Bengaluru-Ernakulam train derails;

Bengaluru-Ernakulam train derails;

13 02 2015

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Railway Minister orders inquiry

Feb 13

Eight passengers were killed and 12 seriously injured, when the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter City Express derailed between Anekal Road and Hosur on Bangalore-Salem section this morning. Railway officials said about nine coaches have been derailed in the mishap that occurred between Anekal-Hosur on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border at around 7.40 AM. PTI reports the number of injured persons in the accident at 50. The train had departed from Bangalore City Railway Station about an hour prior to the accident. Karnataka Government rushed several ambulances to the spot and launched rescue operations. The injured trapped in derailed bogies were being removed and rushed to hospitals in Bengaluru and nearby Hosur, sources said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today conveyed condolences to the families of the deceased in a train accident in Karnataka. In a tweet, Mr. Modi wished the injured a speedy recovery. He said Railway Minister and officials are closely monitoring the situation and ensuring timely relief.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today ordered an inquiry into the derailment of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter City Express and announced a compensation for the families of those killed in the mishap. He said an inquiry into the mishap will be conducted by Commissioner (Railway Safety). The minister announced a compensation of two lakhs rupees for the families of the deceased while 50 thousand would be given to those severely injured and 20 thousand would be given to those who suffered simple injuries. Prabhu has rushed to the site along with Chairman Railway Board.

Karnataka Home Minister K J George and Transport minister Ramalinga Reddy visited the accident spot. The railways has set up a Help desk at Bangalore City Railway Station and at accident site. Bangalore city help desk numbers are 080 22371166,080-22156553, 080-22156554, 9731666751. Accident site numberis 9448090599.

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Rajan for raising tax exemption limit on financial investments

 

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has pitched for increasing the tax exemption limit on financial investments by individuals from Rs 1.5 lakh. Rajan was talking in Mumbai yesterday during a conference call with analysts. Acknowledging that there was a Rs 50,000 increase in the limit in the last budget, he said the real tax benefit has been lost over time as the limit was anchored at Rs 1 lakh for a long time.

Investments of up to Rs 1.50 lakh in Public Provident Fund, Provident Fund, New Pension Scheme, insurance policies and equity-linked saving schemes is deducted from the taxable income under Sec 80 C. This helps in financial savings.

It can be noted that the national savings rate has dipped to 30 per cent level from a high of over 36.9 per cent in Financial Year 2008.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who increased the limit in his budget last year, will be presenting the first full fiscal budget of the new Government on the 28th of this month.

 

Modi-Obama’s Joint Radio Address special with MyGov

25 01 2015

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

25 01 2015

Himmat Singh Rai regains his card

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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





Welcomed President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India.

25 01 2015

Welcomed President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India.

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

Welcomed President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama to India.





Hollande ask corporate leaders to join global fight against terror

24 01 2015

Hollande ask corporate leaders to join global fight against terror

Jan 24

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

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

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

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





President Obama leaves for New Delhi today

24 01 2015

Jan 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 01 2015

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

 

Thirty-eight players earn full cards for 2015 season

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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





Debate on the proposed 6000 MW Mithi Virdi Nuclear Power Plant

24 01 2015

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

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

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

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Date: 22 January 2015

To,

Mr. Narendra Modi

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

Mr. Barack Obama

The President of United State of America

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

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

Dear Sirs,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expecting your positive response.

Yours Faithfully,

Shaktisinh H. Gohil – Sarpanch, Jaspara village

Samuben Hirabhai Dabhi – Sarpanch, Mithi Virdi village

Vilasba Dharmendrasinh Gohil – Sarpanch, Mandva village

Pruthvirajsinh.M. Gohil – Sarpanch, Khadarpar village





AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE AS PER 3 JANUARY 2015 20:00


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE

AS PER 3 JANUARY 2015 20:00 HRS LT (GMT+7)

 

SURABAYA, 3rd JANUARY 2015 – Entering the seventh day of search and rescue mission, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia confirms that they have recovered 30 remains from the search area. The search process is still underway with the Russian SAR team joining the mission, strengthening the operation led by BASARNAS. Weather in the SAR area for tomorrow (Sunday) is forecasted to be much better with waves likely to decrease and remain at 2-3 metres.

The officials have also announced that sonar equipment detected two large objects on the ocean floor which may be the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501. 

The 12 remains consisting of 9 male and 3 female arrived today at Bhayangkara Hospital, Surabaya to undergo the identification process.

In addition, the Disaster Victim Identification Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today confirmed two remains of QZ 8501 passengers which were identified as Hendra Gunawan Syawal (male) and The Meiji Thejakusuma (female). The remains were handed over earlier today at Bhayangkara Hospital, Surabaya by Chief Executive Officer AirAsia Indonesia, Sunu Widyatmoko. 

To date, DVI POLRI has identified a total of six passengers while the 24 remaining remains are still being identified. DVI POLRI also confirms that the remains identification process will be supported by DVI experts from Singapore and South Korea.

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

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.

Sixt records significant revenue and earnings improvement after the first nine months of 2014

 

 

  • With consistently high demand consolidated operating revenue climbs 9.2% over course of the year
  • Third quarter business performance exceeds Company’s own expectations
  • Group earnings before taxes (EBT) for period January to September up by 14.8% to EUR 131.1 million
  • Substantial revenue and earnings improvement also expected for full fiscal year 2014

Mumbai, November 24, 2014 – After the first nine months of the year Sixt revenue and earnings are on a clear growth track. The international mobility service provider increased its consolidated operating revenue by 9.2% year-on-year to EUR 1.23 billion. Total Group revenue climbed 7.4% to EUR 1.34 billion. Consolidated earnings before taxes (EBT) for the period January to September increased 14.8% to EUR 131.1 million. The third quarter business performance exceeded even the Company’s own expectations. Both Business Units, Vehicle Rental and Leasing, contributed towards improved revenue and earnings. In view of the encouraging business performance the Managing Board now projects consolidated operating revenue and Group EBT for the full year 2014 to be substantially above the corresponding figures of last year.
Erich Sixt, Chairman of the Managing Board of Sixt SE: “The first nine months figures demonstrate that Sixt is in excellent shape. We did not expect such strong demand in the third quarter, especially not the level recorded in Germany, given that general economic conditions are cooling. It is very positive for Sixt to outperform the markets and thereby continually gain market shares. We are equally upbeat for the remainder of the year, even though we have to keep watching the latest economic downturn in Europe very carefully.”
Group performance in the first nine months of 2014

  • Consolidated operating revenue (excluding revenue from the sale of used leasing vehicles) climbed 9.2% from EUR 1.13 billion to EUR 1.23 billion. 35.9% of revenues were generated abroad (9M 2013: 34.5%).
  • Rental revenues were up 10.0% to EUR 845.2 million after EUR 768.3 million in the same period last year. Sixt registered growth, both at home in Germany (+5.1%), where the Company is by far the biggest vehicle rental company, as well as the markets outside Germany (+16.8%).
  • Leasing revenue climbed by 6.0% to EUR 310.5 million (9M 2013: EUR 292.9 million). The Leasing Business Unit benefited from the ongoing growth of its contract portfolio.
  • Group total revenue rose 7.4% to EUR 1.34 billion (9M 2013: EUR 1.25 billion).
  • Consolidated earnings before taxes (EBT), the Group’s key earnings indicator, show a profit of
    EUR 131.1 million for the first nine months or some 14.8% more than for the same period last year
    (EUR 114.2 million). Expressed in relation to consolidated operating revenue this amounts to a return on sales of 10.6% (9M 2013: 10.1%).

All of these encouraging earnings developments are essentially due to the following factors:

  • Significantly higher demand in vehicle rental due to greater sales efforts and friendly business climate during the first half of the year
  • Targeted expansion measures in the European countries outside of Germany and in the USA
  • Cautious fleet planning under tight cost management.

Group developments in the third quarter of 2014

  • Consolidated operating revenue in the third quarter of 2014 increased by 10.4% to EUR 474.6 million, after EUR 429.8 million in the same quarter of 2013.
  • Rental revenues grew by 10.3%, climbing to EUR 337.5 million (Q3 2013: EUR 306.1 million).
  • Leasing revenues increased by 8.3% to EUR 105.6 million (Q3 2013: EUR 97.5 million).
  • Consolidated revenues rose 9.6% to EUR 515.6 million (Q3 2013: EUR 470.5 million).
  • For the third quarter Sixt reports EBT of EUR 63.6 million. This means that last year’s figure of EUR 56.3 million, which was already very strong, was once more outperformed by 12.9%.

Higher investments in the rental and leasing fleet 

Given good demand, Sixt carefully expanded its vehicle fleet over the course of the year. Over the first nine months the Group added around 132,200 vehicles to the rental and leasing fleet (9M 2013: 121,500 vehicles) with a total value of EUR 3.31 billion (9M 2013: EUR 3.04 billion). This equals 9% more in the number of vehicles as well as the volume of investments. Sixt continues to expect the volume of investments for the full-year 2014 to be higher than last year (EUR 3.87 billion).

 

Continued strong equity basis 

At the end of September 2014 Sixt Group’s equity came to EUR 727.6 million and thereby was EUR 52.1 million more than at the end of 2013 (EUR 675.5 million). At 24.2% the equity ratio continues to be a top rating in the rental and leasing industry (31 December 2013: 28.5%).

 

Outlook for the whole of 2014

Following the good development of the Group over the first nine months of the current year, Sixt upholds its expectations for business performance to continue positively. Nonetheless, the Managing Board expects further increases in fleet costs and other operating expenses in the Vehicle Rental Business Unit. As in the previous year, 2014 will see further costs being incurred for important strategic growth initiatives.

Account must also be taken of the fact that the economic outlook for 2014 and 2015 has darkened lately for Sixt’s core countries of Western Europe, especially in Germany, given the numerous geopolitical crises such as the Ukraine conflict or the tensions in the Near and Middle East.
For the full fiscal year of 2014, the Managing Board forecasts an increase in consolidated operating revenues, which it expects to be in the higher single-digit percentage range compared to last year. Growth stimulus should continue to come primarily from the markets abroad. Based on a continually demand-driven and cautious fleet policy as well as tight cost management, the Group’s EBT is expected to grow substantially in 2014.

 

Developments in the operating business units Vehicle rental

Sixt is represented through its subsidiaries in the core European countries of Germany, France, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Monaco (Sixt-Corporate countries) and thus covers the largest part of the European market, making it one of the continent’s leading vehicle rental companies. Alongside these, Sixt has been operating in the USA since 2011. In many other European and non-European countries, the Company is additionally represented by franchise and cooperation partners (Sixt-Franchise countries).

The premium carsharing joint venture DriveNow, which Sixt is operating together with BMW, remains on growth track and meanwhile has over 350,000 registered users. Since October DriveNow has now also been available in Vienna. Meanwhile, myDriver, the chauffeur service at taxi price level, which Sixt launched in March 2013, has conducted almost 150,000 trips making it the market leader in Germany in the market segment for alternatives to taxis.

During the first nine months of 2014 the Vehicle Rental Business Unit generated rental revenue of EUR 845.2 million, a gain of 10.0% on the same figure from the previous year’s period. In Germany rental revenues grew by 5.1%. Abroad, Sixt benefited from the targeted expansion measures and generated an increase in revenue of 16.8%. After nine months the total revenue for the Business Unit increased 10.3% to EUR 924.3 million (9M 2013: EUR 837.6 million). Compared with revenues, EBT registered an above-average growth of 12.9% to EUR 118.2 million (9M2013: EUR 104.7 million).

 

Leasing Sixt is one of the largest non-bank, vendor-neutral leasing companies in Germany and is additionally represented through subsidiaries in France, Switzerland, Austria, and the Netherlands. The focus of business activities is on fleet management and full-service leasing for corporate and business clients. This covers a wealth of further services alongside the classic finance function.
After the first nine months the portfolio of contracts as at the end of September was 97,600, a gain of 28% compared to the number of contracts at the end of 2013 (76,200). Fleet management and private clients remain the growth drivers for this performance.Leasing revenue rose 6.0% during the first nine months to EUR 310.5 million (9M 2013: EUR 292.9 million). Including the revenue from the sale of used leasing vehicles, which is usually subject to fluctuations, the Business Unit generated revenues of EUR 411.3 million (9M 2013: EUR 406.1 million; +1.3%). EBT for the first three quarters improved by 11.5% to EUR 15.7 million, after EUR 14.1 million over the same period last year.

 

About Sixt:

Sixt rent – a- car is represented in over 100 countries worldwide and is expanding its presence continuously.  Their strengths, such as the high proportion of premium brands in the vehicle fleet, the consistent service orientation of the staff and the good price-performance ratio allows the company founded in 1912 an excellent market positioning. The company has partnerships with prestigious addresses in the hotel industry, major airlines and numerous well-known service providers in the tourism sector. 

International happening

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

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

Iran hopes to reach ‘positive result’ in nuclear talks

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

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

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

Flights diverted after volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea

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

US labs ordered to take inventory of infectious agents

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

Number of Syrian refugees soars to 3 million – UN

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

Hamas says conflict with Israel not over, insists demands met

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

43 UN peacekeepers detained by armed group in Syria

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

Ebola death toll passes 1,550 – WHO

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

Erdogan sworn in as 12th Turkish president

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

Dozens of Syrian Army soldiers executed by Islamic State

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

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

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

Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria’s Port Harcourt

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

Brazil police breaks up biggest Amazon deforestation gang

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

Indonesia, Australia sign agreement to end spying row

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The two-way trade is around 19 billion dollars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMBANI, ADANI, KALYANI TO BE PART OF PM’S DELEGATION TO JAPAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Parnership Launch of NSFI and New Zealand TARATHI Agricultural

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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No $1.7t Fund – Japan Visit Under Prepared No Promotion
August29, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Bill Adds up to $500b

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

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

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

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

With Best Wishes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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Events in the city of Frankfurt offers to its visitors.

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

 

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

 

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

 

Or you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on the boat cruise and the best view of Germany’s most impressive skyline. Seen from the middle of the river, the banking metropolis presents itself in a contrasting mix of history, culture, nature and urban architecture that is unique in Europe. http://www.primus-linie.de/en/index.html

 

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

2014:http://www.messefrankfurt.com/content/dam/corporate/messe/publikationen/MF-Kal_web_FFM_2014_E.pdf

all fairs:http://www.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/welcome/messeveranstaltungen.html

 

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

 

We would be glad to welcome you in Frankfurt.

  

Kind regards,

 

Lisa-Valerie Hörth & Annette Biener

 

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

Fax: +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 78 80

tourismus1@infofrankfurt.de

www.frankfurt-tourismus.de  

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>GOPIO NEWS SPECIAL BULLETIN — JUNE 30, 2014

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Issue: XIII-5 June 30, 2014
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GOPIO ORGANIZES SUCCESSFUL 25th ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE CONVENTION
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GOPIO ORGANIZES SUCCESSFUL 25th ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE  CONVENTION 

The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International) has concluded its 25th Anniversary (Jubilee) Convention 2014 in Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago, with a memorable and successful celebration from 27th May through 30th May, 2014 coinciding with the 169th anniversary of Indian Arrival Day commemoration in Trinidad & Tobago. The convention theme was “Indian Diaspora Today & Tomorrow”.

 

GOPIO Jubilee Convention 2014 - Souvenir Brochure

The convention was a historic event in the Indian Diaspora, attended by delegates from several countries where GOPIO is prominent – where persons of Indian origin reside in substantial numbers, and many from countries with fewer than 10% of the population. Countries include: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, India, Reunion Island, Mauritius, South Africa, Netherlands and other countries of the European Union (EU), United Kingdom, Canada, USA, the Caribbean region: Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Belize, St. Vincent, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Jamaica, Grenada and St Lucia.

 

Among the many events of the convention, some of the notable highlights include: A notable welcome reception at the Diplomatic Centre residence of Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minsiter Kamla Persad-Bissessar; GOPIO’s elections for new officers; GOPIO International Council Meetings; an all-day academic conference based on the convention theme of “Indian Diaspora Today & Tomorrow”; GOPIO delegates as special guests at cultural performances held at National Cultural of Indian Culture (NCIC); and unveiling of a historic arrival monument at Waterloo-by-the-Sea marking the first arrivals of indentured Indian laborers in Trinidad on 30th May 1845.

 

GOPIO 25th Anniversary Convention Team

 

The convention team organized around the GOPIO chapter in Trinidad & Tobago, worked diligently with dedicated and focused efforts to plan, coordinate and hold a magnificent GOPIO milestone convention in a country distant from the other regular venues which GOPIO has used over the years for its major events. Members of the convention team:  Ena Maraj, (Convention Co-Convener, president of GOPIO International chapter of Trinidad & Tobago); Dr. Arnold Thomas, (General Convener & Conference Co-Coordinator,  GOPIO International Coordinator Caribbean (St Vincent); other convention team members: Ramdai Sookdeo (Convention Secretary); Mahadaye Ramlagan (Registration & Assistant Treasurer); Seeta Sahatoo (Assistant Convention Secretary; Shalima Mohammed (Public Relations Coordinator, (Indian Arrival Monument Co-Coordinator); Navin Rampersad (Treasurer); Geeta Sahatoo (Hospitality Coordinator); Karran Nancoo (Legal Advisor); Dr. Kumar Mahabir (Conference Co-Coordinator); Ramnarine Bissoon (Arrival Project Liaison, Community Coordinator, Conference Site Co-Coordinator); Dr. Indrani Rampersad (Conference Co-Coordinator); Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh (Conference Co-Coordinator); Dr. Visham Bhimull (Youth Program Coordinator); Marilyn Hosein (Events Coordinator & Transportation Coordinator); Molly Mangray, Amanda Gangaram, Rowena Singh and Vanita Rampersad (Administrative and Support Coordinators); Deo Gosine (Grand Patron, Special Projects Coordination and Support); Aleem Mohammed (Community Liaison); Don Khan (Indian Arrival Monument Facilities & Hospitality Coordinator); Ramesh Kalicharan (Souvenir Brochure); Netram Rambudhan (Convention Assistant Treasurer & GOPIO International Treasurer); Seeta Sahatoo & Mahadaye Ramlagan (Delegates’ Souvenir Welcome Kit);Nohar Singh (Delegates’ Travel & Holiday Packages); Munish Gupta (Conference Site Co-Coordinator & GOPIO Jubilee & Life Membership Recognition).

 

GOPIOP JUbilee Convention 2014 Team

 Photo above: Some of the members of the Convention team with GOPIO Officials

 

Convention Advisors: Sunny Kulathakal; Munish Gupta; Dr. Piyush Agrawa; Umesh Chandra; Dr. Thomas Abraham; Dr. Sai Giridhar; J. Nami Kaur; Amb. R. Dayakar; Netram Rambudhan; Rajindre Tewari; Dr Jagat Motwani; Loshni Naidoo; Dr. Sushila Gidwani-Buschi; Dr. Renuka Misra; Sudha Acharya; Prof. Clem Sankat; Ramesh Kalicharan; Prof. Brindsley Samaroo; Balkrishna Naipaul; Prof. Mahin Gosine; Anita Bhat; Alkesh Sharma; Mahavir Arya; several council chairpersons and co-chairpersons; life members and chapter members.

 

Grand Patrons & Advisors:

Surichange Bank NV, Suriname (Dr C. Baidjnath Misier, founder & chairman)

Labidco Port Services Ltd – Trinidad & Tobago (Deo Gosine, founder & chairman)

  

GOPIO International Council Meetings

 

GOPIO International Council convened at the Radisson Hotel in Port of Spain shortly after the conclusion of GOPIO’ Executive Council meeting on 28th May, 2014. After opening remarks, President Ramsaran reported major activities of GOPIO in his terms which was followed by financial report by Treasurer Netram Rambudhan. GOPIO Foundation report was presented by Executive Trustee Dr. Thomas Abraham which was followed by GOPIO International Coordinators reporting their activities for the regions.
GOPIO's outgoing Executive Council team  Photo above: GOPIO’s outgoing Executive Council Team

GOPIO Executive Council Elections & New Team

Nominating Committee headed by Rajindre Tewari conducted the election for the 2014 to 2015 for the various positions in the Executive Council of GOPIO International. The following officials were elected by unanimous vote:

 

  • o    President – Ashook Ramsaran
  • o    Executive Vice President – Sunny Kulathakal
  • o    Senior Vice President – Dr. Piyush Agrawal
  • o    International Coordinator North America – Dr. Renuka Misra
  • o    International Coordinator Caribbean. – Dr. Arnold Thomas
  • o    Chairman GOPIO International, Inder Singh, was elected for another term.

 

GOPIO Elected Officials for 2014-2015.

Photo Above: GOPIO Elected Officials for 2014-2015. GOPIO Chairman Inder Singh, President Ashook Ramsaran, Executive Vice President Sunny Kulathakal, Senior Vice President Dr. Piyush Agrawal, International Coordinator North America, Dr. Renuka Misra, and International Coordinator Caribbean, Dr. Arnold Thomas.

 

All previously appointed positions expired on May 28, 2014 with the end of the previous term and new appointments of suitably qualified candidates will be announced shortly after GOPIO’ Executive Council approval.

 

GOPIO By-Laws Updates approved:

No changes except corrections of errors, omissions, spelling and nomenclature mistakes –

Per list circulated previously and read by Chairman Inder Singh.

GOPIO International Council circulated 30 days in advance to general membership and life members.

GOPIO to organize membership feedback and commentary via website.

Chapter delegates eligible for voting to be further clarified and defined relative to membership.

GOPIO has not conformed to its mandate in accordance with Clause 1 – Name and Purpose: The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (abbreviated as GOPIO) is a secular, nonpartisan, non-sectarian, not-for-profit global organization engaged in prompting the well being of non resident Indians and people of Indian origin, enhancing interaction and communication between these groups living in different countries and in furthering their linkages with India.

 

Reception at Prime Minister’s Residence

 

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar SpeakingA highlight of GOPIO’s 25th Anniversary Jubilee Convention 2014 was the special welcome reception of all GOPIO delegates at the Diplomatic Centre residence of the Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar on 28th May. The reception was hosted by Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration with Minister Dr Roger Samuel making the initial remarks after a welcome prayer by Brother Harripersad Maharaj, followed by remarks by GOPIO International president Ashook Ramsaran and presentation of gifts. Prime Minister Bissessar formally welcomed GOPIO’s delegates, recounted GOPIO’s special reception/dinner during the visit to the Kolkata Memorial on 12th January, 2012 and thanked GOPIO for “holding its 25th Anniversary Jubilee Convention in the twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago”.

 

GOPIO made presentations of gifts and books to Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar: Special Kashmiri shawl by Kedar N. Gupta (India); GOPIO 25th Anniversary Jubilee Souvenir Brochure by Ramesh Kalicharan, editor (USA); portrait and tribute to late Nelson Mandela by Rita Abraham (South Africa); books by Dr. Mahin Gosine (USA); Dr Jagat Motwani (USA); Balkrishna Naipaul (Canada); GOPIO 1st convention stamp by Dr. Thomas Abraham (USA); and book presentation by Dr C. Baidjnath Misier (Netherlands).

 

T&T Officials at the receiving line at the reception by Prime Minister Bissessar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Photo: T&T officials in the receiving line to welcome GOPIO delegates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business-to-Business Seminar

 

On 28th May, a Business-to-Business seminar featuring prominent scholars and business leaders was held at the Radisson Hotel. It was sponsored by Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Trade & Investment with focus tohighlight the many economic opportunities of the Caribbean region at this convention.

 

Sessions included:

  • o    Investment & Trade Opportunities in Trinidad & Tobago;
  • o    Investment & Trade Opportunities in St Vincent & Grenadines;
  • o    Investment & Trade Opportunities in Guyana;
  • o    Success Stories of Doing Business in the Caribbean;
  • o    Free Enterprise, Market Economy and Business Successes;
  • o    The Growth of Education and Medical Services for Bi-Lateral Trade;
  • o    Media as Marketing Tool in Emerging Economies

 

Speakers and presenters were: Dr. Chan Misier (Chairman, Surichange Bank NV, Netherlands & Suriname); Dr Yesu Persaud, Chairman Demerara Bank, Demerara Distilleries (Guyana); Deo Gosine (Founder & President of Labidco Port Services, Trinidad & Tobago), Dr. Sid Gautam (Center for Entrepreneurship, USA), Ishwar Ramlutchman (Founder & Chairman, AC Industrial, South Africa); Ashok Motwani (DNN News, India).

 

Romanee Kalicharran (USA) made a special film presentation of “The Voyage”.

 

 

Academic Conference: “Indian Diaspora Today and Tomorrow”

The Academic Conference segment of the convention was a full 1-day event held on 29th May at the Radisson Hotel. There were several sessions designed round the convention theme of “Indian Diaspora Today & Tomorrow” The chief guest at the Inaugural Session was Indian High Commissioner HE Gauri Gupta and the keynote speaker Dr Mahin Gosine, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at State University of New York, USA. Dr. Kumar Mahabir, Assistant Professor at University of Trinidad and Tobago, concluded the session.

 

Conference Sessions:

Inaugural Session I: Indian Diaspora Today & Tomorrow

Session II: The Indian Diaspora: Issues, Challenges & Opportunities

Session III: Global & Regional Diaspora Investments & Economic Opportunities

Session IV: Diaspora’s Youth, Children, Gender & Inter-Generational Issues

Session V:  Multi-Cultural Diversity & Inter-Ethnic Cooperation in the Indian Diaspora

Session VI:  Education, Science & Technology as Significant Assets in the Indian Diaspora

Session VII: Health, Wellness, Lifestyle & Nutritional Factors in the Indian Diaspora

Session VIII: GOPIO’s 25th Anniversary Resolutions

Session IX: Wrap-up & Conclusion

 

Inaugural Session I: Indian Diaspora Today & Tomorrow

Session Chairperson: Dr. Arnold Thomas (St Vincent)

Session Co-Chairperson: Dr. Kumar Mahabir (Trinidad and Tobago)

Program:

  • o    Introductory Remarks: Dr. Arnold Thomas (St Vincent)
  • o    Welcome: Ena Maraj (Convener, Trinidad and Tobago)
  • o    Remarks: Inder Singh (Chairman, GOPIO International, USA)
  • o    Remarks: Ashook Ramsaran (President, GOPIO International, USA)
  • o    Remarks: Dr. Jagat Motwani (Founding Life Member, GOPIO International, USA)
  • o    Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Deo Gosine (GOPIO Life Member, TnT)
  • o    Keynote Speaker: Dr Mahin Gosine, Prof of Sociology and Anthropology at SUNY, USA
    • Focusing on the Indian Diaspora and the story of “From Scars to Stars”
  • o    Introduction of Indian High Comm.: Ms. Mahadaye Ramlagan (GOPIO Chapter TnT)
  • o    Remarks by Indian High Commissioner Gauri S. Gupta
    • Focusing on the progress of the Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean Region
  • o    Presentation of Tokens: Ms. Shalima Mohammed (GOPIO Chapter Trinidad and Tobago)
  • o    Book Releases (Listed above): Moderator:  J. Nami Kaur (Secretary, GOPIO Int’l, USA)
  • o    Conclusion: Dr. Kumar Mahabir (Co-Chairperson, Trinidad and Tobago)
  • o    Thanks & Appreciation: Dr. Arnold Thomas (Chairperson, St Vincent)

GOPIO Officials with High Commissioner Gauri S. Gupta Photo above: GOPIO Officials with Indian High Commissioner Gupta

 

Session II: The Indian Diaspora: Issues, Challenges & Opportunities

Session Chairperson: Umesh Chandra (International Coordinator, Oceania – Australia)

Session Co-Chairperson: T. Ramappa (GOPIO Chapter of Bangalore, India)

Speakers & Program:

  • o    Dr. Winston Tolan (Jamaica, West indies)
  • o    Dr. Kumar Mahabir (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • o    Prof. Parmatma Saran (USA)
  • o    Q/A: Moderator – Umesh Chandra (Session Chairperson, Australia)
  • o    Conclusion: T. Ramappa (Session Co-Chairperson, GOPIO of Bangalore, India)
  • o    Presentation of Tokens: Ms. Nadira Narine & Ms. Camelia Singh (GOPIO of Guyana)

 

Session III: Global & Regional Diaspora Investments & Economic Opportunities

Session Chairperson: Jeevan Zutshi (GOPIO Regional Coordinator, USA)

Session Co-Chairperson: Gem Madhoo-Nascimento (GOPIO of Guyana)

Speakers & Program:

  • o    Dr. Sid Gautam (USA)
  • o    Mr. Munish Gupta (USA/India)
  • o    Dr. Yesu Persaud (Guyana)
  • o    Conclusion:  Ms. Gem Madhoo-Nascimento (Session Co-Chairperson, Guyana)
  • o    Presentation of Tokens: Lucienne Sacarbany (GOPIO Martinique)
  • o    Thanks & Appreciation: Marilyn Hosein (GOPIO chapter of TnT)

 

Session IV: Diaspora’s Youth, Children, Gender & Inter-Generational Issues

Session Chairperson: Ishwar Ramlutchman (South Africa)

Session Co-Chairperson: Jagdish Lodhia (GOPIO chapter Sydney NW, Australia)

Speakers & Program:

  • o    Dr. Kamla Tewarie (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • o    Rita Abraham (GOPIO’s Women’s Council, South Africa)
  • o    Sudha Acharya (SACSS, USA)
  • o    Tivesh Nair (Youth – GOPIO Cape Town, South Africa)
  • o    Uresha Moodley (Youth – GOPIO Cape Town, South Africa)
  • o    Dr. Bisham Bhimull (GOPIO Trinidad and Tobago)
  • o    Conclusion:  Jagdish Lodhia (Session Co-Chairperson, Australia)
  • o    Presentation of Tokens: Tara Gosine (USA/Trinidad and Tobago)

Conf. Panel Family and Youth - Jagdish Lodhia Speaking Photo above: Conf. Panel Family and Youth – Jagdish Lodhia concluding the session

 

 

Session V:  Multi-Cultural Diversity & Inter-Ethnic Cooperation in the Indian Diaspora

Session Chairperson: Krishen D. Needar (Trinidad and Tobago)

Session Co-Chairperson: Romanee Kalicharran (USA)

Speakers & Program:

  • o    Balkrishna Naipaul (Canada)
  • o    Dr. Arnold Thomas (St Vincent)
  • o    Keith Compton (St Lucia)
  • o    Romanee Kalicharran – A special presentation of “The Voyage”
  • o    Shadel Nyack Compton (Grenada)
  • o    Conclusion:  Romanee Kalicharran (Session Co-Chairperson, USA)
  • o    Presentation of Tokens: Elie Shitlou, Claude Sheikboudhou  (Guadeloupe)

Multi-Cultural Diversity & Inter-Ethnic Cooperation in the Indian Diaspora Photo above: Conference panel on Multi-Cultural Diversity & Inter-ethnic Cooperation in the Indian Diaspora

 

Session VI:  Education, Science & Technology as Significant Assets in the Indian Diaspora

Session Chairperson: Ashok Motwani (India)

Session Co-Chairperson: Deo Gosine (Trinidad and Tobago)

Speakers & Program:

  • o    Dr. Thomas Abraham (USA)
  • o    Dr. Clem Sankat (University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago)
  • o    Dr. Gary Brar (AUB, Barbados)
  • o    Ashok Motwani (India)
  • o    Kewal Kanda (USA)
  • o    Conclusion:  Deo Gosine (Session Co-Chairperson, Trinidad and Tobago)
  • o    Presentation of Tokens: Inder Singh (USA)

Conf. Panel Science and Tech Panel - Dr. Thomas Abraham Speaking Photo above: Conf. Panel Science and Tech Panel – Dr. Thomas Abraham Speaking

Session VII: Health, Wellness, Lifestyle & Nutritional Factors in the Indian Diaspora

Session Chairperson: Dr. Renuka Misra (USA)

Session Co-Chairperson: Dr. Ramesh Pandey (USA)

Speakers & Program:

  • o    Dr. Vivian Rambihar (Canada)
  • o    Swami Chidananda (India)
  • o    Dr. C. Baidjnath Misier (Netherlands)
  • o    Dr. Rini Johar (USA)
  • o    Conclusion:  Dr. Ramesh Pandey (Session Co-Chairperson, USA)
  • o    Presentation of Tokens: Sylvia Perez (Belize); Yamonee Barbaro (USA)
Conference session on Health, Wellness, Lifestyle & Nutritional Factors in the Indian Diaspora
Photo above: Conference session on Health, Wellness, Lifestyle & Nutritional Factors in the Indian Diaspora. Dr. Renu Misra chairing the session,

 

 
Session VIII: GOPIO’s 25th Anniversary Resolutions

 

Session Chairperson: Dr. Piyush Agrawal (USA)

Session Co-Chairperson: Harbachan Singh (USA)

Thanks & Appreciation: Farouk Samaroo (USA)

 

Session IX: Wrap-up & Conclusion

Session Chairperson: Dr. Arnold Thomas (St Vincent)

Speaker: Ashook Ramsaran (USA)

Thanks & Appreciation: Ena Maraj (Trinidad and Tobago)

 

 

 

Resolutions

On 28th May at Session VII “GOPIO Resolutions- GOPIO’s 25th Anniversary Jubilee Convention 2014″, chaired by Dr. Piyush Agrawal, the following resolutions were adopted for action by GOPIO and advisory/notification to respective government and agencies:

 

  • o    Salutations to Indian Democracy & Fair General Elections in India
  • o    Enhancing the Relationship between India & its Diaspora
  • o    Streamlining the process of Indian Consular Services
  • o    Review of OCI/PIO/OIC Policies Needed
  • o    Proposal for International Indian Emigration Day
  • o    India’s Opportunity to Engage the Diaspora
  • o    GOPIO’s Continuing Efforts at Outreach to the Diaspora
  • o    Limitations on Import/Export of Indian Currency on NRIs/PIOs
  • o    Towards a More Peaceful Co-Existence of PIOs in Multi-Ethnic Societies
  • o    Indian Visas On Arrival Program
  • o    Addressing Human Rights Violations in the Diaspora

 

These resolutions titled “GOPIO’s 25th Anniversary Jubilee Convention 2014″ are posted on GOPIO’s website atwww.gopio.net.

 

Book Releases

 

At the conclusion of Inaugural Session I: “Indian Diaspora Today & Tomorrow”, the following books were released:

 

Balkrishna Naipaul (Canada): Sangam: The Jhansi Legacy

Indina High Commissioner Gauri Shanker Gupta: Unraveling Mysteries of Life

Dr. Yesu Persaud (Guyana): Reaching for the Stars – An Autobiography

Dr. Jagat Motwani (USA): India Reborn: Bharat Mahan as Perceived by Westerners

Dr. Mahin Gosine (USA): Eight Great Virtues of Leadership

Dr. Kumar Mahabir (Trinidad & Tobago): Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean

Dr. Chan Misier (Netherlands): Spiritual Management and Road to Eternity

Ramesh Kalicharan, Editor (USA): GOPIO 25th Anniversary Jubilee Convention Souvenir Brochure

 

The Moderator of the “Book Releases” segment was J. Nami Kaur, Secretary of GOPIO International

 

Release of books at the GOPIO Jubilee Convention 2014 in Trinidad and TobagoPhoto above: Book Release – GOPIO International Coordinator Caribbean, Dr. Arnold Thomas (St Vincent); Balkrishna Naipaul (founding Life Member, Canada); Dr. Yesu Persaud (founding Life Member, Guyana); Dr Kumar Mahabir (Co-Chair, GOPIO Academic Council, Trinidad & Tobago); Dr. Jagat Motwani (founding Life Member, USA); Shri Gauri Gupta, Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad & Tobago); Dr. Mahin Gosine (Co-Chair, GOPIO Academic Council, USA); J. Nami Kaur (Secretary, GOPIO International, USA)

 

Jubilee Recognition Awards Gala

 

The Jubilee Recognition Gala was another highlight of GOPIO’s 25th Anniversary (Jubilee) Convention 2014, held on 29th May, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel in Port of Spain. In attendance was Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad & Tobago, Shri Gauri Gupta; Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Trade & Investment, Dr. Vasant Bharath; and Min. Ramona Ramdial, Minister in the Ministry of Environment & Water Resources. The event was emceed by prominent radio and television host Zelisa Boodoosingh and was broadcast live courtesy of Dr Hans Hanoomansingh (Heritage Radio).

GOPIO Jubilee Recognition Awardees with Dignitaries and GOPIO Officials

Photo above: GOPIO Jubilee Recognition Awardees with Minister Dr. Vasant Bharath, Min Ramona Ramdial, Indian High Commissioner Shri Gauri Gupta and GOPIO Officials

 

GOPIO’s Jubilee Recognition for outstanding achievements in selected categories were accorded to several persons “who contributed to the betterment of people of the Indian Diaspora. The Jubilee Recognition recipients achieved significant and prominent levels of stature and recognition in their respective fields of endeavor and have served interests of people in their respective countries of domicile and others as well, in addition to generating pride and respect among the Indian Diaspora and others in country of birth or domicile”. Each GOPIO’s Jubilee Recognition awardee (or representative for posthumous recognition) was presented with a GOPIO Jubilee award.

 

Posthumous Recognition:Henri Sidambaron (Guadeloupe); Dr. Najma Sultana (USA); Baleshwar Agrawal (India); Lall Paladee (Trinidad & Tobago); Dr Cheddi Jagan (Guyana).

Friends of GOPIO: HE Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent & Grenadines; Hon Albert Ramdin, Deputy Secretary General of Organization of American States (USA); Hon. Chandrikapersad Santokhi Chairman of Progressive Reform Party (Suriname).

Professional, Civic, Culture, Entrepreneurship, Media, Philanthropy: National Indian Cultural Centre – NCIC (Trinidad & Tobago); John Barath (Trinidad & Tobago); Brenda Gopeesingh (Trinidad & Tobago); Dr. Hans Hanoomansingh (Trinidad & Tobago); Sattaur Gafoor (Guyana); Dr Yesu Persaud (Guyana); Chancellor of Judiciary & Chief Justice Carl Singh (Guyana); Dr C. Baidjnath Misier (Netherlands); Dr. Lakshmi Persaud (United Kingdom); Ishwar Ramlutchman (South Africa); Nicole Vaitylingon (Guadeloupe); Kamaludin Mohammed (Trinidad & Tobago); Dr. Vivian Rambihar (Canada); Ashok Motwani (India); Dr. Parmatma Saran (USA); Dr. Sudhir Parikh (USA); TV Asia H R Shah (USA); India Abroad (USA); Kedar N. Gupta (India); Israel Khan (Trinidad & Tobago).

 

In addition to recognition of those who contributed to GOPIO’s formation in 1989. The First Convention Convener Dr. Thomas Abraham introduced co-conveners Sudha Acharya and Dr. Jagat Motwani and other founding life members and invited them to the stage.

GOPIO Life Members at Inception in 1989 Present at the T& Jubilee ConventionPhoto above: Some GOPIO Founding Life Members at GOPIO inception in 1989 who were present at the Jubilee Convention

 

GOPIO also recognized the newest life members since 6th January, 2014 in attendance, with plaques and new life membership lapel pins: They included Yamonee Barbaro (USA); Balkrishna Naipaul (Canada); Deo Gosine (Trinidad & Tobago); Sasenarine Sankar (Guyana); Claude Sheikboudhou (Guadeloupe); Elie Shitalou (Guadeloupe); Shaji SM Alex (India); Shaji Baby John (India).

 

GOPIO Life Members in 2014 Photo above: GOPIO Life Members in 2014

Special recognition was accorded to GOPIO’s 25th Anniversary (Jubilee) Convention 2014 grand patrons: Surichange Bank NV (Dr C. Baidjnath Misier, Netherlands) and