warm equation she shares with co-star Salman Khan and the fact that she loved the script and her role in the film.
Eloquently Kareena said , ” Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a very special film and a beautiful human story “.





PNB Q3 DecEnded Results

3 02 2015

Total Business Rs 846634 Cr
Net profit of the Bank Q3FY15 is Rs 775 Cr
Net Advance of Bank at 362496 Cr at the end of Dec14





LeadStart Publishing & Oxford Bookstore

3 02 2015

LeadStart Publishing & Oxford Bookstore

In association with

Mr. Ratan Kaul, author

Cordially invite you for the

“Coffee Table Discussion”

On his latest novel “Wings of Freedom”

Depicting a cross racial romance during British India of the early twentieth century

Chief Guest: ~Mr. Jawhar Sircar, C.E.O. Prasar Bharati~

Guest of Honor: ~Mrs. Ratan Kaul, Adviser, Delhi Literature Festival~

Date: Wednesday, 04th February 2015 

Time: 05:00 pm

Venue: Apeejay Oxford Bookstores Pvt. Ltd., N-81, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001

Kindly join us for tea post the event

RSVP: Jasleen Kaur: 9717038433/ Mohammad Mati: 9650604255/Kritika : 9717038011

Best regards,

Kritika





Panchkula Golf Club to tee off 2015

3 02 2015

PGTI Players Championship presented by Panchkula Golf Club to tee off 2015 PGTI season

Himmat Singh Rai, Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Harendra Gupta, Amardip Sinh Malik, Angad Cheema, Abhijit Singh Chadha top names in the field

  

Panchkula, Haryana, February 2, 2015: The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and the Panchkula Golf Club will jointly host the PGTI Players Championship presented by Panchkula Golf Club from February 3 – 6, 2015. The 2015 season opener offers a prize purse of Rs. 30 lakh. The tournament will be followed by the first leg of the Volvo World Golf Challenge India 2015 on February 7.

The PGTI Players Championship will feature top Indian professionals such as Himmat Singh Rai, Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Amardip Sinh Malik, Sanjay Kumar, Khalin Joshi and Shubhankar Sharma, to name a few. Leading the local challenge will be Chandigarh and Panchkula professionals Angad Cheema, Abhijit Singh Chadha, Sujjan Singh, Harendra Gupta, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Ranjit Singh, Harmeet Kahlon, Randhir Singh Ghotra, KPS Sekhon, Amritinder Singh, Feroz Singh Garewal and Ravinder Tavel, among others. N Thangaraja of Sri Lanka is the top foreign professional playing the event.

The Volvo World Golf Challenge India event will see amateurs of the region compete in two handicap categories. The VWGC India 2015 will consist of a total of eight legs. Winners in each handicap category in each qualifying event will qualify for the National Final 2015. Winners in each handicap category at the National Final will qualify to play the Volvo World Final in early 2016. The winner of the Volvo World Final will get the opportunity to participate in a European Tour event next year.

Mr. D S Dhesi, IAS, Chief Secretary, Haryana-cum-President, Panchkula Golf Club, said, “In recent years Panchkula Golf Club has emerged as one of the most popular golfing destignations in the state of Haryana in particular and northern region in general.  It shall be our endeavor to further improve the Golf Club and conduct more professional, amateur and junior tournaments to promote the game of golf in the region. I also take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of PGTI in promoting and highlighting Panchkula Golf Club in golfing circuit at National and International level. We wish to have more events organized by PGTI at Panchkula Golf Club. My best wishes to the participants and organizers.”

Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “We look forward to returning to the Panchkula Golf Club after a year and a half for the 2015 season-opener. The 2014 PGTI season witnessed some intense competition as the contest for the Rolex Player of the Year went down to the wire. An even more exciting season lies in prospect in 2015 as a number of promising youngsters join the professional ranks. The return of the Volvo World Golf Challenge India will also raise interest levels for the sport among the large number of amateurs in the country. We are confident that our partnership with thePanchkula Golf Club will continue to facilitate the growth of the sport in the state of Haryana.”sss

Brig. I. S. Punia (Retd.), General Manager, Panchkula Golf Club, said, “Panchkula Golf Club thanks PGTI for staging the PGTI Players Championship at Panchkula Golf Club. This is the first professional event which is being conducted after the renovation of the course. However, PGTI has already conducted three players championship and four tournaments titled as “Haryana Open Golf Championship” at Panckula Golf Club in the past. I am sure the newly renovated course will present a tough challenge and better playing conditions to the professionals. We look forward to hosting many more events in partnership with the PGTI in future and also extend our good wishes to the organizers and participants.”

The Panchkula Golf Club, situated on the Ambala-Panchkula-Kalka-Shimla Highway, and spread over an area of 135 acres is one of the premier championship courses in north India. It is situated at an alluring location on the banks of the river Ghaggar. The backdrop of the Shivalik Hills lends a picturesque view to the course.





Team Renewable Energy Promotion Association

3 02 2015

3rd February 2015

 

Greeting to You from Team Renewable Energy Promotion Association (REPA)!!!!

We are in receipt of your email confirmation. We have registered Your Name as a“Special Invitee” at the Renewable Energy Promotion Association (REPA) Discussion – “RPO (Renewable Purchase Obligation) Conclave 2015″.

Theme: RPO Obligation – 20% Renewable Energy in Power Generation / Energy Access terms SPOs (Solar Purchase Obligations) & WEPOs (Wind Energy Purchase Obligations) must be mooted in “Policy Construct” – REPA’s proposed “White Paper on RPO”.

Date & Day Venue Timing
Friday6th February 2015 “The Royal Plaza Hotel – Venetian Hall”19, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001 9.45 am on – wards until 2.00 p.m.

With Warm Regards & Best Wishes,

Sd/-

  1. Prakash Iyer

Sr. VP & Secretary General, Renewable Energy Promotion Association;

Executive Publisher & Editor – ENERTIA journal;

VP & Secretary, ENERTIA Foundation;

Director & Executive Editor ENFRAtv-ENERTIA ENFRAmedia Pvt. Ltd.;

M: +91 90290 77245 / 9029092223

E: repa.india@gmail.com





2 02 2015

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India, China launch Visit India Year in China

2 02 2015

Feb 2,

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang today jointly launched the Visit India Year in China at a function in Beijing. The initiative is aimed at enhancing the flow of tourists from China to India and strengthen the people to people bond. Mrs Swaraj said that diversity of India in terms of weather, food, languages, culture and religious practices are major attraction for tourists round the year. She promised warm hospitality for tourists.

The Chinese vice-premier said that China will support the promotion of Indian tourist resources in his country. He also offered Chinese investment in tourism sector in India. AIR correspondent reports that the idea of Visit India Year was endorsed by the two countries during the visit of the Chinese President, Xi, Jinping to Delhi in September last year. In a joint statement, it was agreed to designate 2015 as Visit India Year in China and 2016 as Visit China Year in India. Under this, the two sides will carry out a series of promotional activities to boost two-way tourism inflow and strengthen people to people bonds.